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HOW CAN I HELP? · Donate non-perishable food items at 741 Second Ave, Fernie · Monetary donations (tax receipt available) · Volunteer your time in the annual Kettle Appeal · Donate food at the CP Rail Holiday Train on December 13

Sparwood Food Bank 250-425-6435 HOW CAN I HELP? · Donate non-perishable food items at 125D Centennial Square · Monetary donations (tax receipt available) or gift cards · Donate food to the Sparwood Emergency Services house-tohouse food drive on November 29 or CP Rail Holiday Train on December 13

Elkford Food Bank 250-865-4029 HOW CAN I HELP? · Elkford does not have a food storage location at this time · Monetary donations are welcome



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Never Have I Ever – Harvest Feast and Fest by Jesse Bell In the Tracks: Dryland Training by Jeff Williams




Feature Artist – Nikita Talula Rental Fix – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – All That Jazz and Other Genres by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 18 Feature Resident – Tina Hayes by Krista Turcasso Walking in My Shoes – Moments of Silence by Micah Morris You’ve Got Male: Two Minutes by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Golden Silence? by Shelby Cain Events Calendar / November at the Arts Station

Fit to Play – Silent But Deadly Ski Legs by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Flu Fighters Tales From An Unexpected Yogi – Lean Into the Resistance by Heather Ivany Around the World with Rebecca Hall – Ski the World: Les 3 Vallées

BITS AND BYTES | 38 The Answer Guy – Build Your Own Computer by Kevin McIsaac

COVER: Cory Wright, aka “The Caption” enjoying his morning coffee and watching a sunrise on the Lizard Range off the deck at Island Lake before a day skiing. Photo by Matt Kuhn | THIS PAGE: Reflections of Fall Photo by 6:8 Photography |


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Editor’s Fix I used to write. I used to write letters I used to sign my name. ~Arcade Fire, “We Used to Wait” WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, my life moved at a slower pace. I would sit at coffee shops and write letters to my Nana. When I was at home, I would sit at my parent’s piano and play for hours. I would strap on my runners (these were the days before I was introduced to mountain biking) and run, with no timeline. Those running and now bike shoes still find their way onto my feet, but it’s less often and with strict guidelines. I have a window in fifteen minutes, what can I fit in an hour? That piano lays dormant. Longing for the creations of Chopin, Bach or Beethoven to land on its keys. And while I still find myself sitting in cafés, it’s now work oriented. This is where I write and edit the Fernie Fix. If I want to communicate with someone, I send a text, email or Facebook message. My Nana, not technologically advanced, would get a

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 music is a much of a salve for you as silence.

SARAH INGRAM, is feeling inspired towards poetry and ski legs with all this silence. If you need help with an exercise program specific to you, call 250-4239167 or visit SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, comes out with Oolichan Press in the spring of 2016. Tweet her @ ShelbyCainWrote

visit or phone call. She was one of the last people in my life who demanded I slow down.

In our house, if my spouse notices our daughter is upset or perhaps caught up on something he says to her,

As we age, life gets busy. We have careers, houses to manage, perhaps children to raise or pets to take care of. We have our family, our spouse’s family, the extended family. Our network of friends from grade school, post-secondary school, work and our recreational activities.


It can be overwhelming. But what would happen if we just slowed down? What would happen if we stopped, took a deep breath and said, it’s okay if I don’t do it all? I can’t be everything, to everybody? What would happen, if we took moments to be still? To enjoy the silence? To be with our thoughts and our memories? Nothing. And everything. All those “duties” and expectations we put on ourselves would still be there, but perhaps they wouldn’t feel so heavy. Our friends and family might enjoy our company more, and would respect our decision to make this change in our life. And, maybe just maybe we would feel a lightness and happiness that reminds us of our youth. JESSE BELL spends a weekend at the Harvest Feast & Fest and realizes that sometime the best silence is shared with good people, great friends and even greater food. 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. Visit or call 250-531-3553 for a nutritional consult or cooking class. 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.  

She immediately freezes. “Hammer time.” She breaks out into laughter and dance. Sometimes, these quiet moments can be found in the most ridiculous of places. Sometimes, they are even amongst the chatter in a café, the notes of a classical piece of music, or the leaves rustling beneath your feet or tire. What is most important is that you find the right moments, for you. And that you take them. 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.

HEATHER IVANY has relocated to the new studio located at The Castle on First (461 1st Ave). To sign up for classes, purchase a pass, or look into upcoming retreats and workshops visit 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 ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes everyone a meaningful Remembrance Day, especially his brother in Cold Lake, Alberta. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fernie Fun and Horoscopes will resume alongside new columns in our winter editions starting this December. FERNIEFIX.COM



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THIS FALL, FERNIE TEARS & GEARS is hosting a Soles4Souls Shoe Drive in partnership with the Fernie Red Tree Lodge. Running October 1 to December 1, individuals in the Valley can drop off their shoes to the Red Tree Lodge, located at 1101 7th Ave or at additional collection boxes located at Crossfit Fernie (902 6th Ave) and Fernie School Aged Care (51 2nd Ave). Soles4Souls is a non-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Founded in 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. For more information or to help collect, email info@

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Fernie Tears & Gears would also like to announce its Winter Wheezer event so you can save the date! February 28, with new routes and exciting additions. You won’t want to miss this event.

601 1st Ave 250-423-4842 NOVEMBER IS AN EXCITING MONTH for the Arts Station in Fernie. The historic railway station turned heart of the arts for the Elk Valley celebrates its 25th year and is doing so in a tremendous way. The Arts Station’s gallery opening of “25 Artists for 25 Years” showcases 25 local artists with a silent auction. The exhibit opened October 29 and celebrates the unique and beautiful talent born in the valley. On November 13 the Arts Station hosts a 25th Anniversary Soiree event. Tickets are $25 and include an evening of live performances, entertainment and arts. Peruse the gallery, sip on martinis and enjoy delicious food. You won’t want to miss this celebration.

Built in 1908 as a Canadian Pacific Railway station and refurbished in 1991, the Arts Station has brought the community and arts together in a beautiful way. Congratulations to the Arts Station on 25 excellent years!







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SPA 901 IS EXCITED TO HOST an evening reception on Saturday, November 7 from 7-9pm featuring the recent works of local artist Tara Higgins. “Driven to Abstraction” is a collection of new paintings that celebrates the geometry landscape. Tara’s bold brush strokes and strong sense of colour continue to capture the viewer’s imagination, bringing a sense of vibrancy to each canvas. For more information, email escape@ or visit to see more of Tara’s artwork.

Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 THE THREE SISTERS DAY SPA would like to introduce its newest addition, Jess. Originating from SUBMITTED PHOTO the UK, and having spent some time in Australia, Jess is now happy to call Fernie her “home away from home.” She has enjoyed working in the customer service industry for over ten years and has completed the Lash Empire Certification course for eyelash extensions. Jess is excited to contribute to the beauty and wellness industry in Fernie with the team at Three Sisters, and is now taking bookings for eyelash extensions. Call directly or book online at www. (appointments found under the category “eye lashes”).

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Nikita Talula There’s something wonderful about waking up to the sound of birds chirping and palm trees rustling in the warm breeze… in December – even when sharing a small, concrete room with the occasional cockroach. For the winters of 2009-2013 I experienced the endless summer in a small Mexican surf town. I still remember walking down the artisans’ street for the first time. They kept their heads down, twisting wire with their plyers or hands stitching leather behind their tables. They were totally blissed out, needing nothing more than the moment. Maybe everyone in the world wouldn’t look at

that lifestyle and wish it was their own, but at that time my single travelling soul wanted just that: to learn to make jewellery out of the love of it, with no pattern. It’s no coincidence that the word jewellery in Spanish is “Joyaria.”

can’t be friends.” Needless to say, I can speak Spanish now, with sarcasm, slang and terms of endearment. They taught me to always evolve my work as I became more confident in the skill, hence my name: EVOLve jewelery.

Although my Spanish was minimal, it wasn’t long into my little adventure before I was sitting behind my table learning to twist wire from those artisans. I learned from watching their techniques and forcing myself to learn the language quickly. Some of them were tough. “If you don’t learn this the first time, I’m not showing you again,” and “if you can’t understand me, we

We would set up our tables in the morning around 10 o’clock, with greetings of hugs and kisses, and “Animo!” which lovingly means “let the spark within you glow.” Monthly, stone dealers would arrive from the mines loaded with colourful stones and we would gather around like kids to an ice cream truck choosing our treasures by colour and shape. One Christmas

Eve day a woman (from Calgary!) commented on how great my English was! Every summer I returned back to Canada, somewhere different each time, with my stones, wire and plyers in tow; Vancouver Island, a guest ranch, oil camp, and eventually returning back to Fernie after seven years. I can say Fernie and that little Mexican town are the only two places in the world to have captured my heart. Walking down the main street here or there, I feel the contentment of knowing I am where I am supposed to be at that time in my life.

The summer I returned to Fernie I was not into winter and excitedly bought my ticket in July for a November return to Mexico. That evening, I met a Fernie man. A sweet, bearded, blue-eyed snow-worshipping Fernie man. Although I still returned to Mexico on my scheduled departure date (gypsy ladies, you can relate) I came back mid-March, on the Greyhound, 4:20 am, in minus -30 degrees to my beloved mountain man in the death grip of winter. It must have been love. Trading those rustling palm trees for scraping windshields, the table by the beach for a table at my first Griz Days, things have certainly changed. But no matter where I am, I’ve always got my

joyaria and my animo. This summer I spent every weekend at the Baynes Lake market and the Fernie markets, selling my twisted wire stones, and feather earrings with my head down, my pliers, content and totally blissed out, wanting nothing more than the moment‌ Thank you Fernie for being so beautiful in and out, supporting local artists and all things creative, and to my mountain man for understanding how this gypsy soul took four months to say goodbye to the ocean two years ago. Animo! EVOLve jewellery will be available throughout the winter months at Fernie Craft Fairs and at Spa 901. FERNIEFIX.COM


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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is based on a very successful television series that ran from September, 1964 until January, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret service agents who work for an international counter-espionage and law-enforcement agency called United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Robert Vaughn and David McCallum played Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in the original series and gained cinematic acclaim due to the popularity of the show. Why Guy Ritchie has chosen to bring this 1960s television series back to life on the big screen in 2015, I have no idea, but he has done it very well indeed. The plot of this excellent piece of cinema revolves around Solo and Kuryakin, spies from the U.S. and Soviet Union respectively, who must join forces to stop a wealthy Hitlerobsessed socialite from launching a nuclear missile that could destroy the world. Henry Cavill plays Solo, a suave womanizer who speaks six languages and talks like Carey Grant. He comes to the role after playing Superman in Man of Steel (2013). His previous filmography includes Immortals (2011) and Stardust (2007). Armie Hammer is cast as Kuryakin, a humourless, stubborn, socially inept Russian with serious anger management issues. He played the Lone Ranger in the movie of the same name (2013), and acted in The Social Network (2010) and Mirror, Mirror (2012). These two talented actors play off each other very well. Also starring in the film is Alicia Vikander. She plays the agents’ East German accomplice, Gaby. Vikander is great in the

T H E R E N TA L F I X role, despite the fact that she has had limited exposure in feature films. Her most recent film is Ex Machina (2015), and she had roles in A Royal Affair (2012) and Seventh Son (2014).

I was pleasantly surprised at the appearance of Hugh Grant in the film. He gives an excellent performance as the British spy chief. Grant hasn’t had much of a screen presence since he appeared in The Rewrite with Marisa Tomei in 2012 and Cloud Atlas (also in 2012) with Tom Hanks. This is an action-packed thrill ride of a motion picture with a terrific soundtrack, which isn’t surprising given that Guy Ritchie has directed so many top notch action films in the past, the earliest being Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and RocknRolla (2008). His last films were a bit of a departure when he directed Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). The movie is beautifully shot and conveys a wonderful sense of nostalgia for the styles of the ‘60s, with a major focus on the clothes worn by the actors and the cars they drive. In case it isn’t obvious, I highly recommend this movie. It is a great shame that we won’t be getting a sequel because of its poor performance at the box office. Still, be grateful for being able to see this one. See it soon, and you won’t be disappointed.




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THERE IS A SENSE OF SONG when Melissa Lauren speaks. It is all in her cadence. Certain words come out with a jazzy lilt, and the words themselves quickly alight from one thought to another. But then, the Toronto singer has been living with jazz her whole life – including starting with the Toronto All Star Big Band when she was 14 and singing with the band for six years. These days, however, she doesn’t rest on the laurels of the great jazz standards. She began writing her own songs a handful of years ago and the varied influences are evident. Tinges of pop, blues, swing and even a bit of country colour her tunes. Lauren is consciously trying to write songs that can cross over to different audiences. Her recently released second album – My Mess came out at the end of October – does not fit neatly into the jazz genre, which is exciting. But it has been a bit of a leap of faith. There aren’t a lot of jazz vocalists trying to make their way with their own material. And some jazz audiences are looking to hear interpretations of the songs they know and love. It’s an interesting contradiction, because there was a time when jazz was seen as the innovative genre, the genre that eventually led to rock and roll. “People are shy sometimes about not seeing songs that they recognize, so it’s kind of a risk you have to take, and throw in at least a couple of standards in,” Lauren says. “I remember when I first started writing, performing them: I would get on stage and cut it from the set list at the last minute and then just do a standard or cover. I had to finally just kind of train myself not to do that! Which is hard because all of the blame is on you if it falls flat.”


Quelling the inner self-conscious monster has led Lauren to new vocal experiences, however. She’s recorded vocals for a couple of producers and ended up on a DJ Paul Oakenfold mix. “Doing that stuff live, too, the couple of times where I have done that, where the DJ has played the track and had me singing over it – those are fun too! It’s a different vibe, a different crowd,” she says. “Over the last couple of years, I kind of had a taste for what it’s like to play some different crowds. To play more energized, younger crowds – not that you have to be young to be energized. …. I kind of wanted to cross over more into that crowd, and open up the venues.” It’s clear that Lauren just wants to continue earning a living through music. She teaches music and does a bit of choral directing, and she would love to get into soundtrack work as well. “I know some people think – I would rather it just be about the art, but I would love to have one of my songs in a commercial or a movie or film. Why not? I am not a songwriting purist.” Melissa Lauren performs at The Arts Station November 18 at 8pm. FERNIEFIX.COM



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WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES AND IMAGINE the centre of peace and quiet in our community, the public library comes to mind. Growing up, the library was located in the building that is now home to Mug Shots. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time there as a youngster, perusing the children’s books, and studying there in secondary school. The librarians were well known to us all, and us to them. I still stop to chat with them when I see them in town today. I remember Tina from those days. Although I always thought she was working at the library, little known to me she was a volunteer. Tina is difficult to forget. With a warm and positive personality and a bounce in her step, she leaves an imprint and is a very recognized resident within our community. Tina and her family moved to Fernie in 1976 as her mother became the official court recorder at the Court House. After graduating from Fernie Secondary School, Tina admits she did the “I’m blowing this popsicle stand” and went out into the world. Only to say, “Oops! I had it way better than I thought.” Upon her swift return, Tina followed her first love… music. First at Album Alley, followed by Sound Centre (currently Board Stiff), Tina spent her time selling 45s and records, and eventually happened upon a ski bum named Joel. “He was trouble,” she says with a laugh. Of course, this encounter cemented her roots in Fernie. Joel and Tina raised a family here, and perhaps to re-capture some solitude and silence, Tina became intrigued with the idea of being involved with the library. A book lover at heart, volunteering at the Fernie Library was the perfect fit. When the head librarian, Diane Sharp asked


Tina if she was interested in becoming a librarian the timing and the fit was perfect, “I just sort of landed,” she says. Speaking with Tina, it’s obvious she is where she is supposed to be. “I’m not a writer or a musician but I so appreciate the people who are. I love to read and I love to listen to music, it is my creative outlet. I love how subjective it is. On both mediums, there is no judgement. I think it can express people’s emotions in a way they just can’t. A good phrase or book can remind you of a feeling you didn’t know you had. You couldn’t put it into words and they did it for you.” In a few months, Tina will have been with the library for 15 years. Sitting in this new space, I am reminded of how far it has come. The space is not only a significant piece of Fernie history, it holds a place for everyone. Tina agrees, recognizing that the move itself afforded the library space they never had before.

“Now we can be a community living room because we have one. The way we are seeing people use us is different, there are so many more opportunities,” she says. And I agree. Monthly, Anie their community programmer sends us a host of events and programs taking place. It’s impressive. “500 people can come through this building at the Christmas event. You know they are here, that there is an event, but it’s possible and it’s fun,” Tina adds. “The real change that we notice is people will now come just to be here. When people are living in houses with four or five people and they don’t get space, they can come here and read a magazine, charge their phone, connect with their families back home. I love that people feel comfortable enough to come in – it’s their library, too.” While the main floor is built more for family, kids, and socializing, upstairs fosters an environment of quiet and study. “And of course, the basement is for singing and dancing, that is,” Tina says with a laugh.

If you’ve ever been to a kid’s program or event at the Library, you know what she is talking about. So, why does Tina believe libraries have become the peaceful centre of our communities?

1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why?

1976 and my mother was the court recorder.

Gee, right now I want to answer fall. Because this one is so beautiful.

2. Where did you first live in town?

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

“Reflection is what silence means to me. Reading allows you to go to a different place… you can never get cabin fever when you read. You can be on top of Mount Everest, in a cabin in the woods or in the Florida Keys, just by sitting on a chair on your own couch.”

Our house sale fell through, so we ended up living at the Anco Motel (now Powder Mountain Lodge) until we bought our house on 8th Ave.

The Fernie Heritage Library has become a real community hub, and Tina plans to continue being a part of it. “The library is going to continue to evolve and I want to evolve with it,” she says. Her ultimate goal, though is to ensure that people feel welcome, and that they know it’s a space for everyone.

4. What keeps you in Fernie?

3. What was your first impression? It was beautiful. So pretty.

Oh, a cup of tea and a look out my back window. See what the Three Sisters and Fernie Mountain are doing. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.

5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory?

I’ve been here for forty years, they know everything.

Probably just hiking. Generally, as it’s just so beautiful when you’re out there.

10. Quote to live by: Be kind and be forgiving. Especially to yourself.

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

I would have to say the community.

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November 2015 Monthly Events MONDAY 2.11.2015 Indie Films Fernie: A Walk in the Woods @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm.

Landon Schira Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Columbia Valley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm.

TUESDAY 3.11.2015 – SUNDAY 8.11.2015

SATURDAY 14.11.2015

A Gathering of Words @ Alpine Lodge. Adaptive writing workshops in several genres including prose, fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, and poetry. Workshops limited to 8-10 writers, registration includes breakfast and lunch each day and the Gathering dinner on Saturday.

Lobster Fest @ Bridge Bistro, enjoy a three course dinner including fresh lobster. Call 250-423-3002 or 250-423-9040 to reserve your spot! Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kamloops @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm. Big Shake, Commit and The Royal Present Shred Movie Night @ The Royal, 9pm. Two big screans showcasing two of the biggest shred movies of 2015: The Sky Falls and Eversince. Loads of games and prizes, along with an after party.

TUESDAY 3.11.2015 Learn to Crochet a Hat @ Heaven Boutique, 7pm call 250-4236652 to register.

WEDNESDAY 4.11.2015 Cougars in America @ Infinitea, 8pm

THURSDAY 5.11.2015 Teenspace @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-8:30pm. for details.

FRIDAY 13.11.2015 – SUNDAY 15.11.2015 Critical Alignment Weekend @ Essential Yoga Studio. Spend the weekend with Critical Alignment Therapist Danielle Pechie and release the tension in your body that creates limited mobility. Attend one workshop, or all three. - spaces are limited.

WEDNESDAY 18.11.2015

FRIDAY 20.11.2015 Fernie Craft Fairs: Twilight Holiday Event @ Fernie Community Centre, 5-9pm. Visit to register a table or for more details. Ladies Night of Indulgence @ Ghostrider Trading, 7pm. A popular evening in Fernie, including shopping great deals, wine, cheese and light appies. Percussion and Piano Duet: Joe Porter and Joel Goodfellow @ Mountainside Community Church, 1622 10th Ave, 7-9pm WL Presents Masquerade Ball @ The Royal. Get dressed in your best costume and Venetian mask for a night of decadence and luxury. DJs Flatspin, Snax and EMCI spinning, with a poker table opening at 9pm, live performances, photo booth and photographer and more.

Concerts November 13: Special Event! 25th Anniversary Soirée! 7pm Arts Station

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE LIBRARY IN NOVEMBER Storytime (Ages 3-5 years). Tuesdays 11:15am-noon Stories, singing and activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. Toddlertime (Ages 0-2 years). Wednesday 11:15am, Fridays: 11:15am Singing, simple stories and fingerplays for babies and their caregivers.

Children's Activities Grades 1-6, November 3-30, 2015

Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6-8pm

Special Programming:

WEDNESDAY 25.11.2015 Slocan Ramblers Live @ The Arts Station, 7pm Introduction to the Enneagram System @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-8pm. Free workshop, register at fhlprogrammer@

FDAC 25th Anniversary – 25 Artists for 25 years! Continues until November 23 Gallery Reception: Deck the Walls exhibit all items $100 or less. November 26, 7pm

Sarah Jane Scrouten Live @ Clawhammer Press, 7:30pm. Folk music at its best.

TUESDAY 24.11.2015

Fernie Craft Fairs Holiday Event @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am – 4pm. Visit to register a table or for more details. Fernie Ghostriders vs Sicamous @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Murder Murder @ The Royal, check out this bluegrass band live.

THURSDAY 26.11.2015


The Runs @ The Royal, a local punk band

Tuesday 3:30-4:45pm: Old School Board Games, Age 7+, Drop In Wednesday 3:30-4:45pm: Charadians Drama Club, Age 9 +, Drop In Thursdays 3:30-4:45pm: Lego Club (age 7+) Registration required Red Cedar Book Club: First Friday of each month Friday November 6, 3:30-4:30pm Grades 4-6 FUN Friday, November 7: Pirates, Ships and Treasure Maps 1-2:30pm (age 7+) Drop-In

SATURDAY 21.11.2015

Lobster Fest @ Bridge Bistro, enjoy a three course dinner including fresh lobster. Call 250-423-3002 or 250-423-9040 to reserve your spot! 250.423.4842

Fun in Fernie Fatbike Sessions @ Fernie Bike Guides, 10am – 2pm. Discover the joys of fat biking in two half day sessions. Experienced instructors will prepare you for fun in winter months ahead., 250-423-3650.

Teenspace @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30-8:30pm. for details.

FRIDAY 13.11.2015


SATURDAY 28.11.2015 – SUNDAY 29.11.2015

SUNDAY 29.11.2015

THURSDAY 19.11.2015

Learn to Cable Crochet Ear Warmers @ Heaven Boutique, 7pm. For intermediate to advanced levels. Call 250-423-6652 to register. Fernie Ghostriders vs Golden @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm

Black Friday Fernie @ Fernie stores! Great deals are to be had, shop locally and support the Fernie economy. Visit the Fernie Black Friday Facebook page to keep up to date on deals. Dublic Djs @ The Royal

SATURDAY 28.11.2015

Melissa Lauren @ The Arts Station, 8pm. “Crooner,” songwriter.

TUESDAY 10.11.2015

FRIDAY 27.11.2015

Learn to Crochet Slipper Booties @ Heaven Boutique, 7-9pm for intermediate to advanced crocheters. $40 + tax, call 250-4236652 to register.

Fernie Ghostrider vs. Kimberley @ Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Rob Boland Live @ Infinitea, 8pm Miss Hazard @ The Royal FAST Ski Swap Drop Off @ Fernie Community Centre, 6-8pm FAST Ski Swap @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am – 2pm. $2 per person or $5 for family. Tara Higgins: Driven to Abstraction Exhibit Opening @ Spa 901, 7-9pm Fernie Ski and Board Film Fest @ Fernie Community Centre. This year’s features include Conquering the Useless, Eversince, and Paradise Waits. FBC refreshments will be available, along with Boston Pizza slices, popcorn and soft drinks. Great prizes available this year! Help raise funds for the Canadian Ski Patrol, $20 for adults $10 for kids. Tickets available at local sport shops, at the Ski Swap or at the door. Breaking Babylon @ The Royal, a DJ from Medicine Hat

Gallery Reception: Deck the Walls @ The Arts Station, 7pm

TUESDAY 17.11.2015

FRIDAY 6.11.2015

SATURDAY 7.11.2015


November 18, 8pm: Melissa Lauren - Swing/ Jazz/ Blues http:// November 25, 8pm: Slocan Ramblers - Bluegrass http://

Indie Films Fernie November 2, 7pm: A Walk in the Woods @ The Vogue Theatre. After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Special Event November 13: Special Event! 25th Anniversary Soirée! 7pm Arts Station

Jr Lego Club: Saturday November 28th, 1:30-2:30pm Drop In lego time for kids ages 5+ with their parents Teenspace: Thursday November 5 AND 19th 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.

Daytime Adult Programming: Senior Storytime for all ages with Ms Anie. Tom Uphill Manor: November 4th at 1:30pm. Rocky Mountain Village Serentity Room November 25 at 1:00pm

Evening Programs: Thursday November 26: 6:30-8pm Introduction to the Enneagram System by Anie Hepher. The Enneagram is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types: find out a few more interesting pieces of your personality type and how it fits in with others. Free Workshop but please register by emailing fhlprogrammer@


November 2015 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 $6 Meals @ Infinitea 7pm $15 Steak Sandwich Night @ Parkplace Pub Mani Monday Special @ Spa 901 Pitchers and Wings on Special @ Lizard Creek Lodge 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 2 For 1 Appetizers @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Free Pool @ The Royal, 10pm TUESDAYS Pasta Specials @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ Parkplace Pub Date Night @ Lizard Creek Lodge, Three-course meal for two with wine for $85. $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 Salad Bar @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal

WEDNESDAYS $7 Single or $14 Double Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Night Bright with Riley J and Friends @ The Central Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge 1lb of Mussels @ Lizard Creek Lodge for $14.99 Zack’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ Parkplace Pub Locals Night @ Loaf, 5-9pm Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea 7pm 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 Steak Night @ The Clubhouse Restaurant $10 Vietnamese Sub and Beer @ Pho Locoal THURSDAYS Tacos for $12.95 @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Braised Beef Poutine for $12 @ Lizard Creek Lodge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Free Samples @ Sweet Shop with any purchase over $5. Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe

RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal Choice of Pizza or Pasta with Wine or Beer for $15 @ Loaf Bakery and Restaurant Spring Clean Spa Day Special @ Spa 901 House Gun Doubles $7, $5 Fernie Pints, $3 Sliders @ The Northern $8 for 2oz Specialty Teas and Coffees @ Infinitea Burger Night @ The Clubhouse Restaurant $15 Feature Burger and Team Trivia for $100 Tab @ Parkplace Pub 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 Prime Rib Night @ The Clubhouse Restaurant SATURDAYS Any Large Pizza for Medium Charge @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery, 5pm – close.

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)

Porketta Lunch and Prime Rib Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge 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 International Buffet @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Rib Night: $19 Half/$24 Full @ Parkplace Pub SUNDAYS Kids Sunday $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Brunch @ Nevados, 10am – 2pm Caesars and Homemade Pizza @ Lizard Creek Lodge 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 Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort All Day Breakfast @ The Clubhouse Restaurant Want to throw a Party? @ The Royal, contact Julie 250-946-5395 $18 Sausage and Mash @ Parkplace Pub


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•StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45 ages 7+. •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 FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Red Cross Swim @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9-11am and 3:30-5:30pm •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •StrongStart @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-noon •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Fernie Heritage Library, first Friday of the month. •AFRoS @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10-11am. Sing and play in French. •Red Cedar Book Club: First Friday of Each Month @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm, Grades 4-6 •Public Swim and Lane Swim @ Aquatic Centre, 7am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Waterslide 4-6pm •Youth Shinny @ Memorial Arena, 10:45-11:45am •Public Skate @ Memorial Arena, noon to 12:45pm and 7:15-8:15pm SATURDAYS •Family French Fun @ The Arts Station, 10:30-11:30am. $12/person or $5 per family member (maximum $20/family). •Teen Wheel Pottery @ The Fernie Arts Station 10am-Noon $125/month $30/drop in •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Historical Walking Tour @ Fernie Museum, 11am. SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm




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Moments of Silence MICAH MORRIS

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MAYBE OUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT SILENCE is when it is broken. The sound reminds us of what we had before. I was recently discussing with a local elder in our community about what silence meant to her and she told me that at night when she can’t sleep, she lies in bed and listens to the silence of the town, no cars rumbling on the street, no people talking, no animals stirring; only to be disturbed by the train’s horn loud enough it seems to wake the entire town. She described this to be a truly magnificent moment.

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I also spoke to my dad and he told me in his childhood he would leave early in the morning with no source of communication and no distractions. He would fish all day until dark. He described the sound of the river and the casting and spinning of his reel. Where I picture myself in silence is on a mountain with only the wind in my ears and my cheeks feeling cold and rosy from the elements. Perhaps the reason these moments of silence stand out so clearly in our memories is because they are rare and typically unique to us.

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From a teenager’s perspective, especially in our generation, silence seems to be an even rarer occurrence. Our silence has evolved. We are exposed to constant noise; it seems that we need to be constantly surrounded by it – the silence always filled. Perhaps it’s because without these distractions it leaves us with too much time to think. Or we don’t find the need to appreciate silence because there can always be something in its place.


And even in silence we hear our internal voice that is continuously talking to us when we are reading, scrolling through Instagram, or going through texts. Though it may always look as though these are negative distractions, our minds are still actively thinking and accessing information and ideas.

Fernie teens might be privileged in that some take advantage of our easier access to places where silence can be experienced. This is in opposition to other lifestyles in more urban environments where these experiences don’t come so frequently. Our computers and phones have become devices that allow us to hide from our thoughts and get away from reality, though this can be nice after a long day, it also prevents us from finding a peaceful silence every once in a while. When I take the time to find and experience silence it always leaves me with a very memorable feeling as there is a beauty about it, a peacefulness. Every person that I spoke with regarding silence ironically described the noises they heard, instead of the actual silence itself. Maybe it’s these sounds that help us to remember and appreciate these moments in our life. FERNIEFIX.COM



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TWO MINUTES. 120 SECONDS. That works out to 0.000000038% of a year. Annually, on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” Canadians pause and observe two minutes of silence to reflect on sacrifices made by military personnel. The moment commemorates the end of The Second World War. My thoughts during those two minutes have evolved over the years. The earliest Remembrance Day that I have a recollection of is when I was in Grade three. On that day in the mid-1980s, I thought about the things that our teacher, Mrs. MacGillivary, had taught us about World War Two and about sacrifice and about freedom. I remember looking at the bulletin board, at the collage of poppies and war pictures and I remember feeling sad. I still think about sacrifice and freedom and some of the other things Mrs. MacGillivary taught us. But over time, my appreciation for the enormity of the sacrifice of our current and past military personnel has evolved. Now, I think about my brother, who is in the Canadian military. I think about how lucky and blessed I am to live in a country where just last month I got to walk into a voting station and cast a ballot to help determine who would represent my concerns within our government. I think about what it would be like if my youngest brother was deployed to participate in a war (I don’t allow myself to think too much about that one). I think about how much in life I take for granted. For instance, I do not need to wonder at night if my wife will need to serve overseas. I do not have to accept that the sound of war is an everyday “normal” for my kids. I do not have to wonder if


expressing my political views will put my life and my family at risk. I appreciate the sombre nature of the two minutes of silence. In our society, not much is sacred anymore. Our rules and observances are less formal than I think they used to be. I am not complaining; I think this change makes things more accessible and less intimidating. However, I am glad that the two minutes of silence on Remembrance Day is accompanied by a sense of reverence. As a schoolteacher, I am impressed every November at how children and teenagers honour the sacredness of the two minutes of silence. I am sure that we all think about different things during the two minute observance. For some, they will think of someone near to them who died. For others, they might reflect more on peace than on war. But in a world that is often so busy and so full, I am glad that we set aside the two minutes to think about what it is that Remembrance Day means to us. I am glad that we reflect on things like freedom and sacrifice. I am glad that we remember.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Before you have kids, silence may not be on the top of your “I’d kill for that” list. More likely it falls somewhere below a fantastic hair day and boots with the fur. But not long into the odyssey of parenthood a realization hits you upside your disheveled, foggy head. Oprah might call it a light bulb moment. You recognize the fact that you really enjoyed your peace and quiet. Reveled in it, in fact. If only you’d known that as you wiled away hour after hour on your couch watching Sex and the City re-runs. Those times seem fantasylike now. When your baby does drift off into peaceful slumber without some part of you attached to it you usually remain conscious just long enough to stumble to the nearest horizontal surface and collapse, only to be awakened by yet another request for your presence. Until one magical day when you find yourself rolling over in bed, stretching like a Persian cat, re-fluffing your pillow for a few extra hours of sleep, the serene quiet like a down-filled blanket engulfing…Wait! What’s going on! The baby! She can’t still be asleep; it’s too quiet; she’s not breathing! The adrenalin shoots you five feet down the hall before you actually touch the ground and surges into your brain like a tsunami. Ten worst-case scenarios race through your mind as you round the corner and find your child exactly where you left her. Sound asleep. You get a visual on her tiny chest rising and falling, and then put your ear to her sweet little nose to hear the breathing because after behaving like someone about to be murdered in a horror movie you don’t trust your eyesight. All is well. You morph from a woman having a nervous breakdown into a stealth ninja. You can climb back into bed for a few more precious moments, or maybe take a nice shower and make yourself a cup of tea. What the heck, maybe you’ll even


curl up and watch a little TV, just for old time’s sake. You reach the doorway and the serene house beckons to you from all directions. In this new state of mind it even looks pleasant again. And then you hear it. The rustling. A tiny squawk. It’s over. The fantasy withers with the silence and you turn to retrieve your little angel. But it was good while it lasted. Unfortunately, babies smell hope. As your babies become toddlers, silence becomes something out of folklore. Your day now has a running commentary, sometimes resembling living with a mini auctioneer. Even if you’re not in the same room together, the sound is in your peripheral hearing. And then it isn’t. Once again the silence you’ve craved since explaining why mommies are grumpy in the morning when a wet cloth is laid across their still-sleeping face does not bring the satisfaction you’ve anticipated. Alarm bells ring in your brain. It’s too quiet. What is she into now? You race from room to room searching for ground zero. You find it in the form of a Penatonshampoo mixture being applied to the fabric blinds. And the silence ends. But here’s something new. As I’ve mentioned in my past columns, this year both of my girls are in school. My feelings on this topic vacillate with my activity level. I love having the freedom to accomplish things I haven’t been able to since having kids, like sweating. But when I return home to that silent house I find the stillness of the air empty. I take a breath and remind myself of the millions of moments I craved the opportunity to breath. Just breath. It helps. And as I type this while not having to explain why Mommy gets to “play” on the computer as long as I want, I do appreciate this quiet moment. I also appreciate that I get to pick up my little noisemakers in forty-five minutes. Isn’t life strange?





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SOMETIMES THE BEST PLACE TO FIND SILENCE isn’t in the woods. Ironically, sometimes it is amongst great food and even greater friends. I found some fantastic social silence this September when I took part in Fernie’s first annual Harvest Feast & Fest. I join a lively group of cooks, including chefs Barrie Elliot and Logan Gaede, on the Friday before the festival to prepare for the Harvest Feast. The entire event, meant to raise money for Wildsight – an organization that prides itself on sustainability and biodiversity protection – features an outdoor feast with locally sourced foods and live auction, followed by a day-long festival the next day. Excited to jump into preparing a delicious meal for special guests, I get right to peeling the carrots and parsnip. And I peel, and peel. There is an entire milk crate filled with carrot and parsnip. As I work I can’t help but notice the organization and skill that Barrie and Logan, along with their help, have in the kitchen. They move at a rapid, precise pace while I, evidently slowly, peel. I help slice more vegetables and ham from Fort Steel’s Cutter Ranch before heading home. The next morning, on September 19, I arrive at the kitchen and I’m amazed at what I see – platters stacked with fresh garden vegetables, the standard scalloped potato turned into a decadent gratin, bitesize desserts with the sweetest icing. Edible wildflowers garnish each dish. It is a foodie haven and a delight to the eye. Logan makes huckleberry BBQ sauce (huckleberries picked by Barrie this summer) for short ribs while Leigh slices honey cake made from the honey of Elk

River Apiaries. I sneak a slice – or seven – and help with arranging plates of mini lamb Shepherd’s Pie. How Barrie and her team have created such a delightful array of foods I have no idea. When I attend potlucks I usually heat up a block of Brie cheese and roasted garlic and consider it fancy. Or at least, I desperately need a recipe to read from when cooking anything else. The Harvest Feast’s fare is far beyond anything I imagined.  There is deliciousness I cannot even pronounce. We head to the Fernie Eco Garden to set up and guests immediately arrive. Having not served at a catered event for some time I feel a bit nervous, but the nerves quickly dissipate. There’s something about seeing people’s eyes light up at the sight of food that makes carrying around a dish of crostini with cheddar and sliced cherry (my favourite dish of the night) more fun than work. Barrie stations herself at the BBQ cooking the short ribs, pork belly with apple cider gastrique and chicken with salsa verde. Every so often she says, “Hey Jess!” and hands me a bite of something new. Even the Croc Monsieur – what I deem a glorified grilled ham and cheese sandwich – is more than I could have imagined.


At the end of the night when the feasters have eaten we take a moment to sit and enjoy ourselves. Wildsight showcases a video that features Fern Marriott, the Fernie branch’s main funder, and everyone celebrates this beautiful place. White lights hang from the trees and a light breeze blows. “This is so beautiful,” Lisa Ratchat says. “It makes me love Fernie even more.” We clean up and head home for the night. In the morning I wake up early and make two chocolate cream pies to enter into the festival’s pie contest. My kitchen may be entirely outdated – until recently it even had carpet on the floor – but it feels like a little sanctuary for baking. I find a couple of purple clover flowers and garnish my pies with them before rushing to the festival at Prentice Park. I sip a coffee from the Valley Social Co., peruse the vegetable entries and admire giant zucchini, potatoes and cauliflower. I can’t help but think how even though this is a first-ever Harvest Feast & Fest, it feels like it’s been a tradition for years. Local vendors sell apples, honey, hand-printed t-shirts and poutine. Everyone is simply happy. Sometimes solitude isn’t the only way to enjoy the silence at all and sometimes, you just don’t need to. FERNIEFIX.COM




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Dryland Training

The offset technique (refer to the Fernie Fix March issue) is probably the easiest to begin with. Start with getting the timing down and progress to a bounding hop skate to incorporate some plyometrics. Some other dry-land drills include: Standing up-hill-broad jump, side jump up an incline, cross-over side jump to strengthen skating muscles.


WITH WINTER ALMOST HERE and the first Teck Kootenay Cup Nordic race in Fernie on February 13 rapidly approaching, it is time to start training for the Nordic season. While summer is a time for working on strength and cardiovascular endurance utilizing activities such as running and mountain biking, fall training should focus on more ski-specific training. Skiing is described as a power-endurance activity where the power is exerted from quick, forceful contractions and the endurance is the ability to continue skiing for a long period of time which is influenced by cardiovascular stamina, muscular strength, and mental toughness. Now is the time to improve your skiing fundamentals of power, endurance, speed and balance through ski specific training. Key dry-land training activities for Nordic skiers are roller skiing, ski walking, ski striding and ski bounding. Ski walking imitates the classic technique of diagonal stride and is the first step in the progression while ski striding is a more dynamic uphill diagonal stride. Ski bounding overemphasizes the striding movements and creates a plyometric exercise.


Nordic ski walking, striding and bounding with poles, when combined with roller skiing, create a dry-land simulation of real skiing. You can now take all these training skills onto the trails for some training that incorporates power, endurance, speed and balance, all of which are fundamental for improving your Nordic skiing. SUBMITTED PHOTO

go on a hike or a run. Incorporating poles will help develop your upper body strength as well as help with ski specific endurance. On a hike or run you can try ski striding or bounding when you encounter gradual uphills. Start by walking without poles and get your arms swinging naturally. Concentrate on landing on a flat foot and rolling over the foot with a quick and powerful step. Your upper body should be leaning slightly forward and arms and legs coordinated. Lower your centre of gravity and increase your stride length. Now you are diagonal striding. Introduce poles by allowing them to tap the ground.

Roller skiing is the primary means of dry-land training for cross-country skiers as it simulates on snow resistance and ski handling. Roller skiing with poles is a complete body workout that will get you conditioned for the winter season. Roller skis are available in classic and skate models and can be used to replicate all on snow drills. While roller skiing is the closest training to actual skiing it is often not the most practical for the average skier as you need to purchase expensive roller skis and have paved trails or smooth roads with wide shoulders.

Ski striding is a more flowing and dynamic motion than ski walking. You want to add a “pre-load” before you push off each foot to mimic compressing the wax pocket of your skis. Don’t over stride. If you’re landing on your heel, you are over striding.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate ski specific training is to use poles when you

If you prefer skate skiing you can also imitate skating techniques on steep up hills.

Ski bounding has the same fundamentals as ski striding but adds an explosive jump to the stride. Both feet should be off the ground between bounds and emphasis should be on moving forward (not up in the air). Bounding should be done on a fairly steep hill and is excellent for technique, strength and speed.

For more information on Nordic skiing in Fernie or to volunteer for the Teck Kootenay Cup race, visit Fernienordic. com.

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‘Twas the month before ski season And all through Fernie, People were squatting and lunging Getting legs ready for burning… Here are five must dos this month to get you ready for opening day. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, which is about how long one typically skis before taking a rest. Keep pain-free for all exercise and good alignment – feet straight (“skis-on stance”) with your kneecap staying in line with your second toe. Squats: Feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your head tall and bring your hips back like you are sitting in a chair. Ideally your quads should be parallel to the ground,



but use pain as your guide and stay in a pain-free range. Start slowly but progress to increase your depth and speed. Count the number of reps in 30 seconds and see how you improve. Lunges: Stagger your feet, so one foot is two shoe lengths in front of the other. Keep your head tall and bend both knees. The goal is to get both knees to 90 degrees keeping your shoulders over your back knee, but again use pain as a guide and stay within a pain free range of motion. 30 seconds per side.


Jump lunges: Start in your lunge position and jump up and switch feet. Lunge and repeat. If you find these too challenging, you can just step forwards and back doing alternate lunges instead of hopping. If you are hopping and experience any discomfort, complete your 30 seconds with alternate lunges. Perform two to three times through the list every second day. These can be done almost anywhere, so find a time of day that works and commit to it!

The griz left his cave, Jump squats: The same as a squat but As the locals did train. add a hop in between. You may need to Happy skiing to all, start with a tiny hop only, and using pain as May your legs feel no pain! your guide, progress to a deeper and higher hop. Jump Lunges Calf raises: Find a stair or a ledge and let your heels stretch off the bottom. Keeping your weight even across your big to little toe, raise your heels as high as you can and release, going slower on your way down. Count your reps in 30 seconds.

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Flu Fighters

Homemade Chicken Bone Stock


Makes approx. 16 cups Carcass from a 3-4lb roasted chicken

THERE IS NOTHING THAN A LOVED ONE placing a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup on your lap when you are under the weather. This also applies for: bad days, long days, busy days, or sleepless nights… pretty much any time you just need some soul food love. It’s during these times of stress on the body that our immune systems struggle to keep up if we don’t slow down, sleep and eat nutrient dense meals. November is the month to prevent getting sick by increasing immune boosting foods in our everyday meals. In this month’s recipes I focus on mineral and nutrient rich bone stock, antioxidant powerhouse turmeric, digestive soothing ginger and your sulphur rich garlic and onion. All of these ingredients together create a flu fighting feast! Before setting out to make this pot of joy, some words of caution. All chicken broths are not created equal. There is a sneaky ingredient hiding in your favourite store-bought chicken broth that can over stimulate the immune and nervous systems causing inflammation and the production of histamines. This immune suppressing ingredient is called MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) or processed free glutamic acid. This flavour enhancing ingredient is very common in processed, canned and ready-made foods. The tricky thing is MSG can also be labelled as: yeast extract, flavouring or as spices! Canadian labelling laws allow companies to say “MSG free” or “No MSG Added” and still have free glutamic acid labelled as yeast or yeast extract. So when picking your chicken broth, choose wisely and even better – learn to make your own chicken bone stock! Homemade bone stock is recently touted as a health supplement. The difference between a stock and a broth is a stock uses

2 carrots, roughly chopped Celery heart stalks with leaves or 3 stalks, roughly chopped 2 medium onions, chopped Sprigs of fresh thyme, rosemary and sage 1 Tbsp or more sea salt 1 Tbsp black pepper corns 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar • Place all ingredients in a large stockpot or slow cooker, cover with water and bring to a boil (slow cooker on high and covered until it boils). • Cover and reduce to a low heat simmer for 12-24 hours without stirring. • Strain broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. • Transfer broth to several glass mason jars to speed cooling. Do not freeze or refrigerate while hot!


bones, and a broth is the liquid the meat was cooked in. Homemade bone stock is chalked-full of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium along with easily absorbed nutrients like proteins, collagen and gelatin that contribute to strong immune, nervous and skeletal systems. I cannot talk about bone stock without mentioning its ability to aid in digestive and muscle repair because of how easy it is to digest and absorb these nutrients. It is no wonder it is an age-old remedy! Enjoy a mug of bone stock during times of stress for its healing properties or to boost immunity when needed. Or better yet, use it to make some Flu-Fighting Chicken Noodle Soup!

• Place jars in fridge uncovered for several hours until the stock separates and the fat raises to the top and hardens. Remove fat and discard. • Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for 6 months. • Don’t worry if the broth has a jellolike consistency, this is due to the gelatin and collagen in the bones.

Flu-Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup This soup will fill your house with a mouth-watering flavourful aroma! 1 knob of coconut oil or ghee 1 medium onion, chopped small

Flu-Fighter Soup continued from previous page 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 carrots, diced 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 Tbsp ginger, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped or 1 tsp dried 1 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped or 1 tsp dried 2 bay leaves 2 Cups kelp noodles*, drained and rinsed or your favourite cooked noodle 8 cups yeast free chicken broth or homemade chicken bone stock 3 cups of cooked chicken, oven roasted is ideal Handful of finely chopped spinach (optional) Sea salt, to taste

• Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and add onion, celery, carrots, ginger and garlic and sauté until soft. • Stir in turmeric, thyme, parsley and bay leaves and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.


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• Add 8 cups of stock or bone broth and bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. • Add noodles, chicken, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for another 1030 minutes. • Just before serving, stir in the finely chopped spinach for extra nutrients! • Season to taste and serve with love. *I highly suggest trying kelp noodles. They are a mineral rich seaweed noodle that is grain free, gluten free and remind me of ramen noodles (Mr. Noodles) when boiled in water. You can find these in Fernie at The Good Earth.

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Lean Into the Resistance HEATHER IVANY

AS A STUDENT AND TEACHER OF YOGA, there is this point in a yoga practice where we enter into asanas (postures) and pause to study the experience. Common phrases teachers say are, “let go” or “surrender.” The good intentions of the teacher are to offer an invitation for the student to drop deeper into the many layers of their sentient being. However, what if we don’t understand what it is that we need to let go of ? We can appreciate and feel the resistance that is playing out, but how can we let go when we don’t know what to let go of ?   I operated this way for years. Each time I would butt up against a tension in my physical body, a resistance in my mind or an agitation in my emotions, I would meet it with the breath and quietly ask that tension to release and let go. Then a revolution for me occurred with the guidance of my teacher. She suggested to me rather than letting go and surrendering, why not try to lean in. This resistance is asking me to pay attention. So, where exactly is it felt within my body? What type of texture does it have (dull ache, sharpness, hot, etc.)? Does this tension radiate or concentrate? Is it asking for support physically (stronger thighs to take the tension off of the knees), emotionally (holding space for all my emotions rather than just the ones I deem acceptable), or spiritually (asking for support from sources beyond myself)? When I leaned in, I began to widen the gap of stillness, that little pause at the top of the inhale and before an exhale. That pause repeats at the base of the exhale before inhaling again. It starts off as small and fleeting; yet the more we practice, the elongation of the pause widens. As the pause widens, stillness increases and rest and healing occurs.


Take this into a meditation practice. When we are faced with the busyness of the mind while struggling to be present, we see our lack concentration as an inability to meditate. What if instead we were to lean in and give full permission of our thoughts to have our undivided attention? What we would see is that the mind is no more busy in meditation than it is in everyday living. The difference is we are now aware of it. From here, give a few moments for the mind to do what it does best and that is to sort, organize and file the information it has received throughout the day. When you sense the mind struggling to hold presence, understand that each moment of struggle your cells are releasing a touch of stored stress.  By leaning in we can see that the mind struggling for quiet is good! Each time something in your body or in your mind wants to move while you sit, something that no longer serves you wants out. You are moving into the healing state again and again. Trust the mind to do its work. Befriend what you perceive as obstacle.  Rod Stryker, yoga teacher and author, says this: “When the seeker and sought become one there is a restfulness. This restfulness can become part of everything you do. As you pay attention to that quality of restfulness knowing as you sit for mediation with more and more consistency that you are exactly what you have been seeking. That this connection to yourself is the most important connection you can make and that it is in fact the connection that teaches everyone how

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Ski the World: Les 3 Vallées REBECCA HALL

WITH SOME OF THE BEST ALPINE SKIING and plentiful powder right here in Fernie, it’s easy to see why you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. But if you do ever wonder what else is out there, few places on earth rival the juggernaut of skiing that is Les 3 Vallées in France. Les 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the world, with 321 marked runs covering 1,512 hectares/3,736 acres. 600km of interlinked trails spread out across an impressive vertical of 2,130m/7000ft with the skiable summit high above Val Thorens at 3,230m/10,587ft. The area is serviced by over 2,100 snow guns and 169 ski lifts, including six-person chairs, gondolas and the world famous Saulire Cable Car. Meribel, located in the central valley of the three, was where my love of skiing began. Twenty years ago I’d never skied before but was offered a job for a season, and it sounded like a great way to learn a new skill while living somewhere beautiful. Arriving one snowy day at the end of November, I was mesmerized by the immense peaks of the Tarentaise Valley and the beauty of the resort village. Colonel Peter Lindsay from Scotland founded Meribel in the late 1930s with a vision of a resort built entirely in the Savoyard style, using local stone, slate and wood. The result is a gingerbread village of alpine chalets, neatly terraced across the side of the mountain. In comparison, Corchevel to the east is a cosmopolitan playground of the rich and famous with Michelin-restaurants and stylish boutiques, while Val Thorens to the west is laid back and lively with the biggest nightclub in the Alps and lots of family-friendly accommodation.


For a sport that requires little more than a snow-covered slope and a couple of planks strapped to your feet, the difference between skiing in Europe and skiing in the Rockies is distinct. While ski runs in the Rockies are as much a suggestion as anything, in France it’s advisable to mostly stick to the marked pistes – or runs – and these come with conveniently numbered markers so you always know where you are. Off-piste is possible in limited places, but this doesn’t limit the skiing. Runs are long, wide, well groomed and incredibly varied in difficulty. It’s true that lifts in France can be busy compared to our non-existent lift lines, but the volume they can handle keeps things moving. Runs are rarely crowded. For quiet runs and incredible glacier views, head to the top of the valley and the Mont Vallon lift. Skiing in France is a very social event – restaurants dotted across the mountain make for great pit stops, and lunch is an event all of its own. I’m happy to say that 20 years after I first visited, the deck at the Le Rond Point is still the place to be for Après – a sun trap with great food, regular live entertainment and plenty of beer and vin chaud, or check out the ubiquitous Jack’s Bar for late nights. For fine dining there’s plenty to choose from in the village, and it’s well worth making an outing to Les Allues for dinner at La Chaumiere. If you choose a traditional chalet holiday, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of home. Meribel has one of the highest concentrations of “catered chalets” in


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Build Your Own Computer KEVIN MCISAAC

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN. One of the many jobs I had while putting myself through school was building computers. In those days building your own computer was a pretty complex undertaking. I purchased computer assembly kits from HeathKit, a company which had started out with do it yourself (DIY) kits for amateur radio buffs. I then assembled the computers and sold them. Assembling computers in those days meant inhaling a lot of soldering fumes, a treat few people building computers today should feel bad about missing out on. My success rate with having new builds run the first time was about 80%, which was pretty good. These days it’s about 95%, but that’s probably because I don’t have to check the resister colour code chart anymore. Somewhat tricky for those of us that are colour challenged. As computers became more popular ready-made manufacturers came into their own and only hard core geek types kept on building their own. But here we are 35 years into the computer revolution and once again people are choosing to build their own computers from components again. Why build instead of buy? Well, there are a myriad of reasons, but most reasons fall into two camps: price and performance. First off, it’s very difficult to beat a company like Dell at the price game without getting your hands dirty, and even then it’s challenging. However, if the computer you’re looking for needs special capabilities such as running multiple monitors, or high-performance then careful matching of components can yield a faster computer for the dollar. In addition to not having to solder chips unto a motherboard to build a computer,

there are now websites that will help you select your components and provide walkthroughs for building. My serious building days were ten years before the internet existed. If you’ve never built a computer before start at partsguide. This page is kept up to date and describes what you need to buy in order to be successful. Once you have a general idea of what you have to purchase, go to This website caters to beginner builders. It lets you pick a budget and then generates a ‘best of ’ list of parts to meet your budget. Read the notes that come with each part. Note, that doesn’t sell parts, just helps ensure compatibility and price. Another useful site for compatibility and price is PC Part Picker has pre-built systems for every price point, but it’s strong suit is as a compatibility checker. Start a system build and then as you make specific selections it eliminates incompatible items from the list. How do you decide between that Intel Core i5-4590 and the i5-4690K? That’s where review sites come in handy. has been around forever and regularly reviews computer components, often comparing models that are similar. also does reviews and performance evaluations. Once you’ve found all the parts you’d like, shop around. Prices for specific items vary wildly. Also, don’t go with the highest end item unless you really need it. Prices for the newest and fastest computer parts are always much more expensive than the tier directly below. And often the part costs 40% more for a 10% improvement. When you’ve received all your parts, set up a place to work where you can leave everything laying undisturbed for a couple of days. Get yourself a small Phillips screwdriver, some tweezers, a magnifying glass, and a good light.

I like to build my computer out of the case first. Just lay everything out on the table top all neat and connected. Always be careful about static electricity. Either get a static wrist attachment or keep something metal and plugged in handy to touch before touching any computer item. Once the computer is fully assembled and operational, let it sit running and undisturbed for a couple of days. Computers have what’s called a ‘bathtub failure curve,’ meaning the highest likelihood of failure is at the very beginning and very end of its lifecycle. When you’re satisfied it’s going to work, pull it apart and reassemble in the case. Don’t forget to order an operating system along with your new computer, or you won’t be able to play with it once it’s working.

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