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No bear or wolf conflicts since incidents last month By Sarah Makowsky Reporter/Photographer

Are Wolves a

Kerkeslin pack member. PHOTO BY MARK BRADLEY


Danger to People?

n the past year and a half, the Jasper National Park Pyramid Wolf Pack has killed two offleash dogs, aggressively approached others (both on-leash and off) and most recently at t a cke d a lea shed dog a s t he ow ne r attempted to defend it with bear spray. I have said to others that this is “highly unusual behavior for wolves,” because this is what the general consensus was when I did my biology degree almost two decades ago. I may have been partially right: a wolf attacking a leashed dog beside its master is certainly more unusual than a wolf attacking an off-leash dog, or any other member of the Canid family for that matter. They will take necessary opportunities to feed themselves and their pack. But to say aggressive behavior toward people and their pets is highly unusual behavior isn’t quite right either. When I was a biology student in the early ‘90s, what we knew of wolf behavior was based largely on observations recorded in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, when biologists concluded that healthy, free-ranging wolves

posed little or no threat to human safety. In 2002, Mark McNay, a now retired biologist f rom Alaska, pen ned an oft refer red to repor t i n which he suggests these observations were made during a cycle of low wolf populations. Indeed, in the late 1800’s wolves were still the most widely distributed mammals in North America. But once Europeans began to settle the continent, wolves quickly lost ground. Agriculture, aggressive hunting, poisoning campaigns, and in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, government-sanctioned wolfcontrol programs, ensured the extirpation of wolves from large portions of Canada. The U.S. was hit harder – very few, isolated packs persisted in the lower 48 states. With wolves at low numbers, there was very little record of wolf aggression toward people in Canada and Alaska. Some researchers speculate that it wasn’t just low numbers, but that wolves surviving the human campaign against them were more wary animals, while the bolder ones were shot. Whatever the reason, when McNay r e v ie we d 8 0 c a s e s of h u m a n -wol f encounters, he only found one case involving

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unprovoked, aggressive behaviour between 1900 and 1969. But, between 1969 and 2000, 18 cases were documented, including “three cases of serious injury to children since 1996.” Still not a big number when you consider the number of people attacked by dogs (300 people were killed by domestic dogs in the U.S. alone between 1979 and the late 1990s). But enough to question the belief that encounters with these wary carnivores were virtually unheard of. McNay suggested that “increases in wolf protection, human activities in wolf habitat, and [an increase in] wolf numbers occurred concurrently with increases with unprovoked aggressive encounters.” In other words, it appeared that more wolves, in combination with more people in their habitat, had resulted in more encounters. It’s important to remember that wolves are aggressive for different reasons. In an attempt to analyze the encounters, McNay developed a classification system and concluded “most aggressive encounters resulted from self-defense, defense of [other wolves], or rabies, or were triggered by the presence of a domestic dog.” Interestingly, McNay noted that wolves rarely vocalized during unprovoked, aggressive encounters, but wolves that were defending their dens consistently displayed loud vocalizations. Other researchers have confirmed and strengthened these conclusions. T he re we re 11 ca se s i n McNay’s research where habituation played a role in unprovoked encounters – over half of the serious wolf encounters he documented. McNay considered wolves “habituated” if they repeatedly approached people, or repeatedly visited areas frequented by humans, without showing much fear. In the roulette game that is human encounters with wildlife, it appears that in

Jasper our ball has landed on this rare dark spot of wolf habituation. But the situation may not be as random as it appears. For example, a favourite prey species of wolves are elk. Elk numbers are declining in the park, but out-of-town herds are declining faster than those near the townsite. Elk use the town, campgrounds and outlying accommodation to hide from predators that are usually wary of humans. As elk numbers dwindle, are wolves becoming more reliant on larger herds near the townsite? Is this forcing more encounters with people and their pets? Are there more dogs in town than in past decades, and more dog-walkers using the trails, increasing the chance of encounters further still? It may be diff icult to scientif ically quantify exactly what’s happening at the intersection of all these factors, and maybe that’s not the point. We find ourselves in a situation that needs active management. Few of us want the destruction of wolves, but cases reviewed by McNay and others tell us that in some instances, wolves, like bears, can be dangerous for people. Denying this is to deny wolves their birthright as a predator, intelligent and opportunistic enough to once rule the continent. What can we take away from past cases of aggressive wolf encounters? Biologists l i ke McNa y r e c o m m e n d i n c r e a s e d vigilance and precaution, especially if there is any possibility wolves are at higher risk of habituation. He suggests negative conditioning may be required with wolves that show no fear of people. But preventing habituation in the first place is the key. Right now, the Pyramid Pack needs enough space to hunt natural prey, and less opportunity to become habituated to people and their pets. As trail-users, we can play a role in ensuring this pack stays healthy and wild.

There haven’t been any incidents of concern with wild animals in the time since a bear and wolf were both destroyed last month. “It’s been an unusual year for everything,” said Steve Malcolm, wildlife conf lict specialist for Jasper National Park (JNP), referring to the wolf that was destroyed for attacking Karl Peetoom’s dog, Maggie, and a townsite-habituated bear that met the same fate. In relation to the wolf attack near Trail 2, the Pyramid Bench area has been closed to dogs since. Malcolm is running a 30-day assessment of the area. Staff are using remote cameras, tracking and reported observations. The recent snow also makes

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it easier to track the wolves. The pack typically re-visits a site once every 10 days, so Malcolm wants to conduct a three-period visit. The trail should be open to dogs near the end of November, but an official announcement will be issued, he said. The attacking wolf was part of the Pyramid pack, although “It’s looking more like it was an independent attack,” said Malcolm. Since the attack, there haven’t been any other incidents of concern with the 80 to 100 wolves in JNP. Five of the Pyramid Pack were spotted behind the transfer station and while a rumour circulated that one was injured, Malcolm hasn’t found anything. The Signal Pack is active on the other side of the river and hunting elk, but hasn’t shown food-conditioning concerns, said Malcolm. The Snaring Pack is also actively hunting.

W h i l e v e n t u r i n g o n t r a i l s , i t ’s recommended to avoid traveling at dusk or dawn, go in groups of three or more, carry bear spray and closely supervise small children. And as always, dogs must be leashed in a national park. In the time since the bear was destroyed on Oct. 4, unfortunately two were hit on the road, however, bears are now in hibernation, said Malcolm. It takes awhile for bears to become habituated and comfortable around humans. The bear that was destroyed had the entire summer to be food-conditioned through public feedings. Once habituation occurs, bears feel comfortable to enter campsites

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and poke around backyards. It’s difficult to un-condition a bear, said Malcolm. Intervening a bear before it becomes an issue in town is the best option. Overall, Malcolm said there’s “fantastic public support” with Jasperites respecting animals and reporting sightings. It’s counter-intuitive to purposely not report a bear or any other wildlife sighting because without intervention, the animal moves closer to habituation. “Allowing that pushes them to comfort,” said Malcolm. “I encourage everyone to understand that we need to understand where [the animals] are and what they’re doing.”

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INBRIEF Skate with Santa

This Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Jasper Activity Centre, be sure to come out and Skate with Santa, between 10 a.m. and noon. The event is being organized by Santa’s Anonymous, the food and toy drive that collects items to ensure Jasperites-in-need experience a merry Christmas. Donations will be accepted during the event.

Marmot set for its earliest opening

With 76 cm of snowfall to date, a minimum of five runs will be open on the lower mountain, serviced by the Eagle Express high-speed quad chair, on Nov. 9. The School House T-Bar and Magic Carpet will also be open. More lifts and runs will open with additional snowfall. Resort facilities open at 8 a.m. and lifts at 9 a.m.

Movember ‘staches growing

It’s that time of year again when men sport their finest moustachery to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Movember spans the month of November and is intended to promote discussion of often secretive men’s health issues like prostate cancer and mental health. Marmot Basin employees are growing moustaches all month and on Saturday, Nov. 24, the mountain hosts Marmot Movember. There’s a race and other activities for families to get involved in. Proceeds will be donated to the Movember Prostate Cancer organization. Curtis Hrdlicka from the Edmonton Movember committee is organizing four buses to transport 200 or more people to Jasper to participate in Marmot Movember, capped off with an evening gala at the Jasper Brewing Company. There will be many prizes for costumes and moustaches. In town, Source for Spor ts is also making a Movember contribution with the limited edition Sherwood Mo’ Stick. Fifteen per cent of every stick purchased goes to Movember Canada. According to Movember Canada, the Canadian Movember Campaign raised $42 million in 2011.

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National Park News november 8 Mountain Biking Award

The International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization that has significantly impacted mountain biking in Canada and beyond. IMBA chose Parks Canada for the award because “Parks Canada has opened doors for mountain biking by developing national guidelines that deem mountain biking an acceptable activity within National Parks, and creating new trail tools and best practices that benefit trail users and mountain bikers throughout Canada and the world.” Following the Jasper Trails Project and three years of implementation, Jasper National Park now offers the most extensive multi-use system in the Canadian National Parks. Once the Trail Plan is fully implemented, there will be over 280 km of multi-use trails in the Three Valley Confluence. Hikers, bikers and horse users can take in an easy outing to access stunning views, or challenge themselves to trails with technical terrain features and steep elevation gains. Through closures of key wildlife corridors, the official trail network also ensures we respect Jasper’s wildlife, giving animals the space they need in their natural environments. Parks Canada also works with IMBA’s Canada Trail Care Crew program, in which a two-person team of trailbuilders and educators travels across Canada teaching sustainable trail-building practices. As mentioned in last week’s Fitzhugh, IMBA’s AJ Strawson and Rachel Raven recently visited Jasper and worked with Parks Canada and volunteers on a new trail near Pyramid Lake.

Winter Driving Safety

Winter has arrived here in Jasper National Park, and drivers are advised to take appropriate safety precautions. Tell someone your planned route, and have a winter safety kit in the vehicle. Remember that winter tires or chains are a legal requirement for driving the Icefields Parkway between Oct. 1 and Apr. 30.

Cougar kills livestock in the Robson Valley

Before departing on a trip, drivers should check road conditions and plan accordingly. In Jasper, drivers can call 780-852-3311 (local conditions), check AMA`s website at, or the Province of BC`s website at When driving in winter: • keep your gas tank and windshield washer fluid full. • allow at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slick surfaces. • remember that posted speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions; slow down when driving on snow, ice, slush or rain. • use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance equipment like snow plows, salt and sand trucks. Never pass on the right, and know that passing a sand truck may leave you on your own on a slippery highway. • low beams are more effective than high beams in fog or heavy snow conditions. • check tire pressure regularly, as tires lose pressure in colder conditions. • do not use cruise control or overdrive in snow, ice, slush or rain. Both cruise control and overdrive can result in an unexpected gear shift causing a loss of traction. • watch for black ice, often hidden by shaded areas, on bridge decks and at intersections where exhaust and packed snow can cause ice up quickly. In mountain areas, weather may change quickly and frequently, and patches of weather may be localized, meaning it is hard to accurately predict road conditions over longer stretches of road. On the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) there are very few private vehicles, no cell phone coverage, no fuel available and no Parks Canada staff patrolling over night. Regular service on the Icefields Parkway occurs during daytime hours only, with no maintenance scheduled outside of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as noted on signage at each end of this road. See NPN page 5

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A young, female cougar was caught in a trap and put down last week after killing livestock on a Dunster farm. Bob and Phyllis Krueger, who live a couple of kilometres from the Dunster Store and raise sheep and goats, lost a lamb to the cougar early Wednesday morning, and a couple of nights after that, one of their full-grown goats was killed. “Wednesday early morning, a lamb was taken out of the yard between the house and the barn over an electric fence into the wood,” said Phyllis. “The dog tipped us off to it,” added Bob. “He had a different kind of bark, a serious bark. We found the carcass in the wood, and also where the cougar had been lying down. He ate part of the lamb. I probably ran him off.” “The cougar ate quite a bit of the lamb by the time we found it,” added Phyllis. Early Friday morning, Nov. 2, there was a second kill in Krueger’s yard, this time a full-grown goat. “The goat kill was in the pen where the animals are kept,” said Phyllis. “The cougar jumped into the pen and killed the goat near the manger, then dragged it 40 yards and tried to get it over the fence,” said Bob. However, the cougar was unsuccessful in dragging the goat out of the pen, so it buried it behind another manger in the snow. “The other goats were so panicked,” said Phyllis. “They wouldn’t go near the manger. They were all bunched up, tense and on edge.” Bob and Phyllis Krueger assume that the cougar is the same one that killed two goats belonging to Dunster residents Shane and Lorrie Bressette the first week of October. Todd Hunter, conservation officer out of Prince George, had set a trap on Bressette’s property, but that proved unsuccessful. Now, a month later, the cougar, if it is the same one, came back and killed more livestock. The Kruegers contacted the Conversation Officers Service (COS) in Prince George, and conservation officer Mike Bartos drove out on Friday afternoon and set four leg hold traps just before dark. “I used the killed goat as bait,” he said. “The cougar had it buried and covered in snow to come back to later. I moved it so I could anchor the trap and goat to a tree.” That same evening, the cougar got caught in the trap when it came back to its kill. NPN from page 4

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“The cat was caught on Nov. 2 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a few hours after the leg holds were set,” confirmed Bartos, who came back out to Dunster the following day to remove and examine the dead cougar. “Based on the tracks it looks like it’s the offending cat,” he said. The cougar had a sizable, but superficial looking, wound on his left hip. “Maybe the injury limited the cat from taking down its regular prey such as deer so it took to easier prey like penned up livestock,” said Bartos. “Killing domestic animals is learned behaviour. It has experienced success. It most likely wouldn’t change its behaviour.” While Bartos couldn’t confirm whether or not the trapped cougar was the same animal that killed Bressette’s goats, given the proximity of the two properties, the likelihood is high. “Hopefully this will put an end to the killings,” he said, advising people to nevertheless not let their guard down and be aware. “When hiking, carry a walking stick and keep children close by,” he said. He also recommends hiking in groups and keeping dogs on a leash. “If you run into a cougar, make yourself big, yell, scream, be threatening and intimidating. Do everything you can to change its mind. If it attacks, attempt to fight it off and don’t give up.” “It is important that the public reports abnormal and threatening wildlife behaviour right away to the COS call centre at 1-877-952-7277,” said Hunter, adding that the COS is the lead agency for dealing with wildlife issues and has a 24-hour call centre. “We were more successful with the second incident because the carcass was not removed. The first setup was also less ideal for a trapping set and the trap was removed to avoid catching a non-target animal such as a bear.”

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QUOTE of the week It’s been an unusual year for everything. Steve Malcolm, wildlife conflict specialist for Jasper National Park.

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Fire at Mountain Motors. -- [April 1944] The Lovat Scouts were stationed in Jasper in 1943-44. Their supplies and gifts for friends and family were stored in Mountain Motors, which burned down just before they were due to leave Jasper. History at a Glance is brought to you by the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. Online: / Twitter: @jaspermuseum

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The Jasper Children’s Choir is preparing for their upcoming show, DiversiT, on Nov. 18 at the Activity Centre. The show is inspired by Beyond Singing, a charity project comprised of Tina Turner and two other singers, Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay, who integrate different religious prayers and chants into songs as a means of encouraging unity among citizens. The show is about “bringing unity to the forefront,” said director Grace Shea, and finding the “common wealth” that we all share. Shea’s working with the children, teaching them about peace and finding out what it means to them. In DiversiT, the children will sing different chants and prayers from all over the world. Also, t wo mandalas, one for peace and one for protection, will be presented at the show. They were made by children during a summer music camp. Currently, the choir has 12 members, but “the idea is that the choir will grow,” said Shea. She’s “just ecstatic” that directing the choir combines two of her passions: children and singing. “To hear them is gorgeous.” The event also features singer Matricia Brown and a dancer from Grande Cache. Robin Campbell, minister of Aboriginal Relations will also be present. The show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation, with proceeds benefitting Habitat for the Arts and Children of Autumn Foundation.

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Director Grace Shea leads the Jasper Children’s Choir in a warm-up excercise. The group is preparing for its performance at DiversiT on Nov. 18.

Jasper Society is holding their 2012 Annual General Meeting

What circumstances would represent an acceptable risk for the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline through Jasper National Park? a) Nothing – no risk is acceptable b) 24 hour visual monitoring of every foot of the pipeline c) Advanced remote 24 hour monitoring and instant shutdown procedures d) The pipeline has a proven track record, the risk is already acceptable e) It doesn’t matter, the true risk is to our coastline

Where: Community Outreach Services Boardroom, upstairs 627 Patricia Street

When: 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2012 Please contact Carla Gallop for more information: 780-852-6544

Go to to cast your vote. Results will be published in next week’s Fitzhugh.

Last week’s results: What is your favourite winter activity? Downhill Skiing 41.7% (10) Hockey 20.8% (5) Other 16.7% (4) Curling 12.5% (3) Cross-Country Skiing 8.3% (2)


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Dear Bullies You know who you are, even if you don’t want to admit it, although some of you are proud of what you do. There are more than a few of you on school playgrounds, but many of you grew up and brought your conditioned behaviours to the workplace, to our streets and more subtle venues. You are arrogant. You think you are the ultimate judge of both character and skill. You believe you are a master not only of your chosen field but also of most any field regardless of personal knowledge. You probably proudly declared you were a genius at some point in your life. You take the time to point out what’s wrong with other people. You point out weaknesses, odd behaviours, bad fashion choices and irritating characteristics. You are sure to note how some people are not as smart, as brave or as fast as you are. Your words are harsh and sting like a whip. You are always right, having never made a mistake in your life. If something you are connected with goes wrong it is always the fault of someone else. When was the last time you admitted to a mistake? I guess it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way. You believe your heightened sense of social awareness, superior skills and evolved intellect gives you the right to put people down, and particularly those you’ve decided deserve it most. You hunt for the chance to point out mistakes. You relish the opportunity to initiate negative stimulus. You poke, you prod and you irritate your target. Some of you have done it for so long it is simply second nature. The suffering you cause gives you power and you feed off of it. Your words cause pain and action; you see it, you feel it and it makes you feel powerful. We know who you are, too. You don’t think we do, but that is where your arrogance gets in the way. We put up with you because, unlike you, we all see something important or special about you. Deep inside we know you are actually hurting. We know you are scared, uncertain and your self-esteem is scarred. Unlike you, we know everybody makes mistakes, even you, and we will always forgive you for them. We will always give you the benefit of the doubt and we want that special part of you to shine through. We want you to join us, not control us. We don’t want you to hurt people anymore. We want you to feel the joy of acceptance. We want you to see that everyone has a special spark; we see yours. We aren’t perfect, neither are you, but there is hope for all of us. You are going to have hard week. Next week is Anti-Bullying Week and you are going to be facing some issues. If you need to talk, let us know.

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hen Bob Dowling signed on to serve Canada during the Second World War, fear was the furthest thought from his mind. “You want to go where the action is you’d hope to go overseas,” said the Camrose native who has resided in Jasper for many years. “When you’re young, you think you’re invincible; there’s no such thing as fear.” With his father and brother already in the forces, Dowling was so enthusiastic about joining that initially he was t ur ned away because he was too young. In 1942, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and commenced bomber pilot training. “I served my air force career all in Canada, and Newfoundland, which wasn’t part of Canada at the time,” he said. Dowling’s training spanned the war’s remaining years. After completing basic training, he moved on to learning and flying airplanes, specifically the twin engined B-25 Mitchell, a popular North American bomber used in the war. A member of the 418 City of Edmonton Squadron, Dowling continued training and patrolling in Canada, but he and his comrades always thought about their friends on foreign soil. “The air gunners went overseas quickly and many never came back,” he said. Whenever a list of casualties arrived at the base, Albertan names were bolded, so everyone knew right away who wasn’t coming home alive. He and the others lost many friends. With that in mind, “you become serious as you get older,” he said. The excitement of serving overseas lost its luster. When peace time arrived, Dowling recalls mass suspicion. “We weren’t cer tain if the cessation of hostilities was the end.” The war ended so quickly that there was fear that things could start up again, so with the squadron called back to service, Dowling resumed patrol. “I never flew commercially,” he said, adding that he always flew in his own plane. Dowling remained a reservist in the 418 squadron until 1958. During the last years of his military career, Dowling met a large nu mber of Australians, one of whom




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he still corresponds with and they’ve visited each other in their respective countries. While Dowling pursued other endeavours after his military career, Remembrance Day marks a time of reflection and appreciation. “Remembrance Day has become important to everyone,” he said, especially with international conflicts still occurring. Another key aspect is the poppy fund, which is a “trust fund for benevolent purposes inside and outside of Jasper.” Young, promising lives cut short by war is something Dowling never forgets, and he takes careful time to commemorate this grave loss. “It’s very important for me.”



t was 1942 and hungr y Ger many U-boat packs endlessly harassed allied supply lines attempting to cross the north Atlantic to war-torn Europe. By August of that year, Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain was forced to review a discouraging number of military defeats. During this desperate time the National Research Council was tasked with the consideration of innovative and perhaps bizarre ways of turning the tide of war. Enter Geoffrey Nathaniel Pyke, whose biography reads like a James Bond novel. During the First World War, Pyke snuck into Germany with the intention of sending dispatches to a newspaper, the Daily Chronicle. He was nearly shot by German authorities and landed himself in an internment camp. He later managed to escape with another English inmate. During the Spanish Civil War, Pyke had the innovative idea of outfitting Harley-Davidson motorcycles with sidecars designed to deliver hot food to the front and casualties back to safety. In 1942, Pyke’s reputation landed him a job as advisor to Lord Mountbatten, chief of combined operations in Great Britain. Pyke recalled how, after the sinking of the Titanic, an international ice patrol had tried in vain to destroy icebergs threatening commercial shipping lines. This gave Pyke the idea of constructing ships out of ice, which appeared to be impervious to the weaponry of the time. Pyke’s idea was called “brilliant” and “sound” by Proffessor J.D. Ber nal, a physicist and Mountbatten’s chief science advisor. In December of 1942, Churchill was most enthusiastic about the idea and told the British armed services chiefs to give the project high priority. Pyke’s aircraft carriers were designed to be 600 metres long, 90 metres wide and 60 metres deep. They would weigh two million tonnes. Twentysix electrically driven motors would propel the massive vessels at a top speed of seven knots and would house 2,000 crewmen in specially designed metal compartments. The vessels were to be constructed using a special material dubbed “Pykrete,” a mixture of water and wood pulp that was frozen solid. Pykrete turned out to be stronger, more stable and less likely to melt than pure ice. It was suggested a “bergship” made of Pykrete would only sustain minor, repairable damage from a torpedo. A series of pipes imbedded in the ice and circulating cold

air would keep the hull permanently frozen. In 1943, Jasper became the focus of this highly secret attempt to thwart the German supremacy at sea. On Patricia Lake, a 1:50 scale, 1,000 tonne model of Pyke’s “bergship” was constructed under the code name “HABBAKUK.” T h roug h t he w i nt e r, Habbba k u k wa s constructed to specs. Few who worked on the project knew exactly what they were building. During the summer, after the model was built, the cooling systems designed to keep the ice hull from melting was tested. The model remained cool and afloat in Patricia Lake, just as planned. While it was proved that ice-hulled ships were technically possible to build, unfortunately there were some obvious limitations to the project. Firstly, it was revealed that it would not be possible to build Habbakuks before the spring of 1945. Churchill was most annoyed that the ice vessels would not be ready to be positioned off the coast of Norway in time for the invasion of Europe. The ice ships would also cost $100 million and require 35,000 people to construct. Cost of material and labour made the construction of these vessels impractical. By the summer of 1943, while Habbakuk was floating in Patricia Lake, the Allies were seeing some progress in the battle of the Atlantic. New anti-submarine devices were being more and more successful and longer ranged bombers were being deployed ahead of schedule. In August of 1943, the refrigeration equipment was removed from the model. The ice quickly melted and the model disintegrated sending the heavy iron ducts and wood structure to the bottom of Patricia Lake. In 1988, the Alberta Underwater Archaeology Society affixed a bronze plaque to a washed stone concrete cairn and lowered it onto a small bench on the bottom of Patricia Lake overlooking the remains of the model. The plaque reads:

Operation Habbakuk

A secret W.W. II project involving the use of ice in ship construction. This vessel, built January to April, 1943, was a prototype. For more information, contact the Canadian Parks Service, Jasper. Please respect our underwater heritage. One of Jasper’s many contributions toward the efforts of the Second World War, was forever immortalized beneath the icy waters of Patricia Lake.

EVERY SOLDIER’S FORGOTTEN HERO By William G. Barker, VC Special to the Fitzhugh


s a guide I often talk about how many of the mountains around Jasper are named after heroes of the First World War. The first tourist attraction in our park was named in 1915 after the Empire’s greatest heroine, nurse Edith Cavell. The Queen even visited her shrine in 2005. Above town is the Victoria Cross Range where six peaks are named after western Canadian soldiers who earned this highest medal of bravery in the First World War. I’ve always been curious why the greatest hero, holding the record for valour decorations in the history of Canada, the British Empire, and the Com monwealth of Nations, doesn’t have a peak named after him. Forgotten in time he lies in a crypt

with his wife’s family name. His: Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Military Cross and two Bars, two Italian Silver Medals for Military Valour, the French Croix de Guerre and three Dispatch Mentionings for bravery can be found in Ottawa’s War Museum. This man even flew the future King Edward over enemy lines. This was a time when heroism was recognized by moments of bravery. Billy Barker fought in the trenches during some of the worst Canadian battles of the war and went on to fly over 900 known combat hours. He was the tip of the sword that constantly took the fight against Germany. On numerous occasions Billy was offered safe duties, but returned again and again to battle. He was responsible for saving thousands of allied troops and killing thousands of the enemy.

B a r k e r b e c a m e C a n a d a ’s second highest scoring ace with 50 destroyed and was officially credited the highest “destroyed” ratio for any RAF, RFC or RNAS pilot during the First World War. The Sopwith Camel he modified became the most successful fighter aircraft in the history of the RAF, shooting down 46 aircraft and balloons. Starting as a Canadian farm boy private without a high school diploma he finished as a Lt. Colonel in a very class-conscious military. Barker made friends with kings, a prince, and the highest of social and military ranks; he was known as every soldier’s hero. Fictionalized characters based on Billy were immortalized in literary works of: William Faulkner’s (Soldier’s Pay), F. Scott Fitzgerald’s (The Great Gatsby) and Ernest Hemingway’s (The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Sun Also

Rises, and A Farewell to Arms). After the war, Barker’s business partner was the highest scoring fellow ace and VC winner Billy Bishop. Together they started one of Canada’s first airlines and performed together at the CNE in Canada’s first synchronized stunt flying show despite his legs being permanently damaged and suffering severely limited movement in his left arm from wounds less than a year old. He had been wounded five times before this in the war. Billy became the first acting director of the new RCAF, was the first president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and competed in cross-country air races. A tragic hero, Billy suffered the rest of his life from the physical effects of his 1918 gunshot wounds. Like many other soldiers, Barker struggled with post traumatic stress and alcoholism during the Roaring

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‘20s. He died i n 1930 when he lost control of his biplane trainer during a demonstration flight for the RCAF. Billy Barker’s funeral, the largest national state event in Toronto’s history, was attended by an honour guard of 2,000 soldiers. The cortege stretched for more than a mile and a half, and included the Chief of the General Staff and his senior officers, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Mayor of Toronto, three federal government cabinet ministers, and six other Victoria Cross recipients. An honour guard was also provided by the United States Army. Some 50,000 spectators lined the streets of Toronto. During our remembrance maybe it would be f it ti ng to consider honouring this forgotten hero with a mountain named after him amongst his peers.

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Following his Ruth Bowen always knew her grandfather was famous. He was a family hero and a hero among mountaineers. He was even considered the first professional mountaineer, making his living by writing and lecturing about climbing. In 1931, he led the first ascent of India’s Kamet, which at the time was the highest peak yet climbed. He climbed mountains in his home country of Britain, he climbed the Alps and Himalayas and mountains in North America. And, during his short life, he managed to publish 27 books about mountaineering and mountains, including two about the Canadian Rockies. Despite all of his success, Bowen resisted the idea that


her grandfather, Frank S. Smythe, was a hero. That is, until she made her first trip to Canada in 2010 and discovered there is a mountain named after him. “When I found out about Mount Smythe, I was totally gripped by the story,” she said of the 3,246-metre high mountain in the Winston Churchill Range in Jasper National Park. “I don’t know what surprised me more, that there is a Mount Smythe, or that I didn’t know about it. “I wanted to know how it was named,” she said. So, for the past two years, Bowen has devoted her life to following her grandfather’s footsteps. She’s researched the archives at the Whyte Museum in Banff and the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, she’s read his books on the Rocky Mountains and she’s embarked on some of the same journeys Smythe undertook 70 years ago. And what she’s discovered is that Mount Smythe is an unofficial name – although there doesn’t seem to be an official one – that came into use shortly after her grandfather’s untimely death. Smythe died of malaria in 1949, two weeks before his 49th birthday. It was two years later that a group of American climbers proposed that a yet unnamed peak near Mount Alberta take on the name of Smythe. In a letter dated Sept. 25, 1951, Charles Wilts wrote: “We felt that with the recent death of Frank Smythe, a peak might be named after him in the Rockies, and would like to suggest that this peak be named Mt. Smythe. Assuming that the peak is of sufficient ‘caliber’ to bear his name, certainly the inverse is true.” In the Whyte Museum, Bowen couldn’t find a reply to Wilts’ letter, nor could she find a reason why Mount Smthye isn’t an official name. Another unanswerable question that she has often considered is “what Frank himself would have thought about being immortalized in this way.” It’s an interesting question, considering Smythe thought very little of how the Rocky Mountains had been named. So little, in fact, that he devoted a few paragraphs to just that in his book Rocky Mountains. “… the Rockies now possess the unenviable distinction of the ugliest and most haphazard nomenclature of any range in the world. They have been named anyhow: after those who climbed and explored them, after those who have never seen them, after kings and queens, generals,

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footsteps By NICOLE VEERMAN Reporter/Photographer

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By Sarah makowsky Reporter/Photographer

From its inception 10 years ago with two high school classrooms, to adding a portable, renting and renovating space in the Legion, adding yet another portable, then a proposed new school in 2014, École Desrochers has much to celebrate. A warm-up celebration on Canada Day technically marked 10 years of the school’s existence, but the official party happens this Saturday (Nov. 10) at 6:30 p.m. at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Ten years ago, due in part to a handful of pro-active parents, 14 students made up the Francophone school’s first alumni with then principal Marie-Claude Faucher leading the way. Two high school classrooms t r a n sfor me d i nt o É cole De sroche r s, housing prématernelle, maternelle (preschool, kindergarden), elementary grades and an administration office. During the second year, the school had its first secondary student, in collaboration with submitted PHOTO

Two years ago, Ruth Bowen discovered there is a mountain in Jasper National Park named after her grandfather, mountaineer and author Frank S. Smythe. Since her discovery, she has devoted her life to following in her grandfather’s footsteps, reliving hikes he wrote about in his books and recreating photos he took. Bowen will speak about her journey, Nov. 15, at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives.

politicians, cities, places and notorieties of all kinds … after anything and everything. “Such naming offends against good taste; it is an insult to Nature that man should seek to commemorate himself by imposing on her his worthless titles.” With this in mind, Bowen said she thinks the naming of a mountain after him would likely embarrass Smythe. But, she said, she’d like to think he’d also be honoured. Bowen, who is now living in Yellowknife, NWT, will be in Jasper, Nov. 15, to talk about her grandfather and the naming of Mount Smythe. The Alpine Club of Canada is presenting the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, located at 400 Bonhomme St. The presentation is free and open to everyone.

Remembered Wear a Poppy in Remembrance

The poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence” as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrice.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2012 Remembrance Day Service 10:45 AM Immediately following the service a reception will be held Royal Canadian Legion at Branch #31 of The Royal Canadian Legion in Jasper.

the high school. Operating out of the high school required adaptation, especially with distractions like the high school bell schedule, noise in hallways and younger children sharing a bathroom with older students. “Gym has always been an issue,” said Roxane Thomas, Grades 5 and 6 teacher. They use the high school gym when available, or the activity centre, but “most of the time with physical education we have to go outside.” G r a de s 1 a nd 2 t ea che r, Su z a n ne Villeneuve, has been with École Desrochers since opening day and like Faucher, has witnessed the school’s growth and change. “It’s unbelievable,” she said. She and Faucher recall a time that six high school students decided they wanted to learn French. Starting with the basics, they eventually graduated with their bilingual diploma. “They were really motivated,” said Faucher, who now teaches French and social studies at the secondary level, and cites graduating students as the “best gift.”

Moving the school to the Legion in 2006 marked another transition. “We needed space,” said Faucher. Initially, the school board was concerned because the school shared a wall with a bar and renovations were in order. “If you can imagine a pool table in here, among other things,” she said, gesturing to the office and corridor. After the last portable addition, the school continues to grow. “We’re bursting at the seams,” said principal Hélène Gendron, of the school’s current space constraints. Other Francophone schools in the district haven’t experienced the same unique challenges as École Desrochers, and if they have, it hasn’t been for as long. When staff from other schools visit, “They said ‘OK, we won’t complain about our school anymore,’” laughs Faucher. She, Thomas and Villeneuve recall a humorous story when someone once asked where the

PUBLIC HEARING Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee) 3:30 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012 Grand Trunk Pacic Boardroom, Jasper Heritage Railway Station 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper

staff room was located. With space challenges, staff and students obviously have to be flexible and creative, but all agree that being in such a small space and working in close proximity makes everyone a lot closer. “We think about how to serve the needs of the students as if they were in any other school,” said Faucher. The new joint junior/senior high school and Francophone school to open in 2014 allocates 2,315 square meters for École Desrochers and is “exactly what we’re asking for,” said Faucher. “It’s time to grow.” A potential challenge after moving into a larger space is maintaining a family atmosphere, but all three agree that the school’s “roots” will remain strong and allow for continued growth. “That’s why we’re still here,” said Villeneuve.

AUDIENCE PUBLIQUE Comité des dérogations (Comité consultatif de l’urbanisme et de l’aménagement) Le jeudi 15 novembre 2012 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacic, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper

Meeting Agenda: • Block 37, Lot 4 – 914 Bonhomme Street, Jasper – The proponent has applied to relax the permitted projection into the rear setback for a deck.

Ordre du jour : • Bloc 37, lot 4 – 914 rue Bonhomme, Jasper – Le promoteur sollicite une dérogation aux exigences liées à la longueur maximale autorisée d’une saillie dans la marge de reculement arrière, pour une terrasse.

• Parcel CW – 303 Bonhomme Street, Jasper – The proponent has applied to operate a second hand retail store selling donated furniture, household goods and clothing, which is a discretionary use.

• Parcelle CW – 303 rue Bonhomme, Jasper – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour une activité discrétionnaire, à savoir l’exploitation d’un magasin d’occasion vendant des meubles, des objets ménagers, et des vêtements obtenus par voie de don.

• Block 44, Lot 70 – 1026 Lodgepole Street, Jasper – The proponent has applied to vary the maximum permitted width of a mobile home and the maximum permitted size of an enclosed porch (leave as existing).

• Bloc 44, lot 70 – 1026 rue Lodgepole, Jasper – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour déroger aux exigences liées à la largeur maximale autorisée d’une maison mobile et à la dimension maximale autorisée d’un porche (laisser telle quelle).

• Block 43, Lot 14 – 1027 Bonhomme Street, Jasper – The proponent has applied to vary the maximum permitted number of detached accessory buildings, maximum size of a detached accessory building and relaxation on the width and length of the parking space.

• Bloc 43, lot 14 – 1027 rue Bonhomme, Jasper – Le promoteur sollicite des dérogations aux exigences liées au nombre maximal autorisé de bâtiments annexes isolés et à la dimension maximale de ces bâtiments, et à la largeur et à la longueur d’une place de stationnement.

• Reserve Adjacent Block 12 Lot 24 CLSR 77256, “Nettie Hale Walkway”, Jasper – Parks Canada has applied to re-zone this walkway from Recreational Open Space (ROS) to Two- Dwelling District (R2).

• Zone de réserve adjacente au bloc 12, lot 24, 77256 AATC, “Promenade Nettie Hale”, Jasper — Parcs Canada a présenté une demande pour rezoner cette promenade de zone d’espaces à découvert récréatifs (ROS) à zone d’habitation bifamiliale (R2).

Parties affected by these applications are invited to make written or oral presentations to the committee. Oral presentations at the meeting are limited to 5 minutes and are by appointment only. Written presentations to a maximum of 500 words may be submitted to the Development Ofce. To make an appointment or submit a written presentation, contact the Parks Canada Development Ofce at 780-852-1884 no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Les parties concernées par ces demandes sont invitées à présenter leurs commentaires de vive voix ou par écrit au comité. Les exposés ne doivent pas durer plus de cinq minutes, et les présentateurs doivent prendre rendez-vous. Les mémoires, qui doivent contenir un maximum de 500 mots, peuvent être déposés au Bureau d’aménagement. Pour prendre rendez-vous ou pour soumettre un mémoire, appelez le Bureau d’aménagement de Parcs Canada au 780-852-1884, au plus tard le mercredi 14 novembre 2012 à 13 h.

Development Permits and the Planning & Development Advisory Committee Notices will be posted in the lobby of the Jasper Heritage Railway Station - Parks Canada administration building, 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper, and also announced on the following web-site: jasper/plan/plan6.aspx

Les avis concernant les permis d’aménagement et les projets soumis au Comité consultatif sur l’urbanisme et l’aménagement seront afchés à l’accueil du Centre administratif de Parcs Canada, dans la gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper, située au 607 Connaught Drive, à Jasper. Ils seront également publiés dans le site Web suivant : jasper/plan/plan6.aspx


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Jasper National Park Public Forum By DANIEL BETTS Editor

Last week, as many as 50 people attended the Jasper National Park (JNP) public forum on Nov. 1, held at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Attendees from such places as Edmonton, Hinton and Valemount braved winter driving conditions to join Jasperites in receiving an update on the operations of JNP over the last year. “The forum provides us with an opportunity to report on the progress and implementation of the plan and to profile work and priorities for the next year,” said Greg Fenton, superintendent of JNP during the forum. Over the course of 35 minutes, Fenton reviewed key issues and updates from last year’s forum, noted some of the extraordinary events that occurred over the past year and discussed the effects of Budget 2012. Also mentioned were future planning measures being discussed, including Marmot Basin Ski Area Planning and adjustments to winter recreation access to some areas in the backcountry to make

it harder for wolves to enter caribou habitat. JNP is reviewing and finalizing guidelines for new recreational activities being considered for JNP, including aerial adventure parks (zipline), non-motorized hanggliding, paragliding and traction kiting. “Stay tuned for more information on upcoming planning and opportunities for public engagement and involvement,” said Fenton. “Although we have budget reductions, what the mandate is and what we do will not change, it is how we do things that will likely change into the future.” During the question and answer period of the forum, concerns ranged from the amount of negative feedback the new recreational activities received, to the safety of the park in regard to the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which some attendees felt was a significant threat. “We are aware of Kinder Morgan’s plans, we aren’t the regulator, just like the first time,” said Fenton. “We will be involved but it is the National Energy Board (NEB) that oversees the proposals and processes of public engagement.” Being that JNP is the land manager that the pipeline

runs through, Fenton indicated the park will be involved in the decision-making process and “certainly in the oversight of an environmental assessment.” Attendees expressed concern about available resources in the park to deal with an oil spill. “Like any organization that has operations or infrastructure where there could be failures there has been pre-planning done whether it is emergency response or business continuity,” said Fenton. “I am confident in the fact that they [Kinder Morgan] have all the necessary response planning in place.” The second part of the public forum allowed participants to choose from two discussion sessions. Participants could either discuss the development of a green building policy for the Jasper community or discuss living with wildlife. In the Living with Wildlife discussion, participants were asked, what’s working well with bear, wolf and elk management and what is missing? Participants were also asked how Parks could better communicate with residents and visitors about wildlife.

By John Wilmshurst Special to the Fitzhugh

Hockey mom Doreen Zenner had barely settled into her seat, steaming arena coffee in hand, when Jasper PeeWee Bears’ winger Adrian “smiles” Nayak had the Bears up one nothing; a rebound off a shot from Tegan “top cheddar teegs” Barker. Twenty seconds into their first league game of the season against the Whitecourt Wolverines last Saturday, the Bears served notice that they are the top guns in this league. By the end of the period, with an additional marker from Barker, two from “crazy” Cooper Hilworth and no less than four

acrobatic saves from Severin “splits” Golla, the Bears had stretched their lead to 4 nothing. One period into the season and the Bears were looking to go supersonic. Jasper’s defensive unit of Drew “roughrider” Tank, Magnus “blueline” Stenlund, Noah “twinkletoes” Kwasny, and Brendan “howie” Auger, strong in the first period, shutting down the Wolverines, decided to get on the score sheet in the second. Taking a pass from Tank, Kwasny floated his way through the unsuspecting hometown squad and shelved Jasper’s fifth. But as a reminder to Jasper that they were still in the building, Whitecourt scored two quick ones on Golla (one a whiffed clearing attempt) shortly before the mid-game goalie change. Golla was replaced by Isaah “pipes” Kwasny who has been solid in net this year, stepping in with his brother from the Hinton hockey ranks. Although he let a breakaway shot elude him three minutes into his start for the Wolverine’s third goal, he was a force after that, backstopping a scoreless rest of second and third period. This game would end 8-3 in favour of Jasper, with Auger, Nayak and Hilworth all finding the net in the final frame. With their first regular season victory painted on the fuselage, it was time to do a fly-by of the Whitecourt pool. Game 2 of the weekend swing against Whitecourt was a much tighter, more physical match. Golla started in net

In the Green Building Policy discussion participants were asked what challenges existed in developing green buildings? What are the most important features of a green building policy? What are some practices or polices in other communities and how can residents be encouraged to follow a policy once it is developed? Both discussions were lively and informative. JNP staff received much feedback and information from those in attendance, which they will use to both enhance their service in regard to interactions with wildlife and in developing a green building policy.

Stargazer For week: November 7 to 13, 2012

Amber Stewart (left), land use planner and public forum organizer, and Greg Fenton (right), superintendent of Jasper National Park take questions during the Jasper National Park Public Forum. DANIEL BETTS PHOTO

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again and shook off the hotel cobwebs early, making some great saves during a first period Wolverine onslaught. Half way through the frame, against the grain of play, Barker buried the curd off a pass from Hunter “the brain” Zenner to put Jasper up by one. But then less than 20 seconds later, Whitecourt countered, finding a seam over Golla’s pad to tie the game at one. Patience, an apparent virtue, was not in evidence in this game though, as Hilworth lit the lamp for the Bears a scant nine seconds after the Wolverine marker. The first period ended tied at two when Whitecourt eluded Golla again before the buzzer. The second period was noteworthy for both a steady parade to the penalty box, and Hyunki “the bullet” Kim’s goal that put Jasper ahead on a nice feed by Elvis “the king” Grontzy-Slack. The Wolverines were held scoreless, first by Golla and then by Isaah Kwasny who stood tall between the pipes. Kwasny continued his shutout through the third and left it up to Rhys “the monkey” Malcolm to provide the insurance marker when he labelled a goal with under five minutes to play. The game ended 4-2 Bears, and that was all she wrote for the year’s first regular season road-trip. The boys are well on their way to earning their wings, and will test their perfect record this Saturday against Edson at 2:15 p.m. in the Jasper Arena. See you at the rink.

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LOOKING FOR ROOMMATE $600/month including utilities. Please call 780-883-0480 QUIET LADY seeking apartment/suite Jan. 1st. Long-time Jasper resident. References Available, 780-852-8024.

FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT FT shiftwork. No exp. req. Duties: serve customers, portion & prepare & wrap; vegetables, meats, sandwiches. Bake bread. Stock refrigerators & supplies. Record food used. Cleaning: stations, tables, floors, washrooms, dishes. $9.75/hour to $11.50/hour, 36+ hrs/wk. 6 positions. FOOD SERVICE SUPERVISOR FT shiftwork. 2 to 3 years exp. or related College Diploma. Duties: Review & adjust daily sales projections. Prescreen applications. Open & close the restaurant. Supervise, train, delegate shift tasks. Ensure quality standards. Assist in ordering. Record stock used. Responsible for shift cash, till & order accuracy. Serve customers, handle concerns, prepare food, cleaning. $10.00/hour to $13.00/hour, 38+ hrs/wk. 4 positions. Apply at: Jasper Subway (Kvill Enterprises Ltd.), #626 Connaught Drive, Box 1437, Jasper, Alberta, T0E1E0 or

Seniors News

Next regular meeting Monday November 12 at 7:30 pm. Come out for an evening of Whist on Monday November 26th at 7:30 pm. December meeting on the 10th at 7:30 pm. All events held at Seniors Lounge in Activity Centre.

Museum Coffee Hour

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme Street. October 16 to April 10 - Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30am for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

Coffee Talk

(Jasper Adult Learning Council) - Come and practice your English speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment at 631 Patricia St. The meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30pm starting on October 15. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-852-4418 ext. 3 for more information.

The Summit Singers

Jasper’s Community Choir, have started another season of singing and music appreciation and you are welcome to join them! Practices are held every Monday Evening from 645 pm in Jasper United Church. Do you love to sing? Are you interested? Call Morley or Val at 780 852 5533.

Young at Heart: Healthy Living for Seniors

We are a growing company looking to expand our team. We are currently hiring for the position of: Mountain Park Lodges Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813 Email: Interested in a career?

SECURITY AGENT We offer great benefits, bonus, career growth and temporary subsidized housing.

Bi-monthly meetings. 2nd Thursday of each month at Pine Grove, 4th Thursday of each month at Alpine Summit. All seniors welcome to join us in sharing ideas, learning, inspiring, supporting and having fun! Call LaurieAnn 780-852-6640 (AHS) or Patrick 780852-6542 (COS) for more info

Community Outreach Services

Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in. The coffee is always on. M – F, 8:30am - 5:00pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780-852-2100

Jasper Reuse-it Centre

29 Stan Wright Drive, 780-852-3334. NEW Hours of Operation Tues. 2 - 7pm; Wed. 2 - 7pm; Thurs. 2 - 7pm. Closed Fri.- Mon.

Jasper Food Bank

Help is available from the Jasper Food Bank Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 7pm. Call 780-852-8800 for more info.

Town Council Meetings

Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in the meeting room on the second floor of the EMS building.


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Senior’s Curling

401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4pm. Children welcome until 8pm. Cash, meat draws and chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740. Now open at 627 Patricia Street.

Habitat for the Arts

631 Patricia St., Open Tues. - Sat. 12 to 5pm. 780-852-4747.

Jasper Municipal Library

Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. For more info 780-8523652 or

Thrift Shop Hours

The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement

HIV West Yellowhead

For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

ASK (Advocates for Special Kids) Meetings Tues. 9am at the Community Outreach office.

From 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Activity Multi-purpose hall. Senior’s 55+ Welcome! Need new curlers get team together and join us. Contact Arlene Tomie 780-852-3088 or Lydia Stanko 780-852-5679.

12 Step Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-852-2909.

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper

ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) Centre de ressources en français / French Resources Centre. Heures d’ouverture / Business Hours. Ouvert les lundis / Open Monday De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Ouvert les mar., merc. et jeu. / Open Tues., Wed., & Thurs De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Veuillez noter que nous sommes ferme les jours fériés/ Closed on stat Holiday. Gare de Jasper entrée de Greyhound Jasper Train Station Greyhound

You can’t be sure whether someone significant in your life is really telling you the truth or treating you honestly. The probability is that there is some sort of deception present, but you may be the source. Don’t leap to conclusions.

Libra: You have favourable aspects concerning the law,


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Hostelling International is looking for an Assistant Manager to join our team in Jasper! This position supports the overall operation of the hostel in Jasper as well as the wilderness properties in Jasper National Park. The anticipated start date is November 19, 2012; starting salary is commensurate upon experience, and includes an annual 6% vacation entitlement, comprehensive benets package and a one bedroom on-site apartment provided as a taxable benet.

Hostelling International is looking for Maintenance Staff to join our team in Jasper! This is a full-time position and is responsible for the overall maintenance of the interior and exterior of the properties within Jasper National Park. The successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of: carpentry, electricity, plumbing, water systems (ltration, chlorination, pump), solar energy systems, propane equipment, as well as knowledge of Parks Canada regulations. A valid driver’s license is a requirement Class 4 is an asset. This position requires someone who works well independently, has great organizational skills, and willingness to work outside year round.

For a more detailed job description, please visit our website or give us a call. Please submit cover letter and resume as soon as possible - consideration of candidates will begin immediately. E: • P: 780-852-3205 Website:

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To List your event it must be Absolutely Free (Fundraisers for Organizations will not be listed)Submissions are only listed as space allows and at the Publisher’s Discretion.

Virgo: You may be feeling irritable and a little nervous.

travel, publishing, the internet, education and church activities. People will invite you everywhere. Your emotional or physical health may require some attention. An old “wound” is involved. You may feel some conflict between joining and holding back.

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Al-Anon Family Group help friends and families of alcoholics - meetings Friday at 7pm at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more info please call 780-852-4518 or 780-852-4578.

Your attention is channeled into home, hearth, and family during this period. Elderly people or things may be requiring your attention. External demands may become a nuisance because you want to concentrate on that which is more immediate. Sudden problems may develop with your high tech equipment or internet connection.

The “rules and regs” weigh heavily on your shoulders with Saturn in your sign. This is normal at the beginning of this transit. Within a few weeks you will become acclimated to the responsibilities. This week, a part of you wants to escape. Don’t burn bridges in your wake.


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emini: Activities involving children and/or lovers prove to be great fun. On the other hand, you may be feeling confusion concerning your partner or business contacts. Double check on facts, data, and directions that come your way. Pay careful attention to communications and messages.

Scorpio the Phoenix (Oct. 23 to Nov. 20):

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aurus: You are in a sensitive frame of mind at this time. One or more friends may step on an old wound unintentionally. If you must, lick the wound for a bit. But your better solution is to pour extra energy into exercise or other self-improvement routine. Think about making one or more attractive improvements in your environment.


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ries: Surprise, changeability, and general rebellion are the qualities prominent this week. You may be the one who feels rebellious and wants to be left alone. If you have words on your mind regarding a relationship, they may fall right out of your mouth when you least expect it. Think carefully about this.

We are approaching an eclipse season that begins on the 13th. It is possible you will be especially sensitive to everyone’s feelings this week. Don’t set yourself up for a hard three weeks now. People can recover. Ruminating over issues is rarely helpful and it is hard on your overall attitude.

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For All Signs: This is the day following the significant Presidential election of 2012. I hope Mercury’s change of direction last night did not make hash of the outcome. Mercury’s shift in Sagittarius, sign of the Laws of the Land, suggests there may be multiple concerns around the country about the legality of the election. I published my projection last week and today I’ll learn whether or not it was right, near right, or all wrong. Meanwhile, I have a deadline for this November article on Oct. 15. Regardless of winners and losers, the astrological fact remains that Saturn is now firmly in Scorpio. We, the people, must prepare to pay mightily in taxes. There will also be significant cutbacks on various programs, grants, or support from the state and federal levels. Scorpio represents “pooled money” in the government, the stock market, banks, and even in marriages. Saturn’s presence in Scorpio will make the reality of the economy so starkly clear that no one can deny the truth of it. The “buck stops here”. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.00.


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agittarius: You are in an especially cordial frame of mind at this time, and likely to invite people to your home, or to share whatever you have to offer. Your spirits are high and you have a need to be social. Romance is highlighted, along with the potential for travel.


apricorn: Saturn’s change of signs has probably brought you to a shift of attention. You may be asked to accept responsibilities in community affairs or organizations to which you belong. If the recent years have caused you to take up the mantle of constant work, it is possible you are realizing that you’ve become isolated.


quarius: You have arrived at a point that I call “promotion or departure”. If you love your life direction, you will take on more responsibility and become recognized for your efforts. If you are ready to dump it, now is the time to choose a direction and environment that is more suited to you.


isces: You would be happy to take the first flight to Tahiti and never bat an eye over it. Short of that, you may be taking small mental breaks this week, with lots of daydreaming and drifting. Make a special effort to keep up with keys, tickets, and other small items. Paperwork snarls may become a problem. Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Blog: http//


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Thursday, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

regional classifieds auctions ACREAGE DISPERSAL AUCTION. Tractors, trailers, equipment, quality tools, welders, pipe, truck, sheds, much more! 10 a.m., Saturday, November 10, Cadogan, Alberta. 780-8425666, Scribner Auction. Details: autos BAD CREDIT? Bank said no? Vehicles from $250/month. Call 1-888-619-5874. Know your options in seconds ($10.50 hour or equivalent minimum income) $0 down/bad credit/ no credit OK. CARS FROM $49/week, SUVs from $79/week, trucks from $99/week. Get approved with bad credit, no credit or bankruptcy. $0 down. Call our Approval Hotline 1-888-2220663. Ford, Toyota, Chevy, Honda, Dodge. building supplies LAMINATED POST BUILDINGS Farm and Commercial. Prairie Post Frame serving Alberta. For pricing Calgary South, Barrie 403-506-7845; barrier@ Calgary North, Howard 403-586-7678;

business opportunities BE YOUR OWN BOSS. Start your own business in the health & wellness industry. Must have high speed internet. Flexible hours. Free online training;

career training LEARN FROM HOME. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535; w w w.c a n s c r i b e.c o m;

career training WELL-PAID/LOW-STRESS Career in Massage Therapy. Get the best-quality RMT education in Alberta without giving up your day job! Visit or call 1-866-491-0574 for free career information.

employment opportunities AN ALBERTA CONSTRUCTION company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE. REQUIRED FOR AN ALBERTA trucking company: One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Scheduled days off. Call Lloyd 780-723-5051. BLUERIDGE LUMBER INC. looking for a 3rd & 4th Class power engineer to operate thermal liquid heating system. Excellent compensation and benefits. Submit resume to: Box 87, Blue Ridge, AB, T0E 0B0. Email: jeff.victor@ PICKER OPERATOR NEEDED. Journeyman ticket and safety tickets required. Located in Provost, Alberta. Email resume to: swampdonkeytrucking@ or fax 780-753-3120.

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INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: resumes_add.php. ALL ROUND EMPLOYEE for housekeeping, tavern/store in small town friendly hotel. Full-time room included. Phone Marg 403-857-9134 in Youngstown, Alberta. EARN EXTRA CASH! Part-time, full-time immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed; NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780621-3959. ATLANTIC BEEF PRODUCTS, Inc. is hiring full-time Meat Cutters. Candidates must have experience in meat cutting, trimming & deboning meat. Please email resume: jobs@ LOOKING FOR Electrical/ Instrumentation Journeyman and Apprentices with oilfield experience. Preference will be given to Master Electrician. Benefits and competitive wages. Fax resume to 403362-4957. H A R D WA R E M A N A G E R FULL-TIME at E as t alt a Co-op, Wainwright, Alberta. Benefits/bonus/staff discount. Experience required. Good references; 5013 - 51 Ave., Vermilion, AB, T9X 1B2. Phone 780-853-5335.

2ND YEAR TO Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker s & Electricians needed in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Top wages, benefits, RRSP’s, room for advancement, positive work atmosphere. Contact office or 306-463-6707. PART-TIME/CONTRACT Work with water purification firm in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Plumbing and electrical knowledge helpful, training provided. Ser vice and installation of water treatment equipment. Must have own van/truck and tools. Please forward via fax to 306-2421223 or email to: mike@ SEEKING CLASS 1 Drivers with offroad fluid hauling experience. Will relocate. Year round work. Above average wage, appealing benefit packages offered. Trophy Buck Oilfield Services, Whitecourt, Alberta. Email resume: Fax 780-706-2389. CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0.

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39 STONE MOUNTAIN - Three bedoorm, two bathroom unit with garage fronts onto Cabin Creek Drive. Spacious, sunny south facing kitchen. Living room has gas light wood burning fireplace.

1112 CABIN CREEK DRIVE - Over 2000 sq ft + basement! Nicely renovated four level split with four bedrooms up and four bathrooms. All new carpet and tile floors, new fixtures, completely repainted.


832 GEIKIE STREET - Well cared for three bedroom bungalow. Two bathrooms, rudimentary basement development, single detached garage, quiet street, priced to move! New R40 insulation to be installed November 1.



$819,000 Stunning 2005 built log home. Granite countertops to high end stainless steel appliances to walnut floors and steam shower, 9’ bsmt ceiling.


24 PATRICIA PLACE - Nicely upgraded 3 bedroom Patricia Place condo with french doors leading to yard with south exposure & gardens. Laminate, tile & new fixtures throughout. Oak cabinets in lovely kitchen.

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