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Local residents cheered as brave participants in the fourth annual Bears Paw Polar Bear Dip plundged into ice cold water measured at just one degree Celcius. dANIEL BETTS PHOTO

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Contest finalist needs your votes to win solar panels By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

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Grade 12 student Jasmine Payant is one of five finalists in an online contest to win solar panels for her school. Payant created a photo essay, which includes this photo, describing the ways she strives for a greener future. The winner is determined by the most votes and you can vote once a day for Payant by going to the Enmax Energy Challenge contest app on Facebook.

Seventeen-year-old Grade 12 student Jasmine Payant is one of the top five finalists in an Alberta-wide contest to win solar panels for her school, and your vote can help lead her to victory. “I thought that it’d be a great way to make Jasper more energy efficient, even if it was just for one building,” said Payant, a member of the Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth (JSCY). “After being part of JSCY for so long I realized how big of an impact fossil fuels had on the environment.” She took the Enmax Energy Challenge and posted photos illustrating how she strives for a brighter energy future. Other JSCY members including Anagha Devkota and teacher Adam Robb helped with the submission. If Payant wins, the solar panels will be used in the new Jasper Joint School Facility and be one of the building’s

numerous energy-saving and sustainability initiatives. In addition to the solar panels, Payan would also receive $2,000 and a cruiser bike. All five finalists received $100 to donate to a charity of their choice. So far, Payant’s entry has received more than 700 votes and she’s happy with the support. As of now, she’s in first place, but another competitor is close behind. “I just figured that getting solar panels would be pretty cool and I didn’t really expect so much support from everyone.” Voters can cast a ballot once a day until Feb. 12. To view Payant’s entry and vote for her, search Enmax Energy Challenge of Facebook and accept the app. This link will also take you directly to the contest’s page: enmaxenergychallenge/contests/293693.



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Bears Paw Polar Bear Dip makes a big splash ! By DANIEL BETTS

As spectators and participants began making there way onto Patricia Lake last Sunday, there was a thin coating of ice covering the large square hole in the lake where the brave intended to jump. A large sign declared the temperature of the water was just 1 C. Soon participants, some in costume, were preparing to make their splash, some looking at the dark hole in the ice with trepidation. Two ice safety experts, donning wetsuits, got

into the freezing water to remove the ice from the surface, they would remain in the water to assist any of the dippers who needed it. With lots of support and cheering from the large gathering of spectators, including Jasper the bear, the fearless participants, sacrificing the comfort of dry warm clothing for the just cause of raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, lined up. Three at a time they leaped into the icy dark water, quickly emerging up the provided ladders, steam pouring from their chilled bodies, some releasing loud cries of shock. “You know it wasn’t that bad,” declared

organizer Melody Gaboury. “It was worth it for all the pledges I raised personally.” Gadboury exceeded her goals and raised $2,232 for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation. The prize for top money raised went to Crystal Bourne, who received pledges in the amount of $1,085. Second prize went to Andrew Yakielashek, raising $600 and third prize went to Wilma Verheije with pledges totalling $205.50. The prize for best costume went to “Pope”

Jan Pecek. Second prize was awarded to Jocelyn Nadeau who dressed as a woman and Sarah Keilbach won third prize for her “Thing One” costume. The grand total of money raised for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation during the event was $5,023. Forty-five people braved the cold and leaped into the icy waters of Patricia Lake this year, 11 more than last year.

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Building literacy With all the fun and exciting Jasper in January events happening next week, it is important that we don’t forget that it is also literacy week. Officially, Family Literacy Day is Jan. 27, but this year organizers in both Jasper and the Robson Valley have added a whole week of activities with the intention of pointing a spotlight on developing literacy skills for both parents and children. According to ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day is meant to help families find the many ways they can develop and use literacy skills in their daily lives. From enjoying a bedtime storybook, to playing word games, writing to a friend or relative, or even making out a shopping list, parents and children can integrate family time with learning and building literacy skills. Long-term research by the National Centre for Family Literacy suggests that families that attend family literacy programs are less dependent upon public assistance. Research by Literacy BC shows that when children are encouraged to read at home they have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults. Also, another study by Literacy BC, suggests that children are likely to enter Grade 1 with several thousand hours of one-to-one prereading experience if they are raised in literate households. It is true that there are very few truly illiterate people in Canada, that is people who cannot read at all. However, there are many who are challenged by low literacy and find it difficult to fully and confidently engage in work or everyday activities. According to ABC Life Literacy, literacy skills can deteriorate over time if habits do not support literacy development and maintenance. Literacy skills are described as being like muscles that need to be maintained and strengthened with regular use. A family that reads and learns together is a benefit to both parents and children. Overall, a community is far stronger when the majority of the population has high literacy skills. Participating in literacy building programs is a good reminder to practice our literacy skills and keep them well-honed and sharp. ABC Life Literacy suggests that just 15 minutes a day involved in some form of literacy activity can make all the difference. Of course, the best reason to participate in Family Literacy Week is to have fun with your family. Be sure to check out the schedule of events in this week’s issue of the Fitzhugh. There are many fun things to do during the course of the entire week. OUR LETTERS POLICY: The Fitzhugh welcomes complaints, praise, damnation and any other form of response to what you read in our newspaper. Diverse and varied opinions are welcome. Letters can be submitted by email, fax, snail mail or in person to our offices at 626 Connaught Drive. The Fitzhugh reserves the right to accept or refuse any or all material submitted for publication and maintains the right to exercise discretion in these matters. The Fitzhugh reserves the right to edit all submissions for libel, length, content and style. Please limit letters to 400 words. Letters must include your name and phone number or email, for verification purposes. We do not publish Anonymous Letters nor do we publish letters of Thanks, Gratitude or Congratulations to individuals or organizations as Letters to the Editor.

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You can’t say you weren’t warned Dear Editor, A year or two ago, the government decided to lease the Tangle Ridge viewpoint to Brewsters so they could sell the views to the tourists. One hundred and eightythousand Canadians objected to the plan; among their many concerns was that privatizing that piece of the Icefields Parkway would open the doors for the sell-off of other Canadian assets in the Parks to foreign companies. Operating under the cover of the Brewsters name, its American owner, Viad, got top-level government backing for their plan. Parks Canada, hit by severe funding cuts, backed that idea as a way to generate extra revenue for its activities, and helped push it through. Canadians were subjected to some of the most embarrassing public relations spin ever seen, though, as the government and Parks Canada excused an inadequate environmental and wildlife assessment, ducked and dodged to evade their legislated mandate, and ignored the legitimate concerns of Canadians from across the country. We saw the humiliating spectacle of the superintendent summoned to Ottawa to stand beside Peter Kent as he announced that the government would go ahead without consulting with Canadians. We were also given repeated assurances that the “Discovery Walk” would lead to no other commercial projects, and rather than being an attempt to commercialize our national parks, its goal was simply to enhance the visitor experience. And in spite of repeated assurances by the Conservative government, by Parks Canada and by Brewsters, at that time, we now see that the “slippery slope” that Canadians were so concerned about has come to pass. Since they got away with selling off Tangle Ridge to a foreign multi-national, the government has now taken that next fatal step forward to leasing all of the hot springs in the national parks to commercial operators. As one of the most avaricious foreign operators in the parks, Brewsters/ Viad is at the top of the list.

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Parks Canada’s justification for selling off the hot springs is that they have been revenue-neutral, and indeed they have been one of the best deals in the parks. For only $6.05 (or $18.35 for a family), you could spend the day soaking in the hot springs at Miette! In fact, while a price hike would have been easy to justify, best estimates of the new admission price are that it would immediately jump to at least $17. Instead of being a nice place for Canadians to go for a day of relaxation, the only people who will be able to afford it will be tourists, funnelled to the site like cattle on the Brewsters buses. There is no financial justification for handing the hot springs at Banff, Radium or Miette over to a private company. For the real goal, we’d have to look a bit further. One obvious factor to consider is that Viad pays professional lobbyists to promote its agenda in Ottawa, a luxury Parks supporters and Canadian nationalists can’t afford. Could it be that this is just another under-the-table deal by the government to put extra cash in the hands of commercial businesses? Is this just another plan to hand over more Canadian assets to foreign companies? Judging from what’s gone on before at the Icefields and in other commercial locations in the national parks, it sure looks like it. As most of us know, the first national park in Canada was Banff, and it was originally created to preserve the hot springs there for Canadians to use. What evolved from that was the extensive network of national parks we have now, and the legislation that requires them to be preserved intact for future generations of Canadians to enjoy. If nothing else, the government is violating the spirit of the laws that protect the parks, and is selling off some of our most important heritage sites to private operators. Peter McClure Spruce Grove, AB

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Jan. 15 council briefs By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

RCMP year-end and fourth-quarter report Corporal (Cpl.) Ryan Gardiner’s goal for 2013 is to increase officer visibility, he stated in his year-end and fourth-quarter report to council. “People see [officers] and they’re able to interact with them and provide information, it goes a long way in deterring crime rather than simply responding to it from our office.” Bar checks have also increased. There’s also the odd assault and consensual fight. “A lot of the stuff we deal with is on the weekends ... our clientele isn’t necessarily the people that live in Jasper.” This is also why it’s difficult to catch those who create mischief. Gardiner prefers a higher clearance rate in those cases, but it’s difficult to catch someone when they leave town the next day. Over the holidays, a few impaired drivers were caught and there were also numerous seizures of people possessing user-amounts of marijuana. In the last quarter there were also two “significant drug seizures on the highway.” One warranted almost 80 pounds of marijuana. “Highway 16 is a major corridor for drug trafficking in Western Canada,” said Gardiner. He also reported numerous complaints about highway drivers, but since the traffic unit downsized, the perpetrator isn’t always caught. “We do our best, but it’s a hit or miss thing.” Councillors praised Gardiner for the officers’ “fantastic” coverage on New Year’s Eve and their presence in town.

Service and structural review In relation to the service and structural review, “we’re at the beginning of the end of the information gathering,” said CAO Peter Waterworth. He’s looking to meet with council soon and have their input. “We’re looking at 67 ideas for service review, which we’ll crunch down into a smaller, more practical number.” Next step is analysis and drafting a report, which will happen in February. The 2013 interim operating budget was adopted in order to accommodate this service and structural review. Bylaws Council unanimously voted (with the exception of Dwain Wacko, who was absent) to pass the first readings of bylaw 164 (authorizing supplementary assessments to be prepared for the purpose of imposing a tax in the same year), 165 (supplementary tax imposition), 167 (defining responsibility and authority and specific duties of the CAO) and 166 (council and committee regulations and procedures). The second reading of bylaw 163 (levying and collection of fees for water, sewer, solid waste and recycling) was unanimously postponed in order to obtain more information before making a decision. Family Literacy Day Jan. 27 Council unanimously voted to declare Sunday, Jan. 27, Family Literacy Day. Several community events and activities will happen throughout town.

Re-use It Centre ponders future plans By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

The Re-use It Centre is at a bit of a crossroads. After examining its first eight months of operation, Environmental Stewardship Co-ordinator Janet Cooper said that not enough revenue is being generated to cover costs. “Revenue from the store during those months averaged out to be probably 45 per cent of our operating costs,” she told council on Jan. 15. Of the council-approved $65,000 for the Re-use It Centre pilot project, $52,000 has been used already. This includes covering the $2,500 monthly rent. Realistically, the Re-use It Centre isn’t going to break even after two years, said Cooper. She’s met with Director of Finance, Alice Lettner, and CAO, Peter Waterworth, and the three continue to work on a business plan. Part of the plan is to focus on building an online presence for the Re-use It Centre. “Where we’re sitting right now is I’d have to come back to council and request more funds to be released from the environmental stewardship reserve fund to carry on for next year.” The Re-use It Centre’s lease expires at the end of February, which has led Cooper to consider moving to an alternate location, although finding a new space isn’t easy. Basically, there’s two sides to consider in dealing with the Re-use It Centre, she said.

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National Park News January 24

New e-resource at Jasper Municipal Library

Implementing the Three Valley Confluence Trail Plan What can you expect in 2013?

Members of the Jasper Municipal Library can now read their favourite international, national and provincial newspaper from cover to cover, sometimes before the publications hit the newsstands. Press Display is an online resource that contains 1,200 newspapers from around the world. It provides up-todate news and information from 94 countries in 48 languages, including 291 Canadian newspapers. Publications are in full-colour, full format and run on a range of platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone and Blackberry. Press Display provides Jasper residents from other countries access to the news in their native language. The Press Display license is funded by the Alberta Government through the Alberta Public Library Electronic Network and is a compliment to the full format magazine resource “Zino.” Login at with your library card.

From 2006 to 2009, through the Jasper Trails Project public participation process, Parks Canada asked trail users for input into designing their ideal trail network and setting aside space for wildlife. Recreational feedback was combined with the park’s best ecological knowledge – specifically important wildlife corridors and prime/sensitive habitats. The process involved some give and take from both recreational and ecological perspectives, but resulted in the 2009 Three Valley Confluence (TVC) Trail Plan, supported by both the park and trail community. The goal of the TVC Trail Plan is to restore and maintain priority wildlife movement corridors in the valley while enhancing the existing trail opportunities. Headway has been made on both recreational and ecological fronts. For example, the development and signage of the Easy Trail System (Bighorn Alley, Red Squirrel Run, Wapiti, Pyramid

and Woodpecker trails) and the incorporation of numerous trails into the official system has improved trail connectivity and variety. Ecologically, the Pyramid, Signal and Maligne priority wildlife corridors have been closed to all human use. Approximately 50 per cent of the 104 recommendations in the TVC Trail Plan have been implemented. Over the course of the next several years, the park aims to continue implementation with assistance from the Jasper Trail Alliance. This spring, Parks Canada is working with the Fitzhugh to bring you a series of articles on Trail Plan implementation in the Three Valley Confluence. Each article will focus on a specific region, providing information about the area and discussing proposed trail priorities for 2013. To find out more, look for region maps and articles in upcoming editions of the Fitzhugh.

Jasper Film Club donates 2011–2012 season to library SUBMITTED photo

Mattie Smith, U16 Jasper Ski Team racer, crosses a blocking gate in the CRESA Slalom on Dromedary at Marmot Basin.

Great start for Jasper U16 ski racers Jasper Ski Team’s U16 racers have had two busy weekends of GS and Slalom racing. Months of dry-land and on snow training have paid off with great finishes, personal bests and top 15 results. After battling -25 C temperatures, illness, and frostbite on the difficult icy Mens World Cup Downhill course in Lake Louise, it was a relief to have warmer weather and home hill advantage at Marmot Basin. In the events, Emerson Ostrander and Sam Wall have collected two top 10 ribbons each and Mattie Smith is quickly moving up in the provincial standings with 14th and 17th place finishes. Close behind, Sadie Howe is also consistently collecting series points. Keep watching for two other third year athletic talents, Nick Proc and Whitecourt’s Bailey Ostrander, who continue to advance in the standings. The teams’ new Edmonton racers, Mikayla Lamb and Ethan Schriver are also impressing their coaches with their hard work and ongoing improvement. Coach Marek Revai states he is very happy with the progression of the team this season and expects to see even stronger performances. Come out and cheer on the speedy U12 races this weekend at Marmot Basin.

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Jasper Municipal Library’s DVD collection just got a little bigger. On Monday, Jan. 21, Chris Garnham, secretary/ treasurer of the Jasper Film Club, delivered the entire 2011-12 season of club films, on DVD, to Judy Krefting of the Jasper Municipal Library. According to Garnham, with the exception of those few films that were never released to DVD, the complete set of Jasper Film Club screenings are available to library members. “These donations go back through the full 10 years that the film club has been bringing films from the Toronto International Film Festival to the Chaba Theatre,” said Garnham. SUBMITTED photo The films, and screening date for each, of this year’s Judy Krefting of the Jasper Municipal Library receives the donation are: 2011-12 season of the Jasper Film Club, on DVD, from • Attack the Block: part of the Mini-Film Fest Sept. Chris Garnham, secretary/treasurer of the club. 2011 • Beginners: part of the Mini-Film Fest Sept.2011 • The Debt: Nov. 3, 2011 • Take Shelter: Dec. 1, 2011 • The Guard: Jan. 12, 2012 Proposed Fee Changes Changements proposés à la tarification • The Artist: Feb. 2, 2012 Beginning January 11, 2013 until February 18, Du 11 janvier au 18 février 2013, le parc national • Monsieur Lazhar: 2013 Jasper National Park will be consulting on Jasper tiendra des consultations publiques sur March 1, 2012 l’augmentation des droits suivants : fee increases for the following areas: • My Week with Marilyn: - Droits d’utilisation (à l’échelle nationale et locale) - Visitor Use (national and local) April 12, 2012

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On Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chaba Theatre, the Jasper Film Club will be presenting Yaron Zilberman’s A Late Quartet.

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Feb. 8 to 10 is the McBride Ladies Curling Bonspiel. The Bonspiel is limited to 16 teams so get your names to Kevin as soon as possible at 250-569-7434.

Kids curling in Valemount

Diana Piper of the Valemount Curling Club is excited to announce it got a donation of new brooms from Yellowhead Helicopters for the kids this year. Kids curling will be on Thursdays for six weeks starting Jan. 31 to Mar. 7. It is for all elementary school-aged kids. The cost is $30 for the six weeks. All the kids need is clean shoes and winter clothes; mitts, toques, etc. This service is run by volunteers.

Drop in curling in Valemount

There is a drop in curling league on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for adults.

question of the week... Which do you prefer to read?

a) Ebooks or online publications b) Printed publications Go to or to to cast your vote. Results will be published in next week’s newspapers. Last week’s combined results: Is privatizing the operations at Miette Hot Springs a good idea? 74.5% (35) No 25.5% (12) Yes

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Storms, stalls, guts and Bootleg Glory: Band descends on Jasper Jan. 24 By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer


blinding snow storm, they couldn’t see how open the road was. Their van, now appropriately and affectionately named Van Wilder, turtled down the Trans Canada Highway at the mach speed of 40 kilometres. Adding insult to injury, the heat stopped working. “Around 6 a.m., every time I put on the brakes our lights would start dimming; our battery was literally dying in front of us,� said Burns. After receiving six boosts along the way, Van Wilder finally rolled into Winnipeg. There wasn’t time to wait for a mechanic to inspect it, so the vehicle soldiered on. “It was a beautiful drive through Saskatchewan and Alberta because it was pretty flat and wasn’t as hard on our vehicle and wasn’t as cold.� On the drive to Edmonton, however, Van Wilder embraced her final voyage and began to spew smoke. “We run out of this vehicle expecting it to catch on fire and it’s making this awful sound

like a jet engine.� Due to Van Wilder’s broken motor, the band is searching for a replacement vehicle. Bootleg Glory remained lighthearted throughout the ordeal and are happy to now focus more on their music. Bootleg Glory’s name is a marriage between Oasis’ What’s the Story Morning Glory and Bootleg Saint by Sam Roberts. Thomas and Burns have known each other since grade school and Blodgett and Meraw have been acquainted just as long. The four formed a band in high school with a different drummer, recruited Greaves later on and have been playing together for five years.



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Toronto’s Bootleg Glory rolls into Jasper for tonight’s (Jan. 24) performance at De’d Dog. After an eventful journey to Western Canada in a tempermental van, not-so-affecitonately-named Van Wilder, the group is amped for their Rocky Mountain debut.


When it came to dealing with a temperamental tour van, the members of Bootleg Glory simply fastened their seat belts and braced for the bumpy ride. The plan was that band members Travis Blodgett, Dylan Burns, Nicholas ‘Red’ Greaves, Matt Meraw, Ryan Thomas and their manager Peter Munro would leave their home base of Toronto and embark on a tour of Western Canada. In April 2012, the garage rock and roll band released a four-song EP that they recorded in Nashville. Fresh off the release high of their first music video for Tease, a fun, quirky and upbeat song that easily compliments a playlist of party tunes, the group is amped to tour. Bootleg Glory plays at De’d Dog Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover. They’ll play three sets, both of originals and covers, said Burns. The show might be “more balls in than balls out� he jokes, due to their lengthy time on stage. There will be a mix between high energy and mellower tunes. The group looks forward to meeting the Rocky Mountains and being in Jasper for the first time. “Everyone’s said how beautiful it is, we can’t wait to experience it ourselves.� As mentioned, the journey to Alberta was packed with tribulations. According to their “bit of a beater� van, as Burns describes, the trip was going to be memorable, for better or worse. Before leaving, the band brought the newly-purchased van to a mechanic who told them “there’s a whole bunch of work that needs to be done.� If you believe in foreshadowing, or even Murphy’s Law, the following might not be such a surprise. “We got it back and then within 100 metres of driving out of the mechanic’s shop, it died,� laughs Burns. After a day’s delay for more repairs, the van broke down en route to Sudbury, and was fixed yet again. It gets better. The van wouldn’t start after being refuelled at a Sudbury gas station. After a boost, Bootleg Glory hit the open road once again, but due to a


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sarah Makowsky Photos

Left: Arthur Welborne doesn’t hide his surprised enthusiasim after being awarded best chili at Mountain Park Lodge’s 25th annual Chili Cookoff. The Famoso cook entered the contest as a team of one. Above: The angry Birds of Whistlers Inn won second prize for their costumes.

Chili recipes yield champs and creativity By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer




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$439,000 33 STONE MTN VILLAGE Unique, desirable floor plan in this 3 BR unit with a very private deck backing onto Bear Hill. Brand new carpet throughout, freshly painted, new countertops in both bathrooms. Basement has spacious utility/storage room and garage access. 5 Appliances plus b/i vacuum system. This unit is empty and ready to move into. Immaculate unit, excellent location!

Arthur Welborne’s chili concoction was the overall victor at Mountain Park Lodge’s 25th annual Chili Cook-off on Friday, Jan. 18. His “team of one” entry pleased the judges’ taste buds and earned him top spot. “I didn’t think I would win,” said the cook of 10 years, who currently works at Famoso. “They said cook us chili and I did,” he said. “I cooked a lot of chili!” Another crowd favourite was the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, which won the people’s choice award for best chili. Alan Wilson, MPL food and beverage manager, is proud the event reached its 25-year anniversary and happy with the alwaysimpressive turnout. “There are 17 booths this year, which is up from 14 last year,” he said, noting the elaborately terrifying costumes from L’association canadienne-française de l’Alberta as definite standouts. Runners up for best chili went to Shaun Werbicki (Cookin’ with ‘Sner) and the Jasper Volunteer Firefighters. First place for best costume was justifiably awarded to L’association canadienne-française de l’Alberta. Second place was awarded to the Angry Birds of Whistlers Inn, who included an interactive slingshot game beside their booth. Third place went to The Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre for their Mexicanthemed attire.

Wine in Winter $599,000

friday, january 25th Silverwater at the Chateau Jasper

A tasting of fine wines from around the world, complemented with appetizers. Doors open at 7 pm

Admission $25

For further information contact Alan Wilson, 780-852-2513

96 GEIKIE STREET 780.852.5644

Serving Jasper & Area

The Jasper Volunteer Firefighters won third prize for best chili.

L’association canadienne-française de l’Alberta won top prize for best costume.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ATCO Family Street Party

Andrea Scholz photos

Upper Left: Participants enjoying the street party had several opportunites to warm themselves by the fire during the Jasper in January ATCO Street party on Jan. 19. Above: The many mascots of Jasper formed up two three-critter teams and had themselves a hilarious street hockey match. Below: The James Gang Drummers and the Alexis Indian Band singers inspired many attendees of the ATCO Street Party to dance.

Sarah makowsky photos

Above: Jasper’s sky exploded with brilliant colours and light during the fireworks display on Saturday, Jan. 19. Despite a bone-chilling wind, spectators came in droves to witness the spectacular show, which marked the grand finale of the ATCO Street Party. Right: Alisen Charlten (right) and Tanya Madley serve a customer at the ice bar during the ATCO Street Party. The ice bar’s street party debut was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and funds raised will go to the Robson House.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

COMMUNITY LISTINGS Senior’s Floor Curling

Due to lack of interest there will no longer be Senior’s Floor Curling. If you have interest please phone: Arlene Tomie 852-3088.

Museum Coffee Hour

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

Parent Link Centre

627 Patricia Street Open Playroom, Crafts, Children’s Yoga, Infant Massage and MORE (all FREE) Like us on face book “Parent Link Jasper” Or call Jenna at (780)852-6535

Just a reminder Community Listings deadline is Fridays @ 5PM


Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme St. Oct.16 to Apr. 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 6:45 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 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 6:30pm. 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.

Royal Canadian Legion

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.

Parent Link Centre 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 780852-3652 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 first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Community Outreach office.


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.

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 entrance. Tel : 780-852-7476 / Phone : 780-852-7476


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Crew Shuttle DriverS requireD Hallcon Crew Transportation requires Full and Part-time Drivers for the safe and courteous transportation of Rail Crews from JASPER for up to 450 km distant. This is an on-call position. Retired and semi-retired are more than welcome!

requireMeNtS: • A current class 1, 2, or 4 Licence (We will assist in upgrading your class 5. Some conditions apply) • A clean or near-clean Driver’s abstract. • Reside in the Jasper area.

tO APPlY: Fax 780-468-4617 Phone 780-868-8037 Email to:

Grande Cache Coal LP (GCC) is a sustainable, long-term coal mining operation, which produces premium, metallurgical coking coal for export to the world steel industry. The mine site is 15 minutes North of the town of Grande Cache; a mountain community which is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in West-Central Alberta.

We are interested in safe, positive people who want to become the backbone of our enduring success. Imagine the endless lifestyle possibilities when you have the mountains in your backyard? Set them in motion by mountain-biking, fishing, hiking, ATV’ing, hunting, camping, white-water rafting, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and so much more. Participate in one of Canada’s toughest adventure races; “The Canadian Death Race”. With world-class skiing, golfing, major centres and attractions close by, nothing is out of reach.

We have numerous immediate openings in our company. SURFACE:


Heavy Equipment Operator (4)

Underground Heavy Duty Mechanic (4)

Experienced Tireman (1)

Underground Electrician (4) All applicants must have an excellent safety, performance and attendance record, a valid drivers’ license, trades certification and/ or grade 12/GED and must be able to pass all pre-employment requirements.

To apply or for more information go to our website at

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Help Wanted:

Line Cook - $13.00 / hr - 4 positions Dishwasher - $11.50/ hr - 2 positions Servers - $9.75/ hr - 3 positions

We are currently hiring for the positions of: We are a growing company looking to expand our team.


Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813 Email:


Interested in a career?

(Lobstick Lodge)

Start date: May 15th, 2013

Apply in person or by email to Application available at:

(Pocahontas Cabins)

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


(EXPERIENCED LINE COOK) Wage negotiable (depending on experience). Accommodation available, benefits available. Start immediately. Apply in person with resume or email: Jacques Gauthier • 98 GEIKIE STREET • 780-852-4461

Apply in person with resume or email: Experience preferred, accommodation available. 98 GEIKIE STREET • 780-852-4461

Career Opportunity

Apply today at or contact us at 780.852.3301 with questions.

is currently hiring


(All properties)

Benefits include competitive salary and bonus plan, medical, dental, pension plan options, discounted housing and meals, golf pass and Fairmont travel benefits.

Jasper Inn & Suites

is currently hiring


If you have a strong understanding of the travel agent market in Canada and the U.S., are social media savvy, love to present in front of groups, enjoy traveling and are passionate about the mountains, this is the right opportunity for you!


Jasper Inn & Suites


Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region is looking for a dynamic Regional Leisure Sales Manager to represent four of Canada’s iconic Fairmont hotels in Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Whistler. This position is based at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

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APARTMENTS currently hiring a


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Shifts are from 7:30pm-5:30am. Four on, four off. Experience preferred.

Excellent wages plus annual ski pass at Marmot Basin. Must have valid Driver’s licence, be bondable and have a clean RCMP extract.

Apply with resume in person to 80 Geikie Street. Contact Barry for more info 780-852-4482

requires a

Scooter’s Hours of operation are 7 am to 5 pm daily for the entire ski season. Must be available to work weekends. Please apply only by email to

Check out all our career ads at

Career Opportunity:

Food & Beverage Manager The Position: The Food & Beverage Manager for Jasper Tramway is responsible for managing all aspects of the department including the Treeline Restaurant and BBQ deck. This is a full time seasonal position required between the months of March and November offering the ideal schedule for someone who enjoys the benefits of a Rocky Mountain lifestyle and time to travel or enjoy the holidays! In addition to an excellent work environment with fun, energetic individuals, full health benefits and competitive salary is offered.

Teacher assisTanT ii special educaTion compeTiTion #s1280 Applications are invited for the position of Teacher Assistant II – Special Education position at Jasper Junior/Senior High School. Duties will commence as soon as possible. A copy of competition number S1280 outlining the qualifications is available on the GYPSD website under “TA, Clerical, Technicians, etc.” This competition will remain open until January 30, 2013. Grande Yellowhead Public School Division appreciates all interest in this position, however, only those short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Aberdeen Publishing has an opening for the position as Publisher/General Manager of the Prince George Free Press. We are seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to continue and further enhance the strong growth this paper has experienced over the past six years. Ideally, you should have a good understanding of all facets of newspaper operations with emphasis on sales, marketing and financial management. In addition, our new publisher should be well suited to working with community groups and clients as well as developing sponsorship opportunities for the newspaper. As publisher of the Free Press, you will help develop strategy for the newspaper as it continues to serve this diverse marketplace. Aberdeen Publishing is one of Western Canada’s largest independent newspaper companies with properties in British Columbia and Alberta.

Qualifications Required:

• Proven managerial experience in a fast-paced environment • Ability to maintain inventory control and procedures • Menu development and implementation • Tourism/Hospitality experience an asset • Valid drivers license • Excellent communication, delegation and analytical skills • Enjoy working with the public • Availability to work flexible hours including opening and closing duties FORWARD YOUR RESUME IN CONFIDENCE: FAX: 780-852-2394 EMAIL:

Publisher/ General Manager

Display your

- job opening for as little as


If you have the ability to innovate, are customer driven, success oriented, and want to live in one of the most beautiful places in northern B.C., then we want to hear from you. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package as well as the opportunity for career advancement. Please submit your resume by February 15, 2013, to the attention of: Ron Lovestone, Regional Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, BC V2N 1T3 Telephone 778.349.6327 or email:

We thank all applicants. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

regional classifieds Announcements

Business opportunities

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS. C.A. MacLean/Fred Row Journalism bursaries. Help us locate a deserving individual from your community who would like to pursue a career in print journalism. Applications must be received by February 20, 2013. For further information, contact your local weekly newspaper or the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, 1-800-282-6903 ext. 225;

people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet/phone essential. Free online training & support. Please visit www.

Heavy Equipment Certificate program. Hands-on training, safety courses, opportunity to write 1st and 2nd HET apprenticeship exams. Gain 600 hours credit. 1-888-9997882;

NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780-621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959.

MANAGEMENT POSITIONS. High Level Super A in High Level, Alberta is currently recruiting the following management team members: Produce Manager; Bakery/ Deli Manager. Reporting directly to the Store Manager, the individual Managers are responsible for all aspects of managing their respective departments. Responsibilities include marketing, merchandising, controlling and human resource management. Applicants should possess previous experience working in a retail food store, combined with exceptional skills in managing people and obtaining bottom line results. The successful candidate must have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) and be able to provide a clean security clearance. If you have the skills and abilities to meet our expectations, please forward your resume, stating your salary expectations, in confidence to: Human Resources Advisor, The Grocery People Ltd., 14505 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB, T5L 3C4. Fax 780-447-5781. Email:

Maintainer; Public Works Department Competition #902-135. Closes: February 1, 2013. Building Inspector II - Planning and Development Department Competition #220-125U. Closes: February 1, 2013. Submit resumes in confidence by the closing date, to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2N4. Fax 867669-3471 or email: hr@ Please direct all inquiries to the above listed email address. For more information on these positions, including the required qualifications, please refer to the City of Yellowknife’s webpage at: or contact Human Resources at 867-920-5603.

STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.

LEARN TO TREAT and Care for Large and Small Animals. Animal Health Technology - GPRC Fairview Campus. On campus residences and farm. Fairview, Alberta. 1-888999-7882; fairview.


Employment Opportunities FAST TRACK to Parts and Materials Technician. New 34 week program at GPRC Fairview Campus. Fall, 2013. Write 1st and 2nd year apprenticeship exams. 1-888999-7882. Ask for Brian.

7th ANNUAL COLLECTOR CAR Auction & Speed Show, March 15 - 17/13, Red Deer Westerner Park. Featuring Big Schwag & indoor car show! Exhibitor space available. Consign your car; estate today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102;

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853.

RITCHIE BROS Unreserved Auction. Edmonton, March 7. Two Parcels of Farmland located at Grassland, Alberta. For more info contact John Kiszka, 780-689-3076 or visit:

PUT POWER INTO your career! As a Fairview Power Engineer. On-campus boiler lab. 4th Class-Part A 3rd Class. Affordable residences. GPRC Fairview Campus. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.

Autos GET YOUR FOOT in the garage door. Learn basic engine theory, power train, suspension, job safety. First step to Automotive/Heavy Duty Apprenticeships. GPRC Fairview Campus. 1-888-9997882; HAVE A GOOD USED 5.9L Dodge Ram 2500, & 6.0L Ford Diesel 2005/2006. Complete engine with all accessories available. 90 day warranty on parts. Call 780662-4255. Business Opportunities WELL ESTABLISHED Towing Company in Drayton Valley. 6 trucks & roadside contracts. Will sell as whole or individually. Training available. Unlimited earning potential. Must see! Phone 780-621-1622. WELL ESTABLISHED retail clothing business in Barrhead for sale. Serious inquiries only. 780-674-2018. HOME BASED BUSINESS. We need serious & motivated

NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-2826903 ext. 228. 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 780723-5051. FARM LABOURER & MANAGER. Full-time position, modern mixed farm, near Calgary, Alberta. Housing supplied, excellent wages. Valid drivers licence, & cow/calf experience required. Assets include mechanics, grain, welding, custom hay & seeding. Fax resume 403-335-0086. Phone 403-335-3694. GO TO YOUR next job interview with 2nd Year Heavy Duty Mechanic skills. GPRC, Fairview campus -

BAKOS NDT is hiring qualified CGSB Technicians in Whitecourt, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Benefit package, signing bonus and profit sharing available. Email: or call 1-888-763-5575. DRIVERS WANTED. Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No rail experience needed! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation & benefits package. Skills needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time, valid licence w/ air brake endorsement. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state. ERNIE O’S RESTAURANT and Pub is looking for 5 NOC6442 cooks, full-time. $14.50/hour. Experience required. Send resume by fax 780-723-3603 or email: WANTED - Water & Vacuum Truck Operators. Class 3 w/Q-endorsement, H2S, First Aid, PST, CSTS. Mechanically inclined. Dayrate benefits. Fax 403-9343487. Email: accounting@ LABOURER/PILOT TRUCK Driver to join crew at Holmes Building Movers, Stavely, Alberta. Applicants must have clean Class 5 licence, own transportation, be physically fit and conscientious. Send resume to fax 403-5492191 or email: admin@ TRENCHUK CATTLE CO. has positions available at their feedlot in Smoky Lake, Alberta. Labourers/ feedtruck drivers $17 - $22/ hour. Feedlot Manager/ Class 1 truck drivers/ mechanical $22 - $28/hour, all depending on experience and qualifications. Housing available. Fax resume to 780656-3962 or call William at 780-656-0052.

CLASS 1 Winch Tractor Operator and Journeyman Picker Operator required. Please fax resume and credentials to 780-778-2918. For further information please call David 780-7780422 in Whitecourt. BLUE GRASS SOD FARMS requires full-time Heavy Duty Journeyman Mechanic with experience managing people, parts and equipment. Competitive wage with benefits; bluesod@xplornet. com or fax 403-342-7488. PHOENIX GAS Co-op Ltd., Wainwright requires full-time Apprentices and Journeymen Gasfitters for natural gas distribution. Benefits and pension package. Email: Fax 780-842-5912. NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: resumes@ Fax 1-403-729-2396. Email all safety and trade tickets. ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O 1 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout North America. Paid by direct deposit, benefits and company fuel cards. Border crossing required with valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233; CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires fulltime Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver’s licence required. Forward resume: cpngc@telusplanet. net. Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0.

VAC & STEAM Truck Operator. Valid Class 1 or 3, Safety Tickets, Top Wage, Camp Work, Experience an Asset. Email/Fax Resume: 780-458-8701, bryksent@ JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta) needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25. - $31./hour + bonus, benefits. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-854-2845; Email PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr@ or fax 780-955-HIRE. CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE. The City of Yellowknife invites applications from qualified candidates for the following positions: Pumphouse and Liftstation Tradesperson Public Works Department Competition #902-137. Closes: February 1, 2013. Pumphouse and Liftstation

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Jasper Jackrabbits ski into third year By DANIEL BETTS Editor

Fourteen eager youngsters on cross-country skis, slid into Centennial Park in Jasper on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 15. Like pros, many of them slipped into the newly groomed tracks that circled the park, and were happily gliding along as if they were born on skis. Of course, for many of these students this is their third year as “jackrabbits” and therefore they had much experience and skill to show off. The Jackrabbit Program, developed by Cross Country Canada, is designed to introduce the fundamentals of cross-country skiing to children aged six to nine. Children enrolled in the program are provided a booklet to record their career, technique and program awards in the form of stickers that chart their different levels of achievement. The program’s objective is to teach children the basic cross-country ski skills, both classic and skating, and to instil a life-long interest in the sport. “In the beginning they [the Jackrabbits] are learning how to fall down, get back up, [and] do a pattern on their skis,” explained Jeanine D’Antonio, Jasper Jackrabbit organizer. “What they really love to do is go over a hill, which is great because there are a couple skills we need to teach them on that. It is so great that they are so keen to get out there.” Because many of the kids downhill ski and play hockey, D’Antonio believes the Jackrabbits are a very athletic bunch of kids who have the ability to pick up skills quickly. “They are very easy to teach, because their activity level is so high.” Through skills training and games, during which children have so much fun they don’t realize they are learning, their coach helps the students gain the skills needed to advance. The Jackrabbits are pleased to have hired coach Abby Morgan this year. Also on their coaching team is Barb Sharp, a biathlete who will teach the kids much about skate skiing, which is a required skill for the biathlon. Many of the kids who have been in the program for a couple years are now on their level three skills, allowing them to learn skate skiing. The Jasper Jackrabbits will join the Hinton Jackrabbits at a loppet in Hinton on March 2. During the loppet, the students will go into the biathlon area and learn how to

shoot. “It’s going to be exciting,” said D’Antonio, who suspects exposure to the biathlete training area will produce more new recruits interested in cross-country skiing. Unfortunately the Jasper Jackrabbit Program is scaled back this year due to fewer coaches. The Jackrabbits meet every Tuesday between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., but in the past they were also able to meet on weekends. The Jackrabbits don’t always meet in Centennial Park, sometimes they go out to Whistlers Campground, Pyramid Lake or on some of the trails on the Bench. “We really want to thank the elementary school for letting us borrow their skis,” said D’Antonio. This year, the Jackrabbit Program donated three sets of skis to add to the pool of skis at Jasper Elementary School, and hope to continue to add to that pool as time goes on. In March, the Jackrabbits will have a destination barbecue for all of their families. To join the Jackrabbit program, the cost is $50 per season. Anyone interested should contact D’Antonio at 780 -852-7043 or Louise Knight 780-852-5858.

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The Jasper Jackrabbits take a practice run on the groomed track around Centennial Park.

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Novice-Atom Grizzlies: We play because it’s fun Submitted by Roxanne Lafontaine

Jasper’s youngest female hockey team takes to the ice this Friday for a three-day tournament. It’s all in the name of fun, too. Although they are the youngest and smallest (both in number and size) the Novice-Atom girls prove that dynamite comes in small packages. The 11 little Grizzlies are respected for their determination and good sportsmanship. They recently played a tournament in Banff, facing off against more experienced players in each of the four games they played. The players stayed positive, played with respect and rallied together under the guidance of their coaches. Jasperites can be confident that these girls represent their town very well. They are earning the respect of their peers everywhere they go. If a game could be won on character, the Jasper Grizzlies would win – every time. The puck drops at home this Friday afternoon, games continue through Sunday morning. Come down and cheer them on as they host seven other teams from across Alberta. It’s going to be a mountain of fun.


Jasper’s Novice-Atom Grizzlies consists of 14 girls ages seven to 11 and is the youngest girls hockey team in Jasper.

Tales of the Jasper Bears: Edson Chapter Submitted by John Wilmshurst

Like most human endeavours, hockey is replete with mythology. Stories like Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, innumerable beer and coffee commercials, most Canadian childhoods and Coach’s Corner contribute to this nebulous lexicon. While the principles of community building, leadership and life-long friendships are all part of what minor hockey really is, bucolic accounts of harmonious camaraderie and fairly contested close matches are not always part of the story. Last weekend the Jasper PeeWee Bears rolled into Edson, feeding the Mighty Macs their lunch; winning 13-0, much to the frustration of the Edson players, coaches and spectators. The deluge started early with Tegan Barker beautifully feeding Matthew Park not yet three minutes into the game. Park made no mistake and it was 1-0 Bears. Barker was dominant in this period, participating in some sweet playmaking that kept the overmatched Edson skaters well away from the puck. He made it 2-0 then 3-0 midway through the period in two stand-apart singular efforts that were followed by markers from Adrian Nayak on a feed from Brendan Auger, Elvis Gorontzy-Slack off a Nayak rebound and Rhys Malcolm from Cooper Hilworth. It was 6-0 Jasper after the first period, which was also the number of shots that Edson managed against goaltender Severin Golla in the opening 20 minutes. The goal scoring pace slowed in the second, but Jasper still dominated the play. This period belonged to Hilworth, who had a hand in both goals in the frame, scoring one himself

off a face-off and getting an assist, nicely setting up Noah Kwasny with six minutes remaining. The Edson goaltender continued to get a real workout and even Jasper’s Golla was forced to make one standout save, stopping a breakaway that ended with both the puck and his stick behind the net. The second period ended with Jasper up 8-0. In the third period, the scoring picked up and so did the temperature. Malcolm placed a beauty behind the Mighty Mac’s keeper just over a minute in, and then Jasper’s secondhalf goalie, Isaah Kwasny made a solid stop on a penalty shot to keep Edson off the score sheet. With a nine goal lead, things started getting goofy and the game reached that point where Walt Disney leaves the building. Through the swirling dust kicked up by the players shuffling their feet in the penalty box, Noah Kwasny scored two more, and Malcolm and Nayak each got their second goals of the game, but the story was elsewhere and not the stuff of legends. In this charged environment, nobody expects the home team to smile gracefully as they get humiliated in their own barn. And completely shutting down the talent on the Jasper Bears is also not a solution for the coaching staff. As I’ve written previously, Jasper is an A team that tiered B, playing against some teams that could have tiered C. On days like this, even victories can leave a bitter taste in your mouth more closely resembling the coffee than the commercial selling it. Next Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the Bears take on Hinton in Jasper. So far, this has also been a lopsided rivalry in Jasper’s favour. Another challenge of a familiar, yet unfortunate kind for the first place Jasper Bears.

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The Jasper Rustlers faced the Edmonton Ice Cubes during last weekend’s tournament at the Activity Centre. The Rustlers skated away with a victory in this game and placed second overall in their tournament after falling short in the gold medal game against Hinton. Final score was 5-1.



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