Page 1


jasper’s independent newspaper | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | FREE

Mystery and Enchantment Anna Marie Cerovski attended the Rotary Club of Jasper’s Masquerade Ball at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Sunday, March 10. See more photos on page 18. Andrea Scholz Photo





the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

IRENE BERNDSEN Sales Representative 250.569.7397

Provincial government cuts Community Spirit Grant

Toll-free: 1.888.563.7397 McBride, B.C. Fax: 250.569.0201

Royal LePage Prince George


To view any Robson Valley property call 250-569-7397 or visit

For Sale

Jasper community organizations will take a hit under the latest provincial budget. Besides cuts to postsecondary education and Alberta farm fuel allowances, another casualty of the recently released Alberta 2013 budget is the Community Spirit Grant. According to Marianne Garrah, with Habitat for the Arts, the Community Spirit Grant matched donations made by other donors. “While there was never a number attached to what you could receive, it was an incentive for people to donate,” said Garrah. “I think the fact that the province was offering supplemental donation did result in people openly donating. That incentive is now gone.” Garrah mentioned that Habitat for the Arts receives funding from federal dollars for events and program development and is pleased the Cultural Days Fund was not affected by the 2013 budget. “The premier has just finished seeking people for her ‘Premiers Council for the Arts,’” Garrah noted. “That gives us confidence.” Garrah notes that the funds Habitat for the Arts receives are used to create opportunities for all ages to explore all kinds of arts mediums, “music to lego, pottery to theatre.”

By Owner

$849,000 • 1204 Cabin Creek Dr

• Gorgeous 1 1/2 story family home •1 1/2 story family home • Fully renovated in past 2 years • 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens • Downstairs easily converts to a separate apartment with own entrance • Chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances, rich hardwood floors, and 3 new bathrooms • Includes beautifully landscaped lot with fenced backyard and hot tub.

Call to inquire


or email

According to Paul Schmidt, Jasper Victim Services coordinator, while the loss of the Community Spirit Grant is unfortunate, the Victims of Crime Act ensures that victim services is a right of all victims and therefore government funding will continue, however community donations will no longer be matched. “The Community Spirit Grant has been great for us,” said Schmidt. “People recognize that when they make a donation to Jasper Victim Services, we are able to apply to have those funds matched.” Schmidt said victim services has more secure funding than other provinces through the Victims of Crime Fund. The museum was hit much harder by the cut. According to Karen Byers, museum manager, the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives received about $8,000 from the Community Spirit Grant, which is “a fair chunk” of their budget. “We counted on it for the day to day expenses,” said Byers. Byers noted that the application process, which they started last fall, was quite time consuming. “So that was a complete waste of time,” Byers noted. Other community organizations that benefitted from the Community Spirit Grant include the Friends of Jasper National Park, the HIV West Yellowhead Society and the Jasper Gymnastics Club.

6 3 $ r o f s e s r u o 3c






ll today 780.852


......... ...............



Reservations not re but recommended quired on weekends. Ca






. ..................... ......




...... .................



CALL CAM 780-852-8779

This home has been fully reno’d upstairs including large windows & flooring. The upstairs is a great family home & the downstairs suite features a full 3 bedrooms & full kitchen. This home has a really nice yard that captures the long summer sun that’s kid & pet friendly & also has a great double garage with plenty of parking in case the garage is full of toys.

106 PATRICIA ST. $640,000 CAM JENKINS 780-852-8779

An Independently Owned and Operated Member Broker of Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Canada Inc.®


CALL CAM 780-852-8779

Truly one of the very few homes to come on the Jasper market in years that requires absolutely nothing. Built in 1992 by Don Megelson. Priceless views down the South valley off an expansive cedar deck, upgrades throughout & tastefully decorated. This home will not last.

This 1923 cottage is located on A GREAT BEACHFRONT with a rare dock. Lake Edith properties are very rarely offered for sale and this property is truly CALL CAM 780-852-8779 one of a kind.

1227A CABIN CREEK DR $698,500 32 LAKE EDITH ROAD $1,790,000


PATTIE URIE 780-852-8855

“RARE! FULL DUPLEX FOR SALE! VACANT & READY - Live in one side & rent out the other! $543,000 per side - $1,086,000 for entire Duplex. Call Patti or Cam for all the details! This will not last!”


Nicole Veerman photo

You’re invited! Jasper the Bear presented his buddy Louie the Lightening Bug with a personal invitation to his 65th birthday party, March 8. The community celebration is Saturday, March 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Jasper Activity Centre. The event is free and open to the whole community.

Serving Jasper & Area

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 3

Early childhood development mapping project results By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter

After a disappointing performance in the Early Childhood Development Mapping Project (ECMap), Jasper administrators are looking for answers. “I hoped for a significantly better outcome. I felt that throughout my career I put a lot of effort into ensuring there are good services for families,” said Kathleen Waxer, director of Community and Family Services. “I had to go back to the big picture.” ECMap is a provincially funded study of early childhood development — from prenatal to age five — in Alberta. From 2010 to 2012, kindergarten teachers completed an Early Development Instrument (EDI) questionnaire for each of their students. The EDI examines development in five areas: social competence, language and thinking skills, physical health and well-being, emotional maturity, and communication skills and general knowledge. Jasper’s scores “are better in some areas and worse in others.” Two areas with the lowest scores are social competency, with 30.31 per cent of children experiencing difficulty or great difficulty and 28.79 per cent experiencing difficulty or great difficulty in communication skills and general knowledge. Results may be skewed because 2006 census data was used to analyse the figures instead of 2011 data, which was unavailable at the time. “The one area I identify is over the last five years we’ve had a dramatic shift in demographics, that many children entering kindergarten are new to Canada or their families are new to Canada,” said Waxer. Jodi Campbell, a Jasper Elementary School kindergarten teacher, acknowledged that during the years she completed those questionnaires, her classes had more children that were new to Canada than ever before. Low response may also play a factor. Only 66 questionnaires were completed in Jasper throughout the three years, so individual scores represent a larger

percentage of the results. Some parents also didn’t allow their children to participate in the questionnaire. Kindergarten isn’t mandatory in Alberta, so ECMap excludes statistics on the children who didn’t attend. Sixty-six students is “not a big enough pool” to draw specific results from, said Campbell. The EDI findings were shared during an open house at Community Outreach Services on Monday, March 11. The results triggered a discussion about what Jasper’s community does well to foster early childhood development and what needs improvement. Attendees included parents, teachers, a principal and Parks Canada and municipal employees. “It really does take a village to raise a child,” said Waxer. An entire community plays a role in early childhood development, from access to services, parks, programs and activities, infrastructure, change tables in restrooms and acceptance of public breastfeeding. “Topography, too—it sounds silly—but children need to learn to walk up and down a hill,” she adds. After visiting her native Slovakia, local resident Janka Kozacikova views Jasper as an optimal place for her children, both under five, to grow up. “There’s no place to take the kids for a walk there,” she said, referring to the traffic-filled streets she passed while out with her children.


Participants guess Jasper’s scores in the Early Childhood Development Mapping Project (ECMap) results before the real ones were revealed. The guessing game was meant to spearhead discussion about early childhood development in Jasper.

Continued on page 7

JNP backcountry closures debate continues Part II – Caribou back in the day By DANIEL BETTS Editor

People, local and otherwise, have much to say about Jasper National Park’s (JNP) proposal to initiate seasonal closures of the park’s winter backcountry in defense of the caribou threatened within its borders. One collective question that has surfaced revolves around the origins of the caribou in JNP. According to John Wilmshurst, acting resource conservation manager for JNP, there is DNA evidence that proves caribou have been living in the park boundary area for thousands of years. “Woodland caribou are what they call a meta-population. They typically exist in small groups, between 100 to 300 animals. They are not like the barren ground caribou where you would see herds of tens of thousands,” explained Wilmshurst, who mentioned caribou population movements over the course of time are very dynamic. Besides DNA, research at the Jasper Museum and Archives has revealed some eyewitness accounts that confirm caribou were very much at home in JNP before the turn of the century.

One of the earliest documented sightings of caribou can be found in the journals of surveyors working for the Canadian Pacific Railway. One journal written by a gentleman named T.J. Trapp and stationed at Athabasca Depot, which was likely located near where the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge stands today, gives some very detailed descriptions to his daily activities. “Up early and off to Big Lake. Saw large caribou on the side of it. Fired one shot at it but it was too far off to hit.” – T.J. Trapp – Oct. 14, 1876. Another entry is a little more telling. “Up very early and went out to Caribou Lake hunting. Saw lots of Caribou and moose tracks.” – T.J. Trapp – Oct. 16, 1876. The identity of Big Lake and Caribou Lake is hard to confirm as surveyors used different names for geographic features, however based upon Trapp’s location and descriptions it is very likely he was hunting on what Jasperites today call the bench and the two lakes he refers to were likely Patricia and Pyramid lakes. Researching further, a film was discovered that was shot between 1938 and 1939 by Dr. Elizabeth Elken, who was documenting a family trip to Jasper, and

recorded her family spotting caribou in the area around Maligne Lake. Warden diaries are another source of historical data that mentions caribou. According to the warden diaries dated from 1952, patrolling wardens witnessed over 87 caribou throughout the park, with the biggest single sighting in November with 28 animals sighted in the Whirlpool District, which is now known as the Tonquin. The most frequent sightings of caribou took place in the Maligne Valley. It should be noted that random sightings of caribou by patrolling wardens, does not constitute an accurate animal count, merely it suggests that in 1952, caribou were frequently seen. Wilmshurst explained that prior to 1980 caribou counts were not conducted properly. “They had no way to measure how many animals they didn’t see,” explained Wilmshurst. Today, seeing a caribou is a challenge, but with the use of radio collars and aerial counts, much more accurate numbers of the caribou is possible. Wilmshurst noted that during his presentation at the recent backcountry workshop, a map was used to display the

areas of Alberta where industrial influences prevented the mountain caribou from thriving. The map was mostly red, with JNP being a conspicuous caribou habitat oasis in a sea of industrialism, suggesting there are few to no alternatives left for caribou habitat in the province. Wilmshurst explained that in the distant past caribou likely passed near where the park is today, but due to industrialization they have been cut off. “It’s a large scale decision we are making,” said Wilmshurst. “We want to make a decision by the first of May.” Parks Canada is busy compiling information from the two workshops that were held, as well as other sources in order to provide information on the web for all Canadians to see. “We’ve actually started to gather comments from people outside the Jasper region who are interested in this issue,” said Wilmshurst. “We want to get it out there as soon as possible.” In the next and final article of this series, impacts to business and alternatives will be explored.


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

A deficit of soft skills Another proud Canadian historical moment unfolded in space this week. Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS). “When things are going well, it’s easy to be in charge,” Hadfield told students in his hometown of Milton, Ont., earlier this year, via videolink. Last month, Hadfield informed University of Waterloo students, again via videolink from the ISS last month, that he had been training to command the space station since he was 14 years old. One of Hadfield’s colleagues, Bob Thirsk, spoke of the need for an ISS commander to be aware of the well-being of each of his five crewmates. Thirsk expressed his belief that the “soft skills” are more important than the operational skills. Cory Gray, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division superintendent, also made mention of “soft skills” and the importance of their development in public schools, in an address to the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce this week. Soft skills are those qualities that aren’t generally covered in textbooks. They determine how we react to and communicate with our colleagues and supervisors. They are those skills that allow employees to negotiate and resolve conflicts, develop teamwork, solve problems creatively or even effectively sell a product. They are interpersonal skills that allow for an office to run smoothly and interact effectively regardless of personal feelings or desires. Gray mentioned a growing deficit of soft skills among young people today. Partly to blame is the Internet age, where young people find themselves interacting with peers via computer rather than face-to-face. There is also a trend for post-secondary students to concentrate on the hard technical skills of their profession, without valuing interpersonal skills. While technical skills are certainly important, the ability to negotiate and creatively solve problems as a team are valuable skills that many employers look for today. Interacting via computer text or Facebook posts have some obvious limitations. While emoticons and Internet slang can display superficial emotions they are often deceptive or untruthful. Only through face-to-face interaction can a person determine the true emotional state of someone they are talking to. For centuries this has allowed humans to read between the lines of speech, determine intentions or even detect deception. However, while we have this ability naturally, like all skills, it requires practice to perfect and understand. Having superior technical skills is very important and valuable. However, these skills alone have limits and if they are not effectively fused with soft skills the result is often limitations in personal growth as well as frequent interpersonal conflicts in the work environment. After 20 years, Hadfield has earned his command, a position he considers the pinnacle of his career. Career building requires the ability to develop different skillsets, particularly those that create effective communication and interaction. Today’s youth would be wise to consider and learn the valuable soft skills that put leaders like Hadfield in command of an orbiting spacecraft.

Courtesy of Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce

In celebration of Jasper the Bear’s 65th Birthday, the Fitzhugh will be featuring some of Jasper’s memorable moments.

Miette not what it used to be Dear Editor, In August 1962, Hans and I were married. After spending several years at university we were a poor young couple. Where could we go for a honeymoon getaway? We hopped into our second-hand Morris Minor and headed to Jasper National Park. Our destination was Miette Hot Springs. At that time, the one time gate charge was a couple of bucks and pool charges were the same. We lucked out, getting a tent cabin with bunk beds and no running water at the Miette Hot Springs Resort for under $10. Hiking was free. Wow, what a glorious experience. We were in love – with Jasper National Park. Could young Canadians today afford the same experience? The gate fee has increased to $20.75 per day. Full service camping fees are $40.25 and campsites are $22.75. Check well in advance for the cost of other accommodations. Miette Hot Springs pool, presently run by Parks Canada, is very reasonable at $6.05 per adult, and they are making a profit. The present government is threatening to turn over

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.

editor: Daniel Betts reporter: Sarah Makowsky

volume 8, issue 19 Jasper’s independent newspaper is published every Thursday by the Aberdeen Publishing Limited Partnership. The content is protected by copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited except with the permission of the publisher.

Doris Intscher, Jasper, Alta.

OUR LETTERS POLICY: The Fitzhugh welcomes complaints, praise, damnation and any other form of response to what you read in our

Publisher: Jeremy Derksen


this money maker to a private company. Expect an increase in fees and a decrease in wages for workers. Want to take a hike? Coming soon – Brewsters’, which is owned by Viad of Arizona, Glacier Discovery Walk. Blasting and building is underway. 180,000 Canadians were opposed to this project. It will cost $15 to $30 each to see this manmade structure. Why take a free walk in the park when you can pay big bucks? According to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, “Decision makers do not widely recognize returns to the Canadian economy. For example, in 2009, $800 million spent by Canada’s 14 park agencies generated $4.6 billion toward Canada’s GDP, supported 64,000 full-time equivalent jobs across the country and returned $300 million, or 44 per cent of the expenditures, in tax revenues, excluding income tax, to government coffers.” This fantastic resource should belong to Canadians, not private corporations. It should be affordable to everyone.

Corrections: All stories are checked for accuracy, but a newspaper is a human endeavour and although we strive for perfection, we make no claim to it. Any error will be corrected in the next edition of the paper.

Contact us:

PO Box 428, 626 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0 Phone: 1.780.852.4888; Fax: 1.780.852.4858

Production manager: Andrea Scholz advertising: Mishelle Menzies Contributors: Nicole Veerman, Nikki Wilson


Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Turkey raises dough By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter

This year’s attendance at the band turkey dinner didn’t rival 2012’s turnout, but the event was still an overwhelming success, raising $3,000 for the Jasper Junior/Senior High School band program. Four hundred people at the Activity Centre enjoyed a succulent turkey dinner prepared by chef Diane Johnston and countless parent and student volunteers. “It takes a lot of manpower to feed that many people,” said Ann Thomas, one of the dinner’s organizers. “That’s the reason why people come because they know the food is going to be excellent.” The event pre-sold 300 tickets “which was right on track with last year, so it was just the at-the-door sales that were down

from last year.” She speculates that numbers were down from last year due to other events happening during the same week. “I think that probably affected people’s decision if they were already going out one night a week.” As usual, dinner guests were pleased with the tasty meal and the bands skilled performance. “That’s the feedback that we want; that people enjoyed the food, they enjoyed the entertainment.” The turkey dinner marks another successful bout of fundraising for the band program. Jasper’s Got Talent on Feb. 20 attracted 300 spectators and raised $4,000 for the band program, said Thomas. The third annual Jasper’s Got Talent competition has already been booked at the Activity Centre and is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2014.

Jasper, AB,

Mature Workers


computer skills upgrading writing & communication skills resume and cover letter development supported job search and work experience certifications based on goals


HOURS OF OPERATION Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm • 631 Patricia Street Phone: 852-4418 ext. 5 • Website:

Sarah Makowsky photo

the fitzhugh 5






the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013


National Park News MARCH 14 Opening the Icefields Parkway after a big snowfall

Pennies for Jasper museum roof For the month of February, École Desrochers students in Jasper collected pennies to donate to the Jasper-Yellowhead Historical Society’s Repair the Roof Fund. Last December Connie Sawka’s class at Jasper Elementary School donated $18.97 which started the challenge. Several other grades responded to the challenge and dropped off their penny collection at the museum. The museum will continue to collect pennies until the sources dry up. Bring them rolled or loose to the museum. Community support for this fundraiser is greatly appreciated by the museum.

Jasper Bantam Bearcats to play in B pool final On March 16, the Jasper Bantam Bearcats will face Plamondon for the Sturgeon Pembina Hockey League B Pool Final in Whitecourt. The Bearcats defeated Plamondon earlier in the season to earn the privilege of facing the first place Edson team. However, following a fierce battle with Edson on March 2 and March 5, the Bearcats were defeated and dropped to the B pool. League glory still awaits the Bearcats who have proven they are serious playoff contenders. Go Bearcats Go!

Basking in the sunlight on recent warm days makes it hard to believe that March came roaring in like a lion just over a week ago. While skiers and snowboarders sang Ullr’s praises, travellers looking to drive the Icefields Parkway had to hang around for an extra few days on the slopes. Starting bright and early on Friday, March 1, snow kept stacking up in Jasper until the morning hours on Sunday, March 3. Accumulating up to 60 cm in some areas, this was the largest snowfall of the 2012/13 season. Warm temperatures meant the snow was wet and heavy, and by Friday afternoon Parks Canada closed the northern section of the Icefields Parkway due to increasing avalanche hazard. The decision to close a road during these types of conditions is just the first step for Parks Canada’s Highways crew and Visitor Safety team. What happens next is a coordinated effort between two professional, dedicated crews. After closing gates at Valley of the Five Lakes and Saskatchewan Crossing, Parks Canada manned gates at both ends to ensure drivers that were already on the road could exit. Staff also conducted a sweep along the road, checking for vehicles at all parking lots and day-use areas and sharing information to help ensure visitors could proceed safely out of the closed area. If vehicles were unattended, employees placed a placard with information on the parked vehicle and then checked license plate numbers against our backcountry permit database. Checking back-country permits helps us keep park visitors safe by knowing where they are prior to beginning avalanche control work. Meanwhile, highway crews continued work on Highway 16 and other park roads, while also plowing the Icefields Parkway where safe to do so. When avalanche control work is required, the visitor safety team coordinates closely with the highways crew. After visitor safety triggered controlled avalanches from the ground and helicopter on Sunday, March 3,

Yoga Weekend in McBride

Certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, Katrina Molendyk invites you to join her in McBride, B.C. to share in a weekend of diverse yoga classes over Easter long weekend, starting March 29. Certified at the 300-hour level, Molendyk teaches traditional Kripalu yoga, which translated from Sanskrit means compassion. She currently teaches yoga in Prince George, B.C. As a holistic health consultant, with a diploma in Human Kinetics, Molendyk specializes in yoga for athletes. All classes will be at the McBride Elks Hall. Individually priced classes can be packaged for a discount; take two and receive ten percent off, take three and receive twelve percent off, take four and receive fifteen percent off, or take all five for $90 (that’s one free class). Molendyk will be deciding by Friday, Mar. 15 whether she will have enough students to warrant a trip to McBride; therefore, registration must be completed and paid in full by then, and refunds will be given if the weekend is cancelled. To reserve a spot you can call 250 -961-1013, or email If she gets enough initial students there will be room for more to register after the date.

QUOTE of the week I think the fact that the province was offering supplemental donation did result in people openly donating. That incentive is now gone. Marianne Garrah

Parks Canada Photos

Parks Canada Visitor Safety triggers a controlled avalanche via helicopter.

and Monday, March 4, the highways crew was ready with two loaders and trucks for plowing and sanding. By 3 p.m. on Monday, March 4, the Icefields Parkway was re-opened with good driving conditions. While avalanche danger and avalanche control activities can necessitate emergency road closures at any time, the warmth of the spring sun over the next few weeks may call for afternoon closures, which may occur with short notice. For the most up-to-date information on road conditions and road closures, travellers can check the Alberta Road Report at 511., contact Jasper National Park’s Road Report Information line at 780-852-3311, or check the Road Conditions Report on our website at Parks Canada also provides daily Avalanche Bulletins to assist backcountry users in decision making. The bulletins contain timely and detailed information on current avalanche conditions and forecasts for 3 days forward, and are available on our website at www. (Avalanche Bulletins).

Thoni chosen to compete in inaugural skimo race By NICOLE VEERMAN Contributor

Reiner Thoni and his teammates Andrew McNab and Mark Smiley are heading to what organizers are billing as, “the most versatile ski event there has ever been.” The inaugural Atomic Waymaker, slated for April 6 and 7 on Dachstein massif in Austria, is limited to eight teams, all of whom had to apply and meet the criteria set out by the event’s three organizers. On his blog, The Outside Out, Thoni wrote that he and his teammates knew they were well suited for the event, but they figured it was “a long shot to get in.” Long shot or not, the team—The United States of Canada, as they’ve dubbed themselves because Smiley’s an American—made the cut.  The Waymaker isn’t a timed event, like the European ski mountaineering (skimo) competitions Thoni has been competing in all season. Rather, it’s a test of the entire team’s endurance, skill, creative route planning and resilience.  Before the event, the team will submit a route plan to

be approved before the first day of the competition. Once the route is approved, the team is required to stick to that route, unless unforeseen weather systems cause a risk. The athletes will all be equipped with GPS watches, so the judges can keep tabs on their movements from start to finish. Teams are also required to take a photo of each climb and descent. Those photos will later be submitted to the judges with some text describing the team’s route. In Thoni’s words, the competition format “encompasses all aspects of route assessment, risk assessment, group dynamics, aesthetics, variety, technicality, vertical skied and, of course, finding those beautiful untracked lines.” So, he says, training for the event covers “everything from building quick, efficient anchors to executing that one killer photo with efficiency and creativity.” The winning team will be awarded 4,500 euros, which equates to about $6,025. To learn more about the Atomic Waymaker, visit, or to follow along with Thoni and his team, visit

question of the week...

Is there a deficiency in soft skills in the work place today?

a) Yes b) No Go to or to cast your vote. Results will be published in next week’s newspapers. Last week’s results: Is gender equality a fight of the past? 62.5% (15) No, we still have much work to do. 25% (6) Not even close 12.5% (3) Yes, men and women are equal

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Mapping results – continued from page 3 Since that experience she appreciates how Jasper caters to pedestrians. “It’s incredible. Jasper is the easiest place to raise children.” Aside from Jasper’s walkable layout and parks, the community has a multitude of early childhood development resources like the Parent Link Centre, Children Indoor Play Society (CHIPS) and daycare facility. Jasper is one of the few Albertan communities with a daycare subsidized by its municipality. Without subsidy, the $1,000 per month fee to care for an infant would cost between another $300 or $400 per month. Though some parents need childcare on evenings and weekends, cost is the main reason why the facility doesn’t run during those times, said Waxer. Two employees need to be in the facility whenever it’s open and it’s not financially justified to operate the daycare with only a small amount of children. While family and community play roles in early childhood development, so does society, said Waxer. Jasper results almost parallel the rest of the province, with 27.27 per cent in Jasper experiencing great difficulty in one or more areas of development compared to 26.96 per cent in Alberta. These similar results might be a coincidence, but also might hint at society’s influence on early childhood development. There has been a detraction from what Waxer calls “pure play,” where pressure isn’t placed on a child to learn something. “There’s considerable research that says


Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. regular meeting. Every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. come out for an afternoon of cards. We would love to see you out at any of these events, which are held at the Seniors Lounge in the Activity Centre.

Grief Relief … Stepping Past Program First Monday of every month all year at 7 PM at the McCready Centre in Jasper. This program has no fee. For more information, contact Tim at 1-855-299-8899

Parent Link Centre

627 Patricia Street Open playroom, crafts, children’s yoga, infant massage and MORE (all FREE). Like us on Facebook “Parent Link Jasper”or call Jenna at (780)852-6535.

ordinary play is how children begin to really comprehend the world around them and learn the messy business of interacting with other human beings.” Roaming distances have decreased as more parents are reluctant to lose sight of their children or let them walk to the park alone to play. “Now you have to take them somewhere rather than let them go somewhere,” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Peter Waterworth. Perhaps most important is society’s general stance on early childhood development. “[Society feels] that the first five or six years are the parents’ responsibility and only when then they reach school should society should be invested,” said Waxer. Societal issues have to be tackled on a grand scale and usually require political assistance, she said, but there are issues Jasper’s community can address in order to better assist early childhood development. One of her goals is to make Jasper more welcoming to those who are also new to Canada. “They may not be accessing the services and they may have different cultural norms around childcare, and they may not yet feel welcome to use all the services.” She intends to write funding proposals to the government and engage more with the Prenatal to Preschool Collaborative Action Team and recruit a broad range of community members. “It’s all of our work to ensure we have a community that’s suitable for everyone.”


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 has 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. Second Thursday of each month at Pine Grove, fourth Thursday of each month at Alpine Summit. All seniors welcome to join us in sharing ideas, learning, inspiring, supporting and having fun! Call Laurie-Ann 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, AB,

the fitzhugh 7

Parks Canada

Parcs Canada

Public Hearing

Audience publique

Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee)

Comité des dérogations (Comité consultatif de l’urbanisme et de l’aménagement)

3:30 pm, Thursday, March 21, 2013 Grand Trunk Pacific Boardroom, Jasper Heritage Railway Station 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Meeting Agenda:

Le jeudi 21 mars 2013 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacific, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Ordre du jour:



Parcel C – 602 Geikie 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. 2. Block 40, Lot 62 – 1132 Cabin Creek Drive - The proponent has applied to vary the maximum number of permitted bedrooms. 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 Office. To make an appointment or submit a written presentation, contact the Parks Canada Development Office at 780-852-1884 no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 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: plan6.aspx

Parcelle C – 602 rue Geikie, 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. 2. Bloc 40, lot 62 – 1132 Cabin Creek Drive – Le promoteur sollicite une dérogation au nombre maximal autorisé de chambres à coucher. Les parties concernées par cette demande 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 780-8521884, au plus tard le mercredi 21 mars 2013 à 13 h. Les avis concernant les permis d’aménagement et les projets soumis au Comité consultatif sur l’urbanisme et l’aménagement seront affichés 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: plan6.aspx

Jasper Reuse-it Centre

29 Stan Wright Drive, 780-852-3334. NEW hours of operation are 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 4 p.m. Children welcome until 8pm. Cash, meat draws and chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740.

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 1-800-772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

ASK (Advocates for Special Kids)

Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. 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

Follow the activities organized by the ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) on our web and Facebook pages. Come meet francophones of Jasper! Suivez les activités organisées par l’ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) sur nos pages internet et Facebook. Venez rencontrer les francophones de Jasper! Located at the Jasper Train Station Greyhound entrance. Situé à la gare de Jasper, entrée de Greyhound. Business hours/heures d’ouverture: 9 h à 16 h. Tél : 780-852-7476


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Sarah makowsky and Nicole Veerman photos

Sugar Shack It was a night of French-Canadian food, culture and fun at cabane à sucre on March 9. After a traditional meal including crêpes and meat pie, guests indulged in tire— a sweet treat made of heated maple syrup poured over snow. The Daniel Gervais Trio, featuring Canadian grand master fiddler Gervais, capped off the evening with lively music. Soiree cabane à sucre is one of many celebrations of French language and culture during March, known as Les Rendezvous de la Francophonie. Jasper’s branch of l’Association canadienne-francaise de l’Alberta (ACFA) organized the events.

Municipality of Jasper

Employment Opportunities lifEguaRd/iNSTRuCTOR – lEvEl i OR ii

Summer Term Positions – Competition #13.006 The Municipality of Jasper is seeking self-motivated, independent individuals to fill lifeguarding and instructing positions at the Jasper Aquatic Centre. Summer terms available are from May to late August early September 2013, or July to late August early September 2013. The hours of work will vary depending on candidates’ availability. All awards must be current and copies included with resume. deadline to apply: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

lifEguaRd/iNSTRuCTOR – lEvEl i OR ii Casual Positions – Competition #13.007

The Municipality of Jasper is seeking Lifeguard/Instructors Level I or II for the purpose of establishing a casual list for positions at the Jasper Aquatic Centre. The hours of work are on an on call basis to cover staff absences, leaves and assist with short term additional summer programming. All awards must be current and copies included with resume. This posting will remain open until June 28, 2013. Complete qualifications, responsibilities and skills required for this position are outlined in the job description, available at the municipal administration office or on the Municipality’s website. Applications are invited, in the form of a detailed resume with covering letter summarizing qualifications, skills and experience relative to the requirements of the position. Applications should be submitted in a sealed envelope or by e-mail (MS Word only), indicating the competition number to: Martha Bell, Human Resources Manager Municipality of Jasper, Box 520, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0

greenspace advisory Committee The Greenspace Advisory Committee will be holding a regular public meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Emergency Services Building board room.



Commercial second level


Call 780-852-8133

TRIAGE First Aid Training There’s only one way to be #1...

UPCOMING COURSES Standard First Aid Course

March 25th & 26th, $165 (incl. tax)

Jasper HealtHcare Foundation

Call for appliCations The Jasper Healthcare Foundation was formed in 1999 to support and enhance health in the community of Jasper. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from individuals and groups seeking funding for health-related initiatives.

• Applications are available at the Seton General Hospital front desk and the Municipal Office. • Deadline for submissions: April 1st, 2013 • For further information contact: Kelly Bossio at 780-852-8188

Standard First Aid Recertification March 27th, $85 (incl. tax)

To register please call 780-852-8505 or e-mail

Jasper Healthcare Foundation

…supporting and enhancing health in the community of Jasper.

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 9

Folk and Blues Society presents Alex Cuba By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter

For a guy who boasts two Junos, two Latin Grammys and songwriting credits on several Nelly Furtado hits, Alex Cuba came surprisingly late to his musical career. Though he hails from a musical family and studied guitar and bass, the Cuban immigrant didn’t begin his singing career until after moving to Canada in 1999 with his wife, Sarah and their first child. Cuba and his family currently reside in Smithers, B.C., Sarah’s hometown. “I came here with a sense of roots already, which allowed me to right away focus on making a living, rather than focusing on coming to a new country,” he said. A big break for Cuba came when he collaborated with Nelly Furtado for his catchy song Nadie Como Tu and wrote Furtado’s No. 1 Spanish hit Manos Al Aire. Cuba and Furtado also share a milestone; they are the first two Canadians to win Latin Grammys. “I became the first Canadian to win a Latin Grammy and then Nelly [Furtado] became the second one 20 minutes later. It was funny,” he said. The universal issues Cuba addresses in his most recent album, Ruido En El Sistema, are credited to his newfound Canadian identity. “I used to live on my own cloud of love, and this brand new album has seen me take a new turn. It has seen me talk about politics and peace and war, and all of that.” The Jasper Folk and Blues Society is bringing Cuba and the trio he’s touring with to Jasper for a performance on Monday, March 18. “He’s very much in demand and we’re excited to have him,” said Madison Lamb, the society’s executive director. “The society is aiming to have four presentations a year. The [Jasper Folk] Festival will be one of those.” She has seen Cuba perform twice and can’t wait for his sound waves to hit town. Cuba’s trio produces such a fullbodied sound that “we sound bigger than we actually are on stage and it’s because all of us do more than on thing,” he said. His musical diversity typically shatters audience expectations about his performance. They hear “Cuba, oh let’s go salsa, let’s go dancing,” he laughs. “We play so many different kinds of music in the same show that allow us to keep the audience not only entertained, but also guessing.” Advance tickets for the March 18 performance are available at Coco’s Cafe and Tekarra Color Lab for $22, or at the door for $25. Tickets cost $20 for Jasper Folk and Blues Society members. Cuba will take the audience on a “journey, experiencing many different types of music.” At the very least, he adds, come and marvel at his impressive, voluminous hairstyle. “You have to make sure what you’re looking at has a stage presence. I’m proud of the hairstyle that I have.”


SHOWTIMES March 15 to 21 Friday & Saturday 6:50 PM & 9:10 PM Sunday to Thursday 8:00 PM ONLY IN REAL D PG FRIGHTENING SCENES

SHOWTIMES March 15 to 21 Friday & Saturday 6:50 PM & 9:10 PM Sunday to Thursday 8:00 PM ONLY IN REAL D PG VIOLENCE, FRIGHTENING SCENES, NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Sarah Makowsky photo

Alex Cuba played an impromptu performance for early risers at SnowDome on Sunday, March 10. Cuba was passing through on his way to Edmonton, but he’ll return to Jasper on Monday, March 18 for a full show.


Small, downtown Jasper commercial office space to sublet for one year.




May 1st 2013 to May 1st 2014 Please call Patricia at 780-852-5473

come try our free pool table


Coming to the Legion...





OPEN MIC sundays 8pm


alex cuba



-with files from Nicole Veerman

Space to Sublet








22 saturday 23

per& WHITNEY at 5:30pm s a j BRIDGE folk every es ROSE and wednesday blueting DEVIN me CUDDY 1-5pm

Jasper the Bear is turning 65, and you’re invited to his community-wide birthday party!

March 23, 2013

Jasper Activity Centre 6PM -9PM


& FREE! Join Jasper and his buddies for some dancing, games, and surprises!


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Trail series part 2: Maligne Canyon and Lakes region By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter

The Maligne Canyon and the Lakes region is popular due to its day use areas, but with two adjacent wildlife corridors, the 2009 Three Valley Confluence (TVC) Trail Plan is striving for recreational and ecological balance in the area. The Signal Mountain shoulder and Maligne wildlife corridors are important animal habitats, said Marcia Dewandel, product development officer for Jasper National Park. In spring, elk calving occurs in the area. For that reason, a few undesignated trails have been closed in the area. Many of the Maligne Canyon and Lakes region trails have wider, easy flow paths that make travel more accessible for everyone. Properly linking these trails from the day use areas is important. “The key is to link these places together clearly,” said Dewandel. This spring, maps and trail descriptions will be placed on three new trailhead kiosks that have been installed already. More way-finding signage “is critical in the JPL area,” she adds. “We need to bring people from one kiosk to another.” The region is also home to three hiker-

only trails. Flower enthusiasts flock to the abundance of blooms along Trail 10a, also known as the Flower Loop. “It’s a special niche,” said Dewandel. Like the Pyramid Bench area, this region also has a commercial horse use area. The Woodpecker Trail was established as an alternative route to the other horseapproved trails and links The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to Lakes Edith and Annette. The path “is already kind of cleared,” but will receive some upgrades and new signage this year. Parking lots will be signed with numbers so it will be easier to communicate directions to visitors at the information centre, she said. “Now we can turn over a map and point to a [parking lot sign].” Beginning this spring, the Jasper Trail Alliance “will be out in full force as volunteers,” posting signage and maintaining trails. To volunteer with the trail alliance or to find out about upcoming projects, visit the group’s Facebook page. The trail series’ third instalment will examine trail priorities for Valley of the Five Lakes region, as outlined by the TVC Trail Plan.

Nicole Veerman photos

Survivorman Jasper Above: Eight Jasperites took on the wilderness in Jasper Life’s two-day Survivorman course, taught by Parks Canada’s A.L. Horton last month. The group drove out to Hilda Creek Hostel, just over the park boundary into Banff, to learn how to make winter shelters and build fires. Below left: A.L. Horton, a public safety specialist with Parks Canada, demonstrates how you light a fire using a cotton ball, a dab of Vaseline and a flint and steel fire striker. Below right: Jackie Fulton snowshoes through the thigh-deep snow around Hilda Creek.

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 11

The museum is selling its roof By DANIEL BETTS Editor

With the roof leaking and the mechanical apparatus attached to it needing repairs, the Jasper–Yellowhead Museum and Archives collection is at risk of being water damaged. The building where the museum currently resides was built in the 1970s. Fifty years ago the community of Jasper came together to help build the museum and now the community is being called upon once again — this time, by buying a piece of the museum’s roof. For $25 anyone can buy a square foot of the roof. Of course, donors are welcome to buy more if they so desire. Joe Couture, historian for the museum society, notes that donors will not get their name on a shingle but they will get a tax receipt. “Everyone that I’ve talked to thinks it’s a great idea,” said Couture. “They get the privilege of knowing that they have helped us to keep the museum dry.” The roof area is 5,000 square feet, but the museum is only looking to sell 2,800 square feet for a fundraising goal of $70,000. Already coming to the museum’s rescue, the Jasper Fire Brigade has pledged $10,000 toward the roof repairs, giving the museum a much needed head start. From March 18 to March 22, museum staff and volunteers will be launching a door to door fundraising campaign to encourage residents to buy a piece of the museum’s roof. Hugh Lecky, of Tekkara Color Lab, created and donated a thermometer to track the roof fundraising efforts. The thermometer is on display at the front of the

museum. Karen Byers, museum manager, noted that the museum applied for additional funding through the provincial Facilities Enhancement Grant, which is a matching grant meaning whatever funding the museum receives it must match exactly. The museum won’t know until later this spring if its application was successful. Any extra funding it may receive will be used in ongoing efforts to maintain the building. “We’ve had all sorts of problems with it [the building],” said Byers. “It’s just an aging building.” Byers noted the building was the original entrance to the Andrew Motor Lodge, which was moved to its present location and used by the Elks Club before it became the museum. “The other thing we’ve been doing is the penny drive,” reminded Couture. “That’s gone quite well.” Byers shared the museum’s appreciation to the community for their generosity. She noted events such as the recent Hops and Scotch, organized by the Jasper Liquor Store, the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, and the historical society, who provided manpower for the event, raised over $4,000. “They did a great job,” said Couture. “They do that every year.” Anyone interested in helping the museum by purchasing a square foot of roof can either wait for the door to door campaign or they can visit the museum at 400 Bonhomme Street. The museum will also accept cheques sent to Jasper–Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Box 42, Jasper, Alta., T0E 1E0. For the computer savvy, the museum website has set up a PayPal Donate button at

Daniel Betts photo

On Friday, March 8, Jasper–Yellowhead Museum and Archives historian, Joe Couture, and Karen Byers, museum manager, show off the new fundraising thermometer that will track the progress of the museum roof fund.




Sarah Makowsky photos

Science in motion Jasper Elementary School students are spending three days this week exploring their inner scientists with Science in Motion on March 12, 13 and 14, presented by Telus World of Science. The three-day sessions begin and end with an assembly where a Science in Motion representative performs and explains experiments. Each class is also participating in their own hands-on science activities.






$839,000 1235 CABIN CREEK DR Immaculate 2 storey with spectacular views! Separate entrance to second level and walk out level tourist suites. Many upgrades incl. lots of hardwood and slate. Spacious, open, loads of light from huge expanse of windows. Hot tub on elevated deck. Great house!

$25/SQ FT

$399,000 11 STONE MOUNTAIN - Nicely upgraded 3 bedroom unit with garden door to south facing deck off living room with wood burning fireplace. Kitchen renovated and open to vaulted area over L/R. Lots of fresh paint. Main bathroom just renovated. Won’t last!


$1,500,000 412 CONNAUGHT DRIVE Heritage ‘A’ Commercial building in prime central location. Second floor also zoned commercial, presently has residential use with 2 apartments. Call Rich for more details.


$849,000 730 PATRICIA ST - Stunning, revenue friendly home recently renovated with a total of over 3000 sq ft. New siding, lots of hardwood and slate, skylights, woodstove. 2 bdrm bsmt suite with separate entrance and large windows. Double detached garage. Incredible home!

$599,000 741 PATRICIA ST - Stately, older 1550 sq ft 2 storey with 3 BDRs, 3 BTHRs, and 18 x 20 garage, all on a lovely corner R2 lot. Spacious galley kitchen has a garden door leading to a new (2011) SW facing deck. 9 ft ceilings throughout the main floor.

$59,000 STYCHEN TYME - Specializing in quilting fabrics and supplies as well as knitting & other needlework supplies, Romy has built a solid regular clientele over 13 years in business. An easy business to learn, there is growth potential in the untapped internet market.


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Something bugging you this winter? Recently, a fellow insect enthusiast (that’s you Sue Young-Leslie) sent me a message asking about “those winter spiders” she’s been seeing around. You know the ones, most frequently seen dragging their sluggish, segmented rears across the snow pack on warm winter days. I’m not afraid to admit that bug identification makes my toes tingle, so naturally I dropped everything to find out what it was. After photo confirmation, we decided Sue was talking about the wingless winter cousin of the summer cranefly, ingeniously called the snow cranefly. It’s easy to mistake these guys for spiders, given the way they creep along. Around here they’re usually dark-coloured (to attract heat), with six long, spindly legs, and an ovoid, segmented body about 3–10 mm long. Sometimes they’ve got a nasty, upturned spike on their rear, but don’t worry, this is for laying eggs and not stinging humans. Although they have not been studied intensively, the

thinking is that snow craneflies live in the burrows of ground squirrels and other small mammals. This keeps them warm, and also offers them a food source; they feed off the fleas, mites and other small goodies that live on the rodents. Everyone has to eat, right? Adults disperse from the burrows in the autumn/early winter to mate. After a few weeks of mating, the males kick the bucket, and the females go back under the snow to lay eggs in the soil, using that pointy ovipositor on their back end. Then, until April or so, you’ll see them creeping around, having reached the surface of the snowpack by climbing up logs, trees and shrubs. Snow craneflies aren’t the only bugs that make a go of it in the winter. Sometimes they are confused with the snow scorpion fly, although it is generally much smaller, and has much shorter legs. Scorpion flies have a long head and a pronounced, down-turned beak. Don’t forget your magnifying glass if you want to get a really good look. The good news is they’re not moving too fast, so you’ve got time to closely inspect them. Other small critters that make it work in the cold include snow worms, spring tails, small winter stoneflies, and a primitive order of “ice insects” that are related to earwigs. According to Ben Gadd in the Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, these ice insects can’t tolerate temperatures greater than eight degrees Celsius — place one in your hand and it will die. For most winter insects, avoiding POND, S E freezing and staying warm enough R O CODE T R Q to move are major challenges. Insects IS H SCAN T R O are ectotherms, meaning they rely on E G ER OOK PA N B N E I external forces to produce their heat. C D A F N I W OUR O , T A E .C H C That is why most are equipped with ZHUG CHAN A GEORGES! A R O F VISIT FIT adaptions that prevent their bodies P ER PA AND ENTFOR TWO AT from freezing. This is super cool stuff.


And by super cool, I actually mean super-cooling stuff. Many freeze-avoiding winter insects supercool their bodily fluids to avoid the formation of ice crystals ­­— crystals that would rupture cells and eventually kill their host. How do they do this? In order for a liquid like water to freeze, it needs a particle, like dust, to act as a nucleus around which the ice crystal is formed. This is called, not surprisingly, the ice-nucleatingagent, or INA. Some insects are able to remove INA’s from their bodies as they prepare for winter, thereby allowing the fluid in their body to remain in a liquid form, albeit really, really cold. Super-cooling is further enhanced when bugs produce anti-freeze compounds called cryoprotectants. These reduce the lethal freezing temperatures in their bodies. Ethylene glycol, the same compound found in antifreeze for cars, is the most common cryoprotectant. Cryoprotectants are usually distributed uniformly throughout the bug’s body. The lower the temperature, the more viscous the body fluids become. This helps ward off the freezing, but makes movement tricky. So when you see snow craneflies drunkenly stumbling across the snow, give them a break for goodness sake. You try walking with supercooled liquid in your limbs and see how far you get. Now you know a bit about snow craneflies, complete with bonus material about insect winter survival techniques. A big thank-you to Sue, and the other folks who stop me on the street and shoot me messages to share stories and ask, “What is this?” Talking to you about critters, plants and fossils makes writing this column worthwhile. In fact, it’s my favourite part.

DEADLINE Friday at 5:00 pm Jasper classifieds SERVICES




YOGA FOR SENIORS Gentle movement to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Learn to energize and relax. Mondays at 1:30PM starting March 25th. Call Annie Baker for more information 780-931-2845.

YOGA FOR EVERY BODY For bodies with physical limitations. Gently release tension, increase flexibility and build strength. Wednesdays at 1:30PM starting March 27th. Call Annie Baker for more information 780-931-2845.

DEEPENING YOUR YOGA Practices for releasing tension and for deepening the connection between body, mind and heart. Mondays at 7:00PM starting March 25th. Call Annie Baker for more information 780-931-2845.

WANTED I am looking for job as live-in care giver for elderly or people with disabilities. I have assisted people with developmentally disabilities in Japan. Please contact Yoshino, email:

Call 780-852-4888 to place your ad in the Fitzhugh

Robson Valley classifieds AUTOMOBIles

misc. for sale

trailer for sale

2002 Saturn SL, grey, 4 door sedan, 433,000 kms, manual transmission, great fuel economy. Has been a good commuter car. $800 OBO. Call Loretta 250-968-4453. GTS NOV 29

Planned or unplanned cedar lumber, any sizes. $600 per thousand board feet. Contact Albert at 250-968-4419. MAR 14 Polypipe (water lines) 3”4”6” 8” and 12” in 40 foot lengths (40% off new price), Contact 250-968-4419. MAR 14 Used power tools negotiable and 14” machinist lathe. Asking $3500. Phone 250968-4419. MAR 14 2009 Ski-doo Summit X 800, 154” track, electric start, bellypan, runs good. 3300 km $6,500 OBO Contact 250-566-1987 MAR 14 Whole Spring/Easter lamb $4 per lb. or $5 cut and wrapped, Contact 250-968-4347. APR 25 HAY FOR SALE shedded round bales from last years hay crop at $25 each. Contact 250-9684347. APR 25 Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314-9522. MAR 14

Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2-Bedroom with addition, wood stove and oil heat. Rental purchase optional. Asking $16,000 OBO or $500 monthly rent. Call Doug 250-566-4240 GTS NOV 15 Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2 bedrooms, new roof, bathroom, windows, and carpet. Pellet Stove and propane furnace. $20,000 OBO Call Nathan 250-566-5040. GTS JUNE 20

2004 Ford Freestar minivan Sports model. Tan colour. Loaded. Good condition. Clean. Winter rims and tires included. $6,500 OBO Phone 250-569-7295 daytime or 250-968 4322 evenings. GTS JAN 25

camper with truck 1995 Wilderness 5th wheel camper 21.5 feet. Sleeps 6 people with queen size upper bed. Fridge, 4 burner stove/oven, propane heated, AM/FM stereo, shower tub, with 12 ft. awning $7,000. In great condition. 1996 Ford F-250 extended cab short box, 196,000km, truck canopy included. Asking price is $10,000 for BOTH OBO. If interested call Jocelyn 250-566-4491 (home) or 250566-1700 (cell) GTS SEPT 5

misc. for sale Case Model 530 Tractor front end loader in good condition $3,500. Parts tractors Case 530 backhoe attachment $1,000. 14 foot tandem field disk $800. Contact 250-2190277 GTS NOV 29


Small house, 2 bedroom. $68,000, heat is wood and propane, appliances, garage, on Juniper St. in Valemount. Phone 250-9684419. MAR 28


Furnished one bedroom homes, and 3 bachelor suites in Valemount. Short-term or long-term. Contact message 250-566-9884 or email MAR 14 CN APARTMENTS in Valemount- 1 & 2 BR $520 & $590 plus hydro. No pets. JUNIPER MANOR Furnished Bachelor $450 plus hydro. 2 BR $550 plus hydro. Scott 250-566-1569 MAR 14 FOR SALE OR RENT: Large 72 x 120 lot with 1000 sq. ft. 1996 mobile home. $95,000. Newer culdesac on 8th Place with underground services. Unbeatable value includes: fridge/ stove/dishwasher/washer/dryer and window coverings. Open concept dining/living area with bay window. Three bedrooms, propane heat and fully fenced w/storage shed. Phone Penni 250566-9192 or 250-684-9061 to view. GTS FEB 28

Rental listings



#6-1 -

Furnished 500 sq. foot, 1 Bdrm bsmt suite in Triplex house. Separate storage shed, shared laundry. Everything provided except bed and linens. $500/mo. Available April 1st.


Mtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. Beautifully furnished units now available! Kitchen supplies & linens not provided. Bachelor - $475, 1 Bdrm - $575


7th Avenue 4-Plex. Very spacious & bright suites - 1000 sq. feet! No pets, non-smoking building. Furnished 2 bdrm w/laundry - $650. Available mid- March.


Updated trailer on fenced lot w/large shed. 900 sq. feet - 2 bdrm + small office, 1 bath w/jetted tub. Oil furnace/electric fireplace. Pet ok, no smoking. $650.


1150 sq. ft, 3 Bdrm / 2 full baths – Double wide trailer w/large wired workshop at end of quiet cul-de-sac. Propane furnace + wood stove. Pet ok. $675

Photos and details at Call Jen 250-566-1323 Call the Valley Sentinel AT 250-566-4425 to place your ad

Serving Jasper & Area

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013


Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 13


STUDIO & MOBILE PRACTICE Professional Teeth Cleaning - All Ages Light Enhanced Power Whitening, Tooth Gems & Sealants

Homeward Mortgage Group Ltd.


• Pre-approvals • Purchases • Refinances • Consolidations • Rental Property • Self Employed Mortgages • New to Canada • Vacation Home

Debra Parker AMP Mortgage Broker Looking out for your best interest.® P: 250-426-8211 ext 375 Cell: 250-421-7600 E:

Registered Dental Hygienist Servicing Valemount, McBride, Blue River & Jasper

Biz: 250.566.4664

IP&C/CSR Compliant – BC & AB •

Mortgage Broker services at no cost to you.


plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount

cell: 250-566-1687

TRAVIS’ AUTOMOBILE SERVICE Inspection Facility, Licensed Automotive & Heavy Duty Techs. •

We specialize in: Diesel Engine Repair, 4x4 Repair, Snowmobiles, & Misc. Repairs Welding • Lathe Work • Tire Sales

945 HWY 5 N, VALEMOUNT, B.C. 250-566-8403

Shawn Fowler Authorized Dealer

Box 819, 1170 Canoe View Place Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0

Ph: 250-566-8483 C: 250-566-1725 F: 250-566-8485

mike’s plumbing, heating & propane service Bonded & Licensed with over 30 years experience



David R. Sagan

BA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. Investment & Insurance Advisor • By appointment only

P. 780-852-2121 2nd floor, (beside physio.) F. 780-423-3883 622 Connaught Dr.

TREKS & TRAVEL Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.



Call Patricia to make your travel plans a reality. 780-852-5473 (office) or email at


Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331

HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC Dr. Gary Watson, Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Goettling


158 Athabasca Avenue, Hinton Office Hours: Mon., Tues., & Wed. 8 am - 5 pm Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm; Fri. 8 am - 4 pm


Eyewear & sunglasses also available at: Rocky Mountain Eye Wear • Parks West Mall • 780-865-3011

Robson Valley ConstRuCtion

& Redi Mix ConCRete General Contractor: residential & commercial Excavation: clearing, driveways & septic systems Concrete: redi mix concrete, finish work, stamps, forming • Gravel sales

P.o. box 474 Mcbride, bC V0J2e0 250-569-2593

SandS diStribution Ltd

HuSky oiL Limited Cardlock and bulk plant facility Fuel truck for all your delivery needs

Solar Hot Water SyStemS • CanSAI Certified • Registered with SolarBC

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

10 am to 4 pm

part of Edson Funeral Home Ltd.

Foothills Memorial Chapel Represented by

H. A. (Sandy) ROBINSON 780-852-4527 If no answer phone: 780-852-3699 P.O. Box 6358, Edson, Alberta T7E 1T8

845 Cedarside rd. Valemount BC Phone: 250-566-4818 or 1-866-566-4818 Fax: 250-566-4815

Rex’s Recycling Closed - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday



Garn • Smokeless Hydronic Wood Heaters

Now offering full refund on all beer bottles and cans. Pickups can be arranged - Call Liz or Kim Everard:

Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems


R E D U C E - R E U S E - R E C YC L E 250-968-4490 P.O. Box 913 McBride, BC V0J 2E0

“Semper Fidelis”

The Funeral Service Association of Canada

HAUGK HOME DESIGNS & RENOVATIONS Licenced Journeyman with over 30 years experience • Kitchen • Bath • Doors • Windows • Cabinets • Floors • Tiles • Painting • Vinyl Decking and more Call Andreas 250-569-0004 c: 250-981-0457 /

Ph: 250-569-7404 Fax: 250-569-3103


Serving the Robson Valley • Brendan Zimmerman

Serving Jasper & the robson valley region


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

regional classifieds Announcements


Business opportunities

employment opportunities

employment opportunities

employment opportunities

employment opportunities

For Sale

DO YOU KNOW a great volunteer? The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) and Direct Energy are now accepting nominations for the Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year award to recognize someone who goes above and beyond to help others in the community. Nominations are open to all residents served by AWNA newspapers. As a reward for giving so much, the winner will get a $1000 cash prize from Direct Energy and a $5000 donation to their community organization of choice. Visit: directenergy. com/vcoy or Nominations close Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Ranches Ltd - 2290+/- title acres. 3 bedroom bungalow, 30 X 50 ft. garage, selling at the Saskatoon Auction March 19/13. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers: 1-800-491-4494;

80% COMMISSION TRAVELONLY has 500 agents across Canada. Business opportunities with low investment, unlimited income potential, generous tax/travel benefits. Run your travel company, fulltime, part-time from home. Register for free seminar; 1-800608-1117 ext. 2020.

Alberta. Send resume to: hr@ or fax 780-955-HIRE.

an asset. Valid drivers licence required. Full benefits package. Fax resume to 780926-4204 or email: ron@

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, Benefits, Camp Work, Experience an Asset. Email/ Fax Resume: 780-458-8701,

dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD; www.Nor woodSawmills. com/400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT.

Auctions 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; COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION. 3rd Annual Edmonton Motor Show Classic Car Auction. April 19 - 21. Edmonton Expo Centre. Over 75,000 spectators. Consign today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; 1 HOME QTR & 18 Parcels of Farmland Davidson, Saskatchewan. Sorgaard

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. UNRESERVED AUCTION. New surplus, siding, windows/ doors, truck, tampers, furniture, tools, hardware, and more. 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 1235 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666; www. DELTA OILFIELD CONTROLS (Rocky) Ltd. Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m., MAS Sales Centre, Blackfalds, Alberta. Selling picker & PU service trucks, trencher, shop, construction & specialty tools, new residential & oilfield electrical & instrumentation stock, misc.; www.montgomeryauctions. com. 1-800-371-6963. 75 QUARTERS LAND, Oyen, Alberta - Ritchie Bros Unreserved Auction. 1HQ, 30 Parcels Farmland, 6 Parcels Grazing Lease, $21,000 Surface Lease Revenue. Jerry Hodge 780-706-6652;

Coming Events STAMP SHOW - Edmonton Stamp Club. March 22 24, West Edmonton Mall, 3rd floor above Europa Boulevard. Stamps for sale, exhibits, Jr Table. Free admission, free evaluations; www.Edmontonstampclub. com. Employment Opportunities MORGAN CONSTRUCTION & Environmental Ltd. - Looking for experienced Heavy Equipment Operators & Heavy Equipment Mechanics for work in oilfield & heavy civil construction projects. Competitive wages, full benefits & opportunity for year round work. Email resume: Fax 780-960-8930 or apply in person: 702 Acheson Road, Acheson, Alberta. PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across

BOW RIVER Gas Co-op seeking a Journeyman GasFitter. Permanent full-time. $27. - $32./hour, full benefits, Natural Gas Distribution experience an asset. Apply to Richard Thorne: rick.t@ $100 - $400 CASH DAILY for landscaping work! Competitive, energetic, honesty a must; 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. AGGRESSIVE BUSINESS NEEDS: Production Assistant to successful business owner, some travel required. Class 1 Driver; Semi retired Mechanic; Gravel Crusher Operators, possibly experienced Foreman. Competitive wages. Work area: East Central Alberta. Email: fitzcons@ Fax 780-842-5556. SWAN HILLS Golf & Country Club looking for “working” golf course Groundskeeper/ Superintendent. 9 holes, grass greens, staff of 2 - 4. April to October. Please send resume or qualifications to: 3RD/4TH YEAR, Journeyman Automotive Technician required. Competitive wages. Full benefits. Incentive programs, pension plan. Wolverine Ford, High Level, Alberta. Fax 780-926-4204 or email: dave@wolverineford. com. PARTS PERSON REQUIRED for Northern Alberta dealership. Ford experience

GO TO YOUR next job interview with 2nd Year Heavy Duty Mechanic skills. GPRC, Fairview campus Heavy Equipment Certificate program. Hands-on training, safety courses, opportunity to write 1st and 2nd HET apprenticeship exams. Gain 600 hours credit. 1-888999-7882; fairview. HEAVY DUTY/Field Mechanic - RS Line, a steady growing Powerline Construction Company, is seeking skilled Heavy Duty/ Automotive Field Mechanics located throughout Central Alberta. Top wages, room and board, meal and clothing allowance with an excellent benefit package provided. Please apply to Loni: or fax 780-960-3543. EXCLUSIVE FINNING/ Caterpillar Mechanic training. GPRC Fairview Campus. High school diploma, mechanical aptitude required. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning.. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc. 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: dv@ Phone 780621-3953. Fax 780-6213959. CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires fulltime Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an

Serving Jasper & Area

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.

INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit: add.php. Feed and Seed

TIRED OF SEMI Truck Driving? Haul RVs from USA to Western Canada! 1 ton and 3 ton trucks required. 1-866-736-6483; www. speedwaymovingsystems. com.

HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-2505252.

FAST TRACK to Parts and Materials Technician. New 34 week program at GPRC Fairview Campus. Fall, 2013. Write 1st and 2nd year apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.

DEALERS WANTED: Hannas Seeds need agents to sell alfalfas, clovers and grasses plus hay, pasture, turf, native and reclamation mixtures. Contact Esther 1-800-661-1529 or esther@

HIGH LEVEL SUPER A is currently recruiting for: Full-time Meat Cutter. Applicants must possess the people skills and work ethic required to maintain positive relations with employees and customers. A minimum of two years retail meat cutting experience would be an asset. The successful candidate must have completed Gr. 12 (or equivalency) and must be able to provide a clean security clearance. If you have the skills and abilities to meet our expectations, forward your resume in confidence to: High Level Super A, 10300 - 103 Ave., High Level, AB, T0H 1Z0. Fax 780-926-4620. Email: calvin.

For Sale STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www. METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36” Hi-Tensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254. SAWMILLS from only $3997. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any

NEVER SHOCK CHLORINATE AGAIN! Newly Patented! “Kontinuous Shok” Chlorinator. Eliminates: Shock Chlorination; iron bacteria; smell; bacterial breeding in water wells. Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. Visit our 29 inventions; LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email: Livestock for Sale SIMMERON SIMMENTALS, Fullblood Full Fleckvieh Bulls, yearlings and 2 year olds, polled and horned, A.I. blood lines, very quiet, muscled. 780-913-7963. RITCHIE BROS Unreserved Auction. Oyen, Alberta, March 23 at Noon. Red & Black Angus 230 mature cows, 25 replacement heifers, 12 mature bulls. Bobby Miller: 403-3581393 or ENGLISH RIDER Development Program - Level 1 & 2. Instructor - Certified Equine Canada Coach. Theory and hands-on. June 26 deadline. GPRC Fairview, Alberta. July 6, 12, 13, 14. 1-866378-9675; fairview. INTRODUCTION to Equine Hoof Anatomy and Trimming. Theory and hands-on with specimen hooves. April 6, 7, 13, 14. March 20 deadline. GPRC Fairview, Alberta. 1-866-378-9675; www.gprc.

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper Super A Jasper Super A is recruiting candidates with good interpersonal and communication skills that have a positive energetic attitude. Candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings and weekends.

Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813 Email: Interested in a career?

We are currently hiring for the positions of:

•RESTAURANT CHEF (Pyramid Lake Resort)

•NIGHT AUDITOR (Pyramid Lake Resort)

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

Part Time Cashier Part Time Meat Wrapper Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to all eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to: Jasper Super A P.O. Box 818 601 Patricia Street Jasper, AB TOE 1E0 Fax: (780) 852-5491 Email:

• • •

• • •

leadership. Operating the lodge in a well maintained and safe manner and responding to any emergencies.

A proven record in a similar size resort hotel of at least 2 years in a management or supervisory position. A self-starter, an initiative taker and a hands on leader. Strong sales and promotions skills, with an emphasis on

is currently hiring

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

poppa pump fuels’ ltd dba petRo CaNada


min. $11.50 -12.00/hr, 4 vacancies (morning and evening shifts)

is looking for a LODGE MANAGER

services provided and follow up on any guest concerns. Obtaining the highest possible occupancy & revenue through maximizing internet sales, setting future rates and creating unique packages. Recruiting, training and scheduling of all departments

Jasper Inn & Suites

is now hiring

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

the fitzhugh 15


The positions that are available at Jasper Super A are: We are a growing company looking to expand our team.

Jasper, AB,

Jasper Inn & Suites



career opportunities at the fairmont jasper park lodge We are currently hiring for: ROOM ATTENDANTS BANQUET SERVERS TOUR DESK AGENTS GOLF MAINTANENCE LABOURERS ASSISTANT FRONT OFFICE MANAGER Please apply online at For further details contact us at 780.852.6062

Apply within: 701Connaught Drive Jasper Email: Fax: 780-852-4579/Phone: 780-852-3366

is currently hiring

MAINTENANCE WORKER Full-time, experience an asset, accommodation available. Apply in person with resume or email: Brad Derbowka,

Maintenance Manager •

98 GEIKIE STREET • 780-852-4461

The Fitzhugh can now be viewed in

it’s entirety

on our website

Please e-mail your resume, references and cover letter to: e-mail:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

regional classifieds Manufactured Homes



Real Estate


VOLUME PURCHASE on our new Alaskan Series! 1520 sq. ft. $129,900 until March 30. Includes Arctic insulation package and stainless steel appliances. Toll free 1-855-4630084;

THE ONE, THE ONLY authorized Harley-Davidson technician training program in all of Canada. You’ll work on all types of HD bikes. Quality instruction and state-of-the-art training aids. GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview Alberta. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.

Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486; http://www.

OKANAGAN REAL ESTATE ALL PROPERTIES, “Best Buys”, fastest & easiest way to check it all at no cost to you. Check out our website:

DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money - It’s that simple. 1-877-4862161.

THINKING OF SELLING? We need your 1990 or newer manufactured or modular home (to be moved). For free evaluation contact Terry at 1-877-347-0417 or terry@ TWO ONLY! SRI 3 bedroom/2 bath, 20’ X 76’ Promotional Homes. $10,000 less than market value! Free delivery (100 miles), skirting, overrange microwave. Bonus: $1,000 Brick Certificate. Call now! Dynamic, 1-877-3414422; www.dynamicmodular. ca.

REV UP YOUR ENGINE. Now gain 1st and 2nd year Apprenticeship Motorcycle Mechanic skills. GPRC Fairview campus. Hands-on training - street, off-road, dual sport bikes. Write AB MCM exams - gain 320 hours credit. 1-888999-7882; fairview. Personals TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7

DATING SERVICE. Longterm/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877804-5381. (18+).

ELINOR LAKE RESORT. 2.5 hours NE Edmonton. Spring Sale, fully serviced lake lots reduced by 15% May 17-31, 2013. Suitable for cabin/house, RV or investment. 1-877-6233990;



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.

IS YOUR CRIMINAL record limiting your future? Want it gone? Have it removed today! Canada’s #1 record removal providers since 1989. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366); www.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-2281300/1-800-347-2540; www.


needed Four mature electricians seeking accommodation for one year beginning May 1st, 2013. Please contact Alix at 780-440-8775 ext. 0

DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30% or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation; www. or toll free 1-877-556-3500. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 loan and +. No credit refused. Fast, easy, 100% secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Call 780-852-4888 to place your ad in the Fitzhugh


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking an Administrative Assistant.

Casual Employment Opportunities Ideal for Retired or Semi-Retired is currently hiring a GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR F/T POSITION WITH ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS The Crossing at Ghost River Ltd., a conference and retreat centre, 15 KM NW of Cochrane, has an opening for a full time Guest Services Coordinator. On site accommodations for the employee and family will be provided. The Guest Services Coordinator will work closely with the The Crossing at Ghost River team to deliver exceptional Guest Services to Ghost River clients. This position will coordinate all guest service requirements including dining room set up, aesthetics, and amenities; Facilitate check in requirements; Monitor and address special needs; Ensure conference room requirements are met ; Maintain recreation equipment and supplies; and will report monthly on guest service activities and requirements. The successful candidate will bring the ability to provide a self-starting, organized approach to daily tasks; have sound judgment and problem solving skills; sound verbal and written communication skills; a valid driver’s license with access to your own vehicle; and the ability to integrate with the existing team personnel. This position is 40 hours per week, however, the successful candidate needs the ability to work modified hours including evenings and/or week-ends. Flexibility in this regard is essential. Compensation includes a full benefits package.

If you would like the opportunity of be part of a small, dynamic team intent on providing a quality guest experience to clients in a growing business, please send your resume to or Fax to Amy at 403-231-7763. VISIT CROSSINGEXPERIENCE.CA

Three Part Time Casual Guard positions with the Commissionaires at the RCMP Detachment in Jasper. Guards/Matrons are responsible for the monitoring and wellbeing of prisoners while in the care of the Police. Applicants must pass a criminal records check, be capable of working independently and shift work. First Aid and CPR is an asset. Please contact the Cst Devon Slade at the RCMP Jasper for more information or an application or 780-852-4423

We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Crew Shuttle DriverS requireD

Rocky Mountaineer operates the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer, a two-day, all daylight rail journey, which travels between the coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain destinations of Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, AB. Headquartered in Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer is the largest privately owned passenger rail company in North America.

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!

Our Jasper team is currently hiring for the following positions: Station Services Representative: (seasonal, part-time): The Station Services Representatives are responsible for the accurate and safe loading, unloading and sorting of guest luggage at the station and/or hotels, general cleaning and maintenance duties of the station.

CAR RENTAL (Flexible) Term: May 1 - November 1

If you are interested in applying for any of the above positions, please visit the careers page at or send your resume and cover letter to

Responsibilities include customer relations, processing rentals, cleaning and moving vehicles and administrative duties. Valid driver’s license, customer service experience, enthusiasm, computer competency, and willingness to work in a fast paced environment required!

A complete position profile is available at www.

Where will this train take you?

Guest Services Representative: (Seasonal Part-time) The Guest Services Representative is RM’s front line of service at destinations and is responsible for providing excellence in guest satisfaction by providing direct service to guests during arrivals and departures and dealing effectively with day-of-travel guest requests.


Please submit resume by email to or deliver to Robson House, 409 Patricia Street.


Consist Cleaner (Seasonal, part-time): The Consist Cleaner is responsible for ensuring the train represents the RM brand by cleaning and restocking to the RM “white glove clean” standard.

Join the team at HERTZ as a

If you are dynamic, organized, professional and passionate about your work – we want to talk to you!

Rocky Mountaineer is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and invites applications from all qualified candidates.

For further details, contact us at 780 852 3888. Apply with cover letter, resume and references in person at the Train Station (607 Connaught Drive), by fax at 780 852 9640, or email

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:

Positions available for


Salary DOE, Benefits package available

FRONT DESK CLERKS Full time or Part time

Apply in person with resume or email resume to

Assistant Manager- Retail

Now Hiring

Earls in the Rockies is currently interested in adding to our Kitchen Team. We want competitive, ambitious, goal oriented, individuals that thrive in a busy, team environment. We are also looking for candidates interested in moving up and challenging for positions of responsibility. Earls Kitchen is interviewing now for all kitchen positions. No experience required, but always an asset. In-house training program.

Please apply in person.

Earls Restaurant 2nd Floor 600 Patricia St. 780-852-2393

THE POSITION: As Assistant Manager of Retail, you will be required to assist the Retail Manager with the training and supervision of retail staff as well as act as Store Manager in periods of absence. The successful applicant will be an energetic, professional, selfmotivated individual who enjoys interacting with the public and fellow staff. This position is seasonal full time between the months of March/April and October. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: • Previous supervisor experience in a fast paced retail environment an asset • Communication skills & the ability to operate well in a team environment • Ability to work well under pressure and to work with little or no supervision • Efficient computer technical skills: Microsoft office – (Word, Excel, Outlook) • Experience with retail point of sales systems • Availability to work flexible hours including opening and closing duties • Reliable and bondable with a valid driver’s license THE ASSISTANT MANAGER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: • Acting Store Manager in periods of absence • Assisting in receiving, processing & pricing orders upon arrival • Restocking & merchandising product within the retail locations • Working as a team member within the Retail store and rest of staff • Motivating and leading staff with strong customer service skills, leadership and decision making skills • Supervising staff and delegating responsibilities accordingly FORWARD YOUR RESUME & COVER LETTER TO:

PHONE: 780.852.3093 • FAX: (780) 852-5779 EMAIL: Attention: Kaya or Sarah, 780-852-3209

Display your

career opening for as little as


Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013



Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

You are in a revolutionary mood, as if suddenly. Ideally this will manifest as major and significant initiatives. Be careful not to let this energy lead you to regretful reactions. Handled well, this powerful impulse could catapult you into promising new territory. Significant change is imminent; deliberate selfcontrolled direction is required.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

Many dreams and ambitions are brewing on both conscious and subconscious levels. As with dreaming, your focus may not be so clear and/or others may not be clear with you. At worst, this lack of clarity is obscuring denials and deceptions within your own mind and/or coming from others. Like entering a patch of fog while driving, proceed slowly with due caution.


emini (May 21 – Jun 21 Shifts, changes and initiatives in your public and/or professional spheres have begun. These are leading you into new territory. Exciting exchanges with friends new and old are featured. Yet things are not as they were nor do you want them to be. You want to make a fresh start and woe to anyone preventing you from doing just that.


Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 17


ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) The call to strengthen your constitution continues to sound like a steady whistle in the wind. Deciphering what to do is your basic task. Nurturing your body with medicinal herbs and supplements and wholesome food is the proactive way of wisdom. Your clean body and strong constitution will lay the foundation for mental and emotional balance as well.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

In terms of creative possibilities, you have hit upon a vein of gold. Your main obstacle now tends to be too much talk and not enough walk. This is certainly not the time to be a spectator. This is your cue to take the stage. Your spirit is calling. Are you willing to answer? Meditate upon what is your truth. Feel it, realize it, accept it and…action!

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

Some major events are unfolding close to home. Out with the old should be especially clear. The new is coming but is not here quite yet. The old may well include stuff or it could be habitual rhythms. In any case, beliefs and perceptions with very deep roots are losing their grip as winds of change the magnitude of hurricanes are pushing them loose.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Dreams of possibility on the wings of imagination have taken flight. Your challenge now is to make them lucid. This means clarity and close attention to details. The finishing touches often take the most time. Yet you also want to feel centered in your core, flexible and strong. A driving urge to get a firm grip will require initiative and some instruction.

ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) New visions, perceptions, beliefs or at least imaginings have been activated. These vistas of your higher mind are allowing you to truly see. Perhaps it is your own soul, or family member’s or humanity as a whole. This inner sight might not be easy to bear, however. It takes courage, strength and responsibility. This is a call to learn how and/or perhaps to show others.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) A process of rebirth is underway. The flip side is endings. Either way, a regenerative phase has begun. Since this is destined to occur and is actually happening for you, choosing to consciously cooperate is wise. The more willing and able you are to see yourself and the world and in it, in new ways, the better. Break habits, change patterns, clear, clean and renew!

isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) You are in the mood to assert yourself. Many new initiatives are already underway. Breaking through inner and outer resistance is essential for success. Yet, you are also wise to proceed steadily and consistently, as though setting the momentum for a long run. Your confidence levels are on the rise so advance accordingly to give them an added boost.



irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) The seeds of change have been sown in your relationships. These are affecting your home and family and your career and worldly status. Expansion and risk taking is implied, even required. Yet, so too is caution. The influence of Pisces is still lingering and is likely obscuring perceptions, creating confusion and even deceptions. Be extra clear in all exchanges.

Serving Jasper & Area

A big activation of your sense of values and priorities has begun. You are very much in a foundation building period. Conversely, it may feel as though you are on the mountain scaling steep slopes. Many new perceptions are consequently stirring and you have already begun to take action upon them. Expect more of the same, much more…





the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

3 Enchanted4 d

Jasper comes out to the ball



The Rotary Club of Jasper hosted an enchanted and mysterious evening at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Sunday, March 10. Dressed in their finest with faces concealed behind lovely and decorative masks, Jasperites and visitors from as far away as Edmonton, attended the social event of the season in style. The sound of clinking champagne glasses was mixed with laughter and friendly banter, while hula hoop dancers performed to the talented music of Marco and a very tall juggler, walking on stilts, entertained guests at the opening reception. According to event organizer, Wendy Wacko, historically the Lobsterfest has been the annual fundraiser for at least 15 years, but this year, the Rotary Club wanted to try something different. “There used to be a Snow Ball in Jasper and the old-timers really missed it,” explained Wacko. “We wanted to come up with an event that would revive that idea.” While the primary purpose of the event was fellowship, as well as an opportunity for people to dress up and have some fun, Wacko noted that over 70 per cent of the funds raised during the event will be going to local community organizations, such as the Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge played an integral part in the planning and presentation of the Masquerade Ball and also provided the space for the event. “I’ve been to a few Masquerade Balls but never one quite like this,” said Markus Treppenhauer, general manager for Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. “Everyone is really embracing it and everyone is dressed up.” Shawnee Janes-Wilson, club president for the Rotary Club of Jasper, hopes events such as the Masquerade Ball will bring more awareness to the club and what they do. “We really want to raise the awareness of Rotary in general,” said Janes-Wilson. “We’re trying to have fun and the best way to get attention is to throw a really great party, and everyone is going to wish they were at this party.”

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

Jasper, AB,

the fitzhugh 19

Jasper Grizzlies win the league By John Wilmshurst Contributor

For hockey fans, the best part of any game is the playmaking. Sure, it’s exciting when your team wins, and for parents it’s great when your kid scores a goal. But watching a play develop as players flow across the ice with and without the puck is a thing of real beauty. With the league championship on the line, the Jasper Midget Grizzlies girls took to the ice last weekend against the Edson Selects. For the many fans in the stands on Saturday, there was plenty of beauty to behold. The first shots on net after the puck was dropped served notice that this was going to be a goaltender’s battle. The Grizzlies netminder, Ayla Paltzat, was outstanding, stoning the very talented and shifty Edson forwards. Jasper got their first real scoring opportunity 12 minutes in when an Edson forward was sent to the box for hooking. Captain Alexandra “Zans” Bossio had a great chance, taking a perfect feed from Jen Dillon in the slot, but she was robbed by the glove hand of the Selects goalie. We’d have to wait until four minutes to play in the first when power-forward Emma Merilovich found smooth skating defender Lauren Ewald alone in the slot and Ewald made no mistake. Then with a minute left to play, Zans found her range and buried a rebound from a Tamara Buck snapshot, giving Jasper a two-goal lead heading into the first break. Heading into the second, the shots were level at 13 and the tension was palpable. The game’s flow was incredible, with Jasper controlling the play in the Edson end for minutes at a time, then relinquishing control for the next five. It was anyone’s game. The Dillon sisters, Erin and Jen, were key to Jasper’s system, taking the Edson zone, resisting the temptation of the low percentage shot, wheeling around the net, allowing the play to develop, and passing it off to a teammate in a better position for a good shot. Beautiful to watch. Paltzat was unbeatable in net, as was her Edson counterpart, turning away all 25 shots taken by both teams. The third period was gut check time for both squads. The last 20 minutes of the season, and the winner was going home with a banner for their barn. Edson struck early with a squibber along the ice that snuck through Paltzat’s pads. With their lead now just one goal, Jasper poured it on, capitalizing half way through the period as Merilovich poked in a loose puck in the crease to re-establish the Grizzlies’ two goal cushion. But Edson struck right back. A neutral-zone giveaway led to a Selects breakaway that Paltzat calmly handled, but the rebound bounced out of her reach, and the second shot found the back of the net. Jasper now led 3–2 with eight minutes to play. With Paltzat standing on her head in the Grizzlies’ net, Brinna Lee was working the other end. Lucky No. 13, Lee picked up a pass in the slot and absolutely hammered it into the

Sarah Makowsky photos

Kelly Bossio’s seven-year coaching career ended on a high note last weekend when the Jasper Midget Grizzlies girls hockey team won first place in the year-end playoffs.

net, beating the Edson netminder glove side. That was all Jasper needed. When the final horn sounded, the Grizzlies had won 4–2 and were league champs. Hats off to coach Kelly Bossio who has guided this team for seven years; this being his last. A great way to cap off a career with equally dedicated co-coach Mike Dillon and manager Moira McKinnon. Props also to assistant coach Shawna Fournier and goalie coach Cam Vos. Goaltending was key to the Grizzlies success with underage call-up Teagan Lee helping out between the pipes throughout the season. Indispensible also was the defence of Anna Tokunaga and the “kid line” of Zans, Jen Dillon and Merilovich, who were unstoppable. When their championship banner hangs from the Jasper Arena rafters next season, look for the names Kiana Sillence, Kaitlyn Thompson, Crimson Derbowka and Tieghan Williams, and the rest of these playmakers for which the town of Jasper is justifiably proud. Thank you ladies.

Bears capture Atom title By Steve Kushneryk Submitted

The Jasper Bears downed the Mayerthorpe Mustangs 12–9 in a two–game, total–goal series to win the Sturgeon Pembina Hockey League Atom C Championship last weekend.

Jasper defeated the Mustangs 6–3 in the series opener on Saturday, March 9, at Sangudo. The Bears jumped into a 6–0 lead during the first half of the game and hung on for the win. The Bears clinched the title on Sunday afternoon on home ice, tying the Mustangs 6–6 in a thrilling hockey

game. The Mustangs were undefeated prior to the final series. They edged out the Bears 6–5 and tied them 9–9 during the regular schedule. The friendly rivalry set the stage for an intense championship series and both teams battled hard until the final buzzer sounded.


Above: Matteo Tassoni hoists the cup. Tassoni is a first year Atom winning the league scoring race with 54 goals and 15 assists.


the fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Thursday, MARCH 14, 2013

you can order prints of any photo that appears in the paper! Special events School celebrations Rallies Flashmobs Races Demonstrations

8x10 $22

WE’RE THERE! To order yours today call 780-852-4888 Email or visit 626 Connaught Drive (above Subway)

5x7 $16

The Fitzhugh - 2013 03 14  
The Fitzhugh - 2013 03 14  

The Fitzhugh - Jasper's Independent Newspaper - 2013 03 14