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Const. Kirychuk says goodbye to Jasper



Parks Canada was forced to change a policy after it removed two memorial benches without informing the families or the The Friends of Jasper National Park, who administer the program.




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Parks Canada “regrets” removing memorial benches

According to Parks Canada, last fall crews removed two memorial benches from Pyramid Island that were more than a decade old and in a state of disrepair. In a statement, Parks said the two benches were a hazard and no longer fell under the terms of the donor agreement. The benches were removed to prepare Pyramid Island for improvements. “Parks Canada regrets any anguish to the families involved as a result of this sequence of events,” wrote Steve Young, a communications officer with Parks Canada. “Parks Canada deeply values its relationship with the Friends of Jasper National Park. The bench program is a key fundraiser for the Friends and discussions are underway to update the partnership agreement with Parks Canada.” He said the new agreement will include improved communication protocols. Heather Aussant Roy, co-manager with the Friends, confirmed that Parks Canada failed to inform her organization that it had removed two memorial benches that were rotting and beyond their expiry date. Once the organization learned

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that the benches were missing they immediately contacted the donors. “It has been addressed by both organizations, we have updated our policies on the matter and we have spoken with the donors, who were understanding. That’s it,” said Aussant Roy, describing the “miscommunication" as a "non-issue.” The Friends works with families who want to commemorate their loved ones. Plaques are attached to the benches, which are then placed by Parks Canada in front-country areas. Editor’s note: Fitzhugh reporter Kayla Byrne joined the board of directors of the Friends of Jasper National Park in June. Last week, she voluntarily resigned from that position in order to maintain a professional distance from an organization she will have frequent contact with as a journalist. In doing so, she resolved a conflict of interest that would have impacted the Fitzhugh's ability to cover the community objectively.

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Local ACFA getting stronger From a dingy room in the train station to a cramped office at École Desrochers, Jasper’s chapter of l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) spent the last few years hopping from one temporary home to the next.

However, the association—which was created to boost French resources and protect Francophone culture—was finally able to move to its permanent home in June when the Jasper Library and Cultural Centre opened. And while a move just down the road might seem like an insignificant detail to some, Jasper’s ACFA regional director Geneviève Arcand said the new location has already opened up new opportunities for the association and its board. “We have a big to-do list, but before this new office we weren’t ready. Now we can move forward,” Arcand said at the ACFA’s annual general meeting, Oct. 18. “Since the ACFA moved into the new office we have more families coming in looking for French resources.” The move is also helping foster new community partnerships, said Arcand. “All the partners of the building are really welcoming and inclusive and different organizations want more French programing and more resources,” she said. “Since moving we feel so a part of the community—for us, that’s amazing.”   As the association moves forward, Arcand is hoping it will continue to expand, moving into Edson and Hinton. “Before we start developing in Hinton we want to understand the

wants and needs of that community. And eventually we want to do the same thing in Edson,” Arcand said. “This was the idea from the beginning, but now we’re ready to move forward. “It’s not something that is going to happen in a year—it’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re ready.” At the provincial level, Alberta’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda announced the provincial government would start holding consultations with the Francophone community to help develop a Frenchlanguage services policy. He made the announcement at the ACFA’s 90th anniversary celebration in Edmonton, Oct. 15. Alberta’s francophone population has increased by more than 40 per cent since 1996, according to the 2011 census. Additionally, enrollment in francophone schools has increased by almost 200 per cent in Alberta. “Alberta’s rich and vibrant Frenchspeaking community is an integral part of our cultural fabric and is one of the fastest-growing francophone communities in Canada,” Miranda wrote in a press release Oct. 17. “For the first time, this government is moving forward to improve access to government services in French. This will enhance Alberta’s competitive advantage, strengthen our relationship with the francophone community, and leverage Alberta’s fair share of francophone funding from the federal government.”

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Former premier killed in plane crash

According to the Canadian Press, Prentice was among four people onboard a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Kelowna airport. The crash also killed three other Albertans; Dr. Ken Gellatly, businessman Sheldon Reid, and pilot Jim Kruk. The jet was on its way to Calgary. According to The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), which is investigating the accident, the plane went down in a heavily wooded area just eight minutes after takeoff. The aircraft was not equipped with, nor was it required to carry, a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. However, the team of investigators will be reviewing any electronic components on the aircraft so they can get a better understanding of what happened. TSB also reported there were no emergency or distress calls made, nor was an emergency locator transmitter signal received prior to the crash. Prentice held several cabinet posts under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper before leaving Ottawa for Alberta politics, where he served as premier.

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Former Alberta premier and long-time federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice was killed in a plane crash in British Columbia, Oct. 13.

However, his time as premier was short-lived. In September 2014 he became the premier of Alberta after he won the leadership race for the Progressive Conservative party. In May 2015, his party was defeated by the ruling NDP. Prentice resigned from both his role as party leader and MLA on election night. In June, Prentice took a position as an energy advisor to Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley both expressed their condolences upon learning of his death. “He was broadly respected in the House of Commons—across all party lines—for his intelligence, commitment, and honest straightforward approach on tough issues. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent working closely beside Jim in the House, and know that he will be missed by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Trudeau wrote in a statement. Notley said there are no adequate words for moments like this. “But there are words to remember Premier Prentice’s contributions to Alberta. He served our province in so many roles for so many years. He deeply loved Alberta. He worked tirelessly for all of us, in the true spirit of one who is committed to public service. I benefited from his advice, and the Government of Alberta is continuing to pursue many of his initiatives,” Notley wrote. “For Alberta, today is a day of sorrow in the face of terrible tragedy.” Flags at provincial buildings were flown at half-staff across the province to commemorate his death. A state memorial will be held in Calgary, Oct. 28.

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Municipal council unanimously approved guidelines for a new wayfinding system to help people find their way around town, Oct. 18.

The new guidelines will be used to develop signs to help identify public locations, like parking lots and the hospital. Despite being approved, funding for the project hinges on whether council approves funding for it during budget deliberations in November. “The objective is to improve communication with residents and visitors,” said Bruce Thompson, the town’s director of operations. According to the guidelines, the new signs will include internationally recognized pictograms and will only be used to identify destinations of “public priority,” such as the town centre and public washrooms. The guidelines also include criteria about which destinations will be included and how the signs will look, including colour, layout and size. The document also specifically states that the signs are intended to be generic, long-lasting and not related to any particular marketing brand or business so they don’t have to be replaced if a marketing brand changes. It was the third time the guidelines came before council for review. According to Thompson, the municipality currently has $270,000 earmarked to initiate the first phase of the project. If council releases the funding, the project would be implemented as a pilot project in the central business district in 2017. Several councillors have also expressed a desire to include new gateway signs at each entrance of town during phase one of the project, however, including two gateway signs will significantly increase the budget for phase one of the project. According to the guidelines, there are two options for the new gateway entrances. The first option includes a non-illuminated single-sided aluminum sign mounted on a concrete base clad with local river rock. It would cost nearly $82,000 for two signs, according to an estimate by EDG Experience Design Group, which produced the guidelines. The second option includes a non-illuminated metal sign mounted to timber posts with metal footings. The sign could be single or doubled-sided. It would cost

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Council approves wayfinding guidelines

$11,400 for two signs, according to one estimate. According to EDG Experience Design Group, the first phase is estimated to cost just over $125,000, not including the entrance signs. The total wayfinding system is estimated to cost nearly $344,000 and will take several years to implement. “What I’d like to do is look at both the pilot phase in the central business district in combination with the entrance signs, see if we can get them both done with the amount of money we have,” said Thompson, acknowledging it will depend on the marketplace.

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SNOW REMOVAL Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No. 77 invites all interested contractors to submit a proposal for the removal of snow, grading and the sanding of all Division owned parking lots within the Town of Jasper. The successful contractor must demonstrate that all affected areas will be cleaned and sanded within a 12 hour period after any significant snowfall. The proposal call should therefore include the type and number of pieces of equipment available to clean, grade, sand and remove the snow from all parking lots and the hourly rates charged. Include WCB clearance letter and proof of liability insurance in proposal. Preference will be given to those contractors that submit their company safety program including safe work practices and up to date equipment maintenance records. Sealed quotes will be received by Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No. 77 attention: Director of Facilities 3656 – 1st Avenue Edson, Alberta T7E 1S8 Telephone: (780) 723-4471 • Toll Free: 1-800-723-2564 Fax: (780) 723-2414 Closing Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 2:00 p.m. Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No.77 reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications.

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Const. Kirychuk says goodbye to Jasper

RCMP Const. Scott Kirychuk has become a familiar face in the community, but after four years of patrolling the streets in this tiny mountain town, it’s time for a change. At the end of the month, Kirychuk and his wife Tracy will pack up their belongings and head off to Kitimat, B.C., where Kirychuk has accepted a corporal position. “I’m ready to go even though I could stay in Jasper forever. I love the community and obviously the scenery, but workwise I’m always looking for the next place to go and the next challenge,” said Kirychuk, who has been an RCMP officer for about nine years. “When you’re policing in a smaller community—it reaches a time when you know everybody and everybody knows you so it gets a little more difficult to do your job.”   Kirychuk arrived in Jasper from Vegreville, Alta. in 2012. Kirychuk said from the get-go he was thrust into a supervisor role, sharing acting corporal duties with former Jasper RCMP Const. Ryan Gardiner. “I’ve got to work with a lot of nice people and I think I’ve gained a lot of experience,” Kirychuk said. “I worked really closely with Ryan and he was kind of like a mentor to me, and (Sgt.) Rick (Bidaisee) helped me a lot.” As he reflected on his time in Jasper, Kirychuk said he’s had many fond memories including a few that he will never forget. “There was one time when I went to a call and this person was quite upset that I was there and he didn’t want me there, but since that point he’s become a really good friend,” Kirychuk said. “It makes me feel good knowing that I was able to make a difference in that person’s life and help him when he was having a difficult time. “When you’re in the RCMP you do a lot of things that people aren’t happy with, but sometimes your actions are appreciated and you can make friends—I think that’s amazing.”

Along with making meaningful connections, Kirychuk said one of his biggest goals was reducing impaired driving in town. While there have been some improvements, Kirychuk said there’s still a long way to go. “It’s still a big problem here,” said Kirychuk, adding 31 people this year have been charged with impaired driving. “More than half of those cases are locals—it’s unacceptable especially in a community the size of Jasper where everything is within walking distance. “I hope this is something that continues to improve.” As he starts packing up his home, Kirychuk said he’s excited and nervous for the challenges his new posting will bring. “I’ll be supervising a lot more and mentoring younger members,” he said. “My job will include getting these younger officers to a point where they can hopefully get into the positions that they want.” Another adjustment for the officer will be the size of both Kitimat and its detachment. The British Columbia municipality has about 10,000 residents and an RCMP detachment with 23 officers—almost triple the size of Jasper’s detachment. “There are a lot more members so that will need some getting used to.” However, for Kirychuk and his wife not everything will be an adjustment. During their time in Jasper, they both took a particular interest in kayaking and hiking. “We still have the mountains and the water so we can keep up with all the activities we enjoy. We feel pretty lucky to go there. We also know that we were really lucky to be here,” Kirchuk said. “I think Jasper is probably the nicest community in all of Alberta so it would have been very difficult to go anywhere else in the province. “I think that’s why we had to go to B.C.”

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History at a gl ance


This week readers may have found it surprising to learn that a reporter with the Fitzhugh was a board member with the Friends of Jasper National Park, an organization that found itself at the centre of a story in this week’s paper. While the story speaks for itself, the larger issue was the conflict of interest between our newspaper and the Friends of Jasper, an organization that has a close relationship with Parks Canada, a government agency. After a series of discussions within our newsroom and others in the community, it became clear that just about everyone has a different opinion about whether or not a journalist should be part of an organization’s board. While the issue might seem trivial to some, it’s actually a broader ethical question that is fundamental to journalism. At its core, the question is about impartiality and protecting the public interest. Being impartial means not being prejudiced towards or against any particular side regardless of your opinion, experiences or affiliations. But here’s the problem. Can anyone, let alone a journalist, truly claim to be 100 per cent impartial? The answer is no, but there are ways journalists attempt to be as impartial or objective as possible. At one end of the spectrum there are journalists who don’t vote or wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, claiming that by doing so would hurt their impartiality when covering political stories or the military. At the other end of the spectrum some journalists would argue that impartiality is a fallacy and all reporters are tainted to some degree by their opinions, experiences and perspectives of the world. While both sides present a valid argument, the general rule is that reporters should strive to remain as impartial as possible by not joining organizations that could jeopardize their impartiality, whether perceived or not. In a perfect world this would be easy, but we all run into conflicts of interest from time-to-time, especially in a small community like Jasper. On one hand, journalists are human beings and should have the right to participate in civil society as they please, but on the other hand, they also have a responsibility to the public interest, so where do we draw the line? From our perspective, simply being a member of an organization or volunteering isn’t an issue, in fact we encourage it, but when it comes to sitting on a board where reporters are privy to confidential information, the chances of running into a conflict of interest put everyone in an awkward situation, including the organization. We recognize that limiting our participation with community organizations will be seen by some as a loss, but ultimately if we want a strong, fair and independent newspaper it’s in all of our interest that reporters and editors avoid joining decision-making bodies.

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Bike trails vs. wildlife Dear editor,

Once again, we enjoyed the privilege of visiting Jasper National Park this past summer. During our visits we always collect the everinformative and interesting Fitzhugh to peruse at a later date.  In the August 11, 2016 edition, a letter from a proponent of the proposed bike path rang alarm bells with us. While the writer (Sally Baydala) attempted to convince readers, in a cavalier manner, that this path would suit many users, she failed to address many of the issues that would arise when constructing such a trail. Who will be monitoring the users? How much infrastructure will be required at various points along the trail? With further examination of the amount of wilderness and wildlife that will be disturbed, we question why this trail is even being considered. 

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Consider the number of cycling events that occur within national parks and it is apparent that Parks Canada bends to the will of the cycling community. We question whether these sanctioned disruptions to the wildlife should continue. With increased Park visitation being a goal for 2017, Parks Canada certainly must be more vigilant when making decisions that may have dire consequences for our valued and vulnerable wildlife. National Parks were not founded for sporting events and massive developments that cater to human activities but to protect the creatures and their rapidly disappearing habitats.   Carol and Peter Tracey, Calgary

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New Zamboni causing issues

Welcome back winter

Time to think about the Caribou The days are getting shorter and the snow is starting to fly, time to welcome winter back to Jasper National Park. November 1 is just around the corner, the date when winter access is restricted to protect the Tonquin, Maligne, Brazeau and A La Peche caribou herds. Woodland caribou in Jasper National Park are considered threatened under the Species at Risk Act. As a recognized world leader in conservation, Parks Canada is working hard and taking concrete actions to protect these animals and contribute to their recovery. One of these actions is to manage the timing of backcountry access for winter recreation in order to reduce the risk of predation on caribou. In winter, wolves travel more efficiently on packed trails, which increases their ability to access and hunt in caribou habitat. As the snowpack typically begins to harden later in the winter, packed trails no longer offer as much of an advantage

to wolves, and these areas are re-opened for recreation. Parks Canada is not making any major changes to the delayed access dates or area boundaries this year. All areas will be closed on Nov. 1, with the Tonquin area opening for winter use on Feb. 16, 2017, and all other areas will reopen on March 1, 2017. For more information and to view detailed maps of the seasonal closures please visit At 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper has abundant winter recreational opportunities to explore. This is a great time to explore the less visited areas of our park and discover some true hidden gems. Drop in to the Park Information Centre to learn more about ski, snowshoe, and fat biking opportunities in Jasper, or visit us at Adventure awaits, happy trails.

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B.C. man swims across Athabasca to evade police

A 27-year-old British Columbia man was arrested after trying to evade police by swimming across the Athabasca River, Oct. 13.

Trevor Justin Fredin first attracted police officers’ attention when Hinton RCMP officers were called to a cabin in Hinton. On arrival, RCMP members located Fredin, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of British Columbia, which had been extended to Alberta. After a brief confrontation, Fredin allegedly assaulted an officer and fled on foot into the woods. Hinton RCMP attempted to locate Fredin, but were unable to. The following day, Oct. 14, Jasper RCMP officers located Fredin walking along Highway 16 in Jasper. Jasper RCMP members attempted to arrest the man, but he once again fled on foot into the woods. RCMP officers set up a perimeter near Highway 16 and the Moberly Bridge, and began tracking Fredin with the help of a police dog. During the chase, Fredin

ended up swimming across the Athabasca River and police lost track of him again. A few hours later, police received a 911 call stating Fredin was at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Police rushed out to the lodge and promptly located Fredin—who once again tried to flee on foot, but was caught after a brief chase. Fredin has been charged for assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest and mischief under $5,000 in Hinton. Fredin has also been charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of possession of methamphetamine in Jasper. Fredin had originally been charged in Elkford, B.C. for assault and escaping lawful custody, charges for which a warrant had been issued. Fredin has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at the Jasper Provincial Court on Oct. 27 via CCTV. In the meantime, arrangements have been made to transport Fredin back to British Columbia. None of the charges have been proven in court.

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Jasper isn’t the only organization with a Zamboni problem on its hands. According to Yvonne McNabb, the municipality’s culture and recreation director, the town’s new Zamboni has also been causing problems for the National Hockey League, which uses a similar Zamboni model. According to McNabb, the Zamboni has been leaving a ridge of ice in the corners of the hockey rink making the surface unsmooth. “For the better lack of a term, the rag that hangs out the bottom on the conditioning part of the Zamboni isn’t wide enough, so it leaves a tiny little ridge and as you turn the corners it leaves a ridge of ice that needs to shaved down every single time otherwise there’s a ridge for people to get injured on,” said McNabb, during a council meeting Oct. 18. The company has sent people to Jasper to try and resolve the issue twice, but it has not been fixed, according to McNabb. The municipality has been in contact with the NHL to work together with Zamboni to resolve the issue. The municipality purchased the Zamboni in 2015 for $138,000 to replace its aging Zamboni that was 20 years old. Centennial Field rehab to being June 30, 2017

The rehabilitation of Centennial Field will officially begin on June 30, 2017, according to Yvonne McNabb, the municipality’s culture and recreation director. In August 2015, the federal government earmarked $187,500 through the Canada 150 Fund to redevelop Centennial Field on the condition that the municipality would match those funds, bringing the total budget for the project up to $375,000. With those funds, the municipality plans to rehabilitate the field to improve its irrigation and drainage, as well as make the surface safe for users. Over the winter the municipality intends to develop a new field policy to ensure the field is used for appropriate activities and isn’t overused. Construction must be completed by December 2017 according to the requirements of the grant. Winter sports gear swap

Looking to buy or sell new or gently used outdoor winter gear and equipment? The Jasper Ski Team has you covered. In order to help locals get ready for another fun and adventurous season, the team hosts an annual gear swap and silent auction. This year’s event will be held at the Jasper Activity Centre on Oct. 22. Items can be dropped off at the centre on the day of the event from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The swap and silent auction runs from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Unsold items must be picked up between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. Admission to the event is $5. Senior sing-along

The Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge is hosting a sing-along for seniors that require daily assisted living, Oct. 21. Mildred Flanagan will be playing the piano. The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 2 p.m.

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a view from the top Jasper as seen at night from the top of Whistlers Mountain. | Parks Canada/R. Gruys photo

managing light pollution Robinsons Foods incorporated responsible lighting techniques when it renovated its store 2008. The lights on the outside of the store are shielded and directed down, reducing the amount of light pollution. | Parks Canada/R. Gruys photo

Why dark skies matter

Living within the second largest dark sky preserve in the world offers some spectacular evenings, but there’s a lot more to a dark sky preserve than just being able to see the stars.

In 2011, Jasper National Park was officially recognized as a dark sky preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of astronomy and related sciences in Canada. Since becoming a dark sky preserve, Parks Canada has embraced the designation, implementing various policies in the park to reduce light pollution and programs to educate the public. “In Alberta, other than the far north, the only place where it is truly dark is in the Rocky Mountains,” said Rogier Gruys, a product development specialist with Parks Canada. According to Gruys, Parks Canada has eight sites across the country that are officially designated as dark sky preserves and Canada has more dark sky preserves than all other countries in the world combined. In fact, if you combine Jasper National Park and Wood Buffalo National Park, which was designated the world’s largest dark sky preserve in 2013, the two parks combined are larger in area than all other

dark sky preserves in the world. In order to maintain its dark sky status, Parks works with various businesses and organizations in town to reduce Jasper’s light pollution through the installation of responsible lighting. “It’s not about turning off lights, its about responsible lighting,” said Rogier. “That means shielded light fixtures that point downwards and making use of timers and motion sensors to only turn on the lights when you really need them.” He pointed to Robinsons Foods as a good example of a business that uses responsible lighting, as well as Jasper Junior/Senior High School which were both rebuilt in recent years. Other notable businesses include the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, which has begun to replace and change its lighting to be dark-sky friendly. Despite the improvements, Rogier said there is still a lot more to be done, particularly when it comes to the town’s street lights. “It will take a while, because it’s not cheap, but slowly we are beginning to make those changes so that ultimately in the next decade or so all lights will be dark-sky friendly,” said Rogier. While reducing light pollution is important to be able to see the stars, it’s also important for the park’s flora and fauna.

“Protecting nocturnal habitat is part and parcel with what we do and in a sense, national parks right across the country are already dark sky preserves because we’re protecting these places,” said Brian Catto, a park interpreter. “We don’t just look at the species and the landscape when we’re looking at protection, we look at protecting all the natural processes that go along with the environmental, like the flow of water or the exchange of air, and one of the natural processes that’s very important to all life on Earth, a natural process that all of our ancestors evolved with, was the regular rhythm of night and day.” During his presentation at the festival, Oct. 15, he highlighted several animals and plants in the park that rely on the dark to survive such as the little brown bat, the wood frog, and the twin flower. “A lot of amphibians depend on darkness for their reproductive cycle, but when we have a little bit of light pollution it can disrupt their cycles and they might not be as successful when reproducing,” explained Catto, adding that many plants have also evolved and adapted to the dark. “Take the little twin flower for example. This is a tiny little flower. You can walk through the forest here in Jasper and completely miss it because it





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is so small, but if you go walking at night you’re going to smell a slight odour in the air, it’s the twin flower that is pumping out this odour that smells a lot like licorice,” said Catto. According to him, the odour attracts moths, which help pollinate the flowers, allowing the plant species to reproduce. During his presentation he also reminded the audience that darkness is important to human health. “Just like every creature we evolved with the regular rhythm of night and day. We need darkness to be healthy,” said Catto. According to Catto, at night humans produce melatonin, a hormone that helps us sleep. Wrapping up his presentation, he highlighted various nighttime programs offered by Parks Canada throughout the year, from camping under the stars at Marmot Meadows to catch the Perseid meteor shower in August, to sharing indigenous stories and perspectives about the constellations in the sky. “By coming out into the park after dark, leaving the cell phone and iPad behind, disconnecting from all of that artificial light is actually a very important thing to do.”

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it's not's science Bill Nye entertained and enlightened more than 1,000 people during his first of two performances during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. |P. Clarke photo

Visitors dish on the Dark Sky Festival During the first weekend of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, Oct. 14-16, the Fitzhugh caught up with out-of-towners to find out why they flocked to Jasper for this year’s festival. Here’s what we found out.

Jed Forrest “I like supporting science literacy and I think a festival like this is a great way to get younger generations interested in planet Earth and other scientific subjects. I was also really excited to see Bill Nye. Science rules.” Ashley Kerik “I came to see Bill Nye. He’s always been a hero of mine. I grew up watching him every morning so for me it was huge deal to get to meet him. I was super impressed with Bill Nye’s talk and the whole event overall. It was definitely worth the trip and the money.” Jesse Gordon-Reid “I wanted to see the dark sky and learn about astronauts, space and space stations. There are a lot of stars in Jasper and that’s really cool.”

Bill Nye kicks off Dark Sky Festival Bill Nye entertained and enlightened more than 1,000 people to kick off the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, Oct. 14.

Nye, best known for his popular television program “Bill Nye the Science Guy” had the crowd laughing Friday night as he shared his infectious passion for all things science from Elliet Landry space exploration to the threat of global “I wanted to come here to have fun with my warming. family and learn new things. I learned about In true Bill Nye the Science Guy moths and bats at one of the talks.” fashion he also managed to squeeze in some of his favourite catch phrases like “it’s not rocket science” and reminded folks that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Robin Pollard Earth. “I love science and I grew up with Bill Nye. I “There are about 100 times as many study environmental science, and lately I’ve stars as there are grains of sand on the had a pull to learn about the universe. There’s so Earth,” said Nye. much going on out there and many of us don’t “From a cosmic perspective I’m just another speck, like sand, and the Earth is have a clue what’s going on. I think festivals like just another speck. I’m a speck, standing this are good place to start learning.” on a bunch of specks, which make up a speck, which orbits the sun, which is an Jo-el Kathrein unremarkable star. I’m a speck, on a speck “Science is also something that has always with a bunch of other specks, orbiting a interested me so this is something educational speck, with billions of other specks in the and also something fun to do around here in middle of specklessness. I suck! My life October—a time when there’s usually not a lot has no meaning!” said Nye, as the crowd roared with laughter. to do.” During his presentation he also spent a significant amount of time talking about climate change and Derek McKinnon “There’s a lot going on with the stars and space ridiculed prominent climate change deniers, including American presidential and I’ve always been curious about that. It’s candidate Donald Trump. interesting to hear about how we’re moving “I’ve been in Canada just for a day forward with space education and technology.” and once again the first thing people start asking me about is our buddy Donald Trump who is a climate change kayla byrne denier,” said Nye.

“The Earth’s temperature has been about the same over the last 1,000 years, but over the last 200 years it’s gone up very suddenly,” said Nye, pointing to the famous hockey stick graph that shows the dramatic rise in global temperatures. “It’s not that the world didn’t use to be warmer, it’s not that there didn’t use to be more carbon dioxide, it’s the speed, the rate that it’s happening, that’s the problem.” While on the topic he also took aim at Alberta’s oil sands. “If you haven’t been there, it really is weird. No seriously, as a guy from the U.S. it doesn’t look like Canada,” said Nye. “What they do is scrap off ancient forest and then dig up this tar. The oil companies are trying to promote the idea that we call it oil sand instead of tar sand, but I’ve seen it and it is tar.” He urged the audience to end the practice. “I love you all, but it’s not cool. The sooner you guys can stop doing this the better.” A significant part of his presentation also focused on green energy solutions to reduce the amount of fossil fuels people use and implored the audience to embrace science as a way to mitigate climate change and ultimately change the world. “With your brain you can understand the cosmos and our place within it. With our brains we can understand the Earth, we can understand climate systems, we can understand energy systems and with our brains, dare I say it, we can change the world.”

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Getting jazzy at the art gallery Combining acoustic grand pianos, synthesizers, organs and the melodica, Parker Abbott Trio isn’t your grandfather’s jazz from decades gone past. The trio—made up of Simeon Abbott, Teri Parker and Mark Segger—is a keyboard-centric group of Toronto-based musicians who dive deep into today’s modern world of jazz using only two pianists and a drummer, creating a unique multi-faceted sound. “I wouldn’t say we’re jazzy-jazz. We have a lot of influences from popular music and I think that really comes through in our music and we feel like that really appeals to a wider audience whether they like jazz or not,” Abbott said. “Synthesizers and electric pianos aren’t something usually heard in jazz music so we’re hoping to attract some listeners outside of jazz fans.” Fresh out of the recording studio with their third album, Elevation, the trio is making the rounds throughout British Columbia and Alberta, stopping at the Jasper Artists Guild ( JAG) art gallery on Oct. 23. According to JAG member Greg Deagle, this will be the first musical experience the gallery has ever hosted. Deagle added that he hopes this performance will help open the door to other performances at the gallery. “Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we’d really like to start testing the waters of whether this could be a potential venue for live music,” said Deagle, adding that JAG opted to host an afternoon show in order to appeal to a wider-range of music lovers. During their six years together, the trio has played a slew of different venues all over the country, however, Abbott said an art gallery in the middle of the Rockies is a first. “In terms of the space we hope that it really inspires the performance,” said Abbott, adding no two shows are the same. “We improvise a lot, so the space, the

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audience and the environment really play into our shows. “Our live performances are very spontaneous and very ‘in-the-moment’ so if people are willing to take those risks with us then I think it’s going to be a really exciting show.” While the band’s upcoming Jasper show is sure to be chock-full of musical surprises, Abbott said the group will be showing off a lot of songs from their latest album, which combines an array of smooth danceable songs like “Disclosure” with far-out tracks likes “Night Song,” which sounds like a tune made for an alien dance club. “There’s a lot of character in these compositions. Teri and I split the composition work and we have different styles so there’s a lot of variety on this album,” Abbott said. “There aren’t too many venues that have two good acoustic pianos so as a band with two pianists we had to get creative from the beginning, quickly evolving into a more electric sound.” Out of Elevation’s 11 tracks, Abbott said his favourite is the album’s title track. “The whole song starts out mellow and builds for three or four minutes and it kind of encapsulates into this idea of building towards a goal and elevating your mind to overcome difficulties and challenges that come up with any project,” he said. “But there’s a lot of variety on this album and we’re super stoked to share it and to visit Jasper’s new art gallery.” The Parker Abbott Trio will perform at the JAG art gallery on Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Jasper Art Gallery, Habitat for the Arts and at the door. After their Jasper performance the band will head off to Vancouver before making their way back east.

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Devon Coyote returns Rock and blues act Devon Coyote is at it again, playing not one but four upcoming shows in Jasper.

“Last time we played in Jasper we did three shows in a row and it was so much fun that we decided to add on an extra night this time around,” front man Devon Bjarnason said. “We saw different people come out every night so we were really excited to come back.” After releasing their third album— The Wind—in 2015, the trio from British Columbia decided to take it easy, but after about a year, Bjarnason said the band was itching to get back on the road. They plan to spend the next few months touring Canada’s west. “We toured all of Canada right after we finished the last album, so after that we decided to take a breather from the road, but we’ve been writing a lot and we’re already working on our new album,” Bjarnason said. “We’ve already got a few songs recorded, but there’s a lot more work that has to be done.” While The Wind embraces a heavier guitar and blues sound, Bjarnason said he hopes the next album will revisit the band’s original bluegrass vibe. “The last album was very guitar-heavy so this time we want to step back and strip that sound down,” said


happy with every track. “It could be out as early as the spring Four shows, Oct. 23 - 26. or it could be out some time in 2018— Whistle Stop Pub we just don’t know how it’s going to go Show starts at 9 p.m. yet.” Free While the band is accustomed to performing in front of large crowds, sharing the stage with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Said the Whale and Dan Mangan, Bjarnason said the trio still loves playing smaller venues.   All four of the band’s back-to-back Jasper shows will take place at the Whistle Stop Pub, from Oct. 23 until Oct. 26. “Just the way the room is set up makes this a very intimate show so we’ll tell stories and talk a little with the crowd. We’ll also do a variety of genres from rock to acoustic bass stuff,” Bjarnason said. “Because it’s such a small room we’ll tone down the show quite a bit and then kick it up by the the front man. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, but it’s end of the night when everyone wants to party.” Each show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free.   definitely going to be more acoustic-based.” “We’re three great friends who are just happy to be As excited as the band is to get back to its roots, Bjarnason added that the group is in no rush to put out coming back to Jasper to share our music—we love that town,” Bjarnason said. “We’ve never had a dead show in its next album. “Every album we’ve ever done has been on a timeline, Jasper and we hope to see that continue.”   but this time we’ve decided that we don’t want to rush anything,” Bjarnason said. “We want to make sure we’re kayla byrne







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Individual/Couple/Family erapist MICHELLE CHERNIAWSKY, MSW, RSW, CHT

780-852-7232 115 Geikie St. Jasper, Alberta

Howard & McBride Funeral Homes


780-931-2241 • 780-883-0362

“Proudly Serving the Community since 1921”

Toll-free: 1-888-852-5929 Sandra Birks 780-852-3890


Shop &of book onhome our website Funeral Arrangements in the Comfort your BUY LOCALLY! Burial - Cremation - Shipment Out of Province Rick & Laurie Buck, CTC 780-422-1141, OWNER/MANAGEREmergency OWNER/MANAGER


1609 - 55 Street, Box 6831 Edson, AB T7E 1V2

Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Langfield


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

Myrna Norquay, CFP® Certified Financial Planner® Advisor


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


Derek Helfrick • 780-883-2350 JASPER, AB

Mutual funds offered by Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc.

Cell: 780-931-7160 Tel: 780-725-4460 Fax: 780-725-4461 780-865-0078


Phone: 587-765-0122 Email: Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


South of Museum Wednesday 11 am to 2 s pm

Bill & Doris Sinclair Niton Junction, AB T0E 1S0 780-795-3765 • Offers you Alberta inspected Angus beef, pork, chicken and lamb. Naturally raised, no added hormones, premium quality.


COMMUNITY LISTINGS 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 Lions Club Meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Anglican Church Hall at 7:00pm. Contact 780-852-7273 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. West Yellowhead Constituency Jasper Office Hours: Constituency Staff will be available on August 24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Jasper Legion: 400 Geikie Street, Jasper. For more information or to make an appointment please call 1800-661-6517 Community Outreach Services Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in. The coffee is always on. M – F, 9:00am to 4:30pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780852-2100.


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.

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.

Weight Wise Program Alberta Health Services is offering FREE monthly weight wise classes in Jasper. The next class will be on November 15 at 5:30pm. All classes held in the Cavell Room of the Seton Healthcare Centre. Call the registration line at 1-877-3495711 for more info or to register.

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper Follow the activities organized by the ACFA (Association canadiennefrançaise de l’Alberta) on our web and Facebook pages. Join the francophones of Jasper! Suivez les activités organisées par l’ACFA (Association canadiennefrançaise de l’Alberta) sur notre site Internet et notre page Facebook. Joignezvous à la communauté francophone de Jasper! For more informations/pour plus d’informations : 780-852-7476, www. ACFA Jasper

Al-Anon 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. Royal Canadian Legion 401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4 p.m. Children welcome until 8pm. Free pool, shuffle Board & darts available. 780-852-3740. Food service now available. Check our menu online; www. Walk and Balance Program Prevent a fall in your future! Wednesdays at 10:30am in the Multi Purpose Hall in the Activity Centre. For more info call Jasper Physiotherapy at 780-852-2262. Prenatal Classes Wednesday evenings 6:30 -8:30. Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26. For more info & to register call Jasper Community Health Services at 780-852-4759

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HIV West Yellowhead We've moved! Our new office is located at 152 Athabasca Ave. in the Hinton Valley District. We have a new local phone number 780-740-0066. For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI info, referral and free condoms, drop by our NEW office or visit our website: www.hivwestyellowhead. com. Alternatively, you can call toll free at 1-877-291-8811. Skills for Success Do you need help with reading, writing, speaking English or basic computer skills? We can help! Call 780.852.4418 for more information. Program is FREE. Open Mon to Fri from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Closed at lunch.

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Jasper Theatre Arts Collective Are you interested in theatre arts? Get involved here in Jasper! Follow us on Facebook (Jasper Theatre Arts Collective) to keep up to date on meetings/ events or to share YOUR Ideas. Or email us at 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. PAP & STI Screening Free, Confidential and Non-Judgemental STI and Pap Testing. Please contact Jasper Community Health Services to make an appointment at 780 852 4759 Jasper Adult Learning Centre Do you want to find a better job? Change careers? Learn new skills? Our new program offers basic training in reading, writing, math, computer use and other essential workplace skills. Drop by 631 Patricia St. or call 780852-4418 ext 1 for more information and to see if you qualify. Blue Sky Yoga Kirtan and special events every odd Saturday evening. Donation to a karma cause. Everyone welcome. Located at the Sawridge Hotel, Suite 4. Call Marla for more information: 780-931-2544. ASK (Advocates for Special Kids) Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Outreach office.

Jasper Victim Services Confidential advice and referrals for victims of crime and trauma. Information is available about restitution, financial benefits, victim impact statements, court process and counseling services. Located in the RCMP Detachment at 600 Bonhomme St., or call 780-852-2275. Habitat for the Arts Engage, explore, experience all things art. What do you want to do? For more info stop by Wednesdays 12pm-8pm. 780.883.ARTS (2787) Social dancing Come enjoy a lesson and a social dance every Thursday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Jasper Legion (in the back room). We focus on a variety of dance styles including Fusion, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Tango, Salsa, etc. 5$ suggested donation – Everyone is welcome; no partner or experience required. Contact 780-8200239 or for more information. Adult Badminton Every Wednesday night starting from 8 pm to 10 pm at the High School Gym. Drop in fee is $3.00 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. Be there at 6 p.m.

Join the


E-WASTE School Recycling Challenge

Oct. 20-nov. 4, 2016

Support your local schools and our environment at the same time! Donate old, unwanted TVs, computers, cables, phones, printers and other electronics by bringing them to the drop off location below, be sure to mention your school’s name so the e-waste funding is donated to your school of choice. Schools will then receive a cash donation. Fulham and Niton Central Schools: Edson Recycle Depot, Wildwood county office, and Peers, Parkcourt, Wildwood transfer sites.

Crescent Valley, École Mountain View, and Harry Collinge: Rowan Street Recycling Centre and the Hinton Regional Landfill

Jasper Elementary School: Jasper Transfer Station Brought to you by:


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A.H. Dakin, Evergreen, École Pine Grove, École Westhaven, Holy Redeemer, Parkland Composite, Vanier, YKCS: Edson Recycle Depot

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The Jasper Fitzhugh- Thursday, October, 20, 2016  
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