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The 2017 municipal budget Get ready to fork over more of your hard earned money next year to cover Jasper’s $16.5 million operating budget in 2017.

The budget proposes increasing municipal taxes by 3.01 per cent as well as increasing utility rates next year. The proposed tax increase could be reduced by 0.5 per cent thanks to a $37,000 tax over levy that was approved in 2016, however it will depend on how many properties try to appeal their property assessments next year. The money will be applied to the 2017 tax rate when the bylaw is set in June. Jasper’s 2017 municipal budget is about $800,000 more than last year. This will be covered by $9.1 million in offsetting revenues and $7.4 million in municipal taxes. A 3.01 per cent tax increase equates to an overall revenue increase of $215,929 for 2017. For a property assessed at $750,000, a 3.01 per cent tax increase would equate to a $135 tax hike, bringing the homeowner’s annual municipal tax bill to $4,635. Bi-monthly utilities bills would also increase by $9.52 to $156.77 for the average residential user every two months. For a commercial property assessed at $1 million, a 3.01 per cent tax increase would increase the property’s annual tax bill by $467 for an annual bill of $15,967. The jump in utilities would increase a business’ bimonthly utilities bill by $286.26 to $9,185.10. Utilities include water, sewer, garbage and recycling and are funded through a user pay model and do not directly affect the municipal tax rate. This year the municipal tax rate was decreased by 0.7 per cent by ensuring utilities were cost recovered. This is the first time the municipality has put together a three-year operating budget, which will soon become a mandate for all municipalities under Alberta’s Municipal Government Act. Council heard from the director of each of the municipality’s departments during budget deliberations on Nov. 28 and 29. Outlined below is a brief overview of each department’s operating budget for 2017. Council will make a final decision on this year’s budget in the New Year once year-end numbers are available. In the meantime, council will pass an interim budget on Dec. 20 to ensure administration can continue to operate as normal. Culture and Recreation 2017 budget: $1.98 million Increase: $52,417 or 2.7 per cent The cultural and recreation department will require $1.98 million in municipal taxes, including an additional $52,417 in 2017 to cover an increase in salaries and benefits, arena improvements and annual maintenance costs for the bike park. Included in the department’s budget is a request from the library for $188,745, including $25,000 in additional funding for 2017. The department’s budget also includes a $49,000 request from the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. In the year ahead the department will have a lot on its plate, including the redevelopment of Centennial Field which will cost $200,000 in capital funding. In August 2015, the federal government earmarked $187,500 to put toward the redevelopment of the field on the condition that the municipality would match those funds. According to Yvonne McNabb, director of the




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department, the field is in such bad shape that the soccer association is no longer allowed to play games on the field. Construction is scheduled to begin on July 2, 2017 the same day the department intends to begin booking activities for the exchange lands. While Centennial Field is being rehabilitated, the department will also have to find a new location for the Dark Sky Festival next fall. Other capital projects next year include replacing the heating units in the arena’s stands, replacing two backstops at the baseball diamonds, replacing the cabin creek playground, and replacing two heating and ventilation units on the Activity Centre’s roof. In total the department would like to spend $385,000 on capital projects next year. Looking forward to 2018, the department has even bigger plans, including a complete overhaul of the arena, aquatic centre, curling rink and the Jasper Activity Centre’s multi-purpose hall. If approved, the total price tag for the projects will cost $6.6 million in capital funding and require the municipality to borrow money. The plan would also require the arena to be closed in the off-season to replace the arena’s floor, boards, overhead lighting and compressor room. There is also a plan to add an additional dressing room. Construction at the aquatic centre will also require a significant shut down in 2018 so the municipality can replace the water slide, stairs, HVAC system, mechanical room and the aquatic centre’s windows and doors. McNabb estimates the pool could be closed for up to three months to complete the work in 2018. Operations 2017 budget: $1.99 million Increase: $29,096 or 1.48 per cent The operations department, which is responsible for everything from the town’s roads and sidewalks to sewage and garbage, will require nearly $2 million in municipal taxes, including an additional $29,096 in 2017. According to Bruce Thompson, director of operations, the additional money will cover an increase in salaries and benefits, fuel costs, fleet maintenance and consulting fees. In 2017 the department will continue to focus on its asset management plan, wayfinding program and deal with the town’s growing pile of biosolids at the transfer station. In addition to its operating budget, Thompson also put forward the department’s five-year capital budget for operations, which includes spending $1.14 million in 2017. Some of the items on that list include spending $250,000 to replace aging vehicles, $100,000 for a transportation study, $200,000 for the first phase of the wayfinding program and $300,000 to reconfigure the intersection of Miette Avenue and Turret Street into a four-way stop. Smaller capital projects in 2017 include, $40,000 for three electronic radar boards, $20,000 for a Robson Park master plan, $35,000 for a seasonal waterline for the bike park and $20,000 to do sonar work at the cemetery to avoid having to expand it. The capital budget for utilities in 2017 includes spending about $686,000, including $250,000 to replace aging vehicles and $30,000 to replace garbage bins in town. Finance and administration 2017 budget: $1.04 million Increase: $93,812 or 9.8 per cent The finance and administration department will require more than $1 million in municipal taxes, including an additional $93,812 in 2017. The budget increase will cover a range of costs including next year’s municipal election, software upgrades, replenishing the Economic and Community Development Fund and wage/benefit increases. The department has also asked for $40,000 to be earmarked for the Tour of Alberta next summer, which

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municipal council will vote on in the New Year. As for capital projects, next year the department would like to spend $44,000 to access the Axia Supernet, the province’s fibre-optic Internet system and another $33,000 to buy a new computer server. “It’s been very frustrating for users and slows down productivity,” said Natasha Malenchak, the director of finance, about the municipality’s current Internet service. According to Malenchak, the server and the fibre optic system could be covered by a provincial grant. The department is also requesting $5,000 for office renovations, $20,000 to complete a housing study and $35,725 to pay for a CN warning system for a railroad crossing. Community and Family Services 2017 budget: $409,695 Increase: $6,268 or 1.6 per cent Community and Family Services accounts for the smallest share of the municipality’s annual budget despite the fact that it manages an annual operating budget of $2.2 million. The secret to its success has been the department’s ability to leverage its municipal funding to apply for government grants. According to its 2017 budget, the department will require about $410,000 in municipal taxes, including an additional $6,268 to cover salary increases. The municipal funding pays for the tangible costs to run the department while provincial funding and grants pay for the department’s salaries and programs. The municipal contribution also includes an $11,838 contribution to Jasper Victim Services. The 2017 budget also includes $70,880 for the cost to provide daily meals at the daycare centre. If approved, the cost will be passed on to parents who will need to fork out an additional $115 per month. Parents will not be allowed to opt out of the program unless their child is in the infant program. The department’s budget also included a significant jump in salaries after council approved the department’s request to add a new management position in October. The new position will have zero impact on the municipal budget because of a $25,000 annual increase in provincial funding from Family and Community Support Services and a $20,000 reduction in rent. Protective Services 2017 budget: $803,320 Increase: $28,152 or 0.39 per cent

The protective services department will require about $803,000 in municipal taxes, including an additional $28,153 in 2017 in order to cover an increase in salaries and a general increase in costs. On the revenue side the department collected $45,000 in parking fines last year and estimates it will collect $20,000 more in 2017 due to an increase in traffic when entrance to the park is free in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The department also projects it will collect an additional $5,600 in 2017 through fees for sidewalk seating, which was officially approved in April. From its capital budget, the department would like to spend $198,000 to buy a variety of equipment in 2017, including a new set of hydraulic spreaders, a new computer server and a half-ton truck for the bylaw department, among other capital expenses. Its biggest capital request in 2017 is $125,000 to buy 12 new self-contained breathing apparatuses. The department intends to buy another 12 in 2018. The remaining $1.1 million collected in taxes is budgeted for land rent and planning, which is paid to Parks Canada, as well as funds for the environmental stewardship program, the library and cultural centre, the Jaser-Yellowhead Museum and Achieves, Jasper Community Housing Corporation and general capital.

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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets federal approval The federal government approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Nov. 29.

The $6.8-billion project envisions tripling the amount of oil transported by pipeline running directly through Jasper National Park ( JNP). The expansion would include building approximately 987 km of new pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. and reactivating 193 kms of existing pipeline–the majority of which was built in JNP in 2008. Once completed, the twinning will allow 890,000 barrels of oil to pass through the park a day, nearly three times the amount that travels through it today. The expansion was conditionally approved in May by the National Energy Board, but must meet 157 conditions, including 49 environmental requirements, before Kinder Morgan can twin the 1,150 km pipeline. In addition to approving Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, Prime Minister Trudeau nixed Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline that would run through the Great Bear Rainforest to Kitimat, B.C., but approved the company’s Line 3 application, which will replace and double the capacity of a half-century-old pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin. The prime minister also reiterated the government’s promise to ban oil tankers on British Columbia’s northern coast. “Ultimately this is about leaving a better country for our kids than the one we inherited from our parents,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa. “We took this decision because we believe it is in the best interest of Canada and Canadians.” Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada welcomed the news. “We’ve seen all levels of government coming together to address issues raised over the course of our review… Taken together, we’re confident we will build and operate this project in a way that respects the values and priorities of Canadians.” The company said it intends to start construction in September 2017 and will have the new line up and running by December 2019.

Jill Seaton of the Jasper Environmental Association said she was dissapointed by the decision. “Frankly, I’m very cynical about this whole business of election promises,” said Seaton, referring to Prime Minister Trudeau who signed the Paris Agreement in April. “I don’t know how he can sign a thing about climate change and then allow these pipelines to go through. I’m not sure if anyone has told him that we all live on the same planet.” Seaton said one of her main concerns was about the condition of the 60-year-old pipeline that runs through JNP. “If that breaks anywhere near the park or the Athabasca River then we’ve got a major disaster.” In British Columbia, environmental and indigenous groups were much more vocal about their opposition to the pipelines. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision to approve Enbridge’s Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline,” wrote Caitlyn Vernon, campaign director for Sierra Club BC. “B.C. will not be a sacrifice zone for the Prime Minister’s incoherent climate and energy policy and Alberta’s deluded demands for tidewater access. “The Kinder Morgan pipeline will not be built. Not on our watch.”

Pattie Pavlov, general manager for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber supports the pipeline as long as it’s “done responsibly.” “Trans Mountain has worked very hard on this project and we support them. I know they have a disaster management team in place just in case anything should happen. “They’ve really left no stone unturned, however, my concern comes from the senate appointed committee that came to Jasper with no notice,” said Pavlov, referring to a poorly advertised meeting that was held in Jasper in July, where only four locals showed up to voice their concerns about the pipeline. Despite her frustration, she believes the pipeline’s construction will have a positive economic impact for the community. “My understanding is that (the construction crews) will be based out of Hinton and bussed in and that there will be no more than 15 on a crew at any given time working here, but we know that these workers will come to Jasper in their leisure time,” she said. “So, we expect there will be an upside economically. “As far as the pipeline—it’s bigger than all of us so I just hope it’s done responsibly.” After announcing the government’s approval, Trudeau said the Trans Mountain pipeline would give hope to thousands of Albertans, adding that the Liberals could not have approved the project without the leadership of Premier Rachel Notley and the province’s climate plan. Alberta’s climate plan includes an upcoming carbon tax, a cap on oilsands emissions and a plan to get rid of coal-fired power by 2030. Premier Notley said the federal approval gives Canada and Alberta a chance to break its “landlocked” oil. “We’re getting a chance to sell to China and other new markets at better prices. We’re getting a chance to reduce our dependence on one market, and therefore to be more economically independent,” she wrote in a press release.

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Plans for culinary school move ahead

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At the beginning of May, representatives from Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) launched a six-month study to determine the feasibility of the idea. Now, GPRC president Don Gnatiuk said the college is ready to continue moving forward with the project. “This was just the first phase of the Jasper project and now we’re moving on to the second phase,” Gnatiuk said. The first phase involved consultations with local players in the hospitality industry, community leaders and other post-secondary and private culinary institutions across the country. The consultation process included a combination of surveys and oneon-one interviews to assess the level of commitment in the community, programming needs, and the current reality of the local industry to determine the viability of the project. GPRC presented its results at a closed-door meeting in Jasper on Nov. 23. In attendance were representatives from the municipality, the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce and local culinary-based businesses. “What we’ve learned in these last six months is that there’s a viability for this project which is worth pursuing,” Gnatiuk said during an interview after the meeting. During the first phase of the project, Gnatiuk said it was also revealed that Jasper is currently experiencing labour issues in its culinary industry, highlighting the lack of qualified chefs and cooks needed to meet local restaurants’ employment needs. “This is a solution that could help solve that labour issue,” Gnatiuk said. “We’ve also learned that there’s a cooperativeness among the participants in Jasper to find a common solution to (this issue). “Jasper is and should be positioned as a destination in the culinary sector.” Despite hearing positive feedback from the community, Mark Fercho, Jasper’s chief administrative officer, said if the community really wants the town to become a culinary sector, now is the time to start showing support. “As we get some momentum behind this we really need local restaurants to get behind this,” said Fercho, adding that the school could help put highly-trained professionals in Jasper’s kitchens. “Local restaurants need to be a part of the planning—whether that be allowing the school to access their kitchens or lending the support of some trained chefs. “We don’t know what the model will look like, but without the participation of local restaurants this is not something that will succeed on its own. The community is either behind it or not.” As GPRC launches into the second phase of its study, Gnatiuk said GPRC is also hoping to find partners to help financially back the initiative. “Our intent right is to find those partners and then determine their commitment level,” Gnatiuk said. “This right now is about building the business case.”

Jasper is and should be positioned as a destination in the culinary sector. gprc president, don gnatiuk

During this second phase of the project, GPRC is also trying to secure an advisory committee. “We’re not sure how it’s going to play out yet, but we want to build an advisory committee of those in the know of Jasper and this sector,” Gnatiuk said. He predicted GPRC would have a full report on its findings by the end of spring 2017. Once the report is released, he said GPRC will be able to go forward with its culinary plans in Jasper—or scratch them altogether. “We’re really hoping for a final decision by that point, but right now it’s looking good. The data is telling us, and the community is telling us to proceed,” Gnatiuk said. While the college is eyeing a culinary program, Gnatiuk said that doesn’t mean that’s all the school will offer. “Right now the focus is culinary and supporting the industry, but from there all kinds of opportunities may avail themselves,” said Gnatiuk, adding that the program could lend itself to other studies like culinary tourism and hospitality. The college and the municipality started discussing the idea in 2014 when GPRC pitched the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion as a potential home for its culinary program. That year the college met with members of council, the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce, the Jasper Hotel Association, Parks Canada and Habitat for the Arts to gauge the community’s interest. At the time it received enthusiastic support and GPRC has since been working with the provincial government to secure funding to make the project a reality. During an interview with the Fitzhugh in May, Gnatiuk said the project had been put on pause because of the switch in governments during the 2015 provincial election. If the college sets up shop at the Legion, it would help the organization, which has been struggling financially since École Desrochers moved out of the building and into the new joint school facility in 2014. That move resulted in a significant loss of revenue for the Legion, because it has had to continue to pay for the building’s utilities and upkeep while no longer collecting rent on half its space. After the Nov. 23 meeting, Gnatiuk said the Legion is “absolutely still being considered.” “As we go through this, the focus begins to narrow and at some point it will be narrow enough to say this is what we’re doing, but we’re nowhere near that yet,” he said. “Right now we just know that the data says this is right—the people say this feels right so now we’re just working on moving forward.”  

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Wild land trails reappear on popular mobile app

More than a dozen official wild land trails unexpectedly reappeared on a popular mobile app used by the mountain biking community in August after Parks Canada reversed course on a decision to keep them hidden from the public.

The trails reappeared on an app called Trailforks, a crowd-sourced data management system that collects GPS data from riders to create accurate trail maps. The mobile app collects users’ data and then lets biking associations, such as the Jasper Park Cycling Association ( JPCA), approve and curate the data to ensure the information is accurate. In the summer of 2015, Andrew Loughlin, a board member with the JPCA and the Jasper Trail Alliance ( JTA), noticed the trail map for Jasper was fragmented and missing a lot of his favourite biking trails. Taking it upon himself to update the map, he spent the summer riding every trail in each direction to map out some of Jasper’s hidden gems, such as Water Tower, Razor Back and Star Wars. But almost as quickly as the information went up, the trails suddenly disappeared from the map. According to Loughlin, a brief conversation took place between Parks Canada and the cycling association in late spring. At the time Parks Canada asked the cycling association to temporarily remove the wild land trails from the map because Parks didn’t want to publicly promote the trails. “Originally the wild land trails weren’t supposed to be on any maps, but they were having issues with people not knowing what was an official wild land trail versus an unofficial trail, there was just a lot of confusion around it,” said Loughlin. “So they asked us to take those trails off temporarily so they could figure out how they were going to approach it.” In August, Loughlin had another conversation with Parks Canada officials, who agreed to let him include the trails on the map while it figured out its strategy. “At this time, there has been no formal change in policy as it relates to trail management in Jasper,” wrote Steve Young, a communications officer for Parks Canada. “The Trailforks website and its associated application are managed by its regional administrators and not by Parks Canada. “The way visitors utilize trails continues to evolve and we will continue to communicate and work with our partners on how best to move forward to continue to provide a quality visitor experience.” The history of Jasper’s wild land trail network dates back years if not decades, according to Loni Klettl, a leader with the JTA. In the early 1990s mountain biking became a popular recreational activity in Jasper National Park and began to compete with other user groups who used Jasper’s trails. As a result, mountain bikers and other user groups began creating unofficial trails throughout the park, often expanding into important wildlife habitat corridors. According to the Jasper Environmental Association, studies

Trailforks App Trailforks, a mobile app used by mountain bikers, now includes some of Jasper’s most popular wild land trails, such as Water Tower and Star Wars.

at the time showed the trails were fragmenting important habitat corridors for grizzlies, wolves and cougars. Recognizing it had a problem, Parks Canada stated mountain biking would only be permitted on designated trails when it updated the park’s management plan in 2000, essentially restricting mountain bikers from using any unofficial trails they had built in the park. In an attempt to appease the mountain biking community, it also established the Jasper Trail Stewards to try and resolve user conflicts and limit incursions into wildlife corridors, but its success was limited at best. In one particular report from 2001, the stewards noted conflicts between users had manifested in “brush pile wars.” According to a story published by the Fitzhugh, logs and debris were often used to close off “unsanctioned trails” to mountain bikers, who retaliated by clearing away the obstructions or carving out new paths. With the issue only getting worse, in 2005 the federal government stepped in and announced a $1.7-million initiative to reconfigure and update the recreational trail network surrounding the Town of Jasper. The initiative was designed to improve 190 kms of trail for all user groups and to enhance wildlife habitat. The plan was called the Jasper Trails Project. For the next three years, Parks Canada worked with various user groups in the park to get feedback on what their ideal trail network would look like. They also asked users to consider areas to set aside for wildlife. “Our job with this project was to rethink and to revamp the valley bottom trails to work better for humans and animals,” said Klettl, adding the JTA was formed in 2009 following the completion of the project. “We literally looked at every single trail in the valley bottom.” What they soon discovered was a network of unofficial trails that people had created over the years. “People weren’t happy with the existing system because there were so many gaps,” recalled Klettl. Recognizing that the trails were an integral part of Jasper’s trail system, they decided to coin them “wild land trails.” “We knew we had to include them

in an official system because they were really used and people loved them.” But before the Parks would officially adopt them, some tough choices had to be made about what trails they would keep and what trails they’d give back to Mother Nature. “We looked at every single wild land trail and looked at what were the ecological gains and what were the recreational gains. We looked at them with a microscope,” said Klettl. “There was a lot of give and take.” The result was the Three Valley Confluence Trail Plan, which was officially approved by Parks Canada in 2009. The plan focused on concentrating human use in areas of lesser ecological value and improving habitat for wildlife. In order to do this, some unofficial trails in wildlife corridors on the lower slopes of Pyramid and Signal Mountains, as well as Roche Bonhomme, were rehabilitated and the areas closed. Other trails were worked on and improved, ultimately culminating in the adoption of more than 40 kms of unofficial trails now known as multi-use wild land trails.



Despite being adopted as “official” trails, Parks Canada decided it didn’t want to formally promote them and opted not to include them on its maps. According to Klettl, Parks didn’t want to publicly advertise the trails because it didn’t want to have to maintain them. Instead, that responsibility was left up to user groups like the trail alliance and the cycling association. “Parks does not want to maintain them, that’s great, and we’d prefer it that way,” said Klettl. “They can focus on other trail tasks that require more skills/ equipment.” Today the JTA carries out the bulk of the maintenance on Jasper’s multi-use wild land trails, which Klettl expects will become even more important in the years ahead as more and more people learn about Jasper’s wild land trails through disruptive technology like Trailforks. “We knew this time was inevitable,” said Klettl. “There will be challenges, but we’ll figure it out and I think we’re ready for it.”


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In an era of smart phones, mobile apps and big data it appears Parks Canada still has a lot to learn. News this week that Parks Canada asked the Jasper Park Cycling Association ( JPCA) to temporarily remove data from a mobile app highlights the agency’s outdated policies and archaic attitude towards new technologies. In late spring Parks Canada asked the JPCA to remove more than a dozen wild land trails from Trailforks, a mobile app popular with the mountain biking community. Three months later the trails mysterious reappeared without any explanation. The trails in question are officially part of Jasper’s Three Valley Confluence (TVC) Trail Plan, however Parks Canada does not publicly promote them on any of its maps and presumably would have rather kept them a secret. Here’s the problem. Mobile apps are not the purview of Parks Canada, or any level of government for that matter. The fact that Parks Canada even had the audacity to ask an organization to remove public information from a mobile app is disturbing. Just imagine if Parks Canada tried to stop people from sharing information on Facebook or Twitter—the public backlash would be immediate. Yet somehow Parks Canada was able to convince the JPCA that it was in everyone’s interest to temporarily hide information about Jasper’s wild land trail system for the majority of the summer. At the risk of connecting dots that don’t exist, it isn’t much of a stretch to imagine why the cycling association might have played along with Park’s bizarre request, given that the non-profit group was in the midst of trying to convince Parks Canada to set aside a piece of land for a mountain bike park. Whatever the reason, the real issue here is that Parks Canada over-stepped its authority by trying to control public information on a platform that it has no jurisdiction over. By trying to limit public information Parks Canada was also limiting Canadians freedom of expression, a fundamental human right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed and Parks Canada recognized its error. Let’s hope the next time someone uses their creative ingenuity for the public good Parks Canada embraces the technology instead of fighting it.

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Parks making progress on infrastructure projects Parks Canada just wrapped up the second year of its infrastructure renewal program in Jasper National Park. The construction around the park this summer and fall was part of the largest investment in infrastructure in Parks Canada’s history. This year, the priority was on projects that would get the park ready for visitors coming to Jasper during the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Trails: A lot of work was done to repair the popular frontcountry easy trails for 2017. • The Lake Annette Loop: Users will now enjoy a wider, smoother paved trail that is wheelchair and stroller-friendly. A new dock was also installed for watersport access and yoga. • Trail 7: The multi-use trail stretching from Old Fort Point to the Moberly Bridge along the Athabasca River was widened and repaired to bring it up to the easy trail standard. • Valley of the Five Lakes: Trails were repaired, new benches were added and a new dock was put in at the Fifth Lake for paddle-boarding and yoga. The new trailhead is now open and is ready to greet hikers and snowshoers for the winter season. In the spring, park users can look forward to some final touches including new log benches, and three new picnic tables. A brand new two-seater privy will also be installed in the coming weeks. Parks Canada also expanded the parking lot with separate parking spots for RVs and larger vehicles. There will now be space for 83 vehicles and 11 RVs. The public phone and existing trail information kiosk will now be closer to the trailhead. • Parker Ridge trail: Thanks to the hard work of Parks Canada staff and volunteers from Jasper and Banff, as well as volunteers from the Jasper Trail Alliance, the trail is now much safer and easier to navigate. Day hikers looking for more challenging hikes will appreciate the new signage and eight new wayfinding cairns at Parker Ridge. Campgrounds: • Whistlers Campground: Jasper’s largest campground will be open in 2017 and camp guests will be able to enjoy a brand new amphitheatre in the centre of the campground. Work is wrapping up on the building and final landscaping work will be finished in the spring.

Dam Safety: • Cabin Lake Dam: This summer and fall, Parks Canada was hard at work to improve dam safety for the townsite. The 40-year old dam at Cabin Lake was brought up to standard. This investment ensures that the dam will continue to provide a back-up water supply for Jasper’s fire-fighting system to ensure the safety of residents and park visitors. Better/Safer access – Getting Here Just Got Easier: This summer’s construction work focused on getting the park’s bridges and major highways ready for visitors coming to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Jasper. At of the end of September, Parks Canada had installed 152 new highway signs on Highway 16 and 93 to improve wayfinding with more signs to come in 2017. • Bridges: Major work was done on the Athabasca West Bridge, as well as the Snaring, Fiddle, and Miette bridges. The Athabasca West Bridge and the Miette River Bridge are now finished. Work was also started on several intersections along Highway 16 to make them safer by adding acceleration and deceleration lanes. Coming in 2017: • More road safety improvements on Highway 16 and 93, including paving and rock-scaling. • More road signs. • Bridge repairs on the Athabasca East and Clairvaux bridges. • Complete repairs on the Snaring Bridge.

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Men pled guilty to firearm offences

Four men from Edmonton involved in a highrisk take down on Canada Day pled guilty to various charges in Jasper Provincial Court, Nov. 24. According to the Crown, on July 1 RCMP officers and Parks Canada wardens responded to public complaints that four men were armed with firearms at the Snaring overflow campground. Upon arriving at the campsite, officers conducted a high-risk take down arresting four men who appeared to be intoxicated. Upon further investigation, officers found two pellet gun rifles and one pellet handgun. The police also found beer cans in the trees with pellet holes in them. Police also found throwing knives, a tomahawk axe and marijuana at their campsite. Edward Dang, 22, and Aubrey Planidin, 22, each pled guilty to the possession of a loaded firearm and the possession and consumption of alcohol during a time of prohibition. Both men were fined $500 in relation to the firearm offense and $300 in relation to the drinking offense. Justin Luong, 21, and Jonathan Luong, 25, each pled guilty to failing to maintain an orderly campsite and the possession and consumption of alcohol during a time of prohibition. Both men were fined $300 for failing to keep their campsite clean and $300 for the drinking offense. Learning about mountains 101

Grande Prairie Regional College in Jasper would like to gauge public interest about a free online course called Mountains 101 offered by the University of Alberta. The intention is to offer an opportunity for people to watch the course material as a group starting the second week of January. The 12-lesson course provides a comprehensive overview of mountain studies focusing on the physical, biological and human dimension of mountain places in Alberta and around the world. Each lesson is an hour long, however the group class could be shortened to six weeks if participants want to cover two lessons each week. Those that are interested should contact Janice Yeaman at 780-852-2101 or For more information about the course check out last week’s Fitzhugh or visit us online.

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Movember gala cancelled, fundraising prevails

OUT Jasper president Mychol Ormandy (centre) is “on top of the world” after his organization raised at least $2,500 during Fab-U-Lash, Nov. 26. The highlight of the evening was a drag show put on by Jasper’s very own Toni Lester Van Blam (centre) Ginger Schnapps (left) and Mae Regret Rayne (Right). The money will go towards installing a rainbow crosswalk in town, which the LGBTQ friendly organization estimates will cost approximately $5,000.

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The third annual Movember Gala at Jasper’s Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre was cancelled a day before the event due to low ticket sales. Instead of returning the donated items for the silent auction, the hotel has put together an online auction. People will have until 12 p.m. on Dec. 7 to make their bids. The highest bidder will have 24 hours to collect their prize and pay. After the 24 hours are up, the item will go to the second highest bidder and so on. If the bidder is from out of town they will be responsible for shipping fees. Proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Movember Foundation of Canada. “We realize this isn’t as fun as a gala, but given our circumstances we hope we are still able to raise some funds for such a great cause,” said Brianna Hardman, office administrator at the Sawridge.

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Mobile app helps fight mountain pine beetle

Want to help fight the spread of the mountain pine beetle, but aren’t sure where to start? Well, there’s an app for that.

At the end of October, fRI Research launched a free smartphone application as a quick and easy way for people to report the presence of mountain pine beetle throughout the region. Once downloaded, the program is simple to use: take a picture of what you believe is an infected tree and upload it to the app’s databank. Each submission requires a photo showing the infected tree and its pitch tubes (a pitch tube is the tree’s response to a burrowing beetle and usually resembles gooey sap coming out of the tree). The user must also estimate how many pitch tubes are on the tree, estimate how many trees are infected in the area and can submit additional notes about their observations. “We kept it as simple as possible, just collecting the bare minimum to monitor where the infestation is and how severe it is,” said Ben Williamson, a science communications specialist with fRI Research. “Everybody has a smartphone these days and there are tons of people who get out there and enjoy the outdoors and can get involved with the data collection and really make a difference.” After the data has been uploaded, fRI Research employees manually sort through the submitted photos and notes, and add the information to a growing database of where each infected tree was spotted. “As long as we aren’t getting thousands of photos then it’s pretty easy to sort through pictures and correctly identify where the mountain pine beetle was,” said Williamson. In addition to uploading information, the app also

provides users with information about the beetle and its preferred habitat—the lodgepole pine tree. The app was launched about a week after stakeholders and representatives from all three levels of government gathered at the Hinton Centre for an open house, discussing the effects of mountain pine beetle throughout the region. “We know it’s a problem in Hinton and we know it’s a problem in Jasper National Park, so the mayor of Hinton, who has been concerned about the issue for a long time, came to us to see if there was anything we could do to help,” Williamson said. “He suggested we do something like our grizzly bear scat app, so we quickly came up with this app.” In 2014, fRI Research launched its grizzly bear scat app as a non-invasive way to monitor grizzly bear species in the region. Williamson said the app was successful and is still used today. “The pine beetle app is basically a re-skinned version of that app. It just makes sense to use technology to be more effective in our conservation research,” Williamson said. “We’re a small organization with a tight budget, but we want to have the maximum impact, and using cellphone apps with the public seems to work fairly well.” So far, Williamson said a few dozen people have downloaded the mountain pine beetle app. However, what will be done with the data remains to be seen. “We’re not pigeonholing the data for any specific project. It’s just general information that could be used to inform any management plan—whether that’s for Parks Canada, the Government of Alberta or local forestry companies to decide where they’re going to harvest to try to avoid losses from the pine beetle,” Williamson said. “I think this information could work in Jasper National Park as well. I would imagine any information

they could get on the location and severity of different locations in the park would be useful for whatever plans they develop.” While Parks Canada wouldn’t say if it would use data collected from the app, Steve Young, a communications officer with Parks, wrote that the organization works in collaboration with the province of Alberta, the Canadian Forest Service, municipal governments as well as other stakeholders. “This is a regional challenge that has migrated across the Rocky Mountains, in British Columbia and Alberta, and Jasper National Park is just one of many jurisdictions impacted by it,” Young wrote. “This partnership dates back over a decade when several prescribed fires were initiated to reduce mountain pine beetle habitat in Jasper National Park and the other mountain national parks.” Parks Canada released its mountain pine beetle management plan for Jasper National Park back in August. The 23-page plan includes several strategies to slow the eastward spread of the beetle, including using prescribed burns, cutting down individual/multiple trees and using harvesting equipment to eliminate larger patches of infected forest. The publication of the policy came nearly five months after Parks Canada released a draft strategy of its plan, which indicated the beetle colonized approximately 21,500 hectares of forest in Jasper National Park in 2015, more than three times the amount than in 2014. fRI Research’s mountain pine beetle app can be found at both the iOS app store and the Android play store.

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Part of the woodpecker’s tongue is stored in the hyoid horns, tubelike structures that wrap around their head. | Project Beak photo


hen driving west from Jasper to British Columbia, one can’t ignore the large swaths of red-needled pine trees that have succumbed to the one-two punch of mountain pine beetle and the lethal fungus it carries. It’s hard to believe that a beetle the size of a short grain of rice is capable of killing a pine tree that has been around since before the First World War. In fact, it takes millions of them boring through the bark and tunneling around a forest’s innards to provide the momentum behind an epidemic. Millions. Which is a good thing if you’re a woodpecker. Jasper National Park has become your beetle buffet. If you hike around Pyramid Bench, you may see beetle-killed trees that have been stripped bare of their bark by woodpeckers, flickers and sapsuckers hunting for food. The populations of these bark-banging birds are increasing as more food becomes available to them. Newly dead trees are hot real-estate for the cavity nesters in the family–those that enjoy the warmth and protection of a hole hollowed into a tree. These birds are under-the-bark specialists, and each of their beaks is designed to take advantage of a particular niche. One of the most common species, the


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downy woodpecker, has a chisel-like beak that can get into tiny crevices to nab insect larva and other burrowing insects. Like many woodpeckers, it has feathered nostrils to protect its nasal passages from flying sawdust as it whittles away. Then there’s the three-toed woodpecker, specializing in wood-chipping. After listening closely for movement of larva or adult insects, it flakes off the bark to expose them. You can see these bark flake piles at the bottom of trees along the Marjorie Lake Trail and Discovery Trail along the back of town. With so many woodpeckers around, it would be easy to take them for granted. But don’t, because their head anatomy alone is so complex, scientists are still working to understand it. Hidden inside their bills are tongues often four times the length of their beak. Like your vacuum cleaner sucking the cord back in, they store these snaky appendages in two curved, rod-like structures (the hyoid horns) that wrap around the back of their head. The tongues, often barbed, are designed to slither around in holes and under the bark to ferret out crawlies. Cool tongues, and we’re just getting started on amazing anatomical features. Woodpeckers have

multiple clever mechanisms that allow them to hammer at trees (and in our neighbourhood, streetlights). For example, the aforementioned hyoid horns might also act as a harness to hold the skull in place. Their beaks are self-sharpening, so that when they strike wood with them, they move into the wood as opposed to stopping dead. Their jaws are also specially designed. Research recently revealed that woodpeckers’ jaws deform on impact–the bones literally slide out of place to absorb the shock before reforming. Also, their skull is thick and spongy, made of microscopic bits of bone that act like a structural mesh to protect them. All of these features, along with strong neck muscles, combine to (according to one study) deflect 99.7 per cent of the impact energy away from the brain, thereby preventing brain injury. In short, woodpeckers are highly adapted creatures that may even hold the inspiration for technology that will help us protect our own brains. If we have to have a mountain pine beetle infestation, why not make the most of it? Go have a walk in woodpecker paradise.

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Keeping Canadian music alive Celebrating five years of house concerts

As the streetlights flickered awake and many began to unwind for the night, a party was just getting started at Nancy Addison’s house on Patricia Street.

About 30 locals—many familiar, some unknown, waltzed through Addison’s front door on Nov. 17 to hear the musical stylings of folk artists Anique Granger of Quebec and Ontario’s Melanie Brulée. As the two musicians prepared for their first set, the concert attendees mingled with other folks in Addison’s warmly lit kitchen, engaging in polite small talk, drinking wine and snacking on some home baked goodies. However, once the two musicians started strumming their guitars, a soothing silence came over the crowd and everyone quickly made their way to the rows of seats lined up in the living room. “That’s my favourite part—when the music is being played and nobody talks,” Addison said. “Everybody wants to hear the music and everyone wants to be in the moment and really hear what the musicians are saying. “You don’t always get that at other venues.” Addison started hosting the personal affairs about five years ago when she stumbled upon Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, a not-for-profit arts organization based out of Winnipeg. “About five years ago, my mother and uncle kind of landed on my doorstep.They had both come from a sad background, but then I got the phone call asking if I would host,” Addison said. “I’ve always believed that you have to actively work to be happy and I thought this must be worth it because music makes people happy. “Music feeds people’s souls and this

bringing the music home Nancy Addison (middle) hosts about six house concerts every year. In November she hosted Anique Granger (left) and Melanie Brulée (right). C. Gilbert photo.

came at a time when I needed mine fed and so did my mother and uncle.” Since then, Addison has hosted 27 house concerts, averaging about six a year. “I usually try to cut attendance off at about 40 people, but we’ve had as many as 65 people jam-packed in here because people just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” she said, adding that she has some attendees who haven’t missed a single show in the last five years. Dorothy Peterson is one of those people. “I don’t even check to see who’s playing because I always know it’s going to be a good show,” she said. “I couldn’t be bothered to go to a bar, but at these shows you actually get to know the musicians—they become more than just random entertainers on a stage. “It’s just a more personal setting. You can bring a bottle of wine and socialize all evening and that’s something I look forward to every time.” The founders of the Winnipeg Folk

experienced and talented musicians.” Aside from bringing raw talent to remote parts of the country, the idea of the organization was conceived to help artists overcome the cost barriers of traveling long distance. While artists pay their own transportation costs, it’s the host that charges $20 per ticket and provides a place to crash and a few warm meals for the troubadour artists. “It’s hard to make ends meet as a musician in this country, so this is a great way for them to do that,” Addison said. “I don’t keep any of the money. I just volunteer, but I think it’s a win-win for everybody. Small towns get some highend entertainment and musicians get some work during the off-season.” Addison’s latest musical guests, Festival initiated Home Routes/Chemin Granger and Brulée, said while they’ve Chez Nous in 2007 as means to create been fortunate to have successful musical new performance opportunities for careers they actually prefer to play small French and English speaking musicians shows in strangers’ homes. and audiences in rural, remote and urban “You get to meet some of the best communities across Canada, hosted by people and the audience is always so volunteers in their homes. attentive. Sometimes when you’re playing The organization’s house concert in bars people are talking or only half routes are normally composed of 12 paying attention, so this is nice,” Granger houses, usually in the same province, said. “The people of Alberta have been so connecting musicians with their hosts. nice and accommodating to us.” House concert hosts are expected Granger and Brulée played 12 shows to present six shows from September throughout northern Alberta during to April, offering a balanced program November. including everything from bluegrass and Addison will take a break from Celtic to blues and contemporary music. hosting duties for the holidays, but Despite wanting to promote Canadian concerts will pick-up at her place, 1117 talent, not just anyone can show up Patricia St., on Feb. 3. on a host’s doorstep. According to the “I don’t mind hosting at all because I organization’s website, musicians are think they’re a great thing for the town,” vetted and selected by a panel of Home Addison said. “Music is a great thing Routes/Chemin Chez Nous judges. when you’re feeling down and out. It’s “I’m always pleasantly surprised at always there to lift you up.” how good everyone is. No one is just kayla byrne starting out,” Addison said. “These are all

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Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee) 3:30 pm, Thursday, December 15, 2016 Grand Trunk Pacific Boardroom, Jasper Heritage Railway Station 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper

Comité des dérogations (Comité consultatif sur l’urbanisme et l’aménagement) Le jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacific, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper

Meeting Agenda:

Ordre du jour :

1. Block 2, Lot 25 – 217 Geikie Street – The proponent has applied for the following variances which are over the maximum allowable limits:

1. Îlot 2, lot 25 – 217, rue Geikie – Le promoteur a présenté une demande de dérogation pour dépasser les limites maximales permises dans les cas suivants :

a) Increase the height of the garage from 4.5 m to 5.8 m;

a) Augmenter la hauteur du garage afin de la faire passer de 4,5 m à 5,8 m;

b) Increase the eave height of the garage from 2.5 m to 3.5 m; and,

b) Augmenter la hauteur de l’avant-toit du garage afin de la faire passer de 2,5 m à 3,5 m;

c) Increase the number of entrances to the house from 2 to 3 entry points.

c) Augmenter le nombre d’entrées de la maison afin de le faire passer de deux à trois.

Public Hearing

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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 780-852-6223 no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Les parties concernées par ces demandes sont invitées à présenter leurs commentaires de vive voix ou par écrit au comité. Les exposés ne doivent pas durer plus de cinq minutes, et les présentateurs doivent prendre rendez-vous. Les mémoires, qui doivent contenir un maximum de 500 mots, peuvent être déposés au Bureau d’aménagement. Pour prendre rendez-vous ou pour soumettre un mémoire, appelez le Bureau d’aménagement de Parcs Canada au 780-852-6223, au plus tard le mercredi 14 décembre 2016 à 13 h.

Development Permits and the Planning and Development Advisory Committee Notices are posted in the lobby of the Jasper Heritage Railway Station - Parks Canada administration building, 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper, and also announced on the following website:

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

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Midget Bearcats finish third in home tournament Last weekend the Jasper Midget Bearcats hosted teams from High Prairie, Grande Prairie, and Edmonton in their annual home tournament. The format was pure round robin, with the team with the most victories walking away with the hardware. Manager Marci DeWandel, together with coaches Chuck Barker, Steve Malcolm and Dino Buttazzoni did well to find four well-matched, visiting teams to create some exciting and competitive hockey. Jasper’s weekend started early with a Friday evening tilt against the team from southeast Edmonton (aka SEERA). SEERA are a scrappy bunch that never give up despite lacking pure goal-scoring talent in their lineup. Hard-working, defensive teams like this are easy to dismiss in the early going, but they tend to hang around and are never really out of a game. Indeed, Jasper’s powerful offensive game struggled to get going against SEERA, and didn’t manage a lead until the third period. So with 15 minutes left on the clock, and Jasper finally out in front by a goal, and dominating the play, it seemed like a victory was inevitable. But SEERA did what they do best. They put pucks on net and bodies in the blue ice to walk away with a 6-5 victory over our Bearcats. A disappointing loss for Jasper, but a valuable lesson learned. Saturday morning’s game was an entirely different matter. Lining up against the Knights of Columbus Spurs, another Edmonton team like SEERA, but with bigger bodies and a tougher style, the Bearcats were prepared. In this game, Jasper got out front early, building a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. But then penalty woes set in, and the Spurs capitalized, scoring two power-play goals to draw even after 20 minutes. In the second period, the Bearcats put the pedal down scoring three goals against the Spurs’ lone goal to take a commanding two goal lead. The scoring highlight of the period was when Jake Melanson, who normally plays between the pipes but was playing out for much of the tournament, scored his first goal, and

got a penalty on the very same play. Improbable, but it happened. The Bearcats extended their lead in the third, and netminder Severin Golla was solid leading Jasper to an 8-4 victory in their second of four games in the tournament. Saturday evening, the Bearcats faced off against High Prairie in the highlight game of the tournament. High Prairie simply outworked our Bearcats for 40 minutes, but solid defensive play, particularly by Matthew Park and Brendan Auger kept Jasper in it. High Prairie scored a goal per period to take a 2-0 lead into the final frame. Make this 3-0 early in the third on a High Prairie powerplay goal. But then Jasper roared back on the strength of three unanswered goals from Tegan Barker, Elvis Gorontzy-Slack and Eric Paukstat to tie the game. Add another from Jack Hilworth and a fifth from Ty Bangle and Jasper suddenly held a commanding lead. But again, more penalty trouble for Jasper allowed High Prairie to tie it up. Needing the victory to advance in the round-robin, coach Barker pulled the goalie with a minute to play. But this ploy would not work and Jasper went down 6-5 to High Prairie, who would eventually take home the first-place trophy for the tournament. The Bearcats wound up in the tournament vying for second place against the Grande Prairie Knights on Sunday. This was another penalty-laden affair that simply went to the team with fewer players in the box. When the final buzzer sounded, Jasper had hung on to a 4-3 victory, including a pair of goals from Hilworth, and singletons from Auger and Dimitri Buttazzoni. Despite the win, Jasper needed to wait for the outcome of the Spurs-SEERA matchup on Sunday afternoon to learn how they placed. With a victory, SEERA earned second place, and Jasper settled for third. Hats off to all the hard-working parents who made it possible. Next weekend the Midgets play Drayton Valley in Jasper, on Dec. 4 at 2:45 p.m. I hope to see you in the stands.

PeeWee Bears vs. Onoway Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:45 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre Arena

bantam Bearcats Weekend tournament in Jasper

Midget Bearcats Midget Bearcats vs. Drayton Valley Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:45 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre Arena. Information is accurate at time of publication, but is subject to last-minute changes. Please consult the town’s website or call the activity centre at 780-852-3381 to confirm game times.

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ottle flipping. The Internet phenomenon where you pit angular momentum against centripetal force to make a half-filled water bottle stand up after hurling it into the air. This art has temporarily consumed our YouTube obsessed youth and in some ways was the perfect metaphor for last weekend’s tilt against the Edson Mighty Macs, which beat the PeeWee Bears 8-5 two weekends ago. One key to a successful flip is to get the right bottle. It needs a stable base so when it lands, momentum doesn’t tip it over. The stable base of the Bears’ team is their defense. Led by second year players Jacob Bartziokas and Owen Kearnan, their ranks are filled out by talented first year PeeWees Ty Crozier, Dexter Fawcett, Michael Hayashi and Jacob Bouchard. In the first period, against a very offensive Edson team, the defense held their own, keeping their big shooters to the outside and limiting Edson to just one goal in five attempts. Apollo Hardman equalized for the Bears on a breakaway, and with Donovan Fawcett killing it between the pipes for Jasper, the first period ended in a 1-1 stalemate. A second key to flipping the bottle is to get the amount of liquid right. Too much and not enough angular momentum is created to turn the bottle over, and too little and there is insufficient downward force to stick the landing. Getting the mix of forwards right is the same and with a big squad with a range of experience, this is particularly tricky. Coach Eric Bouchard nailed it putting young Dylan Skinner on a line with veterans Sebastian Golla and Baden Koss. Skinner is an exceptionally hard worker and keen to learn the game, so putting him out there with playmaker Golla and power forward Koss was dope. Down by a goal after Edson scored on the rush half-way through the period, Skinner buried a pass from Golla and Koss to draw the Bears equal. With two minutes to play in the frame and a Bear in the box, Edson regained their one goal lead that would carry them into the second intermission. It was 3-2 Edson after two. The third key to a successful bottle flip is the wrist action. Two much and the bottle over-rotates and lands on its side. Too little and not enough angular momentum is created to turn the bottle over. Down a goal going into the third, the Bears needed to simply focus on their delivery to land this game that

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was well within reach. But sometimes overthinking it can be disastrous. Three quick goals by the Mighty Macs off the stick of their dominant first line centre put Jasper on its heels. Tanner Carlton buried Jasper’s third goal to draw the Bears back within three, and then had a goal called back a shift later that would have Jasper within easy striking distance. But instead, the Mighty Macs scored on a short-handed breakaway to extend their lead to four. Skinner scored again with four minutes to play, again on a great effort in the blue paint, but it would be too little too late for the Bears. The game would end Edson eight and Jasper four following another goal by Edson’s leading scorer. The next time you see a half filled plastic bottle sitting on a high ledge, upright and out of reach, think about what it took to get it there. A base, the right water level and wrist action. The PeeWee Bears didn’t “land it” on Sunday against Edson. Their bottle lays there on its sides, water sloshing back and forth. The key for the players and the coaching staff is to look at this attempt and adjust for the next time. The physics is the same in each game, but by tweaking a few things this team is determined to land on their feet. Next weekend the PeeWee Bears host Onoway, a town of about 1,000 keen hockey fans in Lac Ste. Anne County. It should be a thriller. Game time is 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 3. I hope to see you, and your half-filled water bottles, in the stands.

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Employment Opportunity OUT OF SCHOOL CARE – ASSISTANT MANAGER Full Time Continuous – Posting #16.045


We can help. Contact us at 780-852-4418

The Municipality of Jasper is seeking an Assistant Manager for the Out of School Care Program in the department of Community & Family Services. This position will coincide with the school year of the Jasper Elementary School. Hours of work will be 15 hours a week, Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. plus non-student days, and due to summer programming, full time hours (7.5 per day) through the months of July and August. Outside of the aforementioned hours, the remaining balance of full time hours totaling 37.5 per week will be scheduled in the Wildflowers Centre.The start date for this position is Monday, December 19, 2016. Deadline to apply is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016

2 line cooks $14/hr 1 dishwashers $13/hr 1 Line Supervisor $15-16/hr Accommodation Available! Excellent work environment. Apply in person or email: phone: 780-852-4111

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. Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and cover letter summarizing qualifications, skills and experience relative to the requirements of the position to:

Monday - Friday • 8:15 am - 4:30 pm 631 Patricia St.


Supporting those with mental health needs

is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Martha Fleming, Human Resources Manager Municipality of Jasper, Box 520, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0


BRIDGES; The Hinton Housing and Employment Society is currently seeking a

QUALIFIED Employment Specialist for persons with disabilities. Must have Experience working in the employment counselling field. • A degree or diploma in a related human or social services discipline. • General knowledge of disability-related issues. • A “people-person” with excellent oral and written communication skills. • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated. • Experience with planning and implementing programs and workshops. • A flexible, adaptable team player.

Closing date December 9, 2016 We offer a Competitive wage and great working environment. For more information, please contact;

Brian Reid: Executive Director


Municipality of Jasper Employment Opportunity COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST Full Time Extended Term – Posting #16.046

The Municipality of Jasper is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual with strong skills and experience for the position of Community Development Specialist in the department of Community & Family Services. This is an Extended Term position ending September 8, 2017 to cover a staff leave. The primary purpose of this position is to lead and sustain the collaborative work and programs of the Jasper Community Team (JCT) thus fulfilling the Municipality’s obligation to the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding agreement.


SKILLS REQUIRED AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate daily operations, Determine type of services to be offered and implement operational procedures, Monitor revenues and modify procedures and prices, Ensure health and safety regulations are followed, Negotiate with clients for catering or use of facilities, Develop, implement and analyze budgets, Participate in marketing plans and implementation, Set staff work schedules and monitor staff performance, Provide customer service, Recruit, train and supervise staff, Address customers’ complaints or concerns LANGUAGE English Ability to Supervise More than 20 people WAGES AND BENEFITS $21 an hour plus medical, dental and group insurance benefits. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND HOURS PER WEEK Permanent, full time position, overtime, on call, morning, day, evening, weekend, night. 40-50 hours per week. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT CREDENTIALS (certificates, licences, memberships, courses, etc.) First Aid Certificate, ProServe program, Food Safety Certificate Education Secondary (high) school graduation certificate EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT Experience 2 years to less than 3 years HOW TO APPLY In person 607 Patricia Street Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, By Email -

Deadline to apply is 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 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. Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and cover letter summarizing qualifications, skills and experience relative to the requirements of the position to: Martha Fleming, Human Resources Manager Municipality of Jasper, Box 520, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0



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robson valley classifieds ELECTRICIAN AVAILBLE Qualified electrician now available for Valemount, Blue River, Dunster, McBride and Jasper. Reasonable rates. Call 250-566-1212 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Housekeeping person required at Blue River Sandman Inn. Full time. Starting wage $13.25/hr. Accommodation provided. Call 250-673-8364 or 250674-8213. FOR RENT 2-bedroom trailer in Valemount. $700/month plus power. Damage deposit required ($700). No pets. References preferred. Available Nov. 1. Phone 780-621-7171 FOR SALE

FOR SALE MOBILITY IMPAIRED? Quickie F11 Scooter for sale. New Gel packs. Excellent condition. $2,500. Call 250-566-4274. Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500.00 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-3149522 LAND WANTED Land wanted. Terms - need trees and water rights. For sale by owner. 10+ acres between Valemount and Prince George. Call Robert 250-649-6256. VEHICLE FOR SALE 2001 Volkswagon Jetta. 215,000 km. Standard. Asking $3500. Call Chris at 250-566-8416

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LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, if you find yourself facing some resistance, you may need to use a different tactic. What you have been doing isn’t working as you’d have hoped, but it can be fixed.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 An interesting turn of events shifts your focus from one of your goals to another, Sagittarius. This may be a time of great change, so expect the unexpected at every turn.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you have the right to speak up if someone demands more of you this week than you can possibly deliver. This person might just need to be reminded you can’t do it all.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, do not lose your cool when met with an emotionally charged situation. Instead, pull back and assess the situation from afar. This could shed light on a new way to proceed.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you feel stretched to your limits, start delegating some of your work to others. It isn’t a sign of giving up, but rather an indication of your ability to manage.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, facing one of your biggest obstacles this week will not be an easy task. However, with a support team behind you, you can overcome this obstacle.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Conversations with a spouse or loved one can expand your way of thinking, Aquarius. This fresh perspective may be just what you need to see goals through to completion.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may match wits with someone who shares your stubbornness. But this is a battle that will come out with no winner. Embrace compromise instead.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, things within the realm of your relationships may be in flux, but you must take control and figure out how to proceed.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, patience has gotten you very far, but you may have to make your moment happen in the coming week. Seek the support of friends when making your next move. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Things that may seem obvious on the surface actually have much more depth than you’d first imagined, Cancer. You may need to explore a little bit more.

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Dozens of people turned out for a public forum to share their ideas about Jasper’s mountain bike skills park and to hear first-hand from the man who will eventually build it, Nov. 23.


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Hosted by the Jasper Park Cycling Association ( JPCA), the forum was an opportunity to discuss the future of the bike park and talk about the different types of features people would like to see in the park. “The key to tonight was to get a better understanding about what the bike park really means and to show and demonstrate that we’re here and ready to get this thing done,” said Jay Hoots, owner of Hoots Inc., which will build the park. According to Matt Staneland, chair of the JPCA, a conceptual design plan for the bike park will be completed by mid-December. “It’s one thing to show people a picture of trees, but if you can show them a concept map and say this is what it’s going to look like, I think that’s when people really start to buy in and get a lot more excited,” said Staneland, following the forum. According to Hoots, it will cost at least $150,000 to get the project started. To date the JPCA has raised $17,000. “Elevation is the biggest thing,” said Hoots. “Places that have elevation are usually at the lower end of costs and places that are flat, where we need to bring in material, its $100,000 right there.” Earlier in the day he visited the plot of land set aside for the bike park in the west of town and said he was optimistic about its potential and said the area has a moderate grade. “I love how close the site is to town and I think it will work really well with the current trail system,” said Hoots, adding he wants to incorporate as many trees into the design as he can. He also emphasized that the bike park is a community project. “It’s all about ownership and it’s all about

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This is a public park. We want everybody to come out and feel comfortable here and make it a beautiful park. Matt Staneland JPCA chair

community,” said Hoots. Staneland echoed his comments. “This is a public park. We want everybody to come out and feel comfortable here and make it a beautiful park.” During the presentation Staneland told the audience the final design will also include an interpretive element to protect a patch of endangered calypso orchids. “Preservation and development don’t have to be mutually exclusive,” said Staneland. Following the presentation, people were asked to fill out a comment sheet and choose from a list of features they’d like to see included in the conceptual design plan. For 16-year-old Sam Howe, that was easy. “I’d like to see an advanced jump line, like they have in Canmore,” said Howe. If all goes according to plan and JPCA can raise enough money, construction will begin in the spring. To date, Hoots Inc. has built 53 bike parks across Canada, including the bike park in Hinton and Edson. His company was also involved in building the new downhill track in Valemount, which opened a few months ago.

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It was like a scene right out of The Polar Express as hundreds of children lined up outside Jasper’s train station for a chance to ride the rails with Old St. Nicholas, Nov. 29. Once the train rolled out of the station, the eager passengers glued themselves to the large picture windows, waving goodbye to the townsite while singing classic holiday tunes. As the train approached the British Columbia border, Santa magically appeared in the aisle, jingling bells and handing out treat bags to all the girls and boys. The annual event sells out every year, with all of the proceeds going towards Santas Anonymous. Santas Anonymous organizes events throughout the holiday season to raise funds to help more than 50 Jasper families. For more than 20 years the organization has provided families with gifts and food hampers before Christmas.

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F i l m C lu b Movie of the Month denial • Dec. 8 • 7 p.m. • Chaba Theatre • Tickets $10


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Coincidence or not, the Jasper Film Club’s final movie of the year, Denial, is a non-fiction, courtroom drama that is sure to stir up debate, especially in Jasper. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film recounts university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt’s real life legal battle against historian David Irving, who accused her of libel after she declared him a Holocaust denier in 1996. In the case of libel, the English legal system places the burden of proof on the defendant rather than the plaintiff, therefore the movie shows how it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that Irving knew he was lying when he claimed the Holocaust did not occur. According to film critics, Lipstadt’s influential

work, now retitled Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, is sensitively dramatized by director Mick Jackson and screenwriter David Hare, who chose to stick as close to the real story as possible. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Denial received positive reviews from critics and earned an approval rating of 79 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, a website dedicated to reviewing movies. Denial will be shown on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Chaba Theatre. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for Jasper Film Club members. The club will resume its monthly movies in January.

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Italic events at Seniors’ lounge, Jasper Activity Centre


1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement

Gray events at Jasper Library & Cultural Centre Compiled by COS with the Seniors Society and printed with generous support from The Fitzhugh. COS is located at 627 Patricia. Open M-F, 9-4:30pm. 780-852-2100 OR

BUS BOOKING 780-852-3447


4 9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre



9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre 1.30pm Seniors Society Business Meeting


1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital

1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Card Games 1:30-3:30 Painting Workshops 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6:30pm Christmas Sing-Along @ COS 6pm Food Bank Anglican @ Activity Centre 6pm Community Convos Church Hall Basement Seniors Dinner @ the Sawridge 7pm United Church X-Mas Tea


9:30am Yoga @ Alpine summit $5

9:30-10:30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre

10:30am Knitting Circle 1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 6-7:30pm Community Conversations

1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop in curling


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1:30pm Card Games

1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement

10:30am Knitting Circle 28 1-5 Ladies Bridge 1:30pm Seniors Reading 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 6pm Food Bank Anglican 1:30-3:30 Painting WorkChurch Hall Basement shops @ COS 6-7:30pm Community Conversations


3 1:30pm Knitting Circle

7pm Bridge, Pine Grove

9 9:30-10:30am Aquafit

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1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts. 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove



9:30-10:30am Aquafit 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts. 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove


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1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.




1:30pm Card Games



10:30am Knitting Circle 1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 1:30-3:30 Painting Workshops @ COS 6-7:30pm Community Conversations

1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital

9:30am Yoga @ Alpine summit $5

9.30-10.30am Aquafit

9:30-10:30am Aquafit


1-5 Ladies Bridge

1pm Drop-in Curling

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9.30-10.30am Aquafit 10:30am Knitting Circle

1:30pm Card Games



1:30pm Knitting Circle

1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.


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7pm Bridge, Pine Grove


COMMUNITY SERVICES 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. Weight Wise Program Alberta Health Services is offering FREE monthly weight wise classes in Jasper. The next class will be on December 13 at 5:30pm. All classes held in the Cavell Room of the Seton Healthcare Centre. Call the registration line at 1-877-349-5711 for more info or to register. 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; Adult Badminton Every Wednesday night starting from 8 pm to 10 pm at the High School Gym. Drop in fee is $3.00 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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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. Joignez-vous à la communauté francophone de Jasper! For more informations/pour plus d’informations : 780-852-7476, Jasper 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: Alternatively, you can call toll free at 1-877-291-8811. 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) ASK (Advocates for Special Kids) Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Outreach office. 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 jtacollective@

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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. 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. 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 780-820-0239 or cmarkra@ for more information. 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. Museum Coffee Hour Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives 400 Bonhomme Street November 8- March 28 Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

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 780-852-4418 ext 1 for more information and to see if you qualify. PAP & STI Screening Free, Confidential and NonJudgemental STI and Pap Testing. Please contact Jasper Community Health Services to make an appointment at 780 852 4759 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. 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.


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780-931-2241 • 780-883-0362

Howard & McBride Funeral Homes “Proudly Serving the Community since 1921”

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



1609 -780-865-0078 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

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

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

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


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


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Bill & Doris Sinclair illdorranch 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.


Drywall, Plastering, Painting All Flooring, Framing, Finish Carpentry All work is 100% guaranteed and done by a Jasper resident with 35 years of experience. Licensed, registered and insured, call Sven for reliable, friendly service at 604-740-1175.




J a s p er , AB

• t h u r s d ay, de c emb er 1 , 2016


The Sawridge Inn is once again pleased to invite all Jasper seniors to our annual

Seniors Christmas

Dinner & Celebrations Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 in the Chief Paul Ballroom

Cocktails at 5:00 pm • Dinner at 6:00 pm Please RSVP to Tony Bielec at 780.852.6588 or email Include your name, number of guests, dietary needs and phone number to confirm reservation.


ITALIAN BUFFET • Fresh Baked Breads • Garden Fresh Greens & Vegetables • Caesar Salad • Tomato, Basil & Boccocini Salad • Roasted Vegetable Salad • House-Made Dressing


• Selection Of Pizza • Chef’s Pasta • Chef’s Vegetarian Pasta • Chef’s Italia Entree • Fresh Sliced Fruit • Assorted Cookies • Chef’s Dessert Table • Coffee & Tea

Located at the Lobstick Lodge | 94 Geikie St. | For Resevaions 780-852-4438

The Jasper Fitzhugh- Thursday, December 1, 2016