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n erroneous news story about free admission to Canada’s national parks and historic sites is being blamed for stirring up unnecessary confusion in Jasper National Park. Published on Jan. 2, the article in question stated visitors to Canada’s national parks wouldn’t need a park pass this year and wouldn’t suffer any repercussions. Steve Young, a communications officer for JNP, quickly quashed the news report and said it’s not true. Despite offering free admission, Young said visitors must have a park pass and anyone caught without one could face charges under the National Parks Act. “Yes, you do need a park pass to get into the park and one of the reasons we have that in place is so we can keep an eye on things,” said Young, explaining the erroneous story misquoted a Parks Canada official. The inaccurate report follows news that more than 8,000 people made campsite reservations in Jasper National

Park on Jan. 10—a new opening day record. “We see this as very positive,” said Young. “People are getting the message that you have to reserve ahead if they want to camp in the park.” In preparation for high visitation this year, Parks Canada said it intends to add more travel ambassadors, cleaners and campground attendants during the summer. “The travel ambassadors will keep an eye on the roads especially on the (Icefields) Parkway,” said Young, adding the agency will also be assigning more of its wildlife guardians to high traffic areas like the Maligne Lake Road. JNP has more than 1,800 campsites, but Parks said for most of the summer these sites are booked solid. To deal with the predicted increase in visitation, the agency is opening many of Jasper’s campgrounds in early May and closing them later in September. The agency has also placed two new facilities—the House and the Icehouse at the Palisades Centre—for rent on

its reservation system. Backcountry reservations open on Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. “What we’re trying to do, and residents of Jasper can help with this, is encourage people to reserve, reserve, reserve in advance,” Young said. “We’re having talks with the municipality and we’re making sure that we’re all on the same page, and we’ll be sharing information with the municipality and Tourism Jasper to make sure we can manage people the best way we can.” Alan Fehr, superintendent of JNP, said the park’s staff will be well organized and he predicts things are “going to go fairly smoothly” for the remainder of 2017. “Will we have a few problems here and there? Of course we will, but that’s part of normal operations, things happen. That’s part of being an operational park that has many campgrounds, many dayuse areas, many trails and a townsite in it,” he said. In addition to encouraging people to make reservations early, Parks Canada is also encouraging Jasper residents to

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Parks Canada: Admission is free, but you still need a park pass

pick up a new resident’s pass at the Parks Canada office in the train station if their pass expired at the end of 2016. The passes have been specially designed as a keepsake for Canada’s 150th birthday. “We want to make sure people don’t get out of the habit of doing this. If you get out of the habit then people will assume they don’t have to do it anymore and then we’ll have a problem next year,” said Young.

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Price tag for Icefields Trail Project jumps to $86.4 million

A controversial project to build a paved bike trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield will cost significantly more than first thought.

According to Parks Canada, the proposed trail will cost an extra $20.5 million, which it will pay through its infrastructure investment program. The estimated price tag to build the 107-km trail is now $86.4 million. Parks Canada said the total cost is based on the outcome of consultations and a detailed impact analysis. In March, the Liberal government earmarked $65.9 million in the federal budget  for the consultation, design, and construction of the trail. “When we first were looking at it we were trying to come up with what we thought would be a rough estimate of the total price,” said Alan Fehr, superintendent for Jasper National Park. “In budget 2016 they put $65.9 million towards this proposal and it was determined that if there was more money required that Parks Canada would take care of that out of the infrastructure investment fund that we have,” he said, explaining the money is coming from Parks’ national capital budget. In June, five environmental groups voiced their opposition to the project citing a lack of public input. The groups also said they feared a paved trail would damage critical habitat for endangered species. In a press release published on Jan. 6, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) called on Catherine McKenna, the minister of environment and climate change, to reject the project. “This proposal is inconsistent with the federal government’s stated commitment to limit development in our national parks, and their legal obligation to put ecological integrity first in all aspects of park management.” “It is also contrary to Parks Canada’s obligations to protect species at risk in the park, as the proposed trail would fragment and destroy critical habitat for threatened woodland caribou and sensitive grizzly bears, and disturb and potentially displace wildlife through its use.” Jill Seaton, chair of the Jasper Environmental Association, echoed those concerns, but said her organization would prefer to see Parks Canada widen the shoulders of the highway rather than create a new trail.


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She said she’s also concerned about where they are going to get the gravel to build the trail. “If they’re collecting it in the park then there goes their ecological integrity right there.” According to Parks Canada, the project is based on the Icefields Parkway Strategic Concept, which briefly states the need to “develop” and “explore” options to enhance cyclists’ needs. Parks Canada also said the project is part of the management plans for both Jasper and Banff National Parks. While Jasper’s management plan doesn’t specifically mention a paved trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield, the Banff management plan mentions it four times, although Seaton questioned Parks Canada’s interpretation of the plan. The Banff management plan states: “Complete a long-distance cycle route from Canmore to Jasper that enables users to avoid travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway, by developing a cycle route connecting the Bow Valley Parkway and the Icefields Parkway.” Seaton pointed out the statement doesn’t specifically state there should be a paved bike trail through Jasper National Park, rather the plan envisions building a bike path connecting the Bow Valley Parkway to the Icefields Parkway so cyclists can avoid travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway. According to Parks Canada, the multi-use trail will run parallel to the Icefields Parkway and make use of areas that have already been disturbed, such as the old paved highway, and could be extended to Lake Louise. Public consultations will begin early this year with a targeted completion date of March 2019. “We’re in the conceptual phase of this project, it’s a proposal,” said Fehr. “The next phase of this project is consulting the public, consulting Indigenous peoples and hearing what they have to say and then us doing some of our own leg work to ensure there aren’t any significant environmental impacts.” He said public consultations will begin within the next few weeks. There will also be an online component and Fehr said Parks intends to publicly share a draft of its detailed impact assessment with the public. “We want people to see what the potential issues are and how they might be mitigated and then based on that information the minister will make a decision whether we’re going to proceed or not,” said Fehr. Despite his reassurance, Seaton cast doubt about

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whether public consultations will actually amount to anything. “They always have public consultations, but do they listen to them?” asked Seaton. “People are voicing their opinions already about the tremendous expense it’s going to be and quite frankly their press release sounds as though it was written by the tourism industry.” CPAWS called on the government to use the money to restore science capacity and conservation programs and urged Canadians to voice their concerns about the proposal. The Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment (AMPEE), a vocal supporter of the project, said it supported the government’s detailed impact assessment process. “AMPPE believes in the federally mandated impact assessment process that ensures the responsible usage of our mountain parks and the protection of the wildlife within,” wrote Casey Peirce, executive director of the pro-tourism group. Fehr acknowledged that some people are concerned, but pointed out that the area is already zoned for this type of activity. “The one thing I think people forget is that the area along the highway is zoned as outdoor recreation so this trail is not going to be a wilderness trail. It’s going to be a multi-use hiking and biking trail that’s going to be predominantly within the outdoor recreation zone.” According to Fehr, the outdoor recreation zone extends 100 metres from the centre line on both sides of the highway, however the proposed trail will likely only be about 20 to 30 metres off of the highway. “It’s not going to be on the outer edge of the 100 metres, it’s going to be closer so that as people wind their way through they’ll get a sense that they’re in a natural setting, but they’re safe,” said Fehr. During the telephone interview he played down concerns about paving the trail, explaining that it will reduce maintenance costs and provide a more enjoyable experience for people with strollers and wheelchairs. “It’s not being designed for hardcore cyclists to go from Jasper to Wilcox Campground in the morning and then back again. This is intended for recreational use, for people to connect with nature.”

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The Jasper Destination Marketing Corporation (JDMC) has been steadily growing since it was formed in 2009 and now includes 60 local businesses and generates about $2.6 million annually, according to Tourism Jasper.

The JDMC is a volunteer committee made up of local hotels, restaurants and other businesses and attractions, all of which charge their customers a two per cent destination marketing fee (DMF). The revenue from the fee is given to Tourism Jasper to market Jasper as a choice destination for visitors throughout the year. Unlike Banff, where a two per cent tourism improvement fee at hotels is mandatory, collecting the DMF is voluntary in Jasper, meaning only members of the JDMC implement the fee. Customers can also opt out of the fee upon request. “We don’t hear about many instances like this, but people can opt out of the fee at the time of booking or payment,” said Kyle Harms, marketing director for Tourism Jasper. A vote within Jasper’s business community was held in 2006 to gauge support for a mandatory fee, similar to Banff ’s, which came into effect in 2005. The vote resulted in a 50/50 split, leading to the creation of the corporation. However, unlike Banff ’s fee, the DMF

We believe tourism matters to the community of Jasper and I think you’d be hard pressed not to find people in town not affected by tourism in some shape or form. kyle harms Tourism Jasper marketing director

is available to more than just the hotel industry, and includes restaurants, activity operators and rental shops. “A lot of municipalities collect a DMF from a specific sector. We feel that we’ve been really innovative in recognizing that there are many sectors that benefit from the collective collaboration market approach that we have,” Harms said. “Our DMF allows businesses in all sectors to become actively engaged and support the growth of tourism promotion, events and festivals and ultimately visitation into the destination. “We believe tourism matters to the

Jasper councillors extend colleague’s absence

Councillors unanimously approved a motion to excuse Coun. Vonna Arsenault from attending regular council meetings for another three months so she can deal with her ongoing health issues, Jan. 3.

Coun. Aresenault hasn’t attended a regular meeting since September. Council excused her attendance for October, November and December during a meeting on Nov. 1, 2016. In a letter addressed to council, she said she would forgo her pay while she’s away and she hopes to return to her duties in the spring. She did not return an email seeking comment. Her extended absence raised the possibility of having to hold a byelection less than 10 months before the municipal election, however according to the Municipal Government Act a by-election doesn’t need to be held if the vacancy occurs 18 months before a general election and there is only one vacancy. “At this stage with about 10 months left in our term I can’t see any benefit of putting the community to a by-election,” said Mayor Richard Ireland. The municipal election will be held Oct. 16. During the discussion the mayor and several councillors also voiced their support for her.

At this stage with about 10 months left in our term I can’t see any benefit of putting the community to a by-election. richard ireland jasper municipal mayor

“I’m just hoping we see her back in the spring as she’s indicated,” said Coun. Brian Nesbitt. While Arsenault has been away other councillors have been picking up her responsibilities and commitments, including attending committee meetings with the Yellowhead Regional Library Board, the Jasper Library Board, the West Yellowhead Waste Management Authority and the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee.

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Destination marketing fee rakes in $2.7 million annually

community of Jasper and I think you’d be hard pressed not to find people in town not affected by tourism in some shape or form.” Upon its inception in 2009, the JDMC was small with about 20 members. Today the JDMC has 53 shareholders, representing 60 local businesses—up from 47 shareholders only three years ago. Annually, the DMF rakes in about $2.7 million, almost double the amount it generated in 2013. “With the corporation we’ve seen strong growth in 2015 and 2016, and we’re also projecting a really strong

2017,” Harms said. “The strength of our DMF really lies in the strength of the corporation’s membership.” Harms used the Jasper Dark Sky Festival as a good example of how the DMF helps market Jasper especially during the shoulder season, citing a 58 per cent hotel occupancy rate during the last festival, an increase by 11 per cent from a few years ago. “It’s not all because of the DMF but (an increase) like that is largely supported by the DMF and that’s what drives success in the shoulder months. With the DMF we’re really able to reach more people” Harms said. “Whether it’s a business that’s big or small we advise everyone to become a member (of the JDMC) because it ultimately benefits the entire community.” Doug Goss, chair of the JDMC, said for a tourism community like Jasper a DMF is a no-brainer. “Any major destination has a destination marketing fee and the purpose of them is to make sure we have the ability to reach all people interested in coming here,” he said. “The benefits are that we bring more people to our destination 12 months of the year and that’s exactly what the JDMC is accomplishing.”

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Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee) 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017 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 19 janvier 2017 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacific, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper

Meeting Agenda:

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Public Hearing

1. Block 3, Lot 17 – 306 Connaught Drive – The proponent has applied for the following parking variances associated with a commercial development: i. Commercial Parking Variance of Five (5) Stalls; and ii. Staff Parking Variance of Six (6) Stalls to be Replaced With Two (2) Car Share Stalls. 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, January 18, 2017. 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:

Audience publique

1. 1. Îlot 3, lot 17 – 306 Connaught Drive – Le promoteur a présenté une demande de dérogation liée au nombre de places de stationnement requises à la suite de l’aménagement d’un commerce : i. Suppression de cinq places de stationnement commercial; ii. Remplacement de six places de stationnement pour le personnel par deux places de stationnement partagées. 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 780-8526223, au plus tard le mercredi 18 janvier 2017 à 13 h. 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 sur le site Web suivant :

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From snowshoeing and dogsledding to enjoying Jasper’s culinary creations, Jasper in January has something for everyone. The annual event kicks off Jan. 12 with three days of fat bike racing throughout Jasper National Park. Not into fat biking? No problem, the first weekend also includes other activities such as an artist reception at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives and an evening at Marmot Basin’s Eagle Chalet. The fun continues into week two with the first of

four food-a-poolza events, Mountain Park Lodge’s chili cook-off, a family ski day with Olympian Jenn Heil and the always popular Hopscotch and Wines Festival. If that’s not enough, week three has even more to offer starting with a men’s pond hockey tournament on Mildred Lake, a demo day at Marmot Basin and the ATCO street party with live music and fireworks. While a lot of the events cost money, there are also a lot of free outdoor activities organized by Parks Canada, including learning how to winter camp, start a fire and

bake bannock. Other activities offered by Parks include learning to track wildlife and hearing First Nations stories about Jasper’s dark sky. All of the activities will be held at Marmot Meadows, south of the Jasper townsite on Highway 93. With so many events taking place over the next few weeks, we thought we’d take the stress out of planning by providing readers with a quick guide highlighting some of our favourite events each week.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Saturday, Jan. 14

Sunday, Jan. 15

Frosty’s VIP Meet & Greet Lunch 12 to 3 p.m. – Jasper Brewing Co.

Endurance Race 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Pyramid Lake

Demo Days 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Marmot Basin

Help kick off the 2017 Jasper Fat Bike Race and Summit events with a VIP lunch at Jasper Brewing Company.

Riders will test their skill and pedaling prowess as they tackle a scenic 50 km course past lakes and hills on Pyramid Bench. Register online.

Frosty’s Cross Country Night Race 4:30 p.m. – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Pyramid Lake Resort

Come test out gear from Head, Nordica, Marker, Pure Outdoors and 93 North Skies, among other brands. You’ll need to buy a lift ticket, but testing the gear is free.

This is the first of three fat bike races over the weekend. Racers of all levels will ride into the evening following four km of groomed trails around Lake Annette. Bring your sense of adventure and a headlight to conquer the course. Register online.

What better way to explore the Canadian Rockies than behind a team of enthusiastic and friendly dogs. $40/person, children under 5 ride free.

Friday, Jan. 13

Join a Parks interpreter to learn about winter camping. From camping safety, to building a traditional quinzhee shelter, you’ll be well on your way to conquering the cold. Tea and hot chocolate will also be on hand to keep you warm. Free.

Frosty’s Dual Slalom Race 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Marmot Basin Join the action at Marmot Basin and test your fat bike skills with the first ever timed slalom race. The combined time for the first two runs will determine who is crowned the fastest downhill racer. To participate in the race register online. Fat Bike Summit and Demo 1 to 6 p.m. – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Join specialists to discuss all things fat bike related and meet some of the biggest players in the fat bike market. Free.

Learn to Winter Camp 1 p.m. – Marmot Meadows

Evenings at the Eagle 4 to 7 p.m. – Marmot Basin Fun on the hill doesn’t have to stop when the lifts close. After a long day of skiing or snowboarding meet at the Eagle Chalet for a cash bar and light snacks before enjoying a three course meal. Following dinner put your gear back on for an escorted ski down to your vehicle. $70/person. Must have valid lift ticket.

Jason Bartziokas Artist Reception 7 to 9 p.m. – Jasper Yellowhead-Musuem and Archives Local artist Jason Bartziokas hosts an artist reception for his drawing exhibit ‘Perfect Strangers’ which chronicles visitors to Jasper National Park. Free. Jasper in January Kick Off Party 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Whistle Stop Pub Mingle with locals and visitors alike and sample some great food and beverages. No cover.


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Fire Starting and Bannock Bake 1 p.m. – Marmot Meadows Learn how to start a fire with flint and steel using natural materials and cook your own bannock on a stick. You are encouraged to bring extra treats to roast over the fire. Hot chocolate and tea will be provided. Free. Live at the Whistle Stop Pub: Devon Coyote 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Kick back and enjoy Devon Coyote’s timeless fusion of roots, rock and blues at the Whistle Stop Pub. If you miss him he will play again on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. No cover.

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Longest serving municipal staff member set to retire In a world where politicians are often the ones making headlines, it’s easy to forget that it’s the people behind the scenes that are the backbone of every successful organization and Beryl Cahill is no exception. After 35 years working for the municipality, Cahill is set to retire as the town’s longest-serving municipal staff member at the end of January and if she had it her way she’d leave just as quietly as she carried out her job. “It was a pleasure coming in the door every morning, it really was,” said Cahill, reflecting on her career as the town’s administrative officer. “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” Despite her plans to retire, Cahill said she has no plans to leave Jasper and intends to continue working as a marriage commissioner for the foreseeable future. Cahill’s story, like that of so many Canadians, begins overseas with her former husband in the small town of Stockport, south of Manchester, England. Faced with the prospect of having to move to London or Yorkshire if they wanted to keep their jobs with a television studio, the newly married couple decided that if they were going to move they were going to try something completely new. As fate would have it a Canadian immigration officer happened to be in town. At the persistence of her husband, Cahill reluctantly agreed to pay the officer a visit and before they could think otherwise they were both put on a one-way flight to Edmonton in 1967–Canada’s centennial year. “Canada was crying out for people,” said Cahill. “They even paid for us to travel and we paid them back over a period of two years.” Soon after arriving in Edmonton, Cahill took a job with Dominion Bridge Steel Company as a secretary for the general manager, while her husband was hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Company as an electronics engineer. After working for a couple years with Dominion Bridge she took a short break before landing a job with the Alberta Securities Commission in 1971. About three years into her new job, her husband was offered a job in Jasper as an electronics technician, which would ultimately change the course of both of their lives. Following her husband to Jasper, Cahill left the Alberta Securities Commission and moved to Jasper in 1974 to become Jasper’s provincial court administrator and a justice of the peace ( JP). “We came on holidays to Jasper in 1969, so that was the first time we had ever seen the mountains and we were absolutely blown away by it, but there wasn’t any thought of moving here,” said Cahill, who has been with her new partner Ian Howard for more than 20 years. As the local JP for Jasper, Cahill spent 25 years scrutinizing bail applications, often waking up in the middle of the night to decide whether someone was a risk to the public or not and even recalled having prisoners brought to her front door when she was in her pajamas. She was also responsible for approving local search warrants. Both of those responsibilities moved to Edmonton in 1997 and Cahill retired as a JP in August 2016. As Jasper’s provincial court administrator Cahill would occasionally travel to Hinton, Grand Cache and Edson as part of her duties. However, in 1981 the provincial government opted to centralize court services in Hinton, which would have required Cahill to pack up her bags and pull her 11-year-old daughter out of school, an option she ultimately turned down. Looking for a new opportunity, she quickly landed a job with the Jasper School District #3063 in 1981 as the confidential secretary to the superintendent and secretary treasurer.

Her role at the time was to support the superintendent and collect taxes on behalf of other government agencies that provided services in Jasper, such as the Evergreens Foundation and Parks Canada. For the better part of the next 15 years, Cahill and three others were kept busy collecting taxes and supporting the community’s “soft services,” such as the Jasper Activity Centre and Community and Family Services. All of that changed in 1995 when former premier Ralph Klein decided to amalgamate school boards across the province. In very short order the Jasper School District was amalgamated with the Grande Yellowhead Regional Division, which included schools in Edson, Hinton, Grande Cache and Jasper. Today the school division is called the Grand Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD). The amalgamation essentially left Jasper’s status as a community up in the air throwing into question how the town was going to continue to operate without any financial resources. “In September 1995 when the schools were amalgamated we didn’t know whether we would have jobs because we didn’t have any money,” said Cahill. Recognizing Jasper’s unique situation, located in a national park, the provincial government designated Jasper as a specialized improvement district later that year and gave the community startup money to keep its services afloat. “The government didn’t know what to do with us,” recalled Cahill, who became the administrative officer for the Jasper Improvement District in 1995. “I think eventually they realized we collected taxes and who else was going to collect taxes on their behalf ? You still had to pay your taxes whether the schools were amalgamated with Grande Yellowhead or not, so we continued collecting taxes as the improvement district,” said Cahill. The Jasper Improvement District would remain in place until 2001 when the Jasper Town Committee signed a deal with Parks Canada for Jasper to become incorporated–subject to the community ratifying it through a vote. On July 19, 2001, 74 per cent of residents voted in favour of local government and on July 20, the province, by order of council, established the Municipality of Jasper. “I was skeptical about whether it would go through,” said Cahill, referring to a similar vote for autonomy in 1986, which was rejected by the community. With a vote in favour of local government, the municipality officially began to take over municipal services the following year in April 2002. “It all seems like a blur to me now,” said Cahill, who has been Jasper’s chief electoral officer for the past 21 years, including the plebiscite in 2001. “Every time we had a municipal election or a plebiscite, like the smoking bylaw, I would conduct that vote.” Sixteen years later the municipality has only become stronger with defined departments to take care of everything from garbage and recycling to the town’s roads and sewers. While Cahill intends to retire at the end of the month, she won’t be gone for good. To soften the blow of her departure she has offered to remain available on a contract basis until this time next year and help with the next municipal election in October. “I have no hesitation in saying the past 35 years have been just amazing,” said Cahill, who has plans to travel to the Canary Islands or Malta with her sister next year. During the municipal Christmas party, Mayor Richard Ireland heaped praise on Cahill’s contribution to the community over the past 35 years. “It’s impossible to accurately express Beryl’s

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She’s seen it all Beryl Cahill, Jasper’s administrative officer, is retiring at the end of January after working for the municipality for the past 35 years. Photo submitted

extraordinary contribution to our organization,” said Ireland. “From her preferred position in the back ground she has been council’s right arm; she makes arrangements, she keeps the calendars, she does the agenda, she takes the minutes, she organizes committees, she handles correspondence. She’s one-stop shopping.” He lamented about what the municipality will do without her corporate knowledge and praised her for her impeccably high standards for herself and her department over the years. “We will suffer for the knowledge with which she departs, but what we will miss is a truly remarkable woman; a co-worker, a confidant, a role model, a friend. We should all strive to be more like Beryl.”

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Whether it’s a park pass, a tourism levy or a destination marketing fee, organizations at the national, provincial and even private level seem to have managed to find ways to generate additional revenue. Yet when it comes to the municipal level, our local government has very few revenue tools at its disposal, beyond increasing property taxes and user fees. For most municipalities these revenue tools should suffice, but for tourism-based communities like Jasper, property taxes and user fees are simply no longer enough to support the town’s aging infrastructure and services, which accommodate more than two million visitors annually. In an effort to find new sources of revenue, Jasper, Banff and Canmore are working together to lobby Alberta to give them access to special revenue tools, such as a tourist consumption levy, a real estate transfer tax or develop a new revenue sharing agreement with the province. While it’s unclear which option the municipality is leaning towards, the mayor has publically stated that he would prefer to increase the size of the pie rather than reallocate the size of the slices, in other words implement a new tax. Creating a new tax is never a popular move, especially for a politician during an election year, but it’s not the first time a new tax has helped Jasper. Take for instance Tourism Jasper’s destination marketing fee (DMF). By all accounts, the voluntary two-per-cent tax has been hugely successful generating about $2.7 million annually to help market Jasper as a choice destination. This small, yet significant tax has gone a long way to help ensure Jasper’s economic success and by all accounts it appears the economy can bear the extra cost. In fact, since the Jasper Destination Marketing Corporation invited restaurants, hotels and attractions to implement the tax in 2010, more than 60 businesses have come on board. According to Parks Canada, visitation has jumped by approximately 14 per cent since 2010 with more than 2.2 million visitors in 2016 and this summer hotels reached a nightly capacity of 85-100 per cent. Add to that the fact that the province has been applying a four-per-cent tourism levy on hotel rooms since 2005 and it seems tourists are either indifferent towards paying a bit of extra money or see value for what they are getting. If the business community can get behind a voluntary tax to help market our town, it surely can get behind a small tourist consumption levy that would help support our basic needs. With a municipal election on the horizon it’s time we begin seriously discussing a tourist consumption levy because, after all, municipal services are the backbone of this community.


A photo of a pine marten featured in a story published on Jan. 5 forgot to credit Marnie Oatway for the photo. The Fitzhugh regrets the error. A story published on Dec. 22 misidentified the university professor Martin Sharp works for. Sharp is a professor with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. The Fitzhugh regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.

History at a Glance is bought to you by the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. The photos are selected by the editor. Online: Twitter @jaspermuse

Is a tourist consumption levy the answer?

Jasper’s first winter carnival queen Bessie Gray in 1926. On her left is attendant Myrtle Berry and page Stella Seager. On the right is attendant Joan Robson and page Janette Gray.

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Re: Get in the loop: Everything you need to know about the Trans Mountain pipeline in JNP Dear editor,  I have a few misgivings about a story regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline published on Dec. 10, 2016. I want to first share my appreciation for the sentiment of fact-sharing behind your coverage of the Trans Mountain pipeline in the story. Having the facts in the public realm is important in starting conversations about projects with implications as far-reaching and controversial as this one, and the intent to publish the facts is a good one. However, as I made my way through the article, the one-sidedness of the facts presented began to raise a red flag for me. The piece is entitled “Get in the loop: Everything you need to know about the Trans Mountain pipeline in JNP,” but I question the appropriateness of such a title when the primary source of information presented in the piece appeared to be Kinder Morgan alone. Perhaps the article included everything  Kinder Morgan  needs us to know about the Trans Mountain Pipeline, but there is certainly more to the picture. While it’s important for the public to have the “facts,” I think we need to keep in mind both the subjectivity of fact, and the danger in excluding all but one voice from

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the fact-sharing; especially when the one voice is that of the multinational company which seeks to benefit from the project. With all of this in mind (and knowing that as journalists you’re in the business of dealing with controversy!) I am truly looking forward to subsequent coverage that will critically engage with the facts from the vantage points of the numerous groups and individuals who have already been involved in and will be affected by the project. The perspectives and voices of Indigenous peoples whose territory the pipeline runs through, of settlers and residents, of environmental scientists, of Parks departments, of all three levels of government, of elected opposition, of activists, of conservationists, of those who are employed (and both unemployed and underemployed) in the field and of many others are arguably what the public needs in order to be in the loop, and to really have everything we need to know about the Trans Mountain pipeline in JNP. Thanks for taking the time to consider my perspective. I’m looking forward to seeing where you can run with it. Marissa Kidd

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Let’s talk parks, Canada


s part of the largest consultation ever undertaken by Parks Canada, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, is inviting all Canadians to share their views through “Let’s Talk Parks, Canada!” – a consultation on the future of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas including Jasper National Park. 

 From Jan. 9 to 27, Canadians can help shape the future of Canada’s amazing network of heritage places by joining the discussion. The purpose of this public consultation is to hear views from Canadians on the environmental and social changes that will impact the conservation and enjoyment of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas and to explore ways that government, stakeholders, Indigenous Peoples, and all Canadians can work together to respond to these changes. 
 For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the minister’s round table. Canadians can share their views online, through social media and at public engagement events taking place in Halifax, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

Key stakeholders are also being invited to participate in facilitated engagement sessions in six cities across the country. Parks Canada is inviting a cross-section of representatives of organizations with an interest in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. 

 All of the results from the in-person meetings, public events, online discussion forum, eWorkbooks, sessions held using Do-It-Yourself kits and comments received by email or in writing will be compiled and distilled to form a set of written recommendations that will be considered by the minister. The minister will publish her response to the views of Canadians within 180 days of the conclusion of the Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! consultation period. The perspectives shared by Canadians will help to shape the future of Parks Canada and our country’s national heritage places for decades to come. To learn more about the Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! and how to participate visit: www.letstalkparkscanada. ca.

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Community dinners return Let the joyous feasting begin.

For the 16th year in a row the municipality along with the help of local volunteer groups will be offering scrumptious meals every Sunday at the Jasper Activity Centre. The first dinner is Jan. 15 and will be hosted by the Jasper Community Team. The menu’s theme is “Christmas leftovers.” The community dinner program was launched in 2002 by Community Outreach Services (COS) after Marmot Basin was unable to open for the season due to a lack of snow. That delay resulted in more than antsy skiers, it left dozens of young adults with no income as they waited for the snow to fall and their jobs to begin. It was the sight and stories of those struggling

seasonal workers that mobilized COS and, 16 years later, community dinners remain as popular as ever. Although the original intention of the dinners was to help those in need, over the years they have become more than a hot meal. It’s also become an opportunity for residents of different ages and walks of life to break bread and share a meal. Community Dinners will be held every Sunday from Jan. 15 to April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jasper Activity Centre. The dinners, which are made by a different group of volunteers each week, are free of charge however donations are appreciated. The donations are used to offset the cost of hosting the dinners.

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“Will we have a few problems here and there? Of course we will, but that’s part of normal operations, things happen. That’s part of being an operational park that has many campgrounds, many dayuse areas, many trails and a townsite in it.” Alan Fehr, superintendent for JNP Pg. 2

In Brief Jasper’s Christmas Bird Count spots 626 birds

Jasper’s birders spotted 626 birds and 26 different species during the annual Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 18. While lower than last year’s count by more than 200, Trish Tremblay, a long time birder who ran the 2016 count, said the count is not a precise science and fluctuates from year to year. “Globally I think many bird populations are in decline, but I can’t really speculate about the decline of this past count,” Tremblay said. “It could have been because of the cold snap we experienced or that we just didn’t notice as many this year.” To count the birds, 11 volunteers spread out within a 12.5-km radius circle from the first bridge at Maligne Canyon. The volunteers were broken off into groups, counting the winged creatures at bird feeders or out in the field. The Christmas Bird Count started in 1900 and is North America’s longest-running citizen science project, happening in 2,000 regions. The annual Jasper count came to fruition in the 1940s, according to long-time birder Gord Ruddy. Jasper’s Boulder Battle returns

Rock climbers get ready to rumble. The second annual Boulder Battle is coming back to the Jasper Activity Centre, Jan. 14. Rock climbers will have two hours to try more than 20 different bouldering problems, varying in difficulties. Registration is $17 per person and there will be separate categories for men and women. The registration fee can be paid at the door or in advance at Gravity Gear on Patricia Street. Participants are asked to bring their own shoes. The event starts at 7 p.m. For the love of Scotland

It’s time to pull out your kilts, bagpipes and Robbie Burns poetry as Habitat for the Arts hosts its first multicultural night of 2017. Join Jasperite Stephen Nelson on Jan. 16, as he shares tales, songs, food and folklore from Scotland, his motherland. Nelson will also have a slew of musicians on hand, helping to create a true Celtic dance vibe for the night. The festive affair will be held at Habitat for Arts, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

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A mystery in ski history

JASPER’S SECRETS Details about a mysterious cabin on Signal Mountain remain elusive, although it’s clear from these photos taken in the 1930s it was popular with skiers at the time. | Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives photos.

This mystery starts with a faded photograph that was published on the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives (JYMA) Twitter account. It depicted two skiers smiling in youthful bliss, wearing old time ski gear while standing in front of a sturdy log cabin. The description was simple, elusive and frustratingly frugal on details: “Signal Mountain cabin 1934.” In the past I’ve written articles about the lost backcountry ski cabins and tent camps of JNP, now virtually extinct because of caribou conservation (on the verge of extinction as well.) I’ve also written about the hot female skiers of the 1930s and 40s and a ski rescue way up in Trapper Creek (Maligne Valley) in the 1930s. Along the way I’ve happily badgered Karen Byers at the museum for any information pertinent to these stories and read numerous books on JNP’s past ski pioneers, hearty and tough characters that influenced and morphed the glory decades of backcountry skiing in JNP. This time around the photograph in question immediately triggered questions about JNP’s ski history. Why has no one mentioned this cabin? Who


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built it and when? Who used this cabin and how did they get up to the cabin? A trail, a fire road, open spaces, fire ravaged slopes? Lots of questions, but so far no answers, I’d have to filter through some known facts, a few off-shoot remarks written in books, and knit, pearl and cast on, the known wool strands together to solve this mystery of ski history. In two separate books, which were written about Curly Phillips and George Camp, there’s a side paragraph about ski runs off Signal Mountain that ooze with intrigue. My ski peak was tweaked, this is fascinating, and I wanted to solve this mystery, for ski history’s sake. Curly Phillips was “the man” and one of the most influential and enterprising characters from the early years of JNP who outfitted and guided visitors, adventure seekers, mountain climbers and hunters; a true visionary whose resourceful resume trumps anyone to this day. George Camp was another hardcore mountain man who loved working with the guides and outfitters of the early years and by 1940 had signed up to be a park warden. By the time 1936 rolled around, both Curly and George had figured this ski

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thing out and wholeheartedly embraced it. Curly wrote, “George and I had our kids up on Signal Mountain over New Year on a ski trip of four days. We have a six-mile run down off it to the canyon now that George and I have done most of the work on it.” Frank Camp (George’s son) later explains, “us kids, dad and Curly were winter camping up a trail he had cut to timberline.” Another innocent sentence only added more furrowed brows to the mystery. Why haven’t we found any evidence of this run? Why has no one else mentioned it and why did they winter camp if there was a cabin further up? So many of the answers were historically vague. What we do know is in 1936 there was a six-mile ski run (just imagine how fantastic this would have been) cut by George and Curly, which ended at Maligne Road near the Maligne Canyon. In the 1915 Bridgeland survey of JNP, survey crews hiked up and camped to take precise measurements and photographs in all directions. There was no mention of a cabin. Fred Brewster, a name synonymous with all early JNP tourism, recognized the value of a trail from Maligne Lake

to Signal Mountain and by around 1937 the Skyline Trail came into existence after four years of building. Previously, all Maligne Lake seekers would ride to Buffalo Prairie, then up to Curator (on the south side of Big Shovel Pass) on a rough trail, which had been cut out by the Otto Brothers in 1911 in anticipation of Mary Schaeffer’s survey of Maligne Lake. Why was this cabin not mentioned? If the 1930s was the age of skiing discovery, why did none of the early adopters such as Vern and Doug Jeffery, Joe Weiss, Fred Brewster, Frank Burstrom Sr. or Pete Withers ever mention or write about the cabin up on Signal Mountain? The only evidence is a faded photo on the JYMA twitter feed. Is this a historical hoax? Confusion still gnaws at me; I schuss down a different chute. All through the 1940s JNP was building fire roads with the intent to build fire lookouts at select locations such as Signal, Palisades, Geraldine, Bald Hills and Devona. These stations were manned all summer, and several had cozy cabins situated near the lookouts. It would make sense the mysterious Signal cabin would be associated with the Signal fire lookout. There’s one problem though, the lookout and the fire road weren’t built yet. Remember the date on the photo? 1934. There’s now a beaten path over to the museum; Karen is sick of me, my persistent questions are wearing thin, answers might as well be from Mars. To add more fuel to the mystery, I’ve since discovered other photos of skiers at the Signal Mountain cabin dating from 1933 well into the 1940s and this cabin was used as a fire lookout cabin once the road was built. My exhausted surmise is we’ll never know who constructed this purposebuilt cabin. The early skiers of JNP enthusiastically embraced Signal Mountain, but its cabin and the details will remain a mystery in ski history.

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COS sees increase in mental health referrals

Community Outreach Services (COS) has experienced an increase in mental health referrals for youth over the past few months, however, Anna DeClercq, a youth and teen outreach worker with the organization, doesn’t believe the spike is cause for concern.


“I think kids are becoming more educated and there’s less of a stigma around mental health so what we’re actually seeing is an increase in kids that feel comfortable talking to a mental health nurse or who might consider seeing an addictions counselor,” DeClercq said. “When I was a teenager I didn’t know what anxiety or depression was, but because we’re talking about mental health services more and more I think kids are aware that these are real problems and it’s okay to talk about them.” While COS didn’t have numbers readily available, the organization said mental health referrals can be done individually, through a parent or guardian or through a staff member at the youth’s school, and can be about a myriad of issues including depression, anxiety, substance problems and sexual health inquiries. “I can’t just go pull a kid out of class because their parents said so. The youth has to be open to coming in and working with us,” DeClercq said. “The really great thing about COS is that we’re not therapy, which makes it a little easier for kids to come in. Our job is to talk with youth and if we see any problems then we might refer them to the mental

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health nurse if we think that’s best. “It’s more of us saying ‘hey, are you interested in therapy? This is what it would be like.’” In recent years the local community has stepped up its efforts to increase mental health awareness through initiatives like the J9 Sparkle Foundation and Jasper’s Community Helpers’ elephant in the room campaign. “Locally there’s been a lot of great education for the kids. I think they’re very much aware that when you’re feeling low and things are going well then there’s something wrong and they can identify that and they have the words to describe those feelings,” said DeClercq, adding that technology also plays an important role in mental health education. “Teens who come in have almost half-diagnosed themselves because they’ve been Googling their symptoms. Kids are starting to know what feels right and what feels wrong and they know how to get the help they need.” Community Outreach Services (COS) is located at 627 Patricia Street and offers confidential, non-judgmental support for all ages in Jasper. For youth seeking help for any issues, but still wish to remain anonymous, DeClercq suggested Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only free, national, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counseling service. Its number is 1-800-668-6868.

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Applications for electric transmission development projects in the Jasper area have been received Proceeding 22125 Applications 22125-A001 to 22125-A006 The Alberta Utilities Commission, the independent utilities regulator, will be considering the electric transmission development applications in Proceeding 22125. If you feel you may be affected by these applications, you can provide input to the AUC to review before it makes its decision. The Alberta Electric System Operator, under the Electric Utilities Act, has applied for approval of the need to construct a new substation and a new single-circuit, 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and to upgrade the existing Watson Creek 104S Substation, in order to serve existing load, new load and load growth in the Jasper area in response to ATCO Electric Ltd.’s system access service request. ATCO Electric Ltd., under the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, has applied in separate applications to construct the facilities to meet the need identified by the Alberta Electric System Operator. ATCO Electric Ltd. proposed to construct a new substation, to be called Sheridan 2085S Substation, and approximately 45 kilometres of a new single-circuit, 69-kV transmission line between the proposed Sheridan 2085S Substation and a designated ATCO Electric Ltd./AltaLink Management Ltd. connection point at the east boundary of Jasper National Park (the connection point), to be called Transmission Line 6L530. ATCO Electric Ltd. also proposed to connect the new Sheridan 2085S Substation to AltaLink Management Ltd.’s existing Watson Creek 104S Substation via its proposed Transmission Line 6L530 and AltaLink Management Ltd.’s proposed Transmission Line 530L. The proposed Sheridan 2085S Substation would be located in the northwest quarter of Section 2, Township 46, Range 1, west of the Sixth Meridian, approximately eight kilometres north of the town of Jasper within Jasper National Park. Specifically, it would be situated within the property boundary of ATCO Electric Ltd.’s Palisades Power Plant, which ATCO Electric Ltd. intends to decommission upon energization of the proposed Sheridan 2085S Substation and Transmission Line 6L530. The proposed Sheridan 2085S Substation would include the following major equipment: • two 69/25-kV transformers • two 69-kV circuit breakers • six 25-kV circuit breakers AltaLink Management Ltd., under the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, has applied in separate applications to construct the facilities to meet the need identified by the Alberta Electric System Operator. AltaLink Management Ltd. proposed to construct approximately 8.5 kilometres of a new single-circuit, 69-kV transmission line between the connection point and the Watson Creek 104S Substation, to be called Transmission Line 530L. AltaLink 17012TA1 Management Ltd. also proposed to upgrade its existing Watson Creek 104S Substation by adding two 138/69-kV transformers, two 138-kV circuit breakers and one 69-kV circuit breaker at the substation and expanding the substation’s fenced area by approximately 37 metres by 41 metres. Both existing Watson Creek 104S Substation and the proposed expansion would be located in the northwest quarter of Section 33,Township 49, Range 26, west of the Fifth Meridian, on the land owned by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC and operated by Kinder Morgan Canada ULC.

Privacy To support an open and transparent process, information you send to the AUC will be publicly available through the AUC’s eFiling System. If there is confidential information you would like to file, a request must be made in advance of filing your submission.

The attached map identifies the proposed routes for the transmission lines 6L530 and 530L and the proposed location for the Sheridan 2085S Substation, which will be considered in this proceeding.

Written submissions are due February 6, 2017. If you wish to participate in this proceeding, you may be eligible for funding to support your position, which includes costs for legal representation and expert witnesses. To learn more about the application and review process, intervener funding and what has been applied for, please review the information session section on our website found under Involving Albertans or contact Annie Chen at 403-592-4465 or email your questions to The applications, and any associated documents being reviewed, are publicly available on our website. Alternatively, you may contact the applicants for further details about what is being applied for, or for a copy of the application at: Alberta Electric System Operator Brenda J. Hill Phone: 403-539-2850 Email:

ATCO Electric Ltd. Landon Bawol Phone: 780-420-3281 Email:

AltaLink Management Ltd. Michelle Lemieux Phone: 403-267-5909 Email:

Submissions To register your concerns, or your support for the proposed project, please visit the AUC website and log in to the eFiling System to file your submission for Proceeding 22125. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact us at 780-427-4903 for other options to submit your concerns and participate in this proceeding. If no written submissions are received, the Commission may make its decision without further notice or process. The AUC must consider the AESO’s assessment of need to be correct unless someone satisfies the Commission that the need application is technically deficient, or that to approve it would be contrary to the public interest.

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Alberta Utilities Commission Douglas A. Larder, QC, General Counsel

Jasperites discover

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A new year is usually filled with the same promises—stop procrastinating, lose weight and quit whatever vice you’re still hooked on from last year’s resolution. However, this year Marta Rode is making a different promise to herself.

Already more than 50,000 words long, Rode is hoping to finish her first novel. The project came to fruition in November when a friend told her about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a global initiative that challenges all walks of life to start and complete a novel or pen 50,000 words during the month of November. “I won in their terms because I got 50,000 words by the end of the month, but I’m nowhere near finished the actual story. Since the month ended I’ve gone back to it a few times, but my mission this month is start again and put down 1,000 words a day,” Rode said. “I like the idea of sitting down once a day and putting some words down.” At first Rode thought she would write about her ups and downs with autoimmune disease, an illness that kills off healthy blood cells. However, before she knew it the words were practically falling out, diving into some of her earliest memories as a child in Bulgaria. “It starts with me being a kid in communist Bulgaria and running away from there with my family and getting caught at the Austrian border and spending some time in jail when I was 10 before coming to Canada in 1977,” she said. When her novel is complete, Rode said she doesn’t know what will become of it. “My 10-year-old is an avid writer and I thought at very worse when she’s older this is a really cool way for her to see what my life was like,” she said. Unlike Rode, fellow Jasperite Susan Szathmary missed NaNoWriMo’s goal by a few thousand words. However, she

1,000 words a day Marta Rode was one of several Jasperites who took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She’s hoping to have her novel finished by next November. | Submitted photo

said the experience taught her a lot about her family’s history. “I always wanted to write a book because I have ancestors that were published, and I made an assumption that I was genetically inclined to write,” she said. “So I thought why not write about these writers (in my family).” Szathmary got right to work on Nov. 1, spending hours researching, discovering several publications from three relatives and a long-lost cousin living in Calgary. “I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. My writing became unstructured and I sometimes wrote in circles, repeating myself,” she said. “However, I’m not sad to say that I did not quite reach the goal of 50,000 words.” Szathmary closed her book on Nov. 27 and hasn’t opened it since. While Szathmary isn’t sure if she’ll compete in next November’s writing challenge, Rode said she’s hoping to start a new novel and will encourage her young daughter to join in on the experience.

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The first decade of the 20th century was a wild time to be alive.

By 1910 many suburban homes had been wired with power, the telephone was a new hot commodity and automobiles were becoming available and affordable to the masses. Along with other leaps in technology, 1910 also brought with it the birth of Irene Harrington, Jasper’s oldest resident. Harrington celebrated her 106th birthday with cake, friends and family on Dec. 29, 2016 at the Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge. When asked about her secret to living a long and healthy life, Mary Fullerton, Harington’s daughter, said her mother always attributed a daily glass of red wine to her health. “It’s been a real joy to be able to celebrate this many birthdays with my mother,” said Fullerton, who also resides in Jasper.

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Notice of application for approval to renew the natural gas franchise agreement between the Municipality of Jasper and ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. Application summary: The Alberta Utilities Commission expects to receive an application from ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. to renew its franchise agreement with the Municipality of Jasper, following the submission deadline indicated below. The franchise agreement will continue to allow ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. the exclusive right to deliver natural gas to the residents of the Municipality of Jasper for 10 years effective March 1, 2017. The monthly franchise fee percentage will remain the same at 17.10 per cent effective March 1, 2017. Including linear property taxes, the franchise fee for an average residential customer is forecast to remain at $8.25 per month. An average residential customer uses about 120 gigajoules per year. You may send your objections, concerns about, or support for the application in writing to the Municipality of Jasper or ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. on or before January 26, 2017 at: Municipality of Jasper, Mark Fercho, CAO; 303 Pyramid Lake Road, Jasper, Alberta, phone: 780-852-6501; email: ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd., Doug Stone, Senior Engineer Regulatory, 5th Floor 10035 – 105 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta, phone: 780-733-2742; email: Any submissions received, unless you request otherwise, will be part of the application submitted and will become part of the public record. For more information on franchises or to receive a copy of the franchise agreement please contact either the Municipality of Jasper or ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. at the addresses listed above. For more information about the AUC or its approval process associated with franchise applications, please contact the AUC directly at 780 427 4903 or at The Alberta Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial regulatory body responsible for making decisions about utility-related applications.

Issued on January 12, 2017 Alberta Utilities Commission Douglas A. Larder, QC, General Counsel

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JASPER IN JANUARY? Harrington spent most of her life working as a teacher, accepting her first position at the ripe age of 16 at a oneroom rural school in her home province of Saskatchewan. Ten years later, in 1937, she moved to Alberta, where she spent the rest of her career teaching in rural schools across the province. It wasn’t until 2012 that Harrington moved to Jasper, taking up residence at the Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge, to be closer to her daughter.

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bids farewell to high school Leaving a legacy After six years serving Jasper Junior/Senior High School as both a teacher and a dedicated coach, Marshall Corbett is leaving Jasper for a new teaching endeavor in Kelowna. | K. Byrne photo.



In a few short years Marshall Corbett has become a pillar of Jasper’s sporting community, from coaching volleyball to establishing the high school’s first rugby club.

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Corbett arrived in Jasper in September 2010, accepting a full-time position teaching shop at Jasper Junior/ Senior High School ( JJSHS). However, after six years Corbett and his family are packing up and moving west to Kelowna, his hometown. “The main reason we’re leaving is to be closer to family. I’m ready to go back home. We’re a young family and that’s just what happens sometimes,” he said. “Sometimes you just want to go home.” When Corbett arrived in 2010, Jasper’s rugby scene was non-existent. As an avid player of the sport, Corbett seized the opportunity and became the director of the Jasper Cougars Rugby Club. “I think that’s going to be the hardest to leave,” Corbett said, reflecting on his time teaching students how to play rugby. “When I first came to Jasper and I was interviewing for my current teaching position the first question I asked was if there was a rugby program. The answer was ‘no’ and my response was if I get hired then there will be,” Corbett said at the club’s awards gala last year. The sport’s popularity didn’t take off

right away, but Corbett persisted. Finally in 2014 enough boys signed up to field a full team. In 2015, Corbett conquered his next feat, getting enough girls together to form the school’s first female rugby team. In the next few years the club continued to flourish with more than 60 players and four teams. “I’m confident the club will be left in good hands,” Corbett said. “I loved my time here in Jasper and teaching here. The staff was amazing and the kids are really great and a lot of fun, but I’m also really excited to be going home and to be back with my family.” Once settled, Corbett will start his new teaching gig at a high school in Kelowna. “In a small town you really get to make a connection with the kids. You have them in multiple classes through the years and you watch them grow up from the time they’re in Grade 7 to the time they graduate, and as a teacher you like to believe that you had a little part in shaping them,” Corbett said. “So it’s going to be a little different going into a big high school. “I’ve become quite comfortable in this job which is awesome, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”

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Teaching an old dog new tricks

Kayla Byrne, a reporter for the Fitzhugh, overcame her lack of athletic prowess and strapped on a pair of skis at Marmot Basin in late December to learn how to ski.

Do you ever consciously think about walking? Like plot out how you’re going to get up from a chair and walk across a room? Well, I do. I don’t have a physical disability or anything, but for as long as I can remember body movement has never come naturally. So it will come as no shock that I’ve always lacked rhythm and coordination. I have no idea how to dance, I can’t clap on beat no matter how hard I try, I’m forever covered in bruises just from banging into things, and as far as sports—well, forget about it. However, my ever-supportive parents never gave up on me, enrolling me in all sorts of lessons from ringette and gymnastics to dance and basketball camps. After failing another level of swimming lessons and donning a new black eye after a balance beam blunder, my parents finally caved and allowed me to throw in the towel. Life was great. I did puzzles and paintings and feverishly tore through book series, but soon the good times came to an end. Halfway through Grade 6 my family moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia. I showed up at my new school feeling more nervous and uncomfortable than usual, but my new teacher assured me everything would be fine and I had arrived just in time for the annual ski trip. Great. I had never been skiing, but judging my history with athleticism I figured I probably wasn’t good at it. I pleaded with my mother to let me stay home—I’d cook and clean, just please don’t make me go. However, hopeful that I would make new friends, she shoved my puffy body into a puffier snowsuit and sent me on my way. It wasn’t until we’d all unloaded off the big yellow school bus that I discovered I was the only kid in my whole class who had never been skiing before, and I would have to do a few practice runs on the “bunny hill” before joining the rest of my classmates. While I watched everyone else line up for the chairlift, I trudged over to the desolate lump of a hill and practiced sliding down and literally crawling, with skis in the air, back up the hill. Hours passed, but no one ever came to relieve me of my bunny hill solitude. Bored and lying on my back staring up at the clouding sky, a ski hill employee politely informed me that my whole class had left without me about 30 minutes ago. Feeling defeated and soggy, I vowed to never visit another ski hill again. That all changed when I was 15 and a cute boy asked me to go snowboarding with him. Eager to impress I lied, telling him I loved spending weekends at the nearby ski hill.

Two hours into the not-so-romantic affair, I was sitting in the ski hill’s main lodge with a sprained ankle, once again feeling defeated and soggy. That was almost 10 years ago and since then I’ve become a confident person who relishes diving into new experiences. For years I had forgotten about my emotional skiing trauma, however, when my editor told me I’d be going to Marmot Basin for a “learn to ski” article, I felt sick. In protest, I told him I wouldn’t be very good at typing with a broken wrist, but it was already a done deal. The dreaded day came and I realized I didn’t even have snow pants. Riffling through a plastic tote, I pulled out one of my most prized thrift store finds—a purple and teal one-piece straight from 1983. Awkwardly idling in my driveway, I texted my mom notifying her of the day’s plans. She responded: “Omg. Skiing? Good luck, have fun, be careful and I’ll start saying my prayers.” With that morale boost, it was off to Marmot Basin. Trying to get excited, I played upbeat music all the way up the road and by the time I reached the parking lot I was feeling pretty positive. However, that changed the very second I stepped into the rental area. A wave of nausea, self-pity and disdain hit me all at once. I know that sounds super-dramatic, but it’s true. No matter how hard I tried to fake a smile and be a good sport, it was evident to everyone that I did not want to be there. “Are you excited?” asked a smiling employee as she helped me wiggle my feet into the rented boots. “No,” I replied. I didn’t mean to be so blunt, it just kind of came out that way. Once I was fully geared I met Jezz, my ski instructor for the afternoon. “Are you excited?” he asked. “No.” Jezz and I laughed awkwardly as we headed outside to the small beginner’s hill. To my surprise, when I recounted Jezz with my two ski hill incidents and confided in him that I had no idea what I was doing, there was no laughing or judgment. He said we would go slow and do things until I was comfortable. For about half an hour, we went over the basics starting with how to put skis on, hip movements and gripping, allowing me to walk—not crawl—up an incline. With Jezz’s encouragement I slid down the learners’ hill, expecting a wipeout that never came. We did this over and over, adding more hip movements and carving techniques until I was deemed ready for the Eagle Express chairlift. As we made our way to the top, from up high I spun my head from left to right, looking down over Jasper, and once we slid off the chair I finally started understanding why people might like to spend their free time doing this. Despite the elevation gain, Jezz told me I’d be doing all the same actions we had practiced down at the bottom, and with that a light snow started falling and we we’re off sliding down the slope. I only fell once! After my time was up, as I was returning my rented garb, I started apologizing to every staff member I had hated a few hours ago. I had to admit I had a fantastic time. So, without trying to sound like a cheeky ad for Marmot Basin, if you’re like me and have been harbouring a burning loathing for winter sports, then quit relying on friends or crushes to teach you, shell out the few extra bucks and actually get someone who knows what they’re doing to show you how to manage the hills—trust me, it makes all the difference. And while I still can’t clap on beat or do a flip on a balance beam, I don’t think that will discourage me from slapping on a pair of skis again this winter. We’re so fortunate to live in this mountainous playground, and I hope everyone gets to enjoy that no matter the season.

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gui benoit Saturday, January 21 Hops & Scotch after party 10pm

rosie & the riveters Sunday, January 22 8pm $20

del barber Saturday, January 28 8pm $20



Jam Night 8pm

Free pool & darts

-WednesdayFree pool & darts



Games night/ Meat draw

Social Dancing


FRI & SAT 7:00 & 9:10 PM SUN - THURS 8:00 PM PG



FRI & SAT 7:00 & 9:10 PM SUN - THURS 8:00 PM 14A







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3 10:30am-12pm Coffee Hour at Museum 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Card Games


8 9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre 1.30pm Seniors Society Business Meeting

2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS


15 5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre


9.30-10.30am Aquafit 10:30am Knitting Circle 1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 6pm Community Conversations


9:30am Yoga @ Alpine summit $5



1-2pm Community Exercise @ Seton Hospital

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

23 9:30-10:30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre


2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre

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

1:30pm Movie matinee 6pm NFB Film

1pm Drop in curling

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

1:30pm Card Games


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

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre


2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS

1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop in curling 1:30pm Card Games


7 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper mache workshop @ COS 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove

8am-3pm Seniors Bus 19 Trip to Hinton 1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement

26 1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement

9:30-10:30am Aquafit


1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.

14 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper mache workshop @ COS 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove 9:30-10:30am Aquafit


1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.

21 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper mache workshop @ COS 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove 9:30-10:30am Aquafit


1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.

28 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper mache workshop @ COS 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove

Italic events at Seniors’ lounge, Jasper Activity Centre

31 10:30am-12pm Coffee Hour at Museum

9:30-10:30am Aquafit


1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.




10:30am-12pm Coffee Hour at Museum


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

1pm Drop in curling 1:30pm Card Games 9:30am Yoga @ Alpine summit $5


1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement

10:30am-12pm Coffee Hour 10 9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Museum 1-2pm Community Exercise 10:30am Knitting Circle 1-5 Ladies Bridge @ Seton Hospital 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 1pm Drop-in Curling 6pm Community 1:30pm Card Games Conversations

10:30am-12pm Coffee Hour at Museum

2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS


SENIORS ’ BUS BOOKING 780-852-3447

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


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 the third Wednesday of every month 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 1- 800661-6517 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 January 17 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 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.

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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 jtacollective@ 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. 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 (780)852-6535. 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. Prenatal Classes Wednesday evenings 6:30 -8:30 February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1 For more info & to register call Jasper Community Health Services at 780852-4759

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The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Prince George is seeking a

Sales/Marketing Representative for Television/ Digital Advertising and Video Production Do you want to love where you work and be generously compensated for your success? If you are a highly organized, intrinsically motivated, business savvy sales professional with a winning attitude, proven record of sales success and a passion for superior client service, we want you. Responsibilities will include: • Provide full service television and digital marketing solutions, including video production • Develop new business soliciting local and regional customers • Retain and grow current clients, building long term trust relationships • Achieve monthly goals through daily measures and effective sales techniques • Rapidly learn within a high paced team of dedicated professionals Qualifications: • Strong organization, written and presentation skills • Media/advertising education and experience preferred but not required • Passionate personality and positive attitude • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint • Professional appearance and reliable vehicle mandatory Our Marketing Representatives are among the most respected sales people in the marketplace. If you are interested in working with the most influential media company in North Central BC, we want to hear from you! Representatives enjoy an attractive commission structure, benefits and plenty of opportunity for advancement within the Jim Pattison Broadcast organization.

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2 line cooks $14/hr 1 dishwashers $13/hr 1 Line Supervisor $15-16/hr

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602 Connaught Drive 780-852-4070

Learn more about the beautiful community and endless opportunities in Prince George, BC Please send your resume, cover letter and a completed copy of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group New Applicant Self ID form by January 22, 2017 to Kelli Moorhead - General Sales Manager NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE *** Our New Applicant Self ID form is available for download at pdf and should be completed and attached to all employment applications. Please note your completed forms will be kept confidential. ** As part of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s Employment Equity Policy we encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to identify themselves as this may be to their advantage in helping us correct under-representation of those groups in our company.

Accommodation Available! Excellent work environment.

Municipality of Jasper

Apply in person or email: phone: 780-852-4111


Casual Positions – Posting #17.002


Experience with special needs, as well as a variety of medical conditions and behavioural issues. Must be attentive, patient, kind and empathetic. This is not a 9-5 job. Hours are flexible. Starting rate of $17/hour.


Contact Connie Tiesenhausen at or 780-931-2492. Criminal record check and vulnerable sector search required.

CMH HELI-SKIING is currently looking to hire the following:

• Lodge Pastry Chef, Relief Shifts CMH K2 and CMH McBride

This posting will remain open until further notice

• Lodge Massage Therapist and/or Certified Spa Practitioner, Relief Shifts CMH Bugaboos and CMH McBride • Lodge Maintenance, Full-time CMH Monashees

Visit for full job descriptions.

The Municipality of Jasper is accepting resumes for the purpose of establishing a casual list for the position of Administrative Assistant in the Operations Department. The hours of work are on an on-call basis to provide relief for staff on short-term absences or assist with short-term work overloads. The primary function of the position is to provide administrative and clerical support to the Director of Operations, managers and other staff. Training will be provided.

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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Freestyle ski team

dominates podium P. Clarke photos

Jasper’s freestyle ski team proved itself over the weekend picking up 17 medals during the Jasper Freeride Club Competition, Jan. 6 to 8. Held at Marmot Basin, Jasper earned 10 medals in the mogul competition and another seven medals in the slopestyle competition out of a possible 18 medals in each category. “Jasper Freeride’s strength is in the moguls, but we have started to do really well in slopestyle as well,” said Nicolas Bazin, head coach for the Jasper Freeride Ski Team. “Over the past few years we have had more and more athletes joining us from the communities of Edmonton, Edson and Hinton. Our family just keeps getting bigger.” More than 90 athletes from seven different clubs competed in the events, which also included a jumps and bumps competition for five to nine year olds. While no medals were awarded for the fun competition everyone earned a ribbon and a cookie for their participation. More than 50 volunteers helped each day to make it a successful weekend with lots of volunteers from Jasper and parents from other clubs pitching in.

Paul Clarke

Are the mountains out of focus? It might be time for an eye exam. Dr. Meagan Hawkshaw is pleased to announce her first monthly Jasper Eye Clinic at the Seton Hospital on January 23-24. SHE PROVIDES: • Dilated diabetic eye examinations including retinal photography • Senior exams





JANUARY 19, 2017


• Children eye exams • Contact lens fittings • Emergency eye exams • Cataract referrals & follow ups • Laser surgery referrals & follow ups Remember, annual eye exams are covered by Alberta Health Care for seniors 65+ and children up to 18.

$20 per person to feel the heat! Doors open at 6 pm. Judging starts at 7 pm. Advance tickets available at the Front Desk of The Crimson Jasper.

Call 1-888-MegHawk (634-4295) or visit to book an appointment. If there is demand, clinics can be scheduled more often.

WIN a townie bike! MUST BE 18 AND OVER


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Great Chili Great Fun Dance & D.J. Door Prizes

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Upcoming games Atom Bears Jan. 14 away game vs. Drayton Valley Jasper Bears vs. Hinton Jan. 15 at 3:45 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre

Peewee Bears No games scheduled.

Bantam Bearcats Jan. 13 away game vs. Athabasca Jan. 14 away game vs. Wabasca

Midget Bearcats Jan. 13 away game vs. Fort McMurray Jan. 14 away game vs. Fort McMurray 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.

final score

Game 1

Maskwacis Midget Hawks...9 Jasper Midget Bearcats......8

Game 2

Maskwacis Midget Hawks...5 Jasper Midget Bearcats......2

Bearcats reintroduced

to Maskwacis


ne of the interesting things about midget hockey stems from the inevitable attrition that occurs as the numbers of hockey players dwindle through their teenage years. The league has to constantly reinvent itself, sending our kids to a different suite of teams every year. While this happens to some extent at every level, it is most apparent with the midgets, and this year the community of Maskwacis (which means Bear Hills in their native Cree language) has re-entered Jasper’s hockey universe. Last weekend the Maskwacis Midget Hawks visited Jasper to take on our hometown Bearcats in two well contested games. Maskwacis has some serious scoring talent and in both games the Bearcats had to dig deep to keep up. But keep up they did with a thrilling back-and-forth, high-scoring affair that went down to the wire during the first game. The score was 2-2 after the first period, 6-6 after the second and 8-8 with four minutes to play in the third period. Too many goals to accredit here, but Elvis GorontzySlack, Hunter Zenner and Tegan Barker were offensive standouts for Jasper, while Matthew Park and Jack Hilworth were doing what they could on the blue line to quell the Hawks’ attacks. Jake Melanson had his greatest challenge of the season between the pipes. But with a minute twenty-nine to play in the game, and Jasper on the penalty kill, Maskwacis executed a picture-perfect 2-on-1 to score the winning goal. Tough to pick a winner in this one, with the Hawks playing a pretty passing game and Jasper really digging deep to rise to the challenge. But after 60 minutes in game one, it was our Bearcats going down 9-8 to the Hawks.

Tegan Barker (foreground) and Hunter Zenner breakout of their zone with the puck. File photo

Game two on Jan. 8 was equally as exciting, but a much lower scoring affair. Gorontzy-Slack started it off for the Bearcats with a little over a minute to play in the first, taking a pass from Barker and making no mistake in tight to give the Bearcats the early lead. Credit the Jasper defensive corps of Park, Hilworth, Dimitri Buttazzoni (filling in from his usual role as a winger) and Brendan Auger for limiting Maskwacis to two shots for the opening frame. It took the Hawks just four minutes to equalize, early in the second period, but then Rhys Malcolm regained Jasper’s one-goal lead, burying a dish from Zenner. It looked like Jasper was going to take that lead into the dressing room, but then Bearcat game two goaltender, Severin Golla, failed to track down a late shot from the Maskwacis captain and this game was all tied up after two periods. In the third it was all Hawks as

they found the back of the net three times while Jasper was unable to score. This was not from a lack of trying as the combination of Ty Bangle and Liam Fengler-Wood, teamed up with veteran centre Eric Paukstat, pressed the Hawks, but the bounces were just not going Jasper’s way. The game ended 5-2 in favour of the Maskwacis Hawks. Another tough loss for the Bearcats, but lately they have been playing well against tough opponents. Next weekend, the Midgets hit the road for a two-game series against Fort McMurray. However, instead of travelling all the way to the boreal north to play these games, hard-working team manager, Marcia DeWandel has arranged to play both games in Spruce Grove, cutting the travel for both teams. You can read about it here next week.

John Wilmshurst special to the fitzhugh

Bears school ‘city’ kids mark Jasper rang the bell. Lucas Oeggerli controlled the puck behind the Predators’ net, fed Baden Koss in the slot and he hammered the puck into a yawning cage. With the ice broken, the Bears relaxed and you could see them taking over the game. Particularly when Jasper goaltender, Donovan Fawcett, foiled a Stony Plain breakaway with a deft pokecheck, Jasper’s confidence swelled. In the second, the Predators got into some early trouble, but despite multiple wrap-around attempts by Tanner Carlton, the Bears were unable to make Stony Plain pay on the power play. The fans didn’t have to wait long though. Jasper pulled ahead by a deuce with a bar down marker from Liam Crozier, converting a perfect pass from linemate Dylan Skinner. To make it interesting, and taking advantage of a bad Jasper change, Stony Plain rushed in threeon-one and converted, drawing back to within one goal at the close of the second period. The third was a nail-biter. Jasper’s thick but uneven offense kept Stony Plain well hemmed in their own

final score Edi Klopfenstein photo.


henever a team from ‘the City’ (a.k.a. Edmonton) come to town, there is always a bit of apprehension from our small-town hockey teams. City teams typically ice teams with players of equal abilities. This it very different from Jasper teams where variety is the norm. So, when a city team comes to town, you can expect an onslaught from a team thick with talent from the first to third line on forward and defense. On Jan. 7, the Stony Plain Predators made the trek west on Highway 16 to take on our own PeeWee Bears in a much-anticipated matchup between one-room-school-house Jasper and Stony Plain polytechnic. Like every opening five minutes of a PeeWee game, the kids are still finding their legs. During these early minutes, defensive play is important and tends to dominate. This was evident just a few minutes into the first period. With the Predators threatening, blueliner Owen Kearnan came up with a huge goal line defensive play to prevent a sure goal for Stony Plain, and preserving the scoreless tie. But then right on cue at the 15-minute

zone. And with Janelle Tank, Dexter Fawcett and the Jacobs (Bartziokas and Bouchard) battling on the blue-line, the Predators struggled to get shots on Donovan. Even when they did, Don’s glove was flawless. Nevertheless, the third was tense, particularly with Jasper getting into some penalty trouble. But with a Bear in the box, Sebastian Golla did his homework short-handed, wiring a perfect wrist-shot top shelf from the left circle giving Jasper a commanding three to one lead. Dylan Dekker put to bed any hope for a Predators’ extracurricular with two minutes to play,

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burying his own rebound and putting Jasper up by three. Our one-room-school-house Jasper kids schooled the city kids with a 4-1 victory showing once again the qualities of a diverse lineup. Indeed, this was one of the most complete games our PeeWees have played to date. With things on the upswing, our kids get next weekend off, resuming play the weekend of January 21st with a road trip through Devon and Stony Plain. You can read about it here.

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Business Opportunities BREAST CANCER VENDING machines business opportunity. Brand new launching across Canada. Exceptionally high cash income with rewarding lifestyle. Financing available. Full details. Call now 1-866-668-6629. Website

Employment Opportunities OYEN SEED PLANT - Fulltime Manager. Experience necessary; wage negotiable. For further information contact Dave Sullivan 403-6643865 or email:

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

EMI-HEALTH-0297 Medical Trainees needed now! Hospitals & doctor’s offices need certified medical office & administrative staff! No experience needed! We can get you

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT SCHOOL. Hands-On Tasks. Start Weekly. GPS Training! Funding & Housing Available! Job Aid! Already a HEO? Get certification proof. Call

employment opportunities

1-866-399-3853 or go to: FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a tri-axle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/Operators to run Alberta only or 4 Western Provinces. Must have own plates, insurance & WCB. 1-800-917-9021. Email: ed@ MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION! In-demand career! Employers have work-at-home positions available. Get online training you need from an employer-trusted program. Visit: or 1-855768-3362 to start training for your work-at-home career today!

Equipment For Sale A-STEEL SHIPPING CONTAINERS. 20’, 40’ & 53’. 40’ insulated reefers/freezers. Modifications in offices, win-

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dows, doors, walls, as office, living work-shop, etc., 40’ flatrack/bridge. 1-866-5287108;

$8,110. 35X33 $11,376. 40X43 $13,978. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-855-2127036;

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SAWMILLS from only $4,397 - Make Money & Save Money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com/400OT. 1-800-5666899 ext: 400OT.

HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877250-5252.

For Sale METAL ROOFING & SIDING. 37+ colours available at over 55 Distributors. 40 year warranty. 48 hour Express Service available at select supporting Distributors. Call 1-888263-8254. STEEL BUILDING SALE. “Really Big Sale is back - Extra winter discount on now!” 20X19 $5,145. 25X27 $5,997. 30X31

HARDY TREE, SHRUB, and berry seedlings delivered. Order online at or call 1-866-873-3846. New growth guaranteed.

Health CANADA BENEFIT GROUP - Do you or someone you know suffer from a disability? Get up to $40,000 from the Canadian Government. Toll free 1-888511-2250 or

PRAIRIESKY ROYALTY LTD. is a publicly-traded company in Calgary that acquires oil & gas fee title and royalty interests at fair market value. To receive a cash offer, call 587-293-4055 or visit Selling-Your-Royalties .

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robson valley classifieds EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Housekeeping person required at Blue River Sandman Inn. Full time. Starting wage $13.25/hr. Accommodation provided. Call 250-673-8364 or 250-674-8213. FOR SALE MOBILITY IMPAIRED? Quickie F11 Scooter for sale. New Gel packs. Excellent condition. $2,500. Call 250566-4274.



Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500.00 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314-9522 BUSINESS FOR SALE

1985 Monte Carlo SS parts car, all original, 305 HO, rust-free front clip, Burgundy in and out. $850. 250566-9889.

For Sale. Local Valemount Taxi Company. 2 permits. Serious inquiries only. No phone calls, please - emails only.

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ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Wishful thinking won’t get you ahead, Aries. But hard work will. Don’t shy away from an opportunity that comes your way, even if it seems less promising at first glance.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Someone close to you puts their faith in your ability to get a job done, Leo. This week devote all of your effort to completing this work, and it will only enhance your résumé.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, assess a situation before sharing your opinions with others. The surface details don’t tell the whole story, so wait until you can get a full handle on things.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you find yourself in a leadership role this week and are asked to make a lot of decisions. Wield your power carefully as others are watching you intently.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, it may be in your best interest to remain out of the spotlight at the next social gathering. Afford others the chance to be the center of attention.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Many positive things are on the horizon, Capricorn. You just have to get through a few rough patches before it is smooth sailing. Pisces is a pivotal player.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a few variables are thrown into the mix once you think you have everything figured out. You will show your ability to problem-solve if you can handle the task.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 It is easy to make promises and then not follow through with your intentions, Libra. But that is not the way you operate. If you say you will do something, you will.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, resist the temptation to take the easy way out and challenge yourself this week. Who knows what strength you can find within yourself if you try new things?

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, patience is required when a difficult situation presents itself. Resist the temptation to act before you get a full grasp of the situation and what you should do.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Opportunities to travel present themselves in the near future, Scorpio. Pack your bags and be ready to depart at a moment’s notice. You can certainly use some time away.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, put your suspicions to rest as no one is trying to hide anything. This person has shown all of his or her cards. Offer help if they need it.

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David R. Sagan

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


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

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

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


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


Shop & book on our website

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


HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Langfield


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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.

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


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


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


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.




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pilIPINO BUFFET DINNER SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017 • 5PM TO 9PM APPETIZERS AND SALADS Pipino Salad (Marinated cucumber salad) Papaya and Shrimp Bohol Chicken and Rice Salad Variety of Fresh Winter Green Salads

ENTREES Pork Adobo (Traditional Philippine Braised Style Pork) Chicken Inasal (Grilled Chicken with Ginger and Lemon) Iloilo Roasted Garlic Rice (A Tasty Specialty from the Southern Part of the Philippines) Pinakbet (Assorted Vegetables with Fish Sauce and Fresh Ginger) Vegetable Kare-Kare (Vegetables in Peanut Sauce) Tusok – Tusok (Classic Philippine Fishballs)

DESSERT Leche Flan • Polvoron (Cookies) • Mango Float Assorted Fruit Platter • Coffee & Oriental Teas


Kids 13 to 17 yrs: $15.00 Children 6 to 12 pay their age Seniors receive a 10% discount

780-852-5111 76 Connaught Drive

Wine in Winter Friday, January 20th

A tasting of fine wines from around the world, complemented with Hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 7pm Admission $35 *Must be 18 or older Tickets available at the Front Desk of the The Crimson Jasper.

Embers Steakhouse at Marmot Lodge 86 CONNAUGHT DR. | 780.852.4471

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