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Ecology, Indigenous relations, free admission: priorities for JNP Free admission to Canada’s national parks and a predicted influx of visitors was just one of the points brought up at the annual state of the park address delivered by Alan Fehr, superintendent of Jasper National Park (JNP) on Feb. 14. The 30-minute presentation to the members of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce was a sneak peek of what’s to come in the annual park forum next month. “There will be challenges,” Fehr said regarding 2017’s free admission to all national parks. “But there will also be some great opportunities. We think there will be different groups of individuals that wouldn’t normally come to the park that will have the opportunity to come out and enjoy the national parks and hopefully continue to come back.” For several years camping and visitation rates in JNP have been steadily increasing. From just 2014 to 2015 camping rates jumped up 20 per cent, according to Fehr. This year JNP staff is expecting that percentage to rise by another 5-15 per cent. “We don’t know what to expect yet. There’s been a lot of uptake on the free (Discovery Pass),” Fehr said. “We’re thrilled with having the opportunity to welcome new visitors. The concerns that we have are operationally—can we manage the influx of visitors? I think the short answer is yes.” To help alleviate some of those operational concerns, Fehr said Parks Canada is working to ensure positions like cleaners, campgrounds attendants

and wildlife guardians remain filled during the shoulder season. “We think that we’re going to see the largest increase in the shoulder season because the peak season is already quite full—we’re not expecting a lot more people in the summer,” he said. “So we’re going to be extending the seasons of frontline staff.” The superintendent also acknowledged it might be difficult to attract new or returning employees as payroll problems still persist within the agency. According to Chris Aylward, national executive vice-president for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), nearly every summer student working for Parks Canada last year was affected by the federal government’s botched Phoenix payroll system. “I think we will be able to staff our positions, it just might take more work,” said Fehr, adding that the agency may have to interview more people than usual. “We’ll do what we have to. Worse comes to worst we’ll just have to reallocate our staff and put them into priority spots and maybe close a spot for a period, but hopefully not.” As the park gets ready to kick it into high gear, Fehr said visitors will be able to enjoy a slew of new infrastructure, including a new amphitheatre at Whistlers Campground, repairs to several bridges and some major revamping to the popular Lake Annette Loop and the Valley of the Five trail and parking lot. Money for these projects came from the former Harper government in 2015 when it announced $210 million in funding over five years to improve the

park’s existing infrastructure. Other projects slated for completion in 2017 include the installation of traffic lights and an acceleration lane at the Moberly Bridge intersection and repaving parts of Highway 16 and Highway 93. Work will also be continued at the Mount Edith Cavell parking lot and access road. Fehr said both are being moved up to avoid future flood damage, which had already occurred in 2012 and 2014. Additional parking spots and outhouses will also be added to the area. Topping Parks Canada’s project wish list for the year is a proposed bike trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. The estimated price tag to build the 107km trail is $86.4 million. “I think it’s a fantastic initiative. We’re going to try to build it in a way that has minimal impact on the environment,” said Fehr. “I really think it’s a tremendous opportunity for us and I really encourage individuals and groups with thoughts to share those thoughts when it comes time.” Public consultation regarding the project is expected to begin sometime in March. Amongst all the expected visitors and infrastructure plans, Fehr said the true “raison d’être” of JNP is to maintain a healthy ecosystem. “Ecological integrity monitoring is something we undertake on a regular basis. We monitor three main indicators—the alpine tundra, the forest and freshwater,” Fehr said. “Another component of healthy ecosystems is monitoring species at risk.”

Alan Fehr, superintendent of Jasper National Park gave members of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce a sneak peek of what’s to come at the annual park forum on March 14 | K. Byrne photo

At-risk species like woodland caribou, bats and whitebark pine trees hold top priority in JNP, said Fehr. To further aid with endangered species, Fehr said Parks will be consulting with the Jasper Indigenous Forum—a biannual meeting of representatives from 20 to 25 Indigenous groups to discuss issues and projects of mutual interest. “Establishing and maintaining relationships with Métis and First Nations Peoples is a high priority for Jasper National Park and all of Parks Canada,” Fehr said. “We are putting a lot of time and energy into bylaw engagement efforts and consultation.” In light of these partnerships, Fehr said Parks is working on an Indigenous exhibit that will be located near the Jasper Information Centre. “It’s essentially an exhibit that will create awareness not just for other Canadians, but for First Nations and Métis themselves,” Fehr said. The annual JNP public forum will be held March 14 at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre.

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Schaefer pleads with ‘thought police’ for busking licence Jasper violinist Monika Schaefer took clear aim at what she called the “thought police” as she made her case for a busking licence in 2017.

Schaefer appeared before the committee of the whole Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, while local politicians were discussing the 2016 street busking pilot project and attendant feedback from community members and business owners. It became clear the notoriety she gained after posting a video of herself (which opens with her playing the violin) denying the Holocaust hung heavy over the Habitat for the Arts decision-makers when Schaefer was denied a permit last spring. She argued her “political” and “historical” thoughts should be considered separately from her musical aptitude. “These are irrelevant to busking,” she said, pledging that she wouldn’t audition with a violin then decide to pull a bullhorn and soapbox once on the street, permit in hand. “Habitat for the Arts, they have unfortunately subordinated their role as an arts and culture organization to that of thought policing.” She added that she wants “acknowledgement that wrong was done” last year.


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Mayor Richard Ireland said council had to make sure performers are familyfriendly, and that they wanted to avoid the possibility of anything “vulgar” taking place. “We can’t control the crowd that goes by.” Councillor Gilbert Wall was the only member of the committee to refer directly to Schaefer’s position on the hate-inspired slaughter of more than six million Jews during the Second World War. He called her “misguided” position “poison,” and told Schaefer he could not separate the “aggressiveness at which you expound on both your political and historical views” from her musical talent. “You present an interesting dilemma to me and to the community on a bunch of different planes,” he said. “There is a time, I think, (when) you can’t pick and choose how you want to be judged.” He said if he were on the busking selection committee, he would have a “long and hard thought” ahead of him. Schaefer said he should check his assumptions, tossing a thought police badge his way, too. Changes proposed for 2017 busking season There could be bigger changes to Jasper’s sidewalk music experiment

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according to Habitat for the Arts representatives Marianne Garrah and Dave Baker, who spoke before Schaefer and left shortly thereafter. To zone or to busk-stop, that is the question - whether ‘tis nobler to scatter the bards across the downtown like pixie dust or to kettle them in one place, possibly the park soon-to-be-formerlyknown-as the exchange lands. The “busk stop” solution tried out last year probably lends itself more to a traditional street music experience, but has its drawbacks according to feedback collected in surveys circulated since the summer. Some business owners said they felt the sidewalks are already slammed with pedestrians during the busy season and subtracting more space for, say, a songstress would be moving in the wrong direction. A survey conducted by the municipality shows five of 27 or 18.5 per cent of respondents thought the busking impeded foot traffic. Two buskers were shut down for being in the wrong place over the course of the summer. There was also some wildcat busking after hours, but Habitat pled not guilty. Outside the Post Office was dropped as a viable stage when Parks interpreters shared that the music was drowning out their interpretations on the Visitor

Information Centre’s lawn. There was concern over the two-hour limit for performances; councillors and Garrah chewed over a 90-minute set that would avoid employees at nearby businesses getting the department-store effect with the same music playing for too long. In the chair, Deputy Mayor Rico Damota suggested rotating the performers would have the same effect. So that said, why not just put all the performers in one space? In this case, they would have to be spaced out enough not to be stepping on each others’ pipes (there is no amplification permitted), and would have to be set up on land the municipality has control over. “Sometimes I think I would like to be able to sit on a bench and listen versus walking to the bank and (being surprised by) a busker,” Garrah said. Ireland observed that the point of the project is to help revitalize the downtown and “add that very life Jasper is looking for,” something hard to achieve with a segregated stable of singers. There are details to iron out and months with which to iron them. “You believe the pilot was successful,” Ireland said Garrah. “It ought to be continued with, to use a Trumpian expression, a few tweaks.”

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New chapter for local library clerk Like many of Jasper’s residents, Holly Llewellyn showed up in town with only a backpack and the intent to stay for a few days. That was more than two years ago. “I was in Jasper on vacation, just travelling around by myself, but once I got here I fell in love,” Llewellyn said. Hoping to make Jasper home, Llewellyn started scrolling through a slew of job postings until she came across a technician position at the Jasper Municipal Library. “I thought it was perfect because it combined my love of books and technology,” she said. “I had went to college for a multimedia design and production technology program, but I didn’t have any library experience. I never thought I’d get hired.” A few day’s later, Llewellyn received word from Angie Thom, the director of library services. The job was hers. “I felt really lucky because they actually took a chance on me,” Llewellyn said. “That probably wouldn’t happen anywhere else.” In the months that followed, working at the library became more than just a means to stay in Jasper. It became Llewellyn’s passion. “Most of my life I’ve just been winging it, not really knowing what I’m doing—just going by the seat of my pants, but everything about the library just felt right,” she said. Through the library Llewellyn started taking various training courses, increasing her skills and responsibilities

After two years working as a clerk at the Jasper Municipal Library, Holly Llewellyn is heading back to school to become a certified library technician. | K. Byrne photo

at work, which included a whole lot of cataloguing and organizing a weekly game night. “Angie kept letting me do more and more. It was awesome that they saw my potential,” Llewellyn said. For the first time in what seemed like forever, things were going well for the 25-year-old as she settled into adulthood. However, that comfort bubble popped a few weeks ago when

Llewellyn was reminded that the lease on her apartment was almost up and her housing options were limited. Rather than become overwhelmed, Llewellyn saw her predicament as a new opportunity. She applied to the Library and Information Technician program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The program would allow her to expand on both technical and public services within the library world,

Library vandal pleads guilty

One of two men accused of vandalizing the Jasper Library and Cultural Centre in April 2016 pled guilty to five counts of mischief causing damage and a failure to comply with conditions in Jasper Provincial Court, Feb. 9.

According to the Crown, on April 19, 2016 Chase Fogarty-Landsman and a co-accused broke into the library while it was still under construction and spray painted several walls. Several fire extinguishers were also discharged. Police estimated at the time there was more than $5,000 in damage. Shortly after the call, police received another complaint of graffiti in the pedestrian underpass below the train tracks on Hazel Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered a significant amount of graffiti, including the word “Chase.” The RCMP also received calls about graffiti to a vehicle parked at the hospital, as well as a Bobcat owned by Jasper Concrete. Graffiti was also found on a local business in the downtown core and a senior’s residence. Police were able to locate both suspects believed to be involved in the vandalism and took a statement from both of them who admitted to damaging the properties. Both individuals were under conditions at the time not to enter the library after previously breaking into it. The co-accused in this case is Parker Broadfoot, who has a trial set for Feb. 24. None of the charges against him have been proven in court. In June, the Fitzhugh incorrectly reported that Broadfoot had his charges withdrawn. Those charges are still before the court. The three charges that were withdrawn on May 26, 2016, were similar in nature, but related to a different incident. The Fitzhugh published a

teaching Llewellyn everything from cataloging and processing new material to teaching clients how to use electronic and print resources. “My lease was up and I was like ‘you know what, this is what I want to do’ so I thought maybe I should be taking the next step in my life by actually going to school for this,” she said. “I’ve been able to help get us into this beautiful new building (the Jasper Library and Cultural Centre) and we’re all finally starting to get comfortable there, but that’s the thing—I’ve become so comfortable that I think it’s time that I try something new.”   Within a week she got the news. Llewellyn’s application was accepted. “When I got into school my mom told me that she was really proud of me because I finally figured out what I wanted to do,” Llewellyn said. “I was a lost soul for a bit, but after working here for a few years I just know that this is what I want to with my life. “I feel so lucky that I got to work with such great people that inspired and helped me.” Llewellyn leaves for school in June, where she’ll remain for the next two years. Whether she’ll come back to Jasper with her new skills is still undecided. “I will miss this community for sure, but I really think this a step in the right direction as far as my long-term goals,” she said. “Life is always fluid so it’s hard to say what will happen in two years.”

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Annual General Meeting Sunday, March 5th at 3:00 pm at the Activity Centre Upper Curling Lounge

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The Jasper Pee Wee Bears Hockey Team appreciates all the businesses and individuals who helped make our local tournament a success.

vandalism Several areas of town were vandalized April 19, 2016, including the pedestrian underpass pictured here. | P. Clarke photo.

correction and regrets the mistake. Greg Van Tighem, the town’s fire chief estimated the damage to the library to be $1,550. The remaining damage to the vehicle cost $92, after Fogarty-Landsman paid the owner $200. The Crown did not have the estimated damages to the other pieces of property. Judge J. Higgerty handed Fogarty-Landsman a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered 150 hours of community service He also ordered him to repay the town and the car’s owner and is prohibited from going to the library. The remaining counts against him were withdrawn. Fogarty-Landsman said he would pay the total restitution immediately.

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Yet you hesitate. There’s something wild about it. Primal. The sound is not quite right for a human. After much internal debate you head back to your bed, and return to an unsettled sleep. In the black of night you would never suspect that a tiny red fox made this terrifying sound. It’s true. I invite you to Google it. Like their coyote and wolf cousins, foxes use different sounds to communicate. Their alarm call, also called a warning call, has been likened to a woman screaming. They also bark, a sound that some describe as high-pitched yipping, while others confuse it with owl hoots. In one study, red foxes were recorded making 20 different sounds. What does the fox say? Apparently a lot of things that, well, sound like other things. What are your chances of hearing one? First you have to know what you’re listening for, but it also depends on how many are around. Every year there are a few sightings around town, according to Mark Bradley, Jasper National Park’s wildlife biologist. Although seen, “foxes don’t get into much trouble around here,” he said, meaning that unlike other predators, interactions with humans rarely lead to conflict. As the cliché goes, they are sly and can pretty easily avoid detection when they want to. Bradley said there are no good estimates of how many foxes are in the park. In other places, the number of small mammals, like rodents, generally determines their populations, according to Bradley. For such a small

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History at a gl ance


The ballad of Boaty McBoatface

A lot of roads lead through Jasper. To many, they all

The natural beauty that surrounds us draws, as the marketeers in Nelson, BC like to say, “free spirits and well-rounded squares” from across this great country and around the world, acting like a talent distillery and creating an atmosphere of community, caring and cool the author has nary seen elsewhere in what is quickly approaching a 20-year-career that has spanned four provinces and territories. It is ironic then, even if in just an Alanis Morrissette, 10,000 spoons kind of way, that the edifices visitors and new residents are presented with when they get here are so utilitarian: the activity centre for activities, the aquatic centre for aquatics. Case in point: don’t ask Mayor Richard Ireland about the Quorum Room. It came out on Valentine’s Day that there is no love lost between the town’s chief magistrate and the ad-hoc name attached to the space in the library basement used as council chambers, framed by modular glass walls that can be removed in order to create a larger space to rent out. “Council chambers” just doesn’t have the same ring to it when staffers are marketing venues, according to CAO Mark Fercho. Apparently Quorum Room was a placeholder for the venue rate sheet, but that didn’t stop the mayor from suggesting that in the future names for particular rooms in municipal facilities be suggested by civil servants with the final say resting with elected officials. Otherwise, Jasper could become another Boaty McBoatface, which emerged as the winning moniker for a multi-million dollar yacht in the United Kingdom when officials failed to specify who actually had the final say in a naming contest. We may have a solution. This issue of the Fitzhugh will be reporter Kayla Byrne’s last as a staff member. She has made a deep impression on this town, this interprovincial and possibly transdimensional hub, in just a few short months and in doing so, caught the attention of the brass at the municipality. Kayla will be taking over for the retiring Beryl Cahill, whose fingerprints are literally everywhere in this community after more than 30 years of doing everything from performing marriages to holding latenight bail hearings in her pyjamas. Kayla is endowed with high emotional intelligence, an unwavering sense of humanity and a clear moral compass, to say nothing of her strong grasp on both official languages. That’s why she’s been such an asset to the newspaper, and why she will continue to be to the community for years to come. If there’s anyone who can come up with something better than Quorum Room, it’s her. The Fitzhugh wishes Kayla good fortune and steady seas as she sets about to fill Cahill’s well-worn shoes. May the road rise up to meet her.

q u e s t i on o f t h e w ee k

Should Jasper audition outof-town musicians for its summer busking project? a) Yes b) No

L a s t w ee k ’ s r e s u lt s Were you surprised to learn that there were six oil spills in Jasper National Park since 1954? a) Yes. (54% 34 Votes) b) No. (36% 29 Votes)

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Re: From Africa to Canada; Jasper author shares her experiences Dear editor, I must commend Kayla Byrne’s article last week in the Fitzhugh about author Roberta Laurie’s experiences in Malawi, Africa and the book Laurie wrote as a result of her travels to Malawi. However, I wish to correct the sentence in Kayla’s article: “By 2015 she had compiled years worth of stories into a novel, Weaving a Malawi Sunrise”.

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Professor Laurie’s book is by no means a novel but a result of years of painstaking research, fact-checking and labour. It was published by the prestigious University Press and hit the Edmonton bestselling list for a work of non-fiction. Anita Laurie, Proud sister of Roberta

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In Brief

Canada 150, Family Day edition

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history. Family Day is a great opportunity to get out there and enjoy winter in Jasper National Park ( JNP). To help mark the occasion, Parks Canada’s interpretive staff will be on hand at Marmot Meadows (just South of Jasper on Highway 93) offering complimentary chili, live entertainment, a sugar shack and a delicious Canada 150 cake from noon to 3 p.m. both on Feb. 18 and 19. On top of all that, a special schedule of educational and fun activities has also been put in place for the Family Day weekend at Marmot Meadows. Dark sky stories First Nations Dark Sky stories are observations that were shared through story and ceremony, interlinking the sky, the land and the people with timeless understandings that foster traditional values, strengths and wisdom. This interactive storytelling program will take place inside our tipi with bannock and tea.

Wildlife camera safari Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in JNP. You will use some of the equipment our experts use, visit a wildlife camera site and learn how these tools help us better understand the park’s wildlife populations. Fat biking demos Mountain biking in winter? You betcha! Freewheel Cycle will be at Marmot Meadows with their fleet of rental fat bikes for you to try for free. Explore the meadows at your own pace and learn from the best as you try out this exciting winter sport. Fire Starting and Bannock Bake Learn a few outdoor winter skills, like how to start a fire with flint and steel using natural materials, then cook your own bannock on a stick for a tasty treat. We invite you to bring your own treats to roast over the fire as well. The fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon. We’ll provide the hot chocolate and tea.

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Dark sky snowshoe-night vision edition Immerse yourself and experience the star-rich dark skies or moonlit skies of JNP and learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us!) see in the dark.   Friday, Feb. 17: Dark sky stories Learn to snowshoe 8 p.m. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of JNP. The best part? Saturday, Feb. 18: It’s not even that hard! We will cover all the basics from Learn to snowshoe what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how 11 a.m. to walk with them, how to dress for winter weather, and Learn to winter camp how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned 1-3 p.m. all you can we’ll put it to the test with a snowshoe race. Wildlife camera safari 3 p.m. Learn to winter camp Feeling adventurous this winter? Park interpreters Dark sky snowshoe-night will be sharing their knowledge of winter camping in vision edition both the front country and backcountry. You will also 8 p.m. learn winter camping safety, what gear to bring, how to layer properly, what food to bring and various tools Sunday, Feb. 19: you may need along the way. If the thought of winter Learn to snowshoe camping has left you freezing in the past drop by and 11 a.m. talk to us. Don’t worry, we have tea and hot chocolate on hand to keep you warm.  

Marmot Meadows weekend schedule

Sunday February 19

Fat biking demos 12-3 p.m. Fire starting & bannock bake 1 p.m. Wildlife camera safari 3 p.m. Dark sky stories 8 p.m. Monday, Feb 20: Learn to snowshoe 11 a.m. Fire starting & bannock bake 1 p.m.

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Jasper’s population increased by 3.6 per cent from 2011 to 2016, according to the latest census by Statistics Canada. In 2016, 4,590 people called Jasper home, an increase from 4,432 people five years earlier. While the town’s population may be less than 5,000 people, in 2016 Jasper National Park hosted 2.2 million visitors. That’s an increase of five per cent over 2015. Provincially, Alberta’s population jumped by 11.6 per cent, breaking the four-million mark for the first time and making it the fastest-growing province in Canada. There are now more than 35 million Canadians, an increase of five per cent over 2011. A national census is conducted by Statistics Canada every five years. Caribou closures lifted for the Tonquin Valley

Closures to protect the park’s dwindling caribou population were officially lifted for the Tonquin Valley on Feb. 16. The Maligne-Brazeau and North Boundary areas remain closed until Feb. 28. All three areas were closed on Nov. 1. The closures are in place to help protect caribou from wolves, which use human tracks in the winter to hunt caribou in the alpine. Woodland caribou are considered a species at risk. Tales from Jasper

If you live in Jasper chances are you have a story or two for the ages. If not, don’t worry because on Feb. 23 eight local storytellers will regale the audience with personal stories at the Downstream Lounge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and people are encouraged to come early to grab dinner and drinks before the stories get started. Storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. and is not suitable for children. The fundraiser is for the Friends of Jasper Childcare. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Tekarra Color Lab—cash only. Free food workshop at grocery store

WHO’S HOSTING? Community Volunteers with Jasper Fire & Ice Foods

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Jasper’s population on the rise

Chili Dinner

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Robinsons Foods is hosting a free workshop, Feb. 16. The evening session will include a cooking class and demos featuring nutritious breakfast ideas, vegan-friendly recipes and easy antioxidant-filled shakes. Attendees will also learn how to prep fermented vegetables. The class will be held in the deli section of Robinsons Food, starting at 7 p.m.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, March. 20, 2017 at 12 pm

Emergency Services Building (New Fire Hall) Upstairs meeting room - lunch provided. Please RSVP for lunch numbers to If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Advocate or joining the Jasper Victim Services Board – Please email



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Help our ‘second home’ in Hockeyville contest It’s no great Rocky Mountain secret that Jasper’s Shirley Doran is foundational to the community here, in particular, minor sports (or that she’s not going to love being singled out, again). What’s new is that inspiration she provides through her tireless work at her much-more-than-a snack bar in the arena could actually help its foundation. Lesleigh Campbell, mom to twin eight-year-old hockey players and a longtime member of the Jasper minor sports committee, was still basking in the New England Patriots’ latest Super Bowl win (her sons are Carson and Brady - yes, that Brady) when she drew on Doran’s example as she nominated Jasper for the 2017 Kraft Hockeyville contest. Five other individuals have nominated the Jasper Activity Centre to the preliminary round in hopes of making the top 10 (from among about 3,000 entries) by impressing Kraft’s judges with their social media prowess, then garnering enough votes to win the $100,000 grand prize. “Shirley donates so much towards these minor sports teams,” Campbell said. “I know she does things people don’t always know about, and I’m not sure she wants any thank you for it.” There is a lot of love going around and the arena needs some of it. The “legendary” ice of arena manager Peter Bridge, who you may or may not know, was one of four head ice makers at the 2010 Olympics (remember the loonie?), is being let down by the floor beneath. “Rotting and heaving” are the floorboards beneath the ice plant, placing their replacement ahead of improving the changerooms to stop teams having to

share bathrooms in Campbell’s eyes. Tina Gibbons, who also nominated Jasper, wrote that there aren’t enough change rooms in the arena to allow it to host half-ice tournaments for younger players. “Because Jasper is a world-class destination, we host visitors from all over the world,” she wrote. “We should be able to show our guests that Jasper is passionate about hockey and that it is a big part of our lives. We need to have facilities that reflect that.” She said Jasper may appear to be a ski town to the rest of Canada, but it’s no bowl of prairie oysters that the arena is “booked solid with minor hockey, a vibrant commercial league, and tournaments. Who wouldn’t want to play hockey in The Rockies?” Working at the children’s centre attached to the arena, Campbell said they take the three-to-five-yearolds to the rink for a free skate weekly. She takes her family to the arena just to watch other teams or chow down at Shirley’s, and like many parents in town, holds her kids’ birthday parties there, too. “There is no charge for the ice time, the kids love the food and to top it off, Peter gives the birthday boy or girl a ride on the zamboni! The arena is a second home to all of us!” Visit to join the social media storm and start Facebooking and tweeting. It is these mentions that will compel judges to nominate the top 10 on March 4. If Jasper is successful, you’ll have your first chance to vote on March 12-13.

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Racers compete in

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Three of Jasper’s under-16 ski team members hit speeds of 97 km/h as they competed in their first super G race in Lake Louise, Feb. 3 and 4.

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Geoelle Chalifoux, Michael Ralf and Abbey Palamarek braved -30C conditions and heavy snowfall as they raced down portions of the World Cup men’s downhill course and competed against many experienced U16 racers. All three achieved top-20 and top-30 finishes out of a strong field trying to qualify for the Canada Winter Games, which will be held in Thunder Bay, Ont., later this month.  While the general public was enjoying the soft snow conditions, the racers helped sideslip and clear snow off the course so they could ski on hard, icy snow conditions.

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The Jasper parents also volunteered at the race along with a core group of Lake Louise parents who hosted the race. On Feb. 4, the racers finished the weekend with a two-run combined Giant Slalom (GS) race. Unfortunately, Ralf crashed on his GS run and is on the mend and the girls battled frostbite on their cheeks from the wind chill. The season for now moves into a training phase for the rest of February before a busy March/April with upcoming races in Grande Prairie, Silver Star and Sunshine Village.

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PeeWee Bears compete against Edson Upcoming games Bantam Girls Tournament Jasper Activity Centre

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Jasper Grizzlies vs. Grande Cache Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Evolution occurs in several ways. I’ve written before how Jasper’s PeeWee Bears have evolved their game by learning to pass and cycle the puck, trapping opponents in their own zone and creating scoring opportunities. In the world of evolution, this is called an epigenetic shift where the players on the team haven’t changed, but how each player uses his or her skills has changed. However, last weekend the Bears displayed a more dramatic development. The origins of the Edson-Jasper rivalry favour the Mighty Macs. They have been the hunters and our Bears have been the hunted, losing by wide margins in each of their two previous meetings. However, last weekend the hunted became the hunters. As the world marked Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday, it was quite appropriate that it was survival of the fittest on the ice in Edson. Jasper got off to one of their best starts of the season. While it took more than half the period to find the back of the net, the hard work was to adapt to Edson’s big star. Their top player leads the league in scoring by a wide margin and dominates the opposition end of the ice each time he steps on the rink. Edson peppered Jasper goaltender Donovan Fawcett with 13 shots in the first period, but he turned each one aside. Donovan was helped by one of the best games I’ve seen the Jasper defense play all season.

Donovan’s brother, Dexter, and Jacob Bouchard were like beagles on a scent, containing the Edson forwards in the neutral zone with perfect gap control. Meanwhile, the other defensive pairing of Michael Hayashi and Jacob Bartziokas were using their diverse skills in the corners and in front of the net clearing pucks out of harm’s way. At the other end of the ice, 13 minutes in, Baden Koss picked up a pass from Owen Kearnan and ripped it into the net to give Jasper a 1–0 lead that they brought into the dressing room. The second period was not Jasper’s finest. At times they looked like a flock of nut-cracking finches on a prickly-pear cactus; a bit lost and with the wrong tools. The Bears got into some penalty trouble and, combined with some less than tenacious play, the Mighty Macs were able to get back in the game. Two goals 10 minutes apart turned the tables on the Bears and gave Edson a one-goal lead heading into the third period. Between periods a quick reminder from Coach Eric Bouchard of what gave Jasper the early lead was all it took to fire the Bears up for the third period. Winger Apollo Hardman buried a loose puck in front of the net to draw Jasper even with nine minutes left on the clock. A minute later, it was time for the very hard-working centre, Tanner Carlton to work his wrap-around magic to give the Bears the lead. The hunted had resumed their role as the hunter, but they were

fighting a very slow-moving clock trying to protect their thin lead. Enter wingers Nash Hilworth and Ty Crozier. Neither of these first-year PeeWees is a pure goal scorer, but both are great athletes and whether they were centred by Sebastian Golla or Carlton, they were a force to be reckoned with. Donovan was his usual stellar self, but Edson was struggling to get offensive opportunities thanks to strong forechecking, and managed only six shots in the final frame. With 43 seconds to play though, Edson’s power forward busted through Jasper’s defensive wall and slid the puck inside the far post past Donovan to tie the game at three. A last-minute flurry from the Bears would not be enough, and the game ended all tied up. Were Charles Darwin still alive, he would no doubt be a huge Bears fan. He would also note how the Bears are undergoing a speciation event under selection pressure from coach Bouchard. These two clubs tangle again next weekend in Edson. Thanks to Michael Sullivan of Devon, Alta. for the hockey improv idea. I’ll see you in the stands.

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Everyone is welcome.

If you have an interest in the Community Garden, Farmers’ Market or local food and you want to meet some great people, come to the Jasper Local Food Society’s annual general meeting. For more info, visit the Facebook group or email

The Jasper Local Food Society is looking for an outgoing and organized person to take on the role of Farmers’ Market Manager for the 2017 season. This is a contract position running from the beginning of April to the end of September. The 2017 season will consist of 12 consecutive markets open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays from June 21 to September 6. For a detailed job description including compensation and information on how to apply visit the Jasper Local Food Society Facebook group or email

Deadline to apply:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Atom Bears Feb. 18 away game vs. Wetaskiwin Feb. 19 away game vs. Mayerthorpe

PeeWee Bears Feb. 19 away game vs. Edson

Bantam Bearcats No games scheduled

Midget Bearcats Jasper Bearcats vs. Battle River Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre Jasper Bearcats vs. Battle River Feb. 19 at 3:15 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre Information is accurate at time of publication, but is subject to last-minute changes. Please consult the town’s website or call the activity centre at 780-852-3381 to confirm game times.

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Jasper Grizzlies vs. Edmonton Wild Thing Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m.



Annual General Meeting

Jasper Grizzlies vs. Dawson Creek Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m.

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Who qualifies for this program? • 16+ • Unemployed or working less than 10/hrs a week • Jasper resident • Ready and willing to work • Have a barrier that needs consideration for successful employment Putting ability to work For more information, contact Susan at 780.852.4418 ext. 3

Call 780-852-4418 4 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday ext. • 8:15 or drop by the631 centre for St. Patricia more information.

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WEDNESDAY 1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion


9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre


2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS



9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre

2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS 1.30pm Seniors Society Business Meeting


9.30-10.30am Aquafit

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre


2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS 1:30pm Movie Matinee 6pm NFB Film



9.30-10.30am Aquafit at Aquatic Centre

5:30pm Community Dinner @ Activity Centre

2-4pm Make it Monday @ COS

6 - 7:30pm Community Conversations at the Library

10:30-12 Coffee Hour 7 @ Museum 1-2pm Community Exercise @ Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Cards, Sr. Lounge

10:30-12 Coffee Hour 14 @ Museum 9:30am Yoga @ Alpine Summit $5 1-2pm Community Exercise @ Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Cards, Sr. Lounge 10:30-12 Coffee Hour 21 @ Museum 9:30am Yoga @ Alpine Summit $5 1-2pm Community Exercise @ Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Cards, Sr. Lounge 10:30-12 Coffee Hour 28 @ Museum 1-2pm Community Exercise @ Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Cards, Sr. Lounge

1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 6 - 7:30pm Community Conversations at the Library


1-5 Ladies Bridge 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion 6 - 7:30pm Community Conversations at the Library

10:30am Knitting Circle 1-5 Men’s Bridge, Legion

6 - 7:30pm Community Conversations at the Library


1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.

4 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper Mache Workshop @COS

9 1-2pm Community Exercise @ PT Dept. Seton Hospital 1pm Drop-in Curling 1:30pm Seniors Reading 6pm Food Bank Anglican Church Hall Basement 8am-3pm Seniors Bus 16 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


1-5 Ladies Bridge

9:30-10:30am Aquafit


7pm Bridge, Pine Grove

10:30am Knitting Circle

10:30am Knitting Circle



9:30-10:30am Aquafit


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

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9:30-10:30am Aquafit



9:30-10:30am Aquafit 1pm Seniors Bus to Jasper shops/apts.

11 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.

18 1:30pm Knitting Circle

1:30-3:30pm Paper Mache Workshop @COS 7pm Bridge, Pine Grove


23 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.

25 1:30pm Knitting Circle

7pm Bridge, Pine Grove

Italic events at Seniors’ lounge, Jasper Activity Centre 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 basement of the Jasper Municipal Library. West Yellowhead Constituency Jasper Office Hours: Constituency Staff will be available the first 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 February 21 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! We meet Tuesday nights 7pm at the Jasper Legion. Follow us on Facebook (Jasper Theatre Arts Collective). Next project: Monty Python Day, May 10th! 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. 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

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. 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. Jasper Social Dance Community Every Thursday at the Jasper Legion. FUSION dancing from 7-9pm! As usual, we’ll begin with some basics, but then we’ll explore some more advanced techniques as the night goes on. We appreciate any donation you can offer to help us pay for the space ($5 suggested). We hope to see you out! We will continue alternating Fusion dancing with other dances every Thursday evening. Let me know if you have any request or suggestions.

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Who we are: The Fitzhugh is an award-winning, trend-bucking, hyper-local news organization with a passion for reflecting the community it serves - Jasper, Alberta, the undisputed heart of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s your chance to live, work and play in Canada’s Crown jewel: we are currently seeking an energetic, outgoing and engaged individual to become our next Account Manager.

We provide Polar Bear and Beluga Whale tours for clients from all over the world. Email resume to Phone 1-204-353-2913 or fax 1-204-353-2944.

Primary Responsibilities: • Prospect and generate new business for the Fitzhugh, its supplements and • Work with and grow existing accounts • Meet monthly quotas for initial contacts and scheduled appointments • Work independently as well as in a team environment • Represent the Fitzhugh at business- and community-oriented events

Attitudes: • Self-driven • Motivated by dollars and able to work in a commission environment • Team player, but able to plan and work independently • Professional in appearance and approach • Client-focused and goal-oriented • Comfortable in high pressure, time sensitive situations

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Results: • Able to build a territory from scratch • Continually finds and generates business from new customers • Able to demonstrate a history of meeting and exceeding sales quotas • Proactively grows existing accounts • Generates high client satisfaction

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Learning a language From left to right: Rola Aldakhil, Wayne Bontan, Omayea El Marawi, Hassan El Azem, instructor Angela Lemire and Sonali Kiran Vanjare. Lemire has spent the past 10 years working as an ESL instructor in Jasper for NorQuest College’s LINC program. | K. Byrne photo

Gathered in a room, Feb. 8, at Habitat for the Arts sat four people who have led very different lives. Rola Aldakhil and Omayea El Marawi are originally from Syria while Sonali Kiran Vanjare is from India and Wayne Bontan is from Jamaica. However, they all have at least one thing in common—they’re all hoping to improve their English. That’s where Angela Lemire and Edmonton’s NorQuest College’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program come in. For about a decade Lemire has served as an English as a second language (ESL) teacher in Jasper’s satellite classroom, helping about 150 students from across the globe in that time. Over the years there have been classes with as many as 18 students. Lemire is currently working with a small class of six, which includes Aldakhil, El Marawi, Kiran Vanjare and Bontan. They meet every Wednesday and Friday. Recently the Fitzhugh had a chance to sit in on one of their classes and asked the four students how the class has helped them.

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Rola Aldakhil Home country: Syria

When Aldakhil arrived in Jasper about seven months ago, she didn’t know a word of English. “In Syria I only learned English in elementary school and then never again. Even when we moved to Egypt I didn’t need another language so I never learned,” she said. “When I first moved here I would just smile and nod because I didn’t understand. “I met many nice Canadians, but I couldn’t enjoy them because I couldn’t understand.” After about a week Aldakhil knew something had to change. Through the Jasper Adult Learning Centre ( JALC) she was connected with some ESL programs and eventually to LINC, but things in Lemire’s class didn’t start off easy. “The first day I will never forget because after class I came back to my

bedroom, closed the door and cried. It was a very different experience for me,” she said. “My previous teacher spoke very slowly with simple words, but here everything was fast with different levels and different accents.” Since then she’s improved a lot and started teaching a weekly art class at Habitat for the Arts, but Aldakhil said she still has a long way to go. “It takes me a long time to make sentences because I mix up where to put words,” Aldakhil said. In Arabic words are written and read from right to left unlike left to right in English. “I want to keep improving,” Aldakhil said. “I have many Canadian friends now and I speak with them all the time. Sometimes I forget a word, but then I just repeat it over and over and then I remember.”

Sonali Kiran Vanjare Home country: India

Kiran Vanjare and her husband moved to Canada about two years ago, originally choosing Edmonton as their new home. However, after a month, the couple moved to Jasper, looking for a small-town feel. “I knew English and had lived in a big city in Mumbai, but in Edmonton I wasn’t confident. I had never been out of my home country before and it was such a different culture and different people,” she said. “Every time we went out I had to take my husband’s hand. I didn’t even know how to cross the road because that was different too. “My husband thought Jasper would be easier for me.” After moving, Kiran Vanjare accepted a laundry attendant position at one of Jasper’s hotels—a completely

Omayea El Marawi Home country: Syria

Similar to Aldakhil, El Marawi grew up in Syria and had never learned English. That changed about a year ago when she and her family moved to Jasper. About a week after arriving she was quickly thrown into the English world as she started working at a gift shop in town. Lucky for El Marawi, one of the staff members was originally from Egypt and could speak Arabic. “Her English was very good and she helped me a lot. She helped me understand and translate,” El Marawi said.


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Slowly, El Marawi started picking up the language, but she wanted more, which is how she ended up with Lemire and the rest of the class. “I had (ESL instructors) come to my house as volunteers. They helped me, but I was still not good at sentences or reading,” El Marawi said. “Here with Angela I have become much better because sometimes I read and learn grammar and the speaking is okay. “Slowly I am getting better.” Growing more confident in her English abilities, El Marawi started working at a daycare in town and the daycare at Marmot Basin.

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different experience from her previous job as a teacher in India. “In the laundry room we didn’t speak very much. I didn’t get to talk a lot of English,” Kiran Vanjare said. “And it was too physical for me. My job in India was all mental work so this was so different.” Hoping to apply for new jobs, but nervous about her English capability Kiran Vanjare went to JALC for help. Staff there put her in touch with Lemire and LINC. In a short time Kiran Vanjare’s English jumped by two levels. Now she holds two front desk positions in town. “I talk to people all the time now and I’m super happy,” she said. “I want to continue improving and hopefully move back to my teaching.”

Wayne Bontan Home country: Jamaica

For Bontan, who has a Canadian wife, understanding English has never been a problem—afterall, it is Jamaica’s official language. “When I first got here I couldn’t speak English very well. When I talked no one understood what I said, but I could understand everything that everyone was saying,” Bontan said. “The difference is in Canada people pronounce their words very soft and slow, but in Jamaica we talk fast so here I have to copy the way people talk and take the time to talk.”

Bontan moved to Jasper about four years ago and said while he still struggles with some parts of the Canadian version of the language, he has improved a lot and enjoys coming to the class. “Angela is a great teacher and I really respect her,” he said. “I like that we all get to talk to each other and I start to realize that none of us talk the same. We all have different accents or read differently or we all mix things up. “It’s comfortable to learn.”

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Sunday, February 19 Music @ 10pm $15 Georges Tremel will be at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives for the grand opening of his art exhibit Feb. 23. Admission for the reception is free. | Submitted image.

ORIGAMI ARMY Wednesday, February 22 8pm $5

Bringing the Rockies to life If you love the Rocky Mountains chances are you’ll love Georges Tremel’s paintings.

The self-taught 68-year-old artist has been painting Jasper’s landscapes for the better part of the past 25 years and starting Feb. 23 his paintings will be on display at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. While the majority of his 35 paintings will depict mountain landscapes, a handful of paintings will also portray Canada’s west coast. “I’ve never had a big exhibit like this so I’m fairly anxious,” said Tremel, who moved to Jasper in 1991. Among the paintings that will be on display, 23 will be original works of art with some paintings dating back nearly 20 years. His largest piece will be 44 by 34 inches in size. For Tremel, his favourite landscape to paint is Maligne Lake, where he often finds himself taking visitors as a fish guide in the summer time. “I spend so much time on Maligne Lake, it’s really inspiring for me,” said Tremel. “So unfortunately or fortunately there will be a slight predominance of Maligne paintings in the show.” He said the biggest difference between his work and other artists is his water pallete, textures and the use of

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colour values. A colour value is the difference between the relative lightness or darkness of a colour to create spatial illusions. “I love misty, far out landscapes where you can get really lost in it,” Tremel said of his painting style. In recent years, he has been studying the use of complimentary colours and the contrast between them. “One of the things I’ve been studying is the use of complimentary colours to darken other colours. It’s really fascinating.” Despite his experience and passion, Tremel readily admits he’s still learning. “I’m a work in progress,” said Tremel. “I’m constantly trying different things and since I have no training some things can be really frustrating.” “Art is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration.” Tremel will be at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives on Feb. 23 for his art exhibit’s grand opening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and there will be free food and a cash bar. His art will remain on display at the museum until April 3 and pieces are available for purchase.

Free to attend! $5 glasses of wine



Jam Night 8pm

Tuesday Night Tunes

-WednesdayFree pool & darts



Games night/ Meat draw

Social Dancing


Paul Clarke

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In light of Random Act of Kindness week, Feb. 12-18, the Youth Community Helpers have set up a pay it forward wall at Jasper Junior/Senior High School.

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ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Expect some great luck and happiness in the days ahead, Aries. If you plan on taking a trip, travel will most likely be to a warmclimate destination to soak up the sun.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Children, involvement in creative projects, or other personal, private life affairs will fill several days, Leo. Serious decisions can be put off for the time being.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you have a reputation of being a great financial strategist. It’s time to look over your personal finances and see where you might be able to tighten the reins here and there.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, your home and family are on the top of your mind as you enter the week, Virgo. Perhaps you have party details to oversee or travel arrangements to make.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 A partner in your life has become very vocal lately and is not easy to persuade on any topic, Gemini. You have to find a way to reach this person so the relationship can develop. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 You have been working very hard, Cancer, and what you need most right now is an escape. This will happen in time, so don’t lose hope. You just need to meet a few deadlines.

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LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 You always are thinking of others, Libra, but now it’s time to think of yourself. Rest if that is what you desire, or plan a move if you need a change of pace. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, this should be a happy week for you with a lot of social interaction among friends. A number of nights out dot your calendar, and you’re not apt to miss any.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 As the week opens you could be reassessing everything in your life, from your job to your relationship to your goals. This can be a good time to put any plans into motion, Sagittarius. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 There is a chance you may be in touch with medical personnel this week, Capricorn. It will not have to do directly to you, but maybe a call for a friend or family member. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, it’s hard to mistake your allure right now. If you are single, others will really notice you this week. If you’re attached, you will get more attention from your partner. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 This could be a memorable month for your career, Pisces. You have the ability to get the attention of some very important people.






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HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC At the Hinton Optometry Clinic Doctors Monika Braun & Jennifer Langfield provide complete eye care in-office, only 50 minutes from Jasper, for individuals of all ages.

(childcare provided)

OPTOMETRIC SERVICES • Eye examinations • Contact lens fittings • Low vision assessments • Laser surgery assessment and follow-up • Care for eye emergencies • Ocular disease management ADDITIONAL SERVICES • Visual fields (side vision testing) • OCT imaging (3-D retinal imaging) • Fundus photography (photos of the interior eye to help with assessment of Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy & Macular Degeneration)

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