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Currently, tourism-based communities like Jasper, Banff and Canmore are treated like any other municipality in Alberta, while in British Columbia, a community like Whistler receives a portion of the provincial hotel tax, as recognition that it’s in a unique position compared to other municipalities. That unique position includes providing infrastructure for a huge volume of visitors that well exceeds the number of residents— and taxpayers—that live within the community.


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The municipality has been working on “If we’re going through this process, the this with Banff and Canmore, as well as method we use to get to those numbers is not the province, for quite some time now, and important. We will need these numbers in following a meeting with the mayors of the future whether we get them through this all three communities and the Minister of route or another.” Municipal Affairs earlier this month, it was Waterworth agreed, but reiterated that decided that a study needs to be completed. there isn’t yet any money earmarked for such “There is general consensus that the research. cost of running a “In principle, I hear tourist economy is what you’re saying. rather different and “That may be There is general consensus more expensive than council’s position at that the cost of running a some point, but as running a traditional 12-month a year town,” tourist economy is rather of now, we have no Peter Waterworth, alternative budget chief administrative different and more expensive proposals that impact officer, said during a than running a traditional on this.” special council meeting In order for the the to discuss the grant 12-month a year town, municipality to submit application, Nov. 26. the grant application— Peter Waterworth, “But that has never which was due Nov. chief administrative officer, been costed out. 30—all three councils “We need to put a had to approve an number, some underpinning to that.” identical motion last week. Waterworth said he doesn’t know when Jasper’s council unanimously supported the municipality will hear back from the the motion, Nov. 26. Mayor Richard Ireland province about the grant application, but was absent from the meeting. noted if it isn’t approved, there is currently no Jasper, Banff and Canmore participated money allocated in the budget for such a study. in a similar study in 2010. That study, “In the absence of the grant, there will commissioned by the Minister of Municipal not be a project. This needs to be funded,” he Affairs, defined what it means to be a said, noting that the grant could be as much tourism-based community and identified as $250,000. possible revenue sources to help sustain them. Although completed, that study has not In response, Coun. Gilbert Wall said, in the future, whether the grant is approved or been released by the minister. not, the municipality will need to complete the study. nicole veerman



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t’s been 90 years since the Jasper Curling Club first emerged in Jasper, and no one knows its history better than former member, and collector of memorabilia, Sandy Robinson. At his home in Jasper, Robinson scanned the yellowing ledgers that hold hand-written minutes of the club’s earliest meetings. He stopped at one record from the early twenties. Among the stylized cursive script sat a detailed list of potential skips and team members. Robinson noted that at the time, the club didn’t even know if they would have a rink to curl in, and yet they were already planning teams. “They were all set to go,” he said with a chuckle. Those early, enthusiastic meetings led to the creation of the 58-member Jasper Park Curling Club on Oct. 24, 1924. Itching to start slinging rocks, club members whisked away a letter to park superintendent S. M. Rogers asking permission to build a curling rink in town. But they had trouble securing the lease from the park, and had to quash their plans for the season. That year, club members were so eager to start curling they considered everything from flooding a hotel basement for ice, to cobbling together an outdoor rink. In 1925, two years after the first meeting, the club finally finished building a three-sheet curling rink. A year later, the Jasper Ladies Curling Club formed, and the club held its first bonspiel.

Ninety years of mountainside curling

In the 50s, the club was an unfortunate victim of Parks Canada’s plans for a pool in Jasper, and had to relocate across the street. Robinson said they did that in a multi-day ordeal by plunking the building onto some large trucks and moving it “all in one fell swoop.” Not long after, club members upgraded the building, adding more ice, artificial cooling and better kitchen facilities. Robinson, whose father was a skilled curler and early member of the club, remembers picking up the stones in his early teens. He remembers those days as ones where most players had their own set of rocks, and bonspiel prizes were treated buffalo furs. “That was 70 years ago,” he ref lected, noting that the beating heart of curling has always been the company. “[The club] was the social place to be—especially in the winter,” Robinson said, explaining that the great company, the free-f lowing booze and the top-notch concessions, run by the ladies club, drew people in. “Lots of people went to the rink just to eat,” he said. Mary Hilworth joined the club in the 60s. She remembers a vibrant and busy club, recalling bonspiels with more than 100 teams from across the province rolling into town to compete. “They were all fun; lots of curling; quite a bit of booze, and, you know, just a general good time,” she said, pausing before adding, “I never won one, I was a social curler.” Robinson remembered one particular Prince George tournament that was occasionally won by Jasper curlers, because the trophy was the gigantic Kelly Cup. Digging out an old newspaper clipping, he tapped his finger on a picture of the trophy.

“This holds 26 bottles of whiskey; 26 26ers,” he said. He explained the post-tournament tradition was to plunk the cup on a table, fill it with booze, and have someone stand on the table and ladle it out to tournament finalists.

In the 70s, the club was still going strong when it was forced to relocate once again; this time to the newly constructed Jasper Activity Centre. “We lost something when we left the old building,” Robinson said. The club no longer had its own concessions or its own building, and Robinson said it no longer felt like the members were their own bosses. While there were drawbacks, Hilworth and others saw it as an upgrade. “We had some decent space: better ice, better lights, better everything—it was certainly an upswing to the club,” she said. Not to mention the fact that they also upgraded to eight sheets of ice. The club remained strong in the new location for awhile, but eventually membership began to decline, to the point that, in 2005, four of its eight sheets of ice were repurposed, and are now used by the gymnastics club. Long-time club ice maker Wally Kortzman said that while it was kind of sad, the move made sense. The sheets were only being used for bonspiels, he said, and the declining membership just couldn’t justify all the sheets.

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Kortzman explained that while a lot of the members were peeved with the decision, “I think everybody finally saw the light and realized we were doing the right thing.” Although the club is smaller than in its heyday, its history as a heart of the community still shines through in its welcoming atmosphere. “Grandpa” Dong Han has been a member for 10 years, a newbie by many standards. He said the club’s members taught him everything he needed to know about the game and over the years, he has made amazing friends at the club, who have helped him feel at home in Jasper. “The most important thing for me is this is the first step for someone like me to become a part of the community. I appreciate all of them because they accept me as their friend,” he said.

Jasper is celebrating many important milestones this year and next. To mark each of them, the Fitzhugh is featuring stories about the groups, clubs, organizations, events and buildings marking major anniversaries in the next 12 months. To catch up on past stories, visit and click the header “Jasper Celebrates” on the main page.

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H ist ory at a gl a nce

Policies exist for a reason. They are there to shape what is and is not acceptable. They are there to guide governments through tough decisions. And they are there to ensure fairness and due process. Of course, as with all other things, policies must also be revisited and amended from time to time to keep up with the ever changing times, but those changes are not to be made lightly. Making an exception or wide sweeping amendment can have far-reaching effects. And that’s something that Jasper could see in the notso-distant future, if Parks Canada approves Maligne Tours’ proposal to construct a three-storey, 66-room heritage lodge on its existing leasehold. That decision would be an exception to a longstanding policy that states no new outlying commercial accommodations will be considered within the park. That policy can be found in the 2007 Redevelopment Guidelines for Outlying Commercial Accommodations and Hostels in the Mountain National Parks (OCA Guidelines). During Maligne Tours’ public consultation last week, Amber Stewart of Parks Canada said that the agency is considering the proposal because it meets other park objectives. Those include visitor experience, as well as cultural and environmental stewardship, opportunities. The question, though, is do those benefits outweigh the risks of approving overnight accommodation at Maligne Lake? The precedent that Parks would set by making such an exception could easily result in proposals from other businesses and corporations looking to profit from the park. Jasperites have seen that already—it only took Maligne Tours a year after the Glacier Skywalk was approved to announce its own intentions for a development proposal. Parks’ policies are in place to limit the growth of our town and park to ensure the protection of our wild spaces and wildlife. If the agency is planning to hold true to its mandate of protection and maintenance of ecological integrity, exceptions to longstanding policies on limited development are not an option.

C o rre c t i o n In the Nov. 21 edition of the Fitzhugh, incorrect information appeared in the story “Caribou decline as reindeer thrive in Scotland.” Reindeer exist in several parts of Canada, most notably a herd of several thousand in northern Nunavut. The Fitzhugh apologizes for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

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Exceptions are not an option

Bert Robinson at second Trefoil Lake, when the curling club was moving from the old rink to the new one. [ca. 1950]

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‘They’ve paved paradise and put up a parking lot’ Dear Editor, The Brewster Glacier Skywalk went through despite all the opposition to it. It is up and it will be open to a fee-paying public within months. That project planted the seed of cynicism in my mind. I now question whether my government and its institutions are actually protecting our national parks and the animals within their boundaries. The pursuit of money appears to be winning out over the preservation of our last wild spaces. Our special sanctuaries, our national parks, are not being protected. This week I attended a Maligne Tours presentation at the Lobstick Lodge. About 70 people attended. Maligne Tours is proposing a 66-bed cabin/hotel complex at the head of pristine Maligne Lake. Parks Canada is seriously entertaining the idea! I am gobsmacked! An architect has been hired. The money is waiting to be spent. Shareholders rub their hands together gleefully. My growing cynicism tells me some back room deal has already been struck…these presentations are just a charade. Pioneers from the past; Mary Schaeffer, Curly Phillips and Bill Ruddy are having their names woven into the magical

reasons for erecting such a structure. I wish I could raise them from the grave and hear what they really would have to say about this! The presenters say it has something to do with enhancing the tourist experience. Today I have attended my first ever Jasper Environmental Association meeting. I felt compelled to do so. I doubt my ability to be heard. Perhaps by joining forces with other likeminded people we can stop this mad proposal from actually going through. Will our voices register with those in positions to stop this? I will be giving it my ALL. Corny though it may sound, I have an obligation to the earth, its animals and my children’s children’s children to register my opposition to further development within our national parks. “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone,” Joni Mitchell. Nancy Addison Newest member of the Jasper Environmental Association Jasper, Alta. letters continued on page 5

q u e s t i o n o f t h e w ee k Should Parks Canada make an exception to its existing outlying commercial accommodation policy to allow Maligne Tours to construct a 66-room hotel at Maligne Lake?

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Parks Canada’s Annual Public Forum: What We Heard

Q&A After the annual report by the superintendent, most attendees were interested in further information on trail maintenance and potential hiking club involvement in new hiker education, why Parks Canada is working to expand visitor experiences, documents related to management of development in the Maligne Valley, the value of public input during consultation, and fire management planning. Attendees were then invited to participate in breakout table discussions to provide feedback on the specific topics of communication and interpretation, wildlife conservation and visitor experience in the Maligne Valley. There was also an “open topic” table. The following summarizes the feedback received: What works well in the Maligne Valley? The groups agreed that many things were working well in the Maligne Valley related to conservation and facilitating visitor experiences and learning opportunities: • The valley offers a stunning backdrop for a variety of year-round activities • It provides easily accessible, exceptional winter use opportunities • The valley continues to draw very high visitor satisfaction levels (99%) • New signage and “a sense of welcome” at Maligne Lake are positive recent improvements • Grizzly habitat security and the protection of the harlequin duck population are working well • Area closures are seen as an effective tool for the protection of grizzly bears • Guided activities are providing quality interpretive information and a high level of visitor satisfaction.

What needs improvement in the Maligne Valley? In relation to visitor use, many attendees felt that there is presently effective management of the Maligne Valley, and that Parks Canada should focus on the quality of experiences instead of the quantity. Attendees gave specific examples of what Parks Canada is already providing that there needs to be more of, and examples of what is already provided in which the quality should be improved. Wildlife conservation related suggestions focused on two areas: The first considered information that attendees felt was missing, or needed to be expanded upon, in the Maligne Valley Situation Analysis (which documents what Parks Canada knows about the current situation in the valley). The second area was specific to improving management practices in the Maligne Valley area (wildlife safety and habitat issues, and identification of critical habitat and approved management strategies for caribou, grizzlies and harlequin ducks). What would success look like in the Maligne Valley? There were a few common themes of agreement on this topic. The first was about the importance of maintaining the wilderness character of the valley (for example, the need to balance attracting visitors while ensuring the protection of key wildlife species and the important role in educating/connecting people to the valley, thereby awakening a sense of stewardship). The second concerned the fact that people wanted to stay informed and involved. Residents and visitors to Jasper love the Maligne Valley; they are passionate about its conservation and visitor use. People also want to be involved in sharing their expertise about the area in ways that engage them in educating visitors, being ambassadors, promoting wilderness ethics and in sharing the stories that are woven into the landscape. For more information on the Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy, please visit:

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Shut down Maligne Tours’ proposal Dear Editor, On Tuesday evening (Nov.26), I attended a presentation in Edmonton put on by Maligne Tours Ltd. promoting the company’s plan to build a hotel at Maligne Lake. It was well-attended, and when the questions began, it became apparent that few in the audience supported the idea. Not a single person spoke out in favour, and the presenters were grilled for a couple of hours over the unanswered questions and contradictions in the proposal.

It turns out that the same things happened at Wednesday’s meeting in Jasper. Out of 50-60 people, including perhaps 15 members of the Jasper business community, no one spoke out to support the plan! It looks like nobody except Maligne Tours wants the resort to be built, and seems their reason is simply to make more money. If that’s the case, why is the idea being discussed at all? We should instead be asking Parks Canada to shut it all down before more time and money gets wasted. Peter McClure Spruce Grove, Alta.

E-governance for transparency and accountability Dear Editor,

One thing that is clear from the recent state of political scandals is they stem from a lack of transparency and accountability in government: people don’t know what their government is doing and the government is not held responsible for its actions. During the municipal election, many said there is a need for more transparency and accountability on town council, yet it is not really clear what anybody is actually willing to do about it. In Canada, we, as a democratic society, have a right to know what government is doing, and to have a government that is willing to share general information with NGOs and society at large, as well as to engage with its citizens. Currently that is not happening. In our society, we are still using an old fashioned (paper-based) system.

Jill Seaton of the Jasper Environmental Association on Parks Canada’s review process.

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The Jasper National Park Annual Public Forum allows Parks Canada to hear from the community and get a sense of how the agency is doing. This year’s forum took place Nov. 6. Seventy-seven participants attended to hear about the key Parks Canada achievements of the year, ask questions and provide opinions and feedback on the current situation in the Maligne Valley. The forum initiated the Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy public engagement process.

The whole process is wrong and the environmental assessments are wrong too; they’re a farce.

A solution to this problem is e-government. The United Nations recommends e-governance because it uses digital technology and the Internet to connect government departments and services—at all levels—with each other and with its citizens. This means using innovative methods of information and communication technologies (ICT) to create a system where citizens participate in decisions. But it also means that citizens can use the technologies to keep an eye on their government. There are many reasons Canada is lagging. First we need political motivation and government willingness to share the general information that is collected, as well a general openness with the public. The public also needs to understand how to use these new powerful tools. Grandpa Dong Han Jasper, Alta.

In Brief

New look, same Fitz

Notice something different? We hope so. We gave the Fitzhugh an overhaul, after all. Having just celebrated our eighth anniversary, we felt it was time to evolve our design into a look that better reflects our staff and community. To do that, we drew our inspiration from traditional news publications dating back to the late 1800s. Publications from this era consisted of mixed typefaces and dominant imagery. In order to reflect this style, while still maintaining a clean and modern look, we increased the use of white space and changed our main fonts from Times New Roman and Optima to Caslon and Franchise. Caslon is an early typeface dating back to the 1700s and is cited as the first original typeface of English origin. On the other hand, Franchise is a bold new typeface that commands attention. We feel the fusion of these two fonts creates a modern look that also respects the traditional roots of newsprint. With increased white space, mixed font choices and an updated logo, we’ve created a unique new look we hope our readers will enjoy and appreciate.

Typhoon benefit concert

Although it’s been nearly a month since typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, many in that country are still suffering. When the storm initially hit, Jasper’s Filipino community leapt to action, raising money personally and collectively to send home to their friends and families. Dec. 6, members of the community have taken the next step and organized a benefit concert at the Atha-B night club. Headlining the musical performances will be Filipino act Brown Sugar Band, in collaboration with local acoustic artists, including Cam Windram, Tim Champagne, Matt Cushing, Colleen Olson and Nixon Hamilton. Along with the music, the event will also feature a silent auction, featuring a boatload of prizes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and proceeds will go toward helping typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Remembrance and action

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered in a genderbased attack now referred to as the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre or the Montreal Massacre. Those women, as well as 10 others who were injured, were singled out by Marc Lépine, who was armed with a rifle and hunting knife. Lépine, who turned the gun on himself after his rampage, claimed he was “fighting feminism.” Since that day 24 years ago, Dec. 6 has been commemorated each year as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. In recognition of the day, the Jasper Adult Learning Centre has posted each of the women’s names on a tree wrapped in white lights. That tree sits in the learning centre office.

Stuart McLean in Jasper

The Vinyl Cafe’s Stuart McLean will tape a live CBC Radio show at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Jan. 25 and 26. McLean, a household name for any CBC listener, is known for his distinctive voice and storytelling abilities. The Vinyl Cafe first hit the airwaves in 1994, and in 1995 McLean published Stories from the Vinyl Cafe, the first of many books filled with his humourous and touching short stories. Tickets for the two shows went on sale Monday, Dec. 2.

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n the past six months, the Foothills Research Institute found three of its collared research bears shot and killed. All three were found dead near industrial roads in west central Alberta, and Gordon Stenhouse, research scientist and program lead for the institute’s grizzly bear program, said the bears weren’t killed for meat, fur or other materials. In fact, Stenhouse said, right now the institute has no idea why the bears were killed. He pointed out bears that live near roads are more likely to be killed, but noted that does not account for the mysterious gunshot wounds. One of the bears was a mother with two young cubs. The cubs’ fate in the wake of their mother’s death is now uncertain. “We don’t understand it at all, we don’t know,” Stenhouse said, adding that the provincial government is still investigating the deaths. The shootings happened during a year when more grizzly bears have been killed than any other year since 2003. So far this year 29 bears have been killed, compared to 15 last year. Stenhouse pointed out that those numbers only ref lect the dead bears that are found. He said it’s quite likely more bears have been killed that will never be discovered. He pointed out the only reason he and his colleagues found the three dead bears was because the animals were wearing GPS tracking collars that alert researchers when the bears haven’t moved for a long period of time.

“We’re not very good at finding the ones we don’t know about,” Stenhouse said. While the deaths are still under investigation, Stenhouse explained that, just as in previous years, nearly all of this year’s 29 grizzly deaths will almost certainly be attributed to humans. In 2010, the provincial government listed grizzly bears as a threatened species after a count found only 700 of the animals in the province. Although the three shot bears weren’t found in Jasper, the significant number of grizzly deaths in Alberta this year highlights the importance of Parks Canada’s conservation efforts. Right now in Jasper, Parks is developing an action plan for the Maligne Valley and it is also considering Maligne Tours’ conceptual proposal to develop overnight accommodation at Maligne Lake. The Maligne area is grizzly habitat, and some environmental advocates have questioned the impact such a significant development will have on wildlife in the area. In a letter addressed to Supt. Greg Fenton, the Jasper Environmental Association said the Maligne Valley’s preservation is becoming increasingly important, as grizzly habitat in Alberta is fragmenting. “Upwards of over 100 visitors in the [Maligne Valley] area in the evenings can only have an adverse effect in the important crepuscular time of day for wildlife,” the letter reads, adding that grizzly bears have been repeatedly observed near hiking trails by the Maligne day-use area. At press time, Parks Canada was unable to comment on how this year’s high number of grizzly bear deaths will impact Parks’ Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy or its decision on Maligne Tours’ proposal.

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Maligne Tours put on the spot

When given the opportunity to publicly question the proposal to develop a 66-room hotel at Maligne Lake, Nov. 27, Jasperites didn’t shy away. The 10 people who spoke up expressed their concerns with Maligne Tours’ conceptual proposal loudly and clearly, while about 40 others watched and listened. Those apprehensions, voiced during the company’s second public consultation, ranged from concern over breaking Parks Canada policies to how construction could affect the wildlife that live in the Maligne Valley. “If you’re going to do it in the summer time or the spring,” said Jeff Wilson of construction, “you’ve got calving, all sorts of birds in that area, the ducks looking to procreate. In the winter it’s out of the question ... it’s a disruption for them in the winter time when they’re just trying to survive.” Brad Kennedy, an architect hired by Maligne Tours, responded by saying, the company doesn’t yet know when it would undertake construction because it hasn’t reached that stage in the process. “Exactly when that timeframe will be, I don’t know. I think that’s where the environmental experts would have to help us.” The Maligne Valley is home to a number of sensitive species, including woodland caribou, grizzly bears and harlequin ducks. If Maligne Tours’ proposal makes it past the conceptual stage, Parks will call on the company to do an environmental assessment that will consider the affect redevelopment and overnight accommodation could have

on wildlife in the area. Jill Seaton of the Jasper Environmental Association said that assurance gives her little comfort. “[These developments] have a way of going through. They get gently pushed through by Parks and that’s it,” she said, referencing the Glacier Skywalk—a controversial development that was approved by Parks despite large-scale opposition. “The whole process is wrong and the environmental assessments are wrong too; they’re a farce.” The Skywalk, built by Brewster Travel Canada and set to open next May, was referenced numerous times throughout the public consultation as the reason for the public’s cynicism and distrust of Parks. “I think if you were to canvas the public here and generally, there is no faith in Parks Canada,” said Wilson. “They have given us no reason to view them as the protector of our national parks system.” In light of comments targeted at the agency, Amber Stewart, a land use planner for Jasper National Park, joined Kennedy and Pat Crowley, general manager of Maligne Tours, at the front of the room to field questions. One of those inquiries was how Parks can even consider a proposal for overnight accommodation at Maligne Lake when its management plan states no new outlying commercial accommodations (OCA) will be considered. “How does it come to be where we are today?” asked Terry Winkler, a former park warden. “There is a policy that said no new

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3:30 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2013 Grand Trunk Pacific Boardroom, Jasper Heritage Railway Station 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Meeting Agenda:

Le jeudi 19 décembre 2013 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacific, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Ordre du jour :


Block 3, Lot 16 – 308 Connaught Drive – The proponent has applied to vary the Parking Requirements.



Block 23, Lots 20 & 21 – 802 & 804 Tonquin Street – The proponent has applied to rezone from R1 - Single Unit Dwelling to R2 – Two Unit Dwelling.

Îlot 3, lot 16 – 308 Connaught Drive – Le promoteur sollicite une dérogation aux exigences liées aux places de stationnement.


Îlot 23, lots 20 et 21 – 802 et 804, rue Tonquin – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour modifier le zonage des lots, de R1 (habitation à logement unique) à R2 (habitation à deux logements).

Parties affected by these applications are invited to make written or oral presentations to the committee. Oral presentations at the meeting are limited to 5 minutes and are by appointment only. Written presentations to a maximum of 500 words may be submitted to the Development Office. To make an appointment or submit a written presentation, contact the Parks Canada Development Office at 780-852-6223 no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Development Permits and the Planning & Development Advisory Committee Notices will be posted in the lobby of the Jasper Heritage Railway Station - Parks Canada administration building, 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper, and also announced on the following web-site: plan/plan6.aspx

outlying commercial accommodations, so wouldn’t the answer be no right off the bat?” Stewart said, if Maligne Tours’ proposal is approved, it will be an exception to the existing OCA guidelines, and noted that sometimes there are good reasons to revisit existing policies. “It happens frequently that circumstances change and then we take a look at our policies because we have proposals that come along that might meet our objectives, whether it’s visitor experience or environmental stewardship or cultural stewardship. That’s the situation here.” In response, Rocky Notnes, of Hinton, asked Stewart what makes Maligne Tours’ proposal so “special” that it deserves an exception to a long-standing policy. “There are probably a few reasons, but again one would be the potential visitor experience benefits,” said Stewart. “I think the fact that there’s already a lease area there and a structure—a day lodge—that needs to be renovated or improved somehow, and the potential for improved environmental stewardship and cultural stewardship. There are a number of different reasons.” Beyond the hotel, the potential visitor experiences outlined in Maligne Tours’ conceptual proposal include a low impact wildlife-themed maze, voyageur canoe excursions, earth-caching, The History of the Wardens exhibit, free twicedaily Wildlife in the Valley storytelling experiences, Aboriginal-themed storytelling experiences and themed food and beverage experiences, just to name a few of the 14 “experiential highlights.” There is also a proposal to erect 15 tent cabins off the company’s existing leasehold

on the footprints of the tent cabins that existed there in the past. Speaking of the tent cabins, Monika Schaefer reminded those in attendance that the accommodations were there before Maligne Lake Road was constructed. “That was when it took two days to get there by horse and boat and what not. There has not been accommodation there since access has been easy. “This should not go ahead. I’m sure it would be beautiful, but not there,” she said. The public consultation, Nov. 27, was one of two forums held last week. The other was at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton. According to an Edmonton Journal story published the following day, 60 people attended the meeting and “many … took issue with a private, for-profit company making the public park experience exclusive to ‘high yield tourists.’” With the first round of consultations complete, Maligne Tours will now make adjustments to its conceptual proposal and resubmit it to Parks Canada. If that proposal is approved—a decision is expected in early 2014—the company will then undertake the work to complete a detailed proposal, including an environmental assessment. That proposal and assessment would then be subject to public review and comment. To find Maligne Tours’ conceptual proposal, visit and click “Renewal at Maligne Lake” on the left hand side. To provide feedback on the proposal, email it to

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Les parties concernées par cette demande sont invitées à présenter leurs commentaires de vive voix ou par écrit au comité. Les exposés ne doivent pas durer plus de cinq minutes, et les présentateurs doivent prendre rendez-vous. Les mémoires, qui doivent contenir un maximum de 500 mots, peuvent être déposés au Bureau d’aménagement. Pour prendre rendez-vous ou pour soumettre un mémoire, appelez le Bureau d’aménagement de Parcs Canada au 780-8526223, au plus tard le mercredi 18 décembre 2013 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 : plan/plan6.aspx

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Jasper PeeWee Bears faceoff in Edson

Goals punctuate a hockey game, providing excitement and helping to tell the story. But they are not the whole story. They only describe the end point of the play that involves many players, coaches and even referees. In last Sunday’s game in Edson, the Jasper PeeWee Bears faced-off against a team that Jasper had yet to encounter this season and, it is fair to say, the goal scoring was only a small part of the spectacle on the ice. The first period ended one to nothing in favour of Edson, who scored a power play marker that went underneath goaltender Severin Golla’s stick and into the net. Well, not quite. Golla didn’t have his stick when the goal went in. He had lost it in an earlier scramble and opted not to retrieve it when the play temporarily left the Bears’ zone. Had he had a stick, the shot would have either gone under it or hit it. Hard to tell, but it went in the net and Edson took the lead. This lead was in spite of some pretty fancy stick work by the Bears. First year defenseman Eric MacMahon is a presense on the ice for his hard work and cunningly timed poke checks. Not a big kid, MacMahon has to use guile to fend off rushing opponents and he does just that shift after shift. By my count, he prevented a dozen scoring opportunities and stopped three sure goals with hard work and great defensive timing. Helping him out on the blue line is Drew Tank, a second-year defender who seemed to have taken a few too many lessons from his heroes on the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was in the sin bin when Edson scored their first goal, but Tank more than made up for it with

a few confident rushes and otherwise solid defensive play. Although he had no points in this contest, he’s another strong contributor. In the second period there was no scoring by either side, which again highlighted Jasper’s defensive play. Tyler Carlton is a defenseman who plays loose on the ice, clearly anticipating a play. Carlton’s ability to get in passing and shooting lanes is uncanny. He even shows some grit along the boards these days, imposing himself into the fray to move the puck out along the boards. While Carlton works the wall, Trenton Rea plays the middle of the ice with line-mate Rhys Malcolm. Their passing sprung Rea on a breakaway in the early going of the third period, but he was unable to beat a strong Edson goalie. I anticipate Rea will be on the scoresheet a lot as the season progresses, as he has all the hockeysense and drive that make goals go in. In the face of steady offensive pressure from the Bears, Edson went up by two early in the third period. That was off a nice twoon-one passing play on which second half Bears’ netminder Duncan McLeod had no chance. Malcolm finally got the Bears on the board five minutes into the third, walking in from the neutral zone and lifting a wrister over the Edson keeper’s glove.

Malcolm can clearly score all on his own, but working with Rea and Matteo Tassoni, he is showing increasing confidence in up-ice feeds and passes from the corner that, while missing on Sunday, will come with practice. Edson regained their two goal lead on another third period powerplay marker. MacLeod had the puck covered, but Edson took advantage of a late whistle, dug it out and it trickled over the line. Malcolm put Jasper back within one about a minute later, but that was as close as Jasper would come. Edson scored twice more in the final three minutes of the game for a 5–2 final score. These teams are more even than this outcome indicates, and when the entire Jasper team is healthy again, the score will be much closer. The PeeWees are idle next weekend, making way for the Atom tournament, but they will play Mayerthorpe in two weeks. See you at the rink.

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Annual General Meeting MONDAY, December 9, 2013 7:00 pm • Jasper Museum Bridgeland Room Submitted photo

Free membership draw to members who attend.

Glaciers celebrate strong season The Jasper Glaciers six-a-side football team wound down an impressive season with a banquet at Marmot Lodge Nov. 27. The team competes in the Alberta 6-Man Football League, and boasts players from both Jasper Junior/ Senior High School and École Desrochers. This season the team won all six of its regular season games, many in dominating fashion, before going on to a disappointing loss to the Breton Cougars in the first round of the playoffs. The banquet was an opportunity to celebrate the season and recognize the players who made it possible. Recognition started with Brad Anselmo, who took home the rookie of the year award. The offensive superstar also snagged recognition for outstanding offensive player along with Dylan Mooney.


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Outstanding defensive player awards were handed out to Jack Hilworth and Morgan Poirer. Emerson Ostrander won the most improved player award. Finally, Martin Kreiner accepted the Glaciers’ award of excellence for sportsmanship, leadership and quality. Along with the awards, players were also presented their west division championship banner. “The Glaciers’ perfect 6-0 record against west division teams is quite remarkable when you consider we were competing against larger schools that have a longer tradition of playing football,” said the team’s coach, Fred Kreiner, when ref lecting on the banquet a few days later.

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Last weekend, midget hockey teams from across the region made the trek to Jasper to battle it out on the ice. The Jasper Bearcats hosted the tournament, which had the Jasper Activity Centre bustling all weekend. The contest featured teams from Grande Cache, Calmer, Edmonton, Tofield and Wabamum. Despite some struggles with injuries, the Bearcats fared well, winning both of their qualifying games. Their second was a particularly exciting nail biter against Tofield. The back-and-forth contest had the crowd cheering, and ended in a 6–5 Jasper victory. In the finals on Sunday, the Bearcats faced off against the team from Calmer. An injured goaltender worked against them, and they fell to the Cobras. While the home team didn’t walk away tournament champions, coach Tony Bielec talked up the team’s talent and praised their play over the weekend. “The boys played really well,” he said. “They’re a bonding team; they’re a team on the rise.”


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Sporting different hairstyles and extravagant outfits each time, Mychol Ormandy, as his alter ego Toni Lester Van Blam, performed three of Cher’s greatest hits at the Jasper Legion, Nov. 30. The drag diva had the whole crowd cheering as she enacted A Song for the Lonely, Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time. The performance was part of the Jasper Pride Festival Society’s first fundraiser, titled Diva-Licious. Van Blam’s Cher-themed stage show was a nod to the ultimate diva, who will be performing in Edmonton June 23. As part of the fundraiser, the society had two tickets to the show, along with a night at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, on the silent auction table. At the end of the night, the winning bid was $960. All of the funds from the event, which also included performances by Edmonton’s Ginger Schnapps, will go toward the fifth annual Jasper Pride Weekend, March 21-23.


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rian Kearnan was heading out for a walk early this October when his dogs started barking and pulled him toward a tree behind his house. He looked up and was surprised to have his gaze met by the masked face of a raccoon. “I used to see them all the time back east where I’m from,” said Kearnan, who thought the sighting was so bizarre he notified Parks Canada Human Wildlife Conf lict (HWC) Specialist Geoff Skinner. Although Jasper National Park is outside the known range for raccoons, it wasn’t the first time a raccoon had been recorded in this area. Two years prior, one had been found dead on the railway tracks near a bridge over the Snaring River. Two weeks after Skinner spoke to Kearnan, the HWC team began receiving more calls from residents in town. “People were finding berry-filled scats in their backyards and were concerned a bear was wandering around,” said Skinner. The team investigated the reports, and, noting that the scat didn’t look bear-like, installed a remote camera in a yard where

scat had been deposited. The camera caught the animal in action, confirming it was a raccoon. The team then set up a live-trap baited with sardines, and the next day found an adult female raccoon inside. Raccoons? In Jasper? Skinner suspects the two recent raccoon visitors hitched rides to Jasper National Park on the train. “The closest known populations are in the agricultural areas to the east of us in central Alberta.” Given the range of problem-solving skills the species possesses, hopping a train isn’t a stretch. Raccoons have been observed using their crafty, hand-like paws to untie knots, unscrew jars and open doorknobs. They can undo complicated latches, memorize solutions to complex problems and break into a variety of manmade dwellings. Slinging themselves onto a railcar to access grain or corn would not pose a big challenge. Unfortunately for this raccoon, travelling to a new place far from home had its hazards. “Once we captured her, we found that most of her tail and the lower part of her leg had recently been sliced off,” said Skinner. Given her poor physical condition, and the HWC team’s lack of knowledge of her place of origin, the team was forced to euthanize the raccoon.

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“It’s always a concern when animals are transported to a new community far from their original home,” said Skinner. “They have the potential to disrupt the native species of their new home in a number of ways. For example, they can introduce new parasites and disease, or affect the relationship between native predators and their prey.” There is speculation that the raccoon population in Alberta is expanding northward. An increase in food associated with agriculture and other human developments, and climate change, could be contributors. However, Skinner said he doesn’t expect raccoons to establish a population in Jasper National Park outside of the townsite. “Long, cold winters and a short growing season would likely limit a raccoon’s ability to gather enough food to survive in the park.”

However, he recognizes that raccoons are very successful at living in urban settings. They have incredibly varied diets and can easily adapt to living on human garbage in addition to the insects, fruit and seeds they are able to scavenge. Living this close to people can create problems. Sometimes raccoons will den in buildings and destroy property. Skinner said some raccoons in Alberta carry canine distemper, which can be a lethal virus that can be spread to domestic dogs. Skinner also pointed to cases where raccoons have killed domestic cats. Until better data is collected regarding the expansion of raccoon populations, the HWC team will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, if you see one of these fury little hobos travelling the rails or checking out your backyard, let park officials know.



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Grade 6’s fundraising pays off

Shawn Arsenault’s Grade 6 class was hard at work last month raising money for one of their schoolmates. The students raised $407.12 by organizing dances, bake sales and movie screenings at their school, as part of their community engagement project. And on Nov. 21, the class presented Hjalmar Tiesenhausen, Bella Tiesenhausen’s father, with a check. Bella is a Jasper Elementary School student suffering from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. The condition has left Bella with developmental delays, deficient gross and fine motor skills, neural-developmental delay and cognitive impairment. During the check presentation, which took place during a school assembly, a

Bat-killing fungus slowly nears Jasper There’s a fungus slowly spreading across North America, and it’s wreaking havoc on the continent’s bat populations. Even though it hasn’t yet reached Alberta, Parks Canada is taking precautions. Parks representative Kim Weir said when the deadly fungus first surfaced in southern Ontario, Parks staff met with staff from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and Alberta Parks. The outcome was a decision to close any bat hibernation caves in the province for recreational use. For Jasper, that meant closing Procrastination Pot—a known batcave and recreational caving destination. Weir said Parks has been monitoring the cave since 2010 to stay on top of population changes and to detect any sign of disease. Parks employees are also electronically monitoring abandoned mines for signs of other bat hibernation sites. Such early intervention stems from the intensity and severity with which the fungus can wipe out bat colonies once it takes hold. Geomyces destructans, better known as white nose syndrome, transmits extremely easily from one bat to another, and once it gets into a colony it can kill up to 99 per cent of it. Weir explained that, in Alberta, bats are the only major predator of night flying insects. The animal’s fast metabolism means it needs to eat a lot, and this voracious feeding helps keep insect populations in check. Wildlife biologist Dave Hobson said that without bats trimming back the number of insects, farmers would likely have to use a lot more pesticides to control bug populations. Hobson explained how the fungus sends a “root system” into the skin of the bat and feeds


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representative of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Unifor Local 4534 worker’s union surprised the class by not only matching its donation, but bringing it up to an even $1,000 in the union’s name. A smiling Tiesenhausen said the money will help support his family as Bella undergoes expensive stem cell treatments abroad. So far the treatments have improved Bella’s condition, and Tiesenhausen said he hopes she will eventually have more. Tiesenhausen said the town of Jasper has been “awesome” to his family, and thanked Arsenault’s class warmly. “To the Grade 6 students; this is awesome and we really appreciate it,” he said.

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on the animal’s skin tissue. This invasion causes bats to wake up multiple times during winter hibernation, interrupting the hibernation process and effectively starving them to death. The white spores at the top of those invading “roots” are the visible manifestation of the fungus, even though most of it actually lives inside the animal. Often dead bats are found with a white ring around their nose, which is how the fungus earned the moniker white nose syndrome. Hobson said scientists are now quite certain the fungus originated in Europe, and was transmitted here by human activity on the Atlantic Ocean. While the white nose fungus poses no threats to humans, it’s likely people can transmit the spores to bats, aggravating the spread of the infection. This, Hobson explained, is why organizations like Parks take cave closures so seriously. One careless cave explorer carrying the fungus’ spores could infect a single bat, possibly leading to the collapse of the entire colony. “In one fell swoop you could move that fungus across North America the same way it moved across the Atlantic Ocean,” Hobson said. Hobson said although the fungus is not spreading west as quickly as it did south, it is creeping closer to Alberta every year. He admitted that cave closures likely won’t stop the spread in the long run, but that they can help delay it. “The hope is that through research we can identify a way to deal with the fungus – and hopefully we can do that before it reaches Alberta,” he said. For Jasper, prevention means vigilance, and protecting bat colonies as much as possible. Weir explained that until Parks Canada is certain that the spread of white nose syndrome is not a concern for bat populations in the park, Procrastination Pot will remain closed to public recreational use.

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Drinking and driving: the facts and stats The Traffic Safety Enforcement focus for the month of December is impaired driving. On average provincially, from 2008 to 2012, each year more than 100 people were killed and almost 1,600 were injured in collisions involving at least one driver who had consumed alcohol prior to the crash. In 2011 alone, 78 people were killed and 1,391 were injured. The Jasper RCMP will be conducting check stops throughout the area this month, targeting impaired drivers. On average over the past five years, approximately 8,400 people were convicted of impaired driving in Alberta each year. Approximately 8,300 24-hour driving disqualifications were issued each year under the Traffic Safety Act when police suspected a driver’s physical or mental ability had been affected by alcohol, drugs or other substances. On average in Alberta, one in five drivers involved in a fatal collision

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has been drinking alcohol prior to the collision. This compares to an average of about one in 20 drivers involved in injury collisions. As the severity of the collision increases, so does the likelihood that the collision will involve a drinking driver. Most casualty collisions involving alcohol occur on the weekends. The most likely time period for these collisions, on any day of the week, is between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Impaired driving is a crime and it will be treated as such. Know the limits. Know your limits. Make the safe choice for everyone—don’t drive if you’ve been drinking, using drugs or are fatigued. If you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the license plate and vehicle description and dial 911 anywhere in the province.

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We are currently hiring for all the following positions: (3) Full-time Housekeeping Room Attendants ($13.85-$14.00/hour) For hotel, days, weekends and holidays. Sweep, mop, wash & polish floors; make beds; change sheets; clean & disinfect bathrooms. Attend guest request for extra supply, stock linen closet and supplies area. No formal education. Will train, must be fit to work in physically demanding, fast paced environment, work under pressure and good team player. (1) Full-time Front Desk Agent ($13.00-$13.50/hour) For the hotel, days, weekends and holidays. Maintain an inventory of vacancies, reservations & room assignments. Register arriving guests and assign rooms. Answer enquiries regarding hotel services. Arrange services required for guests with special needs, secure guest’s valuables, process wake-up calls, Investigate and resolve complaints and claims. Completion of High School, Will train, has a good communication skills, Basic knowledge in computer and other office equipment, work under pressure and a good team player. (2) Full-time Line Cook ($13-$15.50/hour) For hotel restaurant, days, weekends and holidays. Prepare & cook complete meals or individual dishes, supervise kitchen helpers, plan menu, order supplies, Oversee kitchen operations, Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment, May set up and oversee buffets, May clean kitchen and work area, may plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies. Has 2 years experience working as line cook & must have safety food handling certificate. (1) Full-time Food & Beverage Server ($9.95-10.50/hour) For hotel restaurant, days, weekends and holidays. Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverage, Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff, Serve food and beverages, general plate service, Recommend wines that complement patron’s meals, Present bill to patrons and accept payments in cash, credit or debit cards, Clear and clean tables, trays, chairs, replenish condiments and other supplies at tables and serving areas. No formal education. Will train, must be customer service oriented and legal age to mix and serve alcoholic beverages, computer use, work under pressure. Please fax your resume or email to: • Fax No: 780-852-4955 Attn: Bob Graham, Assistant General Manager

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FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT Permanent Full-time shiftwork. 2 Positions. $11.50/hr, 36+hrs/wk. No Exp. Req. Duties: serve customers, portion & prepare wrap; vegetable, meats, sandwiches. Bake bread. Stock refrigerators & supplies. Record food used. Cleaning: stations, tables, floors, washrooms, dishes.




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Case Model 530 Tractor front end loader in good condition $3,500. Parts tractors Case 530 backhoe attachment $1,000. 14 foot tandem field disk $800. Contact 250-219-0277 GTS Nov 29 Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-3149522 Dec 5

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MISCELLANEOUS TOURTIERES, CHICKEN POT PIE, STEAK AND WILD MUSHROOM PIE and CEDAR BOUGHS for sale. 5” and 9” pies. Fresh BC cedar. Call Bruce or Annie Baker at 780852-7436. We will deliver to Jasper, Hinton and the Robson Valley.

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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 1-855-2998899

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

Prenatal Classes Please call Jasper Community Health for dates and times. 780-852-4759

Museum Coffee Hour Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme Street. November 5 to March 25. Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

COMMUNITY SERVICES Community Outreach Services Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in.The coffee is always on. M – F, 8:30am to 4:30pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780-852-2100.

Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 6:30pm. Call 780-852-8800 for more info.

Jasper Reuse-it Centre Anglican Church Hall basement, 602 Geikie Street (back door by parking lot). Hours: Mon 7-9 pm, Tues 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wed 7 -9 pm, Thurs 1-3pm. Donations accepted during operating hours.

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.

Healthy Living Exercise Program Alberta Health Services is offering an 8 week free exercise program in Jasper for adults with or at risk of developing a chronic disease. This group program includes a pre and post assessment with a physical therapist. Call 1-877-349-5711 for more information or to register. Badminton Nights Interested in playing badminton? Come to the Jasper High School gym, every Wednesday, at 8:00 PM. Drop in fee is $2 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

Royal Canadian Legion 401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4 p.m. Children welcome until 8pm.Chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740. Habitat for the Arts 500 Robson Street. Open Tues - Sat, 12 to 5 pm. 780-984-5252 or Thrift Shop Hours The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement. Jasper Municipal Library Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. For more info 780-852-3652 or

Jasper Adult Learning Centre Skills for Success Program 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. HIV West Yellowhead For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800-772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome. 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. 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

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Mountain movies in Jasper


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ries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) A new turn on your path has begun. It involves entering new territory. You feel moved to ask questions and you want clear answers. You are willing to do some of the work but this is where the right tools for the job come to the fore once again. Others need you to help them to help you for the next few weeks.


aurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Whatever is happening in your world, the plot is getting thicker. This includes a wider spectrum of people to see and places to go. Research, investigation and/or paper work in the way of contracts are featured. Fortunately, your resolve is rising to meet the demand and will continue all month. If you are in a position to delegate, do it.


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ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) This is an expansive ‘go-ahead’ time. Keeping pace will require extra time and effort. Support from significant others is revealing their beauty. You will also experience other sides of people’s character, which may prove challenging. This will continue into 2014. Altogether, circumstances are causing you to get to the bottom of things.


eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) This New Moon cycle has sowed some magical seeds for you. Yet to nurture them you will have to take a different approach than you might normally. Visualizations and contemplations, meditations and perhaps a few prayers are the special ingredients required for this special soil. Surrender with faith that the planted seeds will take care of the rest.


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) The time has come to enter your den, lair, sanctuary or temple, as the case may be. This does not mean that you need to be or will be alone. In fact, your network may be extra stimulated. You can have both, either by way of sacred gatherings or social media or…. Either way, your drive for insights, answers and solutions remains high and will all month.


ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A renewed sense of hope linked to your public and professional life has been sparked. This inspiration is leading you to want to maximize the possibilities. This is leading you to get your affairs, home and/or office in order. You will push harder than usual to get organized and to create an atmosphere of success.

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“When we only had one night we always had a lot of disappointed people,” Wacko said. Films range anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour, and follow passionate thrill seekers as they explore some of the world’s most exciting and unique outdoor phenomena. They range from the festival grand prize winner, North of the Sun, which chronicles two Norwegians as they make camp on an isolated beach for the Scandinavian winter, to the four-minute long, visual tribute to the Colorado River, I am Red. Wacko said he is thrilled to bring such a “unique event” to Jasper, and hopes people will f lood the theatre and make it a success. He said there will be tons of great door prizes and free samples of coffee to the first 300 people who come out.

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Free Mountain celebrates five seasons

Six years ago, when Sean MacCarron moved to Jasper to work for Marmot Basin, there wasn’t a designated snowboard team in town. So, shortly after his arrival, he started one: Jasper Free Mountain Snowboard Team. The non-profit “freeride, freestyle team” celebrates its fifth season this January, and is holding its annual orientation day Dec. 15. MacCarron, the president and program coordinator, said the team is less about competition and more about learning new skills and having a good time with friends. “We’re not a seriously competitive group because everybody just enjoys the training and the social aspect of it. “It’s all-mountain riding with the development of freestyle skills. So, for the kids, they get to hangout and ride with their friends every Sunday, all day, with a professional coach.” Kace Ellis, who dreams of coaching his own team one day, has been training with Free Mountain for five years. “I am still learning every year,” he said. To encourage participation, Free Mountain is opening up to a younger crowd this season, welcoming 10-year-old boarders for the first time.

The time has come to increase your lot and advance your position. You are determined to make moves that will produce a heightened sense of security. The challenge includes pushing through walls of resistance. Ironically, these are probably more within than without. To succeed, aim to work inwardly to feel more confident and faithful about the outcome.


agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Some returns for past efforts are rolling in. You have likely earned these and feel that they are long overdue. Financial returns are quite likely, but you will still have to give to the situation to access them. As well, taking an assertive approach to voice your thoughts and opinions is important and likely. Over the next few weeks, others will learn where they stand with you.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Balancing the urge to retreat with the call to venture out is in the spotlight. Time management and clear intentions with social activities especially should do it. While you want to take new leads with people, you may feel restricted. The solution may lie in asking others for their support. Aim to strike a fair deal and others will respond positively.

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You feel a growing urge to reach out and socialize. It is time to play more for a while, to end the year on a high note. Yet, this is a call for quality over quantity so be selective in what you do and the people you engage. You have likely been working rather hard for many months. This trend will continue but it is time to recharge.

isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) A new quality of confidence is emerging in you. This stands to lead you to new levels of professional success. Others are pushing and perhaps cheering you on. Either way, your ambitions are on the rise. Yet, to succeed you will need to be less social, more discerning with your priorities and more focused.

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Jasper is a town full of outdoor enthusiasts, but Dec. 8 and 9 are a couple of days enthusiasts might want to spend inside, hunkered down in comfy movie theatre seating, munching popcorn. Those nights, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour rolls into the Chaba Theatre, featuring an action-packed lineup of the most popular outdoor adventure films from this year’s festival. Jasper is just one of 350 screening locations across North America (and even more across the globe), and Dwain Wacko, who has helped bring the festival to Jasper for more than a decade, has helped choose what he feels is a stellar set of shows. “I’m excited about the whole program,” Wacko said. For the second year in a row, Wacko is extending the show to two nights, in a effort to cram as many f licks as possible into the lineup, and to ensure there are enough tickets for all of Jasper’s mountain-loving moviegoers.

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The young guns will be in the “starter group.” But, before they can join the team, they have to be able to ride the School House Chair and make it down the run unaided. “The kids still have to be able to snowboard, because if they’re beginners they just go to ski school,” said MacCarron, who has been coaching for 47 straight seasons—spending his winters in Jasper and his Canadian summers in Australia. “If they’re not in the starter group then they have to be capable of coming down the Eagle Express Lift using both edges.” When Free Mountain was created in 2009, it was open to youth 11 to 14 years of age. But, as the boarders got older, the maximum age was extended to allow them to stay on the team until they reached 17. “We had some kids who turned 15 and then 16 and then 17 that didn’t want to leave the team, so we changed the cut off to 17,” said MacCarron. The Free Mountain orientation day is Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Boarders interested in the team are encouraged to meet MacCarron and Cameron Vos, the team’s head coach, on the deck of the lower mountain cafeteria that morning.

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Theatre group brings ghosts of Christmas to life





And, of course, Scrooge will change from his wretched self into a joyous, giving man, whose heart is filled with love. Playing Scrooge in the production is Matt Turnbull, a mainstay in the Jasper Theatre Company’s productions. Other familiar faces are Jonathan Thornton, Stephanie Beyko and Lena Olson, all of whom were in the theatre company’s last production: Bedrooms, which was performed at the Jasper Legion in May. There are also new faces joining the ranks, including Julie-Anne Weaver and DJ (Klem) Klymchuk. The cast and crew have had a “nutty” seven weeks to throw the show together, said Strugnell, who shares the role of director with Jodie Dawn. “For people to be able to memorize their lines and be able to deliver that quickly is really exceptional,” he said. “A lot of people were off script within a month. Everybody is really committed and really awesome. “The characters are bang on, and the roles are fun for everybody. It’s really coming together.” Tickets for A Christmas Carol, which is being presented at the Jasper Activity Centre, Dec. 13, along with dinner by Elizabeth Prinz, are on sale at Tekkara Color. There will also be a matinee presented to school children Dec. 12. The students will pay $2 or a food bank donation. The funds raised from that show will go directly

to Habitat for the Arts, who is presenting the production with the theatre company. “The matinee for the schools is a great way to expose children to local theatre without a $50 price tag,” said Strugnell, and it’s also an opportunity to introduce them to a 170-year-old classic. To keep up with the Jasper Theatre Company, follow along on Facebook.

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Local thespians will bring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the stage, Dec. 13. Although a classic tale known by most, the Jasper Theatre Company has added a slight twist to the production: throughout the play, film clips from various renditions of the story will be shown on a projection screen next to the stage. John Strugnell, the play’s director and narrator, said it was Marianne Garrah of Habitat for the Arts who thought of including video in the show. “People are coming expecting a very classic story to be retold and we had to figure out a way to do that in our way and in a way that works here in Jasper,” said Strugnell. “The mixed media that we’re using will definitely make it different.” But, even with the twist, the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge will remain the same. As in the original, the word “humbug” will ring out and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come will all make an appearance, as will Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit.














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