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Cheyenne Henderson performs a jazz solo during the Jasper Dance Program’s annual Christmas recital, Dec. 15. For more photos from the event, see page 15. Nicole Veerman photo


The 2014 budget breakdown: round two I

f approved by council, the municipality’s draft operating budget for 2014 would result in a 6.38 per cent tax increase, as well as an increase of 15 per cent for water rates, 5.2 per cent for sewage rates and four per cent for solid waste fees. On the average utility bill, the increases to water, sewer and solid waste would equate to an annual increase of $46. On Dec. 11, council, administration and six members of the public discussed the budgets for the protective services, culture and recreation and family and community support services departments. Outlined below is a brief overview of the increases or decreases for each department and the justifications provided by each municipal director. Protective Services Protective services is proposing a budget with a 2.3 per cent decrease in spending for 2014. That equates to $16,217 less than the previous year. The total budget for the department, which encompasses emergency management, bylaw, the fire department and health and safety programming for the municipality, is about $1.107 million.

“The proposed budget we have in front of us, I think, will allow us to provide at the very least the same and in some cases a higher level of service as we have presently and in the past,” said Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem of his budget. “I’m confident in our ability to meet all of our goals and objectives and challenges and opportunities.” During his presentation, Van Tighem highlighted the challenges facing the department, most of which include capital expenses that will crop up over the next four years. Some of those include repairs to the Emergency Services Building, the replacement of a fire engine and the need to partner with the operations department to assess Jasper’s waterlines to ensure there are no dead end hydrants. Council will discuss the capital budget in the new year.

In the proposed budget for 2014, FCSS is requesting a 3.1 per cent increase from the municipality, bringing that figure up to $382,814. That increase would allow the department to maintain its existing service levels. Kathleen Waxer, director of FCSS, noted that this year’s overall budget is less than last year because of the loss of a grant for a young adult outreach worker, leaving only one for that life stage, as well as one for each of the other five stages. The department’s total budget for 2014 is about $1.8 million. Most of the funding from the municipality goes toward subsidizing the cost of daycare and after school care. When asked how many children benefit from that funding, Waxer responded, “on any given day there’s approximately 55 children in the daycare centre and another 50 in out of school care.”

Family and Communit y Support Services

Culture and Recreation

The budget for family and community support services (FCSS) is greatly funded by provincial grants, with only $371,215 of its more than $1.85 million budget coming from the municipality last year.

The proposed budget for culture and recreation includes line items for a number of repairs and modifications, equating to an overall increase of $68,597. That is a 5.6 per cent increase over the department’s 2013 budget.

Included on the list are modifications to the arena condenser ($6,000) and to the electric truck for ice removal ($4,000). There are also repairs to the air phone system at the aquatic centre ($6,000) and to the centre’s chlorine equipment ($6,000). If approved, the budget will also include $7,000 for an inspection of the structural beams in the aquatic centre to make sure they’re structurally sound. Yvonne McNabb, director of culture and recreation, explained that these projects are necessary to maintain the town’s aging recreation buildings. As well as the proposed budget increase, there will be a four per cent increase to fees for the gym, aquatic centre, arena, multipurpose hall and other rentals. The proposed 2014 operating budget of $13,739,462 was adopted as an interim budget at the Dec. 17 meeting of council. To read about council’s discussion, including the conditions it placed on the interim budget, pick up the Dec. 26 issue of the Fitzhugh. To review the proposed budget, visit the municipal website ( and click “Budget 2014” on the right hand side.

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A Dec. 6 cabinet shuff le resulted in an impressive new title for West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell. Campbell took over as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, replacing Diana McQueen, who moved to the energy portfolio. The Jasper resident, who was elected to the legislative assembly in 2008, also took over as government house leader, putting him in charge of steering government legislation through the house. The new titles are a step up for Campbell, who had been Minister of Aboriginal Relations, as well as deputy house leader. “It was a complete surprise, actually,” Campbell said in an interview a few days after the appointment. “To be honest, I thought [Premier Alison Redford] was going to leave me in aboriginal relations. But she decided that there’s some work within the environment portfolio that she wants me to take on, and she’s appointed me government house leader. So I’m going to be a little busy.”

Campbell said that while he’s excited to face the new challenge, he is “a little sad” to leave his post as Minister of Aboriginal Relations. “I enjoyed my time in aboriginal relations and made some great friends and built some great relationships. “I spent a lot of time in the communities around the province and I really enjoyed that. You get to meet people and sit down with the elders; meet people from the community and find out what some of the real challenges and barriers are out there.” After the cabinet shuffle, provincial NDP leader Brian Mason was quick to criticize Campbell’s appointment, saying the minister’s years as president of the local United Mine Workers of America makes him a bad fit for an environment minister. Campbell dismissed those criticisms, pointing to the fact that he’s been an avid outdoorsman for years, and is passionate about preserving nature. He said his knowledge of natural resource development will help him shape policy that’s fair for all sides. “I think I can bring a lot to the table. And again, I’m looking at resolving issues, and I’m looking at building trust

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Promotion for Jasper MLA

Robin Campbell, MLA for West Yellowhead, takes the oath as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development at Government House on Friday, Dec.13. amongst stakeholder groups that we will do the right thing at the end of the day. “We have to understand that people need to work, but like I say, we have to find that balance between the economy and the environment,” he said. Campbell said he will spend his first few days familiarizing himself with his

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new job before heading back to his riding over the holidays. He was in Jasper speaking to social studies students at Jasper Junior/Senior High School Dec. 16.

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Thoroughness is key to a successful budget process. There is always something to add or cut, but what’s important is deciding which is which. On Tuesday, council approved an interim operating budget for 2014. This is the second year in a row that it has taken this approach. This year the decision was made in order for the mayor and council to review the year-end numbers for 2013 and to allow for additional time for deliberation. As the budget stands, administration is requesting a 6.38 per cent tax increase—1.66 per cent more than the approved increase for 2013. Within the proposed budget, the largest increase comes from the administration department, which is requesting a 22 per cent increase over its budget from the previous year. Council has highlighted a number of line items within the department’s budget that it would like to discuss further. Some of those items include the regional air carrier study, the benchmarking study, the land use and planning study and the hiring of an administrative assistant for council. Although each item could be ticked off as justifiable, council has asked to know more, in order to determine just how important each item is and how necessary it is for the sustainability of the community. During the budget process, this kind of questioning is important, especially in a town with zero opportunity for growth, because it’s the same tax payers who bear the brunt of council’s decisions each year. For those homeowners and business owners, no matter how justifiable a line items is, a 6.38 per cent tax increase isn’t sustainable. That’s why it’s not only important that council take its time as it goes through the proposed budget, but that it continue its quest to find alternative revenue sources for the community. Without another source of income, annual budget increases will eventually cripple the people who live and work in Jasper, and put a home or business even further out of reach for many of the town’s residents. Council likely won’t make a final decision on the budget until March. We hope between now and then it is able to find some places to scrimp and save, making this year’s increase a bit more palatable for the community’s tax base.

Clarification When large concentrations of radon are inhaled, they decay in the lungs, giving off bursts of energy that damage lung tissue. An explosion is a less optimal description of this process. The Fitzhugh apologizes for any confusion caused by the Dec. 12 story, “There’s something in the soil.”

History at a Glance is brought to you by the JasperYellowhead Museum & Archives. Online: / Twitter: @jaspermuse

Time to scrimp and save

The Esso, Ford Monarch and Shell Stations on the corner of Connaught Drive and Hazel Avenue. [ca 1952]

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Live theatre a ‘treat’ Dear Editor,

Thank you to John Strugnell and Jodi Hawkins for a wonderful evening and at the play A Christmas Carol. Such a treat to have a wonderful meal and real live theatre. So great to see the acting talents of so many.

Do your homework Dear Editor, I have agonized over this; researched every scrap of information, read and studied the Maligne Lake Situation Analysis and the Maligne Tours Conceptual Proposal, twisted, probed deep, way down into my “I love Jasper National Park, local guts” and I support Maligne Tours Conceptual Proposal for overnight accommodation at Maligne Lake for these reasons: I understand the necessity for change and why there is a need, a desire to refresh, update what businesses/partners and JNP is offering to the visitor. Even iron clad park policies need an occasional microscope, or to refocus the lens in a changing world. Today’s reality: simple economics, Parks Canada has no money. As we all know, PC is funded from the federal government with a strict budget. Local parks make extra revenue from park gates; runner up is the business community that pay a percentage of their gross revenues to PC. Parks need the big players: Brewster, Maligne Tours, Marmot Basin/Jasper Tramway and outlying commercial accommodations to help supplement the meager budget that Ottawa provides them. I get that this makes people very upset! They think Big Business; their interests are ruling, running...ruining the park, the fundamental

To all who were unable to attend, don’t miss your chance at the next play. It’s great entertainment and all local. How lucky we are in Jasper! Jacinta and Roy Broemeling Jasper, Alta.

aspects of the national parks are being threatened or ignored. No wonder the bile rises in many of their stomachs. More reality: we have to figure this out with reason, logic and balance! Not only is it time to update Maligne Tours’ menu but also to reassess/rejuvenate the whole Maligne Valley. We have to make an effort to appeal, resonate to all aspects of JNP’s visitors while keeping wildlife and wilderness in the forefront. All this takes money, compromise and creative thinking! A challenge indeed! I understand and sympathize with the many who feel “this development would open the floodgate to uncontrolled development in the national parks” and would “jeopardize the very survival of the Maligne caribou herd.” I highly encourage, implore all concerned to get informed before jumping onto an emotional, truth stretched, out of control bandwagon. After my exhaustive research, I now surprisingly have confidence in park managers and Maligne Tours to do the right and appropriate kind of development in one of the world’s most precious places. Maligne Tours has an enticing, well thought out proposal; they obviously have invested much time, energy, years and money. Again I support the overnight accommodation if it’s done in a meaningful, historical and respectful way. Loni Klettl Jasper, Alta.

q u e s t i o n o f t h e w ee k Should the municipality provide continued financial support for the expansion of the Edson airport?

a) Yes.

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b) No.


L a s t w ee k ’ s re s u l t s With the justifications given by the municipal departments, would you support a 6.38 per cent budget increase? b) No. (69%, 9 Votes) a) Yes. (31%, 4 Votes)

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It was just an absolutely glorious, amazing feeling, just to be one of the few people lucky enough to see such beautiful scenery.

That is why caribou, in the alpine do stay, Winter thick snow keeps the predators away. They feed on lichens buried under the snow And walk on hooves like snowshoes wherever they go.

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This year new actions for caribou help keep, Trails from packing down snow that is fluffy and deep. For trails can mean trouble if by wolves they are found And our hope is to keep caribou safe and sound.

Leanne Minton on living in Jasper’s backcountry

Why think about caribou at Christmas you ask? Pulling Santa’s sleigh is always the reindeers’ task. Well caribou can play any reindeer game ‘Cause they are the same species no matter what name.

‘Twas the night before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas and up in dark skies Millions of stars were twinkling and dazzling the eyes Of the many people who came from far and near, To relax in Jasper with friends and good cheer. Soon inside we’ll go to lay snug in our beds, While dreams of adventures to come fill our heads. Should we go skiing or hiking, skating on ice, Snowshoeing, shopping, maybe a spa would be nice? There is so much to do it is hard to decide, Perhaps for tomorrow we’ll all go for a ride. We can look for wildlife about in the snow, And mountains are wondrous wherever you go. There might be elk or bighorn sheep by the road, And there are tracks leading through the woods where it snowed. Despite winter cold, animals can still be found. It is only a few that sleep under the ground. In winter when grizzly and black bears are snoring, Other predators are still out exploring. Cougars and pine marten, lynx and coyotes, And wolves following roads and trails through the trees. The prey in the valley like deer and snowshoe hare, Watch out for them lurking, they must always be aware. But high in the mountains, where deep snow lies around, Conditions are harsh and few predators found.

In Brief

But for two of four Jasper herds numbers are low. Just five Maligne caribou are out in the snow. And just like the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh, Only eight Brazeau ‘bou are down south Jasper way.

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The other two herds might have extras to share, If Santa came calling in need of a spare. And we hope that it gets even better with change To address the five threats they face throughout their range. There are more than just caribou tales in this park Stories of Species at Risk and skies that are dark. Of rescues, of fire and veg. restoration, Wildlife, avalanche and cave exploration. And at this time of year we think of them all, For this special place there’s no part that is small. Planners, plumbers, painters and carpenters too, Snowplow drivers, info staff and even you. Whether mentioned or not, staff, friend or volunteer, We want to thank you for all that you’ve done through this year. Our best wishes go out to those near and those far Peace and joy to all of you wherever you are. Open House at Jasper Park Information Centre When was the last time you were in the park information centre? This facility isn’t just for visitors. Community members are not only welcome, but encouraged to come in for the latest information, maps and new recreation guides. Come and enjoy your local national historic site. Please join Jasper National Park superintendent and park staff on Thursday, Dec. 19 for an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, snacks and kids crafts. Bring your camera and family for a photo in front of the beautifully decorated old fireplace.

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wo six-weekold kittens were found under a sled at the Jasper Elementary School, Dec. 13. The brothers, who have been named Brock and Brody by the ladies at the Jasper Vet Clinic, both suffer from feline upperrespiratory disease—a disease often found in cats living in multi-cat households. The disease causes red eyes and a runny nose and can be chronic. Once found on Friday, the cats were brought to the clinic by a bylaw officer. They have since been treated with antibiotics and the redness in their eyes is already improving. “They already look so much better,” said Nicole Klopfenstein, an animal health technician at the clinic. Klopfenstein said there is no way to know where the cats came from or how they ended up at the elementary school, but she said it’s stories like this one that affirm the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

“These cats are innocent,” she said. “To just dump them off at an elementary school, that’s not fair. “People need to take responsibility when they have an animal.” That responsibility includes vaccinations, so they’re healthy, and spaying or neutering, so that there aren’t unwanted animals being born. Brock and Brody will be available for adoption at the end of the week. Klopfenstein said for each kitten there will be a $200 fee that will cover the cost of their three vaccinations and part of the cost of neutering them when they’re older. Because they suffer from upper-respiratory disease, she said Brock and Brody shouldn’t be adopted by a family with other cats, as the disease is contagious. With Christmas upon us, Klopfenstein suggested now might be a good time to donate to the Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society or the the Hinton SPCA, to ensure that all of the cats and dogs out there are properly cared for this holiday season. The spay and neuter society can be contacted by calling 250566-4714 and the SPCA can be contacted at 780-865-2800. To adopt Brock or Brody, contact the vet clinic at 780852-5551.

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Tourism Jasper, along with a few partners, is working to implement an event and tourism strategy for the town. The purpose of the strategy, which would be undertaken by the marketing agency, Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce, Parks Canada and the municipality, is to provide more effective and efficient delivery of high quality tourism events, so as to increase economic activity in the town. “In essence it’s to streamline and make it as easy as possible for outside events to come in and host them,” Mary Darling, CEO of Tourism Jasper, told council Dec. 10. The first step in the process—contracting a consultant to complete the Jasper Event and Tourism Strategy—was completed in the fall. For that, Tourism Jasper received a $30,000 provincial grant. The next step is having all of the partners agree that the strategy is necessary and the recommendations within it are appropriate. Following that, a strategy committee will be appointed, a host organization will be determined and a communication plan will be developed. And ultimately, the hope is to have two employees—a product development manager and event coordinator— working solely on events and festivals and the easy delivery of them. That would include developing a website that outlines just how an organization or club could come into Jasper and host an event. The partners will meet in January to discuss these next steps.

Christmas dinner for all

As is tradition in Jasper, a free Christmas dinner will be offered to locals and visitors alike at the Jasper Legion, Dec. 25. The turkey dinner is hosted by the Jasper Food Bank and the local Teamsters Union and is supported by Santas Anonymous and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, who donate to the event. Most of the hungry participants are people who work at the ski hill and aren’t able to make it home for the holidays. But Patrick Mooney of the Food Bank said there are also others in town that should and do come. “It’s for those who are eating alone,” he said, noting that each year attracts between 70 and 100 people. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is prepared by half a dozen volunteers. “It’s such a collective effort,” said Mooney. “Even on Christmas day there’s a real sense of a strong community effort.”

Priority setting

Council has been working on its priorities for the next four years and has determined the guiding principle is general community health. To achieve community health, councillors recognized that organizational health is necessary as well. So it highlighted communication, both external and internal; fiscal health, including long range planning and alternative revenue sources; relationships, with partners like Parks Canada and with the environment; and an alignment between council and administration as being important priorities for the coming term. Other items noted were the need to work on a new land use and planning agreement with Parks, following through with some of the recommendations in the Structural and Service review, as well as the Sustainability Plan and review staffing levels to ensure there are enough bodies to get the work done.

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Two competitions matters in one weekend



e’ve all read the travel stories, drooled over the pictures and dreamed about visiting the featured destinations, both near and far, warm and cold. In Jasper, we are lucky to be living in one of those postcard destinations: Jasper is showcased in countless newspapers, blogs, and travel magazines all over the world, inspiring those readers to come themselves and tick the Rockies off their bucket-list. There is a story behind those stories. At Tourism Jasper, we work closely with community groups, our members, with Travel Alberta and the Canadian Tourism Commission, to invite travel writers, bloggers and film producers to Jasper. We assist in coordinating travel itineraries for these media contacts - finding the right ‘angle’, experience, storytellers and sources. As a result of the many exciting events, new experiences and our amazing year-round scenery, the uniqueness of Jasper is regularly featured within broadcast and print media, as well as within online blogs. Jasper’s many stories have been placed in countless publications all over the world, including Germany, the UK, Australia, China, the US, Japan, and Mexico. Through media relations, Tourism Jasper proactively showcases Jasper’s wilderness, breathtaking natural landscapes, its eclectic charm and the plethora of outdoor activities and experiences to enjoy within the Park. Securing media coverage of Jasper as a desirable destination to experience is important for many reasons. Journalists are often seen as a trusted, impartial third party that don’t use “sales talk” – a good story can put a destination onto people’s radar in a way that traditional marketing and advertising can’t. A first hand narration of unique and new experiences allows potential consumers to imagine themselves stepping into the story and discovering that destination first-hand. These stories reach both the general public as well as more niche or special-interest audiences that are difficult to reach otherwise. Ultimately, the more Jasper-related content and information that is available for consumers grows the base of potential visitors and allows traditional marketing messages to be more impactful. In addition to the TV crews, bloggers and reporters, Tourism Jasper also works to build opportunities with non-traditional media: these are unique ways of putting Jasper in front of consumers. Jasper has played the backdrop to fashion shoots, clothing/equipment catalogues and international reality TV shows, all complementing a world image of a beautiful, pristine Jasper National Park. In 2013, Jasper has been ranked as having: • #1 Most Beautiful Waterfall (Athabasca Falls) by Reader’s Digest • #4 Canada’s Winter Festival (Jasper in January) by MSN Travel • #2 Most Beautiful Lake (Maligne Lake) by Huffington Post Travel AND 16th on National Geographic’s 100 Most Beautiful Places list Media coverage like this is one of the ways that we work to inspire people to discover Jasper for themselves. Do you have a story to share? We are always on the lookout for new stories to tell!


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The Jasper Freeride freestyle ski team is gearing up for a weekend of competition at Marmot Basin, where it will host the Alberta Winter Games Qualifier for the north zone, as well as a club competition. Both are entry level competitions, but they carry high stakes. The top skiers in the qualifier will go on to the Alberta Winter Games next year, while the ones with the best showings in the club competition will be selected for the provincial circuit. Competing in the qualifier are clubs from Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Jasper. Clubs from the south zone will compete in Fernie, B.C. on the same weekend. The top athletes at the end of two days of competition in moguls and slopestyle will go on to Mount Norquay in Banff National Park to compete in the Winter Games next February. “It’s a big event,” Nic Bazin of the Jasper Freeride Team said of the Winter Games, which take place biannually. “They make it like a mini Olympics. There’s an opening ceremony with shows and sometimes fireworks and then they train and compete, and at the end there’s a closing ceremony. “It’s more about the experience for the athletes than the competition itself.” The same is true for some of the athletes participating in the club competition. Bazin said it’s an opportunity for the non-competitive athletes to experience what it’s

Mixed feelings at winter games qualifier This past weekend saw Jasper Ski Team racers in the U14 (ages 12-13) group racing against their peers in the Alberta Winter Games time trials at Rabbit Hill outside of Edmonton. This qualifying race was for Zones 5 and 6 in Alberta. The Alberta Winter Games are held every two years for athletes in a variety of winter sports. Alpine skiing is just one of the categories. The Alberta Winter Games will be held in early February with the alpine skiing events hosted by Mount Norquay in Banff. A total of 47 athletes competed for spots to represent their zone in the winter games. Jasper falls into Zone 5 and therefore saw competition from three clubs: Sunridge Racers, Parkland Racers and Rabbit Hill Alpine Ski Team. Zone 6 is made up of Edmonton Ski Club and Snow Valley Ski Club. The race itself was a sprint format slalom race. This format has two race courses (blue and red), with each athlete racing two runs in each course and then their fastest run in each course is combined. From this, the top five males and top five females from each zone are selected for the Alberta Winter Games. For Jasper racers Walter Ostrander, Saje Rayner, Eli Erb-Beauchamp and Thomas McKenney the weekend ended in mixed feelings. Ostrander had a tough morning and was unable to complete a run in the blue course, which took him out of a qualifying spot. He was still able to race in the afternoon on the red and posted the two fastest times for the day. Although a tough break, his times bode well for the rest of the season in slalom skiing. Rayner missed a gate on his first run on the blue course and was disqualified. Fortunately, he still had another chance on the blue. His second run was clean,

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like to start at the top of the gate with a countdown before a run. The Jasper Freeride team includes athletes from Jasper, Hinton and Edmonton, ranging in age from six years old all the way up to late teens and early 20s. “We’ve got a lot of talent in our club,” said Bazin of the more than 40 skiers who train and compete with the team. Some of those athletes have even trained with the former coach of the national team and the current coach of the Alberta team. That session took place earlier this month following the Canada Winter Games. “That was great experience for them,” said Bazin, noting that the athletes also did a two-week camp in Whistler during the summer and a week-long camp at Apex Mountain Resort earlier this month. Marmot Basin has been working all week to prepare the mountain for the weekend of competitions, which will take place on Lift Line and at the terrain park. “They’re doing everything they can to support freestyle. We’re really lucky to have such a partner as Marmot Basin,” said Bazin, noting that it hasn’t been an easy season for the ski hill, with the lack of snow and changing temperatures.

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but a cautious start put him fifth in Zone 5 after the morning’s race. Rayner’s first run on the red course was looking very good until he straddled the third to last gate and was disqualified. His final run was clean, but not quite fast enough, and placed him in sixth place by 0.3 of a second, just out of reach for a spot on the Zone 5 team. McKenney and Erb-Beauchamp both skied well for their first ever U14 race. The step from U12 is a big one and both of these athletes completed clean runs and should be happy with their performances. Coach Marek Revai saw some good things happening with the boys’ skiing, but has seen some better skiing in training, so putting those skills into effect on race day is the next challenge for our local athletes. The Jasper Ski Team continues to train both at home and away every weekend. The first local race for the U14s is a giant slalom Jan. 18-19 at Marmot Basin. The U12s will race at Marmot Basin Jan. 25-26. The U16 group will race Jan. 9-12 at Norquay in Banff for their first races of the season. The U10 group will race at home March 1-2 at the Jasper Junior Olympics. Jasper racers Jacqueline Proc and Patrick Mahler have been vying for a spot to represent Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and attended another training camp at Nakiska last weekend with Jasper Ski Team Technical Director Gilbert Wall. Their recent training camp saw wind gusts up to 140 km/hr, but still they had quality training, sports psychology sessions and information on nutrition. The process for selection is ongoing and athletes are vying for seven female and seven male spots to race in alpine events and skier cross. There will be another training camp in the spring and a final selection in December 2014. The Canada Winter Games will see over 100,000 athletes from across the country competing in various winter sports in February 2015. The athletes who compete in the games are Canada’s future Olympians in the making. Stay tuned for an update on these up and comers in future articles. Happy holidays from the Jasper Ski Team!

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Snow Removal Tips Watch for signage and remove your vehicle from the street!

If you see snow removal signage in your neighbourhood, it means the entire street will be plowed. Whenever possible, please remove your vehicle from the street the night before, as operations may start in the early hours of the morning. Signage is placed in residential areas 24 hours in advance; any vehicle left on the street may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Be a good neighbour – avoid shoveling snow in the driving lane!

Snow from sidewalks and driveways shoveled into the driving lane contributes significantly to difficult driving conditions. If you must shovel snow onto the roadway, please stockpile it in the parking lane. For more information, please contact the Bylaw Enforcement Unit at 780-852-5514.

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Regional airport back on the runway Tourism Jasper is asking council to continue its support for a commercial airport in Edson, in order to increase tourism to the northern Rockies. Currently, that support is $15,000 out of the 2014 operating budget to be pooled with funds from the towns of Edson and Hinton, as well as a matching $15,000 from Tourism Jasper, in order to hire consultants to write policy and lobby the federal government to increase Edson Airport’s security status. This comes after a report completed last summer, that indicates the airport requires Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) status in order to land commercial flights. Following the release of that report, it looked like the project was dead in the water, but that all changed when Premier Alison Redford wrote a letter in favour of the security change.

“She has sent it to the federal government and she very much wants to see this,” said Mary Darling, CEO of Tourism Jasper, while speaking to the municipality’s committee of the whole, Dec. 10. “She has said that she cannot believe that people from Fort McMurray can get to Vegas quicker than they can get to Jasper.” Edson is one of five communities looking to attain CATSA status for their airports. The hold-up is the result of regulations that were put in place following Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, no new airports have received the status. “It’s time to start changing this,” said Darling. “Our goal is to have a successful regulatory change or legislation change before the next federal election, which gives us until October 2015 as our ultimate deadline.”

To achieve that goal, Tourism Jasper Jack Templeton agreed. needs each of its partners to approve “You have to really take a hard look funding for further consulting work at whether you’re going to get any bang and it needs to form a working group for your buck for the amount you spend complete with municipalities, tourism on studies like that,” he said. agencies, oil and gas companies and Mayor Richard Ireland and provincial ministers. Coun. Gilbert Wall also voiced some Tourism Jasper has been working concerns, suggesting it’s odd that the with partners throughout the region parties with the most to gain from a since 2012 to study the feasibility of a regional commercial airport—the commercial airport in Edson. The first oil and gas industry and the airlines study, which council contributed $8,000 themselves—aren’t currently at the to, showed that there are 200,000 annual table, contributing funds. seats available for Of the Edson’s catchment airlines—WestJet She has said that she and Air Canada— area. She noted, Darling said “this cannot believe that people is the way that though, that of those 200,000 seats, a they do business. from Fort McMurray can If they were the small number will be for tourism, while ones that wanted get to Vegas quicker than to start trying the rest will be for oil and gas. to land in every they can get to Jasper. regional airport, During the Dec. 9 budget meeting, that would be a Mary Darling, CEO of Tourism Jasper, Peter Waterworth, lot of dollars for speaking of Premier Alison Redford chief administrative them.” officer, put a As for the oil number on that and gas industry, small amount. “The tourism element is she said they are being engaged and probably 10 per cent of the business that will be engaged further when the would be generated,” he said. working group starts to meet in the Upon hearing that, members of new year. the public were quick to question Within the proposed budget whether it’s worth spending another for 2014, there is a line item in the $15,0 0 0 on the project for such a amount of $10,000 for a regional airport study. small payoff. “I would caution council and town administrators on where our money nicole veerman is being spent,” said Art Jackson.

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Community dinners return Jan. 5

Patrick Mooney, left, and Ivan Williams celebrate the final community dinner of the 10th year in 2012.

For more than a decade, Jasperites both new and seasoned have shared Sunday dinners together at the Jasper Activity Centre. It’s a tradition that formed out of a need and that stuck because of the joy it creates each winter season. The community dinner program is an initiative of Community Outreach Services (COS). It started in 2002, a year when the snow didn’t come and the ski hill didn’t open until much later than expected. That delay resulted in more than antsy skiers, it left dozens of young adults with no income, as they waited for the snow to fall and their jobs to start. It was the sight and stories of those struggling seasonal workers that mobilized COS and, 12 years later, community dinners remain on the calendar for 12 Sundays a year. Although at the outset, the intention of the dinners was to help those in need, over the last 12 years they have become more than a hot meal. “There’s multiple benef its,” said Patrick Mooney, who has been organizing the dinners from the beginning, “there’s the socializing, the helping, the feeding and the connecting.

“[The dinners have] transcended that original need into just a beautiful example of how community works,” said the adult outreach worker. The dinners, which are made by a different group of volunteers each week, are offered by donation, so they are accessible to all of Jasper’s residents. Mooney said there are still a few Sundays without a host, so he encourages local businesses, organizations or groups to contact him if they are interested in preparing one of the community meals. And he also encourages anyone with a free Sunday, to contact him to volunteer. “This is a community driven program. If it wasn’t for the volunteers it wouldn’t happen,” he said. The first dinner of 2014 is Jan. 5, and, as is tradition, it will be cooked by “the Deli Man,” Glen Leitch. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., but it’s best to show up early, as the line grows quickly, with an average of about 300 hungry diners partaking in the meals each Sunday. To contact Mooney, call 780-852-6542.

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Short is not safe Court sits twice a month in Jasper, and each session sees a familiar and depressing trend continue: impaired driving charges. Town mayor and local lawyer Richard Ireland is in court regularly, and agreed it’s common to see impaired charges before the judge. “It would be extremely unlikely to have a docket without an impaired [driving charge] on it,” he said. Ireland is careful not to completely rule out the possibility, but even his “extremely unlikely” estimate is a conservative one. The reality is that impaired driving charges appear consistently at the Jasper courthouse. While the fact that folks in Jasper are consistently getting busted for drinking and driving is troubling enough, just as troubling is how often the story fits a familiar mold. Fairly often the charges are not against a wild drunk driver swerving through lanes of traffic, but stem from drivers only going a short distance, such as home from a bar. Cpl. Ryan Gardiner of the RCMP sees this as well.

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“Most of the time it’s people that are coming home from town,” who get pulled over for impaired driving, he said. “They’re only going a short distance.” According to Transportation Alberta, impaired driving accidents are most likely to occur between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. That’s the exact timeframe when most are making those quick hops home from the bar, so even a short drive while impaired can be a disastrous one. In Alberta in 2012, 78 people were killed and 1,268 were injured from accidents resulting from impaired driving. So while it may seem unlikely that a zip through town after having one too many will have consequences, statistics and court dockets suggest otherwise. Leaving your keys at home is the best way to keep yourself safe and the courts clear.

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Building books in Rwanda For almost five weeks Libby Weir has been in Africa building books. The Jasper resident is volunteering her time in Rwanda, helping equip rural teachers with course materials and giving them the skills to become better teachers. She’s in Rwanda supporting Tools for Schools, a program started in 2009 by Jasperites Neil and Jill Fenton, Weir’s in-laws. The Fentons have been working to improve education in Rwanda for more than a decade, and Tools for Schools is one of their most recent projects. The program aims to help educate and equip rural teachers in Rwanda by teaching them how to use textbooks and improving their English. Tools for Schools also helps improve Rwandan schools’ infrastructure and equips them with teaching materials. Weir is known in Jasper for her art, and in Rwanda she’s been using her creative touch to fashion books out of local materials. In an email sent during a brief period of internet connectivity, Weir explained how she makes the books: she gathers left over scraps of fabric and old cardboard for the covers, and uses wire for the binding. She and the teachers fill the books with paper, and even make their own glue from a local root to hold

it all together. “The biggest challenge is finding scissors,” Weir joked, before explaining that overcoming the language barrier is often the most difficult part of the workshops. “It’s just incredible what she’s capable of,” said friend and fellow Rotarian Wendy Wacko. Weir’s husband, Greg Fenton, explained that the books she makes with the Rwandan teachers are learning tools that can be used in the classroom, and the act of making them is an opportunity for the teachers to improve their English. He explained that Rwanda recently dropped French as one of its official languages, making English-language training that much more important, especially in rural areas where many people only speak French and the local dialect of Kinyarwanda. Since English is the official language of Rwanda’s educational institutions, it’s vital that teachers are proficient in it. Fenton points out, however, that many teachers from rural areas struggle with the language, so an English immersion environment is incredibly beneficial. Tools for Schools has held a number or training sessions over the past five weeks, and Weir said she has been

astonished by the huge turnout. One session saw more than 100 teachers from surrounding rural areas turn up. Weir, as well as the Fentons, are members of the Rotary Club of Jasper, a big financial contributor to Tools for Schools. According to Hugh Lecky, the club president, the program is “one of our driving forces. It’s just inspiring for everyone here in our club.” Weir said she is proud to be part of that program because she sees how important it is for local teachers to have proper education and materials. “The needs of the people in the country, the amazing friends I continue to make and the importance of the work that Jill and Neil are now doing in rural Rwanda” are what keep her coming back, she said. Weir is scheduled to arrive home Dec. 24. That night, the Jasper Rotary Club is hosting a welcome home party and toast to the philanthropist at Mountain Galleries at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Wacko, the event organizer, said it’s open to anyone, and along with celebrating Weir’s return, the event will showcase a collection of her art.

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Not-so-silent night A small but enthusiastic group of carolers got into the holiday spirit Dec. 9 at Jasper’s annual Christmas sing-along. About 30 people, ranging from infants to seniors, filled the Jasper Activity Centre’s multi-purpose hall and belted out Christmas classics, accompanied by jaunty piano played by Morley Fleming. Along with renditions of classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night”, the Jasper Dance


Program also treated the carolers to a lively performance. Carolers also helped themselves to complimentary hot cider and Christmas cookies. It’s not clear exactly when the tradition began, but according to the municipality’s website it was the Heckley family who started the sing-along “many years ago.”

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ollowing a traditional English feast, complete with figgy pudding, theatre-goers were whisked into the past, the present and the future, along with Ebenezer Scrooge, Dec. 13. The live production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was presented by the Jasper Theatre Company, Habitat for the Arts and Arts Jasper and was directed by Jodi Hawkins and John Strugnell, who doubled as the play’s narrator. Playing Scrooge in the production was Matt Turnbull, a mainstay in the theatre company’s productions. Other familiar faces were Jonathan Thornton, Stephanie Beyko and Lena Olson, all of whom were in the group’s last production: Bedrooms, which was performed at the Jasper Legion in May. There were also new faces joining the ranks,


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including Julie-Anne Weaver, Clara Adriano, Thomas Broemeling, Nathan Heidecke, Daniel Coppersmith, DJ (Klem) Klymchuk and puppeteer Marie-Helene Hamel. Assisting Hawkins behind the scenes were Madison Lamb and Megan Vicente, who swiftly and silently transformed the stage in time for each scene, and in charge of the technical side of the show were David Baker and Marianne Garrah. With the hard work and help of so many talented locals, the production went off without a hitch and resulted in a roaring applause from the audience, who enjoyed a few hearty laughs throughout the play. N. Veerman photos

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Dancers of all ages—some even as young as three years old—took to the stage, Dec. 15, to boogie in front of their friends and families in the Jasper Dance Program’s annual Christmas recital. Featured in the hour-long performance were choreographed dances in styles ranging from hip hop to jazz and musical theatre. The program will pick up where it left off in the new year, with registration taking place Jan. 7 and classes beginning the following day. N. Veerman photos

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On December 7th Mountain Park Lodges held its annual Staff Christmas Party at the Sawridge Inn. The event showcased individual achievements and included an Awards Presentation which included Employee Long Service Awards, Manager of the Quarterly and Employee of the Year.



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Mountain Park Lodges is proud to have been able to present awards and gifts of recognition to twenty-three individuals for five years of service, three employees were recognized for ten years of service and the Assistant General Manager, Kevin Henderson, recognized General Manager, Bernhard Schneider, for fifteen years of service. During the Awards Presentation the General Manager presented Long Service Awards to the following employees for: FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Virginila Cerezo (Human Resources) Natalie Clayworth (Front Desk) Orest Melnyk (Front Desk) Luis Cancino (Food and Beverage) Hector Manuel Fuentes Beltran (Food and Beverage) Vince Furlotte (Maintenance) Sergio Rodriguez (Maintenance) Neil Wright (Maintenance) Oscar Mayrina (Security) Roselyn Agustin (Accounting) Angelica Ong (Housekeeping) Julie Garalde (Housekeeping) Nelson Arenillo (Housekeeping) Nestor Jumawid (Housekeeping) Carlo Samoy (Housekeeping)


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Silvestre Pasagui (Housekeeping) Joeren Manguera (Housekeeping) Jeffrey Mendoza (Housekeeping) Lucila Vasquez-Barajas (Housekeeping) Jose De Jesus (JJ) Ramirez-Camarena (Housekeeping) Gerardo Arteaga-Sanchez (Housekeeping) Jonas Silva (Housekeeping) Jose Marie De Guzman (Housekeeping) TEN YEARS OF SERVICE: Aaron Lewycky (Manager - Sales & Marketing) Michelle Morris (Manager – Central Reservations) Yuhua (Jade) Yu (Housekeeping) FIFTEEN YEARS OF SERVICE Bernhard Schneider (General Manager) During the awards ceremony four Managers were recognized for their contribution and commitment to excellence in 2013; Jordan Tucker (Sales & Catering Manager), Jennifer Prat (Hotel Manager – Chateau Jasper), Tara Lejeune (Hotel Manager – Amethyst Lodge/ Pocahontas Cabins) and Nadine McIsaac (Hotel Manager – Marmot Lodge) all received Awards. Throughout the course of the year Mountain Park Lodges also recognizes employees who demonstrate a commitment to excellence via the Company’s Peak Performer Award. In 2013, Nestor Jumawid, Dariusz (Darek) Biniak, Dominica Dobiasova and Ben Wash all received this Award. From

the list of Peak Performers Mountain Park Lodges selects one individual as Mountain Park Lodges’ Employee of the Year, this year that Award was presented to Darek Biniak. It has been a year of milestones for Mountain Park Lodges and as the Holiday Season fast approaches the ownership, management and employees would like to extend their collective thanks to the residents of Jasper, members of the business community who contributed to that success, and the Sawridge Inn for hosting a wonderful event. Happy Holidays from our family to yours.

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PeeWee Bears seeking the zip in their doo-dah Last weekend, the Jasper PeeWee Bears hosted two games against a solid unit of Mustangs from Mayerthorpe in the penultimate home stand for 2013. This was the first time the Bears had faced off against the Mustangs since tiering back in October, and again the squads proved to be evenly matched in terms of both skill and depth. The Bears were missing something, though. They had the tic and the tac, but no toe. The dipsy, but no doodle. They were missing the dazzle to the razzle, and we all know what happens if you’ve mislaid your dazzle. Game 1 on Saturday afternoon was time for the unlikely Bears goal hounds to shine. Down by a goal after 10 minutes of play, defenseman Drew Tank, who played a strong two-way game, picked up a pass from Olivia Fonger in his own zone, chugged down the ice and buried high stick-side to tie it at one. Trenton Rea was pushing all afternoon, making him the most effective play-maker on the ice, and Troy Jackson was the hardest working Bear with an effective forecheck. But with 20 seconds to play in the first, Mayerthorpe won a faceoff in the Jasper zone and planted a low blast under goaltender Severin Golla’s butterfly. The period ended 2–1 for the Mustangs. In the second, Mayerthorpe extended its lead off the opening faceoff, but then Fonger, who has been setting up other goal scorers all season, picked up a pass from Rea in the blue paint and found pay dirt. Jasper was back within one, but again, before the period would expire, the Mustangs would reclaim their two goal lead to finish the period at 4–2. In the third, Mayerthorpe would get into penalty trouble, but with the roll missing from their rock and roll game, Jasper was unable to capitalize. In fact, it was Mayerthorpe that got two more before Bears’ Matteo Tassoni, following Fonger’s lead, gobbled up a pass in front of the net and buried it.




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The Mustangs would get one more before the end of the game for a final score of 7–3. Jasper had 29 shots in 60 minutes, but with the duper taking a leave from their super, this did not translate into enough goals to best Mayerthorpe. On Sunday, the story was much the same. There were a lot of good signs: Cooper Hilworth, back from the injury list, was buzzing, moving the puck, setting up plays, pressuring the Mustangs puck carriers, and Eric MacMahon was solid on D and as a late game forward. In general, the Bears are getting better at offensive zone passing, headmanning and cycling the puck, but the execution is just not there yet. It is nothing more practice and experience won’t solve, but it’s not translating on the scoresheet just yet. Even the goalies, Duncan McLeod and Golla, are being bolder with the puck, playing and controlling it like an effective netminder has to do, but they are still in the trial-and-error stage. Rhys Malcolm got the Bears’ lone goal in the first period with a classic end-to-ender, wrist shot top cheese. And again Jasper got 30 shots and lots of good looks. Despite decent effort, this one goal was not enough. Mayerthorpe made no mistakes around the net and bent the twine eight times to walk away with this one. The Bears are in action again this weekend in a homeand-home series against Edson. The Jasper game is on Sunday, the last for 2013. Come check it out and see if by then Jasper has found the hunky to go with the dory, and if the frutti is reunited with its tutti. Okey dokey?

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ries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) The next phase of your steady rise to power has begun. Yet, in the short term at least, the focus is not so much on worldly power. The emphasis now is upon the spirit. What ‘spirit’ implies is for you to decide. Perhaps your focus is upon the spirit of family gatherings, or of adventure in nature, or of the spirit in nature. Either way, it is not about work so much as it is about play.


aurus (Apr 20 – May 21) The time has come to celebrate community, commitment and friendship. Yet, you may need a little help and perhaps an extra nudge to decipher exactly how. If so, take a moment to focus on your heart center and set a clear intention to think from there for a while. The main theme and focus is upon the power of collaboration and teamwork.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21

Woven within this time of year is a deep theme for you. It is when you are able more than any other time to dissolve all differences and to allow the healing spirit to come in. This year may prove extra special somehow in this regard. The greatest gift you stand to receive is that of true love, not solely familial, not necessarily romantic but an experience of something divine.


ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) With the Sun entering Capricorn, the focus will shift for everyone. For you it will bring greater emphasis to your most important relationships. Something of a philosophical mood, perhaps directed to healing and higher realities, will color some of your closest connections. This will include new twists and fresh experiences for the festive season.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

Your mood is pragmatic. You feel moved to make extra efforts to achieve better results. Fortunately, your energy levels should be running pretty high. Creative inspirations are featured as is seeing a bigger picture. The time has come in your life to enter new territory. It is important you replace over analysis with deliberate action to establish a solid foundation.

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The Jasper Midget Bearcats finished off the 2013 calendar year with two games, one on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Athabasca and the other against Edson on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Bearcats faced Athabasca on the first road trip of the season back in November and came away with a tie. So in this game, the team was looking to change the outcome to a win. With their regular goalie still recovering from an injury received in that first game, the Bearcats hosted Jake Melanson in net. It had been a month since the teams clashed and the Bearcats had improved in all areas. Would the team’s new skills be the ticket to beat Athabasca this time around? Jasper opened the scoring half way through the first period with Nathan Poirier sliding a pass from Alex Chorneyko and Connor Malcolm past the Athabasca netminder. Play went back and forth with quick passes and fast skates until Malcolm added a second goal, with Bantam import Ty Bielec feeding him the puck. Jasper opened the second period on a power play where Marley Pollock took full advantage of a passing play from JJ Keogan and Malcolm to put the puck in the net. Athabasca put its first point on the board with a shorthanded goal when Jasper didn’t get back to defend its ice in time. The first year line of Tristan Nissen, Bryn Malcolm and Jack Hilworth finished the period off by putting Jasper up 4–1. The third period started in the same way as the second, with Chorneyko feeding a beauty pass to Jasper’s Jordan Overaker, who passed it on to Pollock, who scored another power play goal. Athabasca was not giving up though and fought hard to


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A cycle of creative leadership is about to rise to the next level. Ideally you have responded to the call to engage in a rather steep learning curve, which will continue. Spurred on by a growing ambition, you are determined to achieve measurable results. This will require that you be able and willing to multitask. Networking is also a likely feature of this focus.

Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)

The focus shifts now to home and family. Even more than usual, you feel strongly about tradition. You would like to deepen bonds, but may not feel clear about what steps to take. Be careful not to impose expectations. Rather accept and embrace things as they are and whoever is actually present. See them as your family at this time for best results.


keep Jasper off the scoreboard for the rest of the third period. With three minutes left in the game, Athabasca was able to score on its own power play. The game ended with Jasper in the winning column 5–2. The Bearcats hosted a game against Edson on Saturday, Dec. 14. When they last faced this team it was October and the final was 6–3 for Jasper. It looked like it would be an exciting game against two evenly matched teams. Unfortunately, though, Edson has been hit with some injuries which have dramatically changed its team. With the final score of the game 14–2 for Jasper, it didn’t turn into the game that either team wanted to see. With an eight goal lead after the first period, the Jasper coaches decided to change up the lines and positions with the team working on passing and breaking out. This allowed Erik Paukstat, Noah Bielec and Bentley Fawcett to work the front of the net as well. The Bearcats will be off until the new year, with the next game taking place Jan. 4 in Mayerthorpe. The team will play its first home game of 2014 on Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. against Athabasca. See you in the stands!

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corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Ambitions to cover a lot of ground are rising. As though seized by visions of the future, you feel compelled to act upon them. Yet to succeed you may have to boldly go where you have not before. This implies inner work to overcome subconscious fears that might otherwise prevent progress. Intend to clarify your principles and priorities via sincere and deliberate dialogue.


agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) The next phase of your new foundation building process begins this week. Clearing the old to make way for the new remains a central theme. Some positive returns have been flowing in. These may be more of the spiritual sort than material. They may also include endings, departures and even deaths. Even so, there are many blessings to be received so be receptive.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) The Sun in your sign makes this a go ahead period over the next several weeks. Key connections and communications with other power players are featured. Some of these may be of the spiritual sort. Angels, spirit guides, departed ancestors, your higher self or other hidden helpers are examples. While clear goals and intentions help a lot, so too do prayers.


quarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) The time has come to retreat for a while or at least take a break. Since yours is the paradoxical sign, this might imply less work and more play. This may well include an urge to socialize, ‘tis the season’ after all. Still, you will enjoy significant bouts of private and quiet time as well. Aim to strike a balance. Weave in some random acts of kindness and your spirit will soar.


isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) The time has come to assert your sense of individual creativity more fully. You will feel quite serious about it. Your ambitions are at a peak right now. This is a good time for envisioning your goals and dreams backed by strategic planning. Your willingness to learn has and continues to be extra important in this regard. Avoid relying on friends if you can. Rather seek more objective sources, like coaches.

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c a reer s Jasper Inn & Suites is currently hiring

FOOD SERVICE SUPERVISOR Permanent FT shiftwork (2 Positions) $13.20/hour, 36+ hrs/wk. 2 to 3 years exp. or related College Diploma. Duties: Review & adjust daily sales projections. Prescreen applications. Open & close the restaurant. Supervise, train, delegate shift tasks. Ensure quality standards. Assist in ordering. Record stock used. Responsible for shift cash, till & order accuracy. Serve customers, handle concerns, prepare food, cleaning.


Excellent opportunity for Youth, Aboriginals and New Immigrants. Apply for this positions @ Subway (Kvill Enterprises Ltd.), Box 1437, 626 Connaught Drive, Jasper AB, T0E1E0 or email

Salary based on experience; benefit package; accommodation available. Apply in person with resume or email 98 GEIKIE STREET • 780-852-4461

We are currently hiring for all the following positions: 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. *Benefit package available and accomodations if required. 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. *Benefit package available and accomodations if required.


CASHIERS (NOC. 6611) min. $11.50, 5 vacancies (morning and evening shifts)

Apply within: 701Connaught Drive Jasper Email: Fax: 780-852-4579/Phone: 780-852-3114

We are currently hiring for the position of:

RESTAURANT MANAGER We are a growing company looking to expand our team. Mountain Park Lodges Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813 Email: Interested in a career?

Mountain Park Lodges is currently hiring for a Restaurant Manager. Ideal candidates for this role have experience working in catering or banquets and have managed a small- to medium-sized dining establishment. You enjoy working in a fast paced and ever-changing environment while providing exceptional customer service at all times. Experience in a hotel environment is a definite asset. If you are looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level, visit our website for more details at Offering pension plan, medical benefits, and bonus. Apply to: Human Resources Coordinator Mountain Park Lodges Box 1200 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813


Vil’s Deli Cafe is now accepting resumes for:

Full-time Food & Beverage Server ($10-10.50/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. *Benefit package available and accomodations if required.

The Fitzhugh

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 NOC 6641 (4 Positions) FT $12.00/hr & 36+hours/week. Shift work. No exp req. Duties: Serve customers, portion & prepare & wrap; vegetables, meats, sandwiches. Bake bread. Stock refrigerators & supplies. Record food used. Cleaning: Stations, tables, floors, washrooms, dishes. Food Service Supervisor NOC 6212 (2 Positions) FT Shiftwork $13.50/hr, 36+hours/week. Supervise, train & adjust daily sales projections. Prescreen applications. Open & close the restaurant. Supervise, train, deligate shift tasks. Ensure quality standards. Assist in ordering. Record stock used. Responsible for shift cash, till & ordering accuracy. Serve customers, handle concerns, prepare food, cleaning. APPLY AT: VIL’S DELI CAFE 389 DRINNAN WAY HINTON, AB T7V 2A3• EMAIL VILRESUME@GMAIL.COM

West Fraser is a leading forest products company in North America. Our goals are straightforward- leadership through profit, responsibility in communities, excellence in people and strength in products. Our Hinton Division is seeking individuals with strong technical, leadership, planning, organization and interpersonal skills to fill the following positions:


HUMAN RESOURCES/ OFFICE ASSISTANT POSITION available PART TIME TO START JANUARY 2014 40 HOURS PER WEEK APRIL – OCT. 2014 Wage to start $16.00/hr – variable based on experience

The successful incumbents for the Trades positions must be enrolled in the trades program as a 3rd Year Apprentice or possess an Alberta or Interprovincial certificate. The ideal candidates must show high motivational and organizational skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills while being able to effectively working in a team environment. To explore these exciting opportunities with us, submit your resume in confidence to:

Resume to: Fax# 780-852-3432 E-mail:

Human Resources, Hinton Pulp, a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., 760 Switzer Drive, Hinton, AB., Fax to (780) 865-8504, or e-mail:


We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Jasper Inn & Suites is currently hiring

Wage depending on experience. Summer season, full time, can lead to permanent position. Will train, accommodation available. Apply in person with resume or email to

98 GEIKIE STREET • 780-852-4461


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DOES YOUR WIFE have dementia? Willing to talk about your experiences about caring for her? Seeking rural southern/ central Alberta informal male caregivers. Participation is voluntary. Will travel to you & provide you with a $30 gift certificate to a local grocer for a 1 - 2 hour(s) interview. Researcher: Ryan Waldorf, RN, BN; 403332-4066 (office); 403-795-1825 (cell).

UNRESERVED PUBLIC AUCTION New Years Day! World Class antique furniture and collectibles. 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 1 at 1235 - 1 Ave., Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666;

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:

WANTED. Hannas Seeds seeking distributors for forage, turf, native and reclamation seed. Good commissions. Contact Dave at 1-800-661-1529 or

UNITED HOMES CANADA invites you to view our Heated display homes. Purchase today at 2012 pricing. Inventory clearance starting at $92,500.; 148 Eastlake Blvd., Airdrie. 1-800-461-7632.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Think: Canadian pardon. U.S. travel waiver. (24 hour record check). Divorce? Simple. Fast. Inexpensive. Debt recovery? Alberta collection to $25,000. Calgary 403-2281300/1-800-347-2540; www.

Auctions NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228. WARD’S AUCTIONS Antiques/Estate Auction. Jan. 5 and 6, 11802 - 145 St., Edmonton. 780-451-4549. Taking consignments now for Feb. 8 Firearms and related auction. Online bidding and pictures at MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, December 21, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 150 guns - Handguns, rifles, shotguns, wildlife mounts, hunting and fishing equipment. To consign 780-440-1860.

Auto Parts WRECKING AUTO-TRUCKS. Parts to fit over 500 trucks. Lots of Dodge, GMC, Ford, imports. We ship anywhere. Lots of Dodge, diesel, 4x4 stuff. (Lloydminster). Reply 780-8750270. North-East Recyclers truck up to 3 tons. Employment Opportunities POST FRAME BUILDERS Prairie Post Frame’s premium buildings with competitive pricing has resulted in an unprecedented growth. We are looking for additional outstanding builders. Please contact Phil: phil@ 1-855-7678275. ACCOUNTANT TYPE BOOKKEEPER required for Whitecourt, Alberta company. Must have total knowledge of all aspects of bookkeeping including accounts receivable/payable, payroll & benefits. Fax resume 780-778-2444.

ALLAN DALE TRAILERS & RVs is growing fast and we are seeking: Experienced RV Technicians. Motorhome experience a must. Full-time, year round employment, premium pay for your experience ($35 - $40/hour) plus bonus plan & group employee benefits. More details online: Apply to: Suzette Binnie, Allan Dale Trailers & RVs, 3 Queens Drive, Red Deer, AB, T4P 0K1. Fax 403-346-3116. Email: SEEKING A CAREER in the Community Newspaper business? Post your resume for FREE right where the publishers are looking. Visit: php. Feed and Seed HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-2505252.

For Sale STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Phone Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; www. LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-8180797 or email: ryan.afab@gmail. com.

SINGLE BEST SALE Ever with Dynamic Homes! Don’t miss out! Up to $7000. in discounts. Some restrictions may apply. Limited time offer on SRI Models. Save this Christmas. Call 1-877-341-4422. Personals DATING SERVICE. Longterm/short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-342-3036; Mobile: # 4486; Services

METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888263-8254.

DO YOU NEED to borrow money - Now? If you own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits will lend you money It’s that simple. 1-877-486-2161.

FAST AND EASY LOANS! Bad credit accepted! Get up to $25,000 on your vehicle, mobilehome, land or equipment. 1st and 2nd mortgages. www.bhmcash. com. 403-879-9929. DROWNING IN DEBT? Cut debts more than 60% & debt free in half the time! Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation; or toll free 1-877-556-3500. BBB rated A+. GET BACK on track! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420; BANK SAID NO? Bank on us! Equity Mortgages for purchases, debt consolidation, foreclosures, renovations. Bruised credit, self-employed, unemployed ok. Dave Fitzpatrick: 587-4378437, Belmor Mortgage.

rob son valle y cl a s sifieds AUTOMOBILES 2004 Ford Freestar minivan sports model, tan colour. Loaded. Good Condition. Clean. Winter rims and tires included. 6,500.00 or OBO phone250-569- 7295 daytime or 250-968 4322 evenings. GTS Jan 25 CAMPERS & RV’s 1995 Wilderness 5th wheel camper 21.5 feet. Sleeps 6 people with queen size upper bed. Fridge, 4 burner stove/oven, propane heated, AM/FM stereo, shower tub, with 12 ft. awning $7,000. In great condition.1996 Ford F-250 extended cab short box, 196,000 km, truck canopy included. Asking price is $10,000 for BOTH OBO.

Financing available. If interested call Jocelyn 250-566-4491 (home) or 250-566-1700 (cell) GTS Sept 5 1989 Fleetwood Wilderness 5th wheel trailer 32.5 feet. Full bedroom plus additional hide-a-bed in sitting room. Full kitchen, full bath, furnace & air conditioning, large awning. $5,000 OBO Call Scott 250-5661569 GTS, Nov 1 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Near Valemount: Gorgeous, immaculate 4600 sq ft Log B&B Home on 4 acres. $895,000. 250-566-9119 Dec 26



2 Bdrm renovated mobile home with small addition and shop on 4 acres. Nicely treed on Dore River road. Gravity spring water, wood and propane heat, all appliances included. Price $139,000.00 contact: 250-5692471 Dec 26

For Sale Arctic Paw 15” Tires, studded with rims New $700.00. GMC 15” 6 ply, studded with rims $700.00 Contact: 250-566-9827 Dec 19

FOR RENT CN APT. in Valemount 1 Bdrm $525.00 and 2 Bdrm $595.00. Hydro extra, on site Laundry and Parking. Call Scott at 250-566-1569 Dec 19 2 Bdrm house on acreage in Tete Jaune for rent, furnished or unfurnished. $750/month. Available immediately. Phone: 250-566-9811 Dec 26

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We are currently hiring for the following position:

(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. Benefit package available and accomodation if required. Please fax your resume or email to: • Fax No: 780-852-4955 Attn: Bob Graham, Assistant General Manager

We are currently looking for an experienced:


• subsidized staff housing & meal • great benefits Position available immediately Apply with resume & cover letter: or drop off your resume at the front desk 76 Connaught Drive • Phone: 780-852-5111 • Fax: 780-852-5942

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT Located at 852 2nd Ave, McBride, BC Heat & Lights included, Paved Parking, $350 - $450 per month. Contact: Judy 250-569-7717 Dec 26 DOG FOR SALE Lovely spayed female American Staffordshire Terrier dog. Purebred, well trained, golden Brown. Contact: 250-318-4924 in Blue River. Dec 12

MISC FOR SALE 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 19

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ABC Recycling – We Buy All Metals! Contact: Gregg in McBride at 250793-4564 or email: Gregg.drury@ Jan 30 COMMERCIAL / OFFICE SPACE FOR RENTAL Commercial store /office space for rent at 411 Main St. McBride starting Feb 1, 2014. Please call Nathan at 250-569-7852 for details. Jan 30

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Rooms for rent, furnished with full utilities, cable and internet. Reasonable rates. Looking for long-term single, mature, clean, quiet males - must be fully employed. N/S, N/P, No parties. Please contact 780-852-3337. Leave your name and number clearly so that I can contact you.

2 furnished rooms for rent: $700/ $725 per month. 2 bathroom, shared kitchen. Includes utilities and cable. Available December 30th. Email or call 780-820-0334. 1 minute walking distance from TD and Tim Hortons.

Room for rent: $600/ month including utilities and wifi. Available January 1st. Call 780-883-0364.

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• Automotive & Agricultural Tires • Agricultural Parts & Service • Small Engine Parts & Service • Full Line of Quality Lubricants & Filters * Large SeLection of BearingS & V-BeLtS in Stock * 100 Mountain View Road at Hwy.16, McBRide SHop pHone: 250 569-0075

mike’s plumbing,


heating & propane service

Homeward Mortgage Group Ltd.


• Pre-approvals • Purchases • Refinances • Consolidations • Rental Property • Self Employed Mortgages • New to Canada • Vacation Home

Bonded & Licensed with over 30 years experience

Debra Parker AMP

Mortgage Broker Looking out for your best interest.® P: 250-426-8211 ext 375 Cell: 250-421-7600 E:


BC Licensed Builder

Shawn Fowler

Authorized Dealer Lock-up or turn key service 1170 Canoeview Place Valemount BC V0E 2Z0

Phone: (250) 566-8483 Cell: (250) 566-1725

P.O. Box 913 Ph: 250-569-7404 McBride, BC V0J 2E0 Fax: 250-569-3103


Serving the Robson Valley • Brendan Zimmerman


plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable


Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount


cell: 250-566-1687

Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331 Solar Hot Water SyStemS • CanSAI Certified • Registered with SolarBC Garn • Smokeless Hydronic Wood Heaters Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems 250-968-4490



HAUGK HOME DESIGNS & RENOVATIONS Licenced Journeyman with over 30 years experience



Laura Bolivar Licensed Property Manager for McBride Realty Center Ltd. 277 Main St., PO Box 729, McBride, B.C. V0J 2E0





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• Kitchen • Bath • Doors • Windows • Cabinets • Floors • Tiles • Painting • Vinyl Decking and more Call Andreas 250-569-0004 c: 250-981-0457 /


JASPER & HINT ON ARE A HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC Dr. Gary Watson, Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Langfield


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


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


CHAR T ERED A C C OU N TA N T 35 Years in Jasper & serving BC preparing Small Business & Rentals Notice to Reader Financial Statements & Income Tax Returns

Call 780-852-4000 Fax 780-852-5762 Email

Bruce L. Deal Professional Corporation Chartered Accountant


David R. Sagan

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

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

Full Service Accounting Practice

780-852-3896 780-865-7323

(By appointment only)

Toll-free: 1-888-852-5929


Shop & book on our website

Rick & Laurie Buck, CTC



Call 780-852-4888 or email to be featured in our business directory.


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, 9:00am 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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talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-8522909. Pap Test Clinics Pap Test Clinics available with female Registered Nurse. Please call 780.852.4759 for an appointment. L’ACFA régionale de Jasper Follow the activities organized by the ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) on our web and Facebook pages. Come meet francophones of Jasper! Suivez les activités organisées par l’ACFA (Association canadiennefrançaise de l’Alberta) sur nos pages internet et Facebook. Venez rencontrer les francophones de Jasper! Located at the Jasper Train Station Greyhound entrance. Situé à la gare de Jasper, entrée de Greyhound. Business hours/heures d’ouverture: 9 h à 16 h. Tél : 780-852-7476      www.facebook. com/ACFAJasper Community Band Rehersals Band rehersals 6-7pm on Thursdays in the Jasper High School music room.

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Rich Potter 780-852-8822 Dennis Zaffino 780-852-8307



207 GEIKIE STREET - Very comfortable and well maintained 1 ½ storey with 2nd floor suite. Bsmt has 2 bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchenette. Main floor suite almost 1400 sq. ft with 2 bdrms, steam bath, sliding door to deck with spectacular views! Double attached garage.


1102 CABIN CREEK DRIVE - This 1550 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, plus a den, 3 bathroom home with attached garage features hardwood floors throughout the open concept main floor, south west facing backyard allows for plenty of natural light. Revenue potential exists for the right buyer.



411 A GEIKIE STREET - Gorgeous new, never occupied half duplex with full legal suite on a beautiful lot with great views front and back. Hardwood and ceramic tile floors, 7 appliances, granite countertops. Nice deck off the master, gas fireplace. 9 ft ceilings throughout incl bsmt. Check out this rare find!

$699,000 1219 PATRICIA STREET - Well kept renovated home featuring 5 bdrms, 3 bthrms on a quiet street. This home has excellent revenue potential, with separate entrance to finished basement. Comes with everything needed to operate a B & B. Professionally landscaped backyard with nice features.


5 PATRICIA PLACE Gorgeous renovated 3 bdrm condo at Patricia Place backing on the creek. Hardwood and fireplace in living rm. Stunning white Ikea kitchen. Hardwood up the stairs and throughout 2nd floor hall and bdrms. Must see!



$539,000 741 PATRICIA ST - Stately, older 1550 sq ft 2 storey with 3 BDRs, 3 BTHRs, and 18 x 20 garage, all on a lovely corner R2 lot. Spacious galley kitchen has a garden door leading to a new (2011) SW facing deck. 9 ft ceilings throughout the main floor.



205 BONHOMME - Absolutely stunning Rockies style 2 storey with Mark Deagle logwork on all siding, beams, stairwells, and more. 2500 sq ft plus a beautifully finished bsmt with revenue suite(s). Maple hardwood and solid pine doors throughout. State of the art heating system. Huge decks front and back, hot tub, triple sized garage with in slab heat

607 PATRICIA ST 1850 sq ft of retail space with great street exposure, in a high traffic location on one of Jasper’s busiest streets. Many national tenants nearby.

402 PATRICIA ST 1157 sq ft of retail space on busy street with large traffic volumes. 30 ft of street frontage. 500 sq ft of storage space included in base rent $2700.00 per month.

620 B CONNAUGHT 1415 sq ft retail space on the main street ground level in Connaught Sq Mall. Give Rich or Dennis a call for more details. $3420 per month base rent.

FIDDLE RIVER RESTURANT - Much loved among locals and tourists alike, this well established and very profitable restaurant is perfect for an owner operator or investor. Excellent cash flow, quality reputation, low staff turnover, here is a formula for success in this industry. Call Rich or Dennis for details.

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Addison Family Athabasca Hotel A&W Bear’s Paw Bakery Bellman’s Auction Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites Bradford and Tonquin Valley Quilters Brown Sugar Band Bombshell & Ransom Buffalo Betty’s Gifts Cassio’s Cam Windham Candy Bear’s Lair CAW Local 4534 Charlene Tio-tio David Miller

Colin Olson & Nixon Hamilton Decore Hotels Downstream Dr. Mark Mahler Elsa Callano Everest Outdoors Evil Dave’s Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Fitzhugh Newspaper Free Wheel Cycle Greenwood Services Grizzly’s Cafe Jasper Dental Clinic Jasper Hawes Jasper Pizza Place Jasper Rock and Jade

In addition to the above list, we would also like to thank all the Jasper locals whose names were not mentioned here, who donated to our bottle drive; came and participated in our benefit concert and silent auction and; attended and bought goodies from our Filipino Bazaar! We would also like to thank all the Filipino volunteers who tirelessly gave their time to help us with our events.

Jasper Source for Sports Jeremy Salisbury L & W Family Restaurant Mac’s Marmot Basin Mountain Park Lodges Mountain Air Mount Robson Inn Nava Hair Nutter’s Bulk and Natural Foods Oka Sushi Open Country Petro Canada Raven’s Bistro Robinson’s AG Foods Rocky Mountain Monogram

Rocky Mountain Roasters Romeo and Gladzy Kei Zuniga Rooni Ismaeli Roy Everest Sr. Some Irish Pirates Su Young-Leslie Sundog Tours Super A Foods Tea Leaf Boutique Tekarra Color Lab Tim Champagne Totem Ski Shop Video Stop/The Source Willie Saunders and Thomas Wild Mountain

The event was a HUGE SUCCESS! We raised a total of 12,261! All donations will be forwarded to the victims of the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines! -From the Filipino people to the Jasper Community, Maraming maraming salamat at Mabuhay!

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Wishing you Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with Learning, Laughter, and Love!

Former Jasperite Leanne Minton has penned a book about her time in Jasper’s backcountry.




eanne Minton says some of the “absolute best days” of her life were spent riding through Jasper’s backcountry with her husband, park warden Phil Minton.

Those trips had such a profound impact on her that the New Zealand native wrote a book about them. Blue Creek Bride, Minton’s selfpublished memoir, is her reflection on the summers she spent patrolling Jasper’s backcountry with her husband. Minton says the book is “a very personal account of my steep learning curve in the backcountry,” battling rogue porcupines, wrangling horses and surviving mosquitos. It’s a remarkable book, not just because of the unique perspective it offers of Jasper’s wilderness, but because that perspective comes from someone who vowed never to set foot in Canada. “I’m embarrassed to admit now that Canada was one of the countries that I said I never wanted to go to,” Minton says, before breaking into laughter, admitting she envisioned it as a cold and horrible place, with ugly trees and miserable weather. But Phil changed that for her, starting with the tours he gave her when she first came, and later by taking her with him on his backcountry patrols. They got married, Minton explains, after she “made this unexpected and unwanted trip to Jasper.” Minton had planned to visit someone in Edmonton, but when he bailed on her, she decided to come anyway, skipping the city and hopping on a bus to Jasper instead.

There she met Shelia Couture, who connected with her immediately, and set her up with her future husband. “When I met [Phil] I kind of thought, ‘oh, nothing doing it here,’” Minton says sheepishly, “he didn’t tick any of the boxes for me.” But something sparked after the two spent a week exploring the park together. Within two years they were married. For five years the pair lived in Jasper, and during the summers Minton joined her husband on his patrols. It didn’t take her long to fall in love with the wilderness. She recalls riding along the Ancient Wall, an old seabed that stretches through Jasper’s north boundary. “Riding alongside this incredible rockscape, I felt sort of protected by it,” she says, “it was just an absolutely

glorious, amazing feeling, just to be one of the few people lucky enough to see such beautiful scenery.” Experiences like that drove Minton to start writing, and “over two long Canadian winters,” she penned a manuscript. It was almost published in 2006, but the deal fell through when she and Phil moved to New Zealand. But Minton says she always knew she would publish her book, and for years she returned to it, making it better as she became a stronger writer. Finally, seven years later, she decided to pull the trigger and publish. In February she started a blog to help raise the money, and in less than four months had enough for a basic package at an online selfpublishing website. Her book is now available to order online, and Jasperites can also pick up a copy from Sheila Couture. Couture says she is selling the book for Minton because she believes locals will appreciate her old friend’s unique perspective on backcountry life. For more information, and to check out a sample chapter of Blue Creek Bride, visit bluecreekbride.

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