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Captain Marie-Helene Hamel takes her young buccaneers out on the sea in her pirate ship, Feb. 22. The adventure was part of Hamel’s first French story time at Parent Link in the Community Outreach Services building. From now on she will be presenting there once a month. n. veerman photo


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Pedalling for a cause Fire chief embarks on 3,100 km fat bike ride for MS

After months of planning and training, Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem is itching to start his latest and craziest journey to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis. “I can’t wait to get on the road,” he said of his bike ride to raise another $93,000 for the MS Society of Canada. The 3,100 km journey begins March 3 in the town of Masset on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands and will take him the length of Highway 16 to Winnipeg, Man. The distance alone is crazy. But undertaking the journey in the depths of winter takes it to a whole new level, and requires a whole new set of equipment. Instead of the trusty road bike Van Tighem used to pedal the length of Highway 93 last spring, he’s trading in for a fat bike, with deep treads that will keep him moving forward on the snow-covered highway. And, instead of his spandex, he’ll be bundled up with layers upon layers of long underwear, merino wool base layers, snow pants, down jackets and gloves. “The gear is going to be the most complicated thing,” he said, noting that he’s tried every possible configuration of layers and, so far, “there’s no perfect solution.” If he could sweet talk Mother Nature, Van Tighem said his preferred temperature would be somewhere between -5 C and -8 C. That would be perfect, he said, because it would be cool enough to keep him from sweating, while also warm enough to keep him from freezing.

Van Tighem’s not banking on such luck, though. In fact, he’s predicting a downpour of rain when he leaves Masset next week and then frigid temperatures for the remainder of the journey. With such unpredictability, he said it’s been hard making plans with people along the way because it’s impossible to guarantee he’ll make it to his next destination without some variable, like a wicked storm, ruining his plan. In a case where that happens, he said, rather than trying to pedal through, he’ll contact the closest fire department and have them pick him up. The following day, or when the storm has subsided, he’ll then return to the spot where he stopped and start the journey again. These are the challenges you face when travelling in the winter, he said, noting that on his last big ride he only had to fear sunburns and rattle snakes, rather than snowstorms, icy roads and frostbite. But, even beyond the weather, of course, the real risk is the traffic. Van Tighem said while pedalling his way through Arizona last spring he was most surprised by the traffic, road conditions and lack of shoulders. And it was because of those roads that he came up with his motto: “ever vigilant.” He said he will stay true to that motto again this trip.

“I’m well aware of the potential dangers. But, as before, I have a big mirror for my handle bars; I have way better lighting, numerous reflective red lights that will be flashing—I’ll be like a Christmas tree—and my clothes will be bright, too. “There’s definitely a degree of danger to what I’m doing and I accept that. I don’t think I’m being careless or taking undue risks. I understand the risks and I’m going to try and minimize them the best I can.” Because of the cold, Van Tighem won’t be camping this time around—although he’ll have his gear with him, just in case. Rather, he’ll spend most of his nights in fire halls. So, as well as writing a daily blog post for his website, he’ll also be writing one for Fire Fighters Canada Magazine. He’ll use that post to not only talk about his journey and his efforts to raise awareness for MS, but also to share fun facts about the fire halls along the way. As part of that, he’ll be judging each fire hall on their culinary skills and at the end of his ride, he’ll award one hall with the best fire hall dinner award, just like he did with the best craft IPA and best bacon cheese burger on Highway 93. (Don’t fret, he’ll again be naming winners in those categories, as well.) Van Tighem will be completing his ride in two stages. The first will take him from Masset to Jasper. He hopes that stretch will take two weeks, with him arriving home on March 16. He will then spend a week working in Jasper, to give Deputy Fire Chief Don Smith a break from being on call, and then he’ll head out again March 22 to start the second stage, taking him to Winnipeg by April 8. To follow Van Tighem on his journey, “like” EndMS93 on Facebook or visit his website, endms93.com. To help him reach his $93,000 fundraising goal, click “Pledge Me” on the website.

Nicole Veerman editor@fitzhugh.ca

It’s no secret that for years Jasper’s caribou populations have been struggling. Last October, when Parks staff did their annual count of the four herds that call the park home, they found that all of their numbers had been reduced, some quite significantly. Changes in predator/prey dynamics, increased human disturbance, habitat loss, predator access and the small population effect have all led to the continued decline in the size of the herds. With two of the herds—the Maligne and the Brazeau— now sitting at less than 10 animals, Supt. Greg Fenton said that Parks may be only months away from beginning a captive breeding program to help stabilize their numbers. With the help of the Calgary Zoo, the program would take caribou from healthy populations in British Columbia and bring them to a special captive breeding facility away from the main zoo grounds. Over the course of about four years, young caribou born at the facility would be added to the struggling herds, at a rate of about 15 animals per year. Fenton explained that the goal would be to bring the size of the herds up to 45 caribou. “Based on the biology of caribou populations, the likelihood of the population being in a position where it can grow on its own is better if it has a population of 45,” he said. Once the herd can grow on its own, its ideal size is approximately 75 animals. The program would last for approximately 10 years, over which Fenton guessed the Maligne and Tonquin herds would be the first to be bolstered. If those reintroductions were to be successful, struggling populations outside of the national parks would also get help. Fenton said that Parks has been working with the Calgary Zoo to hammer out the details of the program. However, whether or not it goes forward hinges on Parks securing funding. “There’s a whole number of pieces we have put together in draft format, now we’re just waiting to finalize and sort out the funding pieces,” Fenton explained. Fenton said if funding is secured, it will almost certainly come from the corporate sector. While he stressed that nothing has been finalized yet, he mentioned “oil and gas” as industries that have expressed interest in contributing to the program. “It’s getting closer. I am hopeful we will have a sense of whether we will have funding in place within the next six months,” he said. If the program does move forward, Fenton explained it will be the end result of a process that began in 2001, when “we were developing our own caribou conservation plan for mountain national parks.” After a major public engagement campaign, Parks signed a memorandum of understanding with the Calgary Zoo and the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, which Fenton called

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Captive breeding may save caribou

“an agreement in principle to explore a captive breeding program that would help us in the implementation of our conservation strategy.” Environment Canada released its own formal recovery plan for southern woodland caribou earlier this year. The plan has been posted for public review on the Species At Risk Public Registry and Fenton said it’s open to review and comment until March 17. Parks has been implementing its conservation strategy for several years now. Backcountry enthusiasts will be familiar with some of the measures included in that strategy, such as closing certain winter recreation areas during important survival months for the caribou. Despite those measures, Fenton said, the herds continue to decline in size, making captive breeding even more important if Jasper hopes to save its caribou populations.

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H ist ory at a gl a nce

If we had to guess—based on the site superintendent’s unwillingness to give a completion date and the state of the building right now—we’d say the library and cultural centre will still be under construction come March. And that will likely be true for April, as well. If we’re lucky it might be completed by May, but more likely—if our predictions are correct—it will be sometime in the early summer. Now, that’s the bad news of it. The good news is that things are progressing. Work has clearly been done in the last few months: drywall is up, windows are in and the place is beginning to take shape. As you walk through the building now, you can see where the children’s area will be, where the circulation desk will go, where the Jasper Artist Guild will hang its art, where the Habitat for the Arts will have its pottery studio and where council will hold its meetings. Even with the spaces covered in construction equipment and materials, you can imagine the centre bustling with people—people there to create, learn and share. And with that image in mind, there’s no doubt it’s going to be an inspiring place to visit. It will be a hub for the community. Sure, its construction history will be littered with bad memories: budget overruns, surprises and legal battles, but when all is said and done, and the space is filled with art, books and people, all of that will be forgotten. The building will likely be a year and a half late and it will come in well over the $7.5 million that was originally budgeted, but what will remain for years to come—aside from some lessons in budgeting and legalese—will be a space that was dreamnt up and hoped for by the community. It will be a building to celebrate. And, honestly, we’re excited to see it. We can’t wait to get in there for JAG’s first art opening, Habitat’s first theatre production, council’s first meeting, the library’s first children’s craft session and any number of other activities. When the time comes, we hope to see you there.

History at a Glance is brought to you by the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. Online: www.jaspermuseum.org / Twitter: @jaspermuse

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Jasper Park Ski Club members, including John and Chess Bowen and Ernie Neader, on the Edith Cavell Road. [ca. 1938]

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c o rre c t i o n Incorrect information appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of the Fitzhugh. Saje Rayner of the Jasper Ski Team was also in attendance at the Alberta Winter Games, competing in the slalom and giant slalom events. The Fitzhugh apologizes for the error.

q u e s t i o n o f t h e w ee k Do you think the captive breeding program will rehabilitate Jasper’s caribou herds?

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L a s t w ee k ’ s re s u l t s Are you satisfied with the budget cuts made by council? a) Yes. (57%, 4 Votes) b) No. (43%, 3 Votes)

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Fire managers take advantage of weather for burning With little snow east of the Jasper townsite, the fire management team is preparing for this spring’s prescribed burns. For the past few weeks, the team has been working at the Moberly Flats prescribed fire site. Located just over 20 km north of Jasper along the Snaring Road and near the site of the Ewan Moberly Homestead, this prescribed burn will emulate the cultural burning that took place here in the early 1900s. Local Métis families played a key role in the fire history of this area. Reintroducing fire here will help restore grassland vegetation in the valley bottom—an area that historically saw frequent wildfire. This will help rejuvenate favourable wildlife habitat, increasing its quality for grazing animals and numerous bird species. This prescribed fire will also reduce landscape fuel continuity, which in turn reduces the likelihood of catastrophic fire spread in the Athabasca Valley. Burning in the 30 hectare Moberly Flats site will take place this spring if conditions are right. In preparation, fire managers have been burning

with hand torches, in areas that are not covered by snow, to create a downwind guard. If good burning conditions persist in the coming weeks, the team will continue to expand the fireguard using a Terra Torch. The 30 hectare unit will be broken down into five subunits to be burned at separate times. Jasper’s fire team hopes to complete burning in one sevenhectare subunit this year.

Parks Canada’s film wins second international award

Photography at the Matsalu International Nature Film Festival (Estonia). The movie will play permanently in Jasper’s soon-to-be newly-renovated Icefield Centre Gallery starting in spring 2015.

Jasper National Park’s new short film, Through Ice and Time, which documents the spectacular beauty of the Columbia Icefields, was recently awarded Best Canadian Film at the 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival! Here is how one member of the film festival jury described it: “this film embodies the Canadian natural landscape in its grandest form. Gob-smackingly beautiful, yet poetic in its intent, it shows off our mountains and rivers and glaciers and meadows. A mystical time-travel element, including adventurous children, a haunting harmonica and a treasured rock, draws viewers in.” Directed by Alar Kivilo, this is the film’s second international award—the first being for Best

I have way better lighting, numerous reflective red lights that will be flashing—I’ll be like a Christmas tree—and my clothes will be bright, too.

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Greg Van Tighem on the safety gear for his 3,100 km bike ride

Brazeau and A La Peche caribou ranges open for winter recreational use On Saturday March 1st, the Brazeau (South Jasper) and A La Peche (North Jasper) caribou ranges will be open for winter recreational use. Thank you for respecting these seasonal closures in support of woodland caribou conservation. For more information, visit the “What’s New” section of the Jasper National Park website at www.pc.gc.ca/Jasper.

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Checks for charities

Representatives from charities across Jasper headed to Super A Foods, Feb. 21, to receive a donation to their causes. Every month, Super A donates $1,000 to local charities, divided up based on a point system. Whenever a customer checks out they can use the cost of their bill to add points to the charity of their choice. At the end of the month, Rick Lagace splits the thousand dollars up and hands it out based on those points. “It’s just Super A’s way of giving back to the community,” said Patrick Mooney of the Jasper Food Bank Society. Karen Byers of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives agreed. She said that over the past eight years the monthly checks have added up to more than $7,000 in donations to the museum. Paul Schmidt of Jasper Victim Services said in a year Super A gives about $1,200 to his organization. Not for profit groups are always happy to accept money, but Byers pointed out that having the guarantee of something coming at regular intervals “like a rent check” is a blessing. Mooney added that the donation scheme also helps keep the charities in people’s minds, as they think about who they want to donate to every time they buy groceries.

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In Brief

School construction update

Work is ticking along on the Jasper Joint School. According to a monthly progress report provided to the Grande Yellowhead School Division, the exterior masonry block walls are complete; the interior masonry block walls are approximately 95 per cent complete; and the exterior aluminum windows are substantially complete. The drywall boarding in the west wing on the main and second floors is being installed and the same work is also in progress in other areas of the school. Painting has started in the gymnasium and stucco crews are on site working on the high north wall in the gym. This month the ceramic flooring and wall tiling is expected to begin. The school is scheduled to open in time for the 2014-15 school year and will house both École Desrochers and the Jasper Junior/Senior High School.

Sleepwear makes a comeback It’s time to hunt down your favourite pair of pyjamas for the annual PJ Day event to raise awareness for autoimmune diseases. Tomorrow, Feb. 28, is the big day, so when you wake up, don’t worry about cleaning yourself up: roll out of bed and head to work or school or play in your coziest of cozy sleepwear. PJ Day was created by Jasper’s Marta Rode three years ago, following her own diagnosis with Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare autoimmune disease that affects one in 40,000 people. Her goal with the day is to raise both awareness and funds to go toward finding a common thread between the nearly 150 known autoimmune diseases, so that doctors can start treating the diseases rather than just the symptoms. To mark the day, a number of public events have been organized, including a pancake breakfast, a street hockey tournament and some ski races at Marmot Basin. To find the entire schedule of events, visit www.findacommonthread.com. Also on the website is the information you need to win some huge prizes, including a corporate ski pass. All you have to do is get together with a few pals and raise some funds for autoimmune diseases. Check out the contest page for that information.

Dance freely The last Thursday of every month the community is invited to Just Dance, an unrestricted, spontaneous dance party at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. The first gathering will be tonight, Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. and it is by donation. There will be music, but no formal instruction. The purpose is to just dance, without judgement and without fear. For more information, contact Marie-Hélène Hamel at marie_abeille@hotmail.com.

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Mapping Jasper’s assets H

e can tell you the diameter of the water pipes that run under the town, the precise GPS coordinates of an access valve or the exact location of any of the town’s fire hydrants. He can even tell you the materials they’re made from. Mike Mitchell is a geomatics technician in Jasper, and he runs the joint GIS program between the municipality and Jasper National Park. GIS—geographic information system—is a program that’s fundamentally changing the way the town and park are run. “When people ask me what GIS is I say ‘well you know Google Earth? We basically do what Google Earth does, except at a much smaller scale,’” Mitchell explained. On Feb. 21 he sat at his desk in the Parks Canada administration building, in front of a screen displaying a map of the Jasper townsite. It was organized into colourful blocks representing every single plot of land in town and how they are zoned. When he clicked his mouse a few times, the packets of colour disappeared, leaving the same map, except showing a network of blue lines representing all of the water pipes and fire hydrants in the municipality. “There’s 1,010 segments of pipe in Jasper, and all that information is here,” he said. Mitchell’s Google Earth comparison is useful, but it doesn’t really do the GIS justice. What makes the program so powerful is its “information” component. Turning to the map of Jasper displayed on his computer screen, Mitchell clicked on one of the symbols representing a fire hydrant and a massive spreadsheet popped up, the rows and columns stretching off the screen. He explained that each row represents one of the fire hydrants, and each column holds all of the data about it. “We take all the information about that fire hydrant—the valve type, which

direction it rotates to open it, the material, the manufacturer, addresses, phone numbers, when it was last checked, basically anything you can think of that’s important,” he said. All that information is stored in the table, and linked to the GPS coordinates of the specific hydrant it represents. Each fire hydrant—or segment of pipe, or parcel of land, or manhole cover—is also marked by a unique identification number, making individual features easier to search and keep track of. “There’s so much information here it just baffles me any time I think about it,” he exclaimed. And all of it is accessible with only a click or two of a mouse. Since July of 2012, Mitchell has been plugging data into the system—from old records collected by Parks and municipal staff, and even from a nation-wide network of datagathering towers—creating a vast database of information about Jasper. The interactive map is the final product, and Mitchell said it is already significantly improving the efficiency of the town. “One of the massive powers of GIS is you can start asking questions of the data,” he said, “whatever questions you want to ask of it—the sky’s the limit.” Mitchell works and thinks in tables and spreadsheets and when he talks about his work he tends to veer into the abstract. While explaining what he does with the GIS, he used phrases like “spearing the data set,” and talked about pulling out information like coring a tree trunk. In reality, what he really does is take the wealth of data the system holds and create computer programs that analyze it depending on the needs of town and park managers. A while ago, he explained, he used the data in the system to model the flow of water through the town’s water system. The data showed loops in the network of pipes that were operating inefficiently, and the

municipality was able to go to the exact location and fix the problem. And that’s just one example. Mitchell said GISs can be used to find ideal routes to clear snow in the municipality, track emergency response times or keep track of land zoning. “This bulk of data we amass under one database to answer questions posed by anybody—the cost savings for managers in terms of time and resources are huge,” he explained. Cathy Jenkins is the realty and municipal manager for Jasper National Park. She agreed that the GIS is incredibly useful, both to the park and the municipality. “There’s tons of stuff that GIS can do— and we’re just tapping the surface,” she said. She explained that the system gives the municipality incredibly valuable information that helps its staff properly maintain the town’s infrastructure and plan projects, and it helps Parks keep track of the zoning for specific pieces of land in the townsite.

She said having Parks Canada and the municipality sharing the same technician has also helped keep the two organizations on the same page, preventing “a ton of redundancy” in their records. While it’s currently only available to town and park managers, Mitchell said the goal is to eventually make the maps available publicly online, so citizens and business owners can easily access the wealth of information. A move like that has the potential to dramatically increase interactivity and engagement between citizens and their governments, he said. Something like that is still several years away, but Mitchell applauds the municipality and Parks for making the long-term investment now. “This is the way everyone is going—we were going to get it eventually, but it’s nice to see a commitment to a program like this on the long-term basis.”

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Council briefs: February 18, 2014 Council forms snow removal fund

Council unanimously approved the creation of a snowy day reserve fund, Feb. 18. That fund, created with the surplus from last year’s contracted services budget, is to ensure that in years with above average snowfall, there is enough money to keep the roads clear without the municipality having to over budget. The reserve fund, which maxes out at $60,000, will cover the cost of contracted services—dump trucks, loaders and equipment operators—over and above the $150,000 that is budgeted. Contracted services are only utilized following a large snowfall, when the municipality’s staff and equipment are not enough to clear the road in a timely manner. “If you have a light snowfall and you have time to clear it, you don’t necessarily have to contract so much, but if you get a huge dump and you’re trying to clear very quickly, then you have to contract those extra pieces of equipment,” explained Alice Lettner, director of finance. This year, $50,000 has been put into

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the reserve—$48,000 of which was unexpended funds from the 2013 budget. “I think this is a great thing to have for future planning and keeping our operational budgets and taxation down to a minimum in the future,” said Coun. Rico Damota. As well as allowing the municipality to budget more conservatively, the reserve will also allow the operations department to provide more consistent services to the town’s roads. That’s because the contracted services budget, until last week, included both snow removal and summer road maintenance. With the creation of the reserve, those two budgets were split, ensuring that the operations department can now plan ahead for road maintenance—line painting and road repairs—without having to consider the funds allotted to snow removal. Preparing for an influx of babies With a mini baby boom last year, the daycare is preparing for an inf lux of young babes this spring.

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Kathleen Waxer, director of community and family services, said in order to accommodate all of the families with new babies, there will likely be a restructuring of the daycare, to create enough room. “There’s many, many regulations around what age of children can go in which room,” she explained to council. “It’s a complex thing, so we’re looking at ways to ensure that all the families that require infant care will be accommodated as quickly as possible. “We could use a bigger room and you’re allowed to have double the group size, as long as you have enough staff.” Waxer also noted that daycare is run much differently than school, as the children move from one group to the next depending on their birthday and their developmental status. “So movement occurs constantly, especially in the infant room. “Because of the maternity laws, most children enter our daycare at 13 months and they are only in the infant room between 13 and 19 months. So there’s continual movement forward.”

CFS annual report

The community and family services department completed its annual report and presented it to council last week. The report, presented by the department’s director, Kathleen Waxer, is meant to highlight the fact that CFS is more than just a list of programs. “There is a vision and a mission for what we’re trying to do,” she explained. “As a result of our work we hope to reduce the risk factors for people who live in the community and increase protective factors and resiliency for community members.” CFS is a department with four arms; it’s responsible for community development, childcare, outreach and disaster social services. Jasper’s model for the department is one that’s unique to the community and has garnered attention from provincial ministers, who believe it could be a good model for other communities as well. To see a copy of the annual report, visit the municipality’s website at www.jasper-alberta. com and find it with the Feb. 18 council agenda.

Nicole Veerman editor@fitzhugh.ca


A masked affair

Students starve for charity The last time she starved herself for 24 hours, Megan Warren doesn’t even remember being hungry. She was a little younger then, taking part in a fast-a-thon at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School to help raise money for charity. “I didn’t find it very difficult,” Warren, now in Grade 11, admitted following the high school’s peer support group’s meeting, Feb. 20. Warren, along with the rest of the peer support group, is holding a similar event this year. According to group member Ashton Hefner, the peer support group is “a group of kids who come here every week and, with the help of community members, like the firefighters and bylaw officers, become strong leaders in helping our fellow classmates, people who go to our school, and even people in our communities and families.” On Feb. 20, about a dozen of the group’s kids lounged in a high school classroom, planning the final aspects of the fasta-thon fundraiser. Starting Feb. 28 at noon, a group of students from the school will gorge themselves at a giant potluck lunch, and not eat again until noon the next day. To avoid temptation, the students will lock themselves in the high school overnight, occupying their time with movies, board games, painting and other activities. Since the event is a fundraiser, each participating student has collected pledges, and all the money collected will go toward one local and one international charity. The group says its goal is to raise a total of $2,000, which it will split between the Jasper Ladies Hospital Auxiliary’s ultrasound fund, and the Global Enrichment Foundation’s school lunch program in Somalia.

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The annual Masquerade Ball is March 8 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Even though the event is a major fundraiser, Lecky said anyone interested should snap up their tickets quickly, because there’s no guarantee the masquerade will happen every year. “We want to keep it special,” Lecky said, explaining that the club has been discussing hosting it only every couple of years, or even moving away from the masquerade theme to keep things exciting. But whatever happens in the future, he said he is looking forward to what he thinks will be a great party. He mentioned that a lot of folks from out of town have scooped up tickets this year, making for “quite a mix of interesting people” at the party. And of course, everything seems like so much more fun from behind a mask. “It’s quite interesting, you know, you dress someone up in formal gear and they’re pretty stoic, but you put a mask on them and they’re a lot different—they’re a lot more fun,” Lecky said.

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Jasperites will don their sharpest outfits, dust off their most striking masks and head to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for the Rotary Club of Jasper’s Masquerade Ball, March 8. The popular fundraiser is back for its second year, and Rotary Club member Wendy Wacko said it’s going to be “a lot more extravagant” this time around. This year the club is hosting the event along with Marmot Basin, and Rotary Club president Hugh Lecky said the whole night will be “geared to have a mountain flair to it.” That means themed decorations, multimedia presentations from Marmot staff, and the unveiling of a huge, specially commissioned painting of Marmot Basin from realist painter Bruce K. Lawes, valued at more than $23,000. Along with the mountain motif, Lecky said the club is bringing back the same band that rocked the house last year, only they’re adding a horn section to liven things up even more. “It’s going to be a great live band,” he said. “Last time, it was Sunday night and people still danced ‘til midnight—it was great,” and because this year’s dance is happening on a Saturday, it should last even longer. Along with a bigger band, Lecky said organizers will also bring in some dancers to “add a little extra flair.” The club is aiming to sell twice as many tickets as the previous year—a total of 300, if possible—and Wacko said they are already more than halfway there. She said that along with access to the champagne reception, four-course meal with wine from the Jasper Park Lodge and live music, the ticket also comes with a complimentary lift ticket to Marmot. The masquerade is one of only two major fundraisers the Rotary Club hosts each year. Lecky explained that all the money raised will go to the club’s charity account, which it uses to fund projects both locally and abroad. He said that even the international projects the Jasper chapter supports usually have a Jasper connection. He mentioned Rotarians Jill and Neil Fenton’s Tools for Schools program in Rwanda as a prime example.

Elena Kellis said she was inspired to take part in the fundraiser after learning the story of Amanda Lindhout, the founder of the enrichment foundation. Lindhout was held captive in Somalia for more than a year, and when she finally escaped she started the foundation to help people like those who held her captive. “Within a year she had this foundation running. She showed such compassion and I think it’s good that we’re supporting that, that we’re bringing attention to it,” Kellis said. Jase Blake has been a part of the peer support group since last year. He said he’s doing the fundraiser “not just because it’s going to be fun to stay in the school all night, but because it will all be for a good cause.” “I like the idea that all the money is going to a good place,” he said Warren is the only member of the group who has done the fast-a-thon previously, and she remembered having a blast, even if she was younger than everyone else at the time. As she recalled her experiences watching horror movies in the library late into the night, her peers jumped in with their predictions for this year’s event. “I think it’s going to be fun cause we’re all really good friends,” exclaimed Kellis. “I think we’re going to get halfway through and be like, ‘oh my God I’m so hungry,” Katelyn Garton joked in response. But, however the night goes, the students said they will be proud to have contributed to a couple of good causes.

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Oh Lord of mine, whose blessing touches our hearts, who has walked with us during the most troubled and dark times and graced us with light, hope and beauty throughout out our lives we pray to thee now: We pray now selfishly to take someone very dear to us to thine side, to bless her, free her soul and to care for her for the rest of eternity. A very special woman to all of us has crossed the final veil in our brief but wonderful existence in this world. I pray that your daughter Elaine Read finds peace and harmony, freedom and most importantly the perfect teetime for heavens most beautiful golf course at your side. Elaine Read was a strong and stubborn (or as she would say determined) soul blessed with the gift of hard truths and endless love. She was not afraid to speak her mind if she knew it was in your best interest. She was not afraid to set you straight. However what she did, she did for love; she loved her family more then anything else. Well maybe except for a hole-in-one on the final course, make sure you let her win lord, she, like all Reads, was blessed with passion, courage and a strong will to fight. She was a mother, a grandmother, a friend and role model... among so much more she was a rock, who could stand against the turmoil one must sometimes face throughout one’s life with a defiant smile on her face. Her laugh was soft and warm infectious, her humour was strong and humble. She was a staple in this family whose greatest wish was simply to see everyone together and happy. We will miss our mom and grandmother more then anyone we have ever lost Lord, so please take her to your side. Bless her with peace, let her rest, she has known her own suffering and has shown us true strength and grace by defying it, growing from it, learning from it. She has taught us all that no matter what life gives you it is up to you to make the best of it, and even in darkness one can always smile. Take her to your side lord bless her with your grace, book her tee-time early and always let her win. Blessed though we were with our short time with her, we know that you will enjoy her company as much as we have. Protect her and love her and listen to what she has to say she’ll always be proud of you no matter the decisions you make...We love you grandma, mother to our family, We will miss you every day we’re sorry if we ever took you for granted and we hope you rest easy. We will live the rest of our lives with happiness and joy for you and never forget everything you’ve taught us and done for us. Rest easy until we can all be together again.. Elaine is survived by her four children, Kathy (Bruno), Daniel, Matthew, Ashley Tassoni, Kelly ( Jurgen), Hope and Aidan Deagle, Jeremy Mattison, Terri (Don), Lucas, Tyson, Hailey Smith, Kevin (Shelia), Kolby, Skye Read. Thank you so much to all of our extended families and friends and especially to all of Mom’s friends for the outpouring of support, love and memories. A remembrance will take place in Kelowna this summer with a fun family and friend’s golf tournament. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com, clicking on stories and typing in Elaine Read. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna. 250-762-2299

LE JEUDI 6 MARS 19 h 30 Jasper Film Club – Présentation du film Gabrielle Cinéma Chaba

Membres du Film Club : 8$ Non membres : 10$

LE VENDREDI 7 MARS 11 h Cérémonie du lever du drapeau franco-albertain École élémentaire de Jasper 300 Ave. Elm GRATUIT (TOUTE LA JOURNÉE)

La Francoderole Tournée internationale d’une toile conçue par les enfants de la francophonie. Les élèves de l’école Desrochers contribueront à la conception de l’œuvre. Centre récréatif OUVERT AU PUBLIC GRATUIT

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LE SAMEDI 8 MARS (2 SERVICES : 17 H ET 19 H)

Cabane à sucre 16 h 30

Souper traditionnel et tire sur la neige. Spectacle du groupe « Le Fuzz » À la

Légion Royale canadienne de Jasper Famille (2ad. + enfants) : 40 $ Adulte : 15 $ Étudiants : 10 $ 5 ans et moins : GRATUIT

20 h 30 Spectacle du groupe « Le Fuzz » À la Légion Royale canadienne de Jasper 5$ À L’ENTRÉE

LE MARDI 11 MARS 14 h à 15 h Francophone-moi une histoire Contes pour enfants de 6 ans et moins Salle de poterie, Centre récréatif

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Delnor’s new site superintendent is hesitant to put a tentative completion date on the already overdue library and cultural centre. Craig Lemiski has been on site for six weeks now and, since his arrival, a lot has changed. Contractors and trades people are now working seven days a week to rectify the project’s many issues and to complete the remaining work. But even with that positive progress taking place, he said he doesn’t like to play the guessing game. “It’s really hard for me to say even a joking date because we all know then it spreads,” he said while giving council a tour of the facility, Feb. 18. “All I can say is it’s progressing faster than it was previously. We have people working around the clock as much as we can.” The last predicted completion date was the end of March, beginning of April. That was told to Peter Waterworth, chief administrative officer for the municipality, in December. If that date were to be met, the project would come in about 14 months past the original completion date of January 2013. One of the major issues Lemiski is dealing with now is with the building’s exposed concrete walls. Although they were meant to be left as sealed architectural concrete, at some point down the line, those walls were covered with an additional layer of concrete that has been deemed unacceptable. So, to rectify the issue, grinders are working around the clock to take that layer off the walls. “It’s a lot of work,” said Lemiski, noting that it will take four weeks just to get the walls ground down and sealed. Lemiski invited council back in one month’s time to see the progress. “By that time we should have the grinding finished, should have some flooring done, tile work, more painting, finishings—things will start to change.” During the tour, Gord Hutton, the municipality’s on site manager, said he’s pleased with the direction the project is taking. “A lot of the outstanding issues are getting rectified in a timely manner, which is really encouraging from my perspective. “It’s not all that many months ago that we were here for the pre-election tour and you can see that progress has happened since then and it continues to happen.”

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6 7:30 PM Jasper Film Club – French movie (English subtitles) Gabrielle Chaba Theatre Film Club members: $8 Non-members: $10

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(ALL DAY) Francoderole International tour of a masterpiece painted by children throughout the Francophonie. Students of École Desrochers will contribute to the creation of this painting. Activity Centre OPEN TO PUBLIC - FREE

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Library construction progresses

Construction of the library and cultural centre began in November 2011. By July 2012, council had already approved a budget increase of one million dollars, bringing the total up to $8.5-million. The increases were the result of unforeseen issues, including the need for additional structural framing, the levelling of the old library floors, the stabilization of a crumbling chimney and the removal of asbestos. All of those issues were exacerbated by the fact that the old library is a heritage building subject to strict development rules. There have also been numerous errors made by the builder and architect. Those issues resulted in lengthy construction delays to determine who is liable for the errors—including the mechanical issues that plagued the building in the early part of 2013 and the need to replace the roof last summer. Stantec has taken responsibility for the mechanical issues and, last July, it was determined that both Delnor and Stanec are responsible for the inadequate materials and construction of the roof. Because of the extensive list of problems with the construction of the building, it is likely the legal disputes over liability will continue following its completion, and those disputes will likely result in further budget increases.

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Sugar Shack dinner 4:30 p.m. Traditional dinner and taffy on snow. Music band « Le Fuzz » At

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8:30 PM. Live French Folk Music with « Le Fuzz »

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TUESDAY MARCH 11 2 PM TO 3 PM

French stories French stories for children under 6. Pottery room, Activity Centre FREE 9 AM TO 12 PM, 3 PM TO 7 PM

French book fare French books for all ages with large selection for kids. École Desrochers, 401 rue Geikie FREE (BOOKS FOR SALE)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. French book fare (continued) French books for all ages with large selection for kids. École Desrochers, 401 rue Geikie FREE (BOOKS FOR SALE)

SATURDAY MARCH 22 10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

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Step toward land use review

developed with, what Peter Waterworth, chief administrative officer, calls an “ad hoc approach.” And this is done “at the cost of lost opportunity for cohesion and good design.”

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rom housing prices to the push for street performers, laws governing development and expansion are an inescapable and omnipresent part of life in Jasper. Looking at Land Use provides an in-depth exploration of how those laws impact the lives of the park’s citizens, business owners and government— untangling the complexities of the issues and exploring what they mean for Jasper as it heads into the future.

When Jasper was incorporated as a specialized municipality in 2001, it gained jurisdiction over much of the town’s operations, but one key item was left out. Parks Canada retained control over land use planning and development. This decision was made deliberately, as a decade earlier, Parks watched Banff grow exponentially after it gained local governance, including jurisdiction over land use. “Parks Canada was troubled by the amount of development in Banff,” said Mayor Richard Ireland during the Jan. 21 council meeting. “So when we went through the same process [to become a local government], they said ‘there is no way a local council ought to have control over those things, you will run amuck.’” So, nearly 13 years after Jasper’s incorporation, the town continues to be

But, this could all change. In the Jasper Community Sustainability Plan, Parks agreed to a review of land use planning and development, and at last week’s council meeting, a motion was passed to support municipal participation in such a review. “I see this process as, not as big, but similar to us achieving our self-governance 12 or 13 years ago,” said Coun. Dwain Wacko during council’s discussion on whether or not to participate in the review. “For us to take that kind of responsibility, we need a very careful look at what’s going on and what we would be getting ourselves into.” Council’s support, as written in the motion, is contingent on the the completion of a memorandum of understanding, as well as the approval of a tender for the review. So, as it stands, the motion doesn’t commit the municipality to any spending. If the conditions are met and council chooses to move forward, the municipality will fund half of the cost of the entire review: $125,000. As things stand, it has $15,000 in its budget to cover its portion of the first stage of the project: a baseline analysis to inform the

review and to promote a constructive dialogue between the municipality and Parks. This stage will give the two parties a starting point for a discussion on how to streamline and provide an integrated development process that will provide clarity for citizens and staff. The review will also consider the possibility of jurisdictional change. The second and final stage of the review would seek alignment on how to enable improved design and land use in Jasper. Gaining jurisdiction over land use planning and development has been a priority for council since the municipality’s incorporation. This is because the process is currently confusing and often onerous for residents, as it can be unclear which governing body to approach for a land use or development issue. For instance, when Monika Schaefer, a local musician and music teacher, approached council to inquire what it would take to permit busking on Jasper’s streets, she was told it’s a complicated issue because busking, strangely enough, is a land use issue. It’s the use of public land. So, as things stand between Parks and the municipality, even if the municipality were to seek public input and there was support for busking, it wouldn’t have the power to formalize it. The same goes for sidewalk cafes, which were requested by local restauranteurs a number of years ago. Part of the disconnect between whodoes-what is that many requests have overlap. So, a resident might need to approach Parks for the first steps in a process and then the municipality next.

A good example of this is business licenses: the municipality issues them, but Parks has jurisdiction over discretionary use. The intention of this review is to clear up some of these issues by either streamline the existing land use planning and development processes, to make them easier for residents, or to transfer jurisdiction over land use and planning to the municipality. (In order for such a transfer to take place, the 2001 agreement signed between the municipality and Parks would have to be amended.) In either outcome, the hope is that the current land development practices will be updated to encourage and enable creative development within the townsite. The first step in the process will be the completion of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. Waterworth guessed that that will be completed in April or May. If the memorandum is agreed upon, then a tender will be written for the first stage of the review. At that point, if council approves the tender, the first stage of the review will begin. The entire project will likely take up to two years to complete. In the next instalment of Looking at Land Use, the Fitzhugh will explore the wide-ranging effects land use regulations have on the town. We offer perspectives from a man who gave up his family home because of need to reside laws, Parks Canada staff looking to combat the chronic housing shortage and businesses trying to stay afloat in a town facing extensive barriers to growth. Check out next week’s issue for the story.

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MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 150 guns - Handguns, rifles, shotguns, hunting and sporting equipment. To consign call 780-4401860.

LANDSCAPING SALES & Service opportunities! Up to $400 cash daily! Full-time & part-time outdoors. Spring/ summer work. Seeking honest, hardworking staff; www. PropertyStarsJobs.com.

METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Very competitive prices! Largest colour selection in Western Canada. Available at over 25 Alberta Distribution Locations. 40 Year Warranty. Call 1-888-2638254.

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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.

UP TO $400 cash daily full-time & part-time outdoors. Spring/summer work. Seeking honest, hardworking staff; PropertyStarsJobs.com.

STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206; www.crownsteelbuildings.ca.

8TH ANNUAL Red Deer Collector Car Auction & Speed Show, March 14 - 16/14, Red Deer Westerner Park. Exhibitor space available. Consign your car. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; EGauctions.com. GUN & SPORTSMAN AUCTION. March 1, 10 a.m. Firearms, ammo, parts, accessories, militaria, & more! Unreserved! No buyers fee! Wainwright, Alberta. Scribner Auction 780-842-5666; www.scribnernet.com. 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. Trucks up to 3 tons. North-East Recyclers 780-875-0270 (Lloydminster). Business Opportunities GET FREE vending machines. Can earn $100,000. + per year. All cash-retire in just 3 years. Protected territories. Full details call now 1-866668-6629. Website: www.tcvend.com.

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FOR SALE - To be Moved. Various sizes and styles of buildings available. For further information call 1-866-451-6395 / 1-403-279-6395 or visit www. mccannsbldgmovers.com.

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STEEL BUILDING SALE. “The Big Year End Clear Out!” 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422; www.pioneersteel.ca.

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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, 1-877-250-5252.

PREOWNED 1856 SQ FT Modular Office for sale. 4 offices, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception and ample storage space. $120,000. Must be moved. Phone 1-877-504-5005; www. jandelhomes.com.

Coming Events LEARN THE LATEST about Celiac Disease and a Gluten-Free diet at the Canadian Celiac Association National Conference, May 30 - June 1, 2014, Calgary. Visit the gluten-free market. Everyone welcome. Register at www. calgaryceliac.ca; 403-237-0304.

DISABILITY BENEFIT GROUP. Suffering from a disability? The Canadian Government wants to give you up to $40,000. For details check out our website: www. disabilitygroupcanada.com or call us today toll free 1-888-875-4787. TRUE PSYCHICS! For Answers call now 24/7 Toll Free 1-877-3423036; Mobile: # 4486; http://www. truepsychics.ca. DATING SERVICE. Long-term/ short-term relationships. Free to try! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call #7878 or 1-888534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet local single ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). Services ATTENTION HOME BUILDERS! No Warranty = No Building Permit. Contact Blanket Home Warranty for details. 1-888-925-2653; www. blanketltd.ca. 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. accesslegalresearch.com.

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CASHIERS (NOC. 6611) VIA RAIL CANADA INC., CANADA’S PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE, IS SEEKING HIGHLY CUSTOMERORIENTED INDIVIDUALS TO WORK AS STATION SERVICE AGENTS.

VIA RAIL CANADA INC., LE RESEAU CANADIEN DE TRAINS VOYAGEURS, EST A LA RECHERCHE DE CANDIDAT(E)S HAUTEMENT ORIENTÉ(E)S VERS LE SERVICE A LA CLIENTÉLE.

4 positions in JASPER, AB

4 postes à JASPER, AB

STATION SERVICE AGENTS: Welcome and guide passengers to the boarding platform and transmit information concerning train movements. Verify tickets, perform customer service functions in the station or on the platforms, handle luggage, including parcels, bikes, etc. Drive a motorized vehicle in narrow areas and work at the information counter. Also, provide information on train arrivals and departures as well as VIA’s many services.

PRÉPOSÉ(E)S AUX SERVICES DE GARE: Accueillir, coordonner et superviser l’embarquement et le débarquement des voyageurs. Vérifier les billets, servir la clientèle dans la gare et sur les quais, manipuler des bagages incluant des colis, bicyclettes, etc. Conduire un véhicule motorisé dans des espaces exigus et œuvrer au comptoir d’information. De plus, fournir des renseignements sur les heures de départs et d’arrivées des trains ainsi que les différents services offerts par VIA.

SCHEDULE: Minimum of 20 hours guaranteed per week. Schedule can vary between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm, every day of the week including the week-ends. Variable shifts, 4 or 8 hours, there are at least 2 unassigned days per week. Lay off in October.

HORAIRE Minimum de 20 heures/semaine garanties. Horaire pouvant varier entre 9 h et 20 h, 7jours/7. Quarts de travail de 4 ou 8 heures, il y aura au moins 2 jours non assignés par semaine. Mise à pied en octobre.

SALARY: Station Service Agent: $23.21 per hour A fluently BILINGUAL (ENGLISH & FRENCH) customer-oriented individual, who possesses excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills and enjoys working with the public. You have a minimum of High School Diploma as well as good computer skills and a minimum of one year prior customer service experience. A valid driver licence is a requirement.

If you feel that this position is for you and fits your skills, please manifest your interest by applying online on our Web site under the « careers » section at: http://www.viarail.ca/careers

SALAIRE: Préposé(e) aux services de gares : 23.21 $ de l’heure. Vous devez être BILINGUE (FRANÇAIS et ANGLAIS), vous devez aimer travailler en équipe et avec le public. Vous devez détenir un permis de conduire valide et posséder au minimum un diplôme d’études secondaires. De bonnes connaissances en informatique sont un atout et vous devez avoir au minimum un an d’expérience en service à la clientèle.

Si ce poste vous intéresse et qu’il correspond à votre profil, faites-nous part de votre intérêt en visitant la section « carrière » de notre site Internet : http://www.viarail.ca/carrieres

BANK SAID NO? Bank on us! Equity Mortgages for purchases, debt consolidation, foreclosures, renovations. Bruised credit, selfemployed, unemployed ok. Dave Fitzpatrick: www.albertalending.ca. 587-437-8437, Belmor Mortgage.

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

Apply within: 701Connaught Drive Jasper Email: georgesamaris@hotmail.com Fax: 780-852-4579/Phone: 780-852-3114

FOR RENT CN APT in Valemount 1 Bdrm $530.00 plus Hydro, Juniper Manor furnished bachelor suite $450.00 plus Hydro Call Scott: 250-566-1569 Mar 13 2 Bdrm house on acreage in Tête Jaune for rent, furnished or unfurnished. $750/month. Available immediately. Phone: 250-566-9811 Mar 6 House with a view on 2 acres for rent in Tête Jaune. $900.00 per month plus utilities. 1 1/2 baths, 3 bedrooms, rec. room; electric and wood heat. Phone: 250-566-8443 Mar 6 MISC FOR SALE Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314- 9522 Feb 27 OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT Commercial store /office space for rent at 411 Main St. McBride starting Feb 1, 2014. Please call Nathan at 250-569-7852 for details. Feb 27

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Prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food and determine size of food proportions, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances, work with specialized cooking equipment (deep fryer, etc.) clean kitchen and work areas, wash dishes. Must speak and write English, and have 3 years cooking experience. Terms: Full Time - $13.00/hr

KITCHEN HELPER/ DISHWASHER (1)

Wash, peel and cut vegetables and fruit; Clean and sanitize kitchen including work surfaces, cupboards, storage areas, appliances and equipment; Receive, unpack and store supplies in refrigerators, freezers, cupboards and other storage areas; Remove kitchen garbage and trash; Handle and store cleaning products; Sweep and mop floors. No education or experience necessary. Terms: Full Time - $11.50/hr

FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVER (4)

Food and beverage servers perform some or all of the following duties: Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverages; Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff; Recommend wines that complement patrons’ meals; Serve food and beverages; Prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons’ tables; Present bill to patrons and accept payment; Perform sensory evaluation of wines. No education or experience necessary. Terms: Part Time and Full Time - $9.95/ hr Earls Restaurant Jasper, 2nd Floor, 600 Patricia St Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0 • Ph: 780 852-2393 Fax: 780 852-3868 • email: ejasper@earls.ca or www.earlswantsyou.ca

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FOOD / LIVESTOCK Pasture Fed Organic Lamb for Sale. $4.00 per pound by the carcass. Contact: 250-968-4347 Apr 3 ATTENTION TRAPPERS Trappers Meeting Sunday March 9 – 10:00 A.M. in Dunster. In Chuck McNaughton’s Shop. Contact: Claude 250-968-4459 Mar 6

ja sper cl a s sifieds ROOM FOR RENT Rooms for rent. Reasonable rates. Clean mature single males. Fully inclusive units. Please contact 780-852-3337, leave your name and number clearly. HOUSE FOR SALE House for Sale: 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, deck.  Full two bedroom suite in the basement with private entrance, plus laundry area and office space.  Serious inquiries call 780 852 4641 for more info. FOR SALE Ludwig Drums complete Big Beat set. Cymbals included. Never used. $2000. Please call 780852-8259

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BC Licensed Builder

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

“BORROWED DOWN PAYMENT MORTGAGES”

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

Cardlock and bulk plant facility Fuel truck for all your delivery needs

845 Cedarside rd. Valemount BC Phone: 250-566-4818 or 1-866-566-4818 Fax: 250-566-4815

Debra Parker AMP

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

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plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount

cell: 250-566-1687

Solar Hot Water SyStemS • CanSAI Certified • Registered with SolarBC Garn • Smokeless Hydronic Wood Heaters Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems www.rockymountainsolar.ca 250-968-4490

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Serving the Robson Valley • Brendan Zimmerman

YOUR LOCAL PROPANE PROVIDER

Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331

PAUL HEIGHT

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT In Jasper and serving the Robson Valley Please call 1-780-852-4000 Fax 1-780-852-5762 Email height@incentre.net

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

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James Walker 780-931-4000

P.O Box 764 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 longhornrental@hotmail.com

FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 1-800-323-9891

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

Bruce L. Deal Professional Corporation Chartered Accountant

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COMMUNITY LISTINGS Grief Relief… Stepping Past Program First Monday of every month all year at 7 PM at the McCready Centre in Jasper. This program has no fee. For more information, contact Tim at 1-855-299-8899

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 Winter Prenatal Classes: Feb, 4 , 11, 18, 25 and Mar 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Call Jasper Community Health to register 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. 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. Healthy Living Exercise Program Alberta Healthy Living Education Programs Alberta Health Services is offering FREE classes in Jasper for adults on the following: • Weight Management • Diabetes Management • High Blood Pressure • High Cholesterol This free group program includes an introduction to the condition and nutrition advice with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietician. Call the registration line at 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 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. 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. 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 arts@iotad.ca 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 jasperlibrary@town.jasper.ab.ca

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: www.hivwestyellowhead.com. 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. Just Dance Night The last Thursday of the month, beginning Feb. 27, in the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives basement from 7–9 p.m. For more information contact Grace at 780931-6146.

Pap Test Clinics Pap Test Clinics available with female Registered Nurse. February 13, March 21 and May 2. Please call 780.852.4759 for an appointment. 12 Step Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-852-2909. 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.acfa.ab.ca/jasper      www.facebook.com/ ACFAJasper

Community Band Rehersals Band rehersals 6-7pm on Thursdays in the Jasper High School music room.

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eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) This Mars Retrograde cycle is a call for you to become more sensitive in your approach to others. This includes your attitude and style of communications as well. How can you give more with less, as in less is more? Becoming more patient with yourself, others and circumstances is highlighted. Take and give more breathing room on all fronts.

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irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A period of adding to, renovating and or rebuilding existing foundations altogether is a feature of Mars Retrograde for you. Expect to be busy, intend to be steady and avoid comparisons. At best, this will prove to be a very creative cycle. There is even a strong streak of inventiveness indicated. While not exactly whistling while you work, productivity is likely.

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corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Mars in Libra generally and retrograde specifically will find you digging deeper than usual. This effort will be to clear the past. Hidden anger, resentment, negative memories and other such complexes need to be identified and healed. They block fulfillment in your most intimate relationships and it is time for them to go.

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The time has come to dream a few new dreams. You might as well because you will be less inclined to act on them, at least over the coming weeks. Stimulating these by way of communications and exchanges with others is ideal and likely. Yet do not be swayed by impulse or the determinations of others, at least not yet.

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apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Making key decisions that you feel will significantly affect your future is up for you now. Yet following through will feel all the harder because it means so much. While you may feel frustrated that others are holding you back, look closer and you may discover that it is actually you. Aim to close the gaps from the past so you can advance with confidence.

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quarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Freedom! The cry for it will get louder over the coming weeks. What you want freedom from or what you want to do with it depend on your situation. Look for opportunities to get away from it all, to travel or retreat. If a getaway is not available, send out a message that you will not tolerate being told or pushed. Yet curiosity will lead you into new experiences.

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isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Will you aspire to realize your higher ideals or waste this cycle of opportunity on worry and nervous tension? This is a call to gain a new measure of mastery over your desires and appetites. What hungers haunt you depend on you. Fears of loss, rejection and even death could block and distract you. Determine your higher ideals and make achieving them a central goal.

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PeeWee Bears host invitational tourney

With league play over for the Jasper PeeWee Bears, manager Nancy Robbins invited five competitive opponents from Devon, Sherwood Park, Edson and St. Albert (two teams) to our fair town for an end-of-season tournament in the renovated Jasper Arena (thanks Pete). Tournaments are bread-and-butter for Jasper minor sports, acting as important fundraisers for teams, and giving them a taste of the talent that lies beyond the Sturgeon-Pembina region. They are also meant to be fun—an opportunity for players to test their skills in an environment where there are no league points on the line. Over two days of hockey there are nine games played. Even for me this is too much to describe in any detail, so I’m going to stick to the big picture. Of course everyone comes out a winner, with the out-of-town teams able to come to Jasper and enjoy a beautiful weekend in our pleasant valley. But, it was the St. Albert Sabres who went home with the trophy, defeating the Edson Mighty Macs in the Sunday A-final. The Sabres came to play, going undefeated in the tournament and icing a fast-skating, pretty-passing squad who clearly had its eye on the prize from game one. Jasper was victorious in the C-Final after losing out in its round-robin group against the Sabres and the Devon Drillers, who became the eventual B-round finalists.

Atom Bears tourists in Grande Cache Living in Jasper National Park, we’ve become used to, although never dismissive of, the beauty of our marvellous surroundings. I think we sometimes forget that our close neighbours to the north in Grande Cache are equally blessed. And while the drive up Highway 40 on Friday evening was not so pleasant, past the sad battery of caribou crossing signs in the blinding snow, waking up to the blue sunny sky over the frozen Rockies was a stunning way to greet the day. As the Jasper Bears filed into the newlyrenovated Grande Cache Activity Centre to take on the hometown Rockies for the annual Grande Cache tournament B-Final,

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Jasper defeated the other St. Albert team, the Ice, who came to party, in stark contrast to their hometown colleagues. This is the other side of tournaments— the Ice players, parents and coaches enjoyed not only the ski hill and the pool while they were here in Jasper, but also a banquet hosted by Shirley Dorin, and a team party. I guess the consequence of this is to go home winless, but the Ice takes home the prize for affording the team the full Jasper winter experience. Our hometown Bears played well. They lost to Devon on Saturday, but the game was never out of reach. The final score was 7–6 in a nail biter of a game, featuring Severin Golla’s return to net, after playing the last half of the regular season as a winger. He, and fellow backstop, Duncan McLeod faced a lot of vulcanized petrochemical and kept their team in the game down the stretch. Game two for the Bears, on Saturday night was much tougher, as the team faced the eventual tournament champs, the Sabres. A pair of goals by Matteo Tassoni and a hattrick by Rhys Malcolm was not enough to overcome the double-digit performance from St. Albert. This is despite the heroic efforts we have now grown to expect from defenders Eric MacMahon and Tyler Carlton. how could they be anything but inspired by the setting? The Bears did not come home with the banner, but the team’s play was inspired in this fun, four-game tournament. The goal scorers for the Bears should already be familiar. Dylan Dekker, Dana Angebrandt, Kelan Polard and Sebastian Golla all scored early and often in this whole team effort. However, in a fleet, but not unexpected, breakthrough Adrian Torres emerged as a marksman, scoring his first ever career goal, followed by four more on the weekend. In the round robin games, goaltenders Aidan Deagle and Lucas Prud’homme, along with winger Liam Crozier were deserving Heart and Hustle award winners. Sudden sniper Torres, Jacob Bartziokas and Angebrandt all walked away with Player of the Game honours, while purple hearts went

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This setback put Jasper in the early Sunday C-Final against the St. Albert Ice. With the Marmot Basin day passes still hanging from their jerseys, and flecks of pizza hanging on to the coaches’ beards, the Ice was no match for the relatively well rested Bears, who took the game with a score of 10–7. Although, it did look suspiciously like a lot of the Bears had foregone a Sunday sleep-in to catch the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal game on TV, as the players had occasional lapses on the ice. Nevertheless, it was an exciting match with Trenton Rea adding to his goal-scoring total and MacMahon holding an absolute clinic on how to play a complete game of hockey from the blueline. The PeeWees don’t play again until the March North Stars tournament, where their mettle will truly be tested. In the meantime, don’t miss the Bearcubs Initiation Tournament this weekend. This is, without question, the most joyful hockey you will see all year and will have you wishing you were five years old again.

john wilmshurst special to the fitzhugh to Polard, Connor Wright, Josh Howes and Dekker who all left the ice with one or more injuries during the weekend’s matches. Honorary mention in this category should go to Golla who was hauled down numerous times as he fought through the opposition’s defence. All were thankfully able to return to the fray after a shift or two of recovery. And while Bear victories were rare enough to be listed as species at risk, team spirit was hyper-abundant. Hats off to coach John Polard for guiding our Atoms in Grande Cache and to the organizers there who know how to throw a party. The festivities continue with a home and home playoff series against league leaders, the Fox Creek Bulldogs. If all goes well, we’ll be in Jasper on Sunday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. See you at the rink.

john wilmshurst special to the fitzhugh

SOFTBALL

Registration Day Registration Day Jasper Minor Soccer 2014 for youth aged 4-18 (born in 1996 and later)

MONDAY MARCH 3, 2014 3:30 - 6:00 PM at the lobby of the Jasper Activity Centre

Deadline for registration is March 28, 2014. Some teams may fill up before the deadline! Registration forms can be dropped off at Jasper Source for Sports from March 4-28, 2014

We need Coaches and Referees!

Coaching clinics are provided. Want to earn some money as a Soccer Referee? There will be a referee refresher course in Jasper on April 25, 2014. For more information call Traudi Golla 780-852-7492. Please check out our new Jasper Minor Soccer web page WWW.JASPERMINORSPORTS.ORG for more information, registration forms, news and updates!

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Jasper Minor Softball & Baseball 2014 Children aged 4-13 years old (Born 2000-2010)

MONDAY MARCH 3, 2014 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the lobby of the Jasper Activity Centre

Deadline for registration is March 28, 2014 Forms can be dropped off at Source for Sports

Coaches/Managers/Assistants NEEDED! if interested please contact Kathleen ASAP 780-852-4696 (Any age group that does not have a coach will not have a team)

ALSO REGISTRATION FOR SOFTBALL PITCHING CAMP MARCH 8TH & 9TH.


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Team Landreth back in action The familiar story is that even though they’ve both been professional musicians since their late teens, Joey and David Landreth never thought of forming a band until Joey called his brother on a whim more than a year ago. Of course, that’s not entirely true: when they were in their early teens they played in a family band, fronted by their dad, called Team Landreth. Joey Landreth, half of the creative brain behind the rising alt-country outfit The Bros Landreth, explains that both he and his brother got into music at a fairly young age as an excuse to spend time with their father, Winnipeg songwriter Wally Landreth. For both brothers, those early interests led to careers as touring musicians. For nearly a decade they worked individually as hired hands for various groups and artists, occasionally even playing the same gig. Then, one day, Joey called his brother and suggested they take a break from working backup and have some fun playing a few small folk festivals together. “The whole purpose was let’s just do something easy going. We’d both been out on the road with different artists, and I particularity was feeling pretty burnt out. I had just finished a long and tough tour. So I called up my brother and said ‘hey, just for fun, let’s put something together, just you and me,”’ the eldest Landreth explains. The brothers got together and began writing, quickly realizing they weren’t making folk music. After a brief period of thinking they would be a “kick ass rockand-roll band” they realized they were doing something completely new. That’s when they added drummer Ryan Voth and keyboardist Alex Campbell to the lineup.

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Jasper Legion, 8 p.m. “Before we With Del Barber knew it, we were $15 going into the studio to record and we were going out on a studio release tour,” Landreth says. He jokes that the band ended up being the exact opposite of the break from work he had originally intended, but says it’s by far the best project he’s ever been a part of. He recalls a moment while recording their debut album Let it Lie, when they were laying down the keys on an old Hammond B3 organ. “There is a moment in one of the songs—track number seven, it’s called “Nothing”—when the organ swells in the second verse, I looked over at my brother and we both had tears in our eyes. We had just shared this really nice moment—just sort of watching the record take shape and become an album right before our eyes. It was a very moving moment,” Landreth says. He explains that Let it Lie is the amalgamation of his relationship with his brother. It was an opportunity for the two to make whatever kind of music they wanted, which was really significant for their careers. He says they had both been playing backup for a long time, so they knew what it meant to make compromises. They decided the album would be compromise free, “and it might limit us, but you know what, who cares?” The Bros are currently on a western Canadian tour supporting their record, and will be playing the Jasper Legion with Del Barber March 5. Barber will be there promoting his new album Prairieography.

trevor nichols reporter@fitzhugh.ca

Latest film club offering: Gabrielle

Although it operates largely in isolation from the rest of the country, Quebec’s film industry has a history of producing engaging and boundary-pushing flicks. Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is one of the industry’s latest offerings, and it does its part to uphold that reputation. The film follows Gabrielle, a young woman with Williams Syndrome who sings in a choir for developmentally delayed adults at the local community centre. Although it leaves its victims in a kind of limbo between childhood and adulthood, Williams Syndrome also gifts them with contagious personalities, eloquent speech and exceptional musical gifts. So when Gabrielle falls in love with one of the members of her choir, audience members experience the joy and agony of that journey through her unique perspective. When her beau’s parents vow to keep the “different” couple apart, Gabrielle decides that living an independent life will save her

relationship. Her struggle for independence is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, but always shaded by her joyous nature. The role of Gabrielle is played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who herself has Williams Syndrome. In an era where disabled and developmentally delayed characters are often played by able-bodied actors, Louise Archambault’s casting choice is refreshing. Archambault recognized that no actor, regardless of how good they are, can truly understand what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of someone like Gabrielle. So she got Gabrielle herself to show the audience. Like previous Jasper Film Club offerings, Gabrielle offers a glimpse of the world through a truly unique lens. See the film at the Chaba Theatre March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

trevor nichols reporter@fitzhugh.ca

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