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Justyne Time of Edmonton’s Guys in Disguise drag group snuggles up to an audience member while performing at the pride gala last weekend. For more coverage of the 5th annual Jasper Pride Weekend, see pages 10 and 11. N. Veerman photo

Saturday, April 5 2pm - Alberta Pork Interactive Cooking Demo 6pm - Welcome Reception with exclusive Group of Seven painting revealed at Mountain Galleries 7pm - Five Course Dinner in Cavell’s Restaurant

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Capital budget up for decision Council will vote on the proposed capital budget for 2014—in the amount of nearly $4.6 million—at its April 1 regular meeting. The budget includes funding for the library and cultural centre—up to the $8.5 million that was previously approved by council. And it also covers pavement and utilities for the 800 block of Connaught Drive ($800,000), sidewalk paving for the Caribou Creek Co-ops ($305,000), wayfinding signage ($290,000), sidewalk and parking paving for the library and cultural centre ($200,000), paving at the waste water treatment plant ($115,000), repairs to the firehall roof and hose tower ($65,000), and new large garbage bins to replace the dilapidated ones around town ($60,000). Projects paid for out of the capital budget are funded by restricted and unrestricted funds, as well as grants. When asked whether the proposed budget is reasonable, Alice Lettner, the municipality’s director of finance, said it’s “doable.” “However,” she said, “these are tentative proposals and you have to recognize that as Mr. [Bruce] Thompson fills in more of the information with our GIS project and as other issues come to the forefront, such as replacement of the Zamboni—if that is something that has to be done— these

proposals will change in priority and have to be revamped.” The GIS project—which is mapping out all of Jasper’s underground infrastructure to determine what’s there and what needs to be replaced and when—could affect the budget if it’s determined repairs need to be completed within the year. As for the library project, which will most certainly be over budget by the time it is completed, Lettner said the funds to make up for that will be found in the municipality’s unrestricted reserve. “There is no additional grant money available for that because, if we take any more grant money, we can’t continue with any new projects,” she said. “The unrestricted funds will be mainly consumed by the library.” As things stand, $1.3 million remain in the budget for the project. The entire capital budget, including a review of last year’s actuals and projections for the next three years, is available on the municipality’s website: To find it, visit the site and click “Proposed 2014 Capital Budget” on the righthand side.

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Different towns, different attitudes Jasper

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As two of only a handful of municipalities that exist inside of Canada’s national parks, Banff and Jasper share a lot in common. Of course, as many Jasperites like to point out, there are some important differences between the two— whether it be the atmosphere, the size or the municipality’s jurisdiction. Socrates Korogonas is a Jasper-born entrepreneur who runs businesses in both towns. He is well aware of the differences, and said, from his perspective, he likes that it seems much easier to get things done in Banff. He said presenting a development proposal in Banff is always refreshing because it is usually well-received and people are excited about it. “It’s easy to explain yourself to someone who’s excited about what you’re doing,” he said of pitching ideas in Banff. In Jasper, however, things are “wildly different.” Here he has often been met with resistance, and it usually takes a lot of stress and work to get something approved. He said he believes Jasperites are so “intimidated” by development that they often refuse to consider it. And while the argument that Banff is more open to development than Jasper is a fair one, what Korogonas sees as intimidating is actually the result of how land use planning and development regulations have been administered differently in the parks. Cathy Jenkins is Parks Canada’s realty and municipal manager in Jasper. Her job is based in town, but she recently spent three weeks working in Banff. In an interview March 20 she pointed out that there is actually very little difference in the development regulations governing both towns. Banff ’s commercial growth is restricted to a very specific area, its residents must work in town in order to live there and the physical space it can occupy is limited. The need to reside laws, commercial cap and other regulations sound familiar to Jasperites, because they are enshrined in the Canada National Parks Act, and are the exact same laws that govern our town. “The Canada National Parks Act is the pinnacle, and we’re both governed by it,” Jenkins said. So while Banff operates under many of the same regulations, and faces many of the same challenges as Jasper (not enough housing, limited parking), there is one significant difference. In Banff, the municipality has much more control over its land use planning and development. Banff municipal council draws up its own land use bylaws, and submits them to Parks Canada for approval. Parks still has the power to veto laws, but it has very little to do with drawing up the changes. Jenkins pointed out that here in Jasper, municipal council has no power to change bylaws related to land use, and Parks takes care of all the “operational” aspects of land use. She explained that the power structure in the two arrangements is essentially the same, with Parks ultimately having the final say, but in Banff it results in Parks taking a much more hands-off approach. So Banff ’s municipal council is used to less micromanaging from Parks. The municipality was incorporated in 1990, and it wasn’t until 1998 that the

commercial cap and other development regulations were enshrined in the Canada National Parks Act. Leslie Taylor was Banff ’s first mayor, and said during that eight-year period the town essentially made its own decisions regarding land use planning and development. It even independently created it’s own “very comprehensive, award-winning land use bylaw” (that Parks signed off on). Taylor said she can’t remember a single time during her term as mayor that Parks used its veto power to overrule development projects the town proposed. The history of the Banff municipal council having agency over land use continues today with Parks’ more hands-off approach. But since Jasper was incorporated after development regulations were enshrined in the Canada National Parks Act, its municipality has never been afforded that luxury. And in these two small but important facts lies the root of the difference in attitude Korogonas and others have noticed in the two towns. It makes sense that Jasper is generally more resistant to development projects, because the municipality “grew up” in an environment more informed by the stricter rules in the Canada National Parks Act, operating with much more involvement from Parks Canada. But, as Peter Waterworth and Parks Canada representatives have agreed, it makes more sense for a municipality to be in charge of land use than Parks Canada, because the municipality is better equipped to administer it. Although this is likely true, it also makes sense that it’s generally more difficult to get development projects approved in Jasper than Banff because of what each community offers. Banff is on a major highway only an hour and a half from an international airport, and sees more than double the number of tourists pass through its gates than Jasper does each year. It’s a bigger and more accessible town, and in that way it makes sense that it would be more open to development.

“We are here as a service centre; tourism is our economy. We consider ourselves a world class tourist destination and you need to make sure you have certain services in place in that realm,” explained Banff’s current mayor, Karen Sorensen. Jenkins pointed out that Jasper is five hours from an international airport, and that “you have to make an effort to get to Jasper.” “People like the uniqueness, they like the fact that we’re a small little town with our unique little mom and pop shops,” she said. It makes sense that there would be less development, and more resistance to it. A big part of Jasper’s draw is its image as a quaint mountain town more connected to nature. Town administrators are aware of that image and work hard to preserve it. So while it is harder to develop in Jasper, there are reasons for that, both practical and historical. Parks Canada is gearing up for a significant review of land use planning and development in Jasper, and the results could have significant impacts on the community. In the next installment of Looking at Land Use, the Fitzhugh explores how land use planning and development regulations—as well as Jasperites’ attitudes towards them—will shape the town moving forward.


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H ist ory at a gl a nce

Jasper, it’s almost time to engage. Sometime in the next four weeks, Parks Canada will release its long-awaited draft implementation strategy for the Maligne Valley, and at that time, yet another public engagement process will begin. Copies of the report will be available on request and will include recommendations and actions that will guide Parks’ work in the valley for the next five to eight years. That work will include everything from wildlife conservation and resource protection actions to new signage, trail improvements, campgrounds and picnic areas. Although this will be the public’s second opportunity to provide feedback on the strategy, this round of consultations is especially important, as it will also be the last; Parks hopes to make a decision on the final strategy this summer. The first round of consultations began late last year, with the November annual public forum acting as the public’s first opportunity to provide feedback on how it would like to see the valley evolve. During that forum, a whole slew of ideas and concerns were expressed and many of them have since made it into an addendum to the Maligne Valley Situation Analysis—a document that describes the current situation in the valley. The first public consultation period ended in March, and according to a recent update from Supt. Greg Fenton, there were “many excellent suggestions for specific ways [Parks] can improve visitor experience and resource conservation in the valley,” and some of those suggestions have made their way into the draft strategy. Although this is a good sign, it doesn’t mean the public’s work is done. When the draft strategy is released, the community will be given one last opportunity to help shape the future of one of Jasper’s most beloved areas. That’s not a responsibility to be taken lightly, and it’s not one to be left solely to Parks. National parks are for all Canadians and, as such, the future of these spaces should be decided together. So, as the weeks roll out, keep your ears open for the release of the draft strategy and be sure to send off an email to to get yourself a copy—because your input matters.

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Parked at Viewpoint, preparing to ski into Fred Brewster’s chalet on Amythest Lake. [ca. 1945]

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L a s t w ee k ’ s re s u l t s Do you run a bleeder or a tap during the winter to protect your waterlines from freezing?

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Culvert restoration: Connecting aquatic ecosystems

Kim Stark on the her experience in Antarctica

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This year, Parks Canada is restoring two culverts to improve fish passage and aquatic connectivity. Work is planned for both the Mile 9 culvert on Highway 16 (18 km east of the Town of Jasper), and at Whistler Creek on Highway 93 (5 km south of Jasper). The water level below these culverts will be raised by creating step pools below the culvert. To do this, the culvert will be blocked off, and water diverted to allow an excavator to place rock around the outlet of the culvert to raise the water levels. Once the creek is allowed to flow through again, raised water levels will then eliminate the existing drop and reduce the velocity of the water to allow for fish to pass through. Steep or hanging culverts can fragment aquatic ecosystems by hindering the passage of fish and other species. Hanging culverts create an impassable physical drop; while steep culverts create a velocity barrier where the water passes through the culvert faster than a fish can swim, making it impossible for them to get through. These access barriers between lakes and streams mean that fish and other aquatic life can’t move freely up and down the waterways as they would naturally. Culvert restoration at Mile 9 is expected to start this week, and should take one to two weeks to complete. During this time, a construction speed zone will be in

We live in a beautiful place here in Jasper, but [Antarctica] just takes it to the next level of beauty, it’s just so pristine.

place, and there may be occasional lane closures as trucks enter and leave the highway. Main restoration work at Whistler Creek will not proceed until this fall after the design is complete, but highway crews may carry out a day of erosion protection beforehand. Similar aquatic restoration projects have been successfully completed in the park in the past five years and include bridges installed along the Celestine Lake Road and step pools created at the Talbot Lake and Edna Lake outlets on Highway 16.

River bank protection in advance of a new Fifth Bridge Since the high water levels of 2012, Parks Canada has been working on the design and construction of a new, permanent Fifth Bridge at Maligne Canyon. In preparation for this new bridge, a Parks Canada contractor is now working to stabilize and protect the banks of the Maligne River site. Work will continue until mid-April, as local fish populations are least likely to be affected during this time period. Over the next few weeks, parking may be limited by equipment and construction material.

If conditions remain favourable, construction of the new bridge is anticipated to take place this summer between mid-June and mid-August. The temporary winter footbridge will soon need to be removed before spring run-off, but access to canyon trails will still be available from the upper end at the Maligne Teahouse or from the bottom end at the Sixth Bridge. Check the trail conditions report at for the most recent trail news.

In Brief High school update Progress continues at the Jasper Joint School Facility. According to a report provided to the Grande Yellowhead School Division, the exterior masonry block walls and ceramic bathroom f loors have been completed. The exterior aluminum windows, interior steel stud work, heating and ventilation and domestic water rough-in and sprinkler lines are all substantially completed. Also ongoing is drywall boarding, interior painting, framing for the green roof and mechanical room piping and ductwork. The school, which will house both the Jasper Junior/Senior High School and École Desrochers, is scheduled to open for the 2014/15 school year.

Grizzly talk Gordon Stenhouse of the Foothills Research Institute will be in Jasper March 31 to speak about his research. Stenhouse is a wildlife biologist and the program lead for the institute’s grizzly bear research. His presentation “Grizzly Bears and Roads—From a Bear’s Perspective” is open to the public and will take place at the JasperYellowhead Museum and Archives at 7 p.m.

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Women of Willmore up for awards

Please cry wolf! The last member of the Signal wolf pack has become quite the celebrity. Visitors and locals have been enjoying its recent public appearances and using those occasions to capture great photos. While it is a truly special experience to glimpse Jasper’s animals in the wild, this wolf ’s behaviour is becoming a concern.

Black with a white patch on its chest, the wolf has been frequently spotted near town and along the adjacent roadways; it shows little concern for vehicles and people, putting it at risk of being hit on the highway or of becoming a public safety concern. Please help us protect this wolf. If you see it or other predators (wolves, coyotes, cougars and bears), contact dispatch immediately at 780-852-6155. Remember: keep your distance, travel smart—be prepared, and keep dogs on leash.

Women of Willmore Wilderness, a film about women both past and present who have challenged traditions and blazed trails into the Canadian Rockies, is up for two awards at the Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards. It is nominated for Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes and Best Original Musical Score (Non-Fiction Over 30 Minutes). The awards ceremony is April 12 in Calgary. Characters in the film include Caroline Hinman, Mary Jobe, Ishbel (Hargreaves) Cochrane, Margie (Hargreaves) Duncan, Louis McMahon, Laura Vinson, Lavone Vinson, Margie Jamieson, Susan FeddemaLeonard, and more.

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If it wasn’t for a disgruntled railroad employee, who knows when Jasper’s children would have started school. In 1914, Webb B. Well, who operated the Canadian National Railway Company’s restaurant in town, was so fed up with kids that “ran like wild deer” through the town that he insisted someone plunk them in school. So, on Jan. 3, 1914, an old tar-paper box car—left by a railroad construction crew— was donated, and became Jasper’s first school house. Lillian Taylor was the town’s first teacher, and was paid a salary of $70 a month to shape the minds of the town’s youth. That lasted only a single year. Col. Sam Rogers, the superintendent of Jasper National Park at the time, found the building so ugly he ordered it torn down, and the next year sent the kids to school in a canvas tent. That year the blackboard stood atop two old chairs on the uneven dirt floors. On windy days the gusts whooshed under the canvas and knocked over the teacher’s desk. Mel Taylor took over teaching that year, and the students called him “the red squirrel” because of his blustery complexion. Over the next decade, classes were held everywhere from the Catholic Church to the Legion hall, as the number of students grew. Finally, when a swell of new arrivals from Lucerne bumped up the town’s population in 1924, a brand new school was built. A few years later a second floor was added, and in 1941 a gym and library. Many remember the building as being a beautiful piece of architecture, and Karen Byers, the manager of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, laments the fact that it was torn down when the new elementary school was built in the 60s. More than a decade earlier, in 1952, a new high school had been built, after it was decided that the high school and elementary students should attend separate schools. And while the loss of the building is a shame, many of the memories it created still have legs. According to Byers, the building originally had four classrooms, and Grade 1 students took classes in the basement. When fire drills sounded, they would have to climb out the windows to get free of the building. In a testimony published in the local newspaper in 1930, Dora Doyle remembered the school’s janitor, Jack Wilson, who kept “exotic red geraniums” in every window,


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100 years of Jasper schools

Jasper’s first real school was built in 1924, after 10 years of floating around. Depicted here is what it looked like after a second floor was added a few years later. and “drifted from one room to the other like a carrier pigeon with his bits of news and gossip.” Arvin Hillworth, who went to school in the building, has his own memories of the school’s janitor—because for a week it was him. In the late 40s the school’s fulltime janitor fell ill, and the school needed someone to take care of the coal furnace. Hillworth had experience cleaning coaches, so he was asked to take over the duties. He would stay all evening cleaning, go home for a quick dinner before returning to take care of the furnace all night. He remembers teachers showing up early in the morning to give him a chance to go home for breakfast before the school day started. “It was quite an experience to stay overnight in the [darn] place,” he said with a chuckle. Dale Karpluk was a teacher and principal in the Jasper school system for more than 40 years. She started her career after the new schools had been built. Of course, she

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pointed out in an interview March 14, what teach, but not long after those laws were was modern in the 1960s is a far cry from finally changed, École Desrochers opened today’s technology. its doors. Her first year teaching was in 1964, Starting in 2001 the Francophone and she remembers students working school taught Kindergarten to Grade 6, and on typewriters, and making copies of operated out of classrooms 19 and 20 in the assignments on old “ditto machines” she had high school. As the to crank by hand. institution grew, Female teachers weren’t allowed He wants to see active it moved to the space it currently to wear pants, participation, Dale. So I always occupies in the and nuns sporting Legion, and in full habits taught tell my class that if you know the the mid 2000s, classes. Smiling at the answer put up your right hand, Principal MarieClaude Faucher memory, Karpluk the told the story of and if you don’t put up your left. created secondary school the advice one of program “almost the sisters gave her Teacher Dale Karpluk on the in a weekend,” when the school advice she was given ahead of the school according to the s up e r i nte nd e nt superintendent’s visit in the late ‘60s. school’s current came for an principal Hélène inspection. “He wants to see active participation, Gendron. Some high school students had Dale. So I always tell my class that if you know the answer put up your right hand, expressed interest in taking Frenchlanguage education, so Faucher sent them and if you don’t put up your left,” she said. Karpluk’s fondest memories, however, to live with French families over the are of the Christmas concerts the school summer, giving them a crash course in the put on every year. She remembers one year French language so they could start school an elementary class was just about to start in the fall. Since then the school has been slowly their song, when “the curtain opened and there was two little boys in the front row and steadily growing, and next year it will move into the town’s new joint school punching each other.” She remembers the curtain whooshing facility, along with the Jasper Junior/ shut, and seeing in the gap between the Senior High School. The move will be curtain and the floor a pair of heels clack historic for both institutions, and will across the stage, shuffle around, and clack mark the beginning of a new chapter in back to the wings. The curtain opened and the history of the school system in Jasper. Karpluk said she was always proud of the two boys were smiling sweetly. “She must have threatened them within the variety of options available to Jasper’s limited student body, and thinks the new an inch of their lives,” Karpluk laughed. As Karpluk and others were forming building will expand those opportunities memories of the school system, Jasper’s even further. “We’ve been pretty lucky, I think, in French population was pushing for better French-language education. For a long Jasper,” she said. time, laws in Alberta limited the amount trevor nichols of French teachers who were allowed to

Zamboni to be repaired

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Jasper’s ol’ Zamboni—which was almost the lone causality in the Jan. 26 arena fire—will live to see another day. This news comes after the machine was assessed for a third time. The first assessment, done last month, determined that the machine was a write-off, but the insurance company was unhappy with that outcome and requested a second evaluation of the machine. Following that, the second adjuster said the Zamboni only requires about $5,000 in repairs. “So when you looked at the two outcomes, they seem to be completely out of whack with each other,” explained Yvonne McNabb, director of culture and recreation. “It didn’t correspond at all, so we asked for a third person to come in and look at it. This time it was an engineer and they do feel it is repairable.” Work to repair the Zamboni should begin in the next two weeks, said arena manager Peter Bridge. But, it is unlikely the old machine will return before the end of the season. Until it does return, Bridge said the temporary machine will remain in town, with the cost of the rental falling to the municipality’s insurance company. Although the old machine is being repaired, there are still plans to replace it within the next year. “The old one is a ‘95, but it’s got 11,000 hours on it,” said Bridge. “That’s like the equivalent of 900,000 kilometres on your car.”

Council briefs: March 18, 2014 Putting Jasper on the eco-map Jasper is getting its first public charging station for electric cars. Janet Cooper, environmental stewardship coordinator, told council that after an inquiry from an electric car owner, she started doing some research and realized that outside of major centres there are very few charging stations in Alberta. But, fortunately, there is a charging station in the plans for the library and cultural centre. Because of that, Jasper will be on the map—on numerous plug share websites—as an electric car friendly community. “The good news is we’re not going to be holding anybody up from their journey,” said Cooper, who noted that there might also be a second charging station going in at Pine Bungalows. “We certainly don’t want to be the place that doesn’t have a public charger.” Coun. Rico Damota agreed and suggested it might be a good idea to add stations at some of the park’s attractions. “If we had a few of these up at the ski hill and maybe at some of the waterfall parking lots and in the community, I think that would be a great feather in our cap.” Reuse-It Centre needs donations It’s been a rough winter for the Reuse-It Centre. First its future was unknown as it waited for a decision

from council, as to whether the municipality would support the centre with $10,000 to help with operational costs for 2014. And now, six week after receiving that support, it is in need of donations. Janet Cooper, environmental stewardship coordinator, reported to council that the centre has people coming in looking for furniture, but it doesn’t have the donations to support those people. “The Reuse-It Centre has had a very bad January and February in terms of donations,” she said. “There is a huge need for furniture. That’s what everyone wants, we have customers coming in, but we don’t have the donations.” With all of its struggles the past two years, Cooper said the centre will reevaluate its future in June when its lease is up at the Anglican Church. The Reuse-It Centre is open the same hours as the United Church Thrift Shop: Monday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Water modelling begins The operations department has begun a project that will see the town’s waterlines inventoried and modelled, so the municipality will know which lines need to be replaced and when. A survey crew was in town earlier this month to

Bridge said an order for a natural gas machine—with a price tag between $135,000 and $145,000—will be placed soon, as it takes a year for a machine to arrive after it has been purchased. “It’s not like you go and buy it off the car lot,” he said with a laugh. “It takes a year to get a new one.” Bridge has selected a natural gas machine with a propane backup system. He said after much research, he’s determined that will be the best fit for Jasper. “One of the problems with natural gas is when it gets to -30, sometimes the compressors can screw up, so we’ll have a propane backup.” Bridge said the old Zamboni will also be kept, so there’s always a backup to keep the arena running smoothly. Jasper’s Zamboni was damaged in an early morning arena fire on Jan. 26. The blaze started in a cupboard in the Zamboni room and was quickly extinguished by the Jasper Volunteer Fire Brigade. Despite the lightening fast response of six minutes, there was significant smoke damage to the building, keeping it closed for nearly a month. The facility reopened with a fresh coat of paint the third week of February.

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start the project, first looking at the town’s surface infrastructure. Bruce Thompson, director of operations, said that once the snow has melted, municipal staff will start “ground truthing” to determine just what’s hiding under Jasper’s streets. That work will then be put into a computer to create maps of the town’s infrastructure. This will be done in collaboration with Mike Mitchell—Jasper’s geomatics technician, who works for both the municipality and Jasper National Park. Waste audit: diversion up, waste up Although Jasperites continue to divert more and more waste each year, the total amount of garbage trucked to the landfill in 2013 increased, affecting the town’s overall rate of waste diversion. In 2012, Jasper saw a 37 per cent diversion rate, while in 2013 it decreased to 30 per cent. Janet Cooper, Jasper’s environmental stewardship coordinator, said she believes the increase in garbage was from the numerous construction projects taking place, as all of that construction waste is trucked straight to the Hinton landfill. “The good news is with our larger recycling programs we actually increased the amount of material we were diverting: that’s things like beverage containers, cardboard and organics,” said Cooper. “Beverage containers is about 20 per cent of everything we’re diverting, 19 per cent for cardboard and 18 per cent for organics. That’s good news.”

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Jasper Park Lodge #143 is inviting tenders for the Janitorial services of their building in the “Tower Clock Mall”. Interested parties are requested to contact Harry at 780-852-5252 or 780-931-6604, of it no answer at 780-852-5818 for further information or viewing.

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The race at the end of the world The boat ride lasts two days, and when it ends you begin to feel human again. You can remove the special patch that provides the slow drip of Dimenhydrinate that keeps your stomach from curling into a thousand knots, and you can do more than just lay in bed and eat. Then, you pile into a Zodiac and zip across the water to the continent of Antarctica. “Everything is so pristine and clean— there’s no garbage—it was just amazing, absolutely amazing,” Wilkinson said of the icy continent. Starks impression was similar: “just utter, raw beauty,” she said. “We live in a beautiful place here in Jasper, but [Antarctica] just takes it to the next level of beauty, it’s just so pristine.” Of course, that beauty is a difficult to appreciate on marathon day. The race, which actually took place on two separate days, was held on King George Island. Wilkinson and Stark ran on opposite days, but both battled brutal terrain and miserable weather.

Wilkinson’s race saw her slogging through the three-lap course “calf deep in sloppy mud. There was rain, and the rain had sleet and snow in it. It was hitting [my] face and it was like shards of glass,” she said, adding that by the time she was finished she had lost three spikes from her spiked racing shoes. Now, Wilkinson is no slouch, but the difficult course left her with a race time of 5 hours and 46 minutes, and that was still enough to make her the second fastest women in her age group. Stark’s day was even tougher than Wilkinson’s, with even stronger winds and a damp chill creeping into her bones. She also suffered from “land sickness” the whole race, battling the feeling that the ground was swelling up beneath her feet as she ran. She finished with a time three minutes faster than Wilkinson, on a day when even the Olympic athlete who won the race clocked in at well over four hours. The event was put on by a marathon touring company, so when the race was

First-time festival a success

Like its name implies, a splitboard is essentially a snowboard that can be split in half and used as skis. The idea is to allow snowboarders to trek into the backcountry on the skis, but still ride back down the mountains on a board. Like any backcountry sport, splitboarding comes with its fair share of dangers, so Saturday evening the riders gathered to hear Parks Canada’s Max Darrah give his spiel on avalanche safety in the backcountry. “The mountains are indifferent, and their beauty lies in their indifference,” he told the crowd, urging them to diligently monitor Parks’ avalanche bulletins and always stay educated and remain humble in the backcountry. Matt Reynolds also enlightened the splitboarders with a talk about what it takes to be a certified mountain guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and Bob Covey called on some friends to let everyone in on where to find the best skiing and boarding in the region. Along with the presentations, attendees had a chance to enter a raffle for some serious prizes. Up for grabs was thousands of dollars worth of winter wear, vacation lodging and splitboarding gear, and since the event was a not-for-profit affair, all the money raised through ticket sales was donated to the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

The Jasper Arena: home-away-from-home

Back in town after a day of riding in Jasper’s backcountry March 22, the sunburned and disheveled participants of the Ascend Splitboarding Festival gathered in the JasperYellowhead Museum and Archives to debrief, and get the skinny on avalanche safety, mountain guiding and where to find some of Jasper’s best lines. The Ascend festival took place from March 21-23, and saw about 30 splitboarders come to town for the first festival of its kind in Jasper. Over two days several different groups explored some of Jasper’s best backcountry snowboarding destinations. Lukas Matejovsky was one of the festival’s organizers. The Edmontonian said that he and fellow organizers wanted to do something to get the region’s backcountry snowboarding community together to celebrate the sport. He said that not a lot of city dwellers are aware of the backcountry potential that lies in Jasper, and the festival is a good way to showcase some great riding destinations to them. Splitboarding is still a relatively new and unknown sport. It first popped up in the 90s, but has been growing in popularity over the last decade.

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The Jasper Atom Bears participated in the annual Edmonton Northstars Extreme tournament, hosted here in Jasper, this past weekend, and did themselves proud against some tough teams from the city. As I watched from the bench I noted that not all of the action is on the ice. There is much marvellous activity in the building that serves as a winter home-away-from-home. It all starts with the ice itself. That fabulous ice that Peter Bridge pampers like a newborn, and has no Alberta equal. His, and his staff’s, commitment to that surface is a source of community pride that is often stated, but not shouted loud enough. Around the corner there is Shirley and her team, brewing the coffee that gets us going for those early morning games and the food that sustains us throughout the day. The kids love you, Shirley, but you know that already. Heading to the stands with a breakfast burger, you’ll first run into a clutch of parents at the glass behind the net. All the serious hockey people perch here, poised like goal judges, exchanging what hockey wisdom there is to be had. They stand with coffee in one hand, the other hand stuffed in a pocket, because the heaters are only on in the bleachers. The bleachers is where all the other parents hang out, enjoying the heat from above and calling the game; from there you can freely offer guidance that the kids can’t really hear and really shouldn’t pay attention to. I’ve often thought that to qualify to instruct from behind the glass, you should have to play as well. Since I’ve started playing old-timers again, I’ve stopped advising players, coaches and refs from the stands. It’s tougher than it looks out there. But there is no denying the parents’ commitment. This is no more evident than behind the raffle table and in the equipment room. Spot the team manager, almost always a mom, running around with a game sheet and schedule, balancing the demands from coaches and parents, and making sure that every kid gets a medal, a goodie bag and most importantly, a chance to play. There is nobody on earth that deserves a glass of wine more on a Sunday night than a team manager. It’s also parents running the score-clock and rocking the tunes. The

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The trip from Alberta to Antarctica, to compete in the Antarctica Marathon and Half Marathon, starts with a 19-hour plane ride to Ushusia, the southernmost city in the world. From there, you set off on a trip across the tumultuous Drake Passage, battling seasickness as the 30-foot swells batter the boat. Kim Stark, one of two Jasperites who took that trip earlier this month, remembers waking up the morning the boat entered the passage to find barf bags hanging from all the rails. She remembers 200-pound men sliding across the floor while trying to eat dinner, and constantly napping because there was no hope of accomplishing anything at all. Lorraine Wilkinson, the other local who made the journey, said it was probably the most sick she has ever felt. “I’ve never felt like that in my life. I kept throwing up, and my whole body was shaking,” she said. “It was awful.”

finished, participants hung around for another week exploring the continent, doing polar bear dips, kayak excursions and hikes to research camps. Both women gushed about the wildlife— penguins that piled on top of unsuspecting tourists and seals that swam inches from their kayaks—and Stark even attended a wedding. The Antarctica race marks the fourth stop on both women’s personal quests to run marathons on all seven continents. With the toughest one out of the way, Wilkinson is looking to South America, while Stark is happy—at least for the moment—to revel in her experience at the end of the world.

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seasoned timekeepers can slurp a Shirley’s coffee, count shots and kibitz with their counterpart on the timesheet without missing a second of the action on the ice. The newbies are wide-eyed and sweating despite the numbing cold, repeatedly consulting the instruction sheet, with a hand constantly on the control panel. If you can put two penalties for one team on the score-clock at the same time, you’ve arrived. Calling those penalties is our corps of referees and linesmen led by head ref, Jacques Gauthier. The stripes have a tough job, but they keep it fun. Watch closely and you can catch them playing rock-paper-scissors with frozen hands between periods to determine who gets the honour of the centre-ice puck drop. It shouldn’t be a thankless job, but it too often is, so thankyou! Often the most intense hockey in the building is being played above the bleachers by the kids, who have brothers and sisters on the ice and are hyped up on Shirley’s candy. You can almost always catch a game up there; mini-sticks, boots for nets and a ball of dubious construction. Walk through that game at your shins’ peril. Beneath the bleachers at the other side of the rink let’s have a moment’s silence (please) for the librarians. They hear every whistle blast, every goal cheer and every hip-hop tune as they toil in the catacombs that serves as our temporary library. When the new library is finished, we should hang a banner from its rafters to commemorate these two years of dank confinement. Dank confinement reminds me of the dressing rooms. Hats off again to the arena staff for servicing these digs. It can’t be a pleasant job. Some of the most important social time your kids will spend outside of school and the playground will be spent here, so be thankful that it sees a daily mop. For many Jasperites—or at least the lucky ones—the arena is our home-away-fromhome. Those who make it so deserve our utmost respect.

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Rick Lagace of Super A Foods hands off a cheque for $1,000 last month to go toward the ultrasound fund.There to accept the donation were Avis Heckley, of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, registered nurse Lorraine Wilkinson and Dr. Declan Unsworth.

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Fundraising efforts to bring a portable ultrasound machine to Jasper are in full swing, and an outpouring of community support has helped the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary pass the halfway point on its mission to collect $60,000. Declan Unsworth, the Jasper doctor who was part of the original push to bring an ultrasound machine to town, said that at last count the group had collected $31,500. Money has poured in from across the community, with everyone from the high school’s peer support group to local grocers to the Bellmen’s Auction holding fundraisers and pitching in. And it doesn’t look like that generosity is going to dry up any time soon. Over the next few weeks a number of Jasper businesses are holding fundraising events to raise money for the machine. April 4 the Jasper Legion is bringing in the Calgary-based band Cowpuncher for a show, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the ultrasound fund. At the concert, organizers are also holding a raffle, with tickets to the Jasper, Calgary and Canmore folk music festivals up for grabs. A week later, on April 11, Smitty’s Family Restaurant is hosting an Asian Night. Alfred Kong and Marianne Lau will put on an enormous spread of Asian food, with samplings from across the region. The restaurant will be elaborately decorated, and Kong, who will make the meal, said everything from ginger garlic salad to Korean sushi to Thai chicken curry will be on the menu. “It’s going to be a lot of food,” he said. Along with the meal, Kong said there will be a performance by local musician Tom Price, a photo booth, cash bar and silent auction, with prizes donated by Whistler’s Inn and others. “It [will be] very fancy, very nice, culturally enlightening,

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and most of all will raise money for the mobile ultrasound,” he said, urging anyone who’s interested to pick up their tickets fast, as they are only selling 100, and less than 30 are left. The Jasper Brewing Company is also getting in on the action, with brewer John Palko concocting a special ultrasound fundraising brew that will launch next month. Palko said he has 750 litres of cream ale in the conditioning tank right now, which “is tasting pretty good.” Once it’s ready, he will bottle half of it, and serve the rest as draft. Two dollars from every bottle sold, and around three from each pint will go to the ultrasound fund, and Palko estimated that altogether the Brew Pub will be able to raise about $3,000. There are mutterings of other fundraising events on the horizon as well, and Unsworth guessed that the $60,000 goal might be met in the next couple of months, “if things continue to go at this pace.” “I’ve been really impressed with how many people have been jumping on board” with fundraising efforts, he said. According to Unsworth, a portable ultrasound machine will allow emergency medical staff in Jasper to make quicker and more accurate diagnoses across a broad spectrum of areas. It can help diagnose heart failure, retinal detachment, septic shock, gallbladder pathology and help in assessing musculoskeletal injuries, among other things. Once the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary has collected the $60,000 it needs to purchase the machine, Unsworth estimates that the ultrasound could be in Jasper within a couple of weeks. He also said he has already been approached by an Edmonton radiologist who has offered to train Jasper’s medical staff to use the machine.

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for one hour may seem like a small environmental act when compared to the scope of the challenge that climate change presents. But that small act, when replicated by millions – perhaps one day billions – of people around the globe serves as a resounding statement of support for collective action on climate change. A grassroots movement that began in March 2007 in Australia, Earth Hour has now become the single-largest community-led initiative for energy conservation in the world. Little did the residents and businesses of Australia know that their symbolic act of turning off their lights for one hour would, years later, be replicated in more than 7,000 communities in 153 countries, crossing seven continents.

Hosted by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is now an annual event. Over 13 million Canadians participated in Earth Hour last year. That’s 13 million voices advocating for a better future for our global environment. Offering us the opportunity to shine, Earth Hour allows each of us to take action in our local communities in the pursuit of a more sustainable way of life.

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Powering the movement

Now more than ever before, communities are powering the energy conservation movement. At home and at work, individuals are taking simple energy conservation actions such as switching regular light bulbs for Light-Emitting Diodes or LEDs, weather-stripping, programing thermostats, and buying energy-efficient appliances and equipment. The power is in our hands.


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The fifth year of Jasper Pride Weekend was the biggest party yet. That’s in part because organization of the event was taken over by the newly-created Jasper Pride Festival Society, which amped up its publicity efforts and revamped the festival’s lineup of events. Jörg Michel, a spokesperson for the society, said close to 450 people attended the Gala Party and Drag Show on Saturday night. That’s about a hundred more than last year. This year was the first time organizers moved the festival’s flagship event to the Beauvert Room at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (the biggest venue in town), and Michel said they were thrilled with the results. Between the jungle-themed decorations, the colourful lights and the catwalk—which was well utilized by the evening’s performers—Michel said the evening was Jasper’s best Pride yet. “It was awesome.” But it wasn’t just the room and the turnout that made it so great, it was also the entertainment. Edmonton’s Guys in Disguise drag group, which has been attending the festival for the past four years, put on one of its best ever performances, pulling out all the stops with their costumes, dance moves and song choices. Michel was particularly enthusiastic about the animal print get-ups the ladies wore for their last number, fitting themselves right into the evening’s “jungle fun” theme. “What’s really mind blowing for us as organizers was how many people actually dressed up in a very, very sophisticated manner. There were so many people who spent so many hours to dress up for that event in the


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most sophisticated costumes you can imagine,” he said. Michel was also thrilled to report that for the first time ever one of the festival’s events sold out, with the Fairy Tales Movie Dinner Theatre filling to capacity. That event went on alongside some brand new events this year, including a dress-up ski competition and barbecue at Marmot Basin. Also raising the profile of the event was Mr. Gay Canada, Christepher Wee. Wee made the rounds all weekend long, and said that Jasper Pride was one of the most unique pride events he’s ever attended. He said, even for a pride festival, the sense of inclusiveness was incredible. “You really feel a sense of community at the [Jasper] Pride, and it wasn’t just people from the LGBT community, it was everybody. I loved it,” he said. He explained that at events like the gala he saw entire tables of people who weren’t members of the LGTBQ community, but had come out to support the event and have a good time—something that “you don’t see anywhere else.” “The spirit of the community came across loud and clear—and I think it takes leaders to do that,” he said, adding that it is through the actions of people like Mayor Richard Ireland, who raised the pride flag above town, and businesses decorating for the celebration that that spirit is created. Wee said there is certainly something special in Jasper, and that even if the Pride celebration grows to double or triple its size, he thinks that will still be the case. For more photos from the event, check out “Jasper Pride Weekend” on Facebook.

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Planning a Public Event? Make it green Borrow a recycling trailer and bins for free Book this equipment online at

Jasper is a member of a regional waste management authority, partnering with Hinton, Edson and Yellowhead County. Working cooperatively benefits us all. For more information on how to reduce the waste generated at public events call the environmental stewardship coordinator at 780-852-1563.

Jasper’s environmental stewardship program is funded equally by Parks Canada and the Municipality of Jasper.

For the second year in a row, the Jasper Heritage Rodeo Association is asking for a break on the rental cost at the Jasper Activity Centre. The municipality increased the cost to $16,822 last year, bringing it up 240 per cent. In response, the association requested that council instead raise it to $10,000—an increase of $3,600 over the 2012 cost. At the time, a representative from the association said $10,000 was “fair and equitable” and “financially achievable.” Council approved that request last spring, and the association was able to break even in 2013. On March 18, members of the association requested the same assistance for this year’s rodeo, and, if possible, for the two after that. Gail Lonsberry, the rodeo treasurer, said the association hopes to increase its revenue by introducing a new event on the Tuesday night and by extending its liquor license by one hour for the Saturday night dance. “The budget for this year, we’re looking at hopefully an $8,000 increase,” said Lonsberry, referring to an increase in revenue. “Hopefully we can realize those numbers and get back into giving grants back to the community.” For years, the association has contributed to the community by providing grants and hiring non-profit groups to provide services. Because the event was only able to break even in 2013, there were no grants, but the

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association was able to give out $1,300 to two community groups: $800 to the YellowheadMuseum and Archives for use of their parking lot and water facilities and $500 to the Jasper Fire Brigade, whose members helped with the clean-up following the Saturday night dance. In response to Lonsberry’s presentation, Mayor Richard Ireland asked whether the rodeo will again be self-sustaining, without municipal support, in the foreseeable future. “That’s why we’re looking at this Tuesday night event,” said Lonsberry. “We have the arena from Thursday night before the rodeo until Wednesday after the rodeo, so it’s a period of about 11 days and it didn’t make sense to have everything sitting there and doing nothing with it, so we’ve decided we’re going to see if we can’t get ourselves together and get volunteers together and do something for the Tuesday night.” Following the association’s presentation, Ireland asked that administration look over the 2013 rodeo budget and come up with a recommendation as to whether or not council should accept the rodeo’s request. “Formally we ought to have some sort of recommendation from staff,” explained Ireland. That recommendation will be presented to council at its April 1 meeting and will then be further discussed.

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Accountant with a bachelors degree and two years of practical experience.


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


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We are a growing company looking to expand our team.

We are currently hiring for the position of:


Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB The Human Resources Department is an “open door” Phone: 780-852-2505 office in a multi-disciplinary environment that is everFax: 780-852-5813 Email: changing and fast-paced. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, friendly leader who strives for the best Interested in a career? employee experience. The candidate will possess: • Post-secondary education in the Human Services field with a minimum of 4 years field experience and/or a related education and experience equivalent. • Capacity to manage multiple tasks effectively with creative thinking and strong problem solving skills. • Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy at all times and work in an environment of strict confidentiality. Apply at: • An enthusiastic and positive attitude with proven Mountain Park Lodges abilities to resolve conflict and manage change. Box 1200 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 • Experience with leadership and Phone: 780-852-2505 management of people. Fax: 780-852-5813 • Hospitality industry experience an asset.

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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. FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT Permanent Full-time shiftwork (2 Positions) $11.50/hr, 36+hrs/wk. No Exp. Req. Duties: serve customers, portion & prepare wrap; vegetable, meats, sandwiches. Bake bread. Stock refrigerators & supplies. Record food used. Cleaning: stations, tables, floors, washrooms, dishes. Apply for this positions @ Subway (Kvill Enterprises Ltd.), Box 1437, 626 Connaught Drive, Jasper AB, T0E1E0 or email

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(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.

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• SERVER/BARTENDER • SECURITY • LINE COOK Great Benefit Package & Competitive Salary, staff accommodation available. positions available for


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 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: or

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FULL TIME PREMIUM CLERK NIGHT SHIFT Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to all eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. The successful applicant must be able to provide a clean security clearance and have Grade 12 or equivalent education. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to:

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We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Opportunities Attention: Kaya 780-852-3209

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

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KITCHEN COOK: Full time, $13.75/hour + tips. 35 hours guaranteed. Need at least 2 1/2 years experience in Japanese cuisine. Must speak and read in Japanese. Accommodation available. Duties include: Preparing and cooking Japanese cuisine, cleaning kitchen.

JASPER SUPER A is recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills that have a positive energetic attitude. The position that is available at Jasper Super A is:

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HEAD SUSHI CHEF: Full time $3400/month.Must have at least 5 years experience in Japanese and sushi cuisine. Certificate from culinary institution in Japanese cuisine. Must speak and read in Japanese. Accommodation available. Duties include: Managing and training staff, preparing Japanese cuisine, and creating new menu items.

Please fax your resume or email to: • Fax No: 780-852-4955 Attn: Bob Graham, Assistant General Manager

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term position – Competition #14.013

The Municipality of Jasper is accepting resumes for the term position of Groundskeeper for the care, maintenance and upkeep of the municipal cemetery for the 2014 summer season. The term of this position is from April 28 to September 2, 2014. The primary purpose of this position will be the leveling of grave plots, headstones, preparation of cremation plots and fence maintenance. deadline to apply is 2:00 p.m. on tuesday, April 8, 2014.


seasonal position – Competition #14.014 The Municipality of Jasper is accepting resumes for the position of Groundskeeper for the 2014 summer season. Upon successful completion of the required probationary period, this position is eligible for seasonal recall. The primary purpose of this position is to assist in the daily care and maintenance of Municipality of Jasper grounds, parks, sports fields, equipment and recycling operations. deadline to apply is 2:00 p.m. on tuesday, April 8, 2014. Complete qualifications, responsibilities and skills required for this position are outlined in the job description, available at the municipal administration office or on the Municipality’s website. Applications are invited, in the form of a detailed resume with covering letter summarizing qualifications, skills and experience relative to the requirements of the position. Applications should be submitted in a sealed envelope or by e-mail (MS Word only), indicating the competition number to: Martha Fleming, Human Resources Manager Municipality of Jasper, Box 520, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0


The Ski Patrol Department at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort is holding their annual spring hiring clinic for SKI PATROL positions for the 2014-2015 winter season. Prescreen Interviews to be held from April 7th. Successful applicants will be invited to attend hiring clinic on Monday, April 14th, Tuesday, April 15th or Wednesday, April 16th and will include assessments of skiing ability and other patrol duties. Requirements for the position include: • Physically fit • Expert skiing ability • Valid First Aid certificate, minimum 80 hours, (EMR preferred) with CPR ‘C’ certification • Excellent guest service and client care abilities Although not required, preference will be given to those with: • Previous ski patrol experience • Avalanche Skills Training certificate or Canadian Avalanche Association Certifications • Mountaineering / Backcountry travel experience • Rope management experience • Knowledge of Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort This position includes a multi-area ski pass to Sunshine Village and other resorts, a staff event calendar for experiencing the Rockies and subsidized transportation from Banff and Canmore to Sunshine. If interested please email your resume and cover letter to: by: April 4, 2014. We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Literacy & Essential Skills Coach The Jasper Adult Learning Council is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to providing quality programs and services in adult education, literacy and career and employment. The successful candidate will provide career and employment services and coordinate the delivery of the Skills for Success Program. A detailed job description is available at Anticipated start date is April 23, 2014.

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JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN LIVE, WORK & PLAY IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS Ski Marmot Basin in beautiful Jasper Alberta has an immediate opening for a Journeyman Electrician. The successful candidate must be a self motivated team player, who enjoys working outdoors in a mountain environment. Responsibilities include working with a dynamic team of professionals to ensure the safe, continuous operation of Ski Marmot Basin’s growing electrical infrastructure. This includes low voltage, PLC, panel installations, transformers, motors/controls and commercial applications. A mechanical aptitude is beneficial. This is a full time, year-round position, 4 days on and 3 days off, 10 hour days. We offer a competitive wage, benefits package and skiing privileges. Please email or fax your resume in confidence to:

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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.

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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.

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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.



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COMMUNITY LISTINGS Grief Relief… Stepping Past Program First Monday of every month all year at 7 PM at the McCready Centre in Jasper. This program has no fee. For more information, contact Tim at 1-855-2998899

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

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.

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.

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 • Exercise Program

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.

These free group programs are facilitated by registered health care professionals. Call the registration line at 1-877-349-5711 for more information or to register.

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

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.

Habitat for the Arts 500 Robson Street. Open Tues - Sat, 12 to 5 pm. 780-984-5252 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. 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.

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

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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 ACFAJasper JAG - Jasper Artists Guild Need to contact the JAG while we are in transition? Call 780-852-4025.

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Your pioneering spirit may feel a bit more like a poltergeist under this Moon cycle. However, what might come as a surprise is just how cooperative and willing you stand to be. At least a few antics are likely though, if not from you then from significant others. You may at least undergo a few tests the passing of which will be worthy of a star or two on your collar.


aurus (Apr 20 – May 21) It may seem like you can feel the thundering hooves of a charging herd. This describes some of the energy patterns at play for you these days. You are ready and willing to work with the situation. You may need special tools, techniques and/or strategies. There is a danger of losing focus due to too many thoughts and interests. Set clear boundaries.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21

This new cycle indicates a resurgence of your sense of individuality and a creative rush to boot. The soul searching and perhaps challenging period of last month is yielding to resurgence; a veritable rebirth. Anticipate your confidence levels to rise steadily. Key communications and especially collaborations will prove inspiring and empowering.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

A new day is dawning in your public and professional life. This is the start of an expansive and dynamic cycle. Yet it will probably prove quite challenging. Of course, you will not be alone in this regard. Everyone is feeling the rising intensity levels and the challenges they consequently imply. This is a call for an empathetic approach balanced by a firm resolve to prevail.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

This Aries New Moon is catapulting you into action. You are in the mood to go big. With Mars Retrograde, your energy and confidence levels may be up and down. However, the emphasis leans to the up side. To succeed you must be willing to overcome fears that may be blocking progress. The key is to take deliberate action to build momentum.


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Some new initiatives in your daily rhythm and routine which stand to affect your overall lifestyle have begun. There may be a few delays and a few curve balls to deal with, yet the process is in motion. It may take until mid-May before all the lights are green. Patience will pay off at least eventually, so aim to be strategic and flexible on all fronts.

Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)

Some shifting and shaking or at least unexpected events on relationship fronts are underway. These may be giving you reason to feel cautious. At worst, they are producing worry and stress. Your health may be delicate these days, so stay cool in the heat to keep stress levels down. Control your imagination and stick to the facts.


corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) You are determined to take some bold new leads and initiatives. These are requiring a creative and imaginative approach. You may wish you could feel more confident. While you can practice self-control, you cannot control the flow. Exercising trust in and acceptance of circumstances and timing will help.

Rare work of art in Jasper

A rare painting by one of Canada’s most famous artists will be on display in Jasper early next month. Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will showcase Franz Johnston’s “Forest Fire” from April 2–10, in a sneak peek ahead of its “Three Generations of Canadian Landscape Painting” exhibition later this year. According to gallery owner Wendy Wacko, “Forest Fire” has been in the hands of a private collector for decades, and hasn’t been seen publicly for 25 years. The collector hopes to sell the painting, so she entrusted it to Mountain Galleries, which will showcase the work at its locations throughout the Rocky Mountains. When the painting stops in town April 2 it will be a rare opportunity for Jasperites to see the work in person. In an email describing the painting, Wacko, an avid Johnston fan, gushed about its composition. “The way the road stops and starts; the dark patch of grass and earth in the foreground designed to lead your eye into the middle ground; the direction of the clouds and the small cloud on the right hand side that almost caps the road [are] all design elements that keep you engaged and stop the eye from escaping the scene,” she wrote. “The palette is subtle and tasteful, and the use of soft yellow and purple is clever and gives the piece tremendous life.” Johnston was a founding member of Canada’s most well-known group of artists, the Group of Seven. The group was formed with the belief that Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, and it gained notoriety

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agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) How much fun can you have? Measurements aside, you are in a playful mood. Boredom can be the source of stimulating dramas, to keep things interesting. Just remember that life does not judge but does teach by consequences. Meanwhile sweet dreams of what could be are bouncing around in your mind. Dream on… but take some action too.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Whatever is happening on the home front, it is probably not boring. Circumstances are pushing you to take account. Or is that a headcount of your best buddies and key contacts? Either way, digging deeper than you might usually is in the script. Finances, investments, inheritances and/or tending to taxes are featured. Tis the season….

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

Many new thoughts, perspectives and perceptions are awakening in your mind. These are linked to new places and faces as well. You are in the mood to cut loose anyway. The time is right to experiment with new modes of self-expression. Cultural stimulations will provide a few perks and prove satisfying as well. Exciting times!


isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) You are in an ambitious mood. As much as this likely includes stimulating your economy, you may also want to realize other returns as well. Bringing old affairs to resolution represent their own form of getting ahead. This process of knocking on and opening new doors and of closing old ones could well produce a boost in confidence.


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in the 1920s for its paintings inspired by the Canadian wilderness. In an interview March 24, Wacko explained that many people are still captivated by Johnston, because he was one of the more “challenging and controversial” members of the group. Johnston only showcased his work with the Group of Seven once, at their first show in 1920. He later left the hub of Ontario to teach art in Winnipeg, and officially resigned from the group in 1924. A few years later he changed his name from Frank to Franz. Johnston was prolific, painting more than 250 works over the course of his career, and some avid Johnston collectors insist on buying only paintings signed with one particular moniker or another. Wacko explained that, unlike most of the rest of the group, Johnston was also a full-time

painter, and that is evident in his work. She said one could argue his technical knowledge of the craft is more apparent in his work, which “is a little bit more refined, and technically you could argue it was superior” to his peers. Johnston painted “Forest Fire” in 1928, and according to Wacko it is one of the first works he signed with his adopted name “Franz.” She said she is honoured that her gallery has been entrusted with the work. “It’s a turning point for the gallery, a coming of age,” she said. “I’m really excited about it—I’m overwhelmed. I might even bring it home and hang it in the house for a private dinner with my husband,” she joked.

There’s something about road trip movies. The story of a couple of friends taking off across the country in a shabby VW should, by this point, be one of the crustiest of clichés, but somehow the premise lives on. Cas and Dylan falls squarely into that mold, yet the flick has left a number of critics gushing. Maybe it’s because it stars acting icon Richard Dreyfuss, or is set to some of the best Canadian indie music out there. Or maybe it’s Dreyfuss’ co-star Tatiana Maslany, who’s role as a series of clones on the television series Orphan Black turned heads last year. In this flick, Dreyfuss plays Cas, a doctor escaping to the west coast to end his life, and Maslany plays Dylan, a struggling writer fleeing from some of her own demons. Dylan weasels her way into the doctor’s car,

and as they speed through the prairies they bond the way only two humans crammed together in a hurtling shell of sheet metal can. It’s nothing that hasn’t been seen before, but there’s a playful energy lurking in the film that demands attention. It strikes a balance between humour and seriousness, and should make a fun final screening for the Jasper Film Club this season. Club president Chris Garnham asked that this month club members take special note of the screening time. He said that, due to a scheduling conflict “and the power of distributors and Hollywood” the club will screen the film at 6 p.m. at the Chaba Theatre, instead of their traditional 7:30 p.m. time slot.

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CN APT in Valemount 1 Bdrm $580.00 plus Hydro, Juniper Manor furnished bachelor suite $450.00 plus Hydro Call Scott: 250-566-1569 Apr 10

Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314- 9522 Mar 27

Transalta is currently seeking a plant operator with a electrical or mechanical background for its Bone Creek Hydro facility, situated 70 kms south of Valemount. Please refer to www. for details. Apr 10

Rooms for rent. Reasonable rates. Preferred single responsible males. Fully furnished units, with full cable, full hi-speed internet etc... Please contact 780-852-3337, leave your name and number clearly.

2 Bdrm house on acreage in Tête Jaune for rent, furnished or unfurnished. $750/month. Available immediately. Phone: 250-566-9811 Mar 20 APTS. For rent - 1 Bdrm partially furnished at $425 monthly and a 3 Bdrm unfurnished at $650 monthly – includes utilities. Located on Main Street in McBride. Call 250-569-7060 2 Furnished 2 Bdrm Home, bachelor suites, and large 3 Bdrm Home, available April. Contact: 250-566- 9884 (messages) Cell: 250-566-3955 or email:

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FOOD / LIVESTOCK Pasture Fed Organic Lamb for Sale. $4.00 per pound by the carcass. Contact: 250-9684347 Apr 3

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Mobile Home all appliances included and shop on 2 acres. Located on Dore River, McBride. Gravity spring water, wood and propane heat. Access to 3 snowmobile areas. Price $139,000.00 contact: 250-569-2471

Bayshore Home Health is seeking care aides and registered Nurse in McBride, BC. Please send resume to hsellors@ or fax: 250-717-7538 Apr 3

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HOUSE FOR SALE Stone Mountain, two bedroom plus den. 2 1/2 baths, large finished basement. South view. $399,000. Call 780-852-4805. Miscellaneous Selling 2 guitars and a bass amp. Fender Squire Stratocaster ($120 obo) and a Gretsch Synchromatic with case ($600 obo). 20 Watt Univox bass amplifier ($40 obo). Call 780820-0366 ALBERTA LAMB, Whole, Provincially Inspected, Steroid & Antibiotic Free, Cut & Wrapped. Delivery to Jasper March 29. 780-795-3765, will-dor@

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In the months leading up to a show, Claude Boocock uses her home as her own personal gallery, hanging her latest work on every accessible nail. Gracing her walls for the past year— whether it’s the downstairs stairwell, the office, the living room or up the stairs to her studio—is her latest passion: ravens. For almost 18 months, Boocock, a painter and sculptor who’s been living in Jasper since 1970, has been consumed by the playful black birds. She said it all started when she saw a blackon-black abstract painting in a decor magazine. That image struck her and made her think of an abstract show called “Raven.” But once she started painting, she found herself straying from the abstract approach and leaning more toward a more realistic representation of her muse—at least as realistic as she can get. And 18 months later, there are nearly 40 pieces—in four different mediums—ready to display at her exhibit “A Raven Folly,” opening at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives April 4. “This is my first solo show,” said Boocock, who has participated in countless shows with the Jasper Artist Guild in the past and has also partnered with other artists for openings here and in Edmonton. A Raven Folly, which will hang in the museum from April 4 until April 27, includes four sculptures, all done in Boocock’s

signature mosaic style. One, called “Two-Steppin’ Pair”, incorporates one of Boocock’s signature pieces—shoes. Atop of two high heels sit two sculpted ravens, adorned in black glass and moulded medal. Another, titled “Great Raven Spirit”, utilizes another of Boocock’s favourite muses—mannequins. Covered in shattered pieces of stone in matte greys, as well as shiny blacks, beiges and whites, the “Great Raven Spirit” hangs on an angle, as if it’s a bird in flight. Adding to that effect is the addition of metal mesh, wrapped around the bust and fluttering out at either side like wings. Boocock has been turning mannequins into gorgeous mosaics full of colour, texture and pattern for a few years. But her sculptures only make up a small percentage of the work she will be sharing next month. Adorning the museum’s walls will be 11 acrylic paintings, depicting anything from ravens eating a fresh kill to perching atop a roof or a tree branch, 10 brush and ink sketches—the most realistic of all Boocock’s pieces—and 14 encaustic paintings. An encaustic painting is one that is created with heated beeswax. The wax comes in multiple colours and can be mixed together to create other shades. “I love texture, and encaustics allow me a lot of texture,” said Boocock, who also

Claude Boocock painting

One muse, four mediums incorporated different patterned paper into her encaustic paintings to create even more texture and depth. Using such different mediums, from sculpture to encaustics, is what helped Boocock keep her interest in ravens for all those months. She admits, though, that at times it was hard to find inspiration. “Especially with the brush and ink sketches, I couldn’t get going on them,” she said. “But then something would spark some interest and I’d do six pieces in a row.” Those sparks could come from anything, whether it was the positioning of a raven on her front lawn or the mythology that surrounds the bird in different cultures. “I read a couple of books on ravens— they’re really fascinating,” she said, adding “because people in town know I’m doing this,

they also come up to me with raven facts.” Some of the mythology has even made it into Boocock’s work. In her studio, two paintings hang, one on either side of her easel, each depicting a different myth. On the left is the Haida story, which says the raven brought the sun, moon, stars, water and fire to the world. On the right is the Chinese story of the three-legged raven. “In Chinese mythology, the raven is always a messenger for gods and goddesses and he’s always associated with the sun. “It wasn’t until the advent of agriculture that he became a nasty beast.” A Raven Folly will open with a reception at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, April 4. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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$825,000 811 MIETTE AVENUE-This impressive, centrally

located 1 ½ storey had virtually a new main floor and 2nd floor built over an existing bsmt in 2010. Hardwood and tile throughout, very energy efficient construction, 5 bdrms/4 bthrms, spacious garage/shop with in floor heating, 4 entranceways, in ground sprinklers front and back.


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

$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.





$475,000 219 BONHOMME - Build your dream home or investment property on this huge R2 lot in prime central Jasper. Price includes demolition and removal of existing building. Don’t miss this building opportunity!


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.

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.

FIDDLE RIVER RESTAURANT - 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.

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE 401 GEIKIE ST Presently Ecole Desrocher, available Sept. 1, 2014. 4004 sq. ft. Divisible into 2 rentable bays. High ceilings, huge windows, excellent leasehold improvements. Currently zoned institutional. Call Rich or Dennis for more information.

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.

RESTAURANT FOR SALE - Well established restaurant for sale, located in the heart of downtown, features 85 seats plus 25 more seats on the patio with outstanding views. Same owners, same location for 19 years, owners wish to retire. Carry on as existing business or bring in your fresh ideas.

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