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Council passed the buck to Parks Canada, April 15, when it voted to support an outdoor rendition of the Jasper Heritage Rodeo with a $10,000 grant. That decision was made despite the fact that Parks hasn’t yet approved a location, let alone the idea. According to Parks, a formal proposal for an outdoor rodeo hasn’t yet been received, but if and when one is, it will be judged on its merits and how it fits into park policies and the Jasper National Park Management Plan. The funds approved by council are intended to help the rodeo association work toward an outdoor event similar to the ones held at Marmot Meadows in the past. Council’s decision—on a motion made by Mayor Richard Ireland—was made after Gail Lonsberry of the rodeo association indicated that, during informal discussions with Parks, the door hadn’t been shut on the idea of moving the 88-year-old event back outdoors. “We are in the really early stages of informal discussions,” she said. “We are ready to make a formal presentation based on what goes on here today.” Although the outcome was a $10,000 grant, the rodeo association didn’t attend the April 15 meeting seeking funding and support for an outdoor event. Rather, the association was there requesting a concession on the rental fee for the Jasper Activity Centre—where it has been hosting the rodeo for 37 years. That request, which was also made and accepted in 2013, came after the municipality raised the fees by 240 per cent in 2012.

Explaining the rodeo’s rationale for making the request a second year in a row, Lonsberry likened the situation to a significant increase in mortgage payments. “If you have a mortgage for $500 and all of sudden you’re assessed a $1,500 a month mortgage, you have to scramble, because you haven’t in your budget and in your mind allocated that much money. “You multiply your mortgage by three in one year and the mindset just isn’t there yet. But we’re getting there,” she said. The rodeo’s request, although seemingly straightforward, was complicated by the January arena fire. Following the event, the entire arena was cleaned from top to bottom, leaving the facility cleaner than it’s been in 50 years. And now that it’s in that state, the municipality is inclined to keep it that way. So, administration put forward four possible options for allowing the rodeo to continue in the arena, three of which would require the rodeo to pay the cost of cleaning the facility following the event. The cost of such a cleaning—about $100,000 a year—would make it impossible for the rodeo association to carry on. As it stands, with the $9,000 discount on its rental fee last year, the event managed to break even. The association has proposed a new event and ways of increasing revenue this year, but none would make enough to cover the exorbitant cost of cleaning. Recognizing that, and not wanting to be responsible for the demise of one of Jasper’s

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Rodeo looks to the outdoors

signature events, Ireland jumped at the chance to see the event return to its roots— the outdoors. “I see real danger if the rodeo is terminated and has to be revived. I don’t think that’s a healthy way to approach an event strategy, so I would like to see it maintained, but I would prefer to see it maintained in an outdoor venue and if possible this year. “The venue—the arena—is not what makes or breaks the rodeo, if it can stand on its own in an outdoor area.” In order for the event to be organized in an outdoor venue this August, Lonsberry said the association would have to know the location as soon as possible. “We would have to start now to get it

done. Once we have a lease or a contingency of a lease and know where we would be at, then we could start doing the measuring and talking to other rodeos about how we prepare the ground. “If we went outdoors we would first have to ... set up a venue. So we not only have the rodeo to work with, but we also have the fans to work with, so we would have to have everything that that entails: parking, seating, fencing, ticketing, whatever it takes to put on an outdoor rodeo.” If the association isn’t able to get all of its ducks in a row with Parks, it could return to council to again request a concession on the rental fee for the arena.

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The controversial Glacier Skywalk is opponents will make the trek down the ready to host its first paying customers. highway to check out the attraction for On May 1, the glass-floored walkway, themselves. which won an international architectural He said with a first-hand experience on award in 2011, will open for business at the Skywalk, many of their concerns will the former Tangle Ridge viewpoint on the be resolved. They will see the in-depth Icefields Parkway. interpretative materials that have been The brand new attraction, built by prepared; the thoughtfulness that was put Brewster Travel Canada, consists of a into the construction materials that were 400-metre interpretive boardwalk, with a used; the accessibility of the structure for glass-floored observation deck suspended people with all levels of mobility; and they’ll 30 metres over the Sunwapta Valley, find out that the mountain goat study that’s and provides an been going on for opportunity for the past three years visitors to learn about will continue on for geology, hydrology, another five. glaciology, wildlife While describing and architectural the experience of design. walking through the The project attraction, which was approved by costs $24.95 for an Parks Canada in adult and $12.50 for 2012. Ahead of a child, McKenna that decision, there noted that there are was a significant multiple “nodes” outcry from critics where visitors can both locally and stop and learn David McKenna, interim president of nationally, who were something about the Brewster Travel Canada, on the Columbia Icefield concerned about the area. These spots mountain goat and begin even before bighorn sheep populations in the area, as the visitor steps foot on the observation well as the privatization of a piece of the deck. park. “The overall theme is water, so one of More than 180,000 people signed a the things we do right away is we draw petition condemning the project on the everybody’s attention to the dozens of online activist network Azaaz.org, and waterfalls that are projecting into the Parks Canada received more than 2,000 canyon down below into the Sunwapta comments on Brewster’s environmental River.” assessment. Visitors will also learn about glaciology More recently, many opponents to at that point, before they carry on to the Maligne Tours’ proposal to build a hotel at next interpretation node, which is located Maligne Lake have pointed to the Skywalk in a bit of a cave, where they learn about as the project that opened the door for “the pure geology of the area.” further development in the park. “When you leave the geology area ... Ahead of the opening of the Skywalk, you walk out from underneath the cave and Brewster’s interim president, David then you’re walking along and you come to McKenna, said he hopes the project’s this big archway, and just before you get to

It really doesn’t matter where you’re from, the water from this place does touch pretty much most of the globe on a molecular level.

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Jasper’s newest attraction opening for business

it, you start seeing all of these paw prints embedded into the concrete.” By following the prints, the visitor is then met by life-sized cutouts of different animals that exist in the park, beginning with creatures as small as pikas and moving all the way up to the grizzly bear. “I think grizzly bears might surprise people just how big they are, and also cougars—they’re not the little house cats that people think they might be.” It’s at this point that visitors reach the glass-floored observation deck. Once there, people are welcome to stay as long as they like, taking in the sights and snapping photos, and when they are ready to carry on, they move to the last node: hydrology. It is there that people are connected to Jasper National Park in a deeper way. “It really doesn’t matter where you’re from, the water from this place does touch pretty much most of the globe on a molecular level,” he said, referring to the fact that water coming off the Columbia Icefield drains into the Pacific, Atlantic

and Arctic oceans. “So if you’re on any coastal city on the Pacific, Atlantic or Arctic oceans you too are connected to this special place. “It’s sort of the exclamation point of why these are very special places and that we need to protect them.” To celebrate the opening of the Skywalk, Brewster is hosting its annual Locals Appreciation Weekend May 10 and 11. During those two days, Jasperites are invited to try out the Skywalk, as well as a Glacier Adventure free of charge. There will also be a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on May 13. That event will include a special performance. “Jeremy Sturgess, who’s the architect, is so enamoured with the project that he’s actually commissioned a piece by a chamber orchestra to be played out on the skywalk, on the amphitheatre during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We’re just praying for great weather.”

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35-year legacy

The Jasper Rock and Jade Wright opened with a business partner in 1979 was a far cry from the establishment it is

today. Byatt and Murray explained that for the first few years of its existence the business was essentially just a standard gift shop, selling t-shirts, caps and trinkets. Byatt explained that the original store sat in an old house on Connaught Drive, and contained several small rooms that were packed from floor to ceiling with merchandise. “When you look at photographs of the old place, you could not see a single square inch of counter,” Byatt said. But after Wright bought out his partner a few years into the business, things gradually began to change. “Once Tom was running the show on his own, he changed gears a bit,” Murray said. “He wanted to separate himself from the herd, kind of thing.” Before opening the store, Wright had worked as both a geologist and a chef, so he took those two passions and geared the store towards them. Gradually, Byatt explained, the t-shirts and trinkets began to disappear from the shelves, and were replaced by what the store is known for today: its rocks and minerals, and its kitchen utensils. According to Byatt, in 1990 Jasper Rock and Jade moved to a newer building on Connaught Drive, where it still sits today. Around this time, Wright also began selling fudge at the store, which Murray explained he

started doing to bring life to the “dead zone” in the store’s left corner. Murray and Byatt said Wright’s death last July hit them both very hard. Wright never really retired, he would often come in to the shop and talk to customers even after he handed the business over. “It was all coming together, then unfortunately Tom passed away. So he only really got three months of retirement,” Byatt said. “It’s been pretty tough since then, not having him around. We expected him to be around for a long, long time,” Byatt said, explaining that Wright was very much a father figure in both his, and especially Murray’s, life, eating Christmas dinners at their house and acting as a grandfather to their daughter. With Wright gone, they know the business will never be quite the same, but they also hope it will continue to serve as his legacy. “The shop has evolved, and we hope it will continue to evolve as time goes on. But you still feel Tom here all the time,” Murray said. “We want to keep it something that Tom would still be proud of.”

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Tom Wright first opened Jasper Rock and Jade 35 years ago, and until he passed away at the age of 66 last year, he devoted much of his life to the place. “Jasper Rock and Jade was [Tom’s] life, it was his baby. He didn’t have any children, but he put his heart and soul into the shop,” said Anna Murray. Murray, who started working with Wright in 2006 at what was supposed to be a temporary position, now co-owns the shop with her husband, Neil Byatt. “It was supposed to be a sort of short-term, temporary thing. But reuniting with Tom was great. We found out we had a lot in common, I had been collecting crystals for years, and we found out we shared a lot of the same passions,” Murray said. Around that time Murray also met Byatt, who is now her husband, and co-owner of the business. Murray explained that Wright had been looking for someone to pass the business off to, so he began grooming her and Byatt for that role. They eventually took over from Wright on April 1 of last year, just three months before Wright died peacefully in his sleep.

Tom Wright, the long-time owner and operator of Jasper Rock and Jade, was a “mentor and father figure” to current owners Anna Murray and Neil Byatt.

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H ist ory at a gl a nce

Although an outdoor rodeo would be ideal, and it could quickly solve all of the issues surrounding the use of the Jasper Arena, it seems unlikely that one will occur this summer. To make it happen, the Jasper Heritage Rodeo Association, which has at this point only had informal discussions with Parks Canada about the possibility of holding the 88-yearold rodeo outdoors, has less than four months to plan and orchestrate the event. And in that time, it has to gain approval from Parks, get the appropriate permits, measure the area, come up with a plan for the pens, the grounds, the bleachers, ticketing, food vendors and the rest of it, as well as rent the necessary equipment and find enough volunteers to get the event set up and functioning. So, even if Parks finds and approves a location at lightening speeds—which in itself is completely unlikely—there is still a mountain’s worth of work to do just to set up the venue for the event. The rodeo association has found itself in this predicament for a few reasons. First, it’s financially strapped. Even with a break on its rent—which was substantially increased in 2013—the event only managed to break even last year. Second, there was a fire in the arena in January, that resulted in a deep cleaning of the entire facility, and now that the space is clean, the municipality would like to see it remain that way. Because of this, last month when the rodeo association approached council for a concession on the rental fee for the Jasper Arena, administration presented council with four options for moving forward with the rodeo, three of which require the association to pay for the cost of a commercial cleaning following the event. That cost is high—about $100,000 for one year’s cleaning—and completely out of the association’s budget. So, rather than voting on those options—which would likely result in the demise of the event—at the April 15 meeting, Mayor Richard Ireland instead proposed that council support the rodeo association in its attempt to find an outdoor location. That support, a $10,000 grant, is the third reason the association is now scrambling without a venue. In the past, the rodeo was held at Marmot Meadows, but it was moved indoors 37 years ago when the Lions Club was still running the show. There’s no doubt that moving the rodeo back into the great outdoors would be a positive change for the long-time event. As Coun. Gilbert Wall said, such a move would result in “a rodeo that is much more heritage in nature.” It would bring the event back to its roots. But as things stand, with less than four months until the horses hit the ground, it would take a miracle to pull it together in time. We’ll keep our hopes up that that miracle will come, but in the meantime, we hope the municipality will keep the arena schedule open to ensure that, if all else fails, the rodeo has a venue come August.

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Rodeo strapped for time

Hand tinted photo by Beryl Jones of the Pyramid Pines Tea Room on the shore of Pyramid Lake. [ca. 1940]

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Will you visit the Glacier Skywalk this summer?

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Go to www.fitzhugh.ca to cast your votes. Results will be published in next week’s newspaper.

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b) No. (72%, 21Votes) a) Yes. (28%, 8 Votes)

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Jasper is a fire adapted landscape. The plants and animals living here are adapted to fire because, for thousands of years, wildfires naturally and frequently burned through our valley bottoms. Some local species even depend on fire for things like renewal and habitat. An early park policy, however, meant that fire was virtually eliminated from the park for almost 70 years. Because of its absence, our present landscape now provides less grazing wildlife habitat, forests are dense and over-mature (ripe for forest insects and disease), and the risk of wildfire to our community has increased. While protection of people and property will always be first priority, Jasper National Park’s Fire Management team also plans prescribed fires to help restore this important natural process. These fires are part of an on-going program to restore healthy forests, grasslands, and wildlife habitat, and to help reduce the risk of wildfire.

Here’s a snapshot of Fire Management’s prescribed fire work for this year: Fireguard burning along Snaring Meadows, 20 km north of town, is complete for the year. This burning will help prepare for culturally significant meadow restoration in a future year. The team’s present focus is to carry out necessary fireguard burning on the Vine Creek prescribed fire area, just over 20 km north of town. If weather and forest conditions permit, the team will carry out the prescribed fire later this spring or early summer. This fall, small-scale prescribed fires are once again planned along the community fireguard behind the townsite. Later in the fall, as conditions permit, small-scale prescribed fires will help restore sub-alpine meadows. Would you like to receive email updates on park wildfires and prescribed fires? Please contact Kim Weir at 780-852-1891 or kim.weir@pc.gc.ca to be added to the distribution list.

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Bald eagles return to nest again! They’re back. This year, bald eagles have two nests at the north end of Medicine Lake and, once again, a pair is nesting near the shore of Lake Annette. Eagles can be very sensitive to the presence of people near these nests and may abandon them if disturbed—please respect the space that these eagles need. To decrease the chances of people’s activity disturbing the nesting eagles, Parks Canada has issued small, temporary area closures directly around the nests. From just outside the closed areas, there are great opportunities to bring your binoculars and quietly observe the nests! These areas will re-open when the young eaglets can fly—approximately late July. Bald eagles are fish-eaters during the summer months and nest near fish-bearing water bodies. They usually lay one to three eggs, and incubation is about 35 days. Once the eggs hatch, the male does most of the foraging while the female tends the young. Once the young can thermoregulate on their own (three to four weeks), the female starts to forage as well. A young eaglet has a fledging period (the chick’s parents raising it to a fully grown state) of 10 to 12 weeks.

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STI concerns for transient workers An influx of transient workers from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project could mean an increase in sexually transmitted infections, according to HIV West Yellowhead. Karly Savoy is the organization’s prevention and education coordinator. She said that workers brought in to work on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project will probably come with an increased rate of STIs in the communities they work in. Energy company Kinder Morgan operates the Trans Mountain Pipeline that transports oil products from Strathcona County, near Edmonton, to Burnaby, B.C., bisecting Jasper National Park. The company is currently awaiting approval from the National Energy Board to begin twinning the line. If it is given the go-ahead, it will mean a surge of workers will show up in communities all along the pipeline. In 2008, Kinder Morgan twinned a section of line running through Jasper. According to Savoy, the swell of pipeline workers living in town coincided with a noticeable increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections in Jasper. As Savoy pointed out, a large group of mostly single young people arriving in town naturally means more people will be having sex, and more sex means an increased likelihood of STIs getting passed around. Adding to that is the fact that workers who aren’t rooted in their communities don’t always have easy access to sexual health services. “There’s often barriers for workers accessing sexual health services—as well as other community resources— when they’re working long days and they’re not off Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 when things are open,” she said. Because of this, many of those workers might not

be getting proper information and testing, and may be spreading STIs unknowingly. “Because most STI don’t have symptoms, so if they’re not able to get tested that’s where you have problems. “It’s not to say we think this is going to happen, or that with this type of worker that’s the expectation, but just to have that conversation open so that we can be proactive about it,” she continued. And while very little work on the pipeline will happen in Jasper, those workers living just down the highway in Hinton will likely spend time here, meaning it’s important not just for the workers themselves, but the Jasperites who will interact with them, to be aware of these issues. Because of these concerns, earlier this year HIV West Yellowhead applied to be part of the NEB hearings. Recently they found out they have been granted commenter status, and will be given the opportunity to write a letter to the board which will be made public when the hearings begin in 2015. Savoy said the organization will use that designation to help start a conversation about sexual health issues with transient workers, “just so it’s something that’s talked about.” HIV West Yellowhead would also like to spend time talking to workers and their employers directly to help spread their message about sexual health, and hopefully figure out some solutions to make accessing sexual health services easier for the workers. Savoy said after-hours clinics, or on-sight testing with employers might make sense—HIV West Yellowhead just needs to figure out what will work best.

The venue—the arena—is not what makes or breaks the rodeo, if it can stand on its own in an outdoor area.

Mayor Richard Ireland on supporting the rodeo’s move to an outdoor location

In Brief High school construction update The Jasper Joint School Facility is still on target for its June 30 completion date, according to an update in the school division’s monthly board news. On site, masons have completed patching and prepping the interior blocks for paint and painting is now in progress throughout the school. There is also ceiling grid being installed in classrooms, ceramic tiles in the washrooms and light fixtures in classrooms and the gymnasium. As well, the plumbing fixtures, elevator kit and the hardware for the building’s doors have all arrived on site. The new $21.3-million facility will be shared by the Jasper Junior/Senior High School and École Desrochers, which has been using space in the back of the Jasper Legion for its classrooms. Each school will have its own space in the building, but they will share a gym, library and several other communal rooms.

Musical celebration Tonight, April 24, the Athabasca Hotel will celebrate local talent. Beginning at 7 p.m. the musicians who participated in the annual In the Spotlight series will take the mic one last time, wrapping up the third season of the weekly music nights. Everyone is invited to stop by to enjoy music from Jasper’s talented musicians.

Do-it-yourself salve The Jasper Adult Learning Centre is hosting a salve making workshop, April 30. The hands-on class, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., teaches students to make infused oils and healing skin salves from easy to grow herbs. For more information about the class, contact the learning centre at 780-852-4418.

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What is a brand and why is it important? A brand is not a logo or a tagline, it is the personality that identifies a product or, in Jasper’s case, the destination. It is made up of the key attributes of our destination and the perceptions of our consumers; it is the personality, the look and feel in all of our communications, and is evident in every aspect of our business routine, from customer service, to marketing, to website design, to the treatment of our employees, our partners, and our visitors. To successfully position Jasper above our competitor’s continuing fight for our customers, we must develop a brand proposition that when conveyed in marketing and advertising campaigns, will provide an attractive, unique, and relevant message to current and potential consumers. We also know that the future of branding is marketing with people, not at them. This is why an authentic message that rings true in both messaging and in delivery is of the utmost importance. Getting to the Brand In our 2013-2017 strategy, Tourism Jasper identified that improving Jasper’s brand promise and delivery is one of our key objectives. To that end, we knew we needed to engage in a journey to better uncover our true personality, to better articulate our key attributes and we knew we could not do it alone. We needed to do the following: • A comprehensive assessment of existing materials, work, research, and efforts of the destination to date. • Extensive visitor research to further understand exactly who comes to Jasper and why. • Community input. Who knows best what our community has to offer than our residents? We then set out on a search for consultants to assist in the project, and in the end we chose the one that we feel best understands our goals and shares our belief in this strategy being grounded in research (both of the visitor and the community.) That agency is Copithorne & Blakely and their research partner, Stormy Lake Consulting. You live the Jasper Brand Together, we invite you to community input sessions designed to stimulate meaningful conversation and extract important nuggets of information that will help us really dive deep into Jasper’s brand personality. Two sessions will be held, please choose one or the other: Evening Session: Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 Location: Chateau Jasper Light Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Session: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Morning Session: Date: Friday, May 9, 2014 Location: Chateau Jasper Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m. (Coffee, tea and pastries provided) In order to ensure we have space, please RSVP to Meghan Gifford at Meghan@JasperCanadianRockies.com by Friday, May 2.

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Council Briefs: April 15, 2014 79 applicants for CAO position The municipality has a plethora of people to choose from for the chief administrative officer position. The competition closed earlier this month with 79 applicants submitting their resumes for consideration. That’s 34 more applicants than in 2011, when Peter Waterworth applied and accepted the position. Waterworth announced his resignation in February— two years after he joined the municipality. At that time, he said his decision had nothing to do with Jasper, but rather had to do with a change in his own circumstances. In light of his decision, the municipality earmarked $30,000 in the 2014 operating budget for the recruitment of a new CAO. Human resources is now shortlisting for the position and will begin interviews soon. Revenue loss from arena fire During the three-week closure of the Jasper Arena, following the Jan. 26 fire, the municipality lost $15,675 in revenue from missed ice rentals. “That’s what’s been sent off to the insurance company,” said Yvonne McNabb, director of culture and recreation. “That does not include any tools or any parts that were destroyed in the fire, that was just loss of revenue from the tournaments that would have occurred and the ice rentals that would have occurred during that three week period.” According to McNabb’s report to council, there are still a number of items that need to be replaced in the arena, including the netting and the shroud around the overhead Zamboni room door. There is still an extensive list of tools and parts that need to be replaced, as well. Because the list is so long, replacement could take a considerable amount of time. Clean financial audit The municipality received a clean audit on its 2013 financial statements. Michael Epp of Edmonton’s Hawkings Epp Dumont attended the April 15 meeting of council to present the auditors’ opinion and to give council an overview of the municipality’s financial position.

He noted that, unlike most municipalities, Jasper carries about $840,000 in net financial debt, and for the size of the town it also has a significant amount of tangible assets—underground infrastructure, roads, sidewalks and buildings. That infrastructure—which amounts to more than $58 million worth of assets—is necessary because of the huge influx of tourists during the summer months. “We [audit] 30 other municipalities and we do not work with another municipality that has that significant variation in residents and therefore in infrastructure,” said Epp. “Your net debt position is unusual, but given the nature of your community—where you are located—it is what it is,” he said, noting that Banff is also in a financial debt position. “So I guess it’s not uncommon given the nature of your position.” Vote on land use memorandum Council will vote on a memorandum of understanding for the joint land use review it hopes to undertake with Parks Canada at its May 6 meeting. In the Jasper Community Sustainability Plan, Parks agreed to a review of land use planning and development. The memorandum—which was written by Peter Waterworth, chief administrative officer for the municipality, and Cathy Jenkins, manager of municipal and realty services for Parks—is the first step toward an agreement between Parks and the municipality on how the review will unfold. The next step, if council approves the memorandum, will be to agree on the terms of reference for the tender. If both are approved and council chooses to move forward, the municipality will fund half of the cost of the entire review: $125,000. As things stand, the municipality 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.

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Challenges ahead for Jasper museum Despite a successful 2013, the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives faces some significant challenges this year, according to the president of the JasperYellowhead Historical Society, Herb Robinson. At the society’s annual general meeting April 15, Robinson explained that the society is about to lose two of its employees, bookkeeper Val Mosher and museum manager Karen Byers. Byers has been the manager at the museum for 10 years, and is leaving for personal reasons. She said she will likely stay at her position until the end of June, hopefully giving her a chance to train her replacement. And while Robinson said Byers’ departure is “a predictable or normal event in the evolution of an organization,” she will be deeply missed. Robinson said that with the manager and bookkeeper both leaving, “it’s going to take some creative leadership from our treasurer” to keep the books in line. “There’s a lot of things up in the air right now,” he said, noting that the staffing challenges will add to the stress the museum is already under to secure and maintain enough funding to continue to operate. He explained that while the museum has always operated with limited funding, it has done a remarkable job with what it has—thanks in large part to its great staff, and a very dedicated core group of volunteers. “Being the living memory of a community and a repository of its challenges, its memories and its dreams, is no small feat. To do so with a shoestring budget and a far-too-small staff is remarkable,” he said. “It is something to be very, very proud of.” Robinson said, however, that money is still a concern for the museum. Along with their normal work, staff

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members volunteer a lot of their own time, and it would be nice to be able to compensate them better. One way the society—which runs the museum—might be able to generate some extra income, Robinson said, is by developing its extra lot. “I think there is a receptivity to explore outside the box a little bit” for ways to make the extra land profitable, he said. Of course it’s hard to say exactly what those ways might be, but Robinson urged the membership to think hard about it. But just as it has in the past, most members believe the museum will continue to overcome the challenges it faces. In her manager’s report, Byers wrote that “wonderful exhibits, excellent programming and some fabulous additions to the collection made it a memorable year” for the museum in 2013. And the community has shown its willingness to support the organization, as is evidenced by the outpouring of support that came in when the museum needed to raise money for a new roof. Also exciting is the strong possibility that the museum will soon be connected to the Alberta SuperNet—a highspeed performance network connecting 429 communities across Alberta with fiber optic cables. Robinson said that while he’s not 100 per cent sure the government will provide the hookup for the museum, right now it looks pretty likely. If it does happen, the super-fast Internet connection will allow the museum to host video conferencing, provide virtual programming and offer exciting new technological possibilities.

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Jasperites invade Europe In a mere 19 days, 36 of Jasper’s youth travelled through Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, seeing everything from the Berlin Wall to the Auschwitz Memorial Museum. This was Jasper Junior/Senior High School’s fifth European trip, and, as with previous years, it was a resounding success, with both the students and their chaperones returning home with nothing but rave reviews. “The 2014 Europe trip was an adventure,” said Grade 11 student Cheyenne Henderson, “an educationally enriching experience.” Between March 21 and April 8, the students visited Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Krakow. In Berlin, a few of the highlights were the Berlin Wall, Tiergarten Park, Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered European Jews, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. While in Dresden, the students enjoyed St. Mary’s Church, the Elbe River Bank, Zwinger Palace and the Transparent Factory—the Volkswagen production plant that has walls built almost entirely out of glass. Prague brought its own high points, including the Prague Museum, St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Palace,

Golden Lane and the Astronomical Clock—the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, having been installed in Old Town Square in 1410. In Krakow, the students visited St. Mary’s Cathedral, Auschwitz Memorial Museum, Wileliczka Salt Mine and Rynek Underground—a museum located beneath the city’s market square. Although there was much to see and do, for Grade 11 student Yulia Kontos, the highlight of the trip was tasting the scrumptious morsels from each country. “I really loved trying all the different types of European food. I’m seriously missing currywurst!” While for the teachers, the trip was an opportunity to experience something completely fresh and new with the students. “Travelling with a group of excited teenagers is quite a motivating experience,” said Barb Schmidt, a teacher and parent, who accompanied the students. “It is very rewarding to see the love of travel being fostered. “Travelling with my son and all of his friends made this trip extra special.”

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Undertaking a home renovation or construction project is a daunting and complicated task at the best of times, but add in Jasper’s special challenges and it would take some dedicated searching to find a place where it’s more difficult than here. Because Jasper is in a national park, there are strict guidelines regulating just about every aspect of its development. These rules exists to protect the ecological integrity of the park, as well as to maintain a specific aesthetic in town, and to ensure any renovations or construction projects are undertaken safely. But for residents looking to undertake small-scale renovations or construction projects, the regulations can be confusing, frustrating and time consuming. A common project, like building a shed, requires the potential renovator to complete several steps before work can even begin. The first of those is obtaining a development permit from Parks Canada. In order to receive the permit, the person undertaking the project has to submit detailed plans to Parks’ development office. The requirements for the plans are extensive, and include things like lot dimensions and elevations, information on existing parking spaces and even the “location of significant landscape features” like fences and trees. And development permits can be hard to secure. The requirements for the size and placement of construction projects are laid out in detail in the 1968 federal legislation that established development rules in Jasper. Those requirements are incredibly specific. For example, in order to build a shed in an R1 development zone (the onefamily dwelling district), it can be no higher than 4.5 metres, with eaves no higher than 2.5 metres. The maximum shed size allowed is the lesser of 5.6 square metres or 10 per cent of the site it sits on. An additional, separate permit is also required for any electrical, plumbing or gas installations that are part of a renovation project. However, it is the Municipality of Jasper that provides services like sewage and water, so homeowners need to coordinate their project with the municipality as well.

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This, says Peter Waterworth, the municipality’s chief administrative officer, further confuses the process, even for Jasperites who have lived here for decades. If the applicant’s project includes something like a parking variance, the process becomes even more complex, with Parks approving (or rejecting) the variance, and then sending that information along to the municipality, which then levees the appropriate number of spaces under the municipal parking authority. “That sort of two-step process is a little strange,” Waterworth said. Not only do projects have to conform to very specific rules set out in federal legislation, they also have to conform to the architectural motif outlined in the Jasper Community Sustainability Plan. This means specific materials have to be used on the outside of the building, as well as other requirements such as specific roof construction. Simply wading through the multiple sets of rules can be daunting enough, but the process becomes further complicated if the project costs more than $25,000 (which most home improvement projects will). In those cases, the person undertaking the project must hire a professional architect to create plans for it, and have an engineer sign

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off on those plans. According to local contractors, like Ken Kuzminski, this process can be an expensive and time-consuming one, as sometimes Parks requires multiple revisions to the plans. That, combined with what some feel is constantly shifting expectations from Parks in its interpretation of its development policies, can make an already complicated process that much more painful. “The current regulations are up to interpretations. Depending on who’s implementing those rules it’s their opinion on stuff. So it goes from an actual concrete achievable goal, to something that’s up to interpretation and opinion. And that’s the tough part in projects—just the delay,” Kuzminski said. While Parks believes its guidelines are clear, Cathy Jenkins, Parks’ reality and municipal manager, said the organization recognizes the $25,000 cutoff for projects doesn’t make sense in 2014. “If a structure’s going to be larger, then you need to have that professional input to make sure it’s safe, but if you’re just doing a small kitchen reno, bathroom reno, or you’re building a shed or something,” she said, trailing off. “A shed can cost $25,000, but you don’t need an architect.” She explained that Parks is planning to

change the way they enforce their regulations, asking that projects larger than a certain size, rather than over a certain cost, require an architect. After a homeowner secures a development permit for its project, it then needs to get a building permit. Once a development permit is issued, it is posted publicly for two weeks, and anyone who could be affected by the development (such as neighbours) gets a say before Parks issues the permit. With a building permit in hand, the applicant can then finally start building. In the case of something like a shed, Parks still requires an inspection to be completed at “foundation, framing and final project completion.” Depending on exactly what Parks asks for from an applicant, the entire process of obtaining the proper permits for home improvements can take more than a year, with things like hiring architects adding significant cost to a project. Jasper residents all give up something to live so close to nature, and unfortunately for the handymen and women of the town, quick and painless home improvement projects are one of those things.

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“The thing about tackling is it’s 90 per cent heart and 10 per cent skill,” Marshall Corbett said, as the semicircle of high schoolers kneeling around him nodded. “The minute you decide you are willing to make a tackle you will be successful.” Corbett is the coach of the Jasper Cougars rugby team, and April 17 he was getting the team ready for the weekend’s big tournament. The Jasper High School Invitational will bring 11 teams to town April 25 for a day-long rugby tournament, and Corbett thinks the Cougars have a shot at winning the whole thing. “They could take the tournament. Our senior team’s looking really good; we’ve got some guys that have been playing for quite a while,” he said of the 19-man team— an impressive size for a school the size of the Jasper Junior/Senior High School. And while the teenagers battle it out

this Friday, the following day will see an even bigger rugby tournament come to town, when 30 teams roll in for the Jasper Downhill Sevens tournament. The tournament will have a place for mens, womens and “old boys” teams to compete, and Jasper’s mens team, the Ravens, will be in on the action. “Our Jasper team this year is looking very strong. We’ve got a couple of recent grads, and a couple of imports who have played all over the place, so it’s a good mix. Some old guys, and some young guys,” Corbett said. Although he admits the team has some real talent, he doesn’t think they have enough vets to challenge for the title. Regardless of the outcome, however, he encouraged everyone in town to come down and enjoy some rugby this weekend. “It’s going to be pretty good times,” he said, mentioning the beer tent that will be set up in Centennial Park for the adult tournament. Both tournaments will take place primarily at Centennial Park, with a few games played on the high school field.

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JOB DESCRIPTION Reporting to the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Board of Directors, the incumbent manages all facets of the Museum and Archives activities. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Supervise staff in archives, collections, exhibits and gift shop; develop and coordinate events, programming and room rental; coordinate grant/funding activities; facilitate volunteer and staff activities/professional development; implement building and asset maintenance/safety program SECURITY AND SAFETY Criminal record check

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Description de tâche: Créer des occasions de vivre en français dans la collectivité de Jasper. Organiser des événements culturels, tels que des spectacles en français, des activités familiales et tout autre événement culturel. Tâches administratives.

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Attending to financial interests, issues and/or responsibilities is likely now. Savings, earning and perhaps especially investments are on your mind. Yet, you may also be dealing with liabilities and paying off debts of some kind as well. These may not specifically be financial. Either way, you are probably wise to trust the flow and pay your dues.

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corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) A recent twist and turn towards relationships finds you feeling the love, or longing to. While romance is implied, it may be woven with spiritual threads as well. Either way, there is reason to say you feel inspired. This trend will increase over the coming weeks. Though you may not go chasing it, prayers for it are streaming through your heart and mind.

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agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Doing the work to clear, purge and downsize continues. Yet now you are prepared to really roll-up your sleeves. It and other thoughts, discussions and actions center upon new perspectives on security. Sometimes, less truly is more. How you relate and directing your focus to serve a higher purpose are interwoven themes replacing the urge to acquire more stuff.

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A long awaited breakthrough is set to occur over the coming few weeks. Both a deepened sense of material stability and emotional fulfillment is likely. You have perhaps been patiently waiting for this for some months now. So, it is important that you be focused and alert. This will be an important initial step followed by a series of others over the next few months especially.

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ries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) The time has come to really get down to business. By now you have probably activated a series of fresh leads and starts. Now it is time to build upon them, to take them to the next effective level. This includes digging-in even deeper. Becoming aware of subconscious patterns that are perpetuating certain fixed attitudes is a feature of this deep-end work.

Focusing on what constitutes your best and most important ‘home work’ is in focus. This can literally include you home residence. Yet, it can also include studies, selfimprovement and research for important projects and so on. Look to the future and decipher now what you can do to initiate realistic and wise momentums.

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Call 780-852-4888 or email advertising@fitzhugh.ca to be featured in our classified section

isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) New thoughts, ideas and concepts are beginning to really take form in your mind. You are at least determined to consider and even experiment with them. Yet, you will have to focus more intently than you may realize to succeed. Like moving through fog you are wise to proceed slowly yet surely. Outline a plan with a timeline and watch for the signs.

Please bring your resume to the above address or you can call 780-852-3366.

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BC Licensed Builder

Shawn Fowler

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

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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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Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems www.rockymountainsolar.ca 250-968-4490

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7 & 8 AxlE lOwBEdding

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

Licenced Journeyman with over 30 years experience • 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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158 Athabasca Avenue, Hinton Office Hours: Mon., Tues., & Wed. 8 am - 5 pm Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm; Fri. 8 am - 4 pm

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

chris@stolfalaw.ca

Full Service Accounting Practice

(By appointment only)

Individual & Family erapist

C O N S U LTA N T S I N C .

MICHELLE CHERNIAWSKY, MSW, RSW

David R. Sagan

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

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Toll-free: 1-888-852-5929

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

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Call 780-852-4888 or email advertising@fitzhugh.ca to be featured in our business directory.

COMMUNI T Y C A L E ND E R

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.

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

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 • Exercise Program 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. Prenatal Classes Tuesdays - May 27, June 4, 10, 17, & 24 Please call Jasper Community Health to register 780-852-4759 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 Community Band Rehersals Band rehersals 6-7pm on Thursdays in the Jasper High School music room.

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 780-8524418 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 780-931-6146. Jasper Theatre Arts Collective Are you interested in theatre arts? Get involved here in Jasper! Follow us on Facebook (Jasper THeatre Arts Collective) to keep up to date on meetings/ events or to share YOUR Ideas. Or email us at jtacollective@gmail.com.

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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. Babysitting Course Every Tues and Thurs, beginning April 29th at the Elementary School Library. Participants must be 12 years old on December 31st, 2014. Contact Carla Gallop at Community Outreach Services to register 780-852-6544 or cgallop@ jaspercommunityteam.ca 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

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MEIER-2 DAY Classic Car & Truck Auction. Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 11 a.m. both days. 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Consign today, call 780-440-1860.

WELDING & FABRICATION. Innovative Solutions, Hayter, Alberta, Fri., May 2, 10 a.m. Selling trucks, trailers, hydrovac tanks, Bobcat versa handler, forklifts, shears, lathes, brakes, benders, welders and shop equipment. Online available: bidspotter.com or www.montgomeryauctions.com. 1-800-371-6963.

FREIGHTLAND CARRIERS, a triaxle air ride flatdeck carrier is looking for Owner/Operators to run Alberta only or 4 Western Provinces. Average gross $18 - 20,000/month. 1-800-917-9021. Email: ed@freightland.ca.

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

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE: $1.49/each for a box of 270 ($402.30). Also full range of trees, shrubs, cherries & berries. Free shipping. Replacement guarantee. 1-866-873-3846 or treetime.ca.

ELINOR LAKE RESORT. Lots selling at 25% off listed price, or 5% down on a rent to own lot with no interest over 5 years. 1-877-623-3990; elinorlakeresort. com.

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks.Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! iheschool.com. 1-866-399-3853.

BEAUTIFUL SPRUCE TREES. 4 - 6 ft., $35 each. Machine planting; $10/tree (includes bark mulch and fertilizer). 20 tree minimum order. Delivery fee: $75 - $125/ order. Quality guaranteed. 403820-0961.

Heavy Equipment For Sale

Services

A-STEEL SHIPPING dry storage containers. Used 40’ & 40’ high cube & insulated containers 40’-53’ long. Specials in stock now. Self unloading delivery. Phone toll free 1-866-5287108; www.rtccontainer.com.

GET BACK on track! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420; www. pioneerwest.com.

COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION! 7th Annual Calgary Collector Car Auction, May 9 - 10, Indoors Convention Center Grey Eagle Casino. Over 100 pieces of memorabilia selling No Reserve. All makes & models welcome. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; EGauctions.com. PUBLIC AUCTION. City of Cold Lake: Equipment, trucks, Bobcat, shop items, etc. 1515 16 St., Cold Lake, Alberta. May 3, Saturday, 11 a.m. Scribner Auction, 780-842-5666; www. scribnernet.com. WHEATLAND AUCTIONS Consignment Auction. May 3, 10 a.m. in Cheadle, Alberta. Farm equipment, vehicles, heavy equipment, RVs, etc. Consign now! Phone 403-669-1109; www.wheatlandauctions.com. CLOSEOUT AUCTION. Wellington Garden Centre. Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m., 13648 142 St., Edmonton. Final closeout of garden centre, fountains, garden furniture, greenhouse fixtures, new fireplaces, plus a complete 2012 Tutti Frutti Kiosk at 11 a.m. For details: www. foothillsauctions.com or 780922-6090. AUTO/TOOL AUCTION. Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. Auto’s, golf cart, tools, parts, surplus, storage buildings, benches, tents, pressure washers. Scribner Auction, Wainwright, Alberta. 780-842-5666; www.scribnernet. com. ESTATE AUCTION for Larry Thimer. Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. Machine Shop & North Star Hydraulics, 55103 - Hwy 28A, Gibbons. Also tractors, vehicles, etc. Details: Andruchow Auctions Ltd.; www.andruchowauctions. 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 780875-0270 (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 1-866-668-6629. Website: www.tcvend.com. Coming Events CALGARY DOLL CLUB Antique & Collectible Show & Sale. Hourly door prizes & face painting. Saturday, May 3/14, 10 - 3 p.m., Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 - 90 Ave. SE, Calgary. Admission: Adults $5. Children under 12 free. Employment Opportunities HOME BUILDING CENTRE, Red Deer - Seeking experienced salespeople (contractor desk); also Project Estimator. Building supplies knowledge a must. Wage commensurate with experience. Email resume: rob@executivehbc. com. 1-403-343-6422. FULL-TIME TRUCK DriverTrack Hoe and Cat Operators wanted. Experience in operating equipment, loading & unloading all types of equipment. Competitive wages & benefits. Must have all tickets. Resident of Whitecourt an asset. Please fax resume to 780778-2444.

WANTED WATER WELL rig with driller/helper for subcontract domestic wells. Central/north central Alberta. Also driller wanted for Permton rig. Failing, Mayhew size. Permton Supplies Co. Ltd., 1-800-244-3668.

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.

LEARN TO EARN $25 - $50/ hour+.Window Painting Workshop! “Hidden Career”. Insider secrets revealed! Edmonton, May 2, 3, 4. 10 spots only! Info and registration; www.windowjeannie.com. 780266-1122.

DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Phone Factory today! 1-877336-2274; www.phonefactory.ca.

SEEKING A CAREER in the Community Newspaper business? Post your resume for FREE right where the publishers are looking. Visit: awna.com/for-job-seekers.

SAWMILLS from only $4,897. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & dvd: www. NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT. 1-800-566-6899 ext. 400OT.

NEW BRIGDEN KINDERGARTEN accepting applications for a 0.5FTE Kindergarten Teacher for 2014 - 2015. Valid Alberta Teaching Certificate preferred. Send resume: agthor@netago.ca. 403-664-1241. Feed and Seed

STEEL BUILDINGS. Hot savings - spring sale! 20x24 $4348. 25x24 $4539. 30x30 $6197. 32x36 $7746. 40x46 $12,116. 47x72 $17,779. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422; www.pioneersteel.ca.

FORAGE SEED for sale. Organic and conventional. Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Free delivery! Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306863-2900.

FASTER in the field! Get more work done faster and save on fuel. Chip Tuning Safely gives you 15% more power. AG equipment, semis. 1-888-9201351; Dieselservices.com.

HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-2505252.

LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email: ryan.afab@gmail.com.

Livestock for Sale FOR SALE. Simmeron Simmentals, fullblood full Fleckvieh yearling bulls, polled and horned, A.I. bloodlines, very quiet, muscled. Website: simmeronranch.ca. Martin 780-913-7963. Manufactured Homes SHOWHOME SALE.Substantial savings to be had! Need room for whole new display! Visit Grandview Modular Red Deer to see the quality and craftsmanship that set us apart. 1-855-347-0417; www. grandviewmodular.com; terry@ grandviewmodular.com. Notices NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-282-6903 ext. 228. Personals TOP REAL PSYCHICS Live. Accurate readings 24/7. Call now 1-877-342-3036; Mobile dial: # 4486; http://www.truepsychics.ca.

CN APT in Valemount 1 Bdrm $580.00 plus Hydro, Juniper Manor furnished bachelor suite $450.00 plus Hydro Call Scott: 250-5661569 May 8 APTS. For rent - 1 Bdrm partially furnished at $425 monthly and a 3 Bdrm

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Travel GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR. Experience a unique one day charter flight and cruise ship adventure to Khutzeymateen, BC this summer. Calgary and Edmonton departures. 1-866-4601415; www.classiccanadiantours. com.

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE

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ROOM FOR RENT

For Sale: Quality Seed Oats Call: 250-566- 4770 May 8

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: 250569-2471 Apr 24

Small house, 2 bdrm for sale, $68,000.00. Wood heat and propane, appliances and garage. Located on Juniper Street in Valemount. Call 250-968- 4419 Apr 24

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.

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MISC FOR SALE Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650.00, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-3149522 Apr 24

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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.

Pasture Fed Organic Lamb for Sale. $4.00 per pound by the carcass. New Lambs to give away. Contact: 250968- 4347 May 1

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“Don’t mind my voice,” Sarah Smith rasps over the phone, “I’ve got a bit of a thing going on.” Sitting in her pyjamas and slippers at her London, Ont. home, the singer/songwriter explains she is battling a sore throat. Even though she’s going on tour in two days, however, she isn’t concerned. Even when she can barely speak, she can always sing. “It’s like a different level,” she says. Smith has been in the game for a long time now—“I’m not a young chick,” she says with a chuckle—and while her success over the past 15 years makes sense when you hear her music, it’s surprising when you consider her past. She grew up on a farm, for the most part living a “really sheltered” childhood—so much so that she said the idea of playing music for a living never even entered her mind. “I didn’t know you could have a career playing music, I just had no idea,” she says. So what did she do instead? Joined the army, of course. Smith acknowledges it seems like a weird choice today, but at the time the free education the military offered appealed to her, and since she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, enlisting seemed like a sensible choice. Of course, that didn’t last long. “Halfway through my first year somebody told me I could make a living playing music and that was it—that was all I

needed to hear,” she says. So she went to her commander, told him she wanted out, and a little while later she left with an honourable discharge. Soon after, Smith found herself under the tutelage of Canadian bluesman Bill Durst, who “pulled me right into the scene,” and gave her a two-year crash course on how to be an entertainer. Over the next decade or so Smith built up a loyal fan base, in large part thanks to her time with the band The Joys. A couple of years ago she struck out on her own as a solo artist, where her uplifting and joyous songs have continued to gain her a reputation. “The coolest thing about being a [musician] is you get to touch people’s lives … and you have the power to change the world. That’s pretty much what keeps me going. Just the fact that I’m doing something to make the world better,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for 15 years, and every day I wake up so excited. Every day offers something new and exciting. It’s a really adrenaline-rushy kind of life,” she says. That rush will continue for Smith as she kicks off a western Canadian tour this week. She says she can’t wait to dive back into the touring life and bring tracks from her new album The Journey to her fans. “Let the whirlwind begin.”

Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 De’d Dog No Cover

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Sarah Smith soldiers on

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780.852.5500

www.royallepagesummitview.ca SUMMITVIEW REALTY

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

NEW LISTING

PENDING

$379,000

2A 100 CONNAUGHT DRIVE- Rare find! Lovely south facing 2 BR 2 Bath aptmt style condo in Skyline Lofts, 10 owner occupied units built in 2009. Stunning views of Signal and Tekarra from the deck. Granite c’tops, shaker style cabinets, lots of hardwood, underfloor heat. Private storage locker. $266 condo fees includes heat. Comes with 6 appliances!

$799,000

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.

$679,000

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

SOLD

$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!

$639,000 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.

$679,000

205 COLIN CRESCENT - Charming ”like new” 1 ½ storey on a prime central Jasper R2 zoned lot. Built in 2006, from the metal roof to the fir doors and stateof-the-art heating system, this is a quality Boocock built home. Separate entrance to spacious 1 BR bsmt suite with 9’ ceilings and underfloor heat. Presently a 1 BR home, easily converted to two.

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.

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

FIDDLE RIVER RESTAURANT - Now asking $395,000. This well established and very profitable restaurant is perfect for an owner operator or investor. Excellent cash flow, quality reputation, low staff turnover, here is a formula for success in this industry. Call Rich or Dennis for details.

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LES PETITS CAILLOUX Prématernelle |

Preschool

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OPEN HOUSE

Venez passer un avant-midi avec votre enfant à la prématernelle ! Veuillez confirmer votre présence à une des sessions suivantes en téléphonant Janice, Agente de Promotion, au 780-852-5319.

Come spend a morning with your child at preschool ! Please confirm if you will be attending one of the following sessions by calling Janice, Promotions Officer, at 780-852-5319.

Lundi 5 mai ou Mardi 6 mai de 9 h à 10 h 15

Monday, May 5 or Tuesday, May 6 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Il y aura également une soirée d’information pour les parents, le mardi 6 mai de 19 h à 20 h (garderie sur place) à l’École Desrochers.

There will also be an information session for parents held on Tuesday, May 6th from 7 to 8 pm (childcare provided) at l’École Desrochers.

* Pour participer, l’enfant doit avoir au moins 3 ans avant le mois de septembre 2014.

* To participate, your child must be 3 years old before September, 2014.

NOUVELLE ÉCOLE EN SEPTEMBRE! NEW SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER! SPEF (Société des parents pour l’éducation francophone)

Bienvenue! Welcome!


Fitzhugh - April 24, 2014