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Marmot Basin celebrated the end of its 50th season with a retro fashion show, May 4. The event attracted 20 fashionable folks to the snow-covered catwalk at the Paradise Chalet. For more pictures from the event, and for coverage of Marmot’s first Dual Slalom/Fat Bike Relay, see pages 10 and 11. N. Veerman photo


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Alberta Health Services declared a measles outbreak in its Calgary, Edmonton and Central zones, April 29, and as of May 2, 23 cases of the virus have been confirmed. While that number may seem small, Dr. Kathryn Koliaska of Alberta Health Services said it could very easily grow. Unlike most other respiratory viruses that spread through droplets of bodily fluids like saliva, “measles sticks around.” Koliaska explained that it spreads through the air, and can survive for as long as two hours in a closed room. “Even just being in the same airspace as someone with measles, if you’re not immune to it, you can get it. So it spreads extremely well,” she said. It was because of this fact that Alberta Health Services declared an outbreak, which Koliaska said helps it to take additional steps to stop the virus’ spread—like allowing infants to get immunized earlier than normal. Koliaska said she hopes those steps, along with a push to inform people about the importance of immunization are enough to stop the outbreak before it spreads further. She admitted, however, that it’s “hard to say how long and how far this will go. We’re doing everything we can to try and stop [the outbreak], but measles is extremely contagious and it finds a way to spread.” Jasper sits in the North zone of Alberta Health Services, and while no cases of measles have turned up here this year, Koliaska said it only takes one infected person coming to town to start the spread of the virus. “Measles is in several places in Alberta, and it does spread because people move around. Jasper is always a great place to go, so absolutely … you need to be worried about measles,” she said. Between 2001 and 2011 there was only 25 cases of measles identified in Alberta. Last year, an outbreak struck 42 people in the South zone, and with this year’s outbreak not yet under control, some have speculated that measles might be making a comeback. Koliaska said in both cases the “initial hit” came from outside the province, “but unfortunately we have enough non-immune people that the virus starts to spread.” Alberta Health Services only keeps digital records of immunization rates dating

back to 2008, but those records show a steady decline in the number of children receiving the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.

In 2008, 88.21 per cent of Albertan children got the vaccine, compared to 84.26 per cent in 2012. Jasper’s numbers more or less follow that trend, although they do show a significant jump in immunization rates in 2012. Koliaska explained that the less people who are immune, the easier the virus can spread and the longer it can stick around. “If we have an optimally immunized population and measles comes in, that sustained spread and snowballing effect doesn’t happen. Where vice versa you can have a sub-optimally immunized population but measles doesn’t come in, again you know the sparks in the fire don’t happen. “Unfortunately now we’re seeing that things have lined up.” And while measles spreads easily in people who aren’t immune, Koliaska pointed out that the measles vaccine is extremely effective, and almost anyone who has received it doesn’t really have to worry about catching the virus. “The vaccine is really good; 95 to 99 per cent good. No vaccine is 100 per cent good, but this vaccine is really, really good,” she said. Anyone who does catch the virus will first notice standard respiratory illness symptoms like a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. Three to seven days after the early illness starts, a red rash will start behind their ears, move to their face, then body, then arms and legs. Koliaska urged anyone who thinks they might be infected to keep away from other people, and if they need to go to the hospital or doctor to tell medical staff right away that they think they have measles, so they can be isolated. Of course, she said, the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is just to get vaccinated. “Really what we’re trying to emphasize as loudly as we can from a public health point of view is that immunization is absolutely the best prevention against measles,” she said.

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Celebrating 35 years of learning

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When the Jasper Adult Learning Centre opened its doors 35 years ago, it offered six classes over the course of the year. Fast forward to today and the centre is offering more than 50 classes, with some lasting as long as nine weeks, and it’s helping 600 learners a year. The centre’s growth has been a steady process since its creation, but it accelerated significantly in the early 2000s and continues to do so today. In the early years, when it was called the Further Education Council, the centre focused on agriculture and crafts—teaching participants how to preserve food and complete needlepoint projects. But as it expanded its services over time, its focus changed to more practical training, like life and employment skills. “When you look at our courses today, it’s totally flipped,” said Ginette Marcoux, the centre’s long-standing executive director. “We do very few craft courses or general interest courses; everything is much more employment focused.” Marcoux, who sat on the volunteer board in the mid to late 90s, started her position in 1999, just three years after the centre became a registered non-profit society. Prior to 1996, it had been administered by the Jasper School District. According to Marcoux, the centre gained important autonomy when it became its own entity. “That was a significant turning point. “It allowed us to go after new funding, and as a result new initiatives.” An example of that is the Alberta Works contract that the centre secured in 2010, expanding its offering to include career and employment services, as well as its training programs. That combination of services is unique, and was recognized last spring as an innovative way to approach adult learning and job readiness, when CTV shot a series about the centre’s programs and services. “My hope is that the government will recognize what a great combination of services those are,” said Leslie Dolan, career and employment coordinator. “When people come in here they can access services right along the continuum. If they require literacy assistance or GED help or practical skills development or job readiness tools, we don’t have to push people out to other services. “If they come in and say, ‘I need First Aid in order to get this job,’ we can say, ‘Hey, we’re offering First Aid, we can help you get that.’” And that’s exactly what the centre wants to do: make it as easy as possible for people to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce, or to move up the food chain.

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The cast of the Vagina Monologues, as presented by the Jasper Adult Learning Centre.The centre, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, has brought the play to Jasper three times.

She said that was a position that she adored. “We’d chat about stuff and have big grandiose visions and ideas and then Ginette would just make it happen. That was very exciting.” Some of those ideas included branching out and bringing global issues to Jasper. “For a long time that drove the work that the council did, which I think we were all really proud of,” she said, noting that through those efforts, the centre brought to light issues like violence against women and girls around the world. “Social justice was really the flavour of the day,” she said. To bring light to those issues, in 2002, for the first time in Jasper’s history, the centre brought Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues to town. The play, which includes monologues from women around the world, caused quite the stir. “People were in shock,” said Marcoux with a laugh. “People were shocked to see the word vagina on a public poster, and a lot of time was spent putting posters back up after they had been ripped down.” But that didn’t deter the centre. In fact, it only encouraged the board to go one step further. In 2004, rather than bringing in a group of women to perform the play, it brought together local women, who enacted it themselves. “There was teachers, nurses, women from all walks of life that were local,” recalls Marcoux. “That made a difference. People came out to support—and what a great opportunity to educate.” The play has appeared in Jasper once more since then, and with each rendition the reception has improved. Dolan recalls those days as a time when the board was passionate about bursting the Jasper “bubble” and educating people about social justice issues around the world, as well as in town.

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Baxter. Jim passed away peacefully in the Seton Healthcare Centre in Jasper, Alberta on April 22, 2014. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years (Shirley), his son, Wayne and daughter, Heather. Jim is survived by his son, Brent, his grandchildren, Terry, Candace, Simone and Elizabeth. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Carson, Payton and foster daughter Geraldine Simard. Dad carried his love of golf, curling and skiing with him all his life; golf in particular, being club champion 5 times. With his loving wife at his side, he travelled extensively visiting the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Thailand and 3 trips to New Zealand; with the last trip to New Zealand with his son and daughter in law after the passing of his wife. He got great joy from watching his grand nephews playing hockey; playing bridge and curling with his old buddies. The visits from all his family and friends made his last years pleasant and well worth living. He will be greatly missed by so many. In keeping with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be an announcement of Jim’s Celebration of Life at a later date. To leave a condolence online, please visit our website at www.mountainrose.ca.

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H ist ory at a gl a nce

Jasper is often marketed as a place to unplug—a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and to reconnect with nature. It’s sold as a place to get back to basic. But is it really? Each year more and more RVs pass through our park gates, making their way to Whistlers and Wapiti campgrounds where campers put up their satellite dishes and settle in to watch their stories in the middle of the wilderness. In the days of smartphones, tablets, laptops and luxury campers, few people fully unplug, even for an hour—that is, of course, unless you count the time spent travelling to Jasper. Thank goodness for those 40 minutes east and west of the park when phones go silent, as they search—without luck—for service. Unfortunately, though, that silence is short lived. Once in the townsite—where the almighty 3G regains its power—the chirping of birds and rumbling of trains is replaced with a constant buzzing, beeping and ringing. The truth is, the only way a visitor will truly disconnect is if they venture into the vast wilderness of the park’s backcountry—but there are few who actually take that leap. Rather, they stay where it’s safe—in the areas where their lifeline remains on, alerting them to the happenings in their hometown and allowing them to post their vacation memories as soon as they happen. Whether we like it or not, people will remain firmly connected as long as the service is there, and in the case of Jasper National Park, those services already exist. That’s why it’s almost impossible to argue against wifi in our campgrounds. At this point, what’s the harm? The folks who stay in Whistlers and Wapiti are already able to watch television, take hot showers and update their social media feeds—so they might as well be able to play Angry Birds and get a little bit of work done, as well. In today’s day and age, that’s what people want, and Parks Canada has to stay on top of those demands in order to stay relevant. For those of us who enjoy the moments of disconnected silence, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but the truth is, the campers enjoying Whistlers and Wapiti are already connected. We might as well make them as comfortable as possible, so they stay a few extra days and help out Parks Canada’s bottom line. That way, if we’re lucky, Parks will have enough revenue to maintain backcountry trails and bridges, so those of us who want to disconnect can do so safely.

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Connected, whether we like it or not

Canadian Northern Railroad station just west of Jasper. [ca. 1925]

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Temporary foreign workers ‘a last resort, not a first choice’ Dear Editor, I know Jasper, and Canada as a whole, need the temporary foreign worker program. That fact is undebatable. What is up for debate however, is how many of these workers are brought into Canada to do jobs that many Canadians would otherwise do. This fault does not lay on the worker being brought in. It is the responsibility of the employer to exhaust every option in the search for new employees. One of these options being hourly wages. Jasper’s wages and the TFW program are very much intertwined. When you take into account the cost of living in Jasper, the wages just don’t compare, even to surrounding communities. If wages were higher, jobs in Jasper would become more enticing to Canadians, thus easing, not eliminating, the need for the TFW program. Who did these jobs before? And why are people not doing them now? Is limited housing in the town a factor? Shouldn’t we be looking to find out the answers to these questions?

Jasper is creating its own problem in a way. It’s common in this town to hear, “people come here to experience Jasper, not for the money.” While this is true for the most part—most people come to Jasper and take their low paying summer job, as part of the “Jasper experience”— that shouldn’t be the way it is. If you want to retain staff, you need to give them incentive to stay, and the view that the town itself is that incentive, doesn’t seem to be working. The situation in Jasper can be summed up quite easily. If the wages are to stay where they are, then yes we will continue to rely on the TFW program for cheaper labour. But if we want to find a long-term solution to the problem, wages will eventually have to match the towns cost of living With all of that said, the TFW program should be a last resort, not a first choice. Kyle Gregory Jasper, Alta.

q u e s t i o n o f t h e w ee k Should Parks Canada install wifi hotspots in Jasper’s campgrounds?

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L a s t w ee k ’ s re s u l t s Should the government have banned the food service industry’s access to temporary foreign workers?

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national park news may 8

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Roadside buffet

Spring is in the air and fresh growth in the valleys brings out hungry wildlife of all shapes and sizes. As things tend to green up quickly along our roadsides, spring means being extra vigilant when driving our park roads. By staying alert and respecting the reduced speed zones, you will not only help protect animals like bears, elk, sheep and wolves, you may also be rewarded with opportunities to see them in the wild. Have you ever seen a caribou in Jasper? Slow down in the Sunwapta Falls to Beauty Flats area on Highway 93 (70 km/hr zone) and you might just catch a glimpse. As of last week, at least one of the last eight Brazeau caribou was near the road. In spring, caribou (a species at risk) will come down into the subalpine forest to feed on fresh vegetation after a long winter of digging for lichens under the snow. Down the Sunwapta Valley, that subalpine forest drops right down to Highway 93. Please respect the reduced speed zones to protect caribou and other wildlife enjoying the spring roadside buffet.

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All you have to do in return: share that information with others. Spend time at one of the trailheads that leads to caribou habitat and talk to visitors, head out on the trails as a trail host and experience first-hand the aweinspiring landscapes caribou call home, or volunteer your time at a special event to help spread the word about these iconic animals and other species at risk in Jasper. For more information on caribou conservation in the mountain national parks, visit www.pc.gc.ca/caribou. To get involved contact jasper.volunteers@pc.gc.ca.

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In Brief

A tree for Jeanine

In memory of Jeanine D’Antonio, the Jasper Local Food Society is planting a fruit tree in the community garden May 10. D’Antonio lost her struggle with depression last month, sending a shockwave through the community. The vivacious woman, known for her love of boas and her quick, infectious laugh was an educator at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, a wildlife biologist and a former park warden. She was also a friend to many—as was especially evident at her celebration of life, which attracted more than 200 people last month—and she was a mother, wife, twin sister, and inspiration to many. The community is invited to attend the tree planting on Saturday. It will take place at noon, following the food society’s work bee.

Exhibit of Canadian landscapes

Tips, tricks and regs with Park Warden Joe Storms: antler season

An exhibit of landscape paintings by Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and Franz Johnston, as well as historic works by Doris McCarthy and Ivan Eyre will be on display at Mountain Galleries beginning May 10. That day there will be an opening reception for the show, “A Century of Canadian Landscape Painting”, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Galleries is located in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Parks Canada photo

The snow is gone! Well, at least in the valley bottom. With the snow all but recessed to the upper elevations, it is now easier to move around in the valley. Leaves have yet to emerge and visibility for seeing animals and other interesting things is great right now. Like many other folks who visit Jasper, I like to explore and discover unique areas. During these forays, I often come across antlers and bones. Late winter and early spring is when most antlered animals drop their antlers and they are abundant on the valley floor at this time. Interestingly, they become more difficult to see later in the summer. Antlers have monetary value. They are used in jewelry, baskets, and crafts and as decorations. Discovering these items can be thrilling, especially if they are from a large or unusual specimen. Recent news followers may have heard about the ram horns of potential world record size found in the province. While it may be OK to keep those found near Hinton, it is prohibited in the park. Antlers and horns, like everything else in the park, are protected. This ensures that they remain not only for others to discover, but that they remain as part of important natural processes; antlers provide an important source of minerals for small animals. Now here is a whopper of a fine: trafficking in wild animals (the first time) means a fine of at least $4,000, but can be up to $225,000 and could include six months of jail time! Depending upon the severity and if this is not the first time, fines can be from $800,000 to $10,000,000. This does not even include aggravating factors. Yes, there are a lot of zeros and no, it is not a typo! This should be incentive enough to leave things alone. “Wait a minute... antlers aren’t animals.” Actually, the definition of wild animal in this case includes living or dead, at any developmental stage, and any part or derivative. This means antlers. Trafficking means to sell, solicit, exchange, give, and other forms of interaction. So, collecting park antlers and handing them over to someone else is actually trafficking.

We don’t want to go into the backcountry with this service, we don’t want to go into the wilderness.

“But I am not selling anything; I just found an antler and plan on taking it home.” The law here is a little bit more lenient and a first offence for a lesser crime is only a fine up to $25,000. That still hurts though. When in doubt, go find out. For any adventure, the park information centre is a great place to begin to find out the latest information and conditions. Also, Park Wardens are here to assist you—we are not just looking for bad guys. Park Wardens, the RCMP and Jasper Bylaw officers work to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike. Laws are in place for everyone’s safety and for the protection of this valuable place. I believe that we all consider Canada’s national parks as special places to protect. With your participation, you can contribute to the protection of this park and quite possibly even prevent poaching. Help protect the park and park users by contacting the Warden Service to report a violation or situation you feel is not quite right. The 24-hour contact number is 780-852-6155 or toll free at 1-877-852-3100, or email jasper.warden@pc.gc.ca. For more information on Jasper National Park regulations, visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/ jasper.

Registration open for fun run Totem Ski Shop’s 30th annual Spring Run Off is this weekend. The 10 km run around lakes Edith and Annette is May 11 and begins at 11 a.m. To register for the fun family race, visit www. totemskishop.com.

Groovin’ in the 60s

The Foothills Male Chorus is hosting its annual spring concert—Sounds of the Sixties—May 10 and 11, in Hinton and Edson respectively. The performance will explore the 60s by showcasing the many genres and performers that marked the decade. Included in the show will be the choruses’ renditions of songs by Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Tom Jones, the Mommas and Papas and Simon and Garfunkle, just to name a few. Tickets for the Hinton show, at the Gateway Church, are available at the Old Grind and the Hinton Library, as well as at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Minister hosts roundtable in Jasper In an effort to learn about the unique challenges people with disabilities face in Jasper, Naresh Bhardwaj held a roundtable discussion last week. Bhardwaj is the associate minister of services for persons with disabilities with the provincial government. His stop in Jasper was one of 15 in rural communities, all with the same objective. At the outset of the discussion, Bhardwaj expressed the government’s interest in seeing more people with disabilities in the workforce, noting that half a million people in Alberta are disabled and many of them would happily work. “Employment provides people the opportunity to meet new people, learn skills and, above all, they tell us that they love getting the paycheque just like you and I,” he said, noting that the government is only asking people to work if they want to. “We know that not every one of them is going to be able to work.”

But, he said, there are many who can and would, if they had the opportunity. He then asked Kathleen Waxer, director of community and family services, what the employment opportunities are for people with disabilities in Jasper. “We’ve worked with a variety of different employers and come up with a variety of different solutions,” said Waxer, describing how Community Outreach Services has worked with Rachel Baker and Cliff Brown, both of whom were in attendance at the roundtable. “Rachel really wanted to work,” explained Waxer. So, with help from her outreach worker, who explored numerous positions and possible employers, Baker found employment working at the Lobstick Lodge. “Carla [Gallop, the municipality’s middle childhood outreach worker,] was able to negotiate a position for Rachel to work in the laundry department,” said Waxer, noting that in order for Baker to be successful at work, Gallop

accompanied her until she was comfortable and ready to do the job alone. Baker has been with the Lobstick Lodge for a year, working nine hours a week. Brown, who attended the roundtable with his parents, works with the municipality, keeping Jasper spotless during the summer season. Initially his position was paid for by a grant, but after one season of hard work and obvious results, the municipality hired him on as a seasonal employee. “He does an amazing job of being an ambassador, a welcoming person when people come to the community and he ensures that the town is kept absolutely clean,” said Waxer. “He does such an exceptional job.” As he works, Brown receives support from the outreach office via handheld radios, to ensure that he takes breaks for food and refreshment and that he goes home at the end of the day.

“Our biggest challenge with Cliff is that he wouldn’t stop working,” said Waxer. “There’s no need to convince him to work. Our worry is always to ensure that he is diligent about taking care of himself.” Bhardwaj said in every town he visits, he has heard a unique success story, and Jasper is no different. But, he said, there is still work to be done to better utilize people with disabilities within the province. As an example, he pointed to the suspension of the temporary foreign worker program in the service industry, and said there are jobs there that need to be filled and they could be filled by people with disabilities. As well as employment, the May 2 discussion, which lasted 45 minutes, touched on education and housing.

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The centre has also been involved in launching some important initiatives, like the Share the Spirit program, which was created in 2011 by numerous organizations in town, including the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Jasper, the municipality and Parks Canada. “That was a group of us looking out into the community, saying ‘we really need a training program that’s specific to Jasper, that will benefit people that not only work in tourism, but give some [community members] skills to welcome the world to Jasper, whether it be a gardener or a senior in his yard.’” In recent years, the centre has focused a lot of its attention on training people for the tourism industry, whether it be through the one-day Share the Spirit program or through its nine-week Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, or more recently its Tourism Essentials program. Those longer courses were made possible when the centre signed a lease for the

workspace upstairs—where Habitat for the Arts was formerly located. “That was a long dream,” said Dolan, of having a workspace within the building. “We used to fantasize about it. It was super exciting to actually get it.” “All of a sudden there are so many more opportunities,” said Marcoux. “The future is full of possibilities.” One of those possibilities—and a dream of Marcoux’s—is a tourism and hospitality school right here in Jasper. It’s not something that will happen overnight, but it’s a dream for the future. “It’s not impossible,” she said. “We’ve already had discussions with the chamber, with key stakeholders in the community and there’s already a lot of support in the community for the idea. “I love that vision and I would love to be a part of creating that.”

programs to give Jasperites an opportunity to gain the skills they need to succeed in the local job market. And it will also continue to assess the needs of the community and tailor its programs to those needs. For 2014, that means offering courses on financial literacy—a subject that has been identified as an issue across the country. “So not only are we able to be responsive to local needs, because obviously locally developed services are going to be the most effective, but we’ve got our thumb on the pulse of the gaps ... and we’re able to mobilize,” said Dolan. And that’s what’s so powerful about adult learning centres, said former board member Janice Yeaman. “If you want to learn something, the adult learning centre is offering the opportunity— from language courses to computer courses. They cover a wide range.”

In the meantime, the centre will continue offering tourism-focused

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“We were bringing really important issues that were happening around the world and informing people in our bubble about what’s going on and how we are connected to that, and how we can effect change from here. “Those were heady times in many ways,” she said, noting that with each board change there is a change in priority and direction for the centre, so some of the events that were held 10 years ago are no longer on the radar today. But, fortunately, some have carried on with different organizations. For instance, Jasper’s first volunteer appreciation event was organized by the centre in 2001 to celebrate the Year of the Volunteer. “We were kind of the head start before it was passed onto the municipality,” which now hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet each year in April, said Marcoux.

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Jasper National Park is at the top of Parks Canada’s list for the installation of Internet hotspots. On the docket for such services, according to Parks spokesperson Francois Duclos, is the townsite and the “the two nearest campgrounds”—Whistlers and Wapiti. The installation of hotspots in Jasper is part of a larger project that will see 150 locations receive Internet access points over the next three years. Following Parks’ announcement of the project last week, park users across the country spoke out, arguing that national parks are the last place they can go to unplug. But according to Duclos, the project is actually a result of a high demand from Park visitors who want to stay connected. “There’s now wifi in airports, even in airplanes, in buses, in cafes and hotels, everywhere,” he said. “Observing the industry around us, it’s a demand that’s been growing everywhere and it’s a need that everyone in the tourism business around us is either already fulfilling or looking at fulfilling.” The demand for wifi in parks has been determined by calls coming into the national call centre, surveys done in the parks every five years and from watching what’s being offered elsewhere. Talking about the survey, Duclos said wifi has been one of the top demands for the last few years.

“So our role is to make sure we offer the service to those who need it, without compromising the experience of those who don’t need it and even don’t want it,” he said. That means keeping wifi out of the backcountry. “We’re looking at strategic places, like visitor centres or other public spaces,” he said. “We don’t want to go into the backcountry with this service, we don’t want to go into the wilderness. That’s not where it belongs, and obviously that’s not where people want it either, we’ve heard that.” Rather, wifi will appear in campgrounds that already have electricity, water, sewage and showers—the areas where RVs will be found, said Duclos. As of now, the project is out for tender, as Parks searches for a supplier. But Duclos said he thinks between 25 and 50 hotspots will be installed in 15 to 20 parks this summer. “A park like Jasper would probably see a handful of hotspots, versus a smaller place like Elk Island that would probably receive a couple of hotspots,” he said. Although it’s a large project that will take a few years to complete, Duclos said it won’t be expensive to implement or maintain— and there is no intention of charging extra fees to make that money back. “Ten years ago it would have been a large expenditure, [but] nowadays setting up a hotspot can cost as little as a few hundred

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Wifi coming to Jasper campgrounds

dollars and can cost as little as a hundred dollars a month to operate. “So if we put things in perspective, selling just one family group annual pass per month will offset those costs.

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Parks Canada

Parcs Canada

Public Hearing

Audience publique

Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee)

Comité des dérogations (Comité consultatif de l’urbanisme et de l’aménagement)

3:30 pm, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Grand Trunk Pacific Boardroom, Jasper Heritage Railway Station 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Meeting Agenda:

Le jeudi 22 mai 2014 à 15 h 30 Salle de réunion Grand Trunk Pacific, gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper Ordre du jour :

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Block 13, Lot 19 – 110 Connaught Drive – The proponent has applied to operate one room of Private Home Accommodation, which is a discretionary use.

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Îlot 13, lot 19 – 110 Connaught Drive – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour une activité discrétionnaire, à savoir l’exploitation d’un gîte touristique d’une chambre.

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Block 6, Lots 10 & 11 – 414 Patricia Street – The proponent has applied to conduct interpretative programming, display cultural exhibits, conduct community recreation programs and provide retail services incidental to primary use out of the Heritage Fire Hall, all of which are discretionary use.

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Block 23, Lots 20-21 – 802-804 Tonquin Street – The proponent has applied to:

Îlot 6, lots 10 et 11 – 414, rue Patricia – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour des activités discrétionnaires accessoires à l’usage principal du poste de pompiers patrimonial, à savoir l’offre de programmes d’interprétation, la présentation d’expositions culturelles, la mise en œuvre de programmes récréatifs communautaires et l’offre de services de vente au détail.

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Îlot 23, lots 20-21 – 802-804, rue Tonquin – Le promoteur a présenté une demande pour :

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The Industrial Crescent roadway, within the Stan Wright Industrial Park (SWIP), will be reduced to one lane to allow for a work area approximately 40 m in length between May 20 and June 7, 2014. The work area is located in the northern extent of Industrial Crescent, within the town of Jasper, AB.

“So we are going to include it in—what I like to call—our basket of services that you get when you buy the park pass.”

a. Spot rezone from R1 to R2 b. Create a second dwelling unit by removing the attached garage and rebuilding with the following variances: i. Rear setback; ii. Gross floor area; iii. Maximum site coverage; iv. Location of second dwelling unit entrance; and v. Residential parking requirement Parties affected by these applications are invited to make written or oral presentations to the committee. Oral presentations at the meeting are limited to 5 minutes and are by appointment only. Written presentations to a maximum of 500 words may be submitted to the Development Office. To make an appointment or submit a written presentation, contact the Parks Canada Development Office at 780-852-6223 no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Development Permits and the Planning & Development Advisory Committee Notices will be posted in the lobby of the Jasper Heritage Railway Station - Parks Canada administration building, 607 Connaught Drive, Jasper, and also announced on the following web-site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/ plan/plan6.aspx

a. rezoner le lot de R1 à R2; b. remplacer le garage attenant par une seconde unité de logement en dérogeant aux exigences liées aux éléments suivants : i. Marge de reculement arrière; ii. Surface de plancher brute; iii. Surface construite maximale; iv. Emplacement de l’entrée de la seconde unité de logement; v. Exigences relatives au stationnement résidentiel. Les parties concernées par ces demandes sont invitées à présenter leurs commentaires de vive voix ou par écrit au comité. Les exposés ne doivent pas durer plus de cinq minutes, et les présentateurs doivent prendre rendez-vous. Les mémoires, qui doivent contenir un maximum de 500 mots, peuvent être déposés au Bureau d’aménagement. Pour prendre rendez-vous ou pour soumettre un mémoire, appelez le Bureau d’aménagement de Parcs Canada au 780-8526223, au plus tard le mercredi 21 mai 2014 à 13 h. Les avis concernant les permis d’aménagement et les projets soumis au Comité consultatif sur l’urbanisme et l’aménagement sont affichés à l’accueil du Centre administratif de Parcs Canada, à la gare ferroviaire patrimoniale de Jasper, située au 607 Connaught Drive, à Jasper. Ils sont également publiés dans le site Web suivant : http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/pn-np/ab/jasper/ plan/plan6.aspx

Industrial Crescent Roadway, located within Stan Wright Industrial Park

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Students share sustainable education with region

Twenty-six youth from Evansburg, Grande Cache and Edson travelled to Jasper last weekend for the ROUTES conference, organized by the Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth. The two-day conference, which stands for reestablishing our unity through environmental sustainability, took place at Pine Bungalows and included presentations from Jason McLennan of the International Living Future Institute, Mike Wasuita of Pine Bungalows, James Bartram of the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, Carmen Hockett, a Métis drummer and dancer, and from the students themselves. The event began on Friday evening, when the students arrived in Jasper. That evening, students from Jasper’s sustainability club presented the work they have done over the past few years to their peers. They shared their struggle to inf luence the design of the new high school, their presentations at the Living Future Conference and the SEED project, and demonstrated their work with some of the YouTube videos they have created in recent years. “We have organized this conference so we can learn from each other,” said Mattie Smith. “We want to inspire each other and find ways to inspire traditionalists in our communities.”

McLennan tried to inspire the students he told the students, “it really matters that as well. Joining the group over Skype, the you follow your heart and your passion.” Sudbury, Ont. native spoke of his career Following McLennan’s talk, which and how he got his start. answered numerous questions from The self-proclaimed trouble maker, the students and their teachers, the who created the conference turned living building its sights outdoors challenge, told for a game of the students capture the f lag that growing and a campfire. up in a dirty For Megan mining town, Warren of the and spending sustainabilit y his vacations in club, that was gorgeous green one of the best parks, he knew parts of the something was weekend. Elena wrong. Kellis agreed, “I would always although she was wonder why our more enthusiastic community wasn’t Jason McLennan, creator of about the treats as beautiful [as the living building challenge. the group made those parks],” he around the fire. said. “I didn’t “We made think it was right—that our environment ghost gum. That’s where you mash up a could be so awful.” marshmallow until it’s like taffy. It changes So, after high school McLennan went the entire f lavour of the marshmallow, it’s to school and sought out mentors who weird. I highly recommend it,” she said could teach him about green design. To with a laugh. do that, he travelled first to Oregon, then The following day, Wasuita opened to Scotland, then Kansas City and finally the day with a talk about his property to Seattle, where he set up shop. and the green renovations he has been “It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” doing in recent years. In 2012, Wasuita

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It doesn’t matter where you’re from, it really matters that you follow your heart and your passion.

renovated eight of his cabins to a LEED silver standard and currently he is working on renovating 12 more. When asked about Wasuita’s presentation, Warren responded emphatically, “we love him.” Again, Kellis agreed. “He doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to what he does; it’s always the best he can do.” Later in the day, Hockett spoke and made a medicine wheel for the students. Warren said it was important to have Hockett at the conference to share a different perspective. “We get a lot of the business perspective—architects or from Parks employees—I feel like an aboriginal perspective is a little bit different because of the culture; it’s more closely linked to nature.” In all, the students said they were happy with the outcome of the conference, and they were excited to have planned and organized it themselves. “I enjoyed getting to do stuff outside of school, and being able to actually host a conference was a different feel, instead of going to conferences that are already all planned out,” said Taylor Johnston, the student who was responsible for all of the technical support for the weekend.

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On March 24, 1944 76 prisoners of war held at the Stalag Luft III POW camp in Germany attempted a daring escape, with disastrous consequences. Only three of the escapees made it out alive, the rest were recaptured. A furious Adolf Hitler ordered 50 of them executed—in defiance of the Geneva Convention—including Jasper-born Patrick Langford. Langford was a Flight Lieutenant with the Canadian Air Force, who was sent to the prisoner of war camp after his plane went down during a night raid over Hamburg in 1942. But before he was captured, and before he ever served in the military, he was a young boy who grew up in Jasper. Langford was born in 1919 in Edmonton, but because his father, Richard Langford, was the first chief warden of Jasper National Park he grew up in Jasper, where he was a boy scout, and took part in the local rodeos. As an adult Langford drove a bus for Brewster, before enlisting in 1940. In 2010 Langford’s brother Dennis attended a ceremony at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School honouring his brother—the only Jasperite ever given military honours in the Second World War. At the ceremony Dennis said he was proud of his brother for going to war, and recalled the fear he and his family felt when they learned Patrick’s plane had been shot down. “My family was aware of the capture. The telegrapher came to the house, and [we] knew something was wrong when [we] saw him walking up the street,” he told the Fitzhugh that day. Three weeks after that visit, Langford’s family learned he had been taken as a prisoner of war. As a POW, Langford found himself guarding the entrance of “Harry,” a secret escape tunnel located under a stove in hut 104 of the Stalag Luft III camp. It was his job to make sure the tunnel wasn’t discovered. Legend has it he could conceal the entrance in as little as 20 seconds. H.M.A. Day, who was imprisoned with Langford, wrote how much he admired him in a letter to the Jasper boy’s family. “I shall always remember your son as a staunch, sturdy figure, pared to the waist, standing at the top of the shaft which sank 20 feet down the tunnel level, pulling up kit bag after kit bag full of sand. I think 70 to 80 bags used to be the quota and each bag was about 100 to 150 pounds of sand. It was only a man with shoulders as fit as your son who could do such work.”

Futurist calls for clusters in Jasper

A Jasper futurist wants to see more specialized collaboration between Jasper’s organizations, which he said has the potential to vault the town onto the world stage in a new and significant way. Jim Bottomley is a business school graduate from the University of Western Ontario, and for years has worked across the country as a futurist, advising industry and government on future trends. Now, he’s turning his futurist’s eye on his hometown, where he believes new levels of cooperation could make Jasper a world leader. Generally speaking, organizations in Jasper cooperate with one another pretty well—recent efforts to raise money for the Jasper Ladies Hospital Auxiliary’s portable ultrasound fund is a great example. Tourism Jasper’s multi-party effort to rebrand the town is another. But Bottomley’s vision extends beyond a simple rebranding, to a collaborative “cluster” that he said could bring world-class specialists to Jasper. The idea, he explained, is for local government, community groups and businesses to get together and figure out a guiding principle around which to brand the town, and then commit to building infrastructure and creating organizations to promote that principle. “One of the questions that I think hasn’t been asked in Jasper is ‘where are we world class in our knowledge?’ And I’m sure in

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Great Escape: the Jasper connection

Along with “Tom” and “Dick,” Harry was one of three tunnels the prison’s secret escape committee—“xorganization”—started digging. It was 101 metres long, located more than nine metres under the ground and was propped up along its length by pieces from 90 bunk-bed boards, 62 tables, 34 chairs, 76 benches and thousands of other items scavenged from around the camp. That feat of covert construction in itself is impressive, but the more than 200 men working on the tunnels also had to collect enough civilian clothes, military uniforms and false papers for every potential escapee, so they had a chance to go unnoticed once they broke out. The military uniforms went to those prisoners who could speak German, and the civilian clothes went to the others, who could speak just enough German to hopefully fool anyone who questioned them. Members of the x-organization also created hundreds of crude compasses and maps from materials nicked from around the camp—all under the noses of the Nazi guards. When the escape attempt finally took place in March, more than 200 prisoners organized themselves into an

informal queue, and 76 made it out of the tunnel before the escape was discovered and Nazi guards found the tunnel’s exit. Langford and his co-conspirators were illegally executed. Two months later, allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, gaining a costly but important victory that would eventually lead to the German’s defeat. Although his death was a tragic one, H.M.A. Day assured Langford’s family that Patrick’s death was also honourable, and in some ways fitting. “It was escape activities that fulfilled his interest and drew him irresistibly. He was a boy full of spirit and the adventure and risk were an irresistible lure,” he wrote in his letter. Blessed with a much longer life than his brother, Dennis Langford passed away in 2012. But at the ceremony honouring his brother two years prior, he said he believed his brother’s soul was at peace. “Pat’s soul is where it should be. I believe his memory is back in Jasper, where he enjoyed the early part of his life,” he said.

Jasper we have world class knowledge, and that’s the inventory that needs to be taken,” he said. If we can figure out where we are world class, Bottomley said, we can begin to brand the town around that. For example, if everyone got together and decided Jasper has the potential to be a world-class centre of wildlife management, the municipal government, local businesses and organizations like Parks Canada could all gear their energy towards cultivating that. Part of that would mean specific branding for the town, but it might also mean building a wildlife management centre. Once that facility is built, and Jasper’s reputation as a world leader in wildlife management grows, the best in the world would be drawn here, Bottomley explained. Parks and the municipality could then partner with businesses to export the knowledge they cultivate across the world, drawing more money and more world-class experts into town. “If we can create a vision that relates to where we have strengths, and there’s a need in the world that we could fit to, who else could we recruit to round that out, and build something great?” he said. While Bottomley’s ideas are intriguing, implementing them at a practical level could prove very difficult. For a cluster to work, much of the energy the institutions currently put into their own projects would have to be redirected towards making the cluster succeed—and that’s a difficult sell, especially for federal organizations like Parks Canada, which have to report to higher authorities outside of the local community. Constructing a wildlife management centre would not only require the political will from all the parties involved, but would most likely also involve changing the federal legislation that governs Jasper’s development. In the end, creating clusters in Jasper would mean a dramatic shift away from the norm, and a lot of investment in something that won’t immediately pay off. Bottomley said he has spoken to some organizations in town that could start the cluster process, but realizes the grand scope of some of his proposals. He said he doesn’t expect his ideas to take

hold overnight, but thinks that taking steps towards building a cluster in Jasper would be a great move. “This stuff I’m talking about is really new. Small towns haven’t done cluster planning, it’s not even on their radar to do cluster planning,” he said, but considering what he sees as a drastically changing economy, “it’s probably wise to at least consider clusters.” And while right now it seems unlikely a wildlife centre will pop up on a vacant lot in Jasper, Bottomley thinks that as the economy continues to change, the idea will seem less and less unlikely as times goes by.

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HIV West Yellowhead and the Jasper Cancer Action & Support Group would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who helped make our 6th Annual Spring Fever Ladies Gala a success. There was just over $11,000 in items donated to the silent auction and many hours given by our awesome volunteers. Extra special thanks go out to the management and staff at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites for their dedication and commitment to supporting this year’s fundraiser. Angie Walsh Annie Baker Aravinda Designs ARC Photography Athabasca Hotel Avalanche Spirits Bear Paw Bakery & the Other Paw Bakery Bearberry Photo Bearfoot in the Park Black Diamond Tattoo Bloom Hair & Body Studio Bombshell Brian VanTighem Buffalo Betty’s Gift Candy Bear’s Lair Claude Boocock Coco’s Cafe Coquihalla Gifts Cynthia Ball Ecosteam Elysion Florals Everest Outdoor Everything But Evil Dave’s Grill Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Famoso Fitness Network Freewheel Cycle Friends of Jasper National Park Gaia Creations Gravel Road Jewelry Gravity Gear Gypsy in Jasper Hair on Earth Heads Up Hair Salon Janet Barker Jasper Activity Centre

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Jasper Adult Learning Council Jasper Brewing Company Jasper Dental Clinic Jasper Dollar Store Jasper Hawes Jasper Home Hardware Jasper House Bungalows Jasper Jewels Jasper Liquor & Wine Cellar Jasper Motorcycle Tours Jasper Park Liquor & Beverage Jasper Pizza Place Jasper Rock & Jade Jasper Wine Merchants Jenn Wasylyk Judy Gieslman Karina Hernandez Karly Savoy Kathleen Tyrrell Kimchi House Laurie-Ann Reddick Leona Amman Liquor Lodge Lori Arnott Louise Coleman-Bradford Lydia Edwards Melissa Mistake Melissa Woodcock Miette Hotsprings Mountain Air Mountain Park Lodges Mountain Wellness Day Spa Nava Hair & Tanning Nutters Olive Bistro Patricia Street Deli Pharmasave Phillip Evans

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Rachel Baker Rain Hair Salon Ray Syria River Trail Restaurant Riverstone Yoga Studio Rocky Mountain Monogram Scentsy Smitty’s Family Restaurant Snowdome Coffee Bar Something Else Restaurant Source for Sports Sue Arends Syrahs Tangle Creek Gifts TD Bank Tea Leaf Boutique Tekarra Color Lab Tekarra Lodge The Niche Clothing & Trading Co. Tim Hortons Tonquin Prime Rib Village Totem Ski Shop Traveling Tickle Trunk Victim Services Video Stop /The Source Wendy Hall Wild Moon Organics Yoga Gypsy Creations

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Mother’s Day Brunch - Cavell’s Restaurant & Terrace Sunday, May 11th - 11:30am - 1:00pm Fruit, Granola & Smoothies • Assorted Fresh Salads Deluxe Charcuterie Board • Four Cheese Ravioli Traditional Eggs Benedict • Stuffed French Toast Smoked Bacon & Sausages • Spinach & Mushroom Fritatta Buttermilk Pancakes • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Herb Crusted Tilapia • Medley of Grilled Vegetables Grilled Striploin Medallions • Rooftop Honey Glazed Ham Chocolate Fondue • Pastries, Cakes and more $45 per adult + taxes & gratuities $22.50 per child 6-12, children 5 and under eat free Reservations are required - call 780 852-6052


Marmot Basin photo

Marmot Basin celebrated the end of its 50th season with fresh powder and a retro fashion show, May 4. With a dump of 24 centimetres of snow in the last three days of the season, the hill was in perfect condition for shredding and celebrating, and celebrate is just what skiers and boarders did, all weekend long. The fun began on Saturday with Marmot’s inaugural Dual Slalom/Fat Bike Relay, which attracted 12 teams of two. Following the fresh snow, the conditions were glorious for the skiers and tough for the bikers, who suffered a few slips, slides and tumbles along the course. To make the event extra special, Olympian Jenn Heil— who was in Jasper to help celebrate the final weekend of Marmot’s 50th year—got in on the action, skiing the dual slalom course, before passing the torch to her friend Kelci, who completed the bike ride. The winners of the race were Manu Loir-Mongazon and Marek Revai.

The fun continued on Sunday, as the hill’s best dressed made their way to the Paradise Chalet for a walk-off. Sporting retro suits, animal onesies and bathing suits, 20 fashion-forward folks took a strut down the runway to show their stuff. And ultimately, Ryan Bray—who was decked out in head-to-toe neon—was crowned the best dressed. He was followed closely by his girlfriend, Brianna Robinson, who stripped off her winter onesie to reveal a fullbody latex suit. Coming in third was Olive Waterhouse, who wore a scraggly beard and an exposed fat suit beneath her ski jacket. Also recognized were Curtis Bjur and Amanda Pakuts. And with that, Marmot’s ski season is complete for yet another amazing year.

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for as long as 15 minutes straight—but many of the students laid with closed eyes and peaceful expressions. Heather Bell came to the festival from Edmonton, and after the class said her experience was “absolutely fabulous. “I loved every minutes of it; the level of instruction, and the ease of the instructors. It can be for anybody. If you’ve never done yoga before you can come to this. And if you’re heavy into it, you’ll get something too,” she said, adding that while she has been practicing yoga on and off for about 20 years, this was her first time practicing in quite a while. Most instructors also had high praise for the event. “I’m having so much fun,” Wang said after her class. “I mean, this is priceless, right? To see people’s transformation, and the smiles on their faces … it’s just great.”

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t was 7:30 in the morning, May 4, and Ichih Wang padded through a carpeted room in the Lobstick Lodge, weaving among about two-dozen people splayed out on yoga mats. The Ottawa yoga instructor was teaching a class on yin yoga, one part of Mountain Park Lodge’s Grounded in the Rockies, a three-day yoga festival that took place May 2-4. As she passed in front of the ornamental Buddha statue sitting at the front of the room, she instructed the class to spread out their arms, stretching with their palms facing the sky. “When you touch someone in my class, we don’t say I’m sorry, we say I love you,” she cooed. The room was necessarily hot—your core temperature drops when you practice yin yoga, holding a sphinx or seal or bowtie pose

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Bike to work It’s a great way to start your day! Environmental Stewardship. It starts with you. Programming funded by Parks Canada together with the Muncipality of Jasper.

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takes over town Wang’s yin yoga class was just one of more than 30 that were offered over the weekend by 11 different instructors, including everything from “yoga for hipsters” to “detox flow” to “exploring back bends safely.” The festival is in its second year, and according to MPL’s sales and catering manager Jordan Tucker, more than 75 people came in from out of town to attend, as well as several locals. Along with the yoga classes,

participants had the chance to browse an artisans market Saturday afternoon, chow down on a “living cuisine dinner” Saturday night, and hear Wang give a motivational speech Friday evening. MPL also partnered with Friends of Jasper National Park, who took participants on hikes and mountain bike rides through the park. Tucker said he hopes the festival will continue to grow, and said next year MPL will offer even more events, like additional health and wellness workshops, or more mixers.

“As much as they’re all here for a health and wellness retreat there’s still a social side, which is just as important. It’s nice to be able to have some bonding time to meet new friends,” Tucker said. For her part, Bell said she can’t wait to return. “I’m coming back next year for sure, and I’m bringing a whole group with me,” she said with a huge grin.

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J A S P E R L I O N S C LU B

Annual

SATURDAY, MAY 10 AT 11 AM AT THE MCCREADY CENTRE (Corner of Turret & Miette)

Bike Auction First Course (buffet selection) Fire grilled garden vegetables, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh garden herbs. Domestic and international cheese selection. Dried & fresh fruits, crackers & house baked bread. Fresh garden green salad, assorted dressings.

Chef’s chilled seafood selection, fresh lemon, dips & sauces. Assorted pastries, bread & croissants. Fresh fruit brochettes, strawberry mint yogurt.

Second Course (choice of one) Waffles Hot off the iron, strawberry & vanilla bean scented, warm fresh sliced Chilean peaches, fresh raspberries, creme anglaise, Canadian maple syrup, chantilly cream. $31

Quiche Roasted vegetables, fresh garden herbs, Gruyère cheese. Served with a side spinach salad. $30

French Toast Grammas own banana bread, apple cinnamon compote, cinnamon butter, chantilly cream, Canadian maple syrup. $32

Eggs Benedict Rock crab & baby shrimp, fresh avocado, grape tomato ragout, English muffin, sauvignon blanc hollandaise, herb potato rosti. $32

Soup & Sandwich Lobster & avocado salad, butter lettuce, roast sweet pepper aioli, grilled ciabatta bread. Served with chef’s daily soup. $31

Slow Roasted Lamb Moroccan spice rubbed, couscous & dried fruit stuffed leg of lamb, fresh herb potato rosti, chef’s vegetables, shiraz & honey demi glace. $35

Third Couse Baked Cookies Espresso Cake & Chocolate Mousse Parfaits Lemon Curd Profiteroles White & Dark Chocolate

(buffet selection) Pot Au Crème Fresh Fruit Mirror & Field Berries Chef’s Flavored Cupcakes Chocolate Truffles

Price does not include gratuity or G.S.T.

Arts festival comes to Jasper The Yellowhead Regional Arts Festival marked its 15th year last week, with a series of competitions in various arts disciplines, held from April 26 to May 2. Participants had the chance to perform, or showcase their work, in six different specialties: voice, piano, speech, band, recorder and even Lego. They were then judged by an adjudicator from that field, who gave them feedback and tips for improvement. According to Festival Director Jacqueline Delisle, the purpose of the festival is not only to promote the arts in the Yellowhead region, but also to provide an opportunity for thespians of all ages and abilities to showcase their craft, and receive professional feedback. “A huge portion is children, but we do encourage all ages,” she said, especially in the speech and voice competitions. She said that last week’s festival went very well, with many talented performers showcasing their skills. “Man, we have some really talented kids,” she said, “it’s pretty amazing. “It’s pretty fun for the kids because they get a certificate telling them how well they’ve done. We get tons coming back year after year.” Although many of the competitions took place in Hinton, May 2 the band and recorder competitions were held in Jasper. The band competition was held in the morning at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School, and Delisle said it featured more than 300 participants—including performances by Jasper’s high school bands—and the place was so crowded there wasn’t even enough chairs to hold everyone. The recorder discipline, held in the afternoon at the Jasper Elementary School, was entirely comprised of acts from Jasper, but Delisle said the performers “cleaned house” anyway.

The recorder acts were judged by music major Sandra Hall, who not only praised the creativity of the performers’ pieces, but spent time after each act giving detailed feedback, as well as advice on how to improve. Emma Glover won a medal for her solo performance of “Ronde,” and the Jasper Elementary Recorder Ensemble Concert Group received a plaque for their rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Delisle said she was particularly impressed with the recorder ensemble’s performance, which she said really blew her away. “These kids are so incredibly talented; it’s amazing,” she said. The festival got its start when organizers of a Hinton piano competition decided to expand to cover the entire Yellowhead region. So in 1999 they added competitions in other categories, brought in more adjudicators, and the Yellowhead Regional Arts Festival was born. The idea, Delisle said, was to “celebrate arts in the whole region,” and especially encourage kids to get interested in the arts. At one time the festival boasted participants in more than 20 disciplines, but recent staffing changes have forced the festival to scale back. However Delisle said it was a blessing in a way, because it allowed the festival to return to its roots. “Now we’re kind of celebrating where we came from,” she said, adding that more disciplines will be added next year. May 8, the festival’s Grand Concert, which features some of the best acts from across all the disciplines, will take place in Hinton. Along with the performances, those participants who won awards will have them presented to them.

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Jasper Environmental Stewardship Awards Nominate an individual, an organization, a business or a youth group who is helping to make Jasper a greener community.

The Jasper Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) invites nominations for the 2014 Jasper Environmental Stewardship Awards.

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Opens May 9, 2014

Ouverture le 9 mai 2014

10:30 am to 9 pm daily

De 10 h 30 à 21 h tous les jours

Plan to visit often! Purchase a SEASON PASS this year.

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1-800-767-1611 or 780-866-3939

1-800-767-1611 ou 780-866-3939

These awards recognize, honour and celebrate leading businesses, organizations, schools and individuals who are contributing to a greener community. Information about award categories and the selection process is available the town website. www.jasper-alberta.com

Nominations must be received by Monday, May 26, 2014. Winners will be announced during Environment Week, June 1 - 7, 2014. For more information, call 780-852-1563.

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Weekend of craft beer

Brütopia—Jasper’s first Craft Beer Festival. “We thought, what a great idea, to have everybody come to Jasper and drink beer for the weekend—they do anyways, so we might as well all drink great local beer,” said Tony Bielec, general manager of the Sawridge Inn. “There will be at least 40 different craft brewed beers from 10 breweries.” Included in the breweries is the Grizzly Paw Brewery from Canmore, Yukon Brewing from Whitehorse, Wood Buffalo Brewing from Fort McMurray, Yellowhead Brewing Company from Edmonton, Millstreet Breweries from Ottawa and Shock Top Brewery from St. Louis—not to mention the Jasper Brewing Company from right here in Jasper. There will also be half a dozen wine vendors and some liquor and spirit vendors, as well as finger food, including pretzel sliders with carved suckling pig and beer onions; smoked trout on apple walnut salad; pastrami rolls with horseradish and herbs; meatloaf with sweet mustard; and for dessert, Bavarian cream with a variety of toppings. “Our chef is German, so we kind of wanted to do a pseudo Bavarian Oktoberfest kind of thing,” said Bielec. “He’s going to have some really cool German-based food.” This is the first year for the event, but Bielec is already dreaming of the future. In his visions, he can see Brütopia becoming an outdoor festival, with live music and a huge number of regional breweries and wineries taking part. “We see ourselves in the next couple of years taking it outside and having a Maytoberfest.” But for now, as the event gets on its feet, it will be indoors at the hotel. To purchase tickets, visit the Sawridge Inn. A portion of the ticket sale will go toward the ultrasound fund, administered by the Jasper Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. “A ticket includes taxes, gratuities, a donation to the ultrasound machine and all the beer and food you can handle.”

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Beer and food are the name of the game this weekend, as the town is taken over by Food-APalooza and Brütopia. The two events—which encourage patrons to try delicious food and beer pairings—are running in conjunction with one another to get people out on the town for a culinary crawl. The fun starts May 9, as four restaurants— Evil Dave’s Grill, Famoso Neapolitan Pizza, Jasper Brewing Company and Papa George’s— offer beer and appetizer pairings at a discounted price. Those deals will run through the weekend and are available to anyone who picks up a coupon at the Visitor Information Centre, the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre or any of the participating restaurants. According to Tourism Jasper’s Jodi Hawkins, the idea is to get people to hop from one eatery to the next. That could mean all four restaurants in one evening, or one per night, or anything in between. And on Saturday evening, it’s off to the Sawridge Inn for the feature event:

A Century of Canadian Landscape Painting

Opening Reception - Saturday, May 10, 2014 5PM - 7PM

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

A Rare Exhibition of works by Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson and Franz Johnston, Historic works by Doris McCarthy and Ivan Eyre, as well as Senior gallery artists, Robert Genn, Nicholas Bott, Jim Vest, Dominik Modlinski, Tim Schumm, Gail Johnson, Linda Wilder, Wendy Wacko, Brian Atyeo & Karel Doruyter.

Embracing the past, Celebrating the Present and Investing in the Future @MntGalleries

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont W W W . M O U NTAI N GALLE R I E S . C O M

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Jasper Inn & Suites is currently hiring

LINE COOK

HOUSEKEEPING - $14.00/HOUR We are currently hiring for the following position:

(3) Full-time Housekeeping Room Attendants ($13.85-$14.00/hour) For hotel, days, weekends and holidays. Sweep, mop, wash & polish floors; make beds; change sheets; clean & disinfect bathrooms. Attend guest request for extra supply, stock linen closet and supplies area. No formal education. Will train, must be fit to work in physically demanding, fast paced environment, work under pressure and good team player. Benefit package available and accomodation if required. Please fax your resume or email to: info@athabascahotel.com • Fax No: 780-852-4955 Attn: Bob Graham, Assistant General Manager

Full-time Experience required

HOURS: 9AM – 4PM ABLE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY OR AS PART OF A TEAM DUTIES INCLUDE:

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Cleaning and sanitizing guest rooms and hotel public areas Vacuuming, Dusting, Sweeping, Mopping and scrubbing of a variety of surfaces Making beds – standing, lifting, kneeling, bending – physically demanding Must be able to perform repetitive duties in a timed work environment Criminal Record Check Required

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We are a growing company looking to expand our team. We are currently hiring for the positions of:

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Interested in a career? www.mpljasper.com

We offer great benefits, career growth and temporary subsidized housing.

(wage dependant on experience) + tips and meal priviledges. Accomodation provided.

Have you considered a career in the Retail Grocery Industry?

Apply in person with resume 407 Patricia Street • 780-852-3373

JASPER SUPER A is recruiting a candidates with good interpersonal and communication skills that have a positive energetic attitude.

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CLEANER 40 HR WEEK

Apply @ 80 Geikie Street Contact Barry @ 780 852 4482 bgilbert@npreit.com

Positions available at Jasper Super A:

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PART TIME GROCERY CLERK PART TIME PRODUCE CLERK PART TIME BAKERY CLERK PART TIME CASHIER

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. 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:

JASPER SUPER A P.O. Box 818 601 Patricia Street Jasper, AB TOE 1E0 Fax: (780) 852-5491 Email: rick.lagace@tgp.ca

now hiring a

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CASHIER NOC# 6611 (4 POSITIONS) $11.50 per hour for 32 hours per week

Full-time Front Desk Agent ($13.00-$13.50/hour) For the hotel, days, weekends and holidays. Maintain an inventory of vacancies, reservations & room assignments. Register arriving guests and assign rooms. Answer enquiries regarding hotel services. Arrange services required for guests with special needs, secure guest’s valuables, process wake-up calls, Investigate and resolve complaints and claims. Completion of High School, Will train, has a good communication skills, Basic knowledge in computer and other office equipment, work under pressure and a good team player. *Benefit package available and accomodations if required. Full-time Line Cook ($13-$15.50/hour) For hotel restaurant, days, weekends and holidays. Prepare & cook complete meals or individual dishes, supervise kitchen helpers, plan menu, order supplies, Oversee kitchen operations, Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment, May set up and oversee buffets, May clean kitchen and work area, may plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies. Has 2 years experience working as line cook & must have safety food handling certificate. *Benefit package available and accomodations if required. 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.

AT 300 CONNAUGHT DR. JASPER AB T0E1E0 Please bring your resume to the above address or you can call 780-852-3366.

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

We are a growing company We are currently hiring for the positions of: looking to expand our team.

• Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB Phone: 780-852-2505 • Fax: 780-852-5813 Email: hire@mpljasper.com Interested in a career? www.mpljasper.com

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Renzo Group Inc. O/A Tim Hortons Jasper requires (4) NOC: 6212

FOOD SERVICE SUPERVISOR $13.20/hr, Permanent, Full Time Position. Part time also available. Various shifts available, weekdays, weekends, days and nights. Health and dental benefits available. Duties include floor management, scheduling staff, cash management and reconciliation, maintaining records and ensuring standards are followed. Experience an asset. We will provide proper training.

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Do you enjoy tea, fashion, merchandising and pretty things? If so, we are looking for:

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

FULL OR PART-TIME

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Monday to Friday - Full time hours Wage starting at $15.00/hour

Apply with resume in person to 626 Connaught Drive

CONTACT- LEE CHORLEY AT (780)852-4280

SALES ASSOCIATE

Please apply in person, by mail or fax. 611 Patricia St., Jasper Ab., T0E 1E0 Fax: 780-865-4447 email: jaspertimhortons@yahoo.ca

Our Native Land is now hiring for the following positions:

POPPA PUMP FUELS LTD.

O/A PETRO CANADA IS NOW HIRING:

RETAIL STORE SUPERVISOR NOC# 6211(2 POSITIONS) $15.37 per hour for 40Hrs per week DUTIES: • Supervise & co-ordinate sales staff and cashiers. • Assign sales workers to duties. • Make staff schedule. • Make orders, check deliveries and merchandising.

CASHIER NOC# 6611 (4 POSITIONS) $11.50 per hour for 32 hours per week AT 701 CONNAUGHT DR. JASPER AB T0E1E0 Please bring your resume to the above address or you can call 780-852-3114.

is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

2 prep supervisors $16/hr 2 prep cooks $15/hr 4 line cooks $14/hr 2 dishwashers $13/hr

We are offering great benefits, a nice work environment and career advancement at above average salary. Duties include: Opening/closing/POS/sales/recruiting/training/supervising/ordering/inventory management. Qualifications: Excellent organizational and time management skills/team leadership skills/ scheduling and assign duties/ customer service/

FULL / PART-TIME SALES ASSOCIATE

Excellent work environment. Apply in person or email: isaac@jasperbrewingco.ca phone: 780-852-8559

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Accommodation available

NIGHT AUDITOR - $14.00/HOUR

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ries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) All being well your plans are laid and a promising momentum has been initiated. Now the pace is accelerating. There remain some delicate negotiations. The key is to exercise an open mind and aim to see things as others do. Commitment and resolve are good but stubborn butt headedness gets an E. Allow room for the unconventional for best results.

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aurus (Apr 20 – May 21) You have entered new territory and in more ways than one. In the literal sense you are challenged to work harder. On the other hand innovation is percolating in the back of your mind. Intuitions to take an alternate approach are poking for attention. You continue to be busy on a variety of fronts. You are almost there. Persevere!

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21

Setting the stage for new experiences to come is on your radar. Learning new skills is important now, especially if you have not already been focused this way over the past couple of years. There is an element of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ lingering. This feeling is your friend. Concentrate to break through habitual perspectives to activate new directives.

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ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Making new friends and strengthening existing alliances continues. This requires a diplomatic yet alternative approach. Try something new. Shake-it up somehow and show yourself and others that your intentions are woven with creative intelligence and originality. Sometimes we have to get out of our own way. Now is one of those times.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

Mixing business with pleasure is always satisfying when it works. Weaving arts and culture into an otherwise practical focus is likely now. A down flow of intuitions will be the result of this synthesis. Be open to receive and take note. You may feel the need to dig deeper these days to feel confident but you should be used to that by now.

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irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) You are in the process of building upon a new vision. This is a call for strategic thinking. It includes deciphering who has the talents and resources you need. Avoidance and escapism will produce a double jeopardy now. Summon your internal captain archetype and bark a few orders if you must. And then be the good soldier that obeys the command.

Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)

Financial considerations remain a central theme. A steady flow of changes on relationship fronts is featured. Perhaps you have moved or are planning to. Whether literally or figuratively, now is the time to make some important changes. These require some measure of investment. It may be as much about having ample energy as it is about money.

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corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Entering into new partnerships is on your mind. This includes research for practical and useable answers. You are hardly in a frivolous mood. Yet, the need to overcome inertia and apathy is a lingering challenge. At best you open to new ideas. Innovation is a key word. This is a call to blend perseverance with flexibility.

DUTIES INCLUDE: • Guest bookings, registration, check-in/out • Guest communication – face to face, over the telephone, by email – customer service oriented

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• Guest assistance – information provision, process wake up calls, overnight hotel security and guest complaint resolution

agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Changes in your daily rhythm and routine are brewing. Ideally you are willing to try new things. Doing so is all part of the process of clearing the old to make way for the new. Yet, it is not just possessions that have served their time and worth it includes attitudes, self-concepts, perspectives and habitual approaches as well.

• Daily account balancing and control for Hotel and Pub • Previous Front Desk Experience an asset

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• Criminal Record Check Required

apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) A creative focus directed towards home and family is likely now. You are in the mood to do something different. As your world expands socially, it may feel like time to match it in your personal life, to create healthy balance. Giving or receiving training and instruction is also implied. Direct any criticisms to ideas and not at people and keep it constructive.

APPLY WITH RESUME TO VANESSA@WHISTLERSINN.COM

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

You have arrived at a new juncture on your journey. Now you feel it is time to establish a more solid base. However, you may still have a few unexpected turns in the road to overcome. Uncertainty in certain respects has become the new norm. Yet, in the bigger picture you are likely advancing. Continue to find reason and opportunity to assert your authority through service.

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isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Many new ideas and perspectives are on your mind. With your ambitions running high, you are open to new input and are willing to do things differently. Taking creative risks is important now, however be careful not to overextend yourself. Brainstorm for new ideas that you can actually build upon. Enjoy the intellectual stimulation but aim to keep it practical.

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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.

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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Tennis Club Night Tuesday from 7 pm at the Activity Centre Courts. New members welcome - only $20 membership for the season. 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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NEW ENTRANT PROGRAM for egg production launched by Egg Farmers of Alberta! All the information is online: http:// eggs.ab.ca/egg-industr y/NewEntrant-Program.

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Employment Opportunities HD LICENSED TECHNICIAN for several Alberta areas. Must have or willing to obtain CVIP licence. Please email or fax applications to: Carillion Canada Inc.; dlefsrud@carillionalberta. ca. Fax 780-336-2461. EMPLOYERS CAN’T FIND the work-at-home Medical Transcriptionists they need in Canada! Get the training you need to fill these positions. Visit CareerStep.ca/MT to start training for your work-at-home career today! PUT YOUR EXPERIENCE to work - The job service for people aged 45 and over across Canada. Free for candidates. Register now at: www. thirdquarter.ca or call toll free 1-855-286-0306.

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MEDICAL BILLING Trainees needed! Learn to process & submit billing claims for hospitals and doctors! No experience needed! Local training gets you ready to work! 1-888-627-0297.

JOURNALISTS, Graphic Artists, Marketing and more. Alberta’s weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. Free. Visit: awna.com/for-jobseekers.

Business Opportunities DISPERSAL of small concrete cribbing business. Everything you need to start your own cribbing business. Ken, 403-803-1872; erstelle@telus. net.

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. REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY Class 1 Drivers able to transport and operate heavy equipment. Aerial truck operator with tree trimming experience. Must have Q endorsement. 780-656-0659; Smoky Lake. AN ALBERTA OILFIELD company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 780-723-5051. Feed and Seed HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-2505252. 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. For Sale 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. 403-820-0961.

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Ce l ebr a t i n g N a t i o n a l N u r s e s Wee k M a y 1 2 – 1 8

Their own lit tle family

The Designated Assisted Living facility at the Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge is a world of its own: a closed facility with its own courtyard, living room and kitchen. It’s attached to the Lodge and Seton Healthcare Centre, and 16 residents make their homes there, cared for by a small team of licensed practical nurses and healthcare aides. On the morning of May 4, quiet harp music wafted through the living room, where most of the residents had gathered for music therapy. The healthcare workers running the facility bustled around, checking on patients in their rooms, or wheeling them through the halls. Annemarie Pilgrim is the care manager for Acute and Designated Assisted Living with Alberta Health Services. Part of her job is to oversee the workers at the DAL facility, who she said are an integral part of healthcare in the town. Five LPNs and six healthcare aides make up the core staff, and 11 other casual staff help them out. Because they’re not often as visible as other front-line medical professionals, Pilgrim said, these workers sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve. National Nurses Week, which runs from May 12–18 this year, provides the perfect opportunity to provide that recognition. “It’s kind of sad sometimes when perhaps people don’t recognize the work that they do, when they do such a good job,” Pilgrim said. And that job can be a very challenging one. It takes two workers and a special machine to help some patients out of bed, not to mention the hyper-close attention the workers must devote to the residents at all times, because an accident like a slip or fall is potentially fatal. “They know everything about each other, they’re just one big family,” Pilgrim said. “And they do an excellent job.” A lot of residents require assistance with most aspects of their daily lives, and the healthcare workers are there 24 hours a day to provide that for them. They wake residents up in the morning, feed them their breakfast, help them bathe, nap, get into bed and even file their nails.

Few professionals have to deal with such frequent and condensed episodes of human joy and suffering as nurses, and because of that they have a knack for talking about the intimate and profound with a pragmatic matter-offactness. Melissa Rogers is no different. The LPN has been working at the DAL since 2011, and May 4 explained that working at a long-term assisted living facility means she gets to know her clients extremely well. From Monday to Sunday this week, she said, she will spend 60 hours with them. This much close contact means Rogers and other workers at the DAL are connected to their patients in extraordinary ways. “You know your client: you can tell by a face if they need to go to the bathroom; you can tell by them sleeping if they have some kind of infection; you can tell by them walking if they have an injury,” Rogers said, as if that kind of attunement to another human being wasn’t something short of magic. “They’re like your family. I can just look at someone, and be like, ‘oh yes, I have to get her a round of LPN Melissa Rogers antibiotics today,’” she said, adding that she also picks up on things not necessarily linked to medical issues, like a patient having a bad day. The healthcare aides who work at the facility are no different. Rosaio Landry has been one of those aides since 2005, and she said her favourite part of the job is getting to know the residents. Most of them are close to, or older than, 100 and Landry said she knows almost everything about their lives, their past and their families. Her job, she said, is just as much about being a friend as it is about providing healthcare services, whether that means losing 20 games of cribbage in a row to a whipsmart resident, or helping someone find the motivation to take their daily bath. “Sometimes you have to encourage them also, because there’s times when they don’t want to do anything, and you have to help them want to,” said Susan Sabellano, another healthcare aide.

“It’s a challenge, every day is a different day,” Landry added. But, she said she approaches it with as much caring, love and understanding as she can, because she feels connected to her patients. Rogers said she feels that connection as well, likening her job to “having 16 grandparents that can speak to you openly about whatever they want. “There are some things grandparents won’t say to their grandchildren, but there’s nothing they won’t say to their nurse,” she laughed.

trevor nichols reporter@fitzhugh.ca

There are some things grandparents won’t say to their grandchildren, but there’s nothing they won’t say to their nurse.

Students learn traditional Métis jig

nicole veerman editor@fitzhugh.ca

RFP – IT Services The Municipality of Jasper is solliciting proposals from qualified service providers for maintenance, day-to-day troubleshooting and support of the municipal computer system hardware components. Proposals must be received no later than 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the offices of the Municipality of Jasper: Operational Services, 3 Compound Road, Jasper, AB Attention: Bruce Thompson, Director of Operations Request for Proposal packages will be available for pick-up starting Wednesday, May 14 at the above location, or via email at bthompson@town.jasper.ab.ca. A mandatory meeting and facility tour will be held on Thursday, May 22 commencing at 8:30 a.m. All inquiries regarding the RFP should be forwarded by email to bthompson@town.jasper.ab.ca.

Tender – Water Meter Reader The Municipality of Jasper is accepting proposals for the reading of water meters. Meter reads of the entire town are taken every two months. Please submit written proposals to: Municipality of Jasper – Meter Reader Proposal 303 Pyramid Lake Road, Box 520 Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Sealed bids must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014.

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Following a Métis jigging workshop, May 2, all of Jasper Elementary School’s students walked away with a basic understanding of the dance, as well as 10 “fancy steps.” Throughout the day, each class visited the gym to meet Métis artisan and educator Lisa Shepherd for a crash course in the traditional dance and for a quick introduction to Métis beadwork. Shepherd, who now lives in British Columbia, is originally from Spruce Grove and has a connection to the park. Her first cousin (three generations removed) is Suzette Swift—“the first lady of Jasper.” Swift was a Métis woman who in the 1880s lived where the train station is today. Shepherd feels a great connection to her Métis roots and has turned that connection into a career by giving workshops and selling handcrafted clothing embellished with traditional Métis beadwork. “In all the beadwork we do there’s one wrong bead,” she told the students last week, asking them to guess why. After a few guesses, she revealed that that one bead is a reminder that “we all make mistakes, and we only grow and develop as human beings when we make mistakes.” That sentiment rang true during the dance portion of the workshop, as well, as the students jumped around and shuffled their feet, in an attempt to follow the irregular beat of the “crooked” fiddle music. And as they fumbled their way through, Shepherd shouted, “the good news is, there’s no wrong way to jig.”

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Contract specifications are available at the municipal administration office. For more information please contact Lloyd Sommers, Utilities Clerk, at 780-852-6505.

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Frugal fashions

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For the second year in a row, the McCready Centre played host to the most frugal of fashion shows. May 4, sporting ensembles plucked straight from the racks of the Jasper United Church Thrift Shop, models strutted through the centre swinging golf clubs and twirling in their dresses. All the models were volunteers, and ranged from elementary aged children to some of the town’s spunkiest seniors. Evelyn Clarke was the brains behind the event, and said it is a great opportunity for locals to play model, as well as show people that the thrift shop has a lot of great clothes to offer. “There’s so much stuff down

there, and people don’t really know how good all that stuff is,” she said. According to Clarke, the event raised $870 and that money will be donated to the Jasper Ladies Hospital Auxiliary’s ultrasound fund. As well as organizing the event, Clarke also created all the f loral arrangements worn by the bride and her wedding party during the second half of the fashion show. “That took me a while to do,” she said seriously, “ but it was worth it.” The fashion show was split into two parts, with the first half dedicated to some spring and business outfits. “On our next model, accenting her dress is a red handbag and shoes.

Where are you off to?” the MC crooned into the microphone as a beaming volunteer sashayed between the tables, and kitchen volunteers circled the room handing out strawberry dessert. The second half featured a host of wedding fashions, including a blushing bride in a full wedding gown, and a top-hatted Bob Chapman playing groom. Clarke said despite all the hard work she and all the volunteers from the thrift shop put into the event, it is always “a lot of fun.”

trevor nichols reporter@fitzhugh.ca The Maligne Range is a mountain range of the Canadian Rockies located directly southeast of Jasper townsite. Maligne takes its name from the French word for malignant or wicked.

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Willy Wonka comes to Jasper In one week’s time, the high school gym will be transformed into a home for sweets, as the Jasper Junior/Senior High School’s drama students bring Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to life. The musical, which will closely mirror the first film adaptation of the book, follows the story of Charlie Bucket. Bucket—played by Casey Salanski—is a young boy growing up in extreme poverty with his parents and his bed-ridden paternal and maternal grandparents. Despite his position in life, the young boy does his best to remain positive—even when his father loses his job, and especially when his idol, the famed chocolatier, Willy Wonka, announces a competition that will see five lucky children tour his famous factory. To win this amazing prize—as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate—the kids have to find one of five golden tickets hidden in Wonka’s chocolate bars. Following the news of the contest, it doesn’t take long before children begin finding tickets around the world. First it’s Augustus Gloop—played by Laramee Desjardins. Then it’s Veruca Salt— played by both Cheyenne Henderson and Elena Kellis. Then Violet Beauregarde— played by Sadie Howe—and finally Mike Teavee—played by Stella MacMahon. With only one ticket left, Bucket—who has nearly given up hope—finds his own and runs home to share the news with his family. With his ticket in hand, Charlie and his Grandpa Joe—played by Kiana Boisvert—skip off to the factory to be whisked away into a mesmerizing world of

Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15 Jasper Junior/Senior High School, 7 p.m. $15 for adults $5 for 10 and under

ex perimenta l treats. It is there that they meet the world-renowned Willy Wonka—played by both Jaymes Schmidt and Sydney Kirychuk—and the adventure really begins. Two weeks before showtime, drama and music teacher Jonathan Thornton was beaming with pride as he talked about the show. “In my five years here, this is our first musical, and everybody’s pulling their weight, memorizing their lines and throwing themselves into the singing and dancing. “They’re killing it!” The students chose the play back in December, after looking through a number of scripts and narrowing their choices down to three. Thornton said he likes to let the students decide because that way the show becomes theirs, and they take ownership over it. And, according to Thornton, that’s just what’s happened. The students have been putting their all into rehearsing, perfecting costumes and making sets and props that will bring the show together on May 14 and 15. “I couldn’t ask to work with a better group of people,” he said. “The sets, props and costumes are going to be awesome, and the cast itself is stellar. “You’re going to miss something big if you don’t get to see this show.” To purchase tickets, talk to a student in the show or drop by the high school office.

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

$689,000 920 PATRICIA ST- This home features 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 1152 square feet. 3 bedrooms up with 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms down, also with 2 bathrooms. Great revenue property with R3a zoning. Corner lot with a 20 X 24 detached garage. Large windows throughout allows for plenty of natural light.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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.

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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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