The Jasper Fitzhugh - Thursday, September 22, 2022

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Rylen Wadsworth catches some serious air in phase one of the new bike park that was built by Hoots Inc. for the Jasper Park Cycling Association. | J.Stockfish photo







From the left: Anna Gifford, Lucy Caputa, Hailey Cardiff, Abby Caputa and Aven Cardiff show their support for the bike park fundraiser at Elk Village Restaurant on Sept. 17. | J.Stockfish photos

ELK VILLAGE CONTINUES FUNDRAISING FOR BIKE PARK JASON STOCKFISH ADVERTISING@FITZHUGH.CA It takes a village to build a bike park. As riders began ripping through phase one of the new bike park in Jasper, Elk Village Restaurant was already fundraising for the final phase. While the new park was built by Hoots Inc., and is the result of the tireless efforts of the Jasper Park Cycling Association ( JPCA), funding for the long-awaited attraction was made possible because of donors in the community and committed individuals and businesses like owner and chef Enrique Alonso and manager Pat Mroczek of Elk Village Restaurant. On Sept. 17, from 12 to 9 p.m., the local eatery hosted its second fundraiser of the year in support of the JPCA’s project, serving food and drink to the more than 200 patrons who showed up in support. Elk Village Restaurant also hosted a fundraiser for the bike park back in June. For the recent fundraiser, local musician Greg Deagle donated his time and talents performing for diners as they took in the evening. While there were a few walk-ins, and a tour group of 30 interspersed, the vast majority of those that attended the fundraiser were residents of Jasper. “It was amazing to see how many people came out (in support),” Alonso said. The event was set to begin at noon but patrons didn’t really start showing up until a few hours later, leaving Alonso, Mroczek and the rest of the

staff trying to prepare for the onslaught of support coming their way later in the day. “It was a long night, a very long night,” Alonso said. “A lot of the people showed up late because they stopped at the bike park on their way out, (but) after 3 o’clock, this place was in full party mode.” With a tired laugh, Mroczek added that it would’ve been nice if some people showed up earlier in the day. “But it was a good way to soft-end the summer with less than two weeks to go (before closing until next spring),” he added. Between cash donations, a raffle and the proceeds from a silent auction for a carving donated by local carpenter Rob Klettl, around $2,000 was raised toward building the next phase of the park, which could be completed in the spring of 2023 with enough support. “This time around we had something physical, something tangible (to show), and folks knew it was actually being built,” Mroczek said. “People were really excited to see that their money was going somewhere.” Alonso said he was happy to see some new faces among a sea of familiar ones and that the average age of those in attendance was notably skewed by the number of children running rampant. “I just love the fact that there were kids here,” he said. “It pumped me up because (the bike park) is definitely something that kids need in this town.”

Enrique Alonso, left, and Pat Mroczek, right, served drinks and food for supporters of the JPCA’s new bike park while Greg Deagle entertained.


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Alonso noted how community-building initiatives like the bike park bring out the best in people. “We have a great community of people.” “We were just enabling, providing a spot for people. They were spending their money and… people were very generous,” Mroczek added. All in all, the fundraiser was a big success, and phase one of the park is now built and has been packed since opening day. When Elk Village Restaurant opens again in the spring, supporters can expect another fundraiser to help raise money for the next phase of building, perhaps on Cinco de Mayo. “Yesterday was definitely a long, tough day for us (but) it was worth it,” Alonso said. “We’ll definitely do it again.”



As the Chetamon Wildfire passes its third week, Parks Canada has rotated out many of the firefighting personnel who were on active duty without rest since it began. They have recently been replaced with new crews who are now able to get into previously inaccessible terrain at higher levels. A new incident management team came on board over the weekend as well. “As the crews were timing out, we started pulling some in. The numbers are going to continue to fluctuate,” said Jon Large, incident commander. “They’ll stabilize around the end of the week, and then as we go for the next couple days and weeks, we’ll start releasing resources as they have a timeout or they’re not needed on the fire anymore.” Last week, Jasper was put back on the provincial electrical grid after experiencing rolling outages due to the wildfire impacting the transmission line. The wildfire was later classified as being held. There are now 120 firefighting personnel working the fire as of Tuesday, an increase from 97 crew members on Monday. The fire activity has slowed considerably due to fire suppression and prevention efforts, with the weather bringing in the assist for the effort. Precipitation and cooler weather have contributed greatly to the firefighter’s progress on bringing the wildfire under control.

Crews are focusing on extinguishing hot spots along the Chetamon wildfire’s perimeter. Cooler weather is allowing them to make progress. | Parks Canada photo

The Chetamon wildfire is still being held at approximately 6,000 hectares and is not expected to grow past those boundaries. The focus of operations is now on extinguishing hot spots along the perimeter of the wildfire. This will help to reduce the risk of any fire that remains burning underground, which could potentially pop up again over the winter or into the spring.

There is still no risk to any communities. Parks Canada’s daily update schedule is also reflecting this shift. It will now come every second day. In Tuesday’s update, it reiterated that flying drones in Jasper National Park is illegal and dangerous. This activity

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endangers the lives and well-being of people and wildlife. Drones have already reportedly interfered with helicopter bucketing over the wildfire. Four people have now been charged in drone-related incidents. Each faces a maximum of $25,000 as well.

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Jasperite Megan Warren was the only writer to get two nominations on the longlist for this year’s CBC Nonfiction Prize. | N.Collins photo


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Of the 31 writers who made it to the longlist for this year’s CBC Nonfiction Prize, Jasper’s Megan Warren was the only one from across the country with two submissions.

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The 24-year-old isn’t taking the moment for granted. “It’s such an honour,” she said. “I’m so thrilled to have been longlisted. It’s been really encouraging. It fills me with impostor syndrome. It makes me feel like I should really write more. It’s amazing.” Jasper’s young environmental journalist recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in creative writing (focusing on nonfiction) and environmental studies, and a minor in journalism. She put all of those interests to work on her two submissions titled “Bear Jam” and “In Defence of the Pine Beetle.” The two essays were originally school assignments, making them already polished and professional enough to submit to the annual writing contest. She said that living in Jasper and working for Parks Canada provided ample inspiration for her two subjects. “Bear Jam” explores the phenomenon of photohungry motorists parking hastily on the side of the highways in order to get those ideal wildlife shots. It starts from the perspective of a bear fresh out of hibernation, eagerly finding berries before being interrupted by one camera after another. “I was just talking about that in connection to the ways that social media shaped tourism just both in

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terms of physical impacts on a place and in terms of what people seek when they’re traveling,” Warren said. “It seems to be less of a ‘going somewhere just to experience’ something and a lot of it is ‘going somewhere to get a photo to prove that you have experienced’ something.’” “In Defence of the Pine Beetle” takes a naturalist’s perspective on the epidemic of mountain pine beetle. She interviewed conservation biologist Kevin van Tighem about his experiences in Waterton National Park during its pine beetle epidemic. He related some of the changes, including a dramatic increase in the number of birds. There had never been so many as there were after the infestation and the ecological renewal that occurred because of it. “We weren’t hearing any of that, and I get why we weren’t hearing any of that because people were scared, but I think we needed to,” Warren said. Those issues drive her to writing as a way of expressing her environmental interests. “I love that nonfiction offers an opportunity for a writer to get deeply involved in a world that may be completely unfamiliar but then to become deeply familiar with it and to hopefully tell a story in a way that does it justice,” she said. “It gives you an opportunity to get deeply immersed in another world and keep on learning and tell stories that will hopefully make change, especially when it comes to environmental and social situations. There’s just so much in the world that needs telling and so many stories to find that that’s really where I find the most inspiration.” While Warren didn’t make it to the shortlist, she still takes her double placing on the longlist as a strong form of validation that she’s on the right path. “I’m so happy and shocked that I even made the long list. It’s so encouraging.” The winner of the writing contest is being announced on Sept. 22. The winner of the 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

NEWS BITES Hinton RCMP seize significant quantity of copper wire

On Sept. 11, 2022, Hinton RCMP seized a significant amount of copper wire following a report of a quantity of copper in a rural location near Hinton. The area was littered with debris as well environmental impact, further hazards and forest fire potential observed on public lands. Copper wire and metal theft continues to be a challenge throughout Alberta—even with strict rules around the peddling of scrap metals. Metal theft is a compounding issue where serious damage is sustained by critical infrastructure with significant financial loss which trickles down to the consumer. There is also risk to public safety as electrocution hazards are created—not to mention disruption to phone services, loss of access to the 911 system, first responders, public transportation and utilities. For more information on the impacts of copper wire theft, visit: Hinton RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone with any information about this crime or any crime in our community to please contact Hinton RCMP at 780-865-5544 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Jasper Folk Music Festival rescheduled to Oct. 1

The Jasper Folk Music Festival is back on after having to be postponed due to the power outages caused by the Chetamon wildfire. The seventh-annual festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 1 as a one-day event. This will be the first time that the festival has been held in October. The lineup will include both headliners from the original festival – Reuben and the Dark with Bullhorn Singers and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer.

The BrassTactics will lead the kick-off parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. for a jam-packed day of music including Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales, more from BrassTactics, David Essig Music, The Misery Mountain Boys, and local artists Sons & Daughter Music, The Project, Warrior Women, Willy Saunders, Gui Benoit and others. “With fabulous views, food and artisan vendors, you don’t want to miss this end of summer fest!” JFMF organizers stated in an update. “We offer something for everyone with yoga, meditation, and more in our rhythm and zen zone, amazing kids zone activities, bouncy castles, and bar service; all while you listen to amazing music on our main stage.” The full schedule will be posted ahead of time. Attendees are advised to pack blankets because of the cold weather. Following a COVID hiatus, this will be the first time the festival has been hosted since 2019. While this year’s festival has been reduced from a full weekend to one day due to the wildfire, organizers also helped gather local musicians together to put on a free unplugged show tonight at Centennial Park on Sept. 10 to help entertain residents. Tickets are available at


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Minister Shandro: Revolving bail system and statutory release

Albertans are becoming increasingly angry with the catch-and-release system that allows dangerous criminals back into our communities. This is not the fault of the Alberta Justice system, local courts, crown prosecutors or the police. The catch-and-release system is systemic and can be traced to federal laws and the bail regime established by Ottawa. Before 1992, offenders were granted early release based on time-off for good behaviour. If someone showed remorse and behaved in prison, they could earn parole. Amendments then replaced this policy with “statutory release”, which legally requires that criminals who have served two-thirds of their sentence be automatically released into the community. Myles Sanderson, one of the suspects in the mass killing that occurred in Saskatchewan, was out on statutory release after serving two-thirds of a federal sentence for numerous charges, including assault and robbery before being declared “unlawfully at large” in the Queen Elizabeth II with Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews and Rev. David Prowse inside St. Mary & St George Anglican Church, summer of 2022. Sanderson was sentenced to four years May 2005. and four months for a series of violent crimes – already J A S P E R by James Simpkins a very soft sentence – but served less than three years behind bars. Making matters worse, the Trudeau government’s Bill C-75, federal legislation passed in 2018, made significant changes to bail that quietly left a lot of our communities unsafe by making it almost impossible to hold even serious, repeat offenders in pre-trial custody. Alberta’s government is doing everything in its power to address crime. In the past few years, Alberta has hired fifty new crown prosecutors, expanded the Provincial Court, greatly expanded drug treatment courts and has increased the budget for Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) to combat organized crime and illegal guns and gangs. These actions, while substantial, are not enough. Alberta’s government, municipalities, federal Members of Parliament of all political stripes must make this matter a priority and speak with one voice to demand longer sentences for violent offenders and a bail regime that prioritizes public safety. Ultimately, those in power in Ottawa must answer for a soft-on-crime system that does not place the protection of the law-abiding public at the centre of all decisions. Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

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BEAR BEWARE Queen’s Bears still in townsite



Parks Canada says that vigilance is required as several bears have become habituated and continue to visit the Jasper townsite for easy food sources. “The continuous presence of bears in the Jasper townsite, often in residential yards just metres from people, is an unacceptable safety risk for visitors and residents,” the notice read. Parks Canada previously said that there had been numerous interactions that could have easily resulted in injury to people. It published the reminder on Sept. 15, only one week after it advised the public that it was planning to relocate the bears, which included two sets of female bears with cubs. Up to 10 bears have been having regular incursions into residents’ yards, a result of a poor crop of berries in the backcountry. Jasper Local Food Share is one resource that can help deal with removing the attractants from your yard. With so many fruit trees still unpicked in town, the temptation has been irresistible for many bears as they prepare for hibernation. The Parks Canada announcement indicated that one family of black bears had already been relocated. “Staff successfully trapped a family of black bears that had frequently accessed food sources in the Jasper townsite. The bears were released into suitable habitat in a remote area of the park along the Icefields Parkway. The mother and two cubs were observed

foraging on buffaloberries soon after release,” the notice continued. The advisory repeated the call for all residents to do their part in helping to keep the bears from coming in. That includes: • harvesting all fruit, including chokecherries and fruit from mayday and apple trees; • consider removing fruit trees entirely; • remove any other attractants from your yard and around your home, including pet food and bird feeders; • following bear-safe practices, such as hiking in groups, carrying bear spray and making noise to avoid surprise encounters; and • avoiding bear traps. Closure areas for the traps will be clearly posted and marked. The process is stressful for bears, particularly cubs, and success isn’t guaranteed. Trapping is stressful on them and bears that have been relocated must face new risks when moved to unfamiliar habitat that may already be occupied by other bears. Because they have learned of the readily-available food on Jasperites’ fruit trees, the incentive is high. They often return to those food sources. Parks Canada previously stated that if bears continue to visit the townsite then it will consider destroying them as the next course of action. “The continuous presence of bears in the Jasper townsite, often in residential yards just metres from people, is an unacceptable safety risk for visitors and residents,” the notice added. Everyone is also reminded to report all bear sightings to Parks Canada dispatch at 780-852-6155.

Lyingin-state Dear editor,

The world is made up of ordinary people yet we seldom see them on the big stage. But for once, for four days, we did. They came to say goodbye to an extraordinary lady: Her Majesty The Queen. They came in their thousands. They waited for ten, twelve, fifteen hours or more. Every colour and creed. The elderly, the infirm, people hobbling, people in wheelchairs, the blind with their guide dogs, the fathers with their sons, the mothers with their daughters, little children and babies in arms. They came in their silence, they came in their sadness. They bowed, they curtsied, they saluted, and some blew Her Majesty a kiss. Just for a moment the ordinary people had the Queen to themselves. It was remarkable. It was amazing . . . it was beautiful! David Harrap, Jasper, Alta.


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JASPERITES HONOUR LATE QUEEN IN CEREMONY PETER SHOKEIR EDITOR@FITZHUGH.CA As Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in Britain, the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion hosted a ceremony of its own to honour the late monarch. Over 50 people attended the service at the Memorial Park Cenotaph during a National Day of Mourning on Sept. 19. In a speech, Mayor Richard Ireland reflected on “the individual who touched us all through her individualized exercise of her formal constitutional role.” He noted how Queen Elizabeth II embodied “characteristics we admire, characteristics we require” such as dignity, decency, devotion and duty. “Over the course of seven decades, she epitomized the very essence of selfless public service, and through that steadfast service, she provided such a wealth of welcome and needed stability,” Ireland said. “Through her exceptional and exceptionally long reign, we were so richly rewarded by her calm resolve and we return to her the respect which she conferred on others.” The Queen visited Jasper several times in the past. She and several members of the Royal Family have stayed at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, and Princess Margaret in 1980. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 2005 stayed in Outlook Cabin while they were touring the province of Alberta for Alberta’s 100th anniversary. Primer Jason Kenney expressed in a statement his sorrow at the death of the Queen. “The long and glorious reign of Canada’s Sovereign has ended, and with it what Sir Winston Churchill called the second Elizabethan Age,” Kenney said. “For almost all of us, she is the only Canadian

The Jasper Royal Canadian Legion hosted a ceremony in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II at the Memorial Park Cenotaph on Sept. 19. | P.Shokeir photos

Monarch we have ever known. In an ever-changing world, she was for us a bedrock of stability and continuity, a ceaselessly gracious and dignified presence in our lives.” The premier noted how the Queen had continued her public duties into the seventh decade of her reign and her 96th year. “On her many visits to Alberta, Her late Majesty demonstrated a deep affection for this place and its people,” Kenney added. “Her name will live on forever here, on schools and streets, roadways and buildings, and indeed Mount Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Elizabeth Range of our majestic Rocky Mountains.” The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum has created a small exhibit in the late Queen’s honour. A book of condolences is also available for patrons

to sign, which will then be sent to the former Queen’s family. The exhibit will run until Oct. 2.

Community Conversations returning to in-person meetings


After surveying participants, the department of community development has decided to move its Community Conversations back to inperson meetings in the fall. The initiative, which seeks to increase Jasperites’ opportunities to participate in local democracy by providing a structured format to discuss matters important to the community, had been forced online during COVID. However, with the pandemic seemingly waning, the department decided to hold their meetings in person for May and June, and when surveyed after the two-month trial, three quarters of respondents voted to return to meeting face to face with the option to attend via Zoom. For those that have not taken part in a community conversation, the department of community development explains the initiative on the municipality’s website. “During these conversations, Jasperites share their perspective around trends impacting residents and/or (discuss) opportunities to work together,” it stated. “Together, the group shares ideas and problem solve together to find innovative and locally-driven solutions to the challenges our community faces.” A main intention of Community


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Conversations is to provide “a strong foundation for collaboration and relationship building across sectors within the community of Jasper,” the website adds. There are seven topics that are discussed each month, two each week, with Environmental Responsibility getting its own conversation. The other six topics discussed at the meetings are Early Childhood, School Age Children, Seniors, Adults, Arts and Culture and Recreation. In a quarterly report presented to council at its Aug. 23 committee of the whole meeting, Lisa Riddell, community development manager, noted some of the department’s findings from April, May and June. Over the course of the quarter, community development held 21 meetings and 63 unique participants took part in an average of 2.4 of the conversations. “A review of all trends and opportunities identified across all Community Conversations revealed several thematic areas under which all trends and opportunities could be grouped,” Riddell said. Those thematic areas are Internet and Technology, Financial Stability, Communication, Diversity, Inclusion and Connection, Use and Enjoyment of Spaces, Access to Services and Supports, Education and Training, Transportation and Environmental Responsibility.

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In Riddell’s report,“trends”,“Successes to date” and “further opportunities identified” are discussed for each of these thematic areas. The program has been successful at “promo(ting) more cross-departmental collaboration and has increased interaction between council and municipal staff and members of the public,” Riddell explained to the committee. For those wondering if Community Conversations is for them, the municipality poses three questions: Are you caring and passionate about the Jasper community? Do you represent or have connection to any of the topics mentioned? Are you motivated to make Jasper a better place? If you answered “yes” to these questions, the initiative was designed and developed for you, notes the municipality’s website. “(Community Conversations) is how we work to support the community in the direction that it wants to steer itself,” said Christopher Read, director of community development. “This is just our method of collecting the information and collecting the actions and actors.” Read said the municipality doesn’t do everything, and it can’t do everything. “But we do what’s in our purview, and we invite and expose the opportunities for other groups.” Many ideas and actions come about

from Community Conversations where the municipality is not the change agent, Read added. One significant accomplishment that came as a result of a community conversation was the creation of a working group around the Food Rescue Program in Jasper. “All we did was collect the people in the room where they could crystallize the idea and the opportunity, (creating) a place where the ideas get exposed, and worked on, and collaboration comes from it,” Reed said. Other successes from these conversations are $37,000 in COVID relief funding to assist with rent, utility and childcare arrears payments, the Jasper Employment and Education Centre ( JEEC) acquiring funding to provide technology training, a newlydesigned user-friendly website for the municipality, and the creation of a Newcomer Network that allows the municipality and the Jasper Local Immigration Partnership to gain valuable perspectives on making information more accessible for immigrants. Community Conversations occur every Wednesday in the boardroom at 627 Patricia Street. “It’s a great opportunity for democracy to work,” Read said. The schedule and further information about the initiative can be found at



Residents brought more than a bundle of apples to be turned into juice during Jasper’s third annual Apple Fest at the community garden on Sept. 17. The annual event offers local residents enough encouragement to pick their apple trees clean. Attendees brought their basket-filled bounties and waited their turns before their fruit went into the apple press. The festival was organized by the Jasper Local Food Society. Board member ryAn eSch (sic) operated the press and collected the juice into bottles while the pulp was separated out. He said that there were groups of people who came through while some dropped off their apples to donate to the organization. “We’re happy for that too. We’ll take the juice and share it around,” he said, offering samples of the tart but nutritious juice. He said that there was a lot of interest from people who weren’t previously aware of the event. Apple Fest is a way of establishing food security while reducing the attractants that have been bringing the bears into the townsite over the last several weeks. The translation of raw fruit to juice is pretty impressive. “Yesterday, I picked four bags of apples from a tree,” eSch said. “There are small to medium-sized crabapples. I got, I’d say, about four-and-a-half, five liters of juice out of those. It’s pretty tasty… a little bit tart but apparently that’s what makes it good for you.” The pulp will either be turned into compost for the community garden or taken to a farm for pig feed.

Jasper Local Food Society board member ryAn eSch turns the crank on the apple press while a steady stream of tart but delicious and nutritious juice flows out from it. The third annual Apple Fest was a big success. | S.Hayes photo

For people who were interested but weren’t able to attend the event on Saturday, there is still an opportunity to make use of the press. The apple press can be hired out by contacting the society via email at “We can either set it up at the garden for you and

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bring your apples or bring it to your own home,” eSch said. The society is also in discussions with the municipality to include the press in a Library of Things that people can borrow in the same manner as borrowing books from the library.

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AHS to update surgical waitlist with automated calls

Patients listed on surgical waitlists in the North Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) can expect an automated phone call or voicemail as part of an initiative to update surgical waitlists Over the next few months, patients listed for surgery with plastic, vascular, orthopedic, ear/nose/throat (ENT) and otolaryngology surgeons in the North Zone will receive an automated phone call or voicemail from the AHS Surgery Waitlist Management Team. Patients will be asked to confirm AHS has contacted the correct person and to follow up with the message centre for AHS surgery wait list management by calling 1-866-803-8080. As part of the process to confirm wait list status, our team will ask for each patient’s provincial personal health number and birthdate to confirm their identity. Patients who hang up or do not call the number back will not see their position on the waitlist affected. The Surgery Waitlist Management Team

will call and speak with all of these patients about their waitlist status. Patients are reminded AHS will never ask for financial information or for any personal information other than your provincial personal health number or birthdate during these automated calls. If the phone call or voicemail asks for additional information, such as a social insurance number or banking information, do not provide that information or return the call. More information and a full script of the

automated call is available on the AHS website www. This initiative is part of AHS’ surgical recovery plan, which includes other strategies to reduce waitlists for non-urgent scheduled surgeries. Through this initiative, AHS is contacting up to 350 patients per day. The first phase of this pilot in the Edmonton Zone reduced the surgical waitlist in the pilot departments by 5.6 per cent. Alberta Health Services,


Backpacks are handy for carrying books, school supplies — and lots of other things.

But if they’re not used right, they can strain muscles and even cause back pain. Backpack safety is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for children, who can be hurt by regularly carrying too much weight or by not wearing their backpacks properly. Experts say a child shouldn’t carry more than 15- to 20-per-cent of their weight on their back. Don’t guess — use your washroom scale to weigh the loaded pack. It is also important to make sure your child can stand up straight while wearing a backpack. If they must lean forward to wear it comfortably, the pack is too heavy. To assist in proper weight

distribution throughout the backpack, pack the heaviest items closest to the back. Pack wearers should use both shoulder straps. It may seem easier or more comfortable to sling the pack over just one shoulder. However it can lead to back or shoulder pain. Use the waist belt as much as possible and ensure the straps are tightened so the pack fits snugly. To further reduce the risk of injury, teach your child to pick up a heavy backpack correctly. Never bend down from the waist to pick up or set down a heavy pack. Always squat down, bending at the knee and keeping the back straight. If needed, children can put one knee on the floor and the other knee in front of them while they lift the pack and swing it around to their back.

You can also talk to your child about using his or her locker, if one is available, to keep from carrying everything around all day. When looking for a backpack ahead of the school year, keep these things in mind to encourage a pain-free experience for your children: • Lightweight. Leather backpacks may look nice, but other materials, like canvas or nylon, weigh less. • Wide, padded shoulder straps. A loaded pack will dig into shoulders if the straps are too skinny. • Waist belt. This is an important feature. It takes some weight off of the back and transfers it to the hips. • Handy compartments. The more, the better. They help distribute the

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weight evenly. They also make packs easier to organize. • Padded back. This keeps sharp edges from digging into the back. • Wheels. These are nice if you or your child needs to carry a lot. But check with your child’s school to make sure they’re allowed. Remember that these packs will still have to be carried up stairs. And they can get messy when pulled through mud or snow. Lastly, it is important to encourage your children to inform you if they experience any pain or soreness. If your child is having back pain or neck soreness, talk to your doctor.

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Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee surveys a recent old-growth clear-cut north of Gold River on Vancouver Island that was proposed for a logging deferral by the B.C. government. | A.Tsui / Wilderness Committee photo


Two years after pledging to take a new approach to the management of old-growth forests, the B.C. government is failing to make the grade, environmental groups say. The province promised to act on 14 recommendations in an independent old-growth strategic review to protect the most at-risk big tree ecosystems while transforming forestry over a three-year period. But the NDP government continues to lag on its most urgent and important commitments, and hasn’t completed any recommendations most of the way through the stated timeline, a report card issued by the Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club BC, and Ancient Forest Alliance suggests. Although the government has announced a number of old-growth logging deferrals, the clear-cutting of ancient forests is still taking place on the ground, said Torrance Coste, national campaign director for the Wilderness Committee. In April, the province announced deferrals in just over a million hectares of the 2.6 million hectares

identified as priority at-risk old-growth by the oldgrowth technical advisory panel. But more than 55,000 hectares of the proposed old-growth deferrals are in jeopardy from previously approved forestry plans, with some areas already razed to the ground or at immediate risk of clear-cut, according to satellite imagery in a recent analysis that was verified on the ground, Coste said. It’s almost impossible to assess whether there will be deferrals in the areas slated for logging because the province isn’t sharing details or maps on what oldgrowth is protected or threatened, he said. “Those are huge questions that old-growth nerds like us don’t have the answers to, much less the general public,” Coste said. “And one of the key recommendations of the strategic review was to improve public information and transparency to improve public trust.” The province has also failed to come up with a detailed plan of action — with deadlines — that reflects the progress on the old-growth review’s recommendations, Coste said. “In the last six months, the government has virtually been silent,” he said, noting while the NDP released an intentions paper on modernizing forestry


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last summer, nothing more concrete has emerged since. The original timeline outlined in the strategic review suggested that 10 of the 14 recommendations would have been completed, with solid progress made on those that remain, the report card states. The province has also said it won’t halt logging in given areas without agreement from First Nations and communities involved, Coste added. The B.C. government dedicated $185 million over three years in the 2022 budget to support forestry workers and First Nations impacted by any new restrictions on old-growth logging. But that amount isn’t sufficient to allow rural communities heavily reliant on forestry revenue a real choice to defer old-growth logging in their territories, the environmental coalition stated. B.C. should provide $300 million in conservation financing for First Nations to address the impacts of shortterm logging deferrals and to pursue long-term protection measures, said TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. “Without that funding, which the province must be fully aware is critical for these efforts to succeed, progress will remain stalled, and irreplaceable ancient forests will continue to fall.”




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Seton - Jasper Healthcare Centre

Jasper hospital provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department. Located at 518 Robson Street. Call 780-852-3344.

Cottage Medical Clinic

Telephone and in-person appointments available. Opening hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call 780-852-4885 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing

PCR testing for Albertans is available only for those who have clinical risk factors for severe outcomes and those who live and work in high-risk settings effective immediately. Free rapid antigen test kits are available for pick up at the front of the hospital while supplies last.

Jasper Alberta Supports

Help to access programs and services for seniors, people with disabilities, job seekers, parents and families, homelessness, financial assistance, abuse, and family violence prevention. Alberta Supports Centres have suspended in-person services until further notice due to public health restrictions. Email CSS.HintonIS@ or call 780-852-6292.


Are you concerned about a family member or friend’s drinking? Al-Anon Family Group meets weekly by Zoom meeting. For more information, and in confidence, please call 780-852-8824 or 780852-4578, or text 780-852-8709.

STI Screening

Free, confidential and nonjudgemental STI testing. Please contact Jasper Community Health Services to make an appointment at (780) 852-4759.

Jasper Food Bank

The Jasper Food Bank is open Thursday evenings from 6:00-6:30 for pick up. We can also deliver if needed. To be added to our list for the week please call 780-931-5327 or email jasperfoodbankmanager@ Leave one message with your name, address and number of people in your household. You will be contacted as soon as possible to make arrangements for drop-off.

12 Step Meetings

Meetings Tuesday and Saturday at 8pm. All meetings are held at the Anglican Parish Hall, 600 Geikie Street. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursday 8pm. For more information or to talk to someone regarding drugs or gambling problems please call (780) 852-2909.


Call 911 in an emergency. The Jasper detachment is located at 600 Bonhomme St for criminal record checks, fingerprints, general information, non-emergency complaints and to report a crime. Call (780) 852-4421.

COMMUNITY LISTINGS Municipal council meetings

Council has returned to its pre-COVID meeting schedule with regular meetings held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm and Committee of the Whole meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:30am. Meetings are live-streamed through Zoom and archived on the municipality’s YouTube channel. To tune in on meeting days, go online to or call in at +1 (778) 907 2071. Webinar ID: 492 811 970

Community Outreach Services

Community Outreach Services is happy to say that we are open and available to help you. Outreach Workers are here to provide free, confidential, non-judgemental support. Just ring the doorbell at 627 Patricia Street or call 780-852-2100 anytime Monday-Friday 9am4:30pm to connect with an Outreach Worker.

West Yellowhead MLA

Martin Long is MLA for Jasper (in the riding of West Yellowhead). Office address: 524B - 50 Street [P.O Box 6450], Edson, AB, T7E 1V1. Call (780) 712-7790.

Yellowhead MP

Gerald Soroka is MP for Jasper (in the riding of Yellowhead). Constituency office address: 119 - 50th Street, Edson, Alberta, T7E 1V9. Call (780) 723-6068.

Jasper Employment & Education Centre

Resume and cover letter support, help with job searches, career guidance, skill development, GED preparation and more in Jasper. Visit or call (780) 852-4418.

Jasper Legion

Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce

Jasper Municipal Library

JNP Information Centre

ACFA Jasper

Rotary Club of Jasper

Jasper Artists Guild & Jasper Art Gallery (JAG)

Jasper Theatre Arts Collective

Supporting veterans, remembrance and the local community. ‘The Stand Easy’ pub is open Tues-Sat, 12pm11pm. Muster nights are held once a month. Veterans and First Responders Coffee Drop-in is every Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Call (780) 852-3740. Our hours are Tuesday 10am to 5pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm. Call 780-852-3652 for more information. The Jasper regional ACFA supports bilingualism and Francophones living in the community, based at 500 Robson Street. Visit or call (780) 852-7476.

Rotating art exhibitions by diverse local and regional artists. An artist-run centre based from the Jasper Art Gallery (500 Robson St.), JAG is open Weds-Sat, 10am to 6pm. Visit / or call 780 852 1994 for more information.

Thrift Store

Jasper United Church Thrift Store is open Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday and Thursday afternoons from noon to 2:30 p.m. Masks recommended. Cash only.

Jasper Food Recovery

Community members can pick up free food items at the Anglican Church Hall on Fridays and Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Free food by donation. The community fridge at the Activity Center arena lobby is accessible daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts

Pottery, theatre, multimedia and independent studio spaces used for exhibits, workshops and demonstrations. Based at 500 Robson Street, open with restrictions. Please email for info.

Lions Club

Meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Anglican Church Hall at 7pm. Contact (780) 852-7273 for more info.

A hub for the business community to work together toward the achievement of common goals, resolving common problems, and delivering the Jasper experience. Visit or call (780) 852-4621. Jasper National Park’s Information Centre at 500 Connaught Drive is open every day from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call (780) 852-6176 or email Meets Wednesdays at noon in the Rotary Room at the Jasper Library & on Zoom. Service projects take place monthly. For more info search Jasper Rotary club on Facebook or visit Are you interested in theatre arts? Get involved here in Jasper! Follow us on Facebook (Jasper Theatre Arts Collective).

Jasper Toy Library

Jasper Toy Library at the Anglican Church Hall is open by appointment. Book by calling (780) 852-9766 or (587) 938-2007, or sending a message to groups/415651699079785.

OUT Jasper

OUT Jasper LGBTQA Society is a non-profit organization for the LGBTQA Community. We offer a safe space for anyone who needs help and no judgement. Everything is strictly confidential. Drop in to see us at 612 Connaught Dr Suite #105 upstairs, or you can reach Mychol (he,him) at the office 825-422-0099 or cell 708-931-6225 to schedule an appointment. Website

Indoor Volleyball

Indoor volleyball will be offered Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. Jasper Jr./Sr. Highschool at 401 Bonhomme Street, East Gym Entrance Only. $2 per player, per night. Teens and adults, all skill levels are welcome. Follow @ jaspervolleyballleague for updates.

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ACTIVITIES YOU CAN ENJOY AT THE COTTAGE THIS FALL There’s nothing quite like time at the cottage or cabin.

While many of us enjoy disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, others have a harder time slowing down. Whether it’s your first time taking part in this classic Canadian experience, or you’re feeling a bit bored with your annual traditions, here are some relaxing pursuits to try. BIRDWATCHING If you’ve ever admired the hummingbird at your feeder or listened to the chirping outside your window, you know that bird watching can be a rewarding pastime, particularly during fall migration. The hobby is easy to adopt and totally scalable to your level of interest. Start with a budget-friendly pair of binoculars and a library-loaned field guide on local

birds. Take a seat or go for a hike and keep your eyes and ears peeled. Note the locations, behaviour and appearance of any birds you spot to help you identify them. Local and online communities are around to help you learn more tips as you get involved with the hobby. WHITTLING A classic hobby that’s making a comeback, whittling is a calming way to use your hands and get out of your head. Choose any fresh, dry piece of wood from the ground around the cabin and use a sharp pocket knife to gently peel or carve it. Start by carefully shaving off layers of wood or trying out designs like a simple bear shape. Remember to take your time and push the blade softly away from you. This activity is also an opportunity to teach children about knife skills and safety using a sturdy vegetable peeler rather than a knife.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING Do you like chick flicks or whodunit films? Maybe you like films based on a certain geographical location, such as marshes of the deep South. “Where the Crawdads Sing” has all those components and more. The title alone had me intrigued from the get go. “What exactly is a Crawdad and how does it sing?” was my first question. I immediately thought of the swamps of Louisianan often called the Bayou. Every movie I have ever viewed featuring the Bayou is often sinister and falls into the B category. When I watched the trailer I could see the movie had a certain mystery to it that I liked. The story line was very powerful, because it is about a girl that raised herself in the marshes of North Carolina. The murder mystery aspect and the isolation of the main character really reeled me in. The film features an unknown cast, which is another reason I was drawn to watch it. The strong female lead set the pace from the first scene. The beauty of the marshes were captivated in ways that have never been showcased in a film. The set design matched the backdrops scene for scene. I quickly realized the movie falls into the indie realm, which is a category that I am fond of. The film starts out slow and progresses at a pace that takes the viewer on a journey of discovery. The movie exceeded my expectations based on the trailer. It falls


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PHOTOGRAPHY As a place where families often get to spend rare time together, the cottage is a great spot to practice your photography skills. You have plenty of subjects to snap, whether for portraits, group shots or action. Plus, the picturesque scenery offers fantastic opportunities for creative still life and landscape shots. Photography is also a great skill for the younger cottager who might be bristling at the forced family time or can’t put down the phone – it gives them an outlet to focus on, learn and share with their friends back home. You can find the right photography and video gear for your level or sign up for a class to boost your skills at




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