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Golden Motorcyle Riders - 2nd Annual Golden Toy Run tSunday, September 13, starting at 11:30 a.m. Meet and greet at KHMR for coffee and refreshments. 12:00 p.m. Last bike out, group ride through Golden to Braisher Creek Rest Area. 50/50 Draw, Group Ride to Golden Museum (bikers care booth at Fall Faire). All toys donated to “The Angel Tree�. 50/50 proceeds to the Food Bank. Bring a new unwrapped toy, don’t forget the teenagers. Glean Golden - Pick, eat, glean - locally! tSept. 19 and Oct. 3 - Golden needs volunteers! Harvest apples with us. Get help! Reduce human / wildlife conflict. Families and friends welcome! Meet at the Golden Food Bank each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Sarah Osadetz at (250) 344-8695, golden@wildsafebc. com. Golden Light Horse Club tHosting the club’s challenge between Brisco and Golden on Sept. 13th, at the Golden Rodeo Grounds. This is a funday with riders competing in five different events. The club with the most points wins the challenge trophy. This event has been a yearly activity for some 15-20 years! The clubs decorate their horses and it’s a fun, good old time. Like a regular funday, the canteen will be open. Come out and support Golden to get our trophy back, we lost it by only one point last year in Brisco. We start at 10:00 a.m. and run until we are done!

Golden Museum Fall Faire tSunday, Sept. 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This hugely popular annual event is back! Food, market, music and lots of games, races (wife carry, lawn tractor, nail driving, 3 legged, sack and more!), contests (beggest veggie, best canning and most creative Lego design competitions), kids midway, sidewalk chalk art area, farmer’s market, beer gardens and so much more! We love volunteers and / or donations! Please call, email or facebook if

Free Tech Training Sessions for Seniors! t FREE 45 minute tech training September 17th at the Golden Library. Pre-registration is required and you must bring your own device. Space is limited! For more information, contact the Golden library at (250) 344-6516. Golden StrongStartBC tGolden’s StrongStartBC program at Alexandar Park Elementary School will open on Sept. 9, 2015. New 2015-2016 Schedule - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.

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StrongStartBC is a free, early learning program for children birth to 5 years old and their parents / caregivers. Golden Child Daycare & The Golden Dojo t818 9th St N are having an OPEN HOUSE Saturday September 19th from 12-5. View the daycare and register your child. As well there will be karate and yoga demonstrations in the dojo and registration for programs as well. 1st ANNUAL TOY SWAP and BABY BIZARRE Where people can sell quality used toys and baby gear. Drop off toys and baby gear Friday, Sept. 18th from 5-7 pm or Saturday morning from 9-11 am then the sale starts at noon until 5. It’s a great way for parents to unload some kiddie gear and swap for different things for their kids. (10% commission applies.) t#PVODZ$BTUMF XFBUIFSQFSNJUUJOHBOE+PDFMZO the Clown - FREE for all kids t%JTDPWFSZ5PZT5BCMFXJUI/&8UPZTUPPSEFS (stock up early for Christmas) t(PMEFO4IPUPLBO,BSBUF4PDJFUZXJMMCFTFMMJOH hot dogs and pop for $2.00 Call Pamela Tetrault for more info, (250) 439-8039 (cell). 35th Annual Terry Fox Run tRegistration is now open for the 35th Annual Terry Fox Run. In Golden, the event will start at the Mt. 7 Rec Plex on Sunday, Sept. 20. Registration and run start at 9:00 a.m. Event closes at 12 p.m. Choose between a 10 km, 5 km and a 3 km family walk; suitable for bikes, wheelchairs / strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on leash welcome. Where is your food going? JUST EAT IT - A Food Waste Story. tThursday, September 24th, 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church and Centre for Peace. A Golden Food Bank event. Admission by donation, either food or cash, whichever you please! Dvorak’s Rusaika! Lyric Fairytale Opera tSaturday, September 26, 7 p.m. at the Golden Civic Centre.


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Golden Cadets seek adventurous youth by Kris King Special to Golden This Week

What do Chris Hadfield, Jim Carrey and Rick Mercer have in common? They were all cadets. The 3066 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Golden is looking for adventurous youth from ages 12 to 18 to join their free adventure leadership program and are excited to announce a new cadet training year and a change in time and day for their meetings. Army Cadets will now meet on Wednesday evenings at Alexander Park Elementary School (APES) gym from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Drop in at any Wednesday meeting to check out what

the organization is all about. Cadets is a free program. All training, uniforms, summer camps and activities are 100-per-cent free of charge. And, students can earn high school credits towards their graduation. Cadets develop

leadership and self-discipline as they discover their community and adventure sports. Yes, cadets wear uniforms like other youth programs; however they do not conduct military training nor are cadets expected to join the military. The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor adventure activities. Army Cadets develop abilities in the use of map and compass, GPS technology, orienteering, first-aid, camping and survival skills, canoeing, abseiling, trekking, mountain biking and many more adventures. As Cadets progress, they are may become eligible for advanced adventure training, paid summer staff or international exchanges. Interested parents can call Kris

King, Civilian Instructor, at 250-3448517 for more information or stop by at Alexander Park Elementary School Wednesday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

“Cadets develop leadership and self-discipline as they discover their community ...” The 3066 Royal Canadian Army Cadets is a non-profit youth organisation for youth aged 12 to 18 that is supported by the Golden Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the civilian organisation, The Army Cadet League of Canada. Program development and specialised instructors is provided by Canadian Forces. Visit cadets.ca for more information.

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Ice Cream for Breakfast - Relations for the relationship can’t talk to their parents. My family went through a lot when I was growing up. Through it all though, there was a lot of laughter and awkward moments of love, listening and perseverance, as we were always growing and learning from each other. At least I learned a lot from them. And still do I guess. I realized as well that my own daughter will grow up and have her own ideas of our family and one day maybe have a family too. My only hope is she feels close enough to me that we can have conversations like the one my own mom and I had; that I can help her and support her with whatever she needs; and above everything else, that she’s not too embarrassed to ask.

by Sarah Elizabeth Special to Golden This Week

The other day our daughter went to bed early enough that my partner and I got to watch a movie almost all the way to the end. This brief period of alone-time reminded us of how much time we don’t get together to cuddle, snuggle, laugh and do other, you know, “stuff.� As a couple, we have rarely argued in our almost six years together. So when I started to realize there seemed to be a bit of a strain happening between us, I felt a little overwhelmed. I recognize all relationships have their ups and downs, and my partner and I are not immune to that. I guess normal people talk about it with their friends. I decided to mention it to my Mom. Yup, my Mom, who responded with, “Oh, hmmm!� As she listened intently. She asked me a question, something about, “relations in the bedroom?!� and immediately the foggy, thumping sounds of my heart rose up through my throat and into my eardrums. I started to sweat as she unsuccessfully covered the phone to tell my father she was, “going to the garage for a moment.� He, inquisitive in his own right, asked, “Why?� She responded with, “just ‘cause,� which, because I’ve known them my whole life, is her words for “I’ll tell you later.� Then she proceeded to say, in a bit of a whisper, “you have to have relations for the relationship. It keeps you close through all the stuff.� I then performed the magical trick of remembering all the “stuff� that happened over the years in our house while my brother and I were growing up, and almost threw up as the realization that my parents are people finally bubbled over in my brain and everything became technicolour. As I’ve been figuring out parenting, my mom has been mostly quiet with respect to my moans and groans and need for advice - except when she told me I “have to show her (my daughter) who is boss.� Since we live in a different time, I pretty much ignore most of her parenting advice because different times call for different parenting “styles;� and this isn’t the olden

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“Since we live in a different time, I pretty much ignore most of her parenting advice because different times call for different parenting “styles;� and this isn’t the olden days anymore; and I’m also a sucker fool. I, like many of my peers, am a slave to my toddler and that is why my partner and I are in desperate need of our fourth or fifth date night SINCE SHE WAS BORN. Two. Years. Ago.�

days anymore; and I’m also a sucker fool. I, like many of my peers, am a slave to my toddler and that is why my partner and I are in desperate need of our fourth or fifth date night SINCE SHE WAS BORN. Two. Years. Ago. Since my own parents have been together for over 35 years, I felt willing to take her relationship advice - even with the risk that it might make me throw up or question everything I know to be true. She suggested to, as she and my father had done once, “grab a bottle of wine and‌â€?

All relationships need support, love and nurturing, just like a child and whether it’s a romantic relationship or not. The day to day work of raising a toddler and speaking toddler all day can take its toll. For us, we realized how important it is to get a babysitter and create our alone-time, get out of the house without our sweet baby and remind each other of how much we like to do things together, like, talking, laughing, watching the stars, or singing songs. And, you know, let’s not forget about the “relations.�

At this point everything got all muffled and I started to feel weird, but the turning in my tummy was not on account of me needing to throw up. It was relief! Something I was not expecting. Relief that I could talk to my mom about this stuff and it really wasn’t so bad. Relief that she was willing to talk to me about it and not get all weird - like she did when I was in high school over the birth control pill. Relief that she cared. And for this, I felt so grateful. Some of us grow up feeling like we


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Once again Town Council would like to honour an exceptional individual who has contributed to the well being of Golden through outstanding volunteerism and community commitment. If you feel that someone in our community deserves this award, please send a letter of nomination with the reasons you feel qualify them to Golden Town Council. Nomination letters should be titled “Community Volunteer Award� and may be dropped off at Town Hall, mailed to Box 350, Golden, V0A 1H0, or e-mailed to council.clerk@golden.ca. The award will be given at the annual Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards night on Saturday, October 24th, 2015. The past recipients of the award have been Garry Bjarnason, Paul Hambruch, Colleen Palumbo, Terry Schiesser, Anne Galligan, Roy Nixon, Joyce Nixon, Orlando Pecora, Wendy Pecora, Lawrence Charlton, Delbert Johnson, Shauna Robinson, May Yurik, Glen Ewan, Robert and Phyllis Anderson, Doreen Kelly, and Lori Roseberry. The deadline for submission of nominations is end of day Monday, September 14th, 2015.


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9/11 14 years later Janet Crandall-Swaffield Publisher

It was a typical Tuesday morning. Nothing too important happening that day. I remember my phone rang, someone from the office called, telling me to turn on my TV. I sat with my mouth open, a pain rising in my chest that I had not quite felt before, wondering if what I was seeing was real. 9/11. It was the day the world changed, for my generation at least. There aren’t many events that have happened where I remember so distinctly where I was at that moment. But I remember this. So much tragedy in such a short amount of time. So much loss. It is very likely the most significant thing to happen on the world stage during my lifetime. It brought fear, real fear, to everyone I knew. It seemed as though everyone around me was afraid. And really for the first time in my life, I felt it too. It wasn’t World War I. Or World War II for that matter. But what was it going to be? What would it lead to? Similarly devastating, but in a much shorter period of time. That fear went on for days, weeks, and months. I remember feeling such helplessness, as the stories unfolded about how many lives were lost that fateful day and the days that followed. When something of this magnitude happens, you quickly figure out how lucky you are. I finally had to resolve myself that I could in fact, do something. Something worthwhile. I made a quiet promise that each year when 9/11 came around that I would take time to learn something new about someone who died there, something about the people who volunteered, stories of how people came together to help each other, about the memorial there in the city, and so much more. That I would carry the event itself in my thoughts so that I would not forget, and be conscious of the event that shaped the world on that Tuesday. Someday I hope to visit New York City again, this time to visit the memorial at Ground Zero, and to pay my respects. And so here we are, 14 years later to the day. What is our part in all this? To remember. And to live. To live our lives, simply because we can. I don’t quote Obama very often, but in this case I think it’s appropriate “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honour those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.� - Present Obama in a 2011 radio address.

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A primer on Golden history I sauntered into our living room the other day and my wife, Norma, was watching the Marilyn Show. In the brief snippet that I saw Marilyn was interviewing a woman who I think was living in an old town in Italy. The one line that I heard this woman say was that ‘we are only just passing through, and only briefly.’ She is so right. And if she is right about her experience in that Italian town, can it be any different here in Golden? We too, are just passing through, and only briefly. With that being the case, it might be of some interest to us to know something about how it came about that there even is a community here, a Golden and area, on whose streets and roads we were born, moved to, and now live our lives. It is now September, the kids and grandkids are back in school, so you might think you can sit back and relax, that learning is for the kids, not for you. That’s an option of course. But if you have any interest in the history of Golden and wouldn’t mind someone else’s amateur opinion on the basics of how our area was born and grew up, the following pages in this issue and a few following may interest you. I have written this only because I am interested in it. I went to school in Invermere and got the usual smattering of Social Studies curriculum that was the order of the day. But since I have lived my life since high school I have become somewhat critical of that selection of

by Duane Crandall Special to Golden This Week studies. I remember studying about countries such as Arabia, Switzerland, England, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Australia and many others, including early Canada. We did not, however, study Canada in the 20th century. We graduated from high school not knowing much, if anything, about Canada’s very significant role in World War II. We never studied about where Yugoslavia came from, or who that guy Tito was. Or how Israel came about. Or how communism was moving around the world, which it was at the time. Even as kids we often went to sleep in the ’60’s with creeping communism on our minds. Many people were talking about building bomb shelters and then there was the Cuban Missle Crisis in ’62 when Russia’s Kruschev loaded a bunch of nuclear missles on ships destined for Cuba. The idea of nuclear bombs so close to the U.S. infuriated the

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Americans so they put a naval blockade around Cuba. Kruschev versus Kennedy, and we were in the crosshairs. Thankfully, Russia withdrew. But I have felt especially shortchanged about the lack of local history in my school studies. We learned nothing about Columbia Valley history beyond David Thompson, and we only studied him because he was an explorer. But the poles were still in the Columbia at Athalmer (the first part of Invermere that you come to, down by the river) that the steamships used, yet we never studied about the steamships and the other history common to Invermere and Golden. We never studied why the railway went through Golden instead of Invermere. We heard continually of people driving to Golden to either get on or meet someone getting off the train, but didn’t know why. And if you lived in Invermere and wanted to buy some government land you had to drive to Golden to make application. Why was that office in Golden instead of Invermere? So do we understand our Golden history? Do we care? Its only an interest thing, some are interested, others are not. For those that are, some of these pages over the next few weeks dealing with the history of Golden may be of interest. It deals only with the basics of the history of Golden, and it only scratches the surface. As a historian, I am either not one or am very amateur. Others could do a much better job. But there

may be something here that you haven’t run across before and, if so, it might be a little fun. Also, beware of a little opinion. I suppose every historical account may have a bit of opinion. In my case, I just can’t help myself. Speaking of fun, it would be more fun, if you had a little something to measure yourself against. So I have also made up a little quiz that you can test yourself on before you read the articles. I won’t give you the answers to the quiz until the end, and even then, the answers are only mine. They might not be right, or at least they may be arguable. And if you compare scores with anyone else, those who were born and raised here have an advantage, so they should have a handicapped score. Especially Colleen Palumbo and anyone who works at the museum. In case you are wondering where I got most of this information from, a good lot of it is from Golden Memories. That is a great book, we should be thankful to the people who volunteered to write it. The rest was from various websites on the net, also a wonderful resource. It is much easier to be interested in things like history when we have such an instant reference point to go to. I hope you will learn at least one thing or two. I know I did in putting these pages together. See Quiz, page 9, and history column on pages 17-18.


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Golden History Challenge In what year did B.C. become a province? What year was the railway completed through Golden? Who was the person most responsible for the building of the CPR? Without the railway B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan may well now be part of what country? Who pushed the idea of the railway being built around the Big Bend rather than over Rogers Pass? How many possible routes were there for the railway to take from the prairies to the B.C. coast? Which foreign country supplied much of the labour force for the construction of the CPR in B.C., including the Golden area? Were the foreign workers treated fairly with wages and benefits? What is the significance of the year 1926 in Golden’s history? Golden has the only forest industry mill of this kind in the East Kootenays? In what year was the Trans-Canada Highway opened? When was the Columbia River Treaty signed between Canada and the United States, a treaty which would significantly affect Golden? What is the name of the city in Oregon where 40,000 people had to be relocated because of flooding of the Columbia River in 1948? Which B.C. town was also flooded in that year, although not nearly as badly? The reservoir created by Mica Dam as Kinbasket Lake resulted in the loss of approximately 200 jobs at what location? Which highway was flooded by Kinbasket Lake? Who officially opened the Trans-Canada Highway? What is the name of the provincial park north of Golden that abuts the Alberta border? Why did the B.C. government make that park so large? What was the biggest mistake ever made in the development of the Golden area? Send your answers to publisher@goldenthisweek.com

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Local writer passes away Submitted by the Hern Family

Frances Hern 1951.05.08/2015.09.04 Age 64 Frances lived a full and active life. She was warm and gentle with a quiet nature who touched many lives and who cherished deep and long-lasting friendships. She was a selfless and dedicated mother, always putting the needs of others before her own. Frances exhibited quiet confidence and had great inner strength and courage. She had a great sense of humour (she was always quick to laugh), loved the outdoors, and had an admirable level of fitness. Born in Birmingham England, the youngest child of Ronald and Win Moffatt, she is survived by her mother Win and her elder sister Patricia. Frances met Keith, her husband and best friend for over 43 years, at Great Barr Comprehensive School and they became childhood sweethearts. They married in 1972. After a short honeymoon in the Lake District, they started married life in London where Frances worked as a laboratory technician at Imperial College London. They moved to Canada in 1973 and, unable to find work as a lab tech, she took courses in typing and shorthand and became an executive secretary. They only intended to spend a year in Canada before moving on to see the world, however they both fell in love with Canada and decided to stay. When Frances started her family, she chose to stay at home and invest her time raising her children. She is survived by three children, Claire Frances (33), Adrienne Elaine (31) and Ian William (29). Adrienne married Craig Madill in 2011 and presented Frances with her first grandson, Charlie Woodrow Madill (13 months). Ian married Sarah Woolgar in 2013. When the children started school, Frances filled her free time writing and composing poetry; both passions of hers. Over the years Frances received much recognition for her writing, including the Marg Gilkes Award in 1995 by the Calgary Writers Association. In part because she was not keen on

history at school, she felt there was a need to present history in an easy-to-read format written for young adults. She wrote and had published three books in this genre; t'SBODFT )FSO/PSNBO#FUIVOF The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of B3FWFSFE$BOBEJBO%PDUPS$BONPSF Altitude Publishing, 2004. t'SBODFT )FSO"SDUJD&YQMPSFST*O 4FBSDIPGUIF/PSUIXFTU1BTTBHF4VSSFZ Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., 2010. t'SBODFT )FSO:JQ4BOHBOEUIF 'JSTU$IJOFTF$BOBEJBOT4VSSFZ)FSJUBHF House Publishing Company Ltd., 2011. She had two essays published in Engraved, an anthology of Canadian Stories of World War One (2014). Throughout the years numerous poems of Frances’ have been published in various works. She also has a young adult book awaiting publication. Frances was keen on sport, playing field hockey, basketball, tennis, squash and badminton. She seized any opportunity to feel the warmth of the sun on her face. Summer weekends would find her hiking JO#BOGG +BTQFS BOE:PIPOBUJPOBMQBSLT or canoeing the rivers of Alberta and British Columbia. Frances had a love for gardening, reflecting her desire to nurture. Before kids she took several trips to many European ski resorts. When the

children were young Jackson Hole was the ski resort of choice, where she was the first female to be awarded the Million Vertical Feet belt buckle. As the children grew she became an active parent volunteer in the Lake Louise Ski Club. In the last 10 years of her life Frances called Golden home and enjoyed skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing on Dawn Mountain. Frances enjoyed many family sailing holidays. She sailed extensively on the west coast of Canada with longer trips to the Caribbean islands, along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, in Turkey, and in the Greek Islands. Frances visited many places including Egypt, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Machu 1JDDIV /FX;FBMBOE "VTUSBMJB 3VTTJB  Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and in 2014 she travelled through Kenya, Tanzania, and ;JNCBCXFPO4BGBSJ'SBODFTBOE,FJUI shared a thirst for adventure and love of cultures, people, and the history behind them. On her travels Frances sought out local museums, art galleries, historical sites, and a good cup of tea. She was always ready with a pad and pen, taking notes, names and dates, perhaps seeking inspiration for her next story. Frances was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and was required to undergo a mastectomy. Breast cancer

Celebration of Life The family would like to invite her friends to a celebration of Frances’ life on Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2015 between 2 and 6 pm at The Island Restaurant, Golden, BC.

returned with a vengeance in 2012 necessitating a second mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Devastatingly, despite treatment the cancer metastasized to her lungs, liver, and bones. Her cheerful and positive attitude belied her condition. In January, Frances skied on sunny days just one or two runs before returning home for her après-ski bath and ritual cup of tea. At the end of the ski season, she went on a tour of China and Southeast Asia, her last trip. Wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, poet, and author, Frances will be sorely missed by many. In living memory of Frances Hern, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park in September 2016. Thoughts on Luck Frances Hern – December 19, 2013 Perhaps it’s portioned out at birth, this much for you, less for you. Perhaps I’ve squandered my share on small things, a glutton for serendipity, rather than hoarding it for when I really need it. But then if I had hoarded, denying small pleasures, successes, so I could use it when all the odds are playing against me, I might not care so much about what is happening now.


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Tomato, tomato 1BSUPGUIFFWFOJOHIBSWFTUGSPN8JMMTSPPGUPQAll photos by Claire Dibble. by Claire Dibble Special to Golden This Week Will Cunningham’s garden is easy to spot from the street. In the evenings, after a day of contracting work, Will walks up the steep ramp in the backyard to his rooftop tomato garden. The tidy rows of 5-gallon paint bucket pots slope gently with the slight angle of the roof, and the plants reach for the sky amidst towering pines. During this time of year, in the heart of harvest, Will spends every other evening working his way down one side of the 90 foot trailer roof and back along the other side, gathering the brightly colored fruits of 74 different varieties of tomatoes. He takes care to keep track of which fruit belongs to which variety, as some look very similar, and then begins the process of preserving the seeds. Along the way, he feasts, enjoying the colors and flavors as his hands turn gradually darker from the residue of the vines.

4VOHPME$IFSSZ5PNBUPFT Farming and seed saving has been a part of Will’s life for as long as he can remember, but he began building his current collection of 312 unique varieties of tomato seed six years ago. While some folks find one or two types of tomato that they know, like, and trust, Will finds joy in comparison growing. He likes to test and try, sample and select. And even for the untrained tomato sampler, the differences in taste and texture are obvious and

extreme. Some are weak and watery, others explode with rich flavor. Will has come to know the intricacies of hundreds of varieties, their strengths, weaknesses, and how best to use them in the kitchen. There are always favorites, and among the winners this year are large varieties like Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, and Nyagous, as well as cherry tomatoes like Sungold and Sweet Aperitif. The kitchen at Will’s place is large

enough to accommodate the near daily harvest of hundreds of tomatoes, as well as rows of small labeled jars where the seeds ferment before being washed of any remaining fruit, dried, and stored. In one corner a sturdy floor-to-ceiling shelf holds jar after jar of home canning. It’s clear that Will’s garden provides tasty and healthy meals long after the snow has fallen. Will is encouraging, both with his words and as an example, of the possibility of taking matters of food quality and security into our own hands: “I’d love for young people to see that you don’t have to have a fancy farm to grow food; you can grow it on a roof, in a tire, or in a planter on the patio.� For those interested in learning more about seed saving or growing heirloom tomatoes, Will is an easy guy to talk to. He’s happy to share his experiences, particularly in the colder, darker days of the year when there aren’t a few hundred tomatoes that need picking. See photo spread on pages 12-13.


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Will Cunningham, Golden’s own local tomato expert

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PUBLIC NOTICE 2016 Proposed Permissive Tax Exemptions In accordance with the notice requirements of Section 227 and the authority of Section 224 of the Community Charter, the following properties are proposed by bylaw, for permissive property taxation exemption for the 2016 calendar year. Also included are required estimates of exemption amounts for the following two years. Note that all applications are reviewed for approval on an annual basis.

Owner

Roll #

Organization

PERMISSIVE EXEMPTION SPLIT STATUTORY/PERMISSIVE EXEMPT 00186.005 Golden Sikh Cultural Society Golden Sikh Cultural Society Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day 00196.070 Saints Saints Christian & Missionary Alliance 00229.000 Rocky Mountain Alliance Church (Canadian Pacific District) 00269.000 Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Golden Pentacostal Tabernacal 00371.007 Trinity Lutheran Church of Golden Trinity Lutheran Church 00371.010 Church of England St Paul's Anglican Church Congregation of The United Church of 00393.000 St. Andrews United Church Canada 00404.009 Trustees-Golden Jehovah'S Witnesses Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Bc Conference) 00590.150 Roman Catholic Bishop of Nelson 00441.020

2016

2017

2016

688

702

716

1,328

1,355

1,382

712 10th Street S

512

522

533

717 10th Street S 909 9th Street S 913 9th Street S

405 1,095 656

413 1,117 669

421 1,139 682

901 11th Avenue S

1,052

1,073

1,094

603 13th Street S 1529 Lafontaine Rd

Golden Jehovah's Witnesses

1218 9th Street S

501

511

522

7th Day Adventist Church

913 11th Street S

459

468

478

Sacred Heart Church

808 11th Street S

650

663

677

1,041

1,062

1,083

327

333

340

8,714

8,889

9,066

641

653

667

1,005

1,025

1,046

423 9th Avenue N

1,005

1,025

1,046

205 & 206 -421 9th Avenue N

1,378

1,406

1,434

102-421 9th Avenue N

1,056

1,077

1,098

208-421-9th Avenue N

3,164

3,227

3,292

516 9th Avenue N

3,721

3,795

3,871

601 11th Street S

1,209

1,233

1,258

915 9th Street S

4,184

4,268

4,354

628 2,897 1,557 22,445

640 2,954 1,589 22,894

653 3,014 1,620 23,351

839

855

873

3,508 4,347

3,579 4,434

3,650 4,523

1,793

1,828

1,865

4,513

4,603

4,695

1,859

1,896

1,934

8,164

8,328

8,494

43,670

44,544

45,435

00660.045 Trustees of The Golden Baptist Church Golden Baptist Church 00501.000

Address

Golden & District Senior Citizen Golden & District Senior Citizens' Housing Society Society (Purcell Apts) Total Permissive Exemption Split Stat/Permissive Exempt

1343 Pine Dr 806 12th Street S

NON PROFIT 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00141.000 Patlar Holdings Ltd 00160.000 0798724 Bc Ltd 00234.000 Rocky Mountain Housing Society 00372.000 Synod of The Diocese of Kootenay 00426.010 Golden Pacific #122 Branch R C L 00554.020 Golden & District Historical Soc 00348.000 Annabelle Enterprises Total Non Profit

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Golden Community Resource Society Child Care Resource and Referral Golden Community Resource SocietyGolden Early Years Centre Golden Community Resource Society Employment Centre Golden Community Resource Society Golden Youth Action Network Golden Family Centre Society Golden District Arts Council/Kicking Horse Culture (NFP) Rocky Mountain Housing Society Abbeyfield House Society St Paul's Golden Royal Canadian Legion #122 Golden & District Museum Golden Food Bank

PARK, ATHLETIC OR RECREATION GROUND Golden Rodeo Grounds (Golden Light 00193.008 Crown Provincial Horse Club) 00583.001 Mertex Construction Ltd Kicking Horse Gymnastics Club Total Park, Athletic Or Recreation Ground

106 & 107 - 421 9th Avenue N 106 & 107 - 421 9th Avenue N

1011 11th Avenue S 1302 11th Avenue S 102-1115 9th Street S

1700 Reflection Lake Rd 907 10th Street N

PERMISSIVE EXEMPTION INTEREST IN PUBLIC/LOCAL AUTHORITY PROPERTY Golden Women's Resource Centre 00143.000 Deborah Lynn Kwiatek 419 9th Avenue N Society 00193.015 Golden (Town) Golden & Region Seniors Branch #150 1401 9th Street S Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce 00595.009 Canadian Pacific Railway Co 500 10th Avenue N (Lessee) Total Permissive Exemption Interest in Public/Local Authority Property TOTAL PERMISSIVE TAX EXEMPTIONS


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Eat Pure: Time to get spicy!

by Nicole du Vent Eat Pure Mountain Market Special to Golden This Week

In my last column, you may remember my rant about canning, well the garden is still booming and I’m still up to my elbows in it. It’s finally salsa time! Of all the things I can, salsa wins with taking up the most space on my pretty jewel colored shelves down in the canning room. Homemade salsa is just so much better than store bought and it is one thing that I find myself buying every week if I haven’t canned any and for the past few years I haven’t. Summers spent working up in the backcountry and Golden’s short growing season meant that I didn’t grow a plethora of tomatoes the way I would living in the Okanagan. This year, though, we transformed an old metal frame car-port into a poly greenhouse and PACKED it with tomatoes of all varieties! Green and orange tiger striped ones, yellow pears, pink blush beauties, purple egg shaped ones and of course Roma’s for their amazing texture in sauces and back to the subject du jour, Salsa! Right now I’m 27 pint jars in and I picked up another 24 jars today. That should put me close to my goal of a jar a week for the next year! And now here it is (this is money right here) my tried and tested salsa recipe!

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Waterbird survey initiative looks to protect by Golden This Week staff Anyone that lives in the Golden area knows of the Columbia Wetlands. One of the largest wetland complexes in North America, they support a large variety of wildlife and are also recognized as a Ramsar site, a wetland of international importance recognized by 119 states and numerous partner groups. But what of the area’s bird populations? According to Wildsight.ca, although the Columbia Wetlands are widely recognized as providing important habitat, “there is currently a lack of bird data available for the Wetlands to demonstrate that one or more bird species meet criteria to be designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). In fact, until recently, much of the data available on the Columbia Wetlands was extremely dated. Rachel Darvill, biologist, creator and program manager of the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (CWWS), hopes to change that. “Just by spending time in the Columbia Wetlands, it becomes evident that this ecosystem is critical for birds, but there is a major lack of baseline data for birds in the Columbia Wetlands to prove this,” she explains. “If we are able to meet specific species thresholds in terms of numbers species, we could have the wetlands designated as an IBA.” Both Nature BC (IBA program coordinators) and the Canadian Wildlife Service have indicated that IBA designation for the wetlands is likely with more data. According to ibacaanada.ca, in Canada, IBAs have been used “to design conservation reserve networks, and to prioritize lands for acquisition. They have also been used by governments in assessing impacts and establishing guidelines for proposed development projects.” Darvill plans to use the waterbird survey to help the Wetlands gain their IBA status, but also to learn more about the bird populations of the Columbia Wetlands. It is no small undertaking, but she has already been able to attract the interest of, and utilize, several volunteers from the area to help her complete the work – which is expected to take at least five consecutive years.

Training is not required to be a volunteer, however, Darvill says it is highly encouraged and Wildsight Golden offers free waterbird survey training prior to the surveys. “We had two two-hour training modules for the spring CWWS and we have one currently scheduled for the fall on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Golden,” she says. “We will also have a training session with at least one class of high school kids at Golden Secondary School. We have developed a CWWS protocol, and we provide data sheets and a field guide that describes the waterbirds that one is most likely to encounter in the Columbia Wetlands.” Darvill says there are three survey dates planned for fall migrations, Oct 5, 15 and 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Volunteers are asked to go to specific point count locations within the Columbia Wetlands at specific times of day, so that everyone is surveying on the same days and at the same time. “Participants identify, count and record all birds seen - including unknowns,” she says. “We ask that people at least learn to recognize the most commonly seen waterbirds, which is why we provide the guide, but more experienced birders often record all species seen.” The CWWS was officially launched in the spring of 2015, with volunteers out counting on April 24 and 29, and on May

4. During the spring surveys, volunteers recorded nearly 15,000 individual birds and 90 species in just three days (three hours per day). The program itself is the brainchild of Darvill and is something she is quite passionate about.

“We will also have a training session with at least one class of high school kids at Golden Secondary School. We have developed a CWWS protocol, and we provide data sheets and a field guide that describes the waterbirds that one is most likely to encounter in the Columbia Wetlands.” “It took quite a lot of work, determination, vision and collaboration to develop this program,” she explains. “I worked with several agencies - Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, BC Nature, Bird Studies Canada and Ducks Unlimited - on developing the CWWS protocol. I reviewed a few models and used a combination of methods from different protocols to develop the program, for instance, the Canadian Wildlife Service Breeding Waterbird Survey and the Coastal Waterbird Survey.” Darvill says the process wasn’t easy, and some thought that the CWWS was a very

ambitious program and that she should start smaller because she may not get the volunteer base required. “I was hoping for 15 volunteers to cover 30 to 40 point count locations,” says Darvill. “However, the program has been hugely successful and people have loved it. This spring we had a waiting list and we have one again this fall, too. But we did manage to find 64 accessible locations that 38 people surveyed in the spring. This fall we currently have 46 people (plus high school students) registered to survey at over 70 locations, and some are even being done by canoe or kayak, which will be new.” For Darvill, this program and its outcomes are very important. “I have been involved with bird research and conservation for nearly two decades and I am very passionate both about birds and the Columbia Wetlands - a globally significant ecosystem,” she says. “I hope that this program not only raises awareness about the importance of birds and the amazing bird diversity we have here, but of the Columbia Wetlands system itself. These wetlands are a true gem; they are part of the Pacific Flyway and the last remaining undammed stretch of the Columbia River, which is critical to maintain for the future of birds, other wildlife and for humans.” Darvill says the wetlands and are critically important to maintain for humans as they produce a massive amount of ecosystem services, or human benefits derived from nature that are necessary to maintain in order for human wellbeing to persist. For instance, water filtration, flood protection, aesthetic views, recreational opportunities, carbon sequestration and sense of place. “If I can help raise awareness of the importance of the Columbia Wetlands, through IBA designation or otherwise, I have done my job,” she adds. “A healthy, sustainable environment that maintains diversity is essential to a strong community and local economy.” Recently, the Columbia Wetlands were denied IBA status because of the lack of baseline data that exists for birds in

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History series - Part 1: Canadian Pacific Railway by Duane Crandall Special to Golden This Week Any discussion of the history of Golden must include its most important impact, the Canadian Pacific Railway. There are two important aspects to the issue of the railway that affected Golden. First is the fact that the railway was built at all, since it required financial backing by the fledgling government of Canada. Second is the route that it took through the Kicking Horse Pass, only one choice from among many options, and ultimately through Golden. In 1871 Canada was a very young country, only four years old. Barely 4 million people called themselves Canadians and most lived in the eastern half of the country. Those living in the west were scattered over all of western Canada, and had not even been counted in a census. There were only two western provinces in place. Manitoba had become a province in 1870 and British Columbia joined Confederation in July of 1871, and only after having been promised a transcontinental railway within ten years as a condition of joining. Not everyone in the Canadian government, however, agreed that a railway to the west was a good idea. The government of the day was a Conservative government led by our first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, the major proponent of the plan. The opposition in government, and a furious opponent of the railway project was the Liberal Party, led by the man who became our second prime minister, Alexander Mackenzie. In addition, much of the media were also opposed, as were many of the prime minister’s own Conservative government members of parliament. They were often bombarded by their constituents who felt that the government was going to ruin the country financially with the “insane recklessness” of building a railway clear out to the Pacific, just to keep a promise to British Columbia, which most people in the east felt of little importance. Macdonald, however, had more concerns than just keeping a promise. He was worried about keeping British

North America in Canadian hands rather than losing it to the United States. And he had reason to worry. The idea of Canada becoming part of the United States was originally contemplated by the U.S. in its Articles of Confederation, drafted in 1781. It provided that “If Canada accedes to this Confederation, it will be admitted.” In Macdonald’s time as prime minister, nearly one hundred years later, however, the American attitude was not one of merely welcoming Canada to the American fold, but rather one of taking Canada over some other way. The United States had just completed its purchase of Alaska in 1867 and was anxious to see the country continue to grow. Its Secretary of State, W. H. Seward, had recently told a Boston audience that “the whole continent shall be, sooner or later, within the magic circle of the American union.” Two years later, a United States Senate committee report said that the “opening by us first of a Northern Pacific railroad seals the destiny of the British possessions west of the ninety-first meridian. They will become so Americanized in interests and feelings that they will be in effect severed from the new Dominion (Canada), and the question of their annexation will be but a question of time.” If the Canadian Pacific Railway had not been built, the Americans would probably have ended up being right. Through commercial access, they would probably have acquired what is now the Canadian prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Following that the Yukon and Northwest Territories would have been purchased if not otherwise easily acquired to nicely join Alaska with the lower forty-eight states. British Columbia would not have wanted to miss all the economic benefits of being part of the world that surrounded it so it too would probably have abandoned Canada and joined the U.S. Canada would have then been only the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, if indeed, they didn’t also join the U.S. The Americans were serious. They wanted the Canadian west. It is surprising that they would not go to war to win it, opting instead to win it commercially with a railroad. Perhaps they remembered the

War of 1812. John A. Macdonald was ready to fight for Canada in any arena. He ended up doing so by using the Americans strategy, that of building a railway, to seemingly build an economic fence along Canada’s southern border, at least as close to it as he could get.

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to be built through Golden, the Kicking Horse Pass would have to be chosen as the route through the Rockies. In all of the government studies over the previous ten years, the Kicking Horse had hardly been looked at.” Macdonald hoped to award a railway charter in early 1872, but in Canada’s second election he was returned to power that year with only a minority government and was defeated by the Liberals in 1874. The railway project received little funding from the Liberals, although several hundred miles of track were built and the entire route was surveyed during their term in office. When Macdonald was re-elected prime minister in 1878 he immediately started looking for a group capable of building the railway. He found a group headed by George Stephen (after whom Mt. Stephen in Field is named) and awarded a charter to them in 1880. This was step one in the history of dozens of towns along the railway, including Golden. With the awarding of the charter, the business deal was done, but the actual building of the line would be a monumental task, and much of it was dependent on some very strategic decisions, among them the route that would be taken. In order for the railway to be built through Golden, the Kicking Horse Pass would have to be chosen as the route through the Rockies. In all of the

government studies over the previous ten years, the Kicking Horse had hardly been looked at. There were many options. The Crowsnest to the south, which would have been closest to the American border and given Canada the most protection from American commercialization, was too difficult because of the challenging mountain ranges in southern B.C. Howse Pass, just north of Golden, would have worked, and was selected by one of the surveyors, Walter Moberly. He favoured using the Howse and then taking the line north around the Big Bend of the Columbia River and then down to Revelstoke. Athabasca Pass lay a ways north of Howse and the Yellowhead Pass was located north of that, near present-day Jasper. Another, Pine Pass, was even farther north. One of the major players in the government surveying prior to the awarding of the charter, Sir Sandford Fleming, decided that the route was to go through the Yellowhead. Walter Moberly was furious. He and his men had done a huge amount of work on the various options over several years and he felt the Yellowhead was a tragic mistake. He ended up leaving government service as a result. The choice of routes, however, ended up not being decided by government, but rather by the construction syndicate chosen to build the line. The choice likely satisfied two objectives. It was probably cheaper than the Yellowhead, so it was favoured by the syndicate and, except for the Crowsnest, which appeared impossible to build across the southern part of the province, it satisfied the political objective of insulating Canada from commercial invasion by the Americans. In addition, there was a substantial amount of land that was privately owned (probably by land speculators who knew that the Yellow Head was the preferred route), and would therefore have to be purchased along the Yellow Head route. The land for the Kicking Horse route was all or almost all government land, resulting in a huge cost savings. The change of routes was authorized ... Continued on page 18


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‘ ... and therefore, was step two in the creation of Golden’ ... Continued from page 17 by Parliament on May 17, 1882 in a descriptively named act entitled “An Act to Authorize the Construction, on Certain Conditions, of the Canadian Pacific Railway Through Some Pass Other Than the Yellow Head Pass.” This became the green light for the Kicking Horse Pass, and therefore was step two in the creation of Golden. But Walter Moberly had probably been right. While the Yellow Head was not Moberly’s choice of routes, the Kicking Horse/Rogers Pass route was not either. Moberly had recommended the use of Howse Pass through the Rockies, which would have brought the railway down the Blaeberry River rather than the Kicking Horse, (had that been the case Golden might have been simply located a few kilometres to the north). But then, rather than crossing the Selkirks via Rogers Pass, he favoured taking the line along the Columbia River up to the Big Bend and then following it down to Revelstoke. That route was about one hundred miles further, and while the Rogers Pass route

was cheaper to build, the ‘Big Bend’ route would have had lower operating costs. Over the course of the following years, however, the CPR probably found out that operating costs should have played a larger role in the choice of routes. Roger Pass was an exceedingly expensive environment in which to operate. Steep grades necessitating ‘pusher engines,’ avalanches, spring floods and equipment repairs drove the operating costs much higher than anticipated. But the worst cost of Rogers Pass was in human lives. Avalanches took a human toll on many occasions, but March 4, 1910, twenty-five years after the railway was built, sixty-two people were killed on one fateful day. Most were Golden and Revelstoke residents. So while the credibility of Moberly’s opinions had not been accepted by the government or the construction syndicate, there is no doubt that with the benefit of hindsight and their terrible losses, the families of those killed would have had no trouble knowing which route was the best. It was soon after this tragedy that planning began for the construction of the Connaught Tunnel. The tunnel would bring the railway back down out of Rogers Pass and away from the worst of the grade and snow

problems. The 1910 tragedy was only the largest single horrific incident. A great number of others were also lost in smaller avalanches, plus many others in railway construction. Those numbers will never be known. There are probably hundreds of unmarked graves along the right-ofway of the CPR, especially through British Columbia. Since construction costs, however, were all that mattered to the syndicate, it favoured Rogers Pass rather than going around the ‘Big Bend.’ With the completion of railway service to the Pacific, however, Sir John A. Macdonald had stitched together a country: Canada. Along with that, he had also created a reason for the existence of many communities which would spring up along the line, including Golden, to service the railway as well as well as industry in the areas around them. He was responsible, far more than anyone else, for getting the railway built and for preserving the Canada that we have today. To those who appreciate the shape of our present-day Canada, John A. Macdonald is probably more responsible for it than anyone else. Not that he is to be admired

in every way for several of his actions, including the treatment of the Metis, have not been judged kindly by history. If the route chosen for the railway had been any one other than the Kicking Horse, the land where Golden is today would probably still be rivers and trees as it had always been before. In addition, not only would Golden’s history have been largely different, but so would that of the upper Columbia Valley as far south as Lake Windermere. That area was reachable by steamboat shortly after the railway passed through Golden in 1884, but it would not have been within reach had the railway went through any other pass. Those two decisions, that of building a railway across the west, and building through the Kicking Horse Pass were the foundation decisions for ones which would shape Golden’s history in its future. The establishment of the forest industry in the Golden area, the decision to locate the CPR Repair Depot in Golden in 1983, and the building of Whitetooth Ski Hill in 1986 (which has now evolved into Kicking Horse Mountain Resort) are all results of the decision to bring the railway through the Kicking Horse Pass.

‘This spring we had a waiting list, and we have one again this fall’ ... Continued from page 16 the Columbia Wetlands on bird species, abundance and distribution. With the help of the CWWS, Darvill hopes to change that.

“IBAs are recognized as being placed irreplaceable for birds...” “IBAs are recognized as being placed irreplaceable for birds; they are essential habitats to conserve and monitor in order to ensure a future for our worlds birds; and they are important for the tourism economy as well,” she says. “We do not know if the Columbia Wetlands bird species populations are increasing, decreasing or if they are stable.” Darvill explains that baseline data

can be useful for measuring long-term bird population trends, which can be especially useful when an area is changed

due to things like climate change, train derailments or increased human disturbance.

“Baseline data can help formulate management actions and identify private land conservation priorities. When participants are out collecting the data, this can also help foster an appreciation and a stewardship ethic for the Columbia Wetlands and its birds.” The fall CWWS dates are Oct. 5, 15 and 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A new map highlighting the survey sites can be downloaded by visiting wildsight.ca/ columbiawetlandswaterbirdsurvey. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the program, please contact Darvill by email at rachel@ wildsight.ca or call 250-344-5530. Darvill says the program is made possible by volunteers, and is funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Vancouver Foundation Stewart Fund, Windermere Rod and Gun Club and Mountain Equipment Co-op.


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