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friendly. Please call in advance if you would like to come as they go somewhere different all of the time. Need Snowshoes. Karen Thatcher 362-7207

16/,30$,#*/(0 Runs every Thursday from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Flying Steamshovel. All proceeds go to the Rossland Family Relief Fund, aiding local families in need. 250-362-7323

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movies. Facility will be unsupervised.

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land Miner’s Hall hosts performers - music, dance, spoken word, theatre. Interested volunteers and performers may contact Michael Gifford at 250-362-7170 or giffmus@telus.net. Adults $3, students free. Treats available. Doors open at 6. Next show is Jan. 15.

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land to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

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January-February

Assessments down in 2011 for Rossland ROSSLAND NEWS Jan. 6

The value of most Rossland homes will decline by about one per cent in the eyes of the provincial and municipal governments, and the city’s total assessment roll will also dip slightly in 2011 compared to the year before.

That’s according to the latest figures from BC Assessment, which has just sent out letters to property owners informing them of the new estimated values of their homes and businesses. “In most of the municipalities in the Rossland/Trail area, the market values decreased slightly,” regional deputy assessor Dennis Hickson said. As a result, a typical single-family home

in Rossland valued at $253,000 last year would be valued at $250,000 on the 2011 assessment roll. The City of Rossland’s total assessment roll also dropped in 2011. It stands at $601 million this year compared to $624 million last year. The annual adjustment is based largely on aggregate sale prices for properties in a given municipality, which BC Assessment collects from land registry data and uses to estimate

Winter carnival deemed a huge success

Tense meeting for board trustees ROSSLAND NEWS Jan. 13

The Board of Education met as a group on Monday for the first time since a trio of trustees from Trail called on the minister of education to remove chairman Gordon Smith and have the board dissolved. Tensions were high as trustees and senior staff of School District 20 gathered at Trail Middle School for their first regular meeting of 2011. About two dozen members of the public also attended the meeting, and several who spoke at the end tended to agree with the Trail trustees’ desire to move forward with the district’s “Planning for the Future” process. Recommendations outlined in the “Planning for the Future Part II” document, prepared by district staff, include school closures in Rossland and Castlegar which would save the district a significant amount of money but have upset many parents, politicians and members of the public in those two cities. The division between Trail and other municipalities over this issue continued to play out at the meeting. Trail trustee Lorraine Manning said she was “disappointed in the board” over what she described as a pattern of ganging up on her, fellow Trail trustee Mark Wilson, and Warfield trustee Toni Driutti, who lives in Trail. “If you look at all the (meeting) minutes, you’ll always see a bloc of votes and the Trail people are always left out,” she said. The board’s decision last month to postpone public hearings on the Planning for the Future process was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Manning said, and what prompted her to sign her name to a letter asking Education Min-

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Kelly Acheson, one of the main organizers for Winter Carnival, was really pleased with the way the weekend turned out and she shared her highlights with us. “It was crazy busy all weekend, what a huge team effort” she said. “It was awesome.” “It was 100 strong that pulled it off,” she continued. “I want to thank my board of directors and all the volunteers. We’ve got our event organizers and they just do their thing, they just run with it.” Besides Acheson, the board includes Caroline Rousselle, Anna Caron, Marlene Streif, Sarah Dixon, Tara Kowalchuk, Larry Doelle, Richard Reid, Don DeLong. “They did everything that needed to be done,” Acheson said. She also thanked the event’s four “major majors,” the City of Rossland, the Nelson and District Credit Union, Red Mountain, and Crossline Films, but also Doctors with Warm Hearts, Teck, Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, The South Kootenay Business Centre, Castlegar Hyundai, Fortis BC, and many others. “It’s a great community event,” she said, thanking all these sponsors and others for “everything from cash, to flat bed trucks, to prize donations.” “The bobsled’s always a highlight,” Acheson continued. “We thought we’d be down in registration [because Rick Mercer wasn’t here], but we weren’t. And the race went without incident.” “The Slocan ice sculptures are a monstrous favourite. You can just feel the

ister Margaret MacDiarmid to dissolve the board and intervene directly in the process. Castlegar trustee Mac Gregory, however, said he was “really disturbed” by the letter to the minister. He said the fact that the three trustees from Trail often find themselves on the losing end of votes is no justification to dissolve the board as a whole. “Everyone does not agree all the time,” Gregory said. “If it’s a 6-3 vote all the time, perhaps the three are just out of touch.” Bev Maloff, who also represents Castlegar, took things a step further and suggested the Trail trustees have some kind of grudge against Rossland. “Why do you guys dislike Rossland so much?” she said. “Why do you always pick on Rossland?” But Manning dismissed that accusation as ridiculous. “I don’t hate Rossland,” she said. “I have lots of friends in Rossland.” Maloff ’s accusation also prompted groans and plenty of eye-rolling from the Trail parents in attendance. “I found Ms. Maloff ’s comments ... out of order,” Roland Vogel told the board at the end of the meeting. Vogel, who has been an outspoken critic of the board’s decision to delay the public hearings, tried to voice further concerns but was cut off by chairman Smith, who insisted that members of the public ask questions — not make comments — during the designated question period at the end of board meetings. It’s still unclear what will happen next with the “Planning for the Future” process. Smith said the board must meet as a committee of the whole to decide how to proceed, but trustees couldn’t agree Monday on a date. Smith said he wants to arrange for that meeting as soon as possible.

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weekend kicking into mode that Thursday,” she said, when the Canadian Snow Sculpture team arrives and begins to build the beer garden and the ice slide outside the library. “These guys are world famous and we are so lucky to have them here. They’re somewhere different every weekend,” she said about the Kootenay artists who have worked together on sand and ice since 1992, offer workshops, and attend festivals all over the map — visit www. snowsculpture.com. “This year they embedded lights into the bar. Everybody stops and checks them out. We’ve already booked them for next year,” Acheson said. “Then there’s the rail jam, it speaks for itself,” she continued. “It’s too bizarre that they would transplant a ski hill onto a downtown street. And there are really good riders! Pete Gearin [the organizer], he’s awesome. I saw him on the street and he’s already talking about next year.” Acheson was really fired up to be paired with the Blizzard Fest, especially since “we were an official outdoor music venue for the fest, with wicked DJs. We’re going to do it up again next year, bigger and better.” She wanted to give a special thanks to the Kootenay SnoGoers. “They gave snowmobile rides to kids all afternoon at the kids carnival at the Lion’s campground.” And there was so much more, from King of the Mountain and Learn to Luge, to the relay race, the kids’ art exhibition, snow golf, snow volleyball, not to mention the parade and all the food and drink. “There’s just nothing about the weekend that’s not involved with the outdoors, the mountains, the snow,” Acheson said. “I just loved it, every minute of it.”

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Council erupts over borrowing of $6 million ROSSLAND NEWS March

Chords rang true at the Rouge Gallery’s Valentine’s Day performance; meanwhile, down the street at City Hall, discord reigned as council held forth on a $6 million loan (approved), $250,000 on downtown engineering (approved), a parcel tax review panel (that fell on its face last year), and a five year financial plan for our town that squeaked past first reading. At one point, after much gavel banging and repeated warnings for Coun. Laurie Charlton to come to order, Mayor Greg Granstrom ejected Charlton from council and threatened to call the RCMP. After a two-minute recess the second cool-down of the evening - Charlton apologized, Granstrom accepted, and the meeting resumed. Later, Coun. Jill Spearn advanced a notice of motion to inquire into the cost incurred by following up on Charlton’s “excessive freedom of information requests.” Not to be outdone, Charlton’s coup-de-grace was a notice of motion in the final minutes of the public meeting in which he accused CAO Victor Kumar of libel and officially recommended that he be fired.

To begin at the beginning, the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) expired on Feb. 10 with only 19 of the 247 dissenters required to trigger a referendum. Consequently, council passed Bylaw No. 2493 at Monday’s meeting to authorize borrowing “not exceeding” $6 million to finance the potential Columbia-Washington infrastructure upgrades. Before the vote, Charlton spent two minutes on his well-known opinion that “we still have no clear idea of exactly what work will be done ... We should hold off on finalizing this bylaw until we get a clear description from staff as to what, exactly, is planned.” Spearn, “exasperated,” said, “for clarification to the community, [this bylaw] is so that we can engage in an engineering project that, without the engineering design, is absolutely impossible for [city staff] to predict.” Ten minutes later, as the mayor prepared to put it to a vote, Charlton used two minutes to say, again, that the upgrades may be unnecessary and the costs are unknown without an infrastructure analysis. Granstrom asked, “Councillor, how do you propose to get that information without doing the engineering?” The bylaw passed 5-2, and council moved on

to authorizing $250,000 towards the engineering and design for the corridor. For six minutes Charlton returned to the notion that the upgrades were unknown, unnecessary, and undefined. Granstrom attempted to intervene on a few occasions, most significantly to say, “You’ve been speaking for quite some time now, if you would get to your point that would be great.” Charlton replied, “Well, if you would quit interrupting and let me finish.” A couple minutes later, council voted 5-2 to commit the funds. Things got hot when debate moved to the Ophir Reservoir parcel tax roll review panel. Before this parcel tax can be imposed the first time, council must appoint at least three people to a quasi-judicial review panel. Charlton, Granstrom, and Coun. Kathy Moore were appointed to the panel last year to adjudicate complaints, but they failed to authenticate the tax roll. According to a public memo by CAO Victor Kumar, two of the panel contravened procedure in two ways, first by introducing a late amendment to the agenda - “a [panel] member cannot make a complaint and purport to adjudicate on that issue” - and secondly by attempting to “investigate” an alternative method of calculating the parcel tax. It is

Kumar’s opinion that “one or two panel members are confusing [the zoning bylaw with the application of tax.]” Legally, Kumar said, the panel must “apply objective standards,” and “follow procedure,” but “the 2010 review panel prejudiced their independence,” confusing their “quasi-judicial function” with their “policy decision making function.” Granstrom was sure to point out that the formula contested “has gone to the BC court and was upheld in the Court of Appeal.” Charlton took strong issue with Kumar’s wording, but first took two minutes to say that there were “errors in the parcel tax roll” that needed correction. When pressed to highlight these errors, Charlton raised the O’Flanagan’s complaint, the one that has already been through the courts. Saving the real fireworks for the final minutes, Charlton put forward a notice of motion that Kumar’s memo “calls into question the integrity and conduct of two members of council” and “contains unsubstantiated allegations that constitute libel.” Therefore, “be it resolved that the employment contract of Victor Kumar be terminated for cause, effective immediately.” Granstrom took the notice and asked, “Are you done, sir?”

Council denies motion to fire CAO ROSSLAND NEWS March 2

Coun. Laurie Charlton’s motion to terminate CAO Victor Kumar’s employment contract “for cause, effective immediately,” forwarded at the end of the acrimonious Feb. 14 meeting, was met by a resounding silence in council on Monday — with no second to the motion, it failed. Coun. Kathy Moore commented in a separate interview, “that whole thing got out of control, as far as I’m concerned. If there were legitimate concerns, they should have been dealt with in-camera.” Charlton’s concerns arose from a memo Kumar circulated to council as background to the reappointment of a quasi-judicial parcel tax roll review panel. Charlton, Moore, and Mayor Greg Granstrom were the panel members last year, but they failed to authenticate the tax roll. Kumar’s memo explained that two of the panel contravened procedure in two ways, first by introducing a late amendment to the agenda — “a [panel] member cannot make a complaint and purport to adjudicate on that issue” — and secondly by attempting to “investigate” an alternative method of calculating the parcel tax. Granstrom was sure to point out that the formula contested by the panel “has gone to the BC court and was upheld in the Court of Appeal.” Kumar’s memo further alleged, “one or two panel members are confusing [the zoning bylaw with the application of tax.]” Legally, Kumar said, the panel must “apply objective standards,” and “follow procedure,” but “the 2010 review panel prejudiced their independence,” confusing their “quasi-judicial function” with their “policy decision making function.” Charlton called these comments “unsubstantiated” and “libellous,” claiming they questioned his “integrity and conduct.” Moore said the whole “zoo and circus” was quite unnecessary. “There’s no need for that.” Apparently the rest of council agreed.

The aftermath of the March 11 fire at Rossland Cedar.

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Structural fire consumes mill ROSSLAND NEWS March 16

Rossland’s biggest structure fire in at least two years razed the planer building at the Bryden Sawmill on Highway 22 (Rossland Cedar) on Friday night, keeping fire fighters from Rossland, Warfield, Trail, and Montrose on scene from just before midnight until 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Dwight Wilson, the owner of Rossland Cedar — which took over from Jones Ties and Poles a couple years ago — did not wish to comment on the fire at this time, although regional fire Chief Terry Martin, the commander on scene, said that Wilson has been “very helpful” and have been “working really well” with the fire department as they work on identifying the cause of the fire. “We got the call around 11:30,” Martin said. “It was reported by the neighbour across the highway, also passerbys, and one of the employees who lives in a nearby building.” Martin was the first on scene and described the fire as intense.

“The roof had already collapsed and the walls were coming down. It was a very aggressive fire.” Martin couldn’t recall the last time Rossland experienced a fire of this scale, but said it was “at least a couple years,” and the “biggest in recent memory.” “We didn’t let it burn to the ground,” he clarified, noting that safety concerns forced them to wait for Fortis to turn off power to the building before sending firefighters into the fray. In the meantime, the approximately 20 firefighters on scene put four hose lines around the building and started to put out the fire and protect the surrounding product — piles of lumber — and other structures so the fire didn’t progress any further. “Once Fortis shut the power off, we were able to get crews into the sections that were hot and put out the hot spots,” Martin said. It wasn’t simple however because there was such a mess of debris. “It was very tough to put it out because walls were collapsed on walls. The building was totally destroyed. It was lots of digging and it took a while.”

Firefighters stayed long enough to make sure the fire was totally out before handing it over to the owner at about 8 a.m. Martin, who was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years in Rossland and has been a career fireman for 20 years since, said the fire was an excellent example of the benefits of a regional fire service that unites several local fire companies. One of the problems faced by the department was a lack of water at the site. Three water tenders were required to haul water from a hydrant on the old Cascade Highway. “That’s part of rural firefighing,” Martin said, “and the good thing about regional firefighting: “We can call on other companies when we’re short and need help, either material or men.” Rossland’s fire engines were also on scene, one actively fighting the fire and one to shuttle firefighters. Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Martin said it was fortunate that it happened at this time of the year. “We would have been in for a long weekend if this happened in July.”


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Trustees eye water-quality consultant for RSS ROSSLAND NEWS April 6

As school district officials plan to try an automated flushing system in their latest attempt to deal with the persistently high lead levels in water at Rossland Secondary School, trustees are looking at calling in an outside consultant.

“I think it’s time to bring somebody in who’s a water-quality expert,” trustee Mark Wilson said at Monday night’s school board meeting. At that meeting, trustees also heard that district staff plans to test an automatic flushing system in school drinking fountains to see if it helps reduce the level of lead coming out of the taps. While the problem has not been pinpointed, it is believed that lead solder from old pipe connections is leaching into the

Mixed reaction to strong RSS ranking ROSSLAND NEWS May 18

Only four public secondary schools — University Hill and Lord Byng in Vancouver, Sentinel in West Vancouver, and Okanagan Mission in Kelowna — ranked higher than RSS in the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking of the province’s schools, with private schools dominating the top spots. RSS tied for 30th place in the overall ranking of 274 secondary schools whose Grade 12 enrollment exceeds 15 students. Terry McDonnell, principal of RSS, says he doesn’t put much stock in the institute’s rankings, focusing his attention on what he considers the root for RSS success: “We’ve got great kids, great teachers, and you can really feel the support from the community,” he said. “It’s a wonderful building to be in. When you’ve got all that going for you — great people and a great atmosphere — positive things will come from that. That’s what I support.” “I don’t spend a lot of time focusing on the institute’s report,” he continued, noting the commentary in the news about people’s agreement (or not) with the study’s indicators. “I’m more focused on working with the kids, the community, and the teachers to keep it positive and upbeat in the building.” “It takes a community to raise a kid,” he quipped. “Everybody’s dedicated to working together and doing the best for the kids.” “Hopefully [the ranking] will mitigate worries of inadequate education at RSS,” said Shelley Ackerman, a parent active on the Neighbourhoods of Learning committee. Ackerman was referring to region-wide concerns over the need to tighten up the teacher-tostudent ratio, and the specific need at RSS to cut back on some staff. “People are worried that this is going to make it impossible to offer all the necessary courses, and that some parents will pull their kids and send them to Crowe,” Ackerman said. “I personally have faith in RSS’s ability to keep doing the excellent job it’s always done.” MacLean Elementary has also risen in the rankings, from an average spot of 188th of 751 elementary schools over the last five years, up to 128th of 875 elementary schools this year. Teresa Burdusco, principal of MacLean Elementary, declined to make any public comment regarding the rankings that also put Trail’s St. Michael’s in 117th, James L. Webster in 303rd, and Glenmerry in 410th this year. Others are more openly dismissive of the results.

school’s water. The latest tests again showed quantities of the heavy metal that are above Health Canada’s safety guidelines, said Heather Simm, assistant director of operations with School District 20. Wilson said it’s “frustrating” that the situation remains unresolved and called for outside help. Trustees then approved a motion directing staff to find out how much it would cost to hire a water-quality expert to address the problem.

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David DeRosa, principal of J.L. Crowe — which ranked 87th among secondary schools, above Stanley Humphries in 194th — said “it’s such a limited and finite data source that they’re using.” The Fraser Institute’s “report card” measures a school’s status by looking at areas like average exam marks, percentage of exams failed, and graduation rate. The Fraser Institute writes that they focus on subjects with “uniform, statewide assessment,” but despite the apparent objectivity, there are methodological problems. For example, DeRosa explained that “the participation rates in examinations at the Grade 12 level fluctuate from year to year and even semester to semester, depending if our students are going to post-secondary schooling and post-secondary job training, or directly into the job world.” The institute measures improvement by comparing results to a five-year average. By these comparisons, Crowe has dropped 13 places in the standings, while RSS has risen from 44th place. But again, the tight focus on uniformly graded subjects leaves out areas like trades training, the fine arts, or development of good citizenship skills. Nor do the rankings consider the quality of fitness facilities or technology upgrades, areas where J.L. Crowe especially excels. As another measure, DeRosa said, “we have one of the highest daily physical activity success rates in a high school. We have more kids doing more fitness-oriented activity in our school than most provincially.” “We had the minister of education here on Friday and he said our school is second to none in B.C.,” he added. Andrew Davidoff, president of the Kootenay Columbia Teacher’s Union, pointed out that the ranking is heavily influenced by “socio-economic status,” with top-heavy results for private schools. Rather than a sign of educational excellence, he said, these results are more a sign that private schools “don’t have to accept every student, and many of those students have entry tests.” The district does look at the Fraser Institute results, he said, but to highlight areas of strength and areas that may need improvement rather than to compare schools. The institute denies that the report only “distinguishes have schools from have-not schools.” They write: “While it is sometimes easier for schools to successfully teach children who enjoy many advantages at home, each year the report cards identify many schools with students that have very good results even though they serve students whose families do not have a high income level or high level of parental education.”

Many cats have gone missing last fall and this spring, disappearing without a trace — possibly in the jaws of coyotes — while others have found their cats fatally mauled by dogs. The data does not exist to tell if there is a trend of increasing or higher-than-normal disappearances or maulings, but many Rossland pet owners are concerned. At 10:30 p.m. last Saturday, Sam Troy of 2nd Avenue “bore terrible witness” to a dog attacking her beloved, 13-year-old Sneetch, a gentle gray cat this reporter knew well from two months of living in the lap of hospitality at Troy’s house. Troy heard the screams of what she assumed were her neighbour’s young chickens being attacked. She ran out to find Sneetch being tossed around in the mouth of a mid-size mixed breed with German Shepherd markings. She moved in and rescued Sneetch as the dog “cringed” away and bounded a tall stone wall and fence, leaving “silently,” Troy said. Sneetch died four hours later, suffering from the trauma and wounds. Troy suspects several dogs on the loose in Rossland are culprits behind numerous fatal maulings. The same night Sneetch died, another cat was attacked in Lower Rossland by a mid-size mutt with Shepherd markings, and “a Mastiff face,” they reported. Many more people report that their cat disappeared “without a trace.” Without evidence, many plausible explanations exist, but most argue that coyotes have snatched the cats. Others also suspect cougars or even raccoons. Mr. Puss was five when he chose Stewart Spooner over Spooner’s friend. “He seemed to like my place better and stuck around,” Spooner recalled. Now 16 years old, Mr. Puss hasn’t been seen for more than two weeks. “There’s no evidence at all,” Spooner said. “Normally he doesn’t stray too far from home. We searched high and low, figuring he could be caught somewhere, or injured and hiding out.” Since then, Spooner has asked around and has found many others who have lost pets. “A guy on 1st Avenue, his 10-yearold inside-outside cat went missing at the same time. Another two over by the MacLean school went missing around

then too.” Spooner figured coyotes were a likely culprit. “I’ve certainly heard coyotes at the perimeter of town,” he said, “and coming in at other times. It seems less likely to me, cougars wandering the streets.” He suggested that the late spring and snowpack might affect typical behaviours, but he added that it’s “all speculation at the moment. I haven’t heard of any sightings of predators.” Neither has the conservation officer, Ben Beetlestone. “If there’s a coyote problem,” he said, “no one’s told us about it.” Since April 1, 2010, there has been one unconfirmed cougar sighting near Rossland reported to the conservation office, and one call to advise the office of a coyote pack here. “If cats are going missing, it could be a neighbour who doesn’t like cats. It could be coyotes, it could be a cougar,” Beetlestone said, illustrating the variety of explanations. “If a dog attacks a cat, it will kill it. It’s just a game, to kill it, and it will leave it wherever it killed it.” Nevertheless, he added, the dog may not kill the cat somewhere that is easy to find. The conservation office is most interested in reports of abnormal behaviour. For example, “If coyotes were being seen regularly through the day,” he said, “or aggressive behaviour was seen. But we’re not seeing any of that.” Cindy Devine lost 17-year-old Nootka last September from her Cooke Avenue home. Like Mr. Puss, there was no trace of “Nootie.” Since then, Devine began to notice “posters all over town.” She counted 15 cats missing between August and September. “There was a quiet period over the winter,” she said, “I don’t know where the coyotes went then.” She argued, “usually if there’s an attack by a dog, there’s some hair or remains. Nootka’d been in a lot of kerfuffles. Usually there was a huge amount of hair.” “There’s something about the coyotes that they remove them quickly; domestic dogs will maul them right there,” she said. Devine’s cat went missing after dusk, but her friend Sarah Adamson’s cat went missing in the early morning. Now she finds solace cuddling dozens of cats at the SPCA in the communal cat room, “instead of giving one cat all my attention. Heather Smith lost her much loved cat Lazer this spring, but philosophized, “How many birds and other animals did he kill in his life?”


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Thursday, December 29, 2011 Rossland News Publisher: Barbara Blatchford Editor: Arne Petryshen Sales: Monika Smutny 2114 Columbia Ave., Rossland 250-362-2183

Looking back on another eventful year

It’s been an eventful year here in Rossland, with controversial things, like the often tumultuous events that transpired in council and the breathtaking sporting events, from ski races to soccer and field hockey. Hopefully everyone is still enjoying the time with family and friends that is synonymous with the holidays and looking forward to another exciting year in this little mountain town. There are New Year events going on all over Rossland, including events at Red Mountain. With the new year here it’s also a time to look back on the past year and take a moment to think about all that has happened. For the city it’s been a back a forth battle with Ministry of Transportation and businesses to try and get everyone onboard for the Columbia-Washington renewal project. But now that the city has heard the bad news - that there will be no federal grants - those plans will be likely be changing. The battle for keeping a school in Rossland also heated up again recently and should be a focus off attention for most of the residents of Rossland in the New Year as the Board of Education has their next meeting. Keeping a school in Rossland is definitely something that benefits a community and losing it would be a detriment to Rossland, something we don’t have to say. There were also a lot of sporting events that took place from the NorAm a few weeks ago to the free skiing that happened last January and will be happening again soon. The year 2012 looks to be exciting as well. We want to hear from you.

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Program schedule for Christmas

Programs at RSS, MacLean Elementary or MacLean Annex : If you currently enjoy a program or class in one of the school buildings – MacLean Elementary School, Rossland Secondary School or MacLean Annex, all classes and programs are cancelled over the Christmas holiday, which starts Monday, Dec 19 and runs until Tuesday, Jan. 3. Affected programs include; Karate, Family Basketball, Volleyball and Indoor Soccer. Rossland Arena : The Rossland arena is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Recreation Department Holiday Hours : The recreation department and city hall are closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and remains closed through the week. The recreation department reopens on Jan. 2. Zumba – Miners Hall: Morning and evening Zumba classes are cancelled over the Christmas holiday. Classes resume Jan. 2 Public Skating Schedule over the Christmas Holidays Public skates will be on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 3:455:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, 3:45-5:15 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 23, 5-6:30 p.m. The public skating schedule for the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. will be Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 3:45-5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec 29, 3:45-5:15 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 30, 5-6:30 p.m. The City of Rossland outdoor ice rink located on 3rd Ave, between Spokane Street and Washington Street. The public works department will be installing a fire pit and benches in the next few days. Bring some wood to build a fire and enjoy our beautiful outdoor ice rink! Senior’s Duffer Hockey on Tuesday mornings runs from 9:30-10:45 a.m. each week. This is a great program for enthusiastic seniors who would like to learn

how to play hockey or already know and want to get out and play. Over the Christmas holiday, Tuesday, Dec. 20 is on, and Tuesday, Dec. 27 has been cancelled. Regular play resumes in January! If you can’t get enough hockey, Co-ed Rec Hockey runs through the holiday season with a few changes. They are: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 9:45-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, cancelled, Sunday, Dec 25, Cancelled, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 9:45-11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, cancelled and Sunday, Jan. 1, cancelled. Kids Rec Hockey on Thursdays takes a break over the Christmas holiday as well. Classes on Thursday Dec. 22 and 29 have both cancelled. The program resumes Jan. 5. Summit Backcountry Maps: If you enjoy backcountry and cross-country skiing at the Nancy Greene summit, stop by the recreation department to pick up a topographic map of the area, complete with locations of all the cabins. Little Gretzky’s Hockey Program: The Little Gretzky’s hockey program started Nov. 22 from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Rossland arena. Team Profili has signed on to lead the next generation of hockey players to learn the fundamentals of skating and hockey. If you have a preschooler in the house, who would like to learn to skate and play hockey, register them for the Little Gretzky’s program! Skaters need a full-face hockey mask, neck guard, skates, good mitts or gloves and a hockey stick. Parents are encouraged to come out on the ice and will also need a full-face hockey helmet and skates. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 per family. The program takes a break over the holiday and resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The Recreation Department will be creating a supplementary Winter brochure for the months of January to March, 2012. If you would like to run a program, please contact our office to discuss the specifics.


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RCMP escort Rossland councillor from meeting ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News

Council’s Monday meeting opened directly into controversy as the mayor issued a statement that rebuked Coun. Laurie Charlton for publicly accusing the CAO Victor Kumar of libel on Feb. 14. The drama ended with Charlton’s expulsion from the council chamber. The mayor’s statement noted that the CAO could sue for $250,000 or more, plus legal fees, at taxpayer expense for breach of contract, and recommended that Charlton either apologize, or that council censure Charlton’s comments publicly. In the course of discussion, Charlton reiterated his accusations of libel, prompting the mayor to demand an immediate apology under threat of expulsion. When Charlton refused to apologize, the RCMP were called and, after some resistance — notably the threat of arrest by the attending officer — Charlton left the room. Mayor Greg Granstrom’s statement noted that staff have a responsibility to give their “best professional advice, without considering whether it might be popular or unpopular.” He continued that council members should “raise valid concerns about the performance” of staff. “However, such concerns must be properly aired and handled by council.” The thrust of the mayor’s point was that Charlton’s choice to drop a notice of motion on council which contained accusations of libel pointed at the CAO was unethical, “equivalent to trying [to defame] him without due process.” According to the mayor, due process for issues of staff begins “behind closed doors,” in an in-camera meeting. Granstrom noted that staff who “feel bullied, intimidated, harassed, and defamed” may resort to legal action, lacking the privilege of public debate. He also wrote, “Mr. Kumar does not wish Rossland taxpayers to suffer any financial

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Roughly 200 Rosslanders and friends took the traditional Canada Day hike up Mount Roberts to sing the anthem and enjoy the view as a massive Canadian flag was raised up the Cominco pole, almost spanning it from top to bottom. Andy Russell hauled the 50 square metres of flag up the 800 metres of vertical that separate the top of Mount Roberts from the Cascade Highway trailhead, pumping his fist in jubilation (and relief) as the flag was raised and billowed out over the north face in a gust of hot summer wind.

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Coun. Laurie Charlton was escorted from the June 13 council by RCMP. Rossland News photo loss as a result of this very serious incident. The city and the taxpayers of Rossland are facing a precarious position.” Charlton asserted he had nothing to apologize for after a lenghthy discussion. The mayor called a motion to sustain the chair’s decision and he received council’s support. The meeting was adjourned until an RCMP officer arrived on scene 35 minutes later. Coun. Moore was not pleased, “This situation does not benefit our community.” The mayor reconvened the meeting and asked one more time for an apology, but Charlton refused and the RCMP took over. “Sir, could you just step outside with me?” the officer asked. “I’m sorry, sir,” Charlton replied, “the mayor doesn’t have the authority to have you expel me.” “He does,” the officer replied. “I’m here to enforce that bylaw to ask you to leave peacefully.”

The officer maintained that the issue was no longer public, but would be continued in the lobby. Charlton remained seated and denied there was an authority that could move him. “If you wish to file a grievance, through the city, or by whatever means you want to. It’s not going to happen now,” the officer explained. “Stand up, leave this room right now.” “By what authority, what legislation,” Charlton protested. “Okay, stand up,” the officer said, taking him by the arm. “If you fail to comply with this, you will be charged and arrested for obstructing justice, do you understand?” Charlton pressed for an authority. “The Criminal Code of Canada,” the officer answered. Faced with arrest, Charlton agreed to leave the room, “to go have a discussion.”

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Some 120 hikers were present for the traditional group photo organized by Ronnie Mah and his orange whistle. Ronnie Mah remembered his first hike in 1990 (or thereabouts) when an older but equally massive flag was hoisted on the old flag pole. “That one broke,” he said, so Cominco (now Teck, Trail Operations) stepped up to fund $5,000 for the current burly pole in 1997 as part of Rossland’s centennial celebrations. Hutch Hutchinson and Leo Telfer resurrected the patriotic tradition in 1979, but the history goes much deeper. The first flag pole was originally erected in June, 1900, when Spokane Mountain

was renamed Mt. Roberts to commemorate Lord Roberts’ capture of Pretoria that ended Britain’s war with the Boers earlier that month. The next year, the flag flew at half mast for the death of Queen Victoria, and the Rossland Museum has a photo on file showing some merry Dominion Day hikers raising the flag in 1917. Mah says the time the flag stays up varies from year to year and “mostly depends on the weather.” Renee Clark of the Chamber of Commerce suggested we’ll see this one — clearly visible from downtown Rossland and even in the U.S. — flying high until September.

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The great outdoors may attract a lot of tourists to Rossland, but it is attracting something else – doctors. Rossland home builder and chamber director Cezary Ksiazek did some research and thinks there are more doctors per capita in Rossland than any other city in Canada. “I looked at the number of doctors from (Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital) and found 57 of them with the 362 prefix on their home phone numbers,” he said. He and his wife, internist Danuta Ksiazek emigrated from Poland 10 years ago. She was certified in the U.S.; did her residency and fellowship in Bethlehem, N.J. flew to Vancouver for an interview in Maple Ridge, and wound up in Rossland because of the sunshine. “We were staying in a hotel and it was always raining,” he said. “Then one beautiful sunny day, I saw all these people sitting out-

side in the parking lot. I asked why they were outside and they said they were so happy to have a sunny day. I asked how many days in a year it rains and they said 300. So I asked where to go in B.C. for good weather and they said Kootenays.” Ksiazek couldn’t find a town called Kootenay on a map, but subsequent googling led him to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, where it was noted they were looking for an internist. “So we came for an interview and met Dr. Wagner, the cardiologist. My wife was interested in cardiology and he was retiring.” Dr. Ralph Behrens invited them to stay in his home. They had dinner at the former Olive Oyl’s restaurant, hiked in the mountains, met tons of nice people and decided Rossland was it. They’ve been here ever since. Dr. Jane Grey and her husband, orthopedic surgeon Rob Grey, came from England in 1981, urged on by the late Dr. Roger Crisfield. “He and Rob trained together in Eng-

land,” she said. “Roger was a big influence and guided Rob into orthopedics. He got fed up with the wages in England and decided to immigrate to Canada.” They lost contact with each other for some time, other than the occasional Christmas card. Then one day, an invitation was presented. “He called and asked if we’d like to come for a ski holiday. We were going to go to France but a couple of the children got chicken pox.” Having missed their usual holiday, the Grey’s took Crisfield up on his offer. “Rob was wowed by the skiing and there were a lot of ex-pat Brits.” After three “fabulous weeks in Canada,” the family proceeded with immigration plans, took required examinations and settled in Rossland. “We looked around at other communities but Roger tried to keep all his friends close,” she said. “We were in love with the town, the people, the whole area.”

Transitioning to personalized learning ROSSLAND NEWS Sept. 22

Rossland Secondary is transitioning into a more research and personalized structure approach to learning this year. The new approach will be implemented in the lower grades of the 6-12 school, just the 6-9 for next year. Principal Terry McDonnell said the move comes as a new direction from the Ministry of Education. “What we’re doing is stepping back and trying to follow where the ministry is heading now, from the point of view that emphasis on learning outcomes is no longer there as much as it used to be,” McDonnell said. The ministry is working towards individualized personal learning to try to work more with students’ strengths and interests. They then formulate a plan around that. McDonnell gives the example of social studies. “If a student is interested in a particular

country then the teacher would work out with the students to decide what the outcomes would deal with in the project,” he said. “So it’s just a different way. You try to capture their interests and use their interests to get them involved in their learning moreso than ‘here’s the outcome, go into a test.’” The overall proposal was put together by vice-principal Mike Vanness. The proposal diverges from the typical high school timetable, into an individual, personalized learning structure, without blocks and bells. “It’s a more pod-like structure,” McDonnell said. “A pod would be, for example, grades six and seven all together. Let’s say there were 75 students, and we would designate, in this case, because it’s so simple, three teachers who would be responsible for all the instruction time for those students. The way they can get around that and get the kids involved is through the individualized learning.”

McDonnell said they hope to use this school year to develop the project. “Next year would be the year that we try to implement it for 6 - 9,” he said. “We’d also begin to focus our energies on what can 10 12 look like.” McDonnell said that it’s more difficult because of the teachers strike. “We initiated it last year, we got them interested in May- June and we were able to meet in August,” he added. “There’s a good chunk of teachers that are rolling with it.” Vice-principal Vanness said that the changes are already being seen, but the proposal is not final. “At this point, we’re looking for input from the community at large,” Vanness said, adding that so far the reaction has been positive. “Rossland as a community has demonstrated strong support for this school, but the biggest challenge with any proposal is making it a reality.”

Rossland gets chance to set energy trend ROSSLAND NEWS Oct. 6

Rossland residents have been given a chance to retrofit for the future. The Rossland Energy Diet is a partnership between FortisBC and the city in an attempt to help Rosslanders ease off power consumption. “You may or may not have heard that Rossland is quite a heavy energy user and uses more electricity than the provincial average,” said Carol Suhan, FortisBC Power Sense manager. “Homeowners will learn how they can make their home more comfortable, save on utility bills and use less energy.” The program is a partnership and collaboration between FortisBC, the City of Rossland, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Nelson and District Credit Union. FortisBC will be giving 253 energy assessments and distributing $1.5 million in grants to improve homes. “That’s from the province, the Smart Pro-

gram, the federal eco-energy program and of course the FortisBC program as well,” Suhan added. Mayor Greg Granstrom was pleased. “I just want to say thanks a lot to Fortis for bringing this project to Rossland and all the efforts of Steve [Ash] and the crew have been marvelous,” Granstrom said. “I think Rosslanders will embrace this and the savings we realize and the economic impact it will produce to this small area is very welcome. We look forward to co-operating further.” Ash, who worked on getting the initial plans as a part of the Rossland sustainability commission, said it makes sense in Rossland. “Several years ago there were a number of people in Rossland that got to thinking, ‘What does it take to make a sustainable community here?’” Ash said. “They did a lot of work and consulted with the community to find ideas that were local.” What that lead to was the establishment of the sustainability commission, with the co-

operation of the city. “We got to look at the various important pieces of the community. Water supply, housing, economic development,” he said. “Energy is important to make the town sustainable. We looked at how we could make the town more energy efficient. We did a fair bit of work.” He said Fortis helped with focus groups and asked people what the company would have to do to get them to participate in these programs. He said that most people in Rossland want to do the sustainable thing, but don’t know how to do it, so the challenge was to find ways to help them. Their focus has been to try to find a project that was simple that Rossland would get behind. And why Rossland? “It’s a mountain community and so tends to get colder here than many other places. There are a lot of older homes and buildings that can benefit greatly from retrofits and insulation,” he added.


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November Concerns persist over Columbia-Washington renewal project City staff confirmed that this was the same proposal as Nov. 8, with the inclusion of the general public, not just concerned downtown businesses. There were a few new illustrations that weren’t there at that time, but for the most part no new information was added. ††

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Black Jack Ski Club hosted the Haywood NorAm/Teck Sprint series and the event went off without a hitch. The event saw more than 180 crosscountry racers come to compete in the Rossland leg of the event, which spanned both Saturday and Sunday. Chief of competition Ian Sibbald said he was happy with the way the event turned out. “The fastest skiers are winning, but it’s been close and that’s what we want,” Sibbald said. “The course has been good. We had 120 volunteers. They were all enthusiastic and enjoyed themselves.” Sibbald said anytime you have a race of this size, there are always some small areas where one can improve, but to him, all the important things that happen with good racing happened over the weekend. “We’ve had accurate results, the courses are good and racers are happy, which is the bottom line,” he said. On Saturday, Foothills racer Jesse Cockney took first overall in the Teck Sprint 1.6 km intervals. Black Jack skier Geoffrey Richards placed second in the Junior Men 1.6 km Free ski. Richards is from Rossland but trains in Whistler. Knute Jansgaard took first in that

category. Richards, who raced both days, said it was a good race, but also a lot of work. “The flats weren’t easy and the downhills you had to work for still,” Richards said. “I definitely made my move at the right time in all the heats.” Jessica Diggins, from the U.S., took first overall for the Women 1.4 km Free. Black Jack’s Rebecca Reid took third place in the Junior Women 1.4 km Free, just behind Maya MacIsaac-Jones in first and Dahria Beatty in second. Reid currently trains in Canmore. On Saturday, she was happy to be starting higher in the field, as she came in at a top seed position after her results the week before. “It was kind of nice racing in the front,” Reid said. “I had kind of a tough go last season, so I’m building into this season and it seems to be working well. I was faster than I was last weekend and hopefully I’ll be faster next weekend. So I’m just looking forward from here for sure.” Reid competes in both day’s events. “Reid and Richards both have the goal of competing in the World Junior Championships, which are hosted by Turkey this year. “That’s kind of the main competition,” she said. “Try-outs are in Whistler in the middle of January.”

Council will face tough choices to fund the renewal project after the city was unsuccessful in attaining any of the more than $8 million in federal grants it had applied for to fund the Columbia-Washington project.

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This year, the City of Rossland didn’t receive the biggest Christmas gift it had been hoping for: the $8 million in grants it applied for towards the ColumbiaWashington project. The money, which would have covered the extent of the renewal project as it was laid out, would have come from federal grants. At Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Greg Granstrom spoke with disappointment of the news that he and city staff found out about on Friday. “The government has let us know that the grant applications for Columbia-Washington have been turned down,” Granstrom said. “So what we will have to do now is work with ministry to see where we’re at.” Granstrom said they don’t have a date set yet to talk with the Ministry of Transportation, which will have to commit its funds by the end of January. “We have to come up with another plan,” the mayor added. Coun. Jill Spearn said that the news was devastating, given that the city had been planning with the hopes of getting some sort of funding. “This will turn this whole project upside down,” she said. Spearn wondered if there was any rationale behind the decision given in the letter. The mayor shook his head. “There was no real statement in the letter,” Granstrom said. “There’s really no explanation. It’s very dis-

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appointing, but it doesn’t mean that it all dies. We just have to move in another direction for a while.” The city and engineering firm ISL placed many items into the grant proposal that should have helped the project along. Things like bump-outs and wider sidewalks as traffic calming measures, parallel parking on the main north block of Columbia and a large gas-fuelled fireplace that would warm those walking downtown. The project originally began with the Ministry of Transportation wanting to repave Columbia, which is also part of Highway 3B. The city saw an opportunity to replace aging infrastructure under Columbia and Washington at a time when the roads would need to be dug up anyway. The need for the pipes to be replaced has long been known, with leaks happening due to the degenerating state of some that are as old as 105 years. In most cases it is the lead hinges that fail and cause the pipes to leak. This in turn causes water to seep through the concrete or into properties. Granstrom last week said the pipes need to be replaced regardless of the grants and council has heard ISL and city staff talk about the dangers of not fixing them. Fixing them now would be a preventative measure, since the cost of fixing a burst pipe after the streets have been paved would be much more. Without the grants, the project will likely be scaled down to a more modest renewal project.

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