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An error in judgment? A man who declined to provide his name did tell the Rossland News one thing following this crash on Monday. The driver said he had just received a disagreeable judgment at the Rossland courthouse and, upset and in haste, exited Columbia Avenue onto the highway to Trail too quickly, began to spin out on the first corner, overcompensated with his steering and drove off the bank on the opposite side of the road, below the Alpine Grind café.

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Bear-resistant garbage and recycle bins are coming to Rossland in June, and the Bear Smart committee is looking for local businesses to sponsor them during a three-month trial period.

Last year, residents may recall the frequent morning messes encountered downtown after the decidedly non-bear-proof garbage cans were knocked over and their contents strewn about by hungry animals in the night. Sharon Wieder, the director for Bear Aware and a member of the

Bear Smart committee along with Sue Wrigley and Rachael Roussin, said the plan is to rent three solar powered trash compacting garbage bins manufactured by Big Belly Solar, and also three units for returnable recyclables, like pop bottles and cans. “These units are tough and have

great street appeal,” Wieder said. The appeal will be enhanced by Rossland Museum historical pictures that will wrap the bins and also act as “anti graffiti protection.”

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver This book is about Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lev Trotsky, and America during the dark days of McCarthyism. It is also about how media and public opinion can sometimes turn stories into believable bits of “truth” and how this has been happening long before the term Spin doctor was invented. The book is a well told, slow burn historical fiction, ti with ith some thrilling th illi episodes. It gives us a lot of material to keep us engaged. Intriguing characters and an interesting story, I admit that I found this a slower book to get into, but one which I ultimately really enjoyed. The story follows Harrison Shepherd, born in the United States, but with a Mexican mother. He grows up in both countries and the story begins with him as a boy in Mexico in 1929, and spans another four decades, during a very interesting time politically. The book is written using diaries, newspaper articles, and letters to tell Harrison’s story. I loved the historical references throughout. The portrayal of Harrison is skillfully done; he is at once likable and someone who arouses our empathy. He ultimately wants to live his life in peace, but gets caught up in the events and politics of the day. How these influence his life makes great reading.

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RSS teacher-librarian Nicola Kuhn is the recipient of the 2011 B.C. New TeacherLibrarian of the Year Award by the B.C. Teacher-Librarian Association (BCTLA). Congratulating her on the achievement and for receiving provincial recognition, Jean Borsa, the superintendent of School District 20, wrote: “On behalf of students and staff, I extend our thanks and deep appreciation for your enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to education in our district.” She called Kuhn’s contribution “outstanding” and commended her “leadership at both Rossland Secondary and the district level” as she supports “staff and students with new skills, new resources, and engaging, varied approaches to teaching and learning.” Heather Daly, president of the BCTLA called Kuhn a “21st century learner and facilitator” who has been a leader in her focus on integrating technology with inquiry-based learning. “Nicola is admired and respected by all who know her,” Daly wrote, commending Kuhn’s school library program for being of “such exemplary quality that it serves as a model and inspiration for others.” Kuhn wears a variety of hats at RSS, from Department Head for humanities, language, and technology, to being a central support to the school’s Academy program in English and French. Besides teaching literacy and technology, she has turned the library website into a blog, and “brought an energy” to both people and place, Daly wrote.

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Nicola Kuhn, a teacher for 13 years and the teacher-librarian at RSS for three, has been awarded “B.C. New Teacher-Librarian of the Year” by the B.C. Teacher-Librarian Association for people working in the field for fewer than five years.

Born in Montreal, Kuhn grew up in Vancouver and returned to Quebec to earn a degree in English Literature at McGill. Then she traveled the world for a year, first around Australia and New Zealand, but then all over Asia, describing her relationship with India as “love.” She “wanted to travel more,” she said, so figured she’d teach English overseas. As she moved forward with this plan she thought, “I may as well get a teaching degree.” So she did, and then worked in Mexico for some

months before returning to Canada. For the last 13 years she’s worked at high schools all over B.C., but mainly in small communities, teaching English, French, and social studies. She and her partner have travelled in that time, but “since we’ve had kids, we travel locally,” said the mother of two children aged six and eight. Three years ago, she applied for the teacher-librarian position at RSS and was accepted. Since then she has enrolled in a masters program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, “one

of two teacher-librarian programs in the country,” she said. In the award, “new” refers to teacher-librarians who have worked in the field for five or fewer years, which may not seem “new,” but Kuhn maintained, “There’s a lot to learn. Three years in, half way through my Masters, I’m still learning.” And it’s all about learning for Kuhn. “I think it’s the best job in the school,” Kuhn beamed, “but that’s because I’m continuously learning. I’m a connector.” “I have a huge opportunity to work with [other teachers] to teach them and learn from them, and we work collaboratively with the students. We know that two minds are better.” “It’s not that there are always two teachers in the classroom,” she explained, “but we collaborate on what we’re doing as a team.” To the students, “It’s not as simple as saying, Go do some research,” she said, referring specifically to internet research. “They have to know how to find what they’re looking for from reliable sources. It’s harder than students think, and teachers are also having to learn this new skill and pass that on.” “I do a lot of inquirybased learning — we set up research that’s of interest to a student and then help them develop really essential questions to answer. That takes it from a report, where they regurgitate information, to deep thinking.” “They’re looking for an answer to a question they created,” Kuhn said. “The kids are finding it really challenging, but at the end of the day, they’re really satisfied.” Kuhn laughed, “I love my job!”

Municipal elections fast approaching ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

As the national election fades into history, our local election is fast approaching. The quality of local government depends on excellent candidates in elected offices, and to this end Mayor Greg Granstrom will offer two sessions of his “Council 101” workshop, one on May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one on May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both at the arena lounge.

“I’m trying to give [prospective mayors and councillors] the best information so they can decide whether they want to enter the fray or not,” Granstrom said. In the meantime, the elections were set in motion on Monday evening when Tracey Butler was appointed Chief Election Officer by council. Butler’s position is responsible to conduct Rossland’s 2011 general local election and gives her the power to appoint other election officials who may be required to administer and conduct

the election, and she will be assisted in this role by Kathy Smith, who was appointed Deputy Chief Election Officer. Rossland’s bylaw 2417 allows remuneration of $1,000 and $500 for Butler and Smith’s services respectively, $250 for each additional election official, $30 per hour plus meals for advance polling, and $12 per hour for ballot counters. There is at least one change from the last election, held in 2008: All polling will take place at city hall, there will not be a booth at the Senior’s Hall this time.

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Pool Society needs volunteers ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Rossland’s swimming pool, the oldest society-operated pool in B.C., may be in danger of “drifting away,” said Aaron Cosbey, the pool board’s copresident. The pool has been run as a volunteer community institution for nearly 80 years, but the current Pool Society board is “having trouble finding members to replace those that drift away,” Cosbey said. Cosbey thought many Rosslanders may not realize the pool is a community resource. “While the City of Rossland gives the pool a large operating grant every year,” he said, “and city staff help out regularly, the pool is ac-

tually run by a small board of directors and a professional manager that the city houses by common agreement.” “People are busy,” he continued. “Most of the volunteers in this town are doing two or three major things, and then many have families and jobs. You can see why our numbers have fallen.” While volunteers on the board have decreased, and are now poised to fall below the three-member legal limit for B.C. societies, memberships and use have gone up, year after year. “This pool is a community gem,” says Cosbey. “My kids learned to swim here. [It] was built during the depression, by the community for the community. It’s a great resource for kids, families and lap swimmers in the

summer.” But he is worried for the pool’s future and hopes new members will rejuvenate the board and keep it running as a volunteer effort. “There’s a lot of good energy that comes from a community board,” he said. “It would be a shame to lose all that great history, and all the great ideas that a board brings.” If the society were forced to dissolve, Cosbey speculated the pool might be offered to the city to own and operate, “though that discussion has not yet taken place and it is not clear that the city would welcome such a move,” Cosbey said. For more information contact Cosbey at 362-3375 or 368-1568, or email him at

Mayor says adit ‘unlikely’ to open again by summer ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Probing the Depths In preparation for the upcoming revitalization project, crews worked Columbia Avenue and Washington Street last week, sending cameras deep into the sewage lines to get a visual on their condition and measure their depths and locations. Meanwhile, consultants from ISL engineering — landscape architects and project engineers — have been meeting with city staff to share ideas and solidify project details, both above and below ground. Andrew Bennett photo

Mayor Greg Granstrom gave a brief update to council about “several meetings” he has had with Teck regarding the mining adit of the museum, but offered very little solid information except to say “we are in negotiations” and the adit was “unlikely” to open this summer. Granstrom said that all parties understand the importance of the matter — especially as the museum faces a second summer in a row with the negative

impact to reputation and revenue caused by the closed adit — and the mayor added that “Teck is insistent that it move forward; they understand the relevance.” The meetings have involved discussions of proposals and tours of other operations “under Teck’s wing,” to help the city and museum understand their concerns. “We should all understand,” Granstrom told council, “that the museum is fully aware what’s going on and quite happy with how things are proceeding.”

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“They’ll be installed by the City of Rossland who will also maintain the garbage bins during the rental period,” Wieder said. “They’ve got spots picked out on Columbia Avenue — the post office, Ferraros, and outside Ronnie Mah’s Best Food Mart.” “I hope to get people to sponsor this,” she continued. Sponsors get to choose the historical picture that will wrap and beautify the bin, and will also get their organization’s logo and name on one side of the bin. The rental program for the solar bins is $300 per month, and the returnable bins are $70 per month, with the first of the three month’s being offered free by the supplier. More than one group may sponsor a bin, Wieder said, “if people want to partner up rather than take it on all themselves.” The Bear Smart committee hopes sponsors sign up as soon as possible, to facilitate an early June delivery in time for the Spring Wing Ding festival. Wieder claried that “we call them bearresistant because we don’t want to mislead people. The reality is that there isn’t much that’s totally bear-proof. Leave anything with a big bear long enough and he’ll find a way in there!” Nevertheless, these bins were found to be effective at the Whistler Olympics, and have also been thoroughly tested on animals. “The trial period will allow us to see if these units are a good fit for our city,” Wieder said. “Success will be measured by the inability of wildlife to access the garbage,” she said, but also by Rosslanders’ use of the bins: “by garbage in the bins instead of on the street [and] by the amount of returnable containers in the bins and not on the street.” After the trial period, the Bear Smart committee hopes the city will budget to purchase the bins for a year-round solution.

Deanne Steven of Tourism Rossland explained, “[The RMI] is Rossland News Reporter a way to get money back to comAnyone with a stake in the next munities that have resort developfive years of Rossland’s “Resort ments.” Everyone is welcome at the inDevelopment Strategy” is invited put sessions. The first session (May to participate in two upcoming 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the public input sessions hosted by Miners’ Hall) will introduce RMI, Tourism Rossland to ascertain review the types of projects that community goals as a “resort are eligible for the funding, and municipality” and to brainstorm participants will then brainstorm ideas and projects that will move ideas and narrow them down to a Rossland towards those goals. shortlist of three. In particular, as a Th e second session bona fide “resort mu(May 31, 7:30 to 9:30 nicipality,” Rossland p.m.) will review reis eligible for a grant “ We need a search conducted on of $25,000 over five bus to the ski the feasibility of each years if a feasible and hill, which is of the ideas and the beneficial plan for the something I group will then come funds is laid out in a harp on about to consensus on one resort development idea to pursue. every year!” strategy submitted to “The input I’m the provincial govDeanne Steven getting so far,” Steven ernment. said, “is that people Rossland is one want to look at transof 13 resort municiportation solutions. We need to palities in the province, defined improve our transportation beas such based on the central imtween here and airports. We also portance of a resort to the town, and if the town levies a hotel room need to improve our internal tax — as Rossland does, at two per transport — we need a bus to the ski hill, which is something I harp cent of the accommodation fee. The Resort Municipality Ini- on about every year!” She said, however, that many tiative (RMI) government webdiff erent plans could be eligible site says the RMI “was created to for the funding and of great benprovide resort-oriented municiefi t to Rossland. palities with new finance, develTourism Rossland plans to subopment and business promotion mit the 2011 strategy by the June tools to enhance the resort sector 15 deadline. More information [and] allow the eligible municion the RMI prior to the sessions palities to share a portion of hotel can be obtained from Steven at room tax to invest in local oriented projects.” ANDREW BENNETT

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Tourism Rossland unveils historical plaques on buildings throughout city ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Just in time for the summer tourist season, Deanne Steven of Tourism Rossland was pleased to unveil a set of 19 plaques on historic downtown buildings. The plaques correspond to most of the 29 buildings on the Heritage Walking Tour brochure published by Tourism Rossland in partnership with the Rossland Historical Museum. The plaques are not only on the downtown Columbia Avenue strip, Steven said, but also at the courthouse, the Catholic Church, the United Church, and “the old powerhouse up on Planer” — the West Kootenay Substation. “This is a nice little walking tour we have and a great way to spend an afternoon exploring town,” Steven said. Each plaque has a written description and a picture of the building as it was, back in the day. The information on the plaques is “a little bit more in-depth” than the information already available in the walking tour brochure, she said. Many people’s effort has helped the project along, Steven said. The Rossland Museum archives were vital for photos and information, the Heritage Commission

lent their expertise, Jane Paterson edited and wrote text, and Steven Harder from Interior Signs “did a really good job at a really good price,” Steven said. “We’re really appreciative.” The Columbia Basin Trust funded the project with a grant through last year’s Community Initiative Program. Tourism Rossland aims to market Rossland as a yearround destination within the context of the community’s vision and values. Steven hopes the plaques will “highlight more of our historical assets” and “give people more reason to stay longer in the summer.” Steven was glad the project has almost achieved its goal, but wasn’t surprised it had taken a year. “It’s really complicated,” she said, “there are a lot of players.” Not all the signs are up as some remain to be installed, “but as soon as they’re all up, I’m going to EveryTrail them,” Steven said, coining the verb to refer to the online GPS-trail application for iPhones and other handheld devices. Software freely available at allows users to follow trails that were recorded and uploaded by other EveryTrail users. Then “people can actually do the [heritage walking tour] with their handheld,” she said.

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Deanne Steven of Tourism Rossland shows off one of the 19 new historical plaques in Rossland.

Ask the Professionals Dr. Jane Grey is Q What Mesotherapy?


Mesotherapy has existed for years. The skin’s tough ‘horny layer ‘prevents easy access of nutrients to the epidermis (first layer) and dermis below but very fine needles or medical rollers make microchannels very close to each other via which nutrients in the form of vitamins, plant and herb -derived actives and medications are delivered closer to the cells which need the nutrients to rejuvenate or activate the cell type. The microchannels close within about 15 minutes so risk of infection, if the procedure is carried out with attention to aseptic (hygienic) technique, is extremely low. Mesotherapy , along with appropriate’ cocktails, is indicated for many conditions. • for skin rejuvenation and tightening with vitamins A and C among others, and DMAE • reduction of pigment using a lightening cocktail • rosacea using linseed oil nanoparticles, boswelia, biotin and vitamins. • stretch marks • cellulite using phosphadityl choline and carnitine • cholesterol deposits, fatty accumulations . • and hair restoration using prescription minoxidil and vitamins Example; Method for fat removal from jowls and under the neck. The skin is anesthetised. The needle must enter to the level of the dermis in order to reach the fat cells. Individual needles or a roller can be used by a physician and the actives are massaged in or injected via syringe. If LED is added then results will be even more remarkable. The client must be committed as the process is slow and maintenance is required but it is a very safe, effective and natural treatment.

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Is it okay to tile over an existing ceramic tile? The existing tile is a 12 by 12 high gloss tile looks in good shape just outdated. There is only one broken tile in 200 sqft area. It is in a kitchen and hallway, I want to avoid taking it out because it is laid under the cabinets as well. Also seems to be glued onto plywood. I am laying down an 18 by 18 new ceramic tile.


WHOA, WHOA, WHOA…If you want to change your existing ceramic tile flooring, the old tile MUST be removed, never tile over existing tile for the following reason… Adding this much extra weight to your floor joists and supporting beams will probably cause them to fail. Ceramic tile is HEAVY!! Your home was engineered to carry the loads as laid out on your plans, which means single layers of flooring, adding a second layer will cause you some structural issues. Also, adhering ceramic tiles to a glossy surface is difficult, you will spend just as much time preparing the old tiles as you would removing them. It may seem like a lot of work to remove the existing tiles, but it must be done. There are tools available to cut the tile flush with the cabinets, so they need not be removed, and you can rent hammer chisels to help in the removal of the old tiles. Take the old adage to heart…“do it right the first time, or don’t do it at all”

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Why have a funeral? What’s the point? As difficult as it can be to discuss death, grief and funerals, it is ultimately more difficult to avoid the topic. For thousands of years, funeral have been the means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love. The funeral ceremony: • Helps us acknowledge that some we love has died • Allows to say goodbye • Helps us remember the person who died and encourages us to share those memories with others • Offers a time and place for us to talk about the life and death of the person who died • Provide a social support system for us and other friends and family members • Allows us to search for the meaning of life and death • Offers continuity and hope for the living Whether you choose burial or cremation, the major purpose of a funeral or other form of ceremony is to recognize a particular life, and to make real the fact that the life has ended. The remembering, deciding, and reflecting that takes place and in the planning of the service are often an important part of the process of grief and morning. Unfortunately, this process of contemplation and discovery creates a memorable and moving funeral experience for all who attend. It is important to recognize that funerals are for the living… for those who will suffer the trauma of losing a loved one. It is through the funeral process that a number of emotional needs are met for those who grieve. A funeral is similar to other ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives. The funeral declares that the death has occurred.



I’ve developed heel and arch pain. What should I do?


The likely diagnosis is planter fasciitis – swelling of a big ligament in your foot that helps maintain the arch. Possible causes include an increase in weight-bearing activities (for example, beginning a walking or running program with a quick progression) while wearing unsupportive footwear. Also this time of year we start donning sandals and shoes with little or no arch support which inevitably can lead to foot problems. What to do? Stop or reduce the weightbearing activities, wear supportive footwear (Birkenstocks are great) even while in your house, and ice your arch/heel. Buying arch supports for your shoes will also help. You may also need to replace your old highmileage shoes, if the support has worn down. A tight Achilles or calf usually accompanies this problem, so stretching the calf is recommended. If you’ve had this problem before, or the above interventions don’t work, you may need orthotics designed specifically for your foot which can reduce the mechanical stress on the ligament. Physiotherapy can help, through the use of pain-relieving modalities and taping.


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Keep the torch of co-operation going It’s been great to see the communities of the West Kootenay coming together in preparation for the 2011 BC Seniors Games over these past many months, and it was wonderful to see that sense of collaboration continue as organizers gathered for a torch-lighting ceremony in Castlegar on Tuesday night. The event marked the official, 100-day countdown to the beginning of the games, which are expected to bring 3,200 senior athletes from around the province to the West Kootenay. The games venues, themselves, are located in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail but you can bet the impact of this massive influx of people will be felt up in Rossland, over in Grand Forks and throughout all the smaller communities in between. The co-operation between the three host cities has been refreshing, as municipal leaders put aside any past differences or disagreements between them and worked together for the betterment of what they’ve taken to calling the whole “tri-cities” area. We think Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs put it well when he spoke of this inter-municipal collaboration. “I think that’s a sign of the future, because no one community can really do this alone any more,” Bogs said. We hope to see more co-operation between this region’s communities in the future. The collection of small cities up and down the river valleys and mountainsides of the West Kootenay is much stronger united than it is divided. “I think the spirit within the Kootenay region, within our tri-cities coming together to host these games, is very strong,” Nelson city councillor Debra Kozak said on Tuesday. We agree, and we hope it stays that way well after the closing ceremonies. We want to hear from you.

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Dance Works year-end show The Kootenay Dance Works year end performance is this Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. If you don’t already have a ticket, they can be purchased at the Box Office which opens at 5:30 p.m.. The Kootenay Dance Works year end performance showcases local dancers and provides them with the opportunity to show off their dedication and hard work. Styles of dance include Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern and more. This show is well attended and worth seeing. With summer right around the corner you may want your son or daughter to take their babysitting course. The Babysitter Training Course was first released in 1970 and has since trained over 500,000 Canadian youths to become educated, responsible babysitters. This 8 hour course consists of 8 topics, including; responsibilities, child development, nutrition, behaviour, emergencies, safety and first aid, illness, physical challenges and special needs issues. Students are required to obtain a passing grade of 75 per cent on the final examination. The course is being offered Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12 from 10-2 p.m.. The course is for teens and preteens who are turning 12 this year and will be held at the Rossland Pool. The Home Alone course is also being offered in June — right before school lets out for the summer. This is a great course for kids who may find themselves at home, alone, for short periods of time. The course is

for children ages 10-13 years and is being offered on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at RSS. The Rossland Pool has an Aqua Fit instructor on staff this summer and we’re excited about bringing Aqua Fit classes back to Rossland! Mark your calendars for the weeks of June 6-9, June 25-28 and July 11-15 from 5-6 p.m. There are many benefits to aquatic workouts — specifically, water decreases the amount of shock which is transmitted through the bones, joint and ligaments. People who have mobility issues also experience the benefits of aquatic exercise because buoyancy decreases the effect of gravity: effective body weight is reduced by up to 90 per cent. Special populations including the elderly who may have fragile bones, the arthritic, the disabled, the injured athlete, as well as pre-or post natal women will exercise in relative comfort and ease in the water. This class incorporates cardio, muscular endurance and stretching in a refreshing and challenging way. A great way to cool down after a long, hot day! Are you interested in being a vendor at this year’s farmers market? The Rossland Mountain Market will be taking place every Thursday from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in downtown Rossland (June 30 - Sept. 29). The Rossland Mountain Market is coordinated by Rossland REAL Food and supports local entrepreneurs to sell their homemade and homegrown goods. The market also strives to work with the local business com-

munity and welcomes their ideas and suggestions for the 2011 Market season. For contact and vendor information, please visit: Junior roller derby is coming to Rossland! The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League is experiencing phenomenal growth, with another sold out game in Castlegar this weekend. If you have a daughter between the ages of 6 – 18 years who’s interested in becoming a derby girl, the “Freshmeat Orientation” is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 in the late afternoon at the Rossland Arena. This will be an opportunity for you to try out the equipment, ask questions and see how the game is played. We’ll have more information in the weeks to come — if you’re interested or need more information, please contact the recreation department for details. As spring tries to settle in, there are a few adult sports that will be getting started in May. men’s baseball, co- ed softball, ultimate frisbee, bike polo and adult soccer will all take to the fields in the next few weeks. If you’re interested in playing any of these sports please contact the recreation department for contact details. The recreation department is finishing the Summer Brochure and we hope to have it in your hands by May 20. If you don’t receive bulk mail in your mailbox, please contact our office and we’ll email you a copy. Give our office a call, at 250-362-2327 or email us at

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Opinion The Ranting Rooster - Andrew Bennett

Prairie lessons for Rossland The terrible floods in Manitoba are the worst in that area since long before the province joined the country, but national media services seem content to blame nature for this man-made disaster. From the commentary, you’d think this calamity were the fault of Her natural whim to heap on a heavier snowpack and senselessly wreak havoc on people’s homes. I’m not talking about man’s hand in climate change, though that has its many and mysterious impacts which certainly play a role. I’ll get to my fall guy — ecological ignorance in agriculture — but first, I do not mean to diminish from the very real hardship faced in Brandon and other afflicted or threatened areas. As thousands of evacuees face homelessness and leaders consider breaking dikes, this is an emergency that requires our national support. Among other crises, the floods threaten to put many small farmers — who, against all odds, have made it well into the 21st century — out of business once and for all. Nationally, the military brass shines bright this week. It is commendable to have 700 citizens in the forces working to fortify parts of Manitoba, and 300 more troops potentially on the way. A military is absolutely necessary, but a focus on humanitarian and peaceful missions, emergency rescue, and an expansion of the number of local militias skilled in these arts, will strengthen Canada far more than F-35s and foreign wars will weaken us. But let’s get to the crux: If we are to address root causes, our entire country must get on board with ecological restoration as a major function to safeguard our nation’s strength, health, and sovereignty. I may as well point the finger, because the culprit for the flood is clear to me. I blame years of misguided agricultural policies and practices. Millions of wetlands, some 70 per cent, have been drained across the prairie region, from southern Alberta to southern Manitoba, and northern Montana to North Dakota. And the “sponge” of these “prairie potholes” continues to be squeezed dry and torn out. All of the streams in this watershed drain towards Lake Winnipeg, but in the past, very few of the potholes were connected to

streams. One by one, drop in the bucket by drop, the potholes that once throbbed with the birds and herds that came to eat and drink were drained away with ditches that, each spring, flood the lower stretches. Drainage may have increased available crop land and made it easier for tractors to negotiate, but the digger and plough didn’t just destroy the region’s water brakes. Small ponds and marshes are natural cleansers, capturing and filtering soil and nutrients that run off even the gentlest slopes. Now, runoff no longer held in check by potholes leads to the equivalent of a half million bags of lawn fertilizer being dumped into Lake Winnipeg each year. The storm water has become sewage and the effect is an emerald green Lake Winnipeg visible from space, the eutrophication of Manitoba’s heart into poison algae and an increasingly fishless anoxic soup. The tragedy in Manitoba is that people’s homes and livelihoods are being destroyed, and it is worse that the flood is the direct result of the destruction of so many other creature’s homes that were in the reeds and sedges that once held back the rich blood of prairie runoff. Looking to their future, unless work is done to reintroduce wetlands on farm holdings across the prairies, the effects will only get worse as climate change ramps up. In Rossland we face a droughty summer, a $6- million infrastructure project to upgrade water and waste systems, and other similar issues. We should consider ways we can make nature our partner as we plan our infrastructure; ecological renovations hold the promise of cost savings and health gains. Our storm water, sewage, and water supply infrastructure is absolutely vital right now, since very few people store an appreciable amount of water on their property — Les Carter and Sara Golling’s underground cistern stands out as a great counter-example. If people had roof top gardens, captured melt and rain water, re-used their grey water in gardens and small ponds, and composted their own waste, water supply lines could be small and sewage lines and treatment systems would be unnecessary. Dreaming big, we could save ourselves millions and live in Eden.

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It’s a thrift store, not a dump


Rossland News Reporter

Rossland’s thrift store is being weighed down by careless “donations� of dirty clothes, broken toys, damaged equipment, and other useless sundries, its operators say. The Rossland News met with a group of volunteer sorters one Thursday morning, and the women emphasized that the thrift shop is a re-use charity, not a dump, nor a repair shop, nor a laundry, nor a warehouse for large furniture or big appliances. The thrift store is run by an executive that meets once a month to discuss issues, but more importantly by a team of 68 volunteers who come out on Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon to sort items, or on Wednesday and Friday to clerk. They’ve been very successful, raising more than half a million dollars for health-related projects in the last decade. “It’s a great thing,� agreed Helen McLellan about the thrift store, “but our problem is the garbage, stuff we can’t sell.� McLellan is the president of the Rossland Health Care Auxiliary Society for which the thrift store is the prime fundraiser. During the interview, the recycling man turned up at the back door, hopping mad that so much junk was in his way — again, apparently. And it most certainly was, all junk left as gifts for the thrift store volunteers to dump or, in the case of large furniture and appliances, move somewhere else. Earlier in the morning, a woman had come by the back of the thrift store to drop off some items, including a broken chair. One of the thrift store volunteers was watching and let her know that the chair wasn’t wanted, at which point the woman tried to dispose of the chair in the thrift store dumpster.

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Thrift store volunteer Libby Martin looks in at the various bits of waste left for her and other volunteers to clean up from behind the Thrift store just in the past week.

“Oh, don’t you dare!â€? the volunteer was reported to say, but despite her good efforts, by 10 a.m. we found a dysfunctional baby carriage, broken lawn chairs, two sofas that were too large for the ladies to handle, and sports equipment that wasn’t “safe, legal, or even funâ€? as McLellan said while holding a helmet with a large dent in one side. “Would you believe that someone Generating Jobs & Economic Benefits actually left some dirty diapers alongside the dumpster?â€? said volunteer Libby Martin, pointing out that many people don’t seem to realize that the dumpster behind the thrift store is not 1131 LAKESIDE DR., NELSON BC ĎŽ 250.352.2200 OR 1.800.900.9228 ĎŽ for public disposal and costs the auxiliary money to empty. The dump is “a bit of a sore spot for us, â€? McLellan allowed. BOOK YOUR COACH TOUR OR CRUISE AND RECEIVE â‚Ź75.00! “Allan Davies is a saint, he’s been Imagine oating down the Rhine river or bus touring in Italy. paying for our garbage while he fights Talk to our expert travel consultants and make your dreams come true. with the regional district. Other orgaCERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. nizations like us — such as the Sally Ann — get one free dumping per month. But we don’t have a truck, so we have to rely on Allan. He has scales on his truck, but they won’t listen to that.â€? “We have a lot of garbage, and [Al lan] has been paying for it, but I think that’s going to turn around and we’re     

going to be paying for it. That’s going        to really cut into our profits.â€?          When choosing what to give to the     thrift store, clearly, one man’s trash is      often another’s treasure, but there are         limits.    The 68 volunteers mostly have welldefined tasks, and “the majority of the Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail Capitol Theatre, people who clerk on open days aren’t Wednesday, May 18 | 8:00pm Nelson      necessarily sorters, and won’t neces250.368.9669 or Thursday, May 19 | 8:00pm 888.368.9669 250.352.6363

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get discouraged when people are dumping their garbage.� McLellan suggests donors ask themselves, “would I buy this?� The thrift store has no interest in clothing that isn’t washed, or has holes, missing buttons, and broken zippers. At best, torn cotton clothing can be turned into rags. “It’ll be torn here, torn there, they just don’t want to throw it away,� she said. “They wouldn’t buy it themselves, but they think other people will.� “We want clothing clean and in good repair,� McLellan said. “The appliances and that kind of thing, we want them working. We don’t them to come in without a cord, or a broken anything. There are standards — you can’t sell things that aren’t in good order.� Old toys are fine, but broken toys are out. If a screw’s missing, find one and put it in before sending it off. Out of date tools for which batteries aren’t made or parts aren’t available are not welcome. Computers and televisions can be dropped off in Trail. “Everyone’s got that box in their basement that’s been sitting there for 15 years. They’ll just pick that up and bring it here!� McLellan exclaimed, incredulous. “It’s so dirty!� The Rossland auxiliary has been in operation since 1938 and is now under higher governance at regional, provincial, and federal levels, but the auxiliary volunteers and executive choose the specific projects that they support after bills are paid —water, electricity, phone, and to maintain the building, which they own. “We pick what we pay for,� McLellan said about the projects they auxiliary funds. “We’ve bought defibrillators for the fire department, we helped with the rescue boat. If someone comes to us with a project that’s health related, we help.� The auxiliary also gives two $1,000 scholarships per year, one to RSS for someone going into the health-care field, and one to the nursing program at Selkirk College.

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Arts & Culture What do SPCA dogs dream about?

An intimate performance Lowry Olafson played a wide variety of his tunes — from songs about civil war press gangs, to train songs, to catchy tunes about home renovations — to an appreciative and close-knit group at the Marshalls’ home on Tuesday evening. Lowry Olafson lives in Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast, but travels widely and prefers house concerts as an “intimate” way to connect with his audiences. Find out more about Olafson at Andrew Bennett photo

Second-last Joe Hill of the season set for this Sunday ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Single Rainbow This rainbow in lower Rossland suggested a pot of gold somewhere on the Louie Joe Trail as the cool weather broke to allow this week’s warm front in. Andrew Bennett photo

This season’s penultimate Joe Hill Coffeehouse is on the horizon with a diverse line-up, from dance to theatre to choirs, bluegrass, and celtic harp. This May 15 show will mark the 25th coffeehouse in the series’ third season. The ever-popular MacLean Elementary School Choir directed by Terry Marshall will hop on stage to get the show going, followed on their heels by Nadine Tremblay’s Rossland Glee Club. The Columbia Phoenix Players have a nine-minute play to perform, and both Kootenay DanceWorks and the Steps dancers have some routines lined up. Never Too Late, an old time country and

bluegrass band, will get it going with guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, spoons, string bass and vocals. Dan Charron will step up with some original songs, followed by Janet Marshall on her wonderful Celtic harp. The show will be brought to a close by the talented Alyshia Richards, a 14-yearold country singer. The season’s final coffeehouse is scheduled for Father’s Day, June 19, and the fourth season will begin again on Sept. 18. To participate in any way, as a performer or a volunteer, call organizer Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or Admission, as always, is $3 (and free for students) for the show that begins at 7 p.m.

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DRAGON BOAT - KOOTENAY ROBUSTERS Tue/Thu evenings, Sat morning, May to Sept, Christina Lake. Carpool from Rossland. Contact Mary Hatlevik, 362-9452. All women welcome. Raise awareness of breast cancer, support wellbeing.

BARKS & RECREATION DOG TRAINING CLASSES Start anytime: puppies 2-6mo. old, basic obedience, small dog socialization, advanced obedience, tricks and fun. Contact: 521-BARK,, 1396 Cedar Ave.

YOGA WITH KERRY Power Flow: Tues/Thurs. 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Peace (restorative):

Sun. 10-11:30am. At Better Life Fitness. Visit HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381,

Coming Events

HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna:

KIDS KUNG FU May 16 to June 29 on Mon. and Wed., 3:30 to 4:30pm at Better Life Fitness. Ages 7-12. 14 classes for $70. Contact 362-3348 or BC SENIORS’ GAMES, 55+ Aug 16-20, in the West Kootenays. Visit or

ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_, 362-7447, $55 for 10, first time free.

INTERMEDIATE PILATES WITH JACKIE Mon 7:30-8:30pm, Fri 6:30-7:30am, at Better Life Fitness. Drop-in $12 or 10 for $95.

contact Barb at 362-9489.

URBAN DANCE Tuesdays, 5-6pm, $8 drop in or 6/$40, Better Life Fitness - 2086 Washing-

SENIORS GAMES SLO-PITCH First practice May 1, 6pm, Haley Park, Warfield. All those 55

ton. No experience required. Contact Nicole at 362-9673.

and older by end of the year are welcome to come out and play. Register by May 15. More info: Fred at 250-362-7624 or

OUT OF BOUNDS FITNESS Indoor cycling, Drill Fit, Pilates, strength training, cardio, core, and more. 1995 Columbia, above the Subway.

LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Sweater class starts May 3; lace shawl for intermedi-

SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS Meet 8am at Mountain Life (BMO building) and carpool to adventure. Free drop-in, all levels, year-round.

ate knitters starts May 11; hat class starts May 28. $2 drop-in. Call 362-5383. FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, May 13, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall, Newcomers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319.

MOTHER GOOSE Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays at

BESSIE WAPP plays May 14, 7:30pm, Rouge Gallery. Balkan and Klezmer for solo voice and accordion. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 362-9609 for information.

KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact

CASTLEGAR GARDEN AND NATURE FEST May 14, 10am-3pm. Vendors ($30/space) and

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Fridays at the Rossland Library: Tots (ages 3-5) 10:15-

non-profit groups (free space) wanted. Contact 399-4439,

10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration.

SAFETY VILLAGE, AGES 5-8 May 14, 10am to noon. Bicycle and fire safety, bring bike and

MacLean StrongStart Center. Free, drop-in, for caregivers and young children. Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or

helmet. Parental participation required. Pre-register at Aquatic Centre, 364-0888.

ROSSLAND RADIO CO-OP Join, volunteer, host a show. Meet the 2nd Wed each month,

SPRING FLING DANCE May 14, 7-11pm, Genelle Hall, $10 includes light lunch. Music by

7pm at the radio headquarters, Rotary Health Building, 1807 Columbia Ave.

Old Time Fiddlers. Proceeds to Megan Hutchinson Fund. Contact Yvonne, 367-9473.

ROSSLAND SKATEPARK COMMITTEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland

JOE HILL COFFEEHOUSE Next: May 15, 7-9:30pm, $3 for adults, free for students. To volun-

Library. Come be part of the process.

teer or perform, contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or WEST KOOTENAY OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP May 16, 2 pm, Kiro Wellness Center, Trail.

COLUMBIA DISTRICT GIRL GUIDES Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Rossland to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

Lesley Anderton presents on local wildflowers. Snacks served. Info: 365-6276.

SCOUTING For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7)

COUNCIL 101 May 17, 6pm and May 19, 10:30am, Arena Lounge. Learn what it takes to be

Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063.

a city councillor or mayor - elections are coming this fall and candidates are needed.

YCDC YOUTH NIGHTS Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact

REDEFINING BEAUTY May 28, 10am-2pm, Miners’ Hall. A workshop for young women age Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

13-18. Amber Oosthyzen helps women find out “who they are and what they want.” $20 includes lunch. Contact Rossland Recreation, 362-2327,

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. # 14 ROSSLAND General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.

RELAY FOR LIFE May 28, 10am-10pm, Haley Park Track, Trail. Support the Canadian

ROTARY CLUB OF ROSSLAND: Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All

Cancer Society. Visit Call Suzanne 362-7422,

welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.

DEVINE RIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP May 27-29, women only, with world champion Cindy Devine. $250 includes coaching and 2 lunches. Visit

BINGO AND FILMS Bingo Thurs., films Tues., both at 1:30pm, Rossland Seniors’ Hall.

ART OF WINE, 8TH ANNUAL June 4, 7-10pm, Colombo Lodge. Wine tasting, art, and

GENEALOGY West Kootenay Family Historians, 7pm, first Monday each month, Sept to June, SHSS, Castlegar. Annual fee $10. Contact Jean, 365-8100, or Grace, 364-1426.

food. Semi-formal. Tickets $50 at Bear Country Kitchen. Proceeds to KBRH Pediatric Ward.

AIR CADETS Meets every Wed. 6pm - 9:15pm at the 44 Trail Armory in Shaver’s Bench

SAFETY VILLAGE, AGES 9-12 June 11, 10am to noon. Bicycle and fire safety, bring bike and

helmet. Parental participation required. Pre-register at Aquatic Centre, 364-0888.

SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT CLANCY’S Every Friday, 6pm to 9pm. all you can eat pasta with meatballs. Garlic toast and caesar salada. Kid sizes for $5.95.

ROSSLAND MOUNTAIN MARKET Farmer’s market, June 30 to Sept 29, Thursdays from 3 to

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A Black Press publication with a Rossland-based editor has taken gold at the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association’s (BCYCNA) 2011 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards. Route 3 magazine beat out Sunshine Coast Life and Gulf Islander 2010 Visitors’ Guide in the special publications award under 25,000 (circulation) category, with judges lauding the magazine’s layout, use of photos and consistent graphical elements amongst other things. They also said Route 3 had a wide variety of locally focused articles that were written well and that “hit the mark in terms of balance, interest and attractiveness to both reader and advertiser.” “I’m thrilled,” says the magazine’s account manager Chris Hammett, who attended the April 30 awards ceremony on behalf of Route 3. “It was hard work and something you strive for and you work towards and to get that recognition from your peers and the community, that our product stands out, is really everything anybody in the business could ever hope for.” Rossland resident Shelley Ackerman, Route 3’s editor and art director, and Route 3 Publisher Chuck Bennett echo Hammett’s sentiments. “I’m very pleased that Route 3 has been recognized for its quality. I think we put out a really great little magazine here, and it’s wonderful to see that those in the know





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think so too,” Ackerman says. “Chris and Shelley should both be very proud of this award,” says Bennett. “They have worked very hard and very diligently to make Route 3 the wonderful magazine that it is. We are proud of them, and this award, and I just personally want to congratulate them on what is very deserving recognition.” As Hammett and Ackerman explain, the quarterly regional lifestyle magazine depicts life in the West Kootenay and Boundary. “Each issue is different, it focuses on different people, arts, a different home and much more,” Hammett says. “It doesn’t expire because

you learn something new every time you read it and so the product has turned out to be a great crossover product. It was intended for the locals in the region and we found that it’s become a good crossover vehicle with people travelling through the region wanting to pick them up and learn about our market and area.” “There is no shortage of excellent stories in this region — there are so many people doing really cool things,” explains Ackerman. “For each issue, the stories are written by several different writers and the photos taken by several different photographers.” The Route 3 staff would like to thank the community

for standing behind the publication and the enormous support it has given the publication since its inception — they also thank the contributors and photographers because they played a part in the success as well. Approximately 50 per cent of Route 3 editions are distributed through the Grand Forks Gazette, Trail Daily Times, Nelson Star and Castlegar News, with the balance available at street level throughout the West Kootenay/Boundary. The awards are named after Margaret “Ma” Murray, the province’s first female newspaper publisher, and are awarded for excellence in all aspects of the newspaper industry.

Public invited to annual Cadets review ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Thirty-five cadets from Trail’s 531 Air Cadets Squadron have invited the public and future cadets to join the cadets’ parents and friends on May 25 to watch the squadron’s Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) that marks the completion of another successful training year. The highlight of the ceremony is the squadron’s parade before a reviewing officer and an inspecting party,

but will also include “demonstrations planned and organized by the cadets themselves in effective speaking and drill, and static displays will show the cadets’ involvement in general cadet training.” said Deb Hossack, the squadron’s public relations and fundraising co-ordinator. Trophies and medals will be presented to the most proficient cadets. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets are a non-profit organization that aims to develop attributes of good citizenship and leadership in youth aged 12 to 18.

Cadets are not required to join the Canadian Forces and the 531 Squadron welcomes cadets from everywhere in our region. The ACR takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Lt.-Col. Arnold Henry Grant CB DSO Armoury (1990 7th Ave., Trail), and the new training year starts again on Sept. 7, also at the Trail Armoury. For more information on the cadets, contact the local sponsoring committee chairperson, Michelle Szabo, at 231-5000 or szabomichelle@hotmail. com.

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jack K. Bryden on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2011. He was 59 years of age. Jack was CEO of Jones Ties & Poles (1978) Ltd of Paterson, B.C. Following a diagnosis of cancer, Jack semi retired in 2009. He was optimistic to the very end that he could beat his disease. Jack’s courage was inspirational to all those who were close to him. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ellen and by his children Jen (Dave Fricke), Jill (Warren Rosse), Josh, Melissa and Andrea Bryden as well as his stepson Patrick Price (Laura) and grandchildren Ava Rosse and Eli Fricke and step grandchildren Ireland and Noah Price. Also left to mourn their loss are his sister Darlene (Lou) and his brother Don (Wendy), sistersin-law Patricia Morrison and Barbara (Bill) Robinson, numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and their families, his mother-in-law Mona York and his ex-wife Geri Bryden (Peter). He was predeceased by his adoring parents Ken and Joyce Bryden (both in 2005) as well as an infant brother. Jack will be remembered for his optimism, strong work ethic, generosity, quick wit, sense of humor and his love of children. He loved family gatherings, staff Christmas parties, salmon fishing, golfing, bike riding, cross country skiing, happy hours, travel and spending time at the cabin at Christina Lake. Jack will be sadly missed and not forgotten by family, friends and associates. In lieu of flowers, friends can make donations to British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C.V6H 3V4 or to the Relay for Life at or to the Kootenay Boundary Hospital and Health Foundation, 1200 Hospital Bench Road, Trail, British Columbia, V1R 4M1 as an expression of sympathy. Cremation, a private memorial service and interment at the Mausoleum at the Mountain View Cemetery took place on May 11, 2011. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland, 1919 Columbia, Rossland commencing at 11:00 am. Al Grywacheski with Personal Alternative Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.

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Rossland News Reporter

The greater part of Monday's council meeting was spent in final deliberations over the rezoning of 2530 St. Paul St. to allow a duplex instead of a single family dwelling permitted to have an attached suite. After a public hearing and some debate, council approved the new zoning and adopted the bylaw, reversing the decision they made seven months ago when council denied the request. Developer Kevin Fairweather, who owns the property and has worked for a long time with the city on plans to build small, affordable units in this prime area of Rossland, attended the meeting and was supported by comments from Mike and Janet Fairweather, as well as builder Cezary Ksiazek. Both Mike Fairweather and Ksiazek noted the affordable housing issue caused by limited land. "Building permits are high, taxes are high," Ksiazek said, noting that Castlegar is booming but Rossland is not because costs here are higher. "We have to do something special with land," he said. Neighbour Garth Flemming asked, "What is affordable housing? I'd love to live in a finished apartment with no yard! The big thing for me is the safety issue on the street." Flemming repeated comments that council has heard many times by now: Kids frequent these streets on their way to and from school, it's a bus route, neighbours in the area sometimes have friends over that congest the street with parked cars and, in the winter, cars often slide down Fifth Avenue. Other neighbours, notably Katie and Bruno Brall, raised similar concerns, arguing that a duplex — rather than a single family home with a suite — would worsen

the safety problems. Ksiazek said, somewhat tongue-incheek: "In Poland, we have very big density, but nobody kills each other. I think one duplex, maybe we should be OK?" Council seemed, in general, to agree with this point of view. Coun. Kathy Wallace acknowledged the safety concerns, but said "I continue to feel that the safety concerns that have been expressed are separate to whether the home built on that lot is a single family home or a duplex. I do not think the duplex should be denied because of them." She also pointed out to those who opposed Fairweather's plans for parking off Fifth Avenue, that the lot's original driveway came off Fifth Avenue. Countering some question about whether this neighbourhood was the appropriate place for densification, Wallace said, "There are other assets in that neighbourhood that make it a very good place for this duplex," giving the bus, school, community garden, and proximity to downtown as obvious examples. Coun. Kathy Moore said, "it's important to pay attention to the [safety] concerns," and requested that staff continue to consider creative ideas and solutions. Coun. Jill Spearn recalled council's "mandate," and the great effort that went into crafting the Official Community Plan and Strategic Sustainability Plan. What is council doing "if we're not going to walk the talk?" she asked rhetorically. "We get with the program and we do it, or we get rid of all those documents and go back to 1950." Spearn pointed out that congested streets ("whatever that means in Rossland") have to be dealt with as facts. "Parties going on, visiting going on, that's life in Rossland." She also countered some neighbours' comments that predicted accidents as a consequence of the duplex. "We don't want to predict accidents," she said, "we can predict accidents all over Rossland; every cor-

ner there's an accident waiting to happen." Spearn may also have hit the crux of the opposition when she commented, "change is tough." Coun. Laurie Charlton remained adamantly opposed to the rezoning, claiming council was "trying to jam a square peg in a round hole," with a variety of variances that may be required for Fairweather's plans to go ahead. Charlton may have gone overboard when he suggested a house with a secondary suite "is likely more affordable" than a duplex unit, but he was quickly rebutted by Wallace who noted, "the duplex is something that allows someone to get into ownership of a home in this setting." Coun. Hanne Smith, though in favour of the duplex, was also "troubled by safety concerns." She has spent time with staff discussing various options and concluded, "The design presented is the one that's been vetted by all our staff after serious consideration of all these safety issues. I asked about one-way or other traffic signs. All those issues have also been thought of by staff in great detail. She suggested a "proactive" approach to the corner in question. "Something, whatever staff can do," she asked. Mayor Greg Granstrom then weighed in with his reservations, noting first that "staff is very aware of all safety concerns and are more than proactive on these issues. I think any safety issue can be handled here." He continued on a different slant: "What are we doing? We have an infrastructure designed for single family lots and we've quadrupled the infrastructre requirements on that lot." The mayor argued that a similar increase in density all over town would not only increase the tax base, but could overload existing infrastructure. The mayor argued that "overdensification" could lead to costly upgrades at the expense of all Rossland taxpayers. Spearn responded, "I don't think we're quadrupling anything." To be clear, the lot was originally zoned for a single family

home, was split into two single family lots, one of which is now re-zoned for a duplex — this seems to be a little less than a tripling of the lot's originally zoned density. Spearn continued, "Having too high a density in Rossland isn't achievable, or even possible. [The mayor's argument] doesn't apply here, with all due respect. We're trying to move towards a diversity of housing stock [that is affordable for] all kinds of socioeconomic ranges in our community." Wallace qualified her own opinion, "this community may at some point decide we're overdensifying, but we haven't reached that point." Granstrom returned to his point: "This one isn't going to overflow the sewage treatment plant, but where do we stop?" "What does a proposal like this do to existing housing stock? We're opening the door. We're changing neighbourhoods forever," he said. Moore answered, "Where do we stop? I don't think we've started yet." "We're a community of single family homes, we don't have a lot of diversity," she said. "We're in an economic downturn. Here's someone who wants to build an environmentally interesting project. I look at this as quite an innovative land use opportunity. There are a lot of people looking for this kind of home. "We need to start somewhere," Moore said, "and I don't think we're going to be overrun." Furthermore, "The neighbours came about safety," Moore said. " "We don't have to worry about 'ruining the neighbourhood.'" Spearn said things have changed "drastically and radically" since the 1950s. We are a different world, and we're a world we have to take care of." "We're not going to call this a mistake," she said. "It's one lot in Rossland, we're not changing the fabric of our community by trying this."

Kids’ kung-fu for body and mind ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

If you're between the ages of seven and 12 and you've been knocking around the idea of doing a martial art, newly arrived Rosslander Taylor Capozzola is set to kick off a seven-week, 14-class program in kung-fu at Better Life Fitness. Capozzola, who also recently started a women's flash-fight defence course, has 13 years of kung-fu experience. Originally from Manitoba, he has trained with "multiple different reknowned black belts," in kung-fu, all "in the same style." "This kung-fu specifically is a time-tested art," he ex-

plained. It dates back hundreds of years, but took its present form under the legendary master Chan Heung in 1836 after he studied under three Shaolin martial arts gurus in China and combined their teachings into the Choy Li Fut system, named after the three instructors. "His first instructor was renowned for southern Shaolin open-palm techniques," Capozzola said, "and his second instructor was famous for big circular punches and the tiger claw." By age 15, when Heung had surpassed both his first two instructors, he was send to a mountain where a northern Shaolin monk was hiding out, the Green Grass Monk. "He ended up finding the

monk who instructed him in kicks and leg work, but also taught him meditation, internal exercises and chinese traditional medicine," Capozzola said. At the time, Heung designed his system particularly for use in the battlefield and for self-defence, not just for sport, but Capozzola said "fighting is now what I focus on." "You have to train a long time before you really start fighting. Sparring is definitely part of what we do, but right now, since this is a brand new thing, I want to focus on the art," he said. "It's a complete system more than a 'style.' It develops body, soul, and mind," Capozzola said, with breathing exercises and an

emphasis on the art as a moving meditation. The system, which involves "a lot of circular movements, agile footwork, and training with weapons" is "excellent for anyone," he said. "There's no real 'top level,' it's a forever, continuous process of learning more and more." Excited about the skills he's going to impart, Capozzola said "it's a great kids program. There's no garbage — it's all there because it works, either for fighting or developing the body or mind." The first class is on May 16 at 3:30 p.m., and the cost for the entire course of 14 classes is $70. You can register by contacting Better Life Fitness at 362-3348, or Capozzola at

Taylor Capozzola

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May 12 2011 Rossland News  

The complete version of the May 12, 2011 edition of the Rossland News as it appeared in print.

May 12 2011 Rossland News  

The complete version of the May 12, 2011 edition of the Rossland News as it appeared in print.