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“French Technical Team welcomed by the community”

On Thursday, March 29, the Valemount Ski Society hosted a reception for Oberto Oberti and a “French Technical Team” from France Neige International, a mountain development corporation interested in the proposed Valemount Glacier Destinations resort project. Photo by Andrea Scholz


French Technical Team Visits Valemount Daniel Betts EDITOR



ast week, not even grey skies could dampen Valemount’s welcoming spirit and strong sense of community. A delegation of five technical experts representing the French investment company France Neige International Mountain Development arrived in the valley on Thursday, March 29 on a mission to assess the potential of the proposed Valemount Glacier Destinations project. They were enthusiastically greeted by representatives of the Simpcw First Nation, the Village of Valemount, the Valemount Ski Society and the provincial government including the office of Shirley Bond and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Oberto Oberti, President of Pheidias Project Management Corporation introduced the “French Technical Team”

who included Director, Benoit Robert and Olympic athlete and world champion snowboarder Julie Pomaglaski. Grant Costello, Senior Vice-President of Jumbo Glacier Resort drove the team from Inveremere, B.C. where they had spent a couple days exploring the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort site and enjoying existing British Columbia skiing facilities. Costello noted all members of the technical team were expert skiers and were most impressed with the scenery and conditions found at the Jumbo Glacier Resort site. The team also visited Panorama Mountain Resort in Invermere, B.C. and Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, B.C. and were most impressed with our mountains and snow. Bruce Wilkinson, Chair of the Valemount Ski Society, officiated at a welcoming event and dinner held at the Caribou Grill. Doug Brown welcomed the French visitors on behalf of the Simpcw First Nation. Jeannette Townsend, former Mayor of Valemount welcomed the Continued on Page 2

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“Demonstration of Community Support”

Above: On Thursday, March 29, during a reception at the Caribou Grill, Bruce Wilkinson (left) Chair of the Valemount Ski Society presents a petition of support, containing approximately 600 names, to Oberto Oberti (centre right) and Drew Frymer (far right) as Simpcw First Nation Representative Fred Fortier (centre left) looks on. Photo by Andrea Scholz Below: On Friday, March 30, the group was led by sleds up the Westridge FSR, to look at part of the proposed resort site. For many this was the first time on a sled. Photo by Curtis Pawliuk


French visit continued from front page team on behalf of MLA Shirley Bond, with valley resident Chris Dolbec reading the welcome in French. Andru McCracken, Mayor of Valemount, welcomed the team on behalf of the village, expressing his excitement and commitment for the Valemount Glacier Destinations project. During the event, Wilkinson presented Oberti and Drew Frymer, Manager, Aboriginal Tourism and Resort Development for the Province of British Columbia with a petition of support for the Valemount Glacier Destination project, which included approximately 600 names; well over half the population of the village. Friday’s weather did not permit the team to visit the site by helicopter as planned, so snowmobiles were used to get the team to the site. The team and escorts ski toured from the Westridge Forest Service Road part way up Mt. Trudeau and skied back down. Despite the weather, the team was momentarily treated to a spectacular view of Mount Robson. Conditions were said to be excellent, with plenty of fresh powder. Speaking with Oberti Friday afternoon he felt the French technical team were “thoroughly impressed by what they have seen and what we’ve been doing.” Now that the expression of interest stage of the project has passed and the government has awarded Valemount Glacier Destinations proponent status, the project can easily move forward into the next stage of development. This crucial next stage includes site mapping, site inventory, environmental inventory and site analysis; technical details requiring advanced expertise and most of all time. At the end of this stage a “mountain concept plan” and “base development concept” are determined, which includes “employee resident restricted housing” and “environmental assessment act projects.” Following all this work, a proposal is submitted, which will be reviewed by provincial and local governments, and includes a public review process coordinated by the Valemount Ski Society. “We do get a say on it because we’ve got a society that will work with the village, with Oberto’s design teams and the Simpcw First Nation and we are all on the same page,” said Wilkinson. “What we are really hoping we can see here is costs won’t be brought up too high in Valemount because of what goes on up there. We want that to be in conjunction with the planning too. We think we’ll still be able to keep prices down and develop something that works.” This entire process sets the project up for the Master Planning Stage and the beginning of construction. Oberti is very optimistic about the project and believes, thanks to the existing public support, the project can move forward quickly compared to other projects his corporation has been involved with. Kicking Horse Resort near Golden, B.C. had much public support that helped move the project forward. “In this kind of project, having a community that wants it is incredibly valuable,” said Oberti. He was quick to note Valemount’s success in creating a favourable first impression. “I hope people realize, not only me, but I’m sure the French team also were overwhelmed by the reception, not only the organization which was outstanding and the food which was outstanding, but it was the people. I’ve been in projects since 1972 and with my own company since 1976 and I can not recall a better reception,” said Oberti. “I hope it is a really good omen for the future.” On Saturday, March 30, the French technical team extended their stay to take a second look at the site by helicopter. Oberti, an accomplished skier, joined the team on a ski run down Twilight Glacier, where the proposed gondola will arrive. “Our friends of the French delegation said that it was an unforgettable experience and it confirmed our preliminary assessment, in the conceptual design submitted with the Expression of Interest, that this approach will create a world class ski area and mountain experience,” said Oberti.

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“Great skiing conditions”

Above: On Saturday, March 31, the weather allowed for members of the group to ski on the actual proposed mountain resort site. From left to right: Olympic athlete and world champion snowboarder Julie Pomaglaski, Oberto Oberti and Silvio Gislimberti prepare for their run down Twilight Glacier, where a proposed gondola may one day arrive. Oberti was told by the French delegation, “it was an unforgettable experience.” Photo by Curtis Pawliuk


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New Community Youth Group Being Formed in Valemount Marie Birkbeck CONTRIBUTOR


aptain Scott Mcdonald and Sergeant Mark Nussbaumer of Junior Canadian Ranger Company in the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, Victoria, were in Valemount last week meeting with various groups and organizations garnering awareness and support for the Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) which will be established in Valemount in the coming weeks. The RCMP, the Chamber of Commerce and the Valemount Secondary School among others were privileged to meet with the representatives and learn firsthand what the JCR program is all about. Following a two year pilot project, the Junior Canadian Ranger program was officially launched in 1996, and currently serves about 3,500 youth in more than 120 patrols in remote and isolated communities across Canada. JCR patrols are a structured youth program for boys and girls ages 12 through 18. Although JCR are supported by the Department of National Defense, it is not a military program, rather a community based youth group, drawing on the skills, traditions and expertise of the local citizens. In order for there to be a JCR patrol, a community must have an existing Canadian Rangers Patrol, a guiding adult Committee, which can be either Canadian Rangers or adult volunteers, a secure storage location, and good community support. All volunteers working with the patrol must pass security clearance. Military instructor, Sgt Mark Nussbaumer has been appointed to oversee the program and will visit the local patrol two or three times a year. JCR training consists of the three “Circles of Learning” encompassing Life Skills, Traditional Community Skills and Ranger Skills. The content of these circles are developed by the leadership committee in consultation with the military supervisor, but can include hunting and fishing, living on the land, using small boats, snowmobiles and ATV’s, using rifles safely, preventing harassment and abuse, protecting the environment. It all happens in a fun and safe environment. One of the aims of the program is to create good community citizens out of the members. The JCR’s participate in community events to the best of their ability. Junior Canadian Rangers is loosely based on the school year, and meets two or three times each month, and participate in day long or weekend long field training. Each July there is also a summer enhanced training program; an eight-day summer camp where JCRs from across western Canada will meet and participate in training and recreational activities. It is the aim of Captain Mcdonald to have representatives from Valemount in attendance at the 2012 ETS. Under the leadership of Master Cpl. Sheri Hourie, and Cpl. Jennifer Dewey, Valemount, JCRs have secured the Legion Hall for their meetings. At the time of writing there has been a lot of interest expressed in becoming a member of JCR, so the group was looking forward to a high enrolment at their registration meeting on Tuesday, April 3. To register your child, or to sign up as a volunteer leader please call Sheri at (250) 566 9846, or (250) 566 3777, or Jen at (250) 566 4590, or (250) 566 5049, or email the group Enrolment is always free, all equipment and uniforms are supplied. More information on the program can be found at Sgt. Nussbaumer, will be back in Valemount on May 10 presenting to the students in the Elementary School, and a community presentation at the Annual Chamber of Commerce “Meet and Greet” later in the evening.

“Three Circles of Learning for valley youth”

Above: On Wednesday, March 28, (left to right) Sergeant Mark Nussbaumer, Clayton Gee, Sheri Hourie, Jennifer Dewey and Captain Scott Mcdonald of the Junior Canadian Rangers prepare a presentation to students attending Valemount Secondary School. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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Realistic Expectations I am an advocate of the positive energy that comes from positive thinking. I truly believe positive thinking can alter our realities to produce positive results. That being said, we need to temper our positive thinking with logic or we risk terrible disappointment. I think it important that we look at the Valemount Glacier Destinations project realistically. Outsiders considering making our valley home or opening businesses here need to be presented with realistic expectations. I certainly appreciate the enthusiasm for wanting great things to happen, but rushing a great project will not serve the valley or the market we hope to tap. While wanting change to happen in a timely fashion, we still need time to adapt or we will find ourselves overwhelmed. In my experience things happen at the pace they are meant to happen naturally. I’m aware of two rumours being passed around the valley as fact. The first rumour suggests the proposed Valemount Glacier Destinations resort is fully financed, which according to Oberto Oberti is completely false. When I asked Oberti about this rumour he chuckled and asked, “What project has been financed? Would you finance a house that has no drawings?” The proposed project is in the preliminary conceptual stage; basically it is merely a very good idea. There is an idea of where proposed lifts might go and where a proposed resort site might be built and a grand vision of future lifts including an incredible gondola and eagle’s view coffee house on a high peak, but nothing is surveyed or planned out on paper. I have no doubt drawing boards will soon be put to work and a team of skilled personnel, hopefully including some locals, will be up on the mountain surveying. Soon a clearer picture of this great idea will form along with its costs. That is not to say it won’t easily get funded, once there are plans to review, but first things first. The French technical team that recently visited our valley was most impressed, which is a fantastic first step. With continued strong community support I have no doubt a great project like this will achieve financing. A second rumour suggests the proposed ski resort will begin construction in one year, which at this point is highly unlikely. This is pure speculation given there are yet no concrete plans, an environmental assessment is still required and a host of steps and issues need to be addressed. There isn’t enough information to schedule a ground-breaking ceremony. The chair of the Valemount Ski Society, Bruce Wilkinson, optimistically expects the process to take at least a year and a half. Just because the ski resort won’t start construction immediately doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Great things need time to plan. Enthusiasm and positive thinking is fantastic, but I believe it is very important to convey realistic expectations. Could construction begin in a year? Oh boy wouldn’t that be something, but let’s give it an extra six months, at least, just to be safe.

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Earth Hour Promotes Apathy Jennifer Meagher Contributor


his past Saturday cities around the world took part in the sixth annual Earth Hour. The event, which takes place for one hour a year, has gained popularity around the world since its commencement. This year, Toronto saw a 6.8 per cent drop in power use during this hour, up from last year’s five but less than half of 2009’s 15. Despite an overall decrease in participation, eco-bandwagoners still convened throughout the city swaying in Kumbaya fashion, holding their carcinogenic paraffin candles emitting deadly, petroleum based toxins into the air and their lungs. So while they may not have had their lights on at home, they had their oil based pollutants to light the way and their gas powered transportation to get them there. BC Hydro has sponsored Earth Hour since its commencement. While their website claims to promote conservation and clean energy, The Daily Telegraph of London, in 2010 quoted experts stating “it could therefore result in an increase in carbon emissions’ due to complications related to rapidly lowering then raising electricity generation.” An interesting thought as you consider next year’s event. While Earth Hour is supposed to be more about awareness then the actual, measurable lowering of carbon emissions, it’s really just another example of apathetic activism. Let’s be honest. In 2012, who doesn’t know about global warming? Who are we trying to ‘inform’ and if there’s no actual decrease in emissions when all is said and done, what are we doing? People want to feel as though they are doing something without actually

having to do anything, let alone leave their house to do it. How many people do you think sat in the dark with their beeswax candles playing board games? I suspect the large majority sat on their electricity charged cell phones texting. Why not practice real activism by putting energy efficient light bulbs in your home, or insulating your windows? Consider walking instead of driving everywhere. In a place like Valemount, people can park their car most days. Recycle. Plant a tree. Support local producers. Demand that your government invest in clean, renewable energy and invest in it yourself knowing the financial and environmental benefits will offset the initial, personal cost. Recognize that global warming will never be beat as long as we continue to rely on cheep, oil based energy and products. Make environmental activism part of your daily lifestyle for actual impacts with real change instead of the couch potato style that has taken over our culture in the form of facebook status updates. For tips on how to be ‘green’ and a place to measure your progress e welcome Letters to the Editor on all subjects. We do not publish anonymous letters, so go to: www.makemeplease include your name and contact information so that we can verify that you wrote the letter. All


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Thank-you French Trip Sponsors Dear Editor: A sincere “thank-you” and warm appreciation goes out to all the many sponsors of the Valemount community who helped make this dream trip come true. In all, we raised over $21,000, a truly amazing feat for this small town. I was very proud of our students who demonstrate the greatest desire and willingness to learn. They wrote down the tour guide’s questions, did the research when we visited these places, spoke the most French, and lost by only one point in the final game we had concerning knowledge recollection. Since some of you would like to know what we did and saw, here is a short summary: We landed in Nice, then on to Monaco, French Riviera and palm trees! Our girls were the only ones there who just had to swim in the Mediterranean Sea! • Visited famous perfume factory and winery • Visited ancient Roman amphitheater • Visited Pope’s Palace • Ate lunch under Pont du Gard; an old Roman bridge built in 50 AD • Traveled through the Loire Valley and visited king’s castles • Visited Leonardo da Vinci’s house, burial place, and his garden of inventions • Visited cathedrals including Notre Dame in Paris • Stopped at numerous town and city squares – sight seeing walks, shopping • Did bus tour of Paris by day • Took a guided Seine River Boat cruise through Paris by night • Climbed the Eiffel Tower and visited Louvre Museum in Paris • Ate in an underground cave restaurant Also, I’d like to thank Cheri Dehnke, our group chaperone, for taking such good care of our students. In appreciation, Claude Germain - Valemount, B.C.

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Village of Valemount Council Briefs Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR


he regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on March 27, 2012. Mayor Andru McCracken, Councillors Christine Latimer, Hollie Blanchette, Sandy Salt andDallas Bullock, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tom Dall, and Deputy Corporate Officer (DCO) Anne Yanciw were all in attendance.

Delegations: Colleen Ballantyne Re: 2011 Draft of Audited Financial Statements Council received a verbal presentation from Colleen Ballantyne of the KPGM regarding the 2011 Draft of the Villages Audited Financial Statements. Robson Valley Support Society Re: Prevention of Violence Against Women Event Council received a verbal presentation from Shelly Battensby of the Robson Valley Support Society (RVSS) regarding their Prevention of Violence Against Women Week Event. RVSS requested street closure for the hours required to hold their HighHeel-A-Thon on April 21, 2012. Committee of the Whole: Village of Valemount 50th Anniversary Celebration Council participated in a Committee of the Whole brainstorm discussion to introduce the conversation around the Village of Valemount’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration, to both develop and implement a celebration plan.

Village of Valemount Application for a Development Variance Permit TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Valemount will consider an application for a Development Variance Permit from Best Western Plus Hotel for the premises described as 1950 Hwy 5 South Valemount, being Lot A Plan PGP46422 District Lot 7354 & 7355 Cariboo Land District at the Regular meeting on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the Village Office at 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount. The purpose of the Development Variance Permit is to: 1. Allow and Accessory Building (Garage) to be larger than the zoning allowance of 85 m2 to 167.23 m2 2. Allow the Accessory Building (Garage) to be higher than the zoning allowance of 3.5 m to 5.5 m A copy of the proposed permit may be inspected at the Village Office at the above address during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from this date up until April 9, 2012.

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Correspondence for Action: Peter Felmark Re: Graduation Table Rental Councillor Blanchette made a motion to waive the standard table rental fee of the community hall tables for use at the Valemount Secondary School 2012 Graduation Ceremonies. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Valemount Elementary School Re: Grade 6 Trip Councillor Salt made a motion to donate to the Valemount Elementary School $200 towards the purchase of an iPad 2 in which the students will raffle off as a fundraiser to support their fieldtrip to the city of Victoria from June 11 to June 15, 2012. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion Tourism Valemount Minutes Re: 2012 Resort Community Collaboration Councillor Salt made motion that the Village of Valemount participate in the 2012 Resort Community Collaborative Workshop . Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. BC Mayor’s Caucus Re: Registration Form Councillor Salt made a motion to send Mayor McCracken to the BC’s first Mayor’s Caucus in Penticton on May 16 to 18, 2012. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Administrative Reports CAO Re: Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act (Adjudication System) Councillor Blanchette made a motion to have the Mayor sign a letter to the Attorney General to have the Village listed on the list of communities who are utilizing the Adjudication System and to have the Bylaw/Policy Committee to start working on the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw in order to implement the Adjudication System. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. CAO Re: Regional District Fraser Fort George Budget Review Councillor Latimer made a motion to have the Mayor sign a letter to the Regional District of Fraser Fort George to request a representative to come to Valemount to do a presentation to Council on what the funds collected on behalf of the Regional District are used for and how the Village benefits. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. CAO Re: Village Vehicle Purchase Councillor Bullock made a motion to create a committee of two Councillors to work with the CAO in determining whether the purchase of a staff vehicle would be cost effective or not. Councillor Bullock and Councillor Latimer were elected to that committee. Councillor Blanchette seconded that motion. CAO Re: CBT Community Initiatives Program Grant Applications Councillor Bullock made a motion for Council to ratify the decisions made by the committee for the projects approved for 2012/2013 funding through the CBT CIP grant fund. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion.

Economic Development Officer Report EDO Re: Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Councillor Blanchette made a motion to receive for information only a report from the Economic Development Officer regarding the timeline of the Integrated Community Sustainability Process/Plan. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. EDO Re: Visitor Information Centre Leasehold Improvements for $7,500 Councillor Salt made a motion for Council to approve leasehold improvements for the Valemount Visitor Information Centre for the amount of $7,500 and allow Adventure Management Ltd. to purchase leasehold improvement items and have purchases preapproved by the CAO of the Village of Valemount. Councillor Latimer seconded this motion. EDO Re: Transfer Agreement with JTI for $5,000 Councillor Latimer made a motion to have Council enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and have the Mayor sign the Transfer Under Agreement (TUA) for a payment amount of $5,000 regarding the delivery of an information package that can be used to market and promote the project to potential investors and provide the Ministry with a brief written report that summarizes the information collected. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Bylaws and Policies Village of Valemount Water Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 680, 2012 First, Second and Third Reading Councillor Salt carried a motion to have Mayor and Council approve only a first, and second, reading of Bylaw No. 680, 2012, to increase the current bylaw amount of $82.80 to $86.15 to reflect inflation costs of operating the water supply to residents. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Village of Valemount “Five Year Financial Plan” Bylaw No. 681, 2012 First, and Second Reading Councillor Salt carried a motion to have Mayor and Council approve a first, and second, reading of Bylaw No. 681, 2012,”Five Year Financial Plan”. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. To clear up anything mentioned in these notes, please contact Donalda Beeson at the Valley Sentinel, at For more information, concerning anything mentioned at the Council meetings please contact the Village Office and note that, as always, the public is more than welcome to attend these meetings, as well as make a delegation or public comment, on the second and fourth Tuesday’s of every month at 7 p.m. sharp in the Village of Valemount Council Chambers.

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Developing an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Jennifer Meagher CONTRIBUTOR


he Village of Valemount is working with the Whistler Center for Sustainability which offers an easy, cost-effective way to develop a community’s sustainability plan to include community engagement, development of a shared vision, and determining on-the-ground actions. Similar plans have been created successfully for communities such as Invermere, Fernie, and Kimberley. Their first major project was for the Vancouver Olympic Games. They had to really consider what that meant for Whistler and surrounding area. According to Economic Development Officer Silvio Gislimberti, this led to the development of “some excellent tools, which have been used and applied in many smaller communities.” According to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Integrated Sustainability Planning is defined as “long-term planning, in consultation with community members, that provides direction for the community to realize sustainability objectives it has for the environmental, cultural, social and economic dimensions of its identity.” The plan looks at long-term issues in an all-encompassing outlook of the community. Gislimberti states, “It will be a plan that covers many different sectors

and not just the economics. Economic studies have been done in the past but they have not considered other factors. This will be a holistic approach.” Sustainability will be looked at in an integrated approach. A recent Community of Expertise in Educational Technology (CEET) study found that if a plan is not in place prior to growth, it becomes more difficult to meet sustainability goals. Gislimberti explains, “If you do not grow at all for some time, you can keep on going like this but then sooner or later you will no longer meet sustainability goals. If by chance the community does start to grow, then we have to implement such a plan.” According to Tom Dall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Valemount, “developing a sustainability plan now is a matter of being proactive.” The study, scheduled for completion in November 2012, will be 20-30 pages for readability offering a clear vision and objectives that can be used immediately. “From the perspective of the plan, it should also be a very important document for the municipality. It will play a big role also in the next official community plans, zoning and other. They say this plan should become a high level document to be used by the municipality. It’s not just a study. There will be recommendations to come of it,” said Gislimberti. Dall added, “Because we have all brand new Council members, the timing of this couldn’t be

better and they’re starting new with new ventures. This will allow them to keep it a little more focused. We aren’t trying to protect the box, it’s wide open. This is a great opportunity for us.” What also makes this plan unique is the direct involvement of community members in the process. Organizations will be asked to send a representative to form a Community Sustainability Advisory Team, a group of 12-16 people that will also include individual community members. The group will give the name to the plan, determine its direction, and define issues. Council is currently in the process of assembling the team from those who have expressed interest. Dall explains that the village does not want to be “dictating how this is to go forward. It should be the team doing it from the ground up not where we come in at a benchmark and say ‘now you have to get involved.’ We don’t want to do that.” There will be public events and the opportunity for community members to do online surveys. “There will be many events where people will have the opportunity to give their input and comments,” explained Gislimberti. The topics of these conversations will be defined as the process evolves. The first public event will take place Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. Location and times are yet to be announced.


How did the village cross the road? Andru McCracken MAYOR OF THE VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT


what our choices will or won’t do for us. Valemount needs your help with a new Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Despite its silly name, it is an important planning document. It is like an official community plan, but more direct. The last time Valemount developed such a plan our population was near 1,400 and we had a mill that employed hundreds of people. It’s time to look at where we’re going! Electing an all new council was…interesting. At least we can say we truly have a blank slate. But we still need a plan. Council is prepared to do our part and make the decisions we are responsible for, but long term direction must come from the community. Valemount Consider joining this process. All ages are encourLearning aged to apply, newcomers and oldtimers alike. Centre Call Silvio at the village office to apply (250) 566 250-566-4601 4435 or find an ad in last week’s paper. In the future other communities will ask, “How LOCAL JOB did your village cross the road? How did you bePOSTINGS come a sustainable, diverse, thriving, cohesive Updated April 4, 2012 community with such a high quality of life?” Updated April 4, 2012 And we’ll say, “It was easy, we had a plan.”

ost people would agree that Valemount is at a crossroads. But ‘crossroad’ is a problematic metaphor for a couple reasons. For example, at an intersection, someone might reasonably decide to pull off and throw the vehicle in park and just not go any further. We can’t. Our world is changing, and our community is changing too. There is no ‘park’ on this rig. And this crossroad isn’t one we are familiar with. As much as anyone claims to know or believe the best way forward, we haven’t been here before. We don’t have a map and there are no signs. What do we do? We could host eight hour circular discussions about which way to go with the information we don’t have and depart with nothing resolved... ...Or... we could try and find out more about the path ahead from fellow travellers. Other communities have been in this position, on the cusp of something new, even as they are recovering from dramatic change. Some of them recall cruising through a similar intersection with as much knowledge as we have now. Here’s what they say: FWcp columbia region steering committee A community needs to take stock of what is most important to it. Before racing through the crossThe Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is currently looking for one roads, take a look for oncoming traffic, get more Public Representative to participate on the FWCP Columbia Steering Committee. We information about what lies ahead and talk to the are seeking a responsible and qualified person committed to the fish, wildlife and people on the bus. environmental issues in the Columbia Region, who supports the range of groups Together we can anticipate challenges, rememand interests that are represented on this committee and who will offer a regional ber what’s most important to us and get a sense of

public representative position

perspective on FWCP issues. The position will be held for a three year term starting May 15, 2012. The FWCP has delivered more than 700 projects that conserve and enhance fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by the creation of BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in the Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions of British Columbia. For a Nomination Package please email


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McBride Centennial Elementary School Art - An exhibition of creativity by students in grades 4- 7- dioramas of two novels, scratch board pictures, beneath the ground line drawings, box pictures, windows into the soul & more. On exhibit until April 13, 2012 at the Museum/Library Building at 241 Dominion St., McBride Intro to Facebook @ the McBride & District Public Library. April 4 at 1pm & April 13 at 7pm. A beginner info session on Facebook basics. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266 Spring auction Saturday, April 7, 2012, 1 pm Ladies Auxiliary will be serving lunch from 12 to 1pm, auction is to follow


UR Building Knowledge gala event and fundraiser Saturday, April 14, 2012, 6pm-10pm Come out for a night of live music, appetizers and friends. All profits will go to help build schools in Mayanmar.

REady, Set, learn @ McBride & District Public Library Starting April 17 at 10:30am An 8 week program of songs, stories, and crafts for 3 year olds and their families. Please register at the McBride Elementary School. Poetry Coffeehouse @ the McBride & District Public Library. April 20 at 7pm Brush up on your favourite poem to recite at our evening of coffee, tea, and poetry! In celebration of National Poetry Month.

McBride JobFest 2012

The McBride JobFest, which was to be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 will now be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in McBride, B.C..

Dunster Fine Arts SChool Workshops and Courses Psanky -Ukrainian Egg Painting: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm -April 3 to April 17. You will take part in the traditional Ukrainian art of decorating eggs. Cost is $40. Scared Stiff to Computer Confident: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm - April 3 to April 17. This course is for adults new to computers wanting to learn the basics. Cost is $40. Adult Beginner Piano and Keyboard, with Music Theory: Wednesdays 7:308:30pm -April 4 to May 2. Learn the basics of playing a piano or keyboard. Cost is $70. Beginner Guitar Course: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm -April 4 to April 25. Learn fingerstyle guitar for beginners. Cost is $50. Basic Bike Repair and Tune-up Workshop: Saturday, April 21, 9am-12pm. The day will begin with a short review of road safety. You will learn how to tune-up and maintain your bike. Cost is $20. To register for classes please contact Pete at 250-968-4334 or

Valemount MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 a.m. Golden Years Lodge • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon., at Lions Hall, doors open 6 p.m., everyone welcome. • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon. of month 7:30 p.m. in Legion. • PLAY AND LEARN 10 a.m. until noon at Pepe’s Restaurant tuesdays: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 p.m. • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month - 7 p.m. @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • adult recreational vollEyball 7-9 p.m. Valemount Sec. School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m., council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. in Valemount Legion. WEDNESDAYS: • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 p.m. Downstairs at the library. • valemount seniors music night 7-9 p.m. Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Best Western. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. 7-9 p.m. in the Valemount Sec. School gym. Contact Betty @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce Quarterly General Meetings 3rd Thurs. of January, April, July and October @ 4:45 p.m. at the old Learning Centre on Gorse St. in the CNC classroom • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 p.m. 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs. of every month at 7 p.m. downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 p.m. • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 p.m. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Friday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Catholic Church basement SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 a.m. by appointment only. • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 p.m.

Tete Jaune •

Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7 p.m. at the Tete Jaune Hall.


• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Instruction from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and short sessions throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances (-waltz, fox-trot, polka, cha-cha, two-step, schottische, etc.) Pot luck snacks at 8:30 p.m. and then more dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission - $5 for anyone over 12 - maximum of $10 per family. All welcome!! Contact Pete at 250 968 4334 for more information. The final Family Dance for this year will be in April!

McBride • Mcbride community forest Open quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month on January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 3. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 p.m. tuesdays: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 p.m. weigh-in, 7:15 p.m. meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues.,7:30 p.m., Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Health Unit. • STORYTIME at the McBride & District Public Library 10:30 a.m. WEDNESDAYS: • Free Drop in Community Volleyball from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the McBride Secondary School • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 p.m. AT ODDS AND ENDS • Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed., 1 p.m. at Beaverview Lodge Sat. 10 a.m. -12 p.m., 441 Dominion St. • Support Group For Families Dealing With Mental Health Problems Last Wed every month 7:30 p.m. @ McBride Health Centre. More info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 p.m., Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall SATURDAYS: • WRITERS’ CIRCLE at 1 p.m. Alternates between Dunster Fine Arts School & McBride Library. All Welcome. Contact 569 2411/ for more info.



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Valley profile

David Marchant: McBride’s Cartoonist Daniel Betts Editor


or decades now, every week without fail, on page four of The Valley Sentinel, readers will find an entertaining and sometimes satirical cartoon created by local artist David Marchant. He moved to the valley in 1977 from the United States but his interest in cartooning started when he was young. “As a kid I used to like MAD Magazine and there was a cartoonist in there named Don Martin, I really always liked his cartoons so as a kid, I was always trying to draw those kinds of characters with the rounded nose and eyes,” explained Marchant from his home near McBride, B.C., along Mountain View Road. After living in the valley for a short while Marchant began drawing cartoons for valley readers. “I think what started it was some kind of political thing that I was fed up with and would draw a cartoon and I’d submit it to the newspaper.” At first, submissions were not regular but early into the 80s the editor of the local newspaper serving McBride asked if he would start submitting his cartoons weekly. Marchant started creating humorous and political cartoons on a weekly basis and has been doing it ever since. In the beginning Marchant would submit his hand drawn cartoons directly to the newspaper, but technology advanced to allow him to scan drawings into his computer where he would add shading. The digital cartoons were placed on a floppy disk, which he would submit to the outlet in McBride and somehow it would end up in the paper. “Of course as technology moved forward I was able to [eventually] email the thing.” Marchant still draws each cartoon by hand and scans it into the computer, but newer technology makes the process much easier. Marchant explains the actual drawing of the cartoon is the easy part. “The hardest part is always getting the idea. That’s what I really struggle with is coming up with an idea,” explained Marchant. Sometimes he gets an idea a couple days in advance of his deadline, which gives him, time to “mull it over” in his mind. He tries to draw his cartoons on Thursdays. “Once I have an idea it doesn’t take very long to draw it out.” Marchant humbly claims he has trouble drawing “caricatures” and tries to avoid them as much as he can. “Some people ask me, ‘how do you come up with the ideas?’ and it’s always different,” said Marchant. Sometimes somebody will just say

“Artist at work”

Above: Local artist and cartoonist, David Marchant compares one of his sketches with its digital reproduction as part of his process for preparing entertaining weekly cartoons for The Valley Sentinel. Below: Another example of Marchant’s sense of humour: “Danger lurks in the kitchen” has been available as a refrigerator magnet. Photo by Andrea Scholz

something and he will get an idea. Not surprisingly ideas will come to him in the middle of the night while dreaming. There is no regular process. Marchant says he likes puns and plays on words. Sometimes he just thinks about a phrase and uses it as inspiration. Of course current events and political satire are often themes in his drawings. “I know that people probably like the funny ones rather than the political ones, but sometimes I just get so mad I just have to,” said Marchant. Marchant writes a daily blog and showcases some of the other forms of art that he pursues. In the next issue of The Valley Sentinel, we will be showcasing some of his work and discussing his unique painting technique. Despite pursuing other art forms, Marchant will likely be best known for his cartoons. “It’s kinda who I am in McBride. When they introduce me to somebody it’s ‘this is David, he’s a cartoonist or he does cartoons,’ it’s kinda my role, my life’s role.”

Woodstove Exchange Program

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This offer only applies to the residents of the Village of Valemount and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George area from Tete Jaune to Albreda Only 10 rebates available! (may require attendance for limited entry draw) Exchange your old, uncertified woodstove (pre1994) for a new EPA-certified wood, pellet or gas heating appliance Receive a $750 rebate To get started stop by the Village of Valemount or our local retailers and pick up an Expression of Interest Form Initial Closing date for Expression of Interest is April 12, 2012 Local Retailers: Canoe Mountain Extreme Sports 1424 5th Ave. 250.566.9949 Valemount Home Hardware 1248 5th Ave. 250.566.4256

For further Information, please contact: Tom Dall at 250.566.4435 or email


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Additional information about the application (including Map) can be obtained at the following website:

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Be advised that any response to this ad may be provided to the public upon request. A hard copy MAP showing the location and extent of the application area may be acquired by calling the land officer named above at 250-565-4474.

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FRANCE Trip 2012

VSS students in France Sylvia Grigat Contributor


fter 10 months of fundraising, and a whole lot of community support, a group of 10 Valemount Secondary School french students travelled to France March 15 to March 25, 2012 along with Claude Germain and Cheri Dehnke as chaperones. They joined 40 other students and chaperones on their tour across France. A big thank you to Cheri Dehnke for submitting all of the photos.

“First days in paradise”

Above left and middle: On the morning of March 17 the group travelled from Nice, France to Monaco. While there they walked through botanical gardens and watched the changing of the guards. Everyone was very happy about the lack of snow. Above right: When they arrived back in Nice the group walked up the steps of a hill to a breathtaking view. Right: On the way back down the whole gang lost the rest of the group. It took the tour group 20 minutes realize they were missing. That was okay though because when they did find their way down the afternoon was spent playing in the Mediterranean Sea. All Photos by Cheri Dehnke

“Only one rainy day”

Left: On March 18 the group started off by visiting the Popes Palace in Avignon. Above: They then ventured to Nîmes to visit the Arena of Nîmes, a Roman amphitheater that used to be used for gladiator battles, and is now used to this day for bull fights. Below: On the morning of March 19, after encountering a flat tire, the group bought supplies for a picnic lunch in front of the Pont du Gaurd. The supplies for lunch included baguettes, cheese, tomatoes and strawberries. Left: March 20 the group travelled to the Loire Valley and toured a family run winery, Plou & Fils. The students sampled sparkling grape juice instead of wine.

“It was educational”

Far left: On March 21 the tour group travelled to Amboise. The Valemount students decided to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s home and toured his gardens. Left: There was a playground set up for kids and some of the students just had to try out a toy that you wouldn’t find in Canada. Above right: They then met up with the rest of the tour group to have a local guide take them through the castles Chateau Royal d’Amboise and Chateau de Chenonceau (pictured). This is known as the “Lady’s Castle” because it was only ever owned by women. Right: In the kitchen of the Chateau de Chenonceau.

FRANCE Trip 2012

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“The City of Lights”

Above left: March 22 after arriving in Paris there was a quick stop at the hotel then off to the Louvre. The group saw the Mona Lisa and many other famous paintings and sculptures. Above middle: The group was dropped off in Paris and free to wonder for a bit. Many students got caricatures of themselves. Above: Earlier in the day their brave tour guide brought all 52 participants to the “red light district”. The group stopped to take a few pictures in front of Moulin Rouge. Far left: March 23 after a bus tour of Paris the group got free time in the city while the other students on tour went to Versailles. They found a bridge that couples put locks on to signify their unbreakable love for each other. Left: Four of the students and Cheri Dehnke made it to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, it was very windy up there, but all the students in the group went up to at least the second floor. Below left: The group stopped earlier in the day to snap a picture of themselves in front of the Eiffel Tower with their complimentary EF Tours backpacks. Bottom left: The kids had to use the metro several times, a scary, but fun, experience for some. Bottom right: March 24 after 10 days away from home the students were more than happy to be getting on the plane to Edmonton from Toronto on their way back to Valemount.

All photos by Cheri Dehnke

APPRECIATION COFFEE & SLIDESHOW The students who participated in the France trip would like to show their appreciation to the community on Wednesday, April 25 at the Valemount Secondary School at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come!


Valley resident and former Mayor of Valemount, Jeannette Townsend (right) recently joined Vinyard Ministries Central Mexico staff member Al Amman (left), on a trip to a Mazatlan dump to feed poor and hungry Mexicans forced to rummage through the landfill for valuables. The Vinyard Mission Statement: “To touch the lives of the people of Mazatlan and surrounding areas by helping the poor, feeding the hungry and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Stay tuned for details on the 2012 Sightseer contest! Send your sentinel sightseer to Don’t forget to send us a brief description, include who is in the photo, where they are and what they’re doing!

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Local gala charity event will help to educate children Daniel Betts EDITOR


magine a child having to walk four miles to and from school everyday, eight miles altogether, during monsoon season. This isn’t a terrifying tale from when Grandpa was a boy; it is a sad reality for many children living in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar. Gilly Thomas of Vancouver, B.C. and Sandra Hodge of Jasper, Alta. formed UR Building Knowledge, a non-profit association with the intention of building schools for the children of Myanmar. Together and with the help of a dedicated local ground force in Myanmar, UR Building Knowledge has been successful in building three schools. Their work is not done and now valley residents will have the chance to help with this very worthy cause, have fun and make off with some great prizes as well. On Saturday April 14, at the Valemount Hotel, UR Building Knowledge is hosting a gala charity event with door prizes, a 50/50 draw, silent auction, delicious appetizers and entertainment featuring the local easy listening band Blue Syntax, who have donated their time for the event. Included also is the “The Wall of Wine” auction; donated by several volunteers, participants will have the opportunity to bid on this fine collection of wine. Tickets are $25 and includes entertainment, a free alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage and appetizers. With no administrative fees, 100 per cent of the money collected goes toward building schools in Myanmar. UR Building Knowledge fund local people who use local supplies to build the schools. During their second annual event in Van-

couver held in February, over $6,400 was collected for the cause. Between the Valemount event and a similar event being held in Jasper, Alta. on April 24, at the Downstream Bar, they hope to match or exceed their Vancouver, B.C. success. Tickets are available at Infinity, The Gathering Tree and at the door. It’s a great excuse to dress up for a fun evening and a worthy cause.

“You can help build a school like this”

In Myanmar, children must travel vast distances to go to school. However, if a community builds a local school, the Myanmar government is mandated to provide a teacher. Photo submitted




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Local Government

Village of McBride Council Briefs Birgit Stutz Contributor


he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held March 27 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Councillors Irene Rejman, Rick Thompson, and Lori Kimpton, and Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements in attendance. Councillor Raj Basran and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine were absent. Ten members of the public were present as well.

Deer problem Delegate and McBride resident Ralph Bezanson presented Council with an information update on his conversations with conservation officers, Ministry of Environment staff, and other municipalities regarding deer management issues within the village of McBride. Bezanson told Council that it is challenging and frustrating dealing with the Ministry regarding this issue. Council also received a report from staff on the same topic. The report to Council also illustrated a long process that involves gathering information regarding urban deer. “The first step is to send out a survey,” said Mayor Frazier. “The second step is to hold a public information meeting and form a public advisory committee.” Mayor Frazier advised Bezanson that it is a good idea to go ahead with the petition as it will give the case more strength. After this information is collected and depending on the outcomes, Council may establish an Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee; facilitate education opportunities and produce information material on how to interface with deer and discourage the feeding of wildlife in the community; and implement a bylaw prohibiting the feeding of deer. Any initiatives identified would have to have the support of the community prior to implementation and any costs associated with the management plan are borne by the municipality through taxpayers’ money. Mayor Frazier moved that the Urban Deer Management report provided by CAO Clements be received. Councillor Rejman seconded the motion, THE CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE

VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Development Variance Permit No. 2012-01 Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for proposed Development Variance Permit No. 2012-01 will be held: Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:00 pm Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, BC The purpose of Development Variance Permit No. 2012-01 is to vary Schedule B, Section 7.4 (c), 8.4 (e) and 8.6 (d) of the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw No. 704 to reduce the minimum cover over the sanitary sewer main and the watermain and allow for a clean out to be installed at the end of the sewer main for the property legally described as Lot 4, Plan BCP 18859, DL 5316. At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed development variance shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. The development variance permit may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours from March 28, 2012 to April 12, 2012. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

which was carried. Mayor Frazier made a motion that CAO Clements prepare a draft survey for gathering information regarding deer concerns in the community and that the survey be brought back to Council for approval at the next meeting. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kimpton and carried. Request to block street for High-Heel-A-Thon Delegate Elizabeth deVries, Safe Shelter Coordinator for the Robson Valley Support Society, informed Council of the upcoming High-Heel-AThon, which will take place on Thursday, April 19, in McBride as part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C., which runs from April 15 to 21. deVries asked Council for permission to block off Main Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue for approximately four hours to allow for use of the street for the sprint while hosting the event in the Village of McBride Park. This would provide the event with maximum exposure without affecting the downtown core. Councillor Kimpton made a motion that Main Street be closed between First Avenue and Second Avenue on April 19 for the Robson Valley Support Society’s High-Heel-A-Thon. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried. Reports Mayor, Councillors and CAO provided verbal reports. McBride Community Foundation Councillor Kimpton reported that the McBride Community Foundation met on March 12 and that the committee has several new members. They are Perry Williamson, Vanessa Byron-Stanley, Chris Parker, Mary Hooker, as well as Kimpton and Rejman. Loranne Martin is the chair of the foundation, Hooker is the vice-chair, Mike Moseley is the secretary/treasurer, while Kimpton and Rejman are the web liaisons. Kelly Porter is another committee member. Grant-in-aid for Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council In a letter to Council, the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council (RVACC) requested a grant-in-aid from the Village of McBride for the Fraser Heritage Festival 2012. Last year Council provided a $250 grant-in-aid to the RVACC for the Fraser Heritage Festival. The Village currently has allotted $2,000 in the budget for 2012 grant-in-aids, with $250 being the maximum amount per grant. Councillor Rejman moved to provide the RVACC with a $250 grant-in-aid for the Fraser Heritage Festival. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kimpton and carried. Application for Zoning Bylaw Amendment Council received and reviewed an Agency Referral Form from the Regional District of FraserFort George for an application for zoning bylaw amendment within the Agricultural Land Reserve on Shovar Road northwest of the Village of McBride to allow cabins and a campground on property just outside the Village boundaries. Applicants are Melvin and Kelly Taphorn. Agency referral forms are provided by the Regional District as a courtesy. For more information on this application, contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Village of McBride Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 720 and Village of McBride Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 721 cancelled Council received a report from CAO Clements that administration has received a letter from the proponent, Mr. Heffler, in regards to the legally described property Lot A, Plan 30023, District Lot 5316, located at 852 Second Avenue. Heffler has indicated in his letter that he is withdrawing his offer to purchase this property. As Heffler is the agent identified on the rezoning application and he is no longer purchasing the property, the bylaws will now be cancelled and will not pro-

ceed to final reading and adoption. The property will remain at a public development zoning. Councillor Thompson made a motion that administration’s report regarding Heffler’s application withdrawal is received and that the “Village of McBride Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 720” and the “Village of McBride Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 721” are cancelled. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried. Five-Year Financial Plan Mayor Frazier made a motion that the “Village of McBride Financial Plan for the Years 2012-2016 Bylaw No. 722, 2012” be given first reading. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried. Development Variance Permit Council received a request for a Development Variance Permit regarding a subdivision on Airport Road in McBride. McBride Autostop Ltd./David and Gail Shantz are currently going through a subdivision process on the property legally described as Lot 4, Plan BCP 18859, District Lot 5316 Cariboo District, located at 923 Airport Road. As one of the many steps in this process the applicants are requesting to vary some infrastructure provisions in the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw No. 704. The variance allows for a slight change from the coverage over water mains and sewer lines and provides for a clean-out rather than a manhole on the sewer system. Mayor Frazier moved to receive the Development Variance Permit Application No. 2012-01. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried. Councillor Thompson made a motion that a public hearing for Development Variance Permit Application No. 2012-01 be held on April 12 at 7 p.m.. The motion was seconded by Mayor Frazier and carried. Council is only providing approval for a variance from the Subdivision, Development & Servicing Bylaw infrastructure requirements and not for the actual subdivision of the property. The subdivision approval process is completed by the approving officer once all the necessary requirements have been fulfilled by the developer. Accounts payable February 2012 Councillor Rejman made a motion that the February 2012 accounts report be received with a total of $126,553.75. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kimpton and carried. Community Energy & Emissions Plan Council was provided with a draft copy of the Community Energy & Emissions Plan for review. The final plan will be brought back for approval at the April 24 Council meeting following input by Council. Council meetings open to the public The public is reminded that the Village of McBride Council meetings as well as the Village of McBride budget meetings are open to the public. Dates for Council meetings, agendas and minutes, as well as information on how to address Council and provide input at a Council meeting can be found on the Village of McBride website at www. For more information, contact the Village of McBride at (250) 569 2229. Additional information on Village happenings can also be found on Councillor Thompson’s blog at www.rickthompson. Both Councillor Thompson and Mayor Frazier also maintain a Facebook page with public information.

community Parenting program Birgit Stutz Contributor


he last Nobody’s Perfect parenting program was so successful that the Robson Valley Support Society is offering a second six-week program. “We have had so much response to the program,” said program facilitator Jen Quam. “The last session included eleven parents, moms and dads. It was great! It provided the parents attending a safe place to share ideas and learn from each other and know that many of the struggles, rewards, and challenges they are facing are also the same as many other parents in their community. Many expressed their disappointment in the sixweek program coming to a close.” The free parenting program for parents will run at the Robson Valley Support Society office in McBride on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting April 11 and will finish May 16. While the first program was held during the daytime, the second set of sessions will be held in the evenings to allow for working parents to attend. The cost of the training and the materials required for the six-

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week program is provided by the local Success By Six Committee. According to the BC Council of Families website, the Nobody’s Perfect Program is a parenting education program where parents can safely share their experiences and concerns and receive the support of other parents, in addition to the support and resources brought to the program by two skilled and knowledgeable facilitators. Parenting can be difficult, and this program allows for parents to meet with other parents, share their questions, concerns, and ideas about parenting and kids, learn about child development, health and behaviour, discuss real-life parenting situations, work together with the support of two trained leaders, and discover positive ways of parenting. The Nobody’s Perfect program was developed in Canada for Canadian parents of every cultural community and has been consistently demonstrated to positively impact the parenting knowledge, skills and confidence of participants. Beth Frederick and Quam of the Robson Valley Support Society are facilitating the program in McBride. Both of them have taken week-long training for this program in December and have already facilitated the six-week program earlier this year. “The program is free, and provides transporta-

tion if required, snacks and free on-site childcare by a licensed Early Childhood Educator to allow for the program to be accessible to everyone,” said Quam. The program is open to both moms and dads. “One of the best things about Nobody’s Perfect is that the sessions are focused on topics that the particular group of parents attending are interested in so individuals can attend many Nobody’s Perfect groups and always talk about something different,” said Quam. “We encourage parents to pre-register for the program especially if they are utilizing the free childcare option as we need to know numbers.” Parents interested in the program can contact Quam or Frederick at (250) 569 2266.

New date for JobFest Birgit Stutz Contributor


he McBride date for JobFest (Rock Your Future) 2012 has been changed to Tuesday, May 22 instead of April 22. According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, which organizes JobFest, it was necessary to adjust some of the dates for the tour stops and rearrange a portion of the route in order to accommodate JobFest events in communities all around B.C. Created through the provincial Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, JobFest is an outdoor rock concert themed mobile event that will travel to 50 communities throughout northern and southern British Columbia from spring to fall 2012. The goal of JobFest, which targets youth and young adults ages 15-25, is to engage with and excite youth about their futures while delivering labour market information and showcasing six career exploration tools developed by the Ministry. For more information on JobFest, check out the website at or contact Jen Quam at Robson Valley Support Society at 250-569-2266.

Moe the Mouse® in McBride Donalda Beeson Contributor


ake the Most out of Moe on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. as Moe the Mouse is coming to McBride! A BC Aboriginal Child Care Society program, Moe the Mouse® is a Speech and Language Development Workshop designed for parents, Early Childhood Educators and others involved with young children. The workshop is approximately five hours long. It includes both audio-visual and printed materials to train participants how to use the Moe the Mouse® Speech and Language Curriculum Box. This innovative early speech and language curriculum box uses Aboriginal toys and stories to enhance language development in children ages three through five. The activities and materials in the curriculum box help parents and educators provide opportunities for children to practice language skills in natural settings. Doing these activities help children develop the following speech and language skills: social language use, comprehension of spoken words, vocabulary, discrimination of speech sounds, ability to pronounce speech sounds, knowledge of preposition words (e.g. above, beside), and the ability to express feelings and ideas. These activities become part of the regular early learning and childcare program curriculum and do not require specialized clinicians nor do they need to take place in clinical settings. The workshop will be taking place at the McDucks Unlimited Bride Robson Valley Support Society office located Dinner and Auction, Saturday, April 21 at the at 942-3rd Avenue. This Robson Valley Community Centre in McBride. workshop is offered free Tickets $40 per person. Get your tickets early of charge but there is a before the Early Bird Draw of April 6. $15 refundable registraThis is the 25th anniversary for the local event tion deposit that will be and promises to be a fun evening including a returned in full upon your Hawaiian themed supper and silent and live aucarrival. Please bring your tion. Get out your colourful shirts McBride! own lunch and register Cocktails and viewing starts at early as space is limited. Registration closes Mon6:00 pm with supper at 7:30 pm. day, April 9, 2012, and you Tickets are available through the McBride Trading can mail, fax or drop off Co. and also any of the committee members. For your form at 942-3rd Avfurther info contact enue, McBride or 99 Gorse Beth or Allan Frederick at 250-569-8866. Street, Valemount.

“I’m watching you”

On Saturday, March 21, 2012, mom keeps a close eye on her playful two-week-old exploring Carrie Johnson’s barnyard in the sun. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

Thoni is North American Ski Mountaineering Champion Again Local legend Reiner Thoni defended last years title and is once again the North American Ski Mountaineering Champion. (As if there was ever any doubt.) Congratulations Reiner, and thanks for making us look good! Valemount Legion “Help Pay the Taxes” Auction Saturday, April 7, 2012, the Valemount Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 266 is holding their annual Spring “Help Pay the Taxes” Auction. They are currently looking for donations of auction-able items you have not sold yet. Contact Pete Pearson at (250) 566 9945 for more information. Valemount Lions Club Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. meet the Easter Bunny and join the Valemount Lions Club in their second Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be free hot dogs and admission is free. This project is in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 266. Beat the Heat Challenge to Students Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS) and FortisBC launch Beat the Heat to challenge B.C. students through a contest to come up with the next green heat plan to help curb climate change and optimize natural gas use for a greener B.C.. Serving as a forward-thinking educational platform that provokes thought, discussion, engagement and action in post secondary and postgraduate institutions, Beat the Heat seeks to advance energy efficiency and environmental conservation initiatives in British Columbia. Natural Gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels, and plays an integral role in British Columbia’s energy mix and continues to grow, perhaps up to 45 per cent over the next twenty years, according to a recent study. By entering a submission, students earn the chance to win up to $10,000 for educational and/or career advancement expenses. Two finalists will present their submissions to a panel and audience in August. For more information about the contest and how to enter, visit the contest website at Robson Valley Community Learning Project Cafe Show-and-Tell Friday, April 13, 2012, a Robson Valley Support Society Initiative, the Rob-

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son Valley Community Learning Project in partnership with the McBride and District Public Library is hosting their next Cafe Show-and-Tell at The Sandman in McBride, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon. Check back for more event venues. Everyone is Welcome. Contact Nancy Taylor, Community Learning Outreach Coordinator, Robson Valley Support Society at (250) 569 2266 or (250) 968 4358, or email for more information. UR Building Knowledge, Gala Event and Fundraiser Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Valemount Hotel, from 6 to 10 p.m., with a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Join in for a night of live music, appetizers, and friends, all in the name of knowledge. UR Building knowledge is a non-profit association donating 100per cent of its funds raised to building schools in Myanmar. Tickets are available at Infinity or the Gathering Tree for $25 each which includes appetizers and one free alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. They are also looking for volunteers for the event. All volunteers will get free admission. They are also taking donation for the silent auction. Call Lee-Anne Anthony for more information at (250) 566 1301 or check out their website at urbuildingknowledge/urbuildingknowledge. National Walk to Work Day Friday, April 6, 2012 is National Walk to Work Day. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape. On this day, you are encouraged to walk to work. If you cannot walk to work, walk during lunchtime, or another time of the day. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Walking is also relaxing and peaceful, and free! Need a quick picker upper? Take a walk today. Got a Tip? If you have a note idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening with us, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at dona l d a @ t h e va l l e y s e n t i or The Valley Sentinel 250 566 4425. Please note that all items for publication on the Wednesday issue must be in by the previous Friday.

New at the Valemount Public Library Adult non-fiction Beautiful no-mow yard ~ Evelyn Hadden Ripley’s believe it or not: simply shocking! ~ Geoff Tibballs Animals in translation ~ Temple Grandin The vegetarian’s lunchbasket ~ Linda Haynes

Adult fiction

The dog who danced ~ Susan Wilson Stay close ~ Harlan Coben Scones and bones ~ Laura Childs Home front ~ Kristin Hannah


Torn apart ~ Susan Aihoshi Kindred souls ~ Patricia Maclachlan Heart to heart ~ Lurlene McDaniel Call of the fiddle ~ Wilfred Burton Bugs galore ~ Peter Stein


Valemount Public Library

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New at the McBride Public Library Adult fiction

Celebrity in Death – J.D. Robb Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult To Love and to Cherish – Kelly Irvin New York: The novel – Edward Rutherfurd

Adult Non-fiction

The Magic – Rhonda Byrne Gardening with Colour – Rob Sproule The Ice Pilots – Michael Vlessides The Secret of the Crown – John Fraser


Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card My Big Book of Beginner Books About Me – Dr. Seuss How it Works: Cars, trucks and bikes – Miles Kelly


“New Sign”

Above: The staff at the Valemount Learning Centre pose under their new sign on Monday, April 2, 2012. The Valemount Learning Centre is Valemount’s new WorkBC Employment Service Centre, and will continue to offer Employment Services under the new Employment Program of BC. The staff in photo from left to right: Riette Kenkel, Danielle Thibodeau, Jolene Plett, Shona Thorrne, and Jared Smith. Missing from the staff photo is Pat Powell. Photo by Andrea Scholz

Misty I Am Number Four Message in a Bottle Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle ...

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ACTIVITIES WEEKLY HOROSCOPE BY MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) All being well you have everything in place in preparation to launch initiatives that have been brewing for some months. With returns for past efforts rolling in these days and investment interests on your mind, there is excitement in the air. A call from on high and/or visions of adventure beckon. Balancing dreams with realities is the basic challenge. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A variety of ideas and plans are gestating in your mind. You are in an expansive mood, but this is the time to dream and scheme more than take full action. Preparing the ground may be your best approach. There is also the bigger picture to consider; to at least be aware of and perhaps to direct some constructive thoughts and maybe some prayers. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Deciphering what is your power in the world and where and how to direct it is a current core theme. It is likely that you have been challenged to make some sacrifices over the past while. Meanwhile, tending to affairs close to home is also important. Spring cleaning and renovations are likely as are more serious family matters. Mixing in quality family and friend time will help balance the scales. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Some measurable changes in your career or public life and perhaps at home were activated at the last New Moon. Now these are coming into full view. Some positive returns are likely in the mix so identify them. Be willing to see the bigger picture and work with the flow of change that is unfolding. Moving forward or into new territory is a good sign. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Some adventure is keeping things interesting now. Meeting new people and sparking friendships is likely. Doing your homework may include research, investigations and/or taxes… The time is right to take calculated risks. This is linked to those key connections that are brewing. Look to the future and be willing to learn new skills. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Taking some key initiatives for the sake of your health continues. The overall quality of your lifestyle is also implied. Becoming increasingly self reliant in this regard is ideal. Do seek professional help if required, yet do not lean on family or friends. Be willing to invest in new tools, equipment and skills. Get organized, outline plans and activate healthier habits. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) Making improvements in your relationships is in focus. That this includes the quality of connection you have with yourself is part of the plot. You are in the mood for social and cultural stimulation and perhaps some adventure too. With some returns coming in on past investments, deciphering what is your next best direction is important. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Activating key changes in your daily rhythm and routine is important now. Knowing how much you can and are willing to give verses managing and reserving enough energy for other priorities is on your mind. Creating a strategy that works for everyone, including you is the main goal. Within reason you can ‘have it all’, but you have to ask and negotiate terms.

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Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) A creative cycle has begun for you and it spells change. Yet feeling confident about the prospects may not be so easy. Part of the answer now lies in reaching out to communicate and network. ‘A person is 5 people away from everyone’ is a saying worth considering. Who owes you a favour? If you seem to be short on friends it may be time to make some new ones. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Things are moving and shaking on the home front, and in you, and both are creating waves on relationship fronts. These may be producing opportunities but you may have to get extra imaginative and give to the situation double time to get the results you want. You may be standing on top yet the wind is blowing cold and it is time touch base and warm-up somehow. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) New perceptions are stirring in your mind. These are leading you to review your priorities with a reality check in mind. Yet, what is realistic may not be so straightforward. Sometimes common sense can get in the way of good sense. What that is depends on your deeper needs. There is more to true security than material considerations and a riddle you must solve. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) An ambitious streak has been activated. This could produce a change of fortunes or at least a desire for more. Of course, discipline must usually accompany ambition. Creating more beauty and comfort in your home is featured. Minor antagonisms meanwhile on relationships fronts may be a source of upset. Balancing this mix of energies will require flexibility and patience.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT McBride’s up & coming artists Astrid Frazier CONTRIBUTOR


he Valley Museum and Archives which is located at 241 Dominion Street in McBride, B.C. is currently displaying a variety of artwork from students of McBride Centennial Elementary School. The display will be at the Museum until April 13, 2012. Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 have put together enough artwork to fill most of the walls and display cases in the museum. The display consists of dioramas, scratch board pictures, line drawings and picture boxes titled “Windows into the Soul” among others. Each display is labeled and tells you which class and grade level did the art work. The Valley Museum and Archives displays student’s art once a year and has five to six different shows throughout the year. Some of the past displays have been paleontology including local specimens, camera’s, nursing, and forestry, locally made items of wood, toys and household items. The Museum, and it’s unique partnership with the McBride and District Public Library, has had past displays featuring Pioneer Family’s of the valley which have been very popular with the public. On display are photos, family heirlooms and other personal treasures giving some insight into local history of the valley. Local artists are also regularly showcased and the next one will be David Marchant. For more information call Nadine Shovar at the Museum at (250) 569 2749 for future displays and hours of operation, or go the McBride website.

“An exhibition of creativity”

On display at the Valley Museum in McBride is featured artwork by the students of McBride Centennial Elementary School. Above: Mountain Lake done by Mr. Zahn’s class. Left: The Jokers done by Mrs. Walchuk’s class is the first thing you see when you walk into the Museum. Below: Positive/Negative done by Mr. Zahn’s class. Photos by Astrid Frazier

Thank you ! The Valemount Arts and Cultural Society are very thankful to the following people for their wonderful donations for our recent silent auction. The auction took place at our last concert as we celebrated our 5th anniversary of presenting shows in the theatre. We would also like to thank everyone who came out to our shows and our sponsors and volunteers for supporting VACS as we strive to keep culture vibrant in Valemount.

“Dunster Schoolhouse Series Concert”

Above: On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Corin Raymond & The Sundowners offered an intimate and comedic show at the Dunster School. From left to right: Treasa Lavasseur, Corin Raymond, Brian Kobayakawa and David Baxter. Corin Raymond shows the amount of “Canadian Tire Money” he made during the four days prior to the Dunster Show. Photo by Augusto Pardo Bonafonte

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April 4, 2012 edition of The Valley Sentinel