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Oscar Lopez, and James Keelaghan, outstanding performers and musicians, gave the gifts of music and laughter to the audience of Valemount Arts and Cultural Societyʼs patrons last Saturday evening. As the last performance of the season for VACS, these two extraordinary individuals finished off the year on a note of excellence.


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About 55 people gathered in the Eagle’s View room on Friday, Jan. 25, when the Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA ) and The Best Western Plus Valemount Inn and Suites hosted an Avalanche Awareness Night. Dwayne Paynton of Backcountry Access, Boulder Colorado was in attendance with a display of safety equipment and educational supplies. A series of short videos showed how fast and how deadly avalanches can be. Avalanches can happen at any time, anywhere there is enough snow and enough incline; 30 cm of snow on a 25 per cent slope can cause a deadly avalanche. Statistics show that 92 per cent of fatal avalanche incidents between 1997 and 2007 were triggered by humans and only 55 per cent of those involved were fully equipped with avalanche transceivers. Snowmobilers, or any other lauRa Johnson phoTo users accessing the backcountry, are cautioned to be aware, stay Curtis pawliuk operations manager for Valemount focused, read the signs, take an area Recreation development association-(VaRda) avalanche course, and of course stresses the importance of being prepared and takcarry the right equipment and ing an avalanche course for everyone going into the know how to use it. Know the backcountry. terrain you are going into. One of the best ways to avoid getting caught in an avalanche is to choose routes that are appropriate for the conditions. Locally, VARDA can provide a user with valuable information that they need to know before venturing out into the hills. The Canadian Avalanche Centre,, also provides up to date information on conditions across British Columbia. Event co-ordinator Curtis Pawliuk and VARDA president Mac Cochrane led an auction and MaRie biRKbeCK phoTo raffle draw for a wide selection of valuable donated prizes. All amy pawliuk demonstrates the Float airbag at the proceeds from these fundraisers avalanche awareness night. preventing or minimizgo directly back to covering the ing burial depth is the key to reducing avalanche costs of educational materials fatalities. That’s because the majority of time in an and avalanche awareness events. avalanche rescue is spent on excavating the victim. an airbag is designed to keep you at or near the surface, minimizing excavation time.

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Group adds life-saving skills to snow education By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

You have 15 minutes to rescue someone from an avalanche, afterwards their rate of survival declines rapidly. This was one of the take-home messages that members of the Canadian Rockies Academy retained during their avalanche awareness education on Jan. 23, provided by the Marmot Learning Centre and Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. The Canadian Rockies Academy is an 11-week course designed to provide participants with a well-rounded education in winter sports instruction and resort operations. The academy attracts people from all over the world to Jasper and Marmot Basin, where the training happens. At the end of the program participants usually leave with their level one and two ski or snowboard instructor certification. Many of the 29 Canadian Rockies Academy participants are from England and have been in Jasper for three weeks so far. This group, which ranges in ages from 17 to 41, is an exception to the Palisades’ usual education audience because the organization typically works with area high school students through the winter travel course and other nature-immersion experiences that vary with the seasons. “Since they’re in the park for 11 weeks, Parks Canada wanted to make sure that they found out about more than just the ski hill,” said Jeannie D’Antonio, education co-ordinator for the Palisades. “What we’re offering is backcountry winter travel with a focus on avalanche awareness.” Skills are taught through a combination of classroom learning and field experience. Participants learned how to gauge safe backcountry travel conditions and what to do during and after an avalanche. This training isn’t the same as taking a certified avalanche skills training course (AST) approved by the Canadian Avalanche Centre, it’s meant to provide

general knowledge, said D’Antonio. The group practised tracking buried “victims” with beacons and utilized the snow conveyer method, recognized as the best way to remove avalanche debris during a rescue. In the conveyer method, diggers form an upside-down “v” beginning at the probe strike, then dig and push the snow down-slope, exactly like a conveyer belt. “[Shovelling] is what takes the most amount of time,” said D’Antonio. The first time a group practised the snow conveyer, it took 2:56 before they hit ground in 130-centimetre deep snow. They discovered first-hand that, like D’Antonio said, digging is hard work, which is why the conveyer method with multiple diggers is most useful in recovering buried individuals. In relation to the backcountry safety and avalanche awareness education, “it’s good to actually know what’s going on with the slope,” said 18-year-old Adam Bodnar from Winchester. He hopes the training and knowledge he receives over these three months will help him open a chalet one day. Bradford’s Jacob Halsworth, 18, said that being armed with “solid knowledge” about backcountry safety and proper trip preparation removes much guess work and uncertainty when assessing conditions and reading snow reports. “Riding Marmot is perfect on weekdays, not so much is happening on the hill,” he adds. When not on the slopes, the group enjoys life in town. “Jasper is a nice little town,” said 17-year-old Billy Olley from High Wycombe. In addition to experiencing the best Jasper has to offer, like walking in the Maligne Canyon, the group has planned trips to Edmonton and another ski hill in Alberta or B.C.


Canadian Rockies Academy members learn how to analyze the snowpack and determine whether a slope is safe for riding with the assistance of Jeanine DʼAntonio, education co-ordinator for the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre. Marmot Learning Centre Co-ordinator Paul Langevin also showed the group how to locate a buried individual with a beacon. Participants also practiced their shoveling techniques by simulating an avalanche rescue; once the hard work was done, one lucky volunteer chose to experience the claustrophobia associated with being buried in snow.



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Our opinion matters By DANIEL BETTS, Editor

This week the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia tabled their report in the House of Commons. The report will re-draw many of the federal electoral boundaries across British Columbia, including the boundary within the Robson Valley. Late last year the commission conducted multiple public hearings around the province. According to the Honourable John E. Hall, chair of the three-member commission, the electoral districts were greatly influenced by the submissions and presentations from the public. “While it is not possible to satisfy everyone, the commission believes its final report provides for effective representation in all 42 electoral districts,” said Hall. The final result of the report, which will likely not surprise many, is that Valemount will move back into the Prince George-Peace River district, just as was originally proposed. According to the report, the change was driven by the area’s contiguity to other communities along Highway 16 and the relatively high population numbers in Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo. There was no mention of consideration of the Village of Valemount’s proposal that their community instead move into the Kootenay-Columbia district. However, this may have something to do with the fact that the Kootenay-Columbia district was 16 per cent below the electoral quota and required a significantly larger expansion than what Valemount could offer. Instead Kootenay-Columbia absorbed the cities of Nelson, Castlegar and Trail, satisfying the quota. It might be easy to assume that the commission completely ignored the requests and recommendations of the Village of Valemount, although at least one delegation presented to the commission in favour of moving into the Prince GeorgePeace River district. While it often seems like public hearings merely exist to give the illusion that government is doing their job, it is still vitally important that the process continue to be engaged by the public whenever possible. As was stated by Hall, it is not possible to satisfy everyone. Yet everyone has a right to be heard, even if ultimately their recommendation or idea is not chosen. The most glaring oversight of public opinion in recent history is quite obviously the outstanding resistance to the Glacier Discovery Walk project on the Columbia Icefields. In this case, it would appear that recommendations made in public hearings do not influence the government and that they do what they want, despite what Canadians say. In the case of the discovery walk the government should have a hard time arguing this point, but only because so many have publicly recorded their opposition. That is exactly why the process of public opinion and hearings must continue. When the government goes against public opinion they are forced to face uncomfortable questions that never go away. In 1993, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, the party that brought us the GST, despite wide-spread public resistance, went into an election being the majority party but were completely decimated by the electorate, losing all but two seats. This event should be an important lesson for any government to never underestimate the Canadian people.

The compensation gap; why it pays to be a government worker in B.C. By JASON CLEMENS AND AMELA KARABEGOVIC The Fraser Institute

More than three years after the end of the recession and British Columbia’s provincial government continues to struggle with deficits, which as of the last quarterly update will likely exceed $1.5 billion. Relying on revenues to rebound enough to catch up with spending just doesn’t work as British Columbia’s own history aptly demonstrates. Similarly, municipalities across the province continue to struggle to find sufficient resources for infrastructure needs while balancing their books. If the provincial and various municipal governments in British Columbia are serious about tackling deficits and prioritizing resources, they must review and reform spending. A central part of any such initiative must be reviewing public sector wages and benefits to ensure they are comparable with private sector equivalents. There are both economic and fairness issues to consider in ensuring that compensation in the public and private sectors are roughly equivalent for comparable positions. Principle among these many considerations is the fairness of having those in the public sector receive a premium paid for by those in the private sector who receive less overall compensation for similar positions. ANDREA SCHOLZ Publisher/ Production Manager

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The traditional trade-off was that the public sector received lower wages than the private sector but that this was offset by more generous benefits. As our analysis of Statistics Canada data reveals, that bargain has been undone such that the public sector now enjoys a wage premium and more than likely, more generous benefits as well. When we compare the average wage in the public sector in British Columbia, including federal, provincial, and local workers, it is 37.5 per cent higher than the private sector. However, this figure doesn’t account for differences like education, the nature of the position, the experience of the workers, etc. Once we control for these factors, the average wage premium enjoyed by the public sector is 13.6 per cent compared to their private sector equivalents. Of course, compensation includes much more than just wages. Part of employee compensation is based on benefits, including health, dental, retirement savings, job security, etc. Unfortunately, Statistics Canada does not collect comprehensive data on benefits like their counterpart in the US so it’s difficult to make a definitive statement regarding whether or not the public sector enjoys better or more generous benefits than their private sector counterparts. The data that is available, however, for comparable benefits between the two sectors indicates a fairly generous benefits package for the public sector Continued on page 5

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NDP hammer Libs on forest inventory by delynda Pilon Prince george Free Press

A current forest inventory and re-dedication to replanting are critical components for the future of the industry according to NDP forestry critic, Norm Macdonald. Macdonald was in Prince George Thursday, Jan. 24, meeting with a variety of stakeholders as the party moves forward setting up its plan for forestry, based on five priorities. Macdonald said there has been no accurate inventory done of the province’s forests for 30 years, meaning about 70 per cent of current decisions surrounding forestry are based on old information. “To make informed decisions you need good accurate information,” he said. With meetings scheduled in several cities throughout the province, Macdonald said one important factor in his portfolio is ensuring experts on the ground are consulted, whether to help strategize a plan or study one to ensure it will be practical when put in effect. B.C. wood is known for its quality, Macdonald said, and that it is harvested according to high environmental standards. Using the expertise available to ensure those traditions continue only makes sense, as does keeping the line of communication between those experts and government productive. “Government has to do its part,” Macdonald said. “We must look after public land.” Macdonald added that, while the focus is on timber, combined with that is a lack of information on soils and wildlife. “There is a host of values where there is no accurate inventory,” he said. “The province failed.” Finding the money to take inventory and replant will be a challenge, he said, especially in that the NDP doesn’t expect to see a

thoroughly accurate budget produced preelection. Macdonald said the project will take between four to five years to complete and cost $20 to $24 million. Since NDP provincial leader, Adrian Dix, said the project would pay for itself fully, Macdonald made no promises the time frame the inventory process would be completed in was set in stone. “But I think with the inventory we’re safe,” he said. “I think the more expensive part is replanting. But out of necessity we need to make the investment to build capacity. It all takes time.” Macdonald said the province used to be legally committed to replanting, such as after a forest fire. “It used to be law,” he said. However, the law was removed in 2002 and the budget for replanting trees was cut by 90 per cent. Now about two million hectares of forest needs to be replanted. “The plan is, within a four or five year period, to meet the government obligations,” Macdonald said. “Inventory is such a huge issue,” NDP candidate, Sherry Ogasawara said. “We feel acutely the devastation in the Prince George region. We are encouraged Mr. Macdonald is here to share with stakeholders and provide a plan.” The plan is of particular importance to the region Bobby Deepak, NDP candidate added. “Forestry is critical to Prince George and the region.” He named several mills that have closed their doors in recent years, like Clear Lake, Rustads and Winston Global. “These are good paying jobs that support families, and they are lost,” Deepak said. He added the plan puts good practical steps in place supporting a vision to add jobs to the forestry sector while building for its future.

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compared to the private sector. For example, one of the costliest benefits provided to workers in both the private and public sector is retirement pensions. In 2011, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available, 89.8 per cent of public sector workers in British Columbia were covered by a registered pension compared to 19.4 per cent of private sector workers. More revealing of the premium enjoyed by the public sector versus the private sector is the type of pension available. For those covered by a registered pension, 95.6 per cent in the public sector enjoyed defined-benefit pensions (i.e. guaranteeing a certain level of benefits in retirement) in 2011 compared to 49.3 per cent of private-sector workers. Another benefit for which comparable data is available and in which public sector workers enjoy a premium is the age of retirement. Regardless of whether the average or median age of retirement is used, public sector workers enjoy an earlier age of retirement in British Columbia (indeed across the entire country) compared to their private sector counterparts. Specifically, on average, public sector workers in British Columbia retire almost three years earlier than private sector workers. (The gap jumps to 4.2 years if the median rather than the average is used.) A final metric by which to understand the non-wage benefits enjoyed in the public sector compared to the private sector is job losses. This measure is a good proxy for job security, which has always been seen as an advantage for the public sector over the private market. In 2011, 4.3 per cent of private sector employment in British Columbia experienced job loss. This is more than seven times higher than the 0.6 per cent of public sector employment experiencing job losses. Public sector workers in British Columbia clearly enjoy higher wages and, more than likely, more generous benefits than comparable workers in the private sector. As British Columbians struggle with their deficits and spending, it is imperative that comparable compensation for the public sector become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Jason Clemens and Amela Karabegovic are co-authors of Comparing Public and Private Sector Compensation in British Columbia, released recently by the Fraser Institute (

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Stolen property downtown Jasper The Jasper RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible for a rash of thefts in the downtown area of Jasper. Sometime between 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 and 10 a.m. Jan. 20, several thefts occurred when suspects entered vehicles and private property structures. Items such as bolts to skis were taken. Some of the stolen property has been recovered, however police are yet to located those responsible for the crime. The RCMP would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and buildings and secure valuable items. Locks serve as a deterrent, particularly for opportunistic crime. If anyone has any information in regard to this occurrence please contact the Jasper RCMP detachment directly at 780-852-4421 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.

Former Jasperite and TV star, Erin Karpluk, in Honduras with World Vision Erin Karpluk, the star of the CBC series Being Erica, and former Jasperite, is in Honduras this week to see the impact of World Vision Gifts. She will be meeting with families whose lives have been changed thanks to Canadians who decided to give thoughtful presents. “I’m thrilled to meet parents and kids that Canadians have helped,” says Karpluk. “What I love about World Vision Gifts is the independence these items provide. They are not a handout, as much as a way to help people and communities reach their goals, so parents can provide a brighter future for their children.” Popular World Vision Gifts include chickens, bee hives, helping educate a girl and pre-natal care for a mother. World Vision Gifts is Canada’s leading source of alternative gifts. Canadians can choose a tangible donation to benefit a family or child on someone’s behalf and give it to them as a gift. For more information visit,

Valemount Winter Festival right around the corner

Feb. 9, 10 and 11 are the dates for this year’s Winter Festival in Valemount. The popular snowmobile drag races are on Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 11 a.m. at the Canoe River Campground. The concession will be serving both breakfast and lunch. Entry is just $10 per person or $20 per family of up to four. Kids 12 and under get in free. On Sunday, Feb. 10 check out the Snowmobile Poker Ride starting at 9 a.m. at the Westridge Parking Lot, with hotdogs and beverages after. On Monday, Feb. 11, come out for family day at the Camp Creek Cross-Country Ski Area. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, chili and hot dogs. Fun for the whole family. For more information, visit

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Itʼs good to actually know whatʼs going on with the slope. Adam Bodnar from Winchester on avalanche awareness.


AVALANCHE CONTROL WORK IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK Frequent travellers of the Icefields Parkway may be aware that Parks Canada occasionally needs to schedule temporary road closures in order to complete avalanche control work, but you may have wondered how, when and why this work is done. Along the Icefields Parkway and the Maligne Lake Road, avalanche control work sometimes involves intentionally triggering an avalanche by using explosives. Parks Canada’s Visitor Safety team, lead by professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association, continually monitors and assesses conditions and potential risk to travellers on these roads. Extensive training and experience helps the team decide when to deliberately trigger an avalanche. When necessary, this avalanche control work reduces the risk to motorists and also shortens the length of time the road may need to be closed, by influencing when an avalanche occurs and how large it is. By keeping the avalanches small, the road

can be cleared much more quickly by our highway crews – no small task, as can be seen in the photo above. Explosives for avalanche control are only used in situations where roads are threatened by avalanches, because in general, travelling motorists are not expected to have the knowledge and skills to assess avalanche conditions before driving. However, explosives are not used in the backcountry and so backcountry recreational users do need to be educated, informed, and make decisions accordingly. While there is always some risk inherent in natural areas, Parks Canada provides daily avalanche bulletins to assist backcountry users in decision making. The bulletins contain timely and detailed information on current avalanche conditions and forecasts for three days forward, and are available on our website at www.pc.gc. ca/jasper (Avalanche Bulletins).

Science Matters: The baffling response to Arctic climate change By DAVID SUZUKI Submitted

The Arctic may seem like a distant place, just as the most extreme consequences of our wasteful use of fossil fuels may appear to be in some distant future. Both are closer than most of us realize. The Arctic is a focal point for some of the most profound impacts of climate change. One of the world’s top ice experts, Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University, calls the situation a “global disaster,” suggesting ice is disappearing faster than predicted and could be gone within as few as four years. “The main cause is simply global warming: as the climate has warmed there has been less ice growth during the winter and more ice melt during the summer,” he told the U.K.’s Guardian. Over the past 30 years, permanent Arctic sea ice has shrunk to half its previous area and thickness. As it diminishes, global warming accelerates. This is due to a number of factors, including release of the potent greenhouse gas methane trapped under nearby permafrost, and because ice reflects the sun’s energy whereas oceans absorb it. With all we know about climate change and what’s

happening in the Arctic, you’d think our leaders would be marshalling resources to at least slow it down. Instead, industry and governments are eyeing new opportunities to mine Arctic fossil fuels. Factoring in threats to the numerous species of Arctic creatures – including fish, seabirds, marine mammals such as whales and seals, and polar bears – makes such an approach even more incomprehensible. Royal Dutch Shell has been preparing to drill in the Arctic, spending $4.5 billion on operations and lease purchases. But its record shows how risky this is. First, a spill containment dome failed a routine safety test and was crushed by underwater pressure. More recently, a drilling rig, which was being towed to Seattle so Shell could avoid paying some Alaskan taxes, broke free during a storm and ran aground on an island in the Gulf of Alaska. The disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 showed how dangerous ocean drilling can be even in relatively calm waters and how bogus the claims of the industry are that it can contain or even clean up a spill. Responding to climate change and vanishing Arctic ice by gearing up to drill for the stuff at the root of the problem is insane. Unfortunately, many fossil fuel companies and governments are engaged in a mad rush to get as much oil and Continued on page 17

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McBride council briefs, Jan. 22 by allan FrederiCK reporter

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of McBride was held on Jan. 22 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Coun. Rick Thompson, Coun. Lori Kimpton, Coun. Raj Basran, Coun. Irene Rejman, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, Treasurer Danielle Smith and Public Works Supervisor John Aitken were present. There was one member of the general public present. Reports: The mayor, councillors, administration and public works provided verbal reports on their activities since their last council meeting. Public works indicated that the grader, with over 12,000 hours of use, requires considerable work and repairs in the neighbourhood of $15,000. There will be a two-week downtime, but backup was available if required. The village complex at Robson Centre is in need of repairs and an evaluation of the work and costs required will be done and prioritized for the upcoming budget calculations. The Village has been requested by BC Hydro to do a major clean up of the generator station with BC Hydro paying for the work. There has also been additional training done for the Village staff by BC Hydro for the power backup system.

Correspondence: A letter was received from the McBride and District Fire Deptartment., requesting a review of the pedestrian crossing in front of the fire hall due to a recent incident involving a dog. Administration made two recommendations. Mayor Frazier made a motion, seconded by Coun. Basran, that public works install warning signs at the access areas of the crosswalk located near the fire hall. Administration made the second recommendation, which Coun. Rejman made into a motion, seconded by Coun. Thompson, that public works and administration assess the vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns near the fire hall and provide a report on alternative pedestrian routes. Both motions were carried. The McBride Veneer Kings requested a beer garden endorsement for their upcoming hockey tournament for Feb. 15 to 17; a motion was made by Coun. Rejman to approve the request, and was seconded by Coun. Kimpton. The motion was carried. A letter was received from North Central Local Government Association regarding the upcoming AGM and Convention in May in Quesnel. The deadline for submission of resolutions to be reviewed and present at the event is Mar. 1. Also attached was a guideline for the resolution preparation.

Accounts payable report: A motion was made by Coun. Rejman and seconded by Coun. Basran to receive the report for December 2012 accounts payable. The motion was carried. Notes: Mayor Frazier made a statement that residents concerned about the 2013 Property Assessments take advantage of the appeal process available to them for village residents and those outside of the municipality. He noted the Jan. 31 deadline is fast approaching. Mayor Frazier also announced that Dr. Josef Owega will move to Williams Lake this spring and that Northern Health Authority is recruiting a replacement for his position, but at the present time no announcement has been made. The Village is looking to hold a Town Hall meeting, hopefully in late April, once the budget process has been completed for the 2013 fiscal year.

Valemount council briefs, Jan. 22 by donalda beeson Contributor

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Mayor Andru McCracken, Coun. Sandy Salt, Coun. Hollie Blanchette, Coun. Dallas Bullock, Coun. Christine Latimer, chief administrative officer (CAO), Anne Yanciw, and Deputy Corporate Officer Braden Hutchins (DCO) were all in attendance. Public Hearing: There was no public hearing this week. Delegations: There was a delegation to council from Dorthe Flaure regarding the announcement that the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has accepted Valemount’s Expression of Interest proposal to provide the CBT Youth Priority Funds Settings Workshop in Valemount on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to have a priority for youth in place to apply for funds through the CBT Community Directed Youth Funds in the amount of $25,000 per year for four years, for a total of $100,000. Flaure also requested to have council waive the fees associated with rent and cleaning for using the upstairs of the visitors centre as a venue for this meeting. Bullock made a motion to accept her request. Latimer seconded this motion. Correspondence for Action: VARDA Re: New shelter in Clemina Creek Managed Snowmobile Area McCracken made a motion to defer writing a letter of support to VARDA regarding their interest in building a new shelter in the Clemina Creek Managed Snowmobile Area, in order to obtain more information through consultation with all the players, namely First Nations. Latimer requested inviting Curtis Pawliuk from VARDA to make a presentation to council. Bullock asked if staff could invite Pawliuk and put the item on the next agenda. Bullock seconded this motion. NCLGA Re: Resolution submission deadline March 1 Salt made a motion to defer to next meeting a resolution submission deadline. Blanchette seconded this motion. Information Items: Tourism Valemount minutes of regular meeting Jan. 8 Blanchette made a motion to accept for information only, the Tourism Valemount minutes of the regular meeting Jan. 8, Latimer seconded this motion. Administrative reports: DCO Re: Use of existing Village property for a new cemetery Latimer made a motion to direct staff to evaluate the suitability of existing Village property for a new cemetery. Salt seconded this motion. DCO Re: Animal Control Bylaw # 667, 2011 implementation Blanchette made a motion to approve the development of

a Memorandum of Understanding between the Valemount and the Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society and provide a $1,000 contribution to the Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society, pending council approval of the Memorandum of Understanding. Bullock seconded this motion. DCO Re: Phased implementation of Sign Bylaw No. 674, 2011 Salt made a motion to approve the phased approach to implementation and enforcement of Sign Bylaw No. 674, 2011, as outlined in the report, which can be viewed at the Village office. Blanchette seconded this motion. Local Government Leadership Academy Latimer made a motion to send McCracken to the Local Government Leadership Academy Leadership Forum in Vancouver on Feb. 22, Blanchette seconded this motion. Economic Development Officer Report: EDO Re: Letter to ministries Re: Valemount Glacier Destination Resort Salt made a motion to instruct staff (EDO) to prepare a letter with background information regarding the proposed Valemount Glacier Destination project to be sent to various ministries. Blanchette seconded this motion. Building Inspector Report: Latimer made a motion to accept, for information only, the monthly building inspector report for December 2012. Salt seconded this motion. Financial Report: DOF Re: Project status report Latimer made a motion to receive, for information only, a project status update report from the director of finance, which included the following updates: VARDA Building: As requested by council at the Oct. 23 meeting, the total amount of in-kind contributions for the VARDA building above the $2,028.61 spent on materials for chinking and insulation: 65 Public Works man-hours and $200 worth of supplies already in stock. Commercial garbage and cardboard contracts: Completed garbage and cardboard contracts with commercial businesses until the end of 2013. CBT Initiative Grants: Currently receiving updates for 14 remaining 2011 and 2012 projects that are still in progress. Hutchins to begin 2013 process. Five Year Financial Budget: Have begun process and will meet with council again after year-end audit with KPMG in Late February. Swift Creek emergency response and recovery Final financial reports have been completed and submitted to the provincial government. Salt seconded this motion. Bylaws and Policies Village of Valemount Garbage Rate Amendment Bylaw 690, 2013, fourth reading

Salt made a motion to approve the fourth and final reading of Valemount Garbage Rate Amendment Bylaw No. 688, 2012. The garbage utility rates have not been adjusted since 2009 and require an adjustment to stay within yearly cost of living allowance rates. This will take the 2009 rates per weekly pickup from $2 residential, and $4 commercial, to a two per cent increase for 2013, which would make residential $2.04, and commercial $4.08. Latimer seconded this motion. For More Information To clear up anything mentioned in these notes, please contact Donalda Beeson at The Valley Sentinel, at donalda@ 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 Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. sharp in the Village of Valemount Council Chambers.

Village of Valemount Council Dates for 2013 January 8th and 22nd February 12th and 26th March 12th and 26th April 9th and 23rd May 14th and 28th June 11th and 25th July 9th and 23rd August 13th and 27th September 10th and 24th October 8th and 22nd November 12th and 26th December 10th Council Meetings will be held at 735 Cranberry Lake Rd, Valemount, BC in Council Chambers. Starting at 7:00 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.


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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Your sense of individuality is shining brightly. This is helping you to attract and meet new friends. Yet, you may feel divided. You want to make new connections, yet you also want it on your own terms. You are not interested in settling in any way. In some respects, you feel the urge to run away. But doing so is not so easy; the openings are just not there...yet.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

You are getting all the attention you want and deserve and more. Whether you want it all is another consideration. Yet, this time does offer some golden opportunities to ask for favours and/or earned rewards from others in key positions. Success now, however, depends on whether you can win the hearts of others. Making good use of the right tools is the other angle.


emini (May 21 – Jun 21 A growing urge to take new initiatives is a current theme. Clearing the way for this to happen has been necessary. You want to have a healthy start and you have been focused to this end. But now you are in the mood to play and/or at least to enjoy some cultural stimulation. The time is right to cruise for a while, to ease the pace. Maintain your focus yet enjoy the ride.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You are in an innovative mood. Tapping into your reserve of talents is highlighted. Yet you are also open to accessing the genius, creative gifts and resources of others. Your ambitions are on the rise but you are determined to work smarter than harder. This is where hiring enlisting the support of others enters the picture.


eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) You are in the mood to get out and meet the people. The timing may be a bit tricky, however, as you are straddling between what once was and what will be. Yet, others are calling you out, challenging you to rise to the occasion. You are willing as long as you can be convinced that it is for your higher good. Make that your stipulation.


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) You are in the mood to make some deliberate changes in your usual routine. The overall quality of your entire lifestyle may be in question. You have been keen to do what it takes. In some respects this has pushed you to get to the bottom of things, to clear clutter, get organized and make some core repairs. Others have taken notice and they are pushing you to persevere.


ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) You are in the mood to play. This is causing you to make some changes on relationships fronts, or at least significant others are motivating you. Yet your energy levels of state of health may be a barrier. The power of belief and faith are among your best allies now. Yet, herbal medicine and endeavors to boost your immune system in general will help a lot.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

A lot is shaking within and on the home front. With each new day you feel the urge to explore new territory. This may be literal, as in geography, or it may be creative or intellectual territory that you have never been exposed to that attracts you. What is clear is that you want to make a break with the past.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

Your curiosity levels are rising. Dreams of what might be are entering your mind. New and more satisfying relationships rhythms are featured. You want more stimulation, social interaction and variety. The time has come to visit new places and see new faces. Yet some important changes close to home may have to happen first. These may include attitude adjustments.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) You are feeling the urge to make some real power moves. This includes breaking free from old barriers and/or cutting ties that bind. On the flip side, forging new alliances with people of influence and affluence is extra appealing. If you can achieve both, make clean breaks and play for higher stakes, you could well be in promising new territory soon.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

A pioneering mood continues. This includes new perceptions as much as new places. Your desires, values and priorities are changing. You may not feel so sure where you fit or belong anymore. Deciphering your best place, position or approach is on your mind. A steep and possibly intimidating learning curve is implied.


isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Yours is the sign of the dreamer and the mystic, the one that lives in the world but is not of this material dimension, at least not entirely. The time has come to assert yourself. Will you move towards or away from your dreams and ideals? Moving away suggests denial and escapism. Moving towards means you are ready to take deliberate steps.


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Community Futures presents agricultural workshop

by birgiT sTuTZ Contributor

Around three dozen agricultural producers from the Robson Valley attended a free workshop put on by Community Futures Fraser-Fort George at the E-Free Church in McBride on Saturday evening, Jan. 26. The workshop “Beyond The Market presents: Future farm connect, bringing farmers past, present and future together to break bread and grow the future of farming”, was part of an interactive event series to support a stronger community of farm practice. Running from Oct. 1, 2012 to Feb. 28, 2014, the Beyond The Market New Farm Development Initiative seeks to increase the number of successful new farm entrants in the B.C. Highway 16 region from Valemount to Terrace by building and enhancing agricultural training and mentoring programs for new farmers in the region. This will increase access to farm land and capital for new farm entrants, and raise awareness of the region’s agricultural opportunities and the challenges to potential farmers in the region and students in targeted agricultural education programs in B.C. and Alberta. Presenter Jillian Merrick, program co-ordinator of the Beyond the Market project, said the goals of this workshop are to encourage more young people to be involved in agriculture by getting current and past farmers to connect with the next generation and share their farming knowledge and to provide a platform for future farmers who are planning a new farm venture to meet and connect with experienced farmers in their region. Over a delicious meal prepared by local caterer Jane McClinton and her small crew, producers began the evening with intensive round table discussions. This was followed by a question and answer exercise, where participants were asked by Merrick to jot down short answers on sticky notes to various agricultural questions that were written down on posters on the wall and then add the sticky notes with the answers to the posters. Merrick said the goals of this particular exercise are to compile the input given by farmers at the various workshops and create a farm document of resources for new farmers. “The goals are to develop a scan of existing and emerging farm practices in the north,

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above: Jillian Merrick, program co-ordinator of the beyond the Market project explains the rules of the workshop held on Jan. 26 at the e-Free Church in Mcbride. upper left: Wendy lowe and darrell roth compare notes.

to uncover new farmers’ needs and interests, and to acknowledge where the knowledge gaps are, as well as offer space for meaningful dialog and networking,” she said. Merrick added that accessing land and major capital can be challenging for farmers, and it’s important to support young farmers. “We want to build more information about farming in this region and create a network of people who support mentoring, as well as improve access to the region’s farmland for new farmers.” Merrick said a website,, was created a couple of years ago to get farmers online. “There are about 120 producers in the online directory,” she said. “There’s also information about a variety of services.” For more information visit or contact Merrick at 1-800661-2055 ext. 115 or by email at The New Farm Development Initiative has been made possible by funding from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, the Regional District Bulkley-Nechako, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC through the programs it delivers on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Renovations at McBride Fire Hall by allan FrederiCK reporter

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The McBride Fire Hall received upgrades to their building for greater efficiency.

In an effort to reduce Village heating costs, the McBride and District Volunteer Fire Hall received some recent upgrades to their building. In phase one, the insulation value in the attic area was increased. Phase two involves the installation of new energy efficient windows, as well as a side entry door. This summer, the exterior of the building will be covered with three-inch styrofoam insulation, which will then be covered with tin sheeting. These upgrades should see reduced heating costs and it is anticipated that payback for this investment will be realized within five to 10 years.

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SPecial eVentS NFB Film Nights: “PayBack” Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the McBride Library Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Dunster School Based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel, and featuring stunning cinematography and insightful commentary, “Payback” offers a fascinating look at debt. sNoFest Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. McBride Youth Committee presents a free family fun day near the Village Park. Come out for snow golf, bowling, shoeing, skiing, sculpture, hot chocolate, hockey and more. Contact RVSS (250-569-2266) for more info.




MONDAYS: • Play and Learn from 10 a.m. to noon at the Valemount Community Hall. • Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9 a.m. at the Golden Years Lodge. • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every third Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. in Legion. tueSDAYS: • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • Council Meeting second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Volleyball 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Valemount Secondary School gymnasium. Sign up for the season or drop in. Must have indoor shoes. Call Suzanne Bloodoff 250-5669979. WeDNeSDAYS: • Public Library Board Meeting Every second Wednesday at 5 p.m. Downstairs at the library. • Valemount seniors music night 7 to 9 p.m. Golden Years Lodge • Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western. • Valemount Arts & Cultural Society

ValemouNt WiNter FestiVal 2013 Feb. 9 and 10, 2013 Get ready for a fun-filled, energetic outdoor winter experience at the annual Valemount Winter Festival. This year besides the traditional snowmobile poker run, raising money for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, snowmobile drag races are back. The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Racing Association, Tourism Valemount and VARDA are presenting the second annual Snowmobile Drag Races including a class for local racers, Jr. amateur, and mini sled class. For more information check out

storytime With mother goose Wednesdays at 10 a.m., at the McBride Library. Aimed at families with children around the age of two. Join Robson Valley Support Society and McBride Library staff for songs, stories, rhymes, and fingerplay fun!

high society ValeNtiNes coNcert aNd daNce in Valemount on Feb. 15 at 9:00 p.m. Venue to be announced.

Glen Frear’s art show Exhibit open until March 31, 2013 in the McBride Museum/Library Building located at 241 Dominion Street in McBride.

meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. downstairs at the Library. Call 250-566-9049. • Meditation classes at The Gathering Tree at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5/week. Call Regena 250-566-9181 tHuRSDAYS: • Cribbage Game at Golden Years Lodge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone Welcome! • Chamber of Commerce Quarterly General Meetings third Thursday of January, April, July and October at 4:45 p.m. • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting third Thursday at 7 p.m. 566-9707. • Valemount Family Support Group will meet the last Thursday of every month at the old Village Office, 99 Gorse St., at 7:30 p.m.. For families dealing with mental health issues. Call Irene Brady at 250- 566-1958. • Adult recreational badminton from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Valemount Secondary School. Drop-ins welcome. FRIDAYS: • 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 circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782.

VAleMOuNt GOOD SHEPHERD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 3rd Ave & Elm St. 1-877-314-4897 Sunday 8:30am / Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat-9am / Wed & Fri 7pm ANGLICAN UNITED CHURCH 7th & Cedar. 250-566-4797 Sunday Worship 10am

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NEW LIFE CENTRE 1247 - 1st Ave. 250-566-4824 Family Worship 10:30am. Prayer meeting Thurs 7pm CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SERVICES 250-968-4349 or 250-566-4568 Sunday 3pm, Sun. School 3pm VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 250-566-9996, Praise & Worship 11am Worship Service on Sun 10:30am

mcBride PareNt-child PlaygrouP at the mcBride liBrary Fridays at 10 a.m. Open to all caregivers and their kids. Drop by for play time and to meet with other families in the area!

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• Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Tete Jaune Hall.


• Dunster Winter Market from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday’s at the Dunster Community Hall.


• McBride Community Forest Open quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month on January 9, April 3, July 3, and October 2 at the McBride Village Council Chambers at 7 p.m. tueSDAYS: • Royal Canadian Legion meetings on first Tuesday, monthly. • Community Badminton at McBride secondary school at 7 p.m. • TOPS 6:45 p.m. weigh-in, 7:15 p.m. meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Call Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous every Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Health Unit. • Ready, Set and Learn at the Elementary School. Families and their two to five year olds who

VALEMOUNT COMMUNITY CHURCH E-Free Church NEW location the old Sporting & Clothing building on 5th Ave Every 2nd Sunday at 11:00 a.m. McBRIDe ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 197 Dominion, 250-569-2606 Sun. Communion Service 11am

attend will engage in play-based early learning activities. Call 5692721 to register. • Words of Whimsy - creative writing for teens at 7 p.m. at the McBride Library. WeDNeSDAYS: • Pickle ball at McBride Secondary School at 7 p.m. • Storytime with Mother Goose at the McBride library at 10 a.m. • Diabetes Support Group first Wednesday at 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 Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the McBride Health Centre. More info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347. • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 250-569-3210. • Legion Auxiliary Bingo first and third Wednesday of the month at the Legion Hall. tHuRSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit every Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305. SAtuRDAYS: • Writer’s Circle at 1 p.m. Alternates between Dunster Fine Arts School & McBride Library. All Welcome. Contact 250-569 2411.

ANGLICAN UNITED CHURCH 441 Dominion St., 250-569-3206 or 250-569-3386. Worship/Kids church 10am SEVENTH - DAY ADVENTIST Lamming Pit Rd, 250 569.3370 Sabbath School: Sat. 9:30am, Worship Service Sat. 11am, Pathfinders Tues 7pm, Prayer Meeting Wed 7pm

EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Church 569.2378 or 569.8845 1st Ave Worship Service on Sun 10:30am MOUNTAIN CHAPEL (PAOC) Church 569-3350/Office 569-6802 Sunday Worship 11am, Prayer Service Wed. 7pm MENNONITE CHURCH Sun. Sch. 10am, Sunday Services 11am, 7:30pm Wed 7:45pm

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Motivational speaker visits McBride Secondary School

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OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday February 4th, 2013 at 6:00 pm Village Council Chambers 735 Cranberry Lake Road. This meeting is open to the General Public.


VCF Phone: 250 566-4610

Students and staff at McBride Secondary School welcomed a special guest last Tuesday, Jan. 22. Motivational speaker, Chris Koch, brought his message “if I can,” to a very receptive audience. Koch was born a quadruple amputee. He says that his life, right from the start, was not going to be one of pity or sympathy. He was willing and eager to talk to and engage with his young audience. Having a great sense of humour, Koch often remarked about his missing limbs and the challenges and obstacles that life has dealt him. Koch was born in Nanton, Alta., and has over the years, rather than just riding farm equipment with his family, endeavoured to meet the challenges of operating much of the equipment on his own. Koch also likes to try new things on his own, as evidenced by a recent trip to Europe for three months. He wore a large backpack and used a mountain board, which he rides when possible, otherwise he hops on his one short appendage. While he was on his European adventure he choose to leave his prosthetic legs at home. During the flight to Europe he had to question if he knew what he was doing. “If I can” is his motto for others to help encourage them to try to do things that they are fearful of attempting. “Try or how will you know if you can? And then there will be the fear of regret for not trying.” Koch told his audience to learn and take advantage of as much of what life and education has to offer. He expressed gratitude to the War Amps program and the Child Amputee program for their help over the years. “Laugh at life and have fun,” he said in his closing message. During a question and answer period, many students went to the stage to have their pictures taken with him. Before leaving McBride, Koch was offered the opportunity to go snowmobiling with Rod Whelpton and Derrick Shaw, principal of McBride Secondary School, which he accepted. Once again he demonstrated his willingness for adventure despite any perceived challenges.

Valemount Public Library

Annual General Meeting Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. Downstairs at the library Everyone welcome!

School District No. 57 (Prince George) On-line Kindergarten Pre-Registration ALLAN FREDERICK PHOTO

Motivational speaker and quadrapalegic Chris Koch visited McBride Secondary School on Jan. 22 to spread the message, “If I can...” to students.

McBride public hearing Jan. 22 Bylaw No. 726 By ALLAN FREDERICK Reporter

Bylaw No. 726 pertains to the clarification of setback requirements within the Village of McBride and also some definition clarity of some of the wording within the amendment to Bylaw No. 703, 2010. No written submissions were received. One member of the public was present.

A public hearing regarding Bylaw No. 726 was held at 7 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting. Mayor Mike Frazier, Coun. Rick Thompson, Coun. Lori Kimpton, Coun. Raj Basran, Coun. Irene Rejman, the Chief Administrative Are you passionate about education? Officer and Treasurer were Do you care about employment for our community? present.

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Story Time

Do you want to be part of a reputable, caring organization? If so, keep reading...

The Valemount Learning Society’s Board of Directors is a volunteer board that meets 4 times per year, and is currently seeking to fill 2 positions: 1 - Secretary 1 - Director If you would like to be part of this meaningful organization, please contact Jen Applebaum, President, at or 250-566-1323.

Phone: 250-566-4601 • Fax: 250-566-4602 Check out our website at Come and visit us again for the first time. 1201 - 5th Ave., Box 789, Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0 Monday to Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Registration will take place beginning at 9:00 am on Wednesday February 6, 2013 at Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31, 2013 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2013. Upon submission of the online registration you will receive an e-mail confirmation along with a link to two additional forms requiring completion. Bring completed forms along with a copy of the Birth Certificate to the school by February 15, 2013. Staff at the school will be available to assist you as required.

Board Members Needed

The Valemount Learning Society is contracted by the BC Government to provide a full range of Employment Services to Valemount and the surrounding areas. In addition, with the support of the College of New Caledonia, the society provides ongoing Continuing Education services for this area.

On-line pre-registration is in effect for Kindergarten in all School District No. 57 elementary schools.

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CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE School District No. 57 (Prince George) 2100 Ferry Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 4R5 Phone: 250-561-6800 Fax: 250-561-6801

New Website! The Valemount Learning Centre is proud to launch our new website. Go to www. to learn about our services, find useful links, local job postings and upcoming course information. We welcome your feedback. Jolene Plett,

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The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Phone: 250-566-4601 • Fax: 250-566-4602 Check out our website at Come and visit us again for the first time. 1201 - 5th Ave., Box 789, Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0 Monday to Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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McBride Library and Museum hold public open house Rilah Rose Lussier


The Joint Building Committee together with the Library Board, Museum and Archives Board and staff held their Information Open House on Jan. 24 for the proposed new facility at 521 Main Street in McBride from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with displays, presentations, conceptual drawings and copies of the business case completed by The Shoop Group. The event was well attended with approximately 85 visitors noted at the 4 p.m. brief presentation by Naomi Balla–Boudreau, librarian, William Clark, chair of the Joint Building Committee, and Dr. Michael Shoop, consultant. Visitors were invited to view the conceptual drawings and ask questions of those representing the Library and Museum Boards. There was no invitation Big sister Brooklyn is pleased to announce the birth of her baby sister... Rilah Rose Lussier for questions from the public in general and no Born December 19th, 2012 opportunity for group discussion at this presentation, at 5:22 p.m. in Hinton, Alberta however the 7 p.m. session reportedly had some 7 lb. 3 oz., 21 inches question and answer time allotted. Proud Parents Jackilyn & Joey Lussier of Valemount, B.C. At the 4 p.m. presentation Clark also thanked Dale Proud Grandparents Janet & Nester Kunka of Valemount, B.C. & Stephens and Evan Williams for their donation of time Jeannette & Garth Lussier of Ste. Rose, Manitoba to help prepare the conceptual exhibits. Clark also used the following example to show the importance of the library and museum to a community, referring to a recent $55 million announcement for a project in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Based on this location comparison the investment in Halifax represents approximately $140 per capita cost, while locally this 1.2 million dollar, phase one, project equates to about $800 per capita. Earlier in the day Clark, Bernie, Balla-Boudreau and Shoop met with representatives from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) in a closed meeting. Members of the RDFFG group included Jim Martin, chief administrative officer, Donna Munt, general manager of community services, and Renee McCloskey, manager of external relations. In a telephone interview with The Valley Sentinel, Martin indicated that the meeting went well, had a good exchange of information and the Joint Building Committee was provided with requests for more detailed information. This was later confirmed in interviews with Clark and Shoop as to the meeting and results. In an interview with The Valley Sentinel, Shoop said that the information for the business case was provided by Clark on a visit to Victoria and that his own research included the two referred to reports within the business case and he had not been in contact with any groups or individuals from the community. Shoop revealed that he had not personally been in McBride since the late 1980’s. Shoop suggested that the business case be viewed as a guide for the future planning and referred to it during the interview as “a value proposition.” While viewing the exhibits many comments Advisory Committee Positions were noted from the public including;

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The Village of Valemount is inviting local individuals to act as advisory committee members with respect to the Kinbasket Reservoir Impacts and Future Opportunities Business Case Project. The objective is to prepare an economic impact and opportunities position paper with the goal to identify projects that will enhance social and economic opportunities and address reservoir related environmental impacts. The project will be completed by the end of March 2013. Advisory committee members will provide advice, information, and make recommendations. If you are interested in participating, please contact Owen Torgerson (Cell 250.566.1762) by Friday, February 8, 2013. Terms of Reference are available on This project is supported by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, the Columbia Basin Trust, and the Village of Valemount.


Above: Naomi Balla-Boudreau and William Clark presenting at the open house on Jan. 24. Below: Conceptual drawing of the new library.

“interesting and informative”, “still concerned about taxation issues”, and “lack of an open question forum.” For one of the exhibits an individual noted that the financial contribution pie, displaying the funding sources for the present Library and Museum, had no monies from the Village of McBride taxpayers. Subsequent to the open house the Village of McBride Council provided the following statement: “Although we applaud the efforts of the Library and Museum Boards to improve the library and museum services to McBride and area, the document they have presented has not provided sufficient information with regard to, ownership, zoning, property taxation, ongoing operational costs and sustainability. All of these factors affect taxpayers of the municipality. Without further information and clarification on these issues, council is unable to comment.” After the open house, the group indicated that approximately 200 people passed through the doors during the 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. timeframe.

Valemount Historic Society AGM

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. At CSB building meeting room New MembersWelcome Membership fees: $10/person and $25/family

Membership Perks include free admission to museum

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Jason and Pharis return to Dunster Valemount

Winter Festival 2013

February 9, 10 & 11 Saturday, February 9, 2013 Snowmobile Drag Races

Come out and try your luck at the different classes: Stock, Improved, Mountain, Pro, Amateur and there is even a class for Local Racers! For the kids we have Jr. Amateur (ages 12-15) & Mini Sled Class (Kitty Cat). SUBMITTED PHOTO


Registration: 8:00 am–10:00 am Location: Valemount Visitor Centre • •

The second show in the Dunster Schoolhouse Concert Series welcomes the return of Jason and Pharis Romero. “We are thrilled to have them back, and even more thrilled to be the very first stop on their CD release tour,” said Shara Gustafson, of the Robson Valley Music Society. Jason and Pharis met in 2007 at an old time fiddle jam after having played music for decades independently. Both are drawn to early country, old time, blues and blue grass. In 2012 the pair moved their home, along with their business, J.Romero Banjo Company to Horsefly, B.C., Pharis’ hometown, where they build banjos, write, sing and play old time country. Pharis and Jason released their first album, A Passing Glimpse, in 2011 and proceeded to win New Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. It also won Americana Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. It was the No. 1 album on the North American Folk DJ playlists and Top 20 Albums on the Roots Music Reports for 2012. Jason and Pharis are set to release their highly anticipated second album, Long Gone, Out West Blues in February. Besides making banjos, writing and performing, they both spend much time during the year teaching at music camps and workshops. Gustafson recommends you come early to the show as it is sure to sell out. Doors open at 7 p.m., at the Dunster Fine Arts School on Thursday, Feb. 7. Tickets are available at the door. They are $15 for Adults and $8 for youth. 3.25” x 5”

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There is no preregistration for this event ($30 per pro class, $10 per amateur class and free for mini sled class) $10 insurance for each sled, $10 tech fee & SSRA membership a $10, $10 gate fee The total prize money with racer payback for 2012 was $8000! For Technical Racing Information contact Dale 306.240.5373 or Brad at 306.220.3051 or go to

Race Start Time: 11:00 am Location: Canoe River Campground Spectator tickets available at the gate: $10 for per person (12 and under free) or $20 per family (immediate-max. 4). You can bring your own chair or there is some bleacher seating available. Concession available on-site 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch offered. Proceeds go to Canoe Mountain Rodeo. Awards Ceremony: 6:00 pm–10:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30) Location: Community Hall, 101 Gorse Street After the races kick back and relax and join us at the Awards Ceremony. Complimentary appetizers (served 6:00 pm–8:00 pm) and cash bar available. 19+ Open to registered participants, friends and family. Valemount Taxi service is available for hire call 250.566.4354.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 Snowmobile Poker Run Time: 9:00 am – approx. 1:00 pm Location: Westridge Parking Lot Ride for a cause! Bring your family and friends to experience the thrill of riding in the beautiful mountain trails of the Lower Westridge area, while raising funds for BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. Tourism Valemount, in cooperation with the Valemount Snowgoers Club and VARDA will be hosting the annual Winterfest Poker Run. The trail is a low-elevation, clearly marked 30-km-loop where you will experience beautiful views of the valley and village below. Take a break and fight off winter chills with a complimentary hot chocolate and a treat at the warming hut, at approximately the 20 km mark of the trail. This trail is also an excellent place for new riders to improve their snowmobiling skills before heading into more serious territory. The Poker Run will start and finish at the Westridge parking lot where you will pick up your cards and hope for the best hand! Prizes will be given for best hands, pledges, rider categories and ghost riders. Complete your adventure with hotdogs and beverages by the bonfire at the Westridge parking lot, while you mingle and share stories about all your snowy adventures. The rest of the day is yours to go out and discover new activities or blaze the trails of yesterday.

CALL FOR PROJECT SUBMISSIONS Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs The Village of Valemount is now accepting project proposals for funding consideration from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. Project application forms and guidelines are available from: • Village office at 735 Cranberry Lake Road • Village website at • CBT website at For information about preparing your proposal or to receive an application form by mail please call Braden Hutchins at 1.250.566.4435 or email An information session will be held 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., February 7, 2013 at the Valemount Secondary School Theatre. Deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. (noon), Thursday, February 28, 2013. Late applications are not eligible. Applicants will be required to present their proposals on March 14, 2013 at the Valemount Secondary School Theatre. Administered and Managed by: Village of Valemount 735 Cranberry Lake Road PO Box 168, Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Ph: 250.566.4435

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Monday, February 11, 2013 BC Family Day Come out and celebrate BC’s first Family Day! Co-sponsored by YORA and Tourism Valemount Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Location: Camp Creek Cross-Country Ski Area (east side of Highway 5, 11 km south of Valemount) • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing • Free drinks, chili and hot dogs • Poker run around the small cross-country ski loop 11:00 am–2:00 pm (prizes for best hands) • Multi generational fun relay race 12:00 pm (teams of 4, must have 1 under 12, 1 over 50 and 2 somewhere in between) • Registration for race starts at 11:00 am • Other fun activities for the whole family! • For more information on this event call Patricia 250.566.8244

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Egg miracle and other cures By LAURA JOHNSON Contributor

Last week, a very well respected woman in my community, contacted me with regards to an article she had read in a newsletter. The article mentioned that egg whites could make burned skin like new. After cooling the affected area with cool water until the burning stops, you are to smear it completely with raw egg whites. Apparently the egg white is a natural collagen, and repairs damaged skin. Although I have been in healthcare since 1979, I had not heard of this remedy. In years past, I used to smear fresh papaya on infected wounds, today I am sure some would think that unreasonable, so I decided to look into it. My friend shared with me she had personal experience with it when her young child pulled a very hot cup of coffee down over his chin, throat, and chest. Her mother-in-law pulled off his shirt, applied the egg whites, and took him to the hospital. Two days later he came home, without any evidence of the trauma. I started researching, and I found the article on the Urban Legends Website. It seems in the past folks used to do this, however with the concerns about bacteria growing in the egg whites, doctors and other healthcare providers no longer practice or recommend the method. So, egg whites may or may not be a good idea because of various reasons, but what about these. Do onions really take the bacteria out of a sick person’s room? Do tight shoes give you bunions? Or does cinnamon reduce inflammation? With a bit of searching, this is what I’ve found. Although bacteria and viruses are different ways you can get sick, they share some commonalities. First, neither one can get around by itself. So if you were to put an onion in a bowl, in the room of a sick person, there is no way for the bacteria or virus to get over to it on it’s own. A person could cough or sneeze over it, and the bacteria or virus may land on the onion, but that would be the best shot. Onions do not have any magnetic properties to attract germs or viruses, so nothing magical or scientific there, either. Next, viruses need a living host to insert themselves into and multiply to make you sick. The onion doesn’t qualify. So, given the facts that onions cannot support the growth of a virus to make you sick, and neither bacteria nor viruses can get to the onion by themselves, I think this myth is a myth. Now for bunions. A bunion is an inflammation

that is commonly at the base of your big toe, red, hot, swollen and painful. Women tend to be more prone than men, and even teenagers under certain circumstances can get them. They are brought on by confining the foot in such a way that the toes are pushed over and under each other, causing pressure over periods of time. Like when you wear tight, narrow toed or pointy shoes. Some folks who develop bunions, may be predisposed. That means, there could be something in who they are physically, like those who suffer with arthritis, or others whose jobs put them at higher risk, such as ballerina and other dancers working on their toes. Sometimes the bunions can become so bad, that the inflammation is over top of new bone growth, and surgery may be needed to get some relief. So, can tight fitting narrow shoes cause bunions? Yes, they sure can. Now how about cinnamon? This spice comes from the bark of a tree, and we use it in baking, in drinks, and to flavour soups and sauces. But is it medicinal? Cinnamon has a compound in it called cinnaldehyde. According to, cinnaldehyde in cinnamon “reduces the formation of an inflammatory messaging molecule called thromboxane A2”. Also, cinnamon’s ability to “lower the release of arachidonic acid puts it into the category of an anti-inflammatory food.” If all of this sounds a bit complicated, it can be. Chemistry inside the body creates a lot of things including inflammation, and some of the things we eat can either add to the inflammation, or help to reduce it. Cinnamon has been proven to reduce it. So, out of the four possible health aids, the count is one maybe or maybe not, one definite no, and two yes, we should consider using. There are many folklore health tips that are passed down from generation to generation, from friend to friend, and shared on social media pages. One of the things I try to do is find out for myself first before trying the cure. Two other resources used to gather this information are and I encourage everyone to find out for yourself, and of course talk with your doctor. There are many health concerns that could be impacted by the information mentioned above, and you’ll want to make sure for yourself too. As a paramedic with over 20 years of experience, Laura Johnson provides a unique healthcare perspective in her regular Healthwise column.








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Science Matters continued from page 6 gas out of the ground – no matter how difficult – while there’s still a market. The ever-increasing devastation of climate change means we will eventually have to leave much of it where it is – or at the very least, substantially slow the pace of extraction and use the resource more wisely – if we want to survive and be healthy as a species. In Ecuador, knowing that exploiting the country’s massive oil reserves will fuel climate change and cause massive environmental destruction in one of the world’s most biologically diverse rainforests, leaders are taking a different approach. The government plans to leave oil fields in Yasuni National Park untouched if other countries help compensate for some of the lost revenue. So far only about $300 million has been raised toward the $3.6 billion over 13 years that the government believes would make up for half the oil’s value, but the idea is gaining momentum. The Guardian notes the money won’t go to government but will be “held in trust funds and administered by the UN Development Programme working with a board made up of indigenous peoples, local communities, academics and others.” Ivonne Baki, head of the negotiating committee of the Yasuní-Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini, told the Guardian Ecuador does not want to become overly dependent on oil. “Oil countries are cursed,” she said. “Developing countries depend on it so much that they do not develop anything else. It breeds corruption and the poor pay the price.” With Arctic ice melting, Australia on fire and increasing droughts, floods and extreme weather throughout the world, it’s past time to get serious about global warming. It remains to be seen if a plan like Ecuador’s will work, but surely a developed country like Canada can at least learn that wastefully exploiting precious resources as quickly as possible isn’t the only option. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington. Learn more at

u EpisodE 56: NUNs oN the rUN v “What’s going on here?” enquired Mr. Munshaw to one of the workers who had stopped to join the crowd of men by the tracks. “Well,” said the man. “From what I can gather, it’s a group of nuns . . . the ‘Sisters of Immaculate Mercy’ or something like that. Apparently, they’re selling convalescence insurance to the railway workers.” Mr. Munshaw and Joe proceeded to make their way through the crowd and over to one side where the sunlight offered the best illumination for a photograph. Munshaw wasted no time in capturing the moment; everyone gathered around, the roughness of the townsfolk in contrast with the flowing gowns of the ladies of the cloth. “Gentlemen. Gentlemen, please,” explained the leader of the group. “I and my fellow sisters will be happy to sign you up for the Hospital Insurance Plan of St. Paul’s. Please stand in line and wait your turn. We will get to you as soon as we can.” Joe and Mr. Munshaw soon observed that the six nuns were not signing up as many workers to their work-accident policies as one might imagine. The main nun, who called herself Sister Margaret, seemed to be doing all the talking. As it turned out, the insurance they were offering was

for railway workers only and would allow for a comfortable convalescence bed and free nursing at the St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in case of sickness or an accident. Pre-payment of $2 was what the women were charging to every man who signed up. Joe noticed two B.C. Police officers moving towards the nuns and they soon had the attention of the crowd. One of the constables approached Sister Margaret and interrupted. “Excuse me. This meeting will have to break up. We had a complaint from the railway office. Your business will have to be done at another time. These men have work to do. You may continue if you congregate away from the tracks.” “But, officer,” pleaded the older nun. “The good sisters and I have walked the rails for weeks. These ribbons of steel are the common thread that ties all of these labouring souls together. We’ve always offered our services near the railway.” “I appreciate your concern for these workers but there are certain kinds of business that must be conducted away from active railway construction,” stated the officer. “Now, please move on so we can disperse this crowd.” After the nuns had relocated in front of the new hotel, Mr. Munshaw took

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the opportunity to secure a group photograph of the cloaked sisters. But, now it was time for Joe and the photographer to return to the ship. The next episode is WHIRLPOOL AHEAD. The B.C. Express approaches the ‘Grand Canyon’ on the Fraser River and the dangers within.

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Glen Frear exhibition at the McBride Museum by asTRid FRaZieR Contributor

McBride’s Valley Museum and Archives Society is pleased to present a new exhibit, which will be on display from Jan. 18 to March 31, at the Museum/Library Building at 241 Dominion Street. The opening reception was held on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., where about 25 people came to listen to Glen Frear talk about his artwork and answer questions. This is not Frear’s first exhibit at the museum. He has an extensive body of work, which can also be viewed at his home gallery. Frear can be contacted by phone at 250-569 7283, or at, or gfrear@

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Top: glen Frear standing beside his favorite painting. Below left: Reflection of the old CN Station in McBride. below right: Frear also makes miniatures for Model Trains.

Flexing not only produces great results, it can also be fun and non-invasive, said flexibility expert Alixa Sasha Sutton while teaching a one-day flexibility workshop to members of the McBride Figure Skating Club, coaches and parents on Jan. 25. Sutton is a world-renowned flexibility expert from the Ukraine, having over 10 years of experience working with all different types of athletes from all over the world. Sutton has worked for Cirque du Soleil on “Kooza” as a choreographer, trainer and creator, for Cavalia on “Odysseo” as an equestrian performer, as an independent swinging trapeze solo artist, and she is also the creator of the “Mystic Pixies”, the first US kids contortion troupe. She now travels all over the world giving lectures and workshops, which cover how to safely increase flexibility, how to use flexibility to prevent injuries, correct stretching techniques, new stretching and warm-up techniques, how to use flexibility to improve competitive skills, and stretches students can do at home. She also works with the teachers to help them integrate the new material into their programs, gives them motivational techniques, and helps them with specific issues. “It was amazing, I loved it,” said Elizabeth Trask, coach of the McBride Figure Skating Club, about the workshop. “It was a very educational day and I couldn’t believe the results you can get so fast. Alixa is very knowledgeable and knows a lot about body mechanics and psychology. She showed us exercises that were very different from what we’ve been doing. The big difference I noticed was that she does every exercise with the hips square. We would definitely like to get her back for another workshop in the future.” For more information on Sutton, visit and www.alixaequestrian. com. You can also find examples of Sutton’s work on Facebook at Alixa Flexibility and Alixa Equestrian.

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alixa sasha sutton conducted a Felxibility Workshop in Mcbride on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Youth committee hosts SnoFest by asTRid FRaZieR Contributor

The McBride SnoFest is an initiative of the McBride Youth Committee. This an alcohol-free family afternoon with the purpose of bringing the community together for participation in a number of outdoor activities. There will be a number of planned events on the afternoon of Feb. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Bill Clark Park outdoor rink (weather permitting) will host skating and there will be street hockey on Main Street between 1st and 2nd avenues. Later in the day, there will be snow bowling on the same site. Participants can test their winter golfing skills on the three-hole course in the Village

Park and record their best score. And be sure to save some energy for the snowshoe races, also taking place in the park. A cross-country ski track will be set up for those interested in trying out this energetic sport, and skis will be provided. Kids and the young-at-heart can enter the snow angel competition at the Bill Clark Park, scheduled for 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The Youth Committee will award prizes based on participants who compete and enter their names in a draw. The more events you participate in the better your chance to win big. Come out to play and good luck. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and music will fill the street. Come and enjoy SnoFest 2013!


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A bright sun and clear skies greeted eager athletes participating in the fourth annual Jasper Pentathlon on Saturday, Jan. 26. Beginning with a bike ride up to Pyramid Lake from the Jasper Activity Centre parking lot, and ending with a run through the woods, participants met this year’s challenge with smiles and laughter. Angry birds, men in business attire, grapes, Dr. Seuss characters and hockey jerseys were some of the unique ways teams distinguished themselves this year. While the teams skied, snowshoed and skated around on Pyramid Lake they were all entertained with lively music. New this year, spectators and participants had the opportunity to enjoy barbecued burgers, hot dogs and hot chocolate, courtesy of Mountain Park Lodges.

While everyone gave it their all, four teams completed this year’s pentathlon with distinction. Fastest team honours went to the Freewheel Fatties team of Loni Klettl, Joel Graumann, Andrew Bouard, Ben Waxer and Tyler Clouthier. Best Team Spirit award was earned by the enthusiastic Cowabunga Dudes, made up of Kelsi Wallace, Justine Lalonde, Ed Lalonde, Shaughn Lalonde, and Gabby Lyons.

The Best Team Costume award was selected by votes from participants and spectators and was given to the Bweardos out of Edmonton. Jon Rokochy, Clayton Bolen, Jared Robinson, Boe Lefebvre, and Rob Devries rode, skied, snowshoed, skated and ran dressed in business suits and while sporting some very unique facial hair. The Fastest Solo medal was well earned by Dereck Anderson. While perhaps not everyone walked away with a medal or bragging rights, it is certain that everyone had fun, which was the true objective of the event.




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Volume 28, Issue 5  
Volume 28, Issue 5  

January 31, 2013 edition of The Valley Sentinel