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“Reigning champ prevails”


For the fourth year in a row, Valemount runner Reiner Thoni pummelled his competition in the annual 10-kilometre Root Romp, this year coming in 12 minutes ahead of the next runner. Thoni, who set the course record in 2011 with a time of 41 minutes and 24 seconds, finished the race on Saturday with a time of 41 minutes and 32 seconds, a mere eight seconds from his record. Taking part in the 23rd annual event that takes runners through the toughest parts of the Jasper Discovery Trail were 47 runners. Rounding out the top three men were Ross McKirdy with a time of 53 minutes and 46 seconds and Phil Ziegler with a time of 55 minutes and 23 seconds. The top three women to complete the race were Michelle Wigmore with a time of 53 minutes and 51 seconds, placing her third overall, Katherine Kruser with a time of one hour one minute and four seconds, and Angela McKirdy with a time of one hour, two minutes and 50 seconds. Photo by Nicole Veerman

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Cougar kills livestock in Dunster Birgit Stutz Contributor


brazen cougar recently killed two goats in the Dunster area. The goats belonged to Lorrie Bressette, who, with her husband and son, lives on a two-acre property just minutes from the Dunster store and school. “On Tuesday, Oct. 2, I went out in the morning to take my 7-year-old son to the school bus,” said Bressette. “I heard a noise, but didn’t think much of it. I then went to do chores, and that’s when I noticed one of the goats was wrapped up in the electric fence, convulsing. They never go near the fence, they respect it.” Bressette called her neighbour who came and helped her with the goat, which survived. “He then found the new milk goat, which I just got a few days earlier, dead, and one of the meat goats was half-eaten,” said Bressette. “Later that evening we saw the cougar stalking the llama in the pen. It was getting dark, so we put the llama in the barn overnight. I haven’t seen the cougar since, but we keep putting everything in at night.” Todd Hunter, conservation officer out of Prince George, said he is aware of the situation. “In the afternoon of Oct. 2, the Conservation Officer Service (COS) re-

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ceived a complaint from a property owner in Dunster who discovered two dead goats on the property within close proximity to their residence believed to be preyed on by a cougar. The caller reported observing a cougar on the property that same evening. The COS provided advice and consultation.” Two days later, Hunter drove out to Dunster and verified the goats were in fact preyed and fed on by a cougar. “I set a trap on the Stock photo property in order to capture the offending cougar,” Hunter said. “The trap has now been removed since it was not successful. There have been no more reports or sightings since Oct. 4.” Hunter said the COS would like to remind people to always remain cautious when living in and around areas of high concentrations of wildlife. “The COS is cautioning the public to be aware of a cougar frequenting the area,” he said. “The cougar’s abnormal behaviour focus at this time is not directed toward people but livestock. Some precautions land owners and residents can take are keeping livestock in fenced areas clear of shrubs and vegetation, using electric fences which are well grounded, and not allowing livestock to roam unwatched in wooded areas where predators are known to frequent.” Hunter said the COS is suggesting additional precautions to the public to reduce chances of an encounter with all predatory wild animals, such as to not allowing pets to roam freely and unleashed, keeping a close eye on children especially near wooded areas and never allowing them to be there alone, and conducting hiking and back country recreation activities with a group or partner. “People should be always vigilant and expect predators such as cougars and bears to frequent the valley due to the food and topography, especially at this time of the year when larger amounts of food and calories are required for all wild animals to survive and sustain their mating activities,” he said. “We are closely monitoring reports for the area. We encourage the public to always report abnormal and threatening wildlife behaviour to the COS call centre at 1-877-952-7277.” Bressette said she and her husband are taking steps to hopefully prevent future attacks. “We are now clearing brush away from the fence line,” said Bressette. “The top of the fence is almost five feet high, but the cougar just jumps over the electric fence. I have two goats left, one meat goat and one immature milk goat. I am worried that the cougar is going to come back around. Don’t ever let your guard down.”

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McBride at UBCM Convention – Part 2 Allan Frederick STAFF WRITER


t was the first Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention for Councillor Raj Basran. “Great experience, informative and well organized,” said Basran. He was impressed that the delegation dealt with over 270 issues and resolutions with communities throughout the province, which were actively involved in discussion and debate. In the Small Talk forum, a discussion group catering to communities under 5,000 in population, Basran felt the exchange of ideas, issues and often solutions to common problems of smaller communities was of great value and the networking with others was invaluable. It was also the first UBCM convention for Councillor Lori Kimpton who valued “the informative workshops.” Especially helpful for Kimpton were the Seniors in Small Communities and the Healthy Living workshops; the latter explaining the importance of nutritional awareness. “The topic on the dwelling number of long-term care beds within the health system also brought home the importance of activity and well-being for our seniors,” said Kimpton. As it was Kimpton’s first UBCM convention she said that the number of people in attendance impressed her. Lively discussions and debate at the resolution gathering, as well as the networking, was very beneficial to all in attendance. Ministry meetings and issues covered that the mayor and council attended are as follows: Pilot project and power line upgrades On Tuesday, Sept. 25 the McBride delegation, which also included, Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince

George-Valemount, met with Premier Christy Clark, and Ministers Pat Bell and Rich Coleman. During the meeting the group thanked the Government and supported their efforts and commitment to finding solutions to improving the economic situation in the Robson Valley. The group asked for an update on the Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Ministry’s Barrier to McBride Pilot Project. The delegation explained work continues with business proponents. The ministry offered that they are continuing to look at options and initiatives. The $50 million upgrade commitment to the power line from Kamloops to Valemount was discussed. Coleman committed that, once the Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) have successfully completed their negotiations with BC Hydro, the improvements will go ahead. To which the group reiterated their concerns that things need to move forward quickly or else investments, investors and the jobs will be lost and momentum will be stalled.

Service downloads with transportation and infrastructure On Wednesday, Sept. 26 the delegation, including MLA Bond, met with Minister Mary Polak of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI). The delegation talked about the challenges with local road improvements and asked to explore the possibility of partnering with the province on projects in McBride’s jurisdiction. The MOTI has a huge procurement system that the village could “piggy back” on and share the “economy of scale” improving deals that we negotiate on their own. Discussion occurred around the downloading of services such as the arterial mowing costs, which the local taxpayer has had to take on since the MOTI eliminated this function from provincial highway maintenance contracts. The belief is that if infrastructure is downloaded to the Village the appropriate maintenance dollars should be allocated with the download.

Northern Health Concerns On Sept. 25 the McBride delegation met with Dr. Charles Jago and Cathy Ulrich of Northern Health Authority (NHA) regarding concerns with the current physician situation as well as the future General Practitioner (GP) promotion and retention of services in the Robson Valley. The NHA expressed they are keen to keep the current levels of service and possibly improve for the future. The delegation reiterated the importance of our hospital and services and while the key to success in more rural communities has been to be more generalist in service delivery the valley would not want to lose specific local services in order to provide a broader scope of regional services, including the NHA bus service that is still providing good service and is working well. The delegation mentioned the area is looking forward to more local services such as physiotherapy and more.

Community forest review and back country roads The delegates, including MLA Bond, met with Ministry of Forests (MOF) Minister Steve Thomson, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) Director Ken Starchuck and Chair of the RDFFG Art Kaehn on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Councillor Rick Thompson presented the position, relative to the latest timber supply review, of the McBride Community Forest Corporation (MCFC). He explained the request for expansion, tenures and the challenges around maintaining backcountry forest service roads, which are an important part of the valley’s tourism economy and recreation. Any closures or deactivation of forest service roads will effect the community greatly. The MOF was urged to fund the engineering and recreation departments to keep roads open and in good repair as a part of local and provincial economic development initiatives.

Province-wide Day of Action to show unbroken wall of opposition to pipelines and tankers in B.C.

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ommunities across B.C. are planning a province-wide Defend Our Coast day of action to show growing opposition to the risks posed by tar sands, pipelines and tankers. Rallies will be held at MLA’s offices across the province on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and participants will link arms to symbolize B.C.’s unbroken wall of opposition. Local volunteers are organizing the events, in a diverse range of communities including Masset to Chilliwack, with province-wide support and facilitation by online campaign organization “The majority of British Columbians have serious concerns about the expansion of tar sands, pipelines and tankers,” said Nadia Nowak, Local Outreach Coordinator for “People from all walks of life – First Nations, ranchers, fishermen, business owners, foresters, teachers – are stepping up and coming together like never before to form a wall of opposition and call on our provincial leaders to defend our coast.” The day of action will follow the Defend Our Coast mass sit-in planned for Oct. 22 at the provincial legislature in Victoria, which has been endorsed by more than eighty community, union, business and Aboriginal leaders, including David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis and Chief Jackie Thomas of the Yinka Dene Alliance. “As a tradesperson in Northern B.C., I know that environmental protection, climate stability, and economic security are intertwined,” said Karen Anderson, a local event organizer and journeyman carpenter in Prince George. “To me, the risk of a pipeline spill or a tanker accident is just too great. Too much is at stake.” Support for the community-based events reflects recent polling data by Stratcom that shows a majority of British Columbians oppose the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines. “Despite the clear opposition of British Columbians, the federal government is trying to ram pipelines through our province, and our provincial government is sitting on the fence, suggesting that B.C.’s coast can be bought,” said Nowak. “These local events will make a powerful visual


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Updated Oct. 18, 2012 statement to show the unprecedented depth and breadth of this movement, and make sure our politicians know that we are organizing in the communities they represent,” said Nowak. For more information on the Defend our Coast BC-Wide Day of Action, please go to the website:

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efore last Wednesday few people knew anything about Amanda Todd, and many of those few expressed such deep hatred and contempt for the 15-year-old that she was inspired to take her own life. By Sunday, Todd’s death had inspired dozens of memorial pages, with up to 500,000 Facebook likes, and had received the attention of Premier Christy Clark as well as federal MPs who are laying the groundwork for a national bullying prevention strategy. Todd has become a martyr for the anti-bullying cause. Her story and the reasoning behind her pain was well documented in a YouTube video she posted a month before her final act; a cry for help lost in the swirling maelstrom that is social media. Social media created the avenue for Todd’s destruction. A single mistake, brought on by the psychological manipulation of a predator, resulted in a series of disastrous events. Todd’s youth, her desire to be special and loved was insidiously taken advantage of by skilled manipulators. The strictly judgemental social structure of today’s high school environment did the rest. Like all of us, Todd was imperfect. Her peers severely judged her for not being perfect. Society’s unreasonable requirement that we all be perfect is just as disturbing as her death. We live in a judgemental society. Some of our laws include severe life-changing consequences for one-time offenses, or mistakes. Often people are judged for what they don’t have, as opposed to what they do have. In the work environment if an employee isn’t liked, they are spoken of unkindly behind their back or made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, rather than open a meaningful dialogue. Last weekend, tormentors sullied well-meaning memorial sites to Todd by offering messages of hate, despite RCMP warnings that such messages were subject to investigation and possible charges. Even in death her final choice is ultimately judged. Judging people is easy. Forgiving people is hard because it requires the acknowledgement that none of us are perfect and that we all make mistakes, which is interesting because it is only through trial and error that we learn in the first place. Nobody can judge Todd for her choices, including her final choice. Everybody at some point in his or her life will make a big mistake and all look for mercy and forgiveness when this happens. If we can’t learn to forgive and accept people with all their flaws, the result will be more unnecessary pain and tragedy.

Dear Editor, I have just read in The Valley Sentinel that Valemount went on record at the Union of BC Municipalities convention to decriminalize the production and sale of marijuana. Once something is legalized, it becomes acceptable. I believe that the legalization of marijuana trade and use is a very serious issue, and is outside the purview of municipal government. We have three very knowledgeable physicians as well as other medical personnel who provide health services in Valemount. Why were they not asked for their professional recommendation before Mayor McCracken voted in favor of legalization? Corporal Prosser confirms that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Valemount were also not contacted for their learned and professional opinion. I am not judging the issue; I am not qualified. The debate to decriminalize marijuana growth, sale and use belongs in the relevant professional arena, and it is imperative for the well being of this and future generations that this decision be premised on medical science, NOT personal opinion. Jeannette Townsend - Valemount, B.C.


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Correction In our Oct. 11 issue of The Valley Sentinel in the story titled McBride and District Hospital Auxiliary starts another fundraising season, the Old Age Pensioners Organization noon lunch at the Beaverview Lodge was mistakenly listed as being on Oct. 3 when in fact the event will take place on Oct. 31. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused anyone.

One year later Dear Editor, One year ago Oct. 15 My Cabin Burned To The Ground. With the help of 135 friends & neighbours from Blue River to Dome Creek, I have been able to rebuild my life & I thank you all again. D. Ryckman – Dunster, B.C.


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REGIONAL DISTRICT of Fraser-Fort George

NOTICE OF VOTING PROPOSED TETE JAUNE COMMUNITY CEMETERY SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT AND LOAN AUTHORIZATION PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of the proposed Tete Jaune Community Cemetery Service Establishment and Loan Authorization service area that a vote will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 on the following question: “Are you in favour of Tete Jaune Community Cemetery Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2757, 2012 and Tete Jaune Community Cemetery Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2758, 2012 which propose to authorize the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to: • establish a community cemetery service within that part of Electoral Area H shown outlined in bold on Appendix “A” to Bylaw No. 2757; • borrow not more than $83,280, for a term not to exceed 10 years, to implement the service; and

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• set an annual tax requisition limit of $15,970 to be levied on the net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area and user fees.” The above is a synopsis of Bylaws No. 2757 and 2758 and is not intended as an official interpretation of the bylaws. The full bylaws may be inspected at the Regional District office, 155 George Street, Prince George, B.C. between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays, on the Regional District website and at the Village of Valemount office, 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount, B.C. between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Previously, Joe met the Captain of the B.C. Express

“But, Sir,” explained Joe,“I had a haircut this morning!” “Don’t get impertinent with me, young man,” said the captain. “I know a haircut when I see one. Make sure that mop of straw is trimmed by tomorrow. Both the Stewart and the Carpenter cut hair. Ol’ Anders will give you a shave you’ll long remember. I like to keep a clean ship you know. Is that understood?” Joe nodded. “Now, hurry along and find the Boatswain.” Joe rushed off to start his first day on board the B.C. Express. He soon discovered that two cords of firewood was the main cargo to be loaded onboard the vessel. There were also fourteen passengers from South Fort George and a few mail bags. The passengers were made up of curious travellers and family members visiting the surveyors and engineers at Mile 53. The mail-bags contained correspondence of businesses at Tête Jaune Cache and other tent communities along the Grand Trunk Pacific line and the many workers who were employed by the new railway. Joe noticed one particular wooden box onboard the B.C. Express that Captain Baker later unloaded himself. The wooden case had been stowed in the Captain’s private cabin. The captain waited in the wheel-house for Mr. Bates, Joe’s former employer, to appear below on the dock and then he brought down the mysterious box. It may have been a mystery to the rest of the men, but not to Joe. When the captain stepped off the end of the gangway onto

GENERAL VOTING DAY General Voting Day will be open to qualified electors between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the following location: • Tete Jaune Community Hall, 14270 Blackman Road, Tete Jaune, BC

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITY “Group Portrait of paddle-wheeler crew” Photo courtesy of the Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, Prince George, B.C.

the Seims- Carey wharf Joe detected the distinct and all too familiar sound of tinkling glass. “It’s a pay-off if I every saw one,” thought Joe to himself. Joe had often used a full bottle of whiskey to trade for services. He wondered what the captain would be receiving in exchange for the wooden box. The master of the sternwheeler was only in the shipping office a few minutes when he reappeared and boarded the B.C. Express. “Must be cash-on-the-barrel,” thought Joe again when the captain appeared empty-handed. “All right,” called the boatswain to his men, “Let’s get moving! There’s work to be done! And, for those of you who will be taking shore-leave, no doubt to visit Mile 52 . . . you heard the Captain. Everyone back onboard by midnight!” In the next episode, Joe meets and begins working with the other crew members. He also gets prepared for the most important order of all, ‘FOR AND AFT.’

Legal services solution for the valley Allan Frederick Staff Writer


solution for the shortage of legal services in the Robson Valley may have been found through our McBride and District Public Library and modern technology of today, specifically Skype. Library Director Naomi Balla-Boudreau revealed approximately two to three people per session have utilized the new service. The last session was held on Sept. 18 and the next date is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The free 15-minute session is done through the Internet phone utility called Skype, where Jesse Stamm of Batchelor Stamm Law Corporation, of Victoria, B.C., has been made available to an individual in a confidential and private one on one meeting. Matters and questions are usually on Criminal or Family law issues, but are not totally confined to these areas. Balla-Boudreau indicated that these sessions are being scheduled at five to six week intervals but if demand increases and the need is evident the service may be increased. “This is another avenue for the delivery of services not readily available to the residents of the Robson Valley,” said Balla-Boudreau. Penny Rivard of the Robson Valley Support Society, in her capacity as the Stopping the Violence – Outreach worker indicated that there are several reasons for the legal service needs in the community. For many clients Rivard said that the legal services are often difficult to get through on the 800 number phone lines, response times are long and getting

matched with a legal aid lawyer can be very trying. There have been some residents from the Valemount area using the free service as well as McBride area residents. Many of Rivard’s clients are using the service for family law and children and custody issues. Another barrier for residents is the distance to travel and costs to visit Prince George or Kamloops for any legal matters as well as the threshold of income that some have who wish to use the Legal aid system and lack funds for legal services. According to Balla-Boudreau and Rivard, Stamm works to make the clients feel comfortable with this new technology and the face-to-face Skype process. For more information on this free valuable service contact the McBride Library at (250) 569 2411.

QUOTE of the week “Ask not what your horse can do for you. Ask what you can do for your horse.” –Chris Irwin’s Mantra.

An advance voting opportunity for qualified electors will be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the Tete Jaune Community Hall, 14270 Blackman Road, Tete Jaune, BC.

ELECTOR REGISTRATION To register as an elector, a person must meet the following qualifications: • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day; • Canadian Citizen; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months at the time of registration; • resident of OR registered owner of real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day; and • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting. Elector registration will be done at the time of voting. There is no advance registration for voting purposes.

SCRUTINEERS Applications to volunteer to act as scrutineer for voting will be received by the Chief Election Officer starting at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George office. Only those persons who will qualify as electors for the above voting are entitled to be considered for the position of scrutineer. One scrutineer in favour of the above voting question and one scrutineer opposed to the question will be appointed for each voting location. In the event there are more applications received than there are positions to be filled, the scrutineer appointments will be determined by lot in accordance with the Local Government Act. Further information concerning the application process and the responsibilities of scrutineers may be obtained by contacting the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer for the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, or by visiting

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTOR REGISTRATION To register as a non-resident property elector, a person must meet the following qualifications: • not eligible to register as resident elector; • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day; • Canadian Citizen; • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before day of registration; • registered owner of the real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before day of registration; and • not disqualified by law from voting. Non-Resident Property Electors may not vote more than once within a voting jurisdiction regardless of the number of properties owned. If more than one person owns the property, the person wishing to cast the vote for that property must provide, at the time of registration, written consent from a majority of the property owners.

VOTER IDENTIFICATION Resident electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must prove identity. Classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence of identification are: a British Columbia Driver’s Licence, a BCID card, an ICBC Owners Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence, a British Columbia CareCard or GoldCareCard, a Ministry of Social Development Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8, a Social Insurance Card, a Citizenship Card, a Real Property Tax Notice, a Credit Card, Debit Card, or a Utility Bill. Dated at Prince George, BC this 4th day of October, 2012. K. Jensen Chief Election Officer

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VALEMOUNT & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AGM AND WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Bear’s Den in the Best Western Valemount The first ever in Valemount State of the City Address by Mayor Andru McCracken special guest Linda Rempel of Chambers Group Insurance will give a short presentation and answer any questions you may have about the Chamber Group Insurance Plan. no cover charge - everyone welcome ZINIO? AN INTRO TO FREE E-MAGAZINES @ THE MCBRIDE LIBRARY Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. With 300+ digital magazines we have an e-title for every interest! Our intro session will help you set up your Zinio account and get started. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION VALEMOUNT BRANCH #266 EARLY-BIRD MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Saturday, Oct. 20 12 noon - 4 p.m. in the Legion Hall Pay your 2013 dues on or before Saturday and enjoy a free hamburger luncheon. Call Pete of Kerry (250) 566-9945


ASHLEY MACISAAC AT THE VALEMOUNT COMMUNITY THEATRE Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance at Infinity Office and Health, or they will be $45 at the door.

O.A.P.O. LUNCH AT BEAVERVIEW LODGE Oct. 31, at noon This month put on by the McBride and District Hospital Auxiliary. Members will dress up in their Halloween costumes for the occasion. MARIA’S COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR ON NOV. 9, 10, & 11 New Location At the Caribou Grill The profit of the Book Sale goes towards the Valemount Fire Department. The income from the Concession will benefit the YORA Hiking Club. Look for flyers about more info to come. Contact Maria at (250) 566-0010 READY, SET, LEARN @ THE MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Families and their 2-5 year olds who attend will engage in play-based early learning activities. Call (250) 569-2721 to register. STORYTIME WITH MOTHER GOOSE @ THE MCBRIDE LIBRARY Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Join RVSS and Library staff for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and fun! Aimed at families with children ages 0 to 3 years old.

VALEMOUNT MONDAYS: • PLAY AND LEARN from 10 a.m. to noon at Pepe’s Pizza Restaurant • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 a.m. Golden Years Lodge • ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION General meetings every 3rd Mon. of month 7:30 p.m. in Legion. • TAI KWAN DO & SELF DEFENSE 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and TAI KWAN DO KIDS CLASSES 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. TUESDAYS: • VALEMOUNT CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month - 7 p.m. @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m., council chambers. Everyone welcome. • CARDIO KICK BOXING 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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. • TAI KWAN DO & SELF DEFENSE 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and TAI KWAN DO KIDS CLASSES 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. THURSDAYS: • CRIBBAGE GAME at Golden Years Lodge at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Everyone Welcome! • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Quarterly General Meetings 3rd Thurs. of January, April, July and October @ 4:45 p.m. Location TBA • SADDLE & WAGON CLUB MEETING 3rd Thurs. 7 p.m. 566-9707 • CARDIO KICK BOXING 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • 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 RECREATION BADMINTON 7:30-9 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:



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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. •

WORDS OF WHIMSY creative writing for teens at 7 p.m. at the McBride Library.

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 FRIDAYS: • FARMER’S MARKET 12 noon - 3 p.m. at the pavilion in the Park 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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HEALTH AND WELLNESS Calm before the stormy test Rashmi Narayan CONTRIBUTOR


alemount Elementary school teacher Susan Prue has a new tool to work with her class this year after an experiment with her grade 5/6 class last year. Sue Prue had been handing out multiplication quizzes to her students and noticed that some students seemed to be very anxious before the quiz. There are 50 questions in each quiz and three minutes to answer them. The quizzes increase in levels of difficulty after a student has successfully completed a level. Ms. Prue said she had been trying different things to encourage her students to relax before the test especially since some of them were having difficulties with a timed test, even when they knew the answers orally. She tried brain gym, breathing exercises, encouraged the kids not to look at the clock (to reduce their anxiety) and so on with little success. Some of the students were still not getting past the basic levels. “They were studying and I was certain they were ready for their particular level,” said Ms. Prue. Ms. Prue was almost ready to stop the multiplication quizzes as the testing situation was getting stressful for the students. She happened to mention the anxiety issue in the staffroom, when one of her colleagues told her about a rodeo trick where they get horses to sniff lavender to calm them down. In January, Ms. Prue bought lavender essential oil and told her students they could take a whiff of lavender before testing for their next quiz. She kept it optional and told them there was a possibility of allergies and the students had a choice not to smell the lavender. All but two or three students chose to smell the lavender the first time. And Ms. Prue was pleasantly surprised with the test results. Most of the students had improved scores and one of her students had an “absolute breakthrough” and perfect scores since. Since the students have to be successful at the basic level of difficulty before moving on to the next level, she found that the test anxiety had been inhibiting some students from

moving forward. “The results were explosive,” said Ms. Prue. “The rate of improvement was remarkable since we started smelling lavender.” Ms. Prue notes that not all have showed fabulous results after smelling lavender. “A few were still stuck,” she says. “Lavender doesn’t help with fact memorization. It helps with test anxiety.” Soon all her previous 22 students were asking to smell lavender before a quiz or test with some jokingly calling it Ms. Prue’s hoodoo-voodoo! Ms. Prue found that the experiment helped increase the confidence level of many students. She noticed that some of them developed an ‘I can do it’ attitude. “They knew they had to study and their work ethics improved as well,” she said. It is important to qualify that Ms. Prue’s attempt last year to help students with test anxiety was not a controlled experiment but an “interesting” experiment since the students were at different levels themselves. She would probably need a larger group for a formal study. Of course, any good experiment can have its downside. Ms. Prue found students eagerly lining up to smell lavender and some of them coming up two and three times. She thought some of them were using it to delay sitting down to take the test. So coming up to smell was limited to twice! Rashmi Narayan runs Infinity Office & Health, a health foods store in Valemount, and is interested in natural, simple and inexpensive solutions such as food and behavior / lifestyle to increase health and wellness.

Complete Blood Count Health Wise by Laura Johnson


ometimes when you go to the doctor, she may order a blood test called a CBC, or a complete blood count. This blood test is very common, yet can give the physician an inside look at what your body, through the window of your blood, may be up to. Your blood isn’t just a fluid that travels through your veins “willy nilly.” It consists of many components that carry on vital functions within your body. Let’s take a look at what is in your blood, and some of the work it does. Whole blood is made up of cells, and fluid. The fluid is called plasma. Plasma is straw colored, and carries the blood cells throughout your body. It is essentially water, and circulates dissolved nutrients such as glucose, and removes waste products such as carbon dioxide, and lactic acid. Erythrocytes or red blood cells, the leukocytes or white blood cells, and the thrombocytes or platelets each have specific jobs to do as well. The red cells have a component called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin can carry iron, and oxygen. Think of the red blood cell as having a knapsack. In the knapsack are iron and oxygen, among other things. The red blood cell travels throughout your body, bringing oxygen to other cells and picking up carbon dioxide. During the loop of circulation, it will travel to your lungs to drop off the waste carbon dioxide, and pick up new fresh oxygen to begin the trip again. There are many conditions and illnesses that can damage your red blood cells, and therefore affect your hemoglobin and iron levels in your blood. This can leave you breathless, and tired, and seeking medical

advice. Any of the stops along the red blood cells trip can also have an effect on the efficiency of the system. If your lungs aren’t able to breathe in enough oxygen because, for example, you smoke, which clogs up all the delicate alveoli with sticky tar, there won’t be enough oxygen to put into the little knapsacks, and your body will go without. If your heart, the pump in all this, is coated in fat it will have to work harder with that coat on, to circulate the blood so you can have oxygen and nutrients delivered to your hungry cells, and the waste can be carried away. Leukocytes have a bunch of cells all grouped together as a team. Some of these cells destroy bacteria, others surround them, and still others clean up and get rid of the debris. Like a little army inside you, their mission is to protect you from unhealthy bacteria and illness. While all this is going on, what happens if you get a cut? You slice your finger on a dull knife, and it starts to bleed. Well, with elevation and direct pressure it should stop, but why? Ah, this is where your thrombocytes come into the picture. Also known as platelets, these are the cells in your blood that make clotting happen. They are able to take fibrinogen, (another cool thing in your blood) and turn it into fibrin. Fibrin creates a mesh onto which red blood cells collect and clot, which prevents more blood from leaving, and helps to prevent bacteria from entering. Clotting can occur inside the body as well as outside. But on the inside it can sometimes become problematic. If you develop a clot on the inside of your body, your doctor may prescribe you with a blood thinner, or anticoagulant. These drugs act in a variety of ways, but one is to make the cells a bit less sticky. Finding the balance between too sticky and not sticky enough is why you’ll need to get regular blood tests. So, what does all this mean? When you are tired

and run down, when you have a developing condition, or when you’d like a routine checkup, it means that your doctor can have a snapshot of what your body may be up to, by looking at your blood. A CBC is one of the tests that can tell your doctor if there may be a need to look further, or if you are doing just fine. And the human body, being very good and efficient, usually is just fine.

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Chamber of Commerce meet and Greet Allan Frederick Staff Writer


pproximately 28 people met and spoke with Bob Zimmer, MP Prince Geroge-Peace River, in a one on one atmosphere allowing for some personal discussions with residents and business owners of the community. In speaking to The Valley Sentinel, Zimmer felt that the Federal Riding Electoral proposed changes were very good for the Robson Valley and the amalgamation of the Valemount area into his riding would definitely be a good thing. When asked about the meetings with local government officials and some of the local residents earlier in the day, Zimmer found some common ground of issues identified for the area and he felt that “the

reception here was great.” Several times Zimmer mentioned that the beauty of our community is breathtaking. “The McBride area needs economic development now and it is more than just forestry and tourism that is needed,” said Zimmer. Another item that Zimmer mentioned that he felt to be important is that as the resources locally are being utilized elsewhere and the local benefits are not realized, there is a need to have some financial return to the community. In addition to the local MP, Cheryl Vogt of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) was present to provide some information on membership benefits for chamber members and non-members alike.

Small Business Week october 14-20 Marie Birkbeck Contributor


he Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) started Small Business Week in 1979 in the lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia as a way to recognize entrepreneurs in the area. The third week of October each year is Small Business Week (SBW). This Year’s Theme is Aim High! Invest in Your Future. To grow, they need the right people, technology and business skills to beat the competition both here and abroad. SBW 2012 is about sharing stories of success and helpful practical advice on how to succeed with those who are ambitious for their companies. “Small businesses account for a significant amount of economic activity and, in fact, of job creation,” says Michel Bergeron, BDC’s vice-president of corporate relations. “This is barely known by the Canadian population in general.” Small and medium sized businesses generate over 30% of the BC’s Gross Domestic Product. Additionally, statistics show that more than 50% of businesses in BC are micromanaged that is having 4 or less employees. Small Business is defined as a business with fewer than 50 employees, or self employed without paid help. Small businesses contribute directly to growing vibrant communities around the province by tapping into local talent and investing into places they work and live. But the focus on small business does not stop at the end of October. There is a wealth of resources available at the click of a mouse. Whether you are looking for financing, consulting, or Venture Capital, BDC is accessible to help http://www.

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On Tuesday evening Oct. 9, the McBride and District Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet and Greet for Mr. Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River at the Elk’s hall. Photo by Allan Frederick There is also a Small Business Roundtable (SBR), which represents small businesses across British Columbia. Each year the SBR recognizes one new small business from each of the eight regions in British Columbia. It was reported in 2011 that of the eight success stories profiled, only one came from a Chamber of Commerce. With over 32,000 businesses that are members of a chamber, and about 90% of those would be deemed small for the sake of this purpose, there needs to be more focus on getting them noticed and recognized. For more information on the SBR and the work they do please visit Many Chambers of Commerce coordinate and host their Business Excellence Awards during SBW. What a great opportunity for communities to gather and recognize, acknowledge and award the small businesses and the Entrepreneurs in the area for a job well done. Many Chambers, especially in the larger centres offer a wide range of activities for the small business community, bringing in keynote speakers that can address many of the hurdles that businesses may encounter whether it be how to access funding, how to attract your target market, or how not to reinvent the wheel!. Although the Valemount & Area Chamber of Commerce does not have an awards night, they do take time during SBW to recognize the businesses that have chosen Valemount for their operation. On Thursday October 18, at 7:00 p.m. the AGM Mix and Mingle Wine and Cheese Social will be held at the Best Western Valemount Inn and Suites. Come out and meet business owners and hear Mayor McCracken give the first ever (in Valemount) State of the City Address. You do not need to be a business owner or member to attend this important milestone event.

the Verge: Between Worlds Astrid Frazier Contributor


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McBride Self-Storage – Thank You We would like to thank everyone who came out to the grand opening and charity auction in September. It was a great success with over $500 raised for two local organizations. Special thanks to all those individuals who made donations to the auction units and to Home Hardware for their generous donations and support. We’re looking forward to holding another storage auction in the future. For additional information on McBride Self Storage, contact Rick Thompson at 250-569-7620 or 250-569-0165.

cBride Valley Museum & Archives, in partnership with the Two Rivers Gallery based in Prince George, B.C., has an art show on display at the McBride and District Public Library. The exhibit opened on Friday, October 4, at 7 p.m. and will continue until November 4. The show is called “The Verge: Between Worlds,” which consist of four artists view and their perspectives of “the edge of the forest.” The names of the artists on display are Andrea Fredeen, Michele Jensen, Karma Vance whom all reside in Prince George, B.C. and Annerose Georgeson, a Vanderhoof, B.C resident. This is the third stop for this particular tour, which has been travelling since June 28. The show started in Mackenzie, B.C. where it spent a month at the Mountain Gifts’N Gallery, then it spent most of the month of August in the Valemount & Area Museum and is now at its last stop in McBride at the Valley Museum & Archives. At each stop, one of the displayed artists have attended the opening and had a workshop for the public. In Mackenzie the artist was Michele Jensen, in Valemount the artist was Karma Vance and in McBride the artist attending the opening was Annerose Georgeson. The McBride workshop was on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until noon. Nine local residents attended to hear from Georgeson, learn some new techniques and improve their skills. Next at the McBride Valley Museum & Archives will be a Remembrance Day exhibit. Watch for further advertisements and posters.

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Artist Annerose Georgeson at the Bringing the Edge into the Studio Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 13. Photo by Astrid Frazier

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Enbridge hearings met with protest DeLynda Pilon REPORTER


he sound of beating drums and the voices of First Nations people united in protest greeted the first day of the Joint Review Panel hearings in Prince George on Tuesday. “We are demonstrating to show our opposition to the Enbridge pipeline,” Terry Teegee, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council chief said while holding up a sign reading ‘Protect First Nations Rights and Interests’. Teegee added the protesters also have an issue with the JRP process itself. “We don’t just disagree with the project, but the process as well. We see it as rubber stamping. We believe in the near future, by the end of next year, Harper will approve the pipeline.” Teegee said the JRP is not taking the rights and title of First Nations people into account as it hears testimony and evidence from intervenors. “We are looking at filing litigation,” he said, adding they intend to take their case to the Supreme Court and follow every appeal process possible in order to be heard. Considering the time frame those type of suits take, he added, it may be eight to 10 years before the case is finalized. “It baffles me why Enbridge would hang in there considering all the opposition to the project,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to happen. I have heard people say they would do anything to stop this project by any means possible.” Former city councillor, Debora Munoz, also attended the protest. “I have been involved in opposition to this since 2008,” she said. “There are too many risks and no benefits I see coming to B.C.”

She added she is not impressed with Enbridge’s record when it comes to cleaning up oil spills. “Enbridge has a terrible record of spills and I don’t think our environment should be for sale at any price. Our environment, our lands, our fish are not for sale and shouldn’t be on the bargaining table.” Munoz added that she recently attended a lecture where a leading Canadian economist, Robyn Allan, spoke. “According to Robyn Allan the prices at the pumps will go up for Canadians,” she said. “And I understand there will be very few jobs available for northern British Columbians along the pipeline.” Although not at the protest, Coun. Brian Skakun attended the first day of the Prince George hearings, sitting in the audience to listen to the testimony presented. “I have a number of concerns with this,” he said. “First, I am concerned with the lack of consultation thus far with the First Nations community and I support their stand against the pipeline,” he said. Along with many others, Skakun expressed his concern regarding the environment should the pipeline go through. “Who will be responsible for spills? Who pays? They are dealing with bitumen, not oil. There are different concerns.” Skakun said the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo and the way it was dealt with did not alleviate his concerns. “Someone in the States said watching the clean-up down their was like watching the keystone cops,” he said. His final concern, he said, is that British Columbians just aren’t getting enough out of the deal. “We’re really getting nothing for the life of the pipeline,” he said. “Long term, the benefits just aren’t there.”


Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee leads about two dozen protestors outside the Joint Review Panel hearings on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline Tuesday in Prince George. Photo by DeLynda Pilon

CHANGING OF THE GUARD, HANDING OVER THE REINS, END OF AN ERA… Whatever we call it, the end result is the same – effective October 1, 2012 we send out a hearty and heartfelt thank you to all of our friends and customers at Hruby Investments Ltd. and Village Esso over the past almost 33 years and extend a huge congratulations to Country Road Repair Service Inc. (Elizabeth and Jesse Trask) as they open their brand new business at that location. It was the start of a great adventure when we arrived in McBride, January 1980 to operate the then Village Esso which morphed into Hruby Investments when the gas pumps were taken out. Both McBride and Valemount residents were more than welcoming and Customers felt way more like friends. We have really appreciated your support over the years. Than ank again! Th ank k yo yyou u again! Dave Hruby D vee Hru Da uby

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Village of McBride Council Briefs October 9 Allan Frederick STAFF WRITER


he regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of McBride was held on Oct. 9 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Coun. Rick Thompson, Coun. Lori Kimpton, Coun. Irene Rejman, Coun. Ray Basran, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, Treasurer Danielle Smith and Public Works Supervisor John Aitken in attendance. Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine was absent. Two members of the public were present. Agenda with additions received: A motion made to receive the agenda and additions as presented, was seconded and carried. Minutes approved: A motion was made to accept the minutes for the regular meeting held on Sept. 18 be approved, and seconded and was carried. Reports: Mayor, councillors and the public works supervisor provided verbal reports on their activities since the last meeting attended. Delegate: The delegate Bob Collins Jr. who had been identified on the agenda was unavailable to attend and

advised council prior to the meeting. Thompson indicated that he had spoken to Collins prior to the meeting about his concerns regarding the 2nd Avenue paving work. The Hello Pledge: In correspondence received, the village council was asked to work with a not for profit group to strengthen the foundation of communities by participating in and signing up for the site and actively sharing in increasing community engagement and social connectedness with the community. Motion to participate was carried. Urban Deer Survey Results: The survey results from comments of the public were identified to council and responses of 102 of 520 surveys sent out with municipal tax notices were broken down for council to review. Somewhat disappointed in the number of responses, approximately 20 per cent of surveys sent out, council will be releasing the information and responses received shortly and deciding on any course of action to be taken. By Laws / Permits / Policies: Bylaw No. 725, 2012 Permissive Tax Exemptions was adopted to allow for the exemption of certain church properties or portions thereof from municipal taxation.

Accounts Payable: The August 2012 Accounts Payable report was received, motion made and seconded to approve the payment of the accounts payable and carried. New Business: A discussion regarding correspondence received from Greyhound Canada looking to reduce a daily run from Vancouver to Edmonton each way has council concerned about the continuing lack of service in rural B.C. A letter of concern and disappointment is being sent to Greyhound Canada and the Transportation Authority regarding this service reduction. Dates for the 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 be found on Rick Thompson’s Blog at www.rickthompson.webs. com. Both Frazier and Thompson also maintain a Facebook page with public information.


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Royal Canadian Legion Early Bird Membership Drive On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266 will be holding their early bird membership drive. Come to the Legion Hall between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., pay your 2013 membership, and enjoy a free hamburger lunch! A membership is only $45. You can also call Pete or Kerry at (250) 566 9945, for more information. The Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Program In Search of Accommodation The Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Program are in search of accommodations for recently spayed and neutered cats. These cats need a place to recover from surgery for a few days. Food and litter will be provided, as well as crates if needed. All that is needed is a warm, quiet, and clean place to recover, even a shed, or basement. After, they will be available to farm and barn homes for a small donation to assist with surgery costs. Please respond by email to Free Drop-In Basic Computer Classes for Seniors The Valemount Learning Centre is offering free drop-in basic computer classes for seniors every Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Valemount Learning Centre. For more information or to register, call

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the Valemount Learning Centre at (250) 566 4601 or send an email or just drop-in. Prevent, Arrest and Reverse Chronic Disease with CHIP (The Complete Health Improvement Program) From Oct. 28 to Nov. 25 at the Dunster Fine Arts School, the Prevent, arrest, and reverse chronic disease with CHIP (The Complete Health Improvement Program) will be running. There will be a free information and registration session at the Dunster Fine Arts School on Oct. 21, the Valemount Community Services Building on Oct. 22, and the McBride Secondary School on Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program has proven results and priceless benefits. Ashley MacIsaac at the Valemount Community Theatre Monday, Oct. 29, Ashley MacIsaac will be fiddling his way in and out of Valemount. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Valemount Community Theatre. Do not miss this international success! Ashley MacIsaac is known as one of the most dynamic fiddlers from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; join him for some real Celtic flair. Tickets are $40 in advance. You can pick up yours at Infinity Office and Health, or they will be $45 at the door.

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Village of Valemount Council Briefs October 9 Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR


he regularly scheduled council meeting for The Village of Valemount was held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Mayor Andru McCracken, Coun. Christine Latimer, Coun. Hollie Blanchette, Coun. Sandy Salt, Coun. Dallas Bullock, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Anne Yanciw, as well as Heather Funk were all in attendance. Correspondence for Action: Re: Community Garden for Valemount Blanchette made a motion to receive for information only at this time, a letter from Dan Kenkel, Principal of Valemount Secondary School regarding a Community Garden for Valemount. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. 1697 Alliance Re: 2012 RDBN Business Forum Blanchette made a motion to receive for information only an invite to the 2012 RDBN Business Forum and to send a letter of thanks and regrets to the Mayor of Smithers, Taylor Bacharach, as they will be unable to attend. Latimer seconded this motion. CHIP Re: Use of Projector and Screen Bullock made a motion to allow the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Plan) to use the village projector and screen for their information session, Latimer seconded this motion. Tourism Valemount Re: Regular Committee meeting Minutes Oct. 2, 2012 Latimer made a motion to have Councillors Bullock and Latimer join the Big Foot Trail working group members (C. Kosmadia, P. Felmark, P. Thöni, and M. Farquharson) to complete Big Foot Trail items such as signage and placement of benches. These items will be completed in the spring of 2013. Blanchette seconded this motion. Holmin Re: Karas Drive Road Line Marking Blanchette made a motion to accept for information only a letter from Bill and Judy Holmin requesting the village paint road line marking along Karas drive, which has already been done. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Greyhound Re: Reduction in Services Mayor McCracken made a motion to respond to the Greyhound proposal in an informed way. Councillor Latimer seconded this motion. LDM Re: Winter Awareness Meeting Mayor McCracken made a motion to pass on to staff an invite from Lakes District Management to attend their Winter Awareness Meeting at the LDM Tete Jaune Maintenance Yard on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Information Items: McCracken brought forward the Community Living BC item this week, regarding their HI 2 program encouraging residents to say hi to one another. McCracken also brought forward that a second round of the Diamond Jubilee awards are happening in case anyone on council or in the community had anyone in mind for nomination. McCracken also brought forward a letter from VARDA regarding their opportunity to review and comment on the Mountain Riding Adventures (MRA) application for commercial tenure in the Valemount Area. Administrative Reports: Woodstove Exchange Program Latimer made a motion to approve staff to apply for grant funding for five woodstove exchanges in 2013. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Economic Development Officer Report: Cranberry Marsh Trail Standard License of Occupation Latimer made a motion to have the mayor sign the Cranberry Marsh Trail Standard License of Occupa-

tion with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the Cranberry Marsh Trail/ boardwalk (Part of District Lots 8358, 8357, 8356, Part of SE1/4 of DL 7355 and Part of Frac SW ¼, DL 7357, Cariboo District). Bullock seconded this motion. MOU the Resort Municipality Salt made a motion to receive for information only a report to inform council about the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Resort Municipality Initiative Program (RMI). The term of the MOU will end on Dec. 31, 2016. Blanchette seconded this motion. September Monthly Report Salt made a motion to receive for information only, a report from the EDO regarding his activities. Latimer seconded this motion. 1. Cranberry Marsh Trail On Aug. 27, 2012, the village received five responses to the Cranberry Marsh Trail/Boardwalk RFP. Tourism Valemount appointed three members (C. Kosmadia, P. Felmark, and P. Thöni) and the village two Councillors (H. Blanchette and C. Latimer) to a committee that will negotiate terms and conditions with Don Beeson Logging Ltd. To date the committee was not able to meet. 2. Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund On Aug. 1, 2012, the EDO submitted on behalf of the village an application to Western Economic Diversification Canada for the improvement of Section A and Section B of the Cranberry Marsh Trail System. The village should be notified by Oct. 31, 2012. 3. Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Over the past few months, Dan Wilson of the Centre for Sustainability collected over 250 pieces of input regarding Valemount’s future. This feedback was distilled into five priorities for success areas. Local residents, councillors, and village staff members can still provide comments, ideas, and suggestions. The next meeting with D. Wilson and the Advisory Committee members is planned for Nov. 6. 4. Community to Community Forum A letter was sent to the administrator of the Simpcw First Nations with the information regarding the topics that could be discussed at a C2C forum. 5. Valemount Glacier Destination Resort The Valemount Glacier Destinations Ltd. and Pheidias Project Management Corporation submitted the formal proposal to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The Resort Development Branch will review the proposal and send it to other government agencies and First Nations for referral. To date the formal proposal has not yet been posted on the Ministry’s website. Financial Report: Accounts Payable September 2012 Monthly Report Blanchette made a motion to accept the Accounts Payable September 2012 Monthly Report for information only. Salt seconded this motion. Community Hall Table and Chair Report Blanchette made a motion to have Mayor and Council use the unused funds from the Community Hall Expense Account to cover the additional expense of the tables and chairs and; select JM&C Furniture as the company to purchase the tables and chairs from. Council will be making further resolutions via email and will rectify at the next council meeting. Latimer seconded this motion. Bylaws and Policies Village of Valemount Bylaw 686, 2012 4th and Final Reading Bullock made a motion to give a 4th and final reading to the Village of Valemount Bylaw 686, 2011. Latimer seconded this motion. Public Comment Dan Kenkel commended and thanked the Village for all their work on the 50th Anniversary events. Peter Felmark made comment on the Hotel Room Tax, regarding the two members of council to be added to the committee and cancellation of meetings, and that those two councillors be present at the meetings.

For More Information 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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WEEKLY HOROSCOPE bY MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) A cycle of significant change has begun for everyone, not least of all you. This may already be apparent and as if all of a sudden. If not, it will likely be so very soon. Giving to this process is ideal and a good way now is to do some research to gain more insight. A recent activation of relationship themes may be activating your determination. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Changes in your overall lifestyle continue as a central theme. Adventurous is an apt term. You may simply be covering a lot of bases amid a faster pace. Travel is a distinct possibility, as is an accelerated learning curve. Your ambitions are peaking and your sights are set on a brighter future. Yet, be extra sure to strike fair and integral deals with full diplomatic measures. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Despite some very real challenges and the stresses that accompany them opportunities have been knocking. Your ability to recognize these openings and to answer them is important now. Sometimes what are mostly required are shifts of perception and attitude. This is an expansive time for you and the stress factor that accompanies it is part of the price. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Shifts and changes close to home are linked to the need to establish more balance and harmony. This has probably been keeping you quite busy with a populated ‘to do’ list. You would like to feel more confident about it all but it may not be so easy. Broadening your scope and accessing some inspiration will help. Meanwhile, follow through patiently and do the work. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Attending to a varied spectrum of responsibilities continues. These are progressively centering on home and family. At worst some deep old fears are being stirred. Running away will not help but controlling an overactive imagination will. Actually, it is the task of laying claim to latent talents, gifts or treasures that is giving rise to this anxiety. See the light through the clouds. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Strengthening your foundation is a current theme. This implies refining and improving towards increasing your confidence. Renovations close to home are likely, yet these could also manifest simply as cleaning and beautifying.

Call it an inside job for the sake of outer expansion. Advancing in your public and professional life is featured. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) Asserting some pioneering initiatives is a current theme. Fortunately, your energy levels are running high these days. Backed by a spirit of adventure and enthusiasm this cycle stands to produce some real success, or at least a good measure of excitement. At deeper levels you are wise to focus on clearing debts, making key investments and paying your dues somehow. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Some significant new developments of late are gaining your attention and mobilizing your ambitions. A clear sense of direction and diligence is required. Though your focus is sharp, your direction may not be so clear. So, this is your main task; a strategic plan will likely help. A learning curve is implied. Avoid excess and establish a steady stride. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Some new developments in your career and/or public life have begun. These are leading you to push to achieve new ground. An increase in social activity is featured. Gathering new tools, skills and/or techniques is important. At deeper levels, the time has come to refine certain habitual activities, attitudes and priorities. Call it a graduation process. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) The recent New Moon has seeded some new momentums in your status quo. It is time to gain the recognition and rewards you feel you have earned. Returns are scheduled to come in now so you may not have to push so hard. Hopefully your efforts have been integral and diligent. Yet sometimes the needs of the many more clearly outweigh those of the few, like now. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) You are beginning to see the clear, bright light of a new day. It may yet be very early, but it is certain. Recognizing that the rewards implied emphasize what you will give more than what you may receive is significant. To genuinely feel that it is a privilege to serve and to diligently earn the position, title, credential and confidence to do so is a corner stone to true success. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Play time is drawing to a close for this round. Hopefully, you have taken the opportunities to engage. Now it is time to get back to work. A deepening of your attitude and changes in some of your priorities and behaviour patterns is part of this plot. The work therefore includes breaking any negative habits and replacing them with better ones.



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Well-known horse trainer and clinician visits Robson Valley Birgit Stutz Contributor


everal Robson Valley residents received a special treat last week when wellknown Canadian horse trainer and clinician Chris Irwin spent a day in Dunster to teach lessons to local horse people. Irwin, who was born in Ontario, has been calling Peers, Alberta, home for several years now where he owns and operates Riversong Ranch Equestrian Centre together with his wife Kathryn Kincannon-Irwin. Irwin is well-known for his non-resistance training concepts, and his evolutionary methodology – learning to think horse, speak horse, and play horse games by horse rules to be the better horse – teaches people how to use equine body language and horse psychology in order to develop a relationship between themselves and their horse based on mutual understanding and confidence. Irwin’s mantra is “Ask not what your horse can do for you. Ask what you can do for your horse.” “Do for your horse what no other horse can do for him,” he explained. “And care enough about horses to learn their language and play their games.” Irwin said horsemanship is an ongoing journey that requires practice, patience, perseverance, calm, compassion, empathy, assertiveness, awareness, focus, courage and the ability to be pro-active while multi-tasking to a high degree. “These qualities of the rider’s mind can only be communicated clearly to the horse by a rider who can effectively use his or her body language with consistently centred riding aids that are supple and as soft or as strong as necessary,” he said. “The more we know, the more willingness we can get from our horses with greater ease and less resistance. However, changing our nature and learning another language takes patience and commitment.” Irwin worked with participants either individually or in small groups of two, doing groundwork exercises and/or riding. One of the big concepts he explained was that the shape or frame of the horse’s body is directly linked to the horse’s frame of mind. “How a horse feels is how it’s shaped,” he explained. For example, horses raise their heads when they are stressed, in fear or when they are being challenged. This, however, hollows the horse’s back which compresses the spine, sending adrenaline to the horse’s brain, thereby creating a stressful state of mind that goes along with it. This is not only a stiff and awkward way for a horse to move and an uncomfortable, rough ride for the rider, it can also cause all kinds of behavioural problems. Participants learnt that in order to become a benevolent leader to their horse, they need to be proactive, empathetic and have the right amount of assertiveness without being aggressive. For example, if a horse is crowding you, it makes no sense to the horse if you jerk on its head as that would be bullish behaviour and create stress and fear. “It is the body that is pushing into you,” explained Irwin. “Push the body and drive the horse out of your personal space. This way you are responding like a dominant horse. If you jerk the head, you are behaving like a predator. While a horse will respect you as a predator, it can never truly trust you. When was the last time you ever saw a horse pull another horse by its face? Never – horses don’t pull each other around, they push each other around in order to establish their herd hierarchy. We need to learn to control the horse’s body in order to control its mind.” While many people think that groundwork only entails round penning or lungeing or ground-driving, anything you do with your horse on the ground is part of groundwork – proper haltering, leading, grooming, saddling, bridling. And once mounted, your horse needs you to be the best rider you can be. Irwin’s methodology flows right along with classical dressage training. Forward motion is the key to controlling your horse, and Irwin compares the energy created to a wave on a river, starting in the hindquarters, flowing forward through the barrel, through the shoulders, along the neck and breaking like a wave at the head. “We don’t want to impede that forward energy, just control it or direct it like a dam controls and directs the flowing energy of a river,” he explained. This is done by guiding our horses using the pressure of our seat and legs into the barrel of the horse, not by using the reins to steer and pull the horse’s head around for direction. The purpose of the reins is not to initiate a turn, Irwin said, but rather to assist in maintaining or balancing a turn and to block unwanted movement. “The nose should be the last body part to turn,” he said. Understanding how the aids control the horse allows us to become proactive riders and this is where the term ‘non-resistance riding’ comes into play for Irwin. Instead of trying to fix problems and regain balance, a proactive rider can prevent problems and maintain balance. “In order to become the better horse in your herd you have to learn their language first,” said Tete Jaune resident Elke Vogelpohl, one of the clinic participants. “Chris Irwin mediates just that with a passionate love for the horses and his patience for the people. Beautiful and amazing.” “One of the key things I am learning from Chris Irwin’s training format is how to read a horse’s body language and generate proper ‘horse’ body language back to the horse,” said Valemount resident Karla Ramsay, another clinic participants. “This will without a doubt give you the most fulfillment and the best connection you could ever receive from a horse. It is amazing what kind of outcome you can generate from any breed of horse with any type of past, if you just learn how to speak horse!” “There are no games, no gimmicks, no quick fixes, just good horsemanship based on equine body language, horse psychology and the principles of classical dressage,” added Birgit Stutz, who’s been mentored by Irwin for six years.

“Training Session”

Irwin works with Vogelpohl on body positioning while lungeing Cody. Photo by Birgit Stutz

“Chris shows you what your horse really needs from you.” The clinic was very well received by all and a second clinic in the Robson Valley is already being planned for May 2013. Watch this newspaper for more info or contact Stutz at Falling Star Ranch at (250) 968 6801 or by email at For more information on Irwin visit A big thank-you goes to Sarah and Greg Gibson for their spontaneous use of their facility for the clinic.

“Workshop with Barbara Faust”

Dunster resident Barbara Faust, owner of EquiSana – Solutions for Horses and Humans, demonstrates some massage techniques on Sam, a 14-year-old Morgan gelding owned by Falling Star Ranch, during an “Integrated bodywork – Introduction to mindful self care for you and your horse” workshop which was hosted by Falling Star Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 6. Photo by Birgit Stutz

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October 18 2012 Edition of the Valley Sentinel Newspaper