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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

Valemount charities receive Christmas boost By MARIE BIRKBECK Reporter

Seven local community organizations received an early Christmas present this week from Mike Simms and the Valemount IGA. With close to $3,500.00 in a fund accumulated by the now defunct Community Card loyalty program, Simms was obligated to disburse the money to a charity or group in the area.

Rather than give it all to one group, he chose to split it equally among seven organizations; Valemount Curling Club, Royal Canadian Legion Valemount Branch #266, Valemount Minor Hockey, Valemount Food Bank, Canoe Valley Skating Club, Valemount Lions Club and the Valemount Volunteer Fire Department. Each received a $500 IGA gift card on Tuesday morning. The Community Card was a valuable tool for shoppers for several

years, allowing consumers to collect stamps for their purchases, which they could in turn redeem on select merchandise from cookware, to knives and place settings among others. A number of factors played a role in the decision by the IGA Corporate headquarters to cancel the Community Card program; however Simms says the stores will continue to offer promotional campaigns, you just won’t need to use a card.

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Mike Simms, centre, of Valemount IGA presents Valemount Curling Rink representative Diana Piper, with a $500 IGA gift card. Other recipients of gift cards were Barb Shepherd, Valemount Lions Club, Clayton Gee, Valemount Volunteer Fire Department, Pete Pearson, Royal Canadian Legion Valemount #266, Carl Foreman (not pictured) for Valemount Minor Hockey, and Sharon-Rose Shalla, Canoe Valley Skating Club.

Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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LDM provides service truck to local fire department By ALLAN FREDERICK Reporter

While it is said dollars make the world go round, skill and expertise are also useful commodities that can be offered to a worthy cause. Last week, Lakes District Maintenance (LDM) provided the McBride and District Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) the use of their service truck and a certified heavy-duty mechanic, to help with the servicing of their three fire trucks. The offer provided the ability for the MVFD to properly service their trucks for the cost of parts only. John Traquair, supervisor of LDM Service Area 20, and Brian Taphorn, LDM mechanical supervisor, authorized the donation of the service truck and certified heavy-duty mechanic Rick Lalonde to do the work. There was no cost to the fire department, as there were no parts requirement with this particular servicing. “This is a great savings for the department and the offer is most appreciated,” said Dave Hruby, McBride fire chief.

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

Healthwise: Record temps expected this weekend By LAURA JOHNSON Contributor

Record temperatures expected this weekend; a phrase one might associate with a weather forecast. However, if you have an infant or young child at home, or in your care, it could mean something more dangerous. Fevers. Every parent knows they are going to happen, but how high is too high? How do you know what to do and when to do it? First of all, it should be said that if you have any concerns about your child, please call your doctor to let him or her know what is going on. They will be glad you called. If there is nothing to worry about, they will not feel that you have wasted their time. Health care professionals would rather hear from you, than risk you or your family becoming sicker. So please call. A normal oral temperature in a person is 98.6 F or 37.0 C. That is true for all ages, child or adult. If your child is 3 months or younger, some professionals consider a rectal temperature to be most accurate. The normal rectal temperature is 99.6 F or 37.5 C. Some people are used to taking a temperature under the armpit, or axilla, and believe they should add a degree to what the thermometer reads to be accurate. There seems to be varying schools of thought on that, and I would check with your doctor or health nurse for the best information for you.

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A digital thermometer is the way to go. It will give the most accurate and clear readings using a number that is easy to see. The older mercury thermometers can be quite dangerous. They contain mercury, which is an environmental toxin or poison. Also, most mercury thermometers have little lines on them that you have to almost guess what they say particularly in the middle of the night. No matter which way you take the temperature, oral or rectal, make sure you know what you are doing ahead of time. If you have never had to use a thermometer before, find one you like, and practice. It will help calm you if you know what you are doing ahead of time, and not trying to read the instructions that came with the packaging while comforting a crying child. So what is generally considered a fever? Any oral temperature 99.5 F, 37.5 C, and a rectal temperature 100.4 F or 38 C. There are some general safety considerations when taking temperatures whether orally or rectally, such as never leave your child alone while waiting for the reading. This and other great information can be found on When a fever is very low, maybe just getting started, it is considered low grade. Low grade temperatures can be good for a body, and you may want to speak with your nurse or doctor to see if any action needs to be taken. When your body gets a fever, it is gearing up for a fight. It has recognized something that shouldn’t be there, in this case maybe some bacteria or a virus, and it is trying to kill it for you. Bacteria and viruses need certain conditions to grow and live. When they don’t get them, they die off and you are healthy again. One thing they like is a nice warm place. If that place, your body, gets too hot, they die off. So a fever is your body trying to kill off whatever it is that may be making you ill. Sometimes, even if it is only a low-grade temperature, some signs or symptoms can pop up along with a fever that needs some action right away. Things to watch out for include constant vomiting or diarrhea, dry mouth, high pitched crying, pale skin color, irritable, no appetite, stiff neck, stomach pain, swelling of the soft spot on an infant’s head, whimpering, limpness or unresponsive, skin rash, and seizures. This is by no means a complete list of danger signs. You know your child best, and if something is telling you that something isn’t quite right, or your child isn’t quite him or herself, never hesitate to call your doctor, or take your child to the emergency department. A young child can be fine with a low grade temperature one minute and the next the temperature will have spiked and your child will be seizing on the floor in front of you. When you are presented with a sick child who has a fever, there are some things you can do to help them through it, and make them a bit more comfortable. Run a cool bath. This will help cool them without making them cold. Be mindful that the water is cool, and not cold, because if the water is cold, just like you would, your child will start to shiver to warm up. And if they have a temperature, which is why they are in a cool bath already, your aim is not to have them get warmer. Dress them appropriately. Sometimes bundling up a child is a good thing. But if you do that now, it may trap heat making them hotter. A guideline may be to think of how you would like to dress if you were the one with a fever. Drinking fluids will also help the body do its job of getting you through this fight. If it is a hot summer day and you have been outside hiking, or working in the garden, you know that you need to replace your fluids, maybe even have a bit extra on board so you don’t become dehydrated. A fever is no different. Children have such little bodies, sometimes they aren’t able to cope as well as you may think, and their fluid intake needs to be monitored very closely. When you call your doctor or nurse, make sure

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to ask how much fluid your child needs, and signs to look out for should they not be getting enough. How many wet diapers for instance for your child’s age is one way that can help. It can be hard to tell at first if your child is becoming dehydrated, but a sick child with a fever who becomes dehydrated can become critically ill very quickly. There are many choices for medications on the market today. Ibuprophen, name brands Advil or Motrin, or acetaminophen, name brand Tylenol, seem to be the best choices. Years ago, folks used to give aspirin, or salicylic acid, for aches and pains, and fevers. But research has proven aspirin can work so well at controlling a fever, that whatever is causing it can run away in your child’s body causing a condition called Reye’s syndrome. Reye’s syndrome is very serious and can lead to death. There are many other factors with Reye’s syndrome, and worth looking up. In fact, it is recommended that until your child’s brain stops growing, somewhere late into their teens, a person should not give aspirin for a fever unless directed by a doctor to do so. has some great information, including the following guidelines: “Younger than three months of age, call your doctor right away if your baby’s rectal temperature is 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. Call your doctor even if your child doesn’t seem sick. Babies this young can get very sick quickly. Three months of age to six months of age, call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 101 F (38.3 C) or higher, even if your baby doesn’t seem sick. Six months of age and older and has a fever of 102 F (38.8 C) to 102.9 F (39.4 C), watch how he or she acts and call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than two days. Six months of age and older and has a fever of 103 F (39.4 C) or higher, call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.” Children don’t come with manuals, or a set of directions. Sometimes when they become ill, there is so much information on the web, or we hear from friends, that it’s pretty confusing. The best bet? Just ask your nurse or doctor. None of us get it right every time the first time, and everyone with a child will have questions sooner or later. But some things like a fever need us to find out right away.

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INBRIEF Jasper hockey star honoured in junior league The former assistant captain of the Midget A Jasper Bearcats, Russell Turner, was recently named the inaugural winner of the Recycle Everywhere Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) player of the week, for week nine of their season, on Nov. 24. Turner, a forward with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, recorded eight points in three games setting his team up with a two game winning streak.

Provincial funding boosts local tourism in Valemount

Valemount will receive a total of $56,566 for projects this year that will help support tourism, infrastructure and amenities, Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince GeorgeValemount, announced Dec. 18. The funding comes from the B.C. government’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program and will allow Valemount to implement projects such as a local festival and Cranberry Marsh developments. The program is incentive-driven, with contributions based on accommodation revenues from the previous year of business in 14 eligible municipalities. In 2012/13, the B.C. government is providing over $10 million shared among British Columbia’s 14 resortoriented municipalities. This is the sixth year the RMI program has been in operation, with over $61.7 million being directed to the program since 2007. RMI is a program that addresses the unique circumstances of resort-oriented municipalities and provides an ongoing revenue stream to develop and enhance local tourism-related infrastructure and amenities to grow local and regional tourism economies. Some examples of RMI initiatives that have been funded throughout the 14 municipalities include trail system maintenance, public art, visitor centre enhancements, shuttle services, and visitor sign improvements. The 14 communities that participate in the RMI initiative are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

Richter found guilty in Supreme Court case

On Monday, Dec. 17, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Frits Verhoeven, rendered his decision after a lengthy review of the facts of the case involving legally blind McBride resident William (Bill) Groenevold and accused Michael Allan Richter, a Ponoka, Alta. resident, from an incident dating back to Dec. 11, 2011. The incident left Groenevold with a broken jaw, mutliple lacerations and a fractured skull. Verhoeven didn’t accept Richter’s claim of selfdefence after Groenevold, 56, made a sexual advance toward him. The incident occurred after Richter’s SUV became stuck in the snow while giving Groenevold a lift home. Richter became agitated. While trying to comfort Richter it was admitted in court that Groenevold touched Richter inappropriately, resulting in a physical altercation. Verhoeven felt that if there was an unlawful assault, disproportionate force used was not justified. The guilty verdict is on the charge of aggravated assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. A pre-sentencing report has been requested and date for sentencing tentatively set for Jan. 7, which will likely be postponed until later in February or early March 2013, as the report will not be available by the Jan. 7 date. Richter remains in custody until his sentencing at the request of the Crown. Richter has been in custody since his arrest Dec. 11, 2011.

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National Park News DECEMBER 20 Christmas Poem Twas the night before Christmas and all through the park Many creatures were stirring under skies which were dark. While the townsfolk relaxed with good friends and good cheer, The outdoors came alive with wolves, elk and deer. The elk all came sneaking, with hopes that they might Go unnoticed by park staff, who’d gone home for the night. And so they bed down, in yards and nearby At least until morning, town seems a great place to lie. In the meadows and forest underneath the bright moon, The wolves are out hunting, and will find a meal soon. With dogs safe on leashes or left cozy at home, The wolves will stay wild and will have room to roam. Five wolf packs sport collars for us to find out Where they go, what they eat, and who’s moving about We want wolves in Jasper - it’s where they belong This work makes sure packs are healthy and strong.

So we study the wolves and we study the deer, And we study the elk with the goal, every year That the Species at Risk known as caribou. Have a place here with deer, elk, wolves, me and you. Some Caribou closures are put into place. Cavell Road, early winter, is left untracked in case Packed snow could help wolves reach caribou prey So we leave that snow deep, to keep them away. Raise a toast, tip your hat, clink a cheers to the ‘bou, Same species as reindeer, with kin way up North too! This hardy beast, built for the snow and the cold, Has sustained and inspired folks since times untold. For those of us lucky to call Jasper home, Who live with the wildlife, share trails that they roam. We witness the wonder of nature untamed. Immersed in the magic for which Jasper is famed. So while you get ready for this season’s cheer, Think fondly of reindeer and any wolves you may hear. Good tidings go out to those near and those far Peace and joy to you all, wherever you are.

And meanwhile the reindeer, our caribou’s cousins Help pull Santa’s sleigh, full of gifts by the dozen,

Reminding us all of a hope we hold dear For a future where caribou are always found here

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They learned, they laughed, they gained great new skills, as well as increased their appreciation for all they already know! They have also given us great feedback so that we can make the program even better. Come and take part in this unique training opportunity!

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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A crime against humanity



It was with profound sadness and revulsion that we learned of the mass murder of 20 young children and seven adults at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school last week. It is horrifying to imagine events unfolding for those terrified children in the last moments of their lives. To what depths does one have to fall to be able to destroy the most innocent of lives in such a violent manner? In the wake of this latest tragedy, our neighbours to the south are once again asking the question why? Parents question the safety of their schools and communities, with sadness and fear engulfing their hearts. A tearful president, a parent himself, calls for “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies.” The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) is a British not-for-profit news organization. This year, the TBIJ released research conducted by a team of journalists investigating civilian deaths in Pakistan by US attack drones. According to TBIJ, since 2004 and as of Oct. 24, 2012, 176 children have been killed by US drones. Since the start of the Obama administration there have been 298 drone attacks. During a prayer vigil held in honour of the 20 slain children last week, the president stated that caring for our children is our first task. He suggested society will be judged by how we treat children. He questioned how such tragedy could be tolerated. He questioned if such violence visited on children is worth the price of freedom. Was he speaking of the children of the world? He should be. The slain children of Pakistan were in the wrong place when US drones struck, just as the Newtown children were in the wrong place when a killer struck. Which is more tragic? Universally, parents grieve for their lost children no matter which part of the world they live in. No matter where a child is slaughtered, the world receives a scar. Every child has the potential of being a great person, someone who could cure a disease, lead people toward peace or save our world. The tragedy of Newtown needs to be a call to action on a global scale. The president is absolutely right, something has to change. We can no longer tolerate the violent death of any of our children, no matter where they live. Whether conducted by a mad man or someone wearing a uniform, the death of any child is a crime against humanity. A bold gesture is in order. The global community must demand an end to the acceptability of collateral damage. We must not allow a superpower to punish, maim, or destroy children simply for being in the wrong place. The responsibility for killing a child must fall on those who pull the trigger. The death of a child will never secure our freedom, but instead degrades our humanity.

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Cross-country skiing for dummies


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A brief guide for newbies in Jasper and the Robson Valley Region



Updated DEC. 20, 2012


Bored? Looking for something to do? You are in luck, because the mountains are spectacular in the winter and there are several ways to enjoy them, like cross-country skiing. In both Jasper and the Robson Valley Region, cross-country ski trails are groomed and ready. When people mention skiing, the first thing that comes to mind is a ride on a chairlift followed by an adrenaline rush while swooping down the face of a mountain; good times. However, cross-country skiing started out as a means of transportation and survival in ancient Europe. According to, people have been skiing from place to place in winter since prehistoric times. European hunters tracked their winter game while on skis. Explorers glided through mysterious alpine forests on skis. Nordic armies ski-train their infantry for winter operations. In 1939, the Finnish army out manoeuvred a larger Russian army during a winter conflict by deploying troops on skis. In pre-modern times, skiing infantry used crossbows and ski poles, attached with spearheads, against their opponents. Today, cross-country skiing has become a fun sport, a spectacular way to explore the winter landscape, and get an invigorating workout. There are two types of cross-country skis, the classic and the skate. Either kind of cross-country skiing usually takes place on specially groomed tracks. Modern grooming techniques usually involve a specially equipped snowmobile pulling a special track setter and takes place shortly after a fresh snowfall. Skate-skiers require a wide, smooth track and use a “V” stride to shift their weight from one ski to the other while pushing away, much like skating. Skate-skiers use the edge of their skis to propel themselves forward. Classic skiers slide one foot forward and the other back in a set track. Wax on the bottom of the ski makes contact with and grips the snow, allowing skiers to kick back and propel themselves forward. Before making a major investment in equipment, it might be best to rent or borrow skis, try them out and see which method you are most comfortable with, although many cross-country skiers enjoy both methods. First time skiers are encouraged to try out the sport on a nice flat track. Rogier Guys, visitor experience product development officer for Jasper National Park, suggests visitors and residents who have never skied before go to Whistlers Campground. Whistlers Campground has both classic and skate ski tracks, which are four and half kilometres in length. Along the way, at Marmot Meadows, skiers can make use of the fire sites and shelter to take a break and warm-up or just enjoy the company of other skiers. According to Barb Janzen, in the Robson Valley Region, the yellow loop trail at Jackman Flats is a gentle and easy trail that newbies to the sport of cross-country skiing will enjoy. At the moment a skate ski track has not been set, but hopefully this will happen soon. In JNP, as skiers become more advanced, they may want to try the five and half kilometre Pipeline Trail, located west of town along Highway 93. In the Robson Valley Region, Cabin Creek, south of Valemount offers a great trail along with a warming shelter. If you are near McBride, the Bell Mountain trail offers a fine track as well. For more information on where to ski in the Robson Valley Region contact Janzen at 250-566-9811 or In McBride be sure to check in at the Visitor Information Centre for more info on ski trails. In Jasper, be sure to pick up the Winter Trails Guide, from most outlets, or visit the JNP Information Centre, now open five days a week. Up to date trail conditions for JNP can also be found online at

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

The time has come for the rock to roll. Okay, bad pun but it serves to illustrate the verb in your vibe. Change is upon you whether you would have it or not! The good news is that, as said you are on a roll. It is time to graduate, to advance to the next level. There is no turning back. Get excited, get creative and get going!

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

Some cycles are bigger, deeper, more intense and or involved and passionate than others, like the current one. A steady deepening of commitments with a long-term focus on the future is featured. Yet rather than feel contracted, you feel expansive, exuberant and willing. Yes, the work load is heavier than it used to be but you are okay with that. Go figure!


emini (May 21 – Jun 21 While the focus remains on health and strengthening your overall constitution and/or fortifying your base continues, you want to get out, to play. Meeting new people is in the mix. Experiencing the unexpected with people has been a standing theme for a while and you are ready for a change that way. Expect to take new leads this week.



ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) It is said that the karmic lords never sleep and they never forget. Life knows who we are, what is owed to us and what we owe. Graceful acceptance of the dues and penalties as well as the rewards is a sign of true wisdom. Reaction, blame and self pity only serve to deepen the suffering. Fortunately, the light of a new day is steadily growing.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

A pioneering mood is lingering. You have been seeking new answers, insights and leads. Now you may have to contend with deciphering which ones are the best. The likely answer is: those that stand to reach furthest into the future. The best choices usually involve a tight weave between health and a genuine sense of service, which is truly a privilege to render.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

You are in the mood to enter new territory. Yet, you may feel both called within and without. To reconcile this conflict consider the famous lyrics, ‘you gotta get in to get out’. Listening to your inner voice and heeding its urgings is the ageless wisdom. Be extra careful of excessive logic now. To trust your feelings, acknowledge them and feel your silent truth.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) The returns for many of your past efforts are rolling in now. Hopefully they are the kind you want. You may feel the need for some time out to manage the flow effectively. Be deliberate and concise with your communications, unless the exchange is deep, sincere and valuable. Your ability to make fine distinctions now is at a peak, make the most of it.

ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Oh to be free of fear and worry. It sounds easy, so why isn’t it? Too much thinking is the classic issue. Some would say excess lower mind, that of the ego. Worry can be interpreted as caring, but it actually does not help much, if at all. Practicing being present in the moment with ‘what is’, is the classic solution. Genuine gratitude for life helps and meditation is the real deal.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Your world is opening up in new and exciting ways. With the crack in the door and the light coming in you are wise to do what it takes to swing it wide open. Laying claim to latent gifts and talents meanwhile, is stirring at deeper levels. These require vision and courage. If you are having trouble seeing this light, seek counsel and do it now!

isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Getting the attention you feel you want and deserve is a current focus. A learning curve is implied. Perhaps you need to increase your social media skills or learn how to ask for a raise. Either way, it is important that you be pro-active and give to the situation. Your confidence levels should be rising steadily these days so ride that wave!



irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A dynamic learning curve continues and the lessons are coming from all angles, some unexpected. The time is right to flirt with new possibilities. The tried and true, at least in some areas, is beginning to lie. Since two wrongs don’t equal right, your best option is to redirect your focus towards more truthful, stable and reliable sources.

You are in the mood to cut loose, get away, break free. A creative diversion might help. Yet, you may feel duty bound and restricted. How can you take good care of yourself in this stressful cycle? Patience is one way. The coming New Moon cycle will bring some needed relief. That is in one week. Accept this time as one of building character.



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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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Village of Valemount Council Briefs Dec.11 By DONALDA BEESON Contributor

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Mayor Andru McCracken, Coun. Sandy Salt, Coun. Hollie Blanchette, Coun. Dallas Bullock, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Anne Yanciw, and Deputy Corporate Officer Braden Hutchins were all in attendance. Coun. Christine Latimer was not in attendance. Delegations: Council made a motion to accept a delegation from Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Association President Elect Loranne Martin. The purpose of the delegation was to speak to the TCYHA. Correspondence for action: Firm Foundations Re: Community Hall Rental Bullock made a motion to waive the regular rental fees as well as the janitorial fees associated with use of the Community Hall for Firm Foundations Christian Outreach Youth Group, during the winter on some Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on a trial basis provided they are cleaning up after themselves. They will also consider what they will do when other events require the space. Blanchette seconded this motion. Valemount Museum Re: Community Services Building Classroom Blanchette made a motion to send a letter to the Valemount Museum informing them that the library basement is available free of charge to host their yearly AGM Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Bullock seconded this motion. Tourism Valemount Re: Minutes of Regular Committee Meeting Dec. 4. Blanchette made a motion to request more information regarding how effective partnering with Tourism Valemount for the Yellowhead IT full-page ad has been in the past as they consider doing it again. The cost would be $1,517.50. Bullock seconded this motion. Information Items: Blanchette brought forward an item from the Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society Re: Affordable Housing Strategy for Valemount. Blanchette made a motion to ask the society to make a delegation to council regarding their ideas. Salt seconded this motion. Bullock brought forward an item from BCWWA regarding the date for Drinking Water Week 2013 (May 20 to 26) and New Small Community Grants Program. McCracken made a motion to put a few days aside for people to come tour the water treatment plant as well as strike a committee consisting of Bullock, Salt, and Blanchette to organize events during this week. Bullock seconded this motion. Bullock also brought forward an item from the Wood Waste to Rural Heat Project regarding the Wood Biomass Fuel Source. Bullock made a motion to take the item to the next Community Forest Meeting. Salt seconded this motion. Salt brought forward an item from the Village of Valemount Wildfire Protection Prevention Committee (WPPC) regarding the minutes of regular committee meeting on Nov. 20. Blanchette made a motion to approve the appointment of Barbie Bruce to the WPPC. Salt seconded this motion. Administrative Reports: CAO Re: Deputy Mayor Assignments Salt made a motion for council to approve the Deputy Mayor assignments as follows: December 2012 to February 2013 will be Latimer, March 2013 to May 2013 will be Bullock, and June 2013 to August 2013 will be Blanchette. September 2013 to November 2013 will be Salt. Blanchette seconded this motion. DCO Re: Purchase of iCompass Software McCracken made a motion to purchase iCompass Bundle B, which includes a Meeting Management Solution, and the Records Management Solution, the Content Management Solution (includes website design/ rebuild) and 6 Action Trackers, which will be $8,900 for the initial purchase, and $2,500 annually. Blanchette seconded this motion.

DCO Re: Wildfire Protection Plan Salt made a motion for council to approve the final version of the Wildfire Protection Plan. Bullock seconded this motion. Financial Report: DOF Re: Accounts Payable Report for November 2012 Council made a motion to accept the Director of Finance Accounts Payable Report for November 2012. DOF Re: Update Report Salt made a motion to receive, for information only, a project status update report from the director of finance, which included the following updates: • Community Hall renovations received a BC Hydro rebate of $2056.82. • Community Hall tables and chairs are ordered and should be shipped mid December. Two groups submitted requests for tables and chairs. Both requests will be granted, as there are enough tables and chairs for both, leaving additional for the Village’s use at other locations. • Regarding the Woodstove Exchange Program, seven residents have completed the program and have received or are receiving grants, three residents are on hold until next year. • Regarding the Swift Creek Emergency, staff continues to work on financial reporting for emergency expense reimbursements. • Regarding the 2013 to 2017 Five-Year Financial Plan, staff is currently working to incorporate strategic meeting priorities. • Regarding the Water Pump House Insurance Claim, they recently received final invoices for the electrical emergency at the water pump in September. Forwarded invoices to Capri Insurance and stated insurance claim. Costs are $23,400. Bullock seconded this motion. Bylaws and Policies Village of Valemount Water Rate Bylaw 687, 2012 4th and Final Reading Bullock made a motion to approve a fourth and final reading of Valemount Water Rate Bylaw No. 687, 2012. The water utility rates have not been adjusted since 2010 and require an adjustment to stay within yearly cost of living allowance rates. This will take the 2012 Rates per weekly pickup from $0.531 residential, and $0.66 commercial, to a 2% increase for 2013 which would make residential $0.541, and commercial $0.673. Salt seconded this motion. Village of Valemount Garbage Rate Amendment Bylaw 688, 2012 4th and Final Readings Blanchette made a motion to approve the fourth and final reading of the 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 week 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. Bullock seconded this motion. Council Reports Council made a motion to accept the individual Councillor reports this week. Salt made a motion to approve staff to submit a Request For Proposal to host the 68th Annual Conference and AGM of the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Association in Valemount in the spring of 2014, before the deadline of Feb. 8, 2013. Blanchette seconded this motion. McCracken made a motion to appoint Salt to the Prince George Treaty Advisory Committee for the 2013 calendar year. Bullock seconded this motion. 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 of every month at 7 p.m. in the Village of Valemount Council Chambers.

The Village of Valemount is inviting qualified individuals or firms to complete a business case/paper regarding the impacts of the Kinbasket Reservoir and future opportunities that may result from the current discussions about the Columbia River Treaty. The Provincial government may also be engaged in identifying mitigating projects and actions for Valemount and the Area H of the Regional District Fraser-Fort George south of Valemount. Background information and the Expression of Interest Form are available on Please email to a completed Expression of Interest Form by Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:00 pm.

New at the McBride Public Library Adult Fiction

The Racketeer – John Grisham Anna From Away – D.R. MacDonald The Jewels of Paradise – Donna Leon 419 – Will Ferguson The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

Adult Nonfiction

Into the Abyss – Carol Shaben Flourish – Marin E.P. I’m Your Man: The life of Leonard Cohen- Sylvie Simmons Ginty’s Ghost: A wilderness dweller’s dream – Chris Czajkowski Fire Season: Field notes from a … lookout – Philip Connors


The 10 Grossest Bugs – Angie & Jennifer Littlefield Just Helping My Dad – Mercer Mayer Dragon Seer’s Gift – Janet McNaughton Little Brother – Cory Doctorow

Library Holiday Hours include: December 25th & 26th – CLOSED December 27th, 28th, 29th – open 2-5 p.m. 250-569-2411

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SPECIAL EVENTS VALEMOUNT LIONS CLUB DANCE Saturday, Dec. 22 come see DJ Loud at the Lions Club. Tickets $10. On Exhibit: Remembrance - Lest we Forget 2 Come and view the archives and artifacts from World Wars I & II and other related information at the McBride Museum & Library building at 241 Dominion Street.

Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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 http://www.


Next VACS Show - The Compadres Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Valemount Community Theatre. James Keelaghan and Latin guitarist Oscar Lopez are Juno award winning folk artists who have become notable independent Canadian roots recording artists. With Celtic influences their sometimes rollicking and sometimes melancholy folk material is fused with Lopez’s fiery guitar vibe. Tickets on sale at Infinity Office and Health.

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Dec 24th Early Midnight Mass - 5:00pm Dec 25th Christmas Day Mass - 12noon


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Dec 24th Carols - 11:30pm Mass - Midnight Dec 25th Christmas Day Mass - 8:30am 1366-3rd Avenue & Elm




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

Closed from Saturday, Dec. 22nd at 3 p.m. until Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at 10 a.m.

The Village Council Meeting, regularly scheduled for December 25th will be cancelled due to the Holidays.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

Holidays Hours

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

Tete Jaune

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


• Dunster Winter Market starts from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1st at the Dunster Community Hall.


• 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: • 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

Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012


“Got Beef with the Mayor? Facebook ‘Em!” Bill Metcalfe, on, recently discussed what is happening in Smithers, B.C. with Mayor Taylor Bachrach’s Facebook page. He points out that, “Much has been made about social media’s role in elections, but not about its ability to connect leaders to their constituents – and hold them accountable – every day during their term of office.” Case in point, Metcalfe gives as an example, before Smithers, town council went on record as opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline, Bachrach got an idea of what the community thought about the issue by asking them on Facebook. Valemount Village Office Christmas season closure The Valemount Village Office will be closed over the Christmas season from Dec. 21 at noon to Jan. 2. Quit Smoking Coming in the new year, The Gathering Tree will be offering a one-day clinic on quitting smoking. Sherral Shaw is a registered hypnotherapist and will be sharing techniques that assist greatly in the process. Participants will also be given a visualization CD. The cost will be $25 per person, which includes the CD and refreshments. Watch for the date to be announced soon. Calling all home based businesses in the Robson Valley The Valemount & Area Chamber of Commerce wants to add you to its website database. Please contact Marie Birkbeck at the Chamber with your business contact info. If you have a business card, you can scan and email it to her at info@ Support Valemount Arts and Cultural Society The Valemount Arts and Cultural Society (VACS) is having a Winter Fun Raffle. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, available at the Library, the Caribou Grill or from a VACS member. The prizes include: a one day snowmobile or quad rental from Alpine Country Rentals, two nights stay at the Sawridge Inn in Jasper, two nights stay at Whistlers Inn in Jasper, one day return trip for two from Jasper to Edmonton from Sundog Tours in Jasper, one day ski pass for two at Marmot Basin in Jasper, one hour Dogsledding tour for two from Cold Fire Creek Dogseldding in Small River, a $50 gift certificate for Mountain Wellness Spa in Jasper, $40 gift certificate for the Caribou Grill in Valemount, and a VACS 2013-2014 seasons pass for two. There are only 1,000 tickets and the draw is Jan. 26, 2013.

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Annual Wes Hudson Light Up Contest

Prizes for Commercial and Residential. 9, 2010 2011 Contest will start December 3, with judging taking place December 13, 2010 19, 2011 BE SURE YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON!!!

Announcing 2012 Winners! CommerCial: Prize for each category: 1st - Caribou 1st prizeGrill – $50 - 1002 5th avenue 2nd prize – $25 2nd – alpine inn - Village 1460 5th avenue Contest sponsored by the of Valemount Honourable mention – Home Hardware 1272 5th avenue residential: 1st – mike & Fern simms 1355 8th avenue 2nd – terry meek & shirley Gonyou - 1101 7th avenue Honourable mention – ray mikolash - 1248 7th avenue Contest sponsored by the Village of Valemount

New Years Eve

Gala 2012

First annual Christmas dance The Valemount Lions Club will be hosting its first annual Christmas dance, Saturday, Dec. 22, featuring music by Valemount’s own DJ Loud. Tickets are $10. Cats! Cats! Cats! The Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society has lovely barn cats or good potential indoor cuddle cats for adoption. For a nominal fee, they are spayed or neutered, de-wormed, vaccinated, and treated for ear mites! Need a barn buddy or two? Foster parents are needed as well! Call 250-566-0166. Valemount Community Church Christmas Service Come one, come all! Pastor Conrad Broersma of the Valemount Community Church (VCC) invites you to join them for a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. at the VCC, located on 5th Avenue, in the former Sporting and Clothing building. Got a Tip? If you have a note, idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening with us, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at donalda@thevalleysentinel. com or The Valley Sentinel at 250-566-4425. Please note that all items for publication on the Thursday issue must be in by the previous Friday.

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With our warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

Ethical giving this Christmas season


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Debt, doubt, waste, and want, need not be a part of your holiday tradition, if you are willing to get a little creative. Consider this as an invitation, a challenge, and an attempt to recapture the true spirit of the holidays and breakout of the constraints of consumerism to engage in practical giving. We know that money does not equal happiness, so what would happen if we spent less, and gave more? According to Advent Conspiracy, on average, Americans spend $450 billion dollars on Christmas each year. Canadians are not much better. As per VISA, in 2001 we set a record to be ashamed of, spending $474 million on Dec. 21, “the biggest one-day Christmas spending spree ever.” In December of 2004, as indicated by Statistics Canada, we spent $34.5 billion in retail stores. The only glimmer of hope was in 2006 when Canadian shoppers only spent $28.7 billion in retail stores in December, excluding the automotive sector. Breaking it down even further, the Retail Council of Canada asserts Canadians spend about $1,500 each on gifts each year. Are you below or above this average? If all these numbers are making your head spin, there may be hope for you. You are among the optimists around the world that feel this tradition of spending is spent. Get inspired and opt to make new traditions that save money, save the environment, save relationships and consider what the holidays mean to you. Challenge your family to a Buy Nothing Christmas (, and see how creative you can get. Give something you don’t use any more. Something you only wore once; a set of dishes you forgot you owned, a book you’ve already read and inscribe in the front cover with why you chose this book for that person. Alternatively, give away a valued possession. Give something more valuable than money; give time. No one has enough of it; time spent visiting family, friends, or even a stranger, time providing childcare, or time making something. The Internet has a plethora of do it yourself (DIY) gift ideas; one site in particular to check out is Pinterest. Try making a handmade recipe book, a recording of yourself reading books on tape, a DVD or video for family of interviews with your elderly parents or grandparents, write and illustrate a book for the young people in your life, create coupons for a massage, spring cleaning, child-minding, manicure, etc. For the kids, fill an old trunk or suitcase with fun clothing, hats and costume jewelry to play dress-up with. For the less crafty-type, or those without time to spare, there are also some things money can buy that will in turn give back to your community. Valemountonian Todd Culham advocates, “make memories not landfills”, and suggests giving something non-tangible that keeps on giving, like the gift of music by providing or giving music, dance or sports lessons. Give the gift of health with a local gym membership, a round of golf at a local course, or a yoga class. Give the gift of culture with tickets to the local theatre. The Valemount Arts and Cultural Society (VACS) havs memberships and season’s passes and I’m sure they are not the only ones. A gift certificate from a local salons, spa or massage parlor is a nice way to treat someone to a service they wouldn’t buy for themselves. Other services that can be provided locally include car washes, detailing, oil changes, sled tune-ups, housekeeping, and computer tuneups, just to name a few. Don’t forget the owner-run restaurants in the area – all of which offer gift certificates. For the coffee shop socialite, a half-dozen teas or coffees at a local independent coffee shop might be nice. Give the gift of vibrant communities by not continuing to blindly support big national chains, when you can support your hometown entrepreneurs so they can keep their doors open. Maybe you pride yourself on being an extravagant gift giver, and have the finances to be able to do so. Don’t think Chinese-made flat-screen, think a season of driveways plowed or lawns mowed, a sled or quad rental from the local rental shop, a dogsled tour, or a rafting trip from a local outfitter. Still want something you can wrap? Try a local artisan, author, or crafter. Hit up the craft fairs and stop by the local Crafter’s Guild. However, since we’re thinking outside the box (the manufactured gift box), why not build your own box, and sew your own reusable wrapping paper, an idea we borrowed from environmentally conscious, Valemount local Patricia Thoni, who has been using reusable Christmas bags instead of wrapping for years. Considering the amount of waste produced at Christmas between wrapping and packaging alone, this can make a dig difference. Give seeds, seedlings, plants, or trees. You can explain how best to grow them, and for edible plants, provide a recipe or two. The best part about these ideas is you are giving to the environment at the same time. After all this, if you are still in the Christmas spirit and feel you have ‘bucks to burn’, why not leave the breakfast waitress, garbage collector or babysitter a nice BIG tip, and encourage the holiday spirit. These are just a few examples of what is possible if you use your imagination. Maybe this holiday season could mean more than money. Who else is willing to take the challenge?

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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Keeping kids safe during holiday season should top everyone’s wish list


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With the holiday festivities in full swing, BC Ambulance Service and BC Children’s Hospital have some helpful tips to keep your kids safe. •

Toys: Choose toys with an appropriate age recommendation for safety hazards, not only skill level. Small pieces which can easily come off, and small batteries and magnets can cause choking and severe internal injuries. A general rule is that if a piece is small enough to fit through a toilet paper roll, it could fit into a young child’s mouth and cause choking. Toys with strings long enough to wrap around a baby or toddler’s neck could strangle them. Keep older children’s toys out of the reach of younger kids. Electric lights: Strings of Christmas tree lights are hazardous because they are attractive to young children who risk being strangled, burned or electrocuted if they get wrapped up in the wires or put lights in their mouths. Use LED lights, which may emit less heat energy. Keep all electrical cords out of reach and wind up extra cord lengths. Fireplaces: The glass of a gas fireplace heats up to 200˚C (400˚F) in just six minutes - hot as an open oven - and takes 45 minutes to cool down. The pilot light of a gas fireplace may also heat the glass enough to cause a burn. Stay close to your child when in a room with a fireplace that is on or has recently been turned off. A child’s skin is four times thinner than an adult’s and can burn four times faster. Block the fireplace with a hearth gate or screen that bolts into or around your fireplace, or put a safety gate in the doorway to the room with the fireplace.

Tree decorations and gift wrap: Decorations are not toys - keep tinsel and small or breakable ornaments high on a tree and out of a child’s reach. Keep an eye on holiday gift-wrap, including bags, paper, ribbons and bows. These items can strangle, suffocate or choke small children. Be sure to remove them from the area promptly after gifts have been opened.

Christmas tree: Place yours a good distance from any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Cut a few inches off the trunk to expose fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Candles and matches: Often used at holiday time, these items can create fire hazards, so keep lit candles well out of reach and off of tablecloths or anything that a child could pull down or knock over. Many stores now carry battery operated candles which can reduce the risk of injury. Place lit menorahs on a high surface and not too close to the edge of a table.

Food: Children may be eating unfamiliar foods for the first time this holiday season. It’s common to see more injuries in emergency rooms as a result of children getting large pieces of nuts, carrots or apples stuck in their airways, which can stop breathing. Cut foods into small pieces and encourage children to sit while eating. Children are less likely to choke if they chew food thoroughly before swallowing. Be aware of hard candies and nuts that may be sitting in a candy dish when visiting another home.

Visiting friends and family: The homes you visit may not be childproofed. Each year, curious toddlers choke or get poisoned by exploring and getting their hands on items not meant for children. These include pills, vitamins, medicines, cosmetics and cleaning products.

It’s always great to spend time with friends and family during the holidays. If you’re driving, remember to leave early, drive for the current conditions and slow down.

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

Canoe Valley Skate Club Exhibition Merry Christmas and All The Best for 2013

Laura Johnson photos

The Canoe Valley Skating Club’s 2012 Annual Christmas Exhibition was held Thursday, Dec. 13. Left: Coach Sharon-Rose Shalla handing out candy canes to each of the skaters after a job well done. Lower left: Ellie Rose Deuling tight in the air as she pulls off a difficult routine. Lower right: Isla Clayton starting off fresh and crisp on the ice for her routine.

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2013 from the staff and Board of the McBride & District Public Library

Best Wishes to all during this Holiday Season

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Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year From Clarence & Tammy

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

McBride council briefs Dec. 11 By ALLAN FREDERICK Reporter

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of McBride was held on Dec. 11, with Mayor Mike Frazier, Coun. Lori Kimpton, Coun. Raj Basran, Coun. Irene Rejman, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, and Public Works Supervisor John Aitken in attendance. Coun. Rick Thompson was absent. There were no members from the general public present. Agenda with additions received: A motion was made by Coun. Kimpton and seconded by Coun. Rejman to receive the agenda and additions. Motion was carried. Minutes Approved: A motion was made by Coun. Rejman and seconded by Coun. Basran to accept the minutes of the regular council meeting of Nov. 27. Motion was carried. Delegate: Public Works Supervisor John Aitken was introduced as a delegate for the meeting, as he presented a detailed report to council on the Public Works Department (PWD) progress on their winter scheduling, equipment status and snow removal issues. There was also a report on the budget and actual expenditures to date. The PWD is within the budgeted totals overall but have some areas that have exceeded the budgeted, amounts specifically snow removal costs, equipment maintenance costs and street and sidewalk expenditures. These areas were explained to council. It was noted that the overall budget for this department was in line with forecasts. It was also noted that Supervisor Aitken was hired in July 2012 and the budget and costs are for the entire fiscal year ending Dec. 31. He is working on becoming more familiar with the equipment, operations and budget process as time goes on. Reports: The mayor, councillors and administration provided verbal reports on their activities since the last council meeting.

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Bylaws / permits / policies: PW–7: After some discussion and report provided by administration and the PWD, Coun. Rejman made a

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Bylaw #726: A motion was made by Mayor Frazier and seconded by Coun. Basran, for a first reading of a revision and clarification for zoning amendment to setback exceptions. First reading was carried. An additional motion was then made by Coun. Rejman and seconded by Coun. Basran to hold a public hearing for the Bylaw on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. prior to the next scheduled council meeting. Motion was carried. Bylaw #727: A motion for final reading and adoption of Bylaw #727 regarding amendment to Village of McBride Garbage Collection Rates for 2013 was made by Mayor Frazier and seconded by Coun. Rejman. Motion was carried. Bylaw #728: A motion for final reading and adoption of Bylaw #728 regarding the amendment to the Village of McBride Sewer Rates for 2013 was made by Coun. Basran and seconded by Coun. Kimpton. Motion was carried. Bylaw #729: A motion for final reading and adoption of Bylaw #729 regarding the amendment to the Village of McBride Water Collection Rates was made by Coun. Rejman and seconded by Coun. Kimpton. Motion was carried. As previously reported these increased rates for garbage, sewer and water will result in an increase to a household of $10.24 for the 2013 calendar year, that is an increase on average of $0.85 monthly. Accounts payable: A motion was made by Coun. Rejman and seconded by Mayor Frazier to accept the accounts payable report for November 2012. Motion was carried. Adjournment: A motion was made by Coun. Kimpton and seconded by Coun. Rejman for adjournment at 8:45 p.m. The next regularly scheduled council meeting for Dec. 25 has been cancelled and therefore the next council meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. following a public hearing at 7 p.m. that same evening.

Happy Holidays from management & staff at CIBC 250-566-4483 1221 5TH Avenue, Valemount

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motion, seconded by Coun. Basran, to adopt the revised Public Works Snow and Ice Control policy. The policy was adopted. The last revision to the policy was in November 2010.


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Jasper Inn & Suites The Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre in Jasper is presently looking for: energetic, innovative, passionate and experienced

The Bow View Lodge in beautiful Banff, Alberta is looking for a LODGE MANAGER This position will be responsible for: • Ensuring that the guests are satisfied with the rooms and services provided and follow up on any guest concerns. • Obtaining the highest possible occupancy & revenue through maximizing internet sales, setting future rates and creating unique packages. • Recruiting, training and scheduling of all departments and encouraging staff retention by providing “hands on” leadership. • Operating the lodge in a well maintained and safe manner and responding to any emergencies. The successful candidate will bring to us the following qualifications: • A proven record in a similar size resort hotel of at least 2 years in a management or supervisory position. • A self-starter, an initiative taker and a hands on leader. • Strong sales and promotions skills, with an emphasis on web based sales, is a definite asset. Please e-mail your resume, references and cover letter to: e-mail: We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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MAINTENANCE WORKER Full-time, experience an asset, accommodation available. Apply in person with resume or email: Brad Derbowka,

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Full time positions to start immediately Starting Wage is $13.61 per hour


Positions available in McBride and Tête Jaune Cache. Minimum of Class 3 BC Drivers Licence with air endorsement or recognized equivalent required. Wages and allowances per collective agreement.

Full time positions to start immediately Starting wage is $11.41 per hour

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Aberdeen Publishing has an opening for the positions as Publisher of the Jasper Fitzhugh.

SKI PATROL ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR The Ski Patrol Department at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort in Banff is currently recruiting for: SKI PATROL ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR. If you are an expert skier with proven leadership and communication skills and have a passion for working outdoors in the beautiful mountains of Banff National Park then we want to hear from you. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Assist in the operations of the Ski Patrol team; offering advice, technical support and training • Support and apply the company policies and procedures, OH&S program and Alpine Responsibility code on a daily basis • Ski patrol duties • Customer care Requirements for the position include: • 2 years’ experience in a similar environment (ski industry related) • Expert skiing ability • Minimum 80 hrs First Aid training, valid HCP-CPR certificate • Strong & effective communication skills, both speaking and writing Preferred: • Previous experience working as a Ski Patroller at SSV or other resort • Some avalanche training; CAA or approved equivalency • Previous supervisory experience Sunshine Village offers industry competitive compensation and benefits in a great working environment. Interested applicants view full description at, please apply online or send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, Phone: (403) 762-6546, Fax: (403) 762-6513. Closing date of applications is January 9th, 2013.

We are seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to continue and further enhance the strong growth this paper has experienced over the past six years. Ideally, you should have a good understanding of all facets of newspaper operations with emphasis on sales, marketing and financial management. In addition, our new publisher should be well suited to working with community groups and clients as well as developing sponsorship opportunities for the newspaper, As publisher of the Fitzhugh, you will help develop strategy for the newspaper as it continues to serve this diverse marketplace. Aberdeen Publishing is one of Western Canada’s largest independent newspaper companies with properties in British Columbia and Alberta. If you have the ability to innovate, are customer driven, success oriented, and want to live in one of the most beautiful places in Alberta, then we want to hear from you. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package as well as the opportunity for career advancement. Please submit your resume by December 31, 2012, to the attention of: Ron Lovestone, Regional Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, BC V2N 1T3 Telephone 778.349.6327 or email

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

A pet for a Christmas gift? There is much to consider. By BIRGIT STUTZ Contributor

Are you thinking of giving a pet to your child or a friend this Christmas? Before you decide to do so, there are a lot of things to think about. Pets certainly enrich our lives and bring us a lot of joy and companionship, but they are also a huge responsibility as well as a long-term commitment of time, money and energy that may exceed the abilities of the person receiving the pet. You will also need to make sure that the person you’re giving the pet to is a responsible person and is willing to care for a pet. As well, make absolutely sure that the person really wants a pet. Just because you think a person should have a companion animal doesn’t mean that person wants one. While the pet may be free to the receiver of the gift, the ongoing cost of food and

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veterinary care, as well as costs for bedding and toys and possible grooming expenses may be beyond some people’s means. That cute puppy may grow into a 100-pound dog, which means a lot of dog food. The recipient of the gift will also need time to exercise, play with, and train the animal. Dogs need plenty of room to exercise, so daily walks in all kinds of weather conditions are a must. Remember, a cat or a dog is a 10 to 15-year commitment. As well, that cute little puppy or playful kitten quickly grows into a full-sized adult animal that will need to be spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted breeding. Puppies also need to be house-trained and learn basic obedience. And is the recipient of the pet ready for a puppy that may chew on everything or a kitten that swings off the curtains and pulls down plants? For some, an adult dog or cat may be a better option. What is the new pet owner going to do stock photo with the animal if he or she decides to go away for a couple of days? Unless a family member stays home with the animal, the pet owner will need to find a pet sitter or board the pet at a kennel, both of which are additional costs. Some animals don’t do well in a boarding situation because it upsets them to be away from their usual surroundings, so that is not always an option. Many parents think getting a pet for a child will teach them responsibility, however, this is only going to work if you, as the adult, take leadership. Ultimately, taking care of the pet is your responsibility. A pet can’t suffer because the child loses interest or is not mature enough to care for the pet on his or her own. Pets depend on you for their daily food and exercise. If you’ve thought all this through and do decide to give a pet to somebody, why not instead give a gift certificate for an adoption of a pet from an animal shelter? That way the pet doesn’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the new owner can pick one out at his or her own leisure. You may want to pair the certificate with a gift basket filled with some much needed items for the new family member, such as a pet bed, toys, collar and leash, food or treats. You can also include books on training and breeds or a certificate for the first visit to the vet. With thousands of dogs and cats euthanized in shelters each year, adopting from an animal shelter saves a life and is a great alternative to buying a cat or a dog from a pet store or breeder. If you do decide to get a puppy, it’s a good idea to buy one from a private breeder for optimum chances at good health. Check the facility where the puppy was raised to see that it is clean, meet the puppy’s parents and see how they are cared for. Make sure they puppy has had all of its routine vet care for their age up to that point, such as deworming and vaccinations. Puppies should be eight weeks old before being separated from their mother. If possible, the future pet owner should pick a pet out for him or herself to make sure it is a good fit. It’s also a good idea to bring the entire family to meet the prospective pet to see how everybody gets along with the animal. You will also need to think of your other animals at home and how they will be affected by the arrival of a new cat or dog. Buying or adopting an animal on impulse can easily backfire. Looking at several animals before making a decision is a good idea and will most likely lead to a more successful humanpet relationship. It’s also a good idea to research what traits you want in a companion animal and what breed suits you and/or the recipient’s lifestyle before choosing a pet. No matter how cute that puppy or kitten is, or how sweet that adult dog or cat, make sure you consider all the pros and cons first before bringing a pet into your (or somebody else’s) life during the holidays – or at any other time of year. The pet should not have to suffer loneliness and neglect after the novelty has worn off or be sent to a shelter because it was a poor match.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 •

Village of Valemount Request for Proposals Janitorial Services

FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT FT shiftwork. No exp. req. Duties: serve customers, portion & prepare & wrap; vegetables, meats, sandwiches. Bake bread. Stock refrigerators & supplies. Record food used. Cleaning: stations, tables, floors, washrooms, dishes. $9.75 to $11.50/hour, 36+ hrs/wk. 6 positions.

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Ideal candidates for this role have experience working in catering or banquets and have managed a small- to medium-sized dining establishment. You enjoy working in a fast paced and ever-changing environment while providing exceptional customer service at all times. Experience in a hotel environment is a definite asset. If you are looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level, visit our website for more details at

Person’s who are interested and capable of providing janitorial services to the Village of Valemount are encouraged to submit a letter of proposal with the following information:

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The Village of Valemount is seeking proposals for janitorial services to clean the Village Office & Visitor Information Centre on a regular basis and the Valemount Community Hall and Classroom/ Meeting room at 99 Gorse Street as required.

FOOD SERVICE SUPERVISOR FT shiftwork. 2 to 3 years exp. or related College Diploma. Duties: Review & adjust daily sales projections. Prescreen applications. Open & close the restaurant. Supervise, train, delegate shift tasks. Ensure quality standards. Assist in ordering. Record stock used. Responsible for shift cash, till & order accuracy. Serve customers, handle concerns, prepare food, cleaning. $10.00 to $13.00/hour, 38+ hrs/wk. 4 positions.

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Offering pension plan, medical benefits, and bonus. Apply to Mountain Park Lodges Box 1200 Jasper, Ab T0E 1E0 Fax: 780-852-5813

Names, qualifications and experience of personnel available to be assigned Identification of the type of equipment available Hourly rates Ability to meet security deposit or performance bonding requirements A general statement describing the types of work previously performed References

Mountain Park Lodges, Human Resources 96 Geikie St., Jasper AB, Phone: 780-852-2505 Fax: 780-852-5813, Email:

All persons must also ensure appropriate levels of insurance coverage and required licenses. Information packages are available at the Village Office, 735 Cranberry Lake Road, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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Proposals should be submitted prior to January 2, 2013 to the Village of Valemount, P.O. Box 168, Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0.

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To start in January. Some bookkeeping experience necessary. Apply in person with resume.

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RIVER STONE YOGA STUDIO Mention this ad at our studio and receive a one time discount of $3 off your yoga class until Dec 25th. Located at 606 Patricia Street (below the deli).

AVAILABLE JANUARY 1ST, 2013 One bedroom fully furnished suite. No pets, no smoking. $750 per month, all utilities included, except phone. Call 780-852-3326 or 780-852-8294.

FULLY FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM suite. Maximum 2 people. Includes utilities, cable, W/D, D/W and wifi. N/S, N/P $1300/month. Available Dec 1st (780) 852-3765.

CAVELL APT SUITES for rent. Bachelor suites $680/ month, 1 bedroom apartments $795/month, 2 bedroom apartments $925/month. Available immediately. Call 780-852-4482.

Available to house sit or pet sit, from now until the end of January. Call Tara at 780-852-8898.

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2002 Saturn SL, grey, 4 door sedan, 433,000 kms, manual transmission, great fuel economy. Has been a good commuter car. $1,500 OBO. Call Loretta 250-968-4453. GTS NOV 29 1993 Dodge Spirit car Loaded, 78,000 original kilometres. Garage stored. Excellent condition. Excellent Fuel economy. $3,499 OBO. Contact Oli at 250-569-2583. GTS SEPT 5

Feller Buncher 227 Cat, new motor, good undercarriage, most of this machine is rebuilt. Price $15,000 OBO. Call 250-5662471. GTS JULY 25

$550 plus hydro. Scott 250-566-1569 DEC 20 Furnished 1 and 2 bedroom homes and bachelor suite. Available immediately, in Valemount. 250-566-9884. Emails ideal4@ JAN 3

Move-in ready 4 bedroom, 3 bath home Recently renovated. Hardwood, tile and laminate throughout. Extra lot, fences and landscaped yard make this the perfect home. This is a must see if you are looking to relocate. 1311 - 9th Ave. Valemount, B.C. Call or text Michelle today at 250-566-1947 or call Francis at 250-566-4411. GTS DEC 13

2004 Ford Freestar minivan Sports model. Tan colour. Loaded. Good condition. Clean. Winter rims and tires included. $6,500 OBO Phone 250-569-7295 daytime or 250-968 4322 evenings. GTS JAN 25

camper with truck 1995 Wilderness 5th wheel camper 21.5 feet. Sleeps 6 people with queen size upper bed. Fridge, 4 burner stove/oven, propane heated, AM/FM stereo, shower tub, with 12 ft. awning $700.00 In great condition. 1996 Ford F-250 extended cab short box, 196,000km, truck canopy included. Asking price is $10,000 for BOTH OBO. If interested call Jocelyn 250-5664491 (home) or 250-566-1700 (cell) GTS SEPT 5

misc. for sale Ho Ho Ho! Fight “Christmas Treat Guilt” by filling your stockings with Roger’s healthy, naturally grown garlic. Phone 250-566-9794. Dec 27 Case Model 530 Tractor front end loader in good condition $3,500. Parts tractors Case 530 backhoe attachment $1,000. 14 foot tandem field disk $800. Contact 250-2190277 GTS NOV 29 Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314-9522. JAN 3

rentals 2 Bedroom house on acreage for rent in Tete Jaune. $700 per month. Contact 250-566-9811 DEC 20 CN APARTMENTS in Valemount- 1 & 2 BR $520 & $590 plus hydro. No pets. JUNIPER MANOR -Furnished Bachelor $450 plus hydro. 2 BR

commercial space Office space for rent or lease in the Village of Valemount. Bring your business idea to this movein-ready space. Total of 365 sq. ft. consists of office with sink and separate waiting room. Located in a professional building. Call 778-389-5100 or email to view. DEC 13

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Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2-Bedroom with addition, wood stove and oil heat. Rental purchase optional. Asking $16,000 OBO or $500 monthly rent. Call Doug 250-566-4240 GTS NOV 15 Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2 bedrooms, new roof, bathroom, windows, and carpet. Pellet Stove and propane furnace. $20,000 OBO Call Nathan 250-566-5040. GTS JUNE 20


Mechanic/Service Person Position available for individual to look after a fleet of trucks, trailers and heavy equipment in McBride including servicing, maintenance, welding and fabrication. Individual must be knowledgeable, able to work independently and have a positive attitude. Rate of pay based on capability and skills. Submit resume by fax to 250-569-0139 or PO Box 525, McBride, BC V0J2E0. Jan 3 TAXI DRIVER WANTED, Class 1-2-4 with medical certificate, 10 years plus driving experience, area McBride or Valemount. Call 250-566-8294 (TAXI)


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Comfortable family home on fenced corner lot. 3 Bdrms + office, 2 full baths. Open concept living space with wood finishes. Oil furnace + wood stove. Pet ok. $900.


Updated trailer on fenced lot w/large shed. 900 sq. feet - 2 bdrm + small office, 1 bath w/ jetted tub. Oil furnace/electric fireplace. Pet ok, no smoking. $715.


Mtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. 1 Bedroom - $475, 2 Bedroom-$575, Bachelor -$375


7th Avenue 4-Plex. Very spacious & bright suites - 1000 sq. feet! No pets, non-smoking building. Furnished 2 bdrm w/laundry - $650.

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• Kitchen • Bath • Doors • Windows • Cabinets • Floors • Tiles • Painting • Vinyl Decking and more Call Andreas 250-569-0004 c: 250-981-0457 /

TREKS & TRAVEL Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails.


Call Patricia to make your travel plans a reality. 780-852-5473 (office) or email at

HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC Dr. Gary Watson, Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Goettling


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Rex’s Recycling Tuesday - Wednesday 1 - 4pm Thursday - Friday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Closed - Sunday & Monday

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plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount

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DRYWALL SERVICES • Boarding • Taping • Textured Ceilings

Call Todd At Wahoo Enterprises 250-569-0320 “Serving The Robson Valley For Over 15 Years”

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Village of McBride to terminate agreement with community foundation committee By DANIEL BETTS Editor

On Dec. 18, the Village of McBride revealed that they have notified the McBride Community Foundation Committee (MCFC) that the “agreement to disburse funds” with the Village of McBride would be terminated as of Feb. 28, 2013. Following this date, the village will be making separate arrangements to disburse funds received from the Prince George Community Foundation, who they have an endowment fund agreement with. According to the Village of McBride, since establishing the McBride Community Foundation Endowment Fund and creating the MCFC, there has been some challenges regarding the village’s involvement with the committee.

After seeking legal advice in regard to the fund agreement and reviewing the information provided, the village has decided to terminate the agreement to disburse funds. A Village of McBride information releases states, “we will be re-examining our options and moving forward accordingly. We would like to assure the community that the fund is a legacy for the area and that after Feb. 28, 2013, there will be a mechanism in place to distribute the funds.” The village asks that any enquiries regarding the foundation should be addressed to the foundation, c/o the Village of McBride. The Village of McBride council offered their thanks to all the individuals who participated on the committee and appreciates all the work that has been done over the past few years to award grants.

Hospital Auxiliary donates blood draw chair By ASTRID FRAZIER Contributor

The McBride and District Hospital Lab would like to thank the Hospital Auxiliary for their donation of their new Out Patient Blood Draw Chair. The new chair replaces their 40 year-old model and offers more comfort, safety and ease for their patients to get in and out of because of its updated design. Thanks again from the patients and staff at McBride Hospital!



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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

McBride Centennial School Christmas Concert


Happy Holidays from Rob!

The McBride Centennial Elementary School held its Christmas concert on Dec. 11 and 12 to receptive audiences over the two days of performances. Children from kindergarten to Grade 2 performed “Chilly Milly,” the tale of a freezing snow girl. The “Colours of Christmas” was performed by Grades 2 to Grade 7 classes.

I look forward to serving you in 2013

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All The Best For 2013.

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Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season, and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness. North Country Lodge and Restaurant Lodge: 250-569-0001 Restaurant: 250-569-0007 868 Frontage Road, McBride

With warm wishes to our many good friends this holiday season. Thank you for stopping by this past year, we hope to see you again soon.

Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year From Mayor, Council and Staff. Mayor, Council & Staff Village of McBride 250-569-2229

Wishing all the Valemount and Area Residents a Safe & Happy Holiday Season. Valemount & District Volunteer Fire Department


Thank You For Your Business in 2012 Season’s Greetings To You And Your Family.

Holiday Hours Closed December 25th & Jan 1st Open 9am - 3pm Dec 27th & Jan 3rd as usual Valemount Veterinary Clinic Phone: 250-566-4194 to make an appointment.


Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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Merry Christmas To One And All!

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Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year! Valemount Home Hardware 250-566-4256

Season’s Greetings From the Mayor, Council & staff 250-566-4435

All The Best For 2013 Alaina Chapman

Wishing you a joyous holiday season,and a New Year filled with peace and happiness. Vanderhoof & District CO-OP 1.866.309.2667

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Peace and Goodwill To All

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Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 2012

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Volume 27 Issue 51  

December 20, 2012 edition of The Valley Sentinel