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Schaefer sued for defamation by former white supremacist

A former white supremacist now dedicated to countering violent extremism recently filed a defamation lawsuit with the B.C. Supreme Court against Monika Schaefer, a local Holocaust denier. Kamloops resident Daniel Gallant also named Arthur Topham in the lawsuit. In 2015, Topham was convicted by a jury for willfully promoting hatred against people of the Jewish religion and lost a constitutional challenge to ...

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Feds invest $78 million more in infrastructure

Just days before Jasper National Park held its annual park forum the federal government announced an additional $78 million in funding for various projects in Jasper National Park. The funding is in addition to the $211 million previously announced in 2015 and includes more than $56 million for new projects and an additional $20 million for projects that were already announced. A total of $17.5 million has ...

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Jasper Folk Festival cancelled

The 2017 edition of the Jasper Folk Music Festival has been cancelled. Organizers for the event confirmed the news in a press release on March 21. “As a group we are heartbroken to be faced with this decision but have just run out of options,” wrote Cristin Murphy, executive director of the Jasper Heritage Folk and Blues Society (JHFBS). She said it was difficult to find a new location to host the three-day ...

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Locals learn how to counteract opioid overdoses

The dangerous and often fatal drug called fentanyl might not be in Jasper yet, but that hasn’t stopped residents from learning how to counteract an opioid overdose. Last week more than 40 residents attended a workshop to learn about fentanyl and how to administer naloxone, a safe and highly effective chemical compound that reverses the effects of opiates such as fentanyl or heroin. Following the workshop ea ...

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Snowshoers recovered from deadly avalanche

The bodies of two snowshoers reported missing and presumed dead were recovered by Parks Canada, March 17. Visitor safety specialists completed their recovery operation about 20 minutes north of Lake Louise off the Icefields Parkway before 10:30 a.m. The danger of further avalanches kept rescuers from accessing the area of Mount Andromache and Mount Hector for several days. According to police, on March 14 R ...

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Technology gives rise to new tools for wildlife disruption

As media outlets from around the world pounced on a story about poachers using technology to locate tagged animals earlier this month, another theme emerged: you don’t have to be armed to adversely affect an animal. In fact, in many cases it turns out to be people who would consider themselves outdoor enthusiasts or even conservationists who are doing the most damage. Dr. Steven Cooke, a biologist at Ottawa ...

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Local hotel wins environmental award

When it comes to going green the biggest challenge isn’t time or money, it’s attitude. Just ask Michal Wasuita, owner of Pine Bungalows, who has been renovating and upgrading his property with the environment top of mind. “If you want to do things as economically or cheaply as possible you can go ahead and do that, there’s no law that says you can’t, but if you want to do the right thing you have to change ...

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School investigating cyber-bullying incident

Jasper Elementary School (JES) is investigating a cyber-bullying incident after emotions boiled over off school property leading to criminal charges against a parent. According to the RCMP, a man was arrested and charged with assault and uttering a threat after he allegedly approached one of the students he thought was responsible for bullying his daughter on March 4. The victim was not injured. The accused ...

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Public weighs in on Icefields Trail project

Public consultations about the proposed Icefields Trail project largely overshadowed Jasper National Park’s annual public forum, March 14. Hosted by Parks Canada, it was the first public consultation about the proposed bike trail since details emerged last summer that Parks intended to build a paved trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. The biggest concerns brought up during the public meeting include ...

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Council deliberates proclamation to foster inclusive community

For the second week in a row council spent a considerable amount of time discussing the merits of a proclamation that could designate Jasper as an inclusive community. At issue were concerns about the language used in the proclamation and how it could be misconstrued and used against the town. Without mentioning Monika Schaefer by name, Mayor Richard Ireland told councillors that he supports the proclamatio ...

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