Photo: An example of what coloured ice can look like – FSJ Arts CouncilBy Jon Zacks- Advertisement – Arts advocates in Fort St. John are planning on adding a little colour to the 2011 High on Ice festival.Representatives from the Fort St. John Arts Council appeared before City Council on Tuesday night, to share their plans for the next High on Ice event, and to talk about some of the challenges faced in the 2010 event.Tara O’Donnell and Lisa Bush said High on Ice 2010 brought the biggest-yet turnout to the Energetic City, and more coverage than ever before. They say it contributed to community pride, active lifestyles, and employment in the region, as well as providing a major boost to winter tourism.Some changes the Arts Council would like to see for next time include:Advertisement · Facing the ice slides (or at least the one for small children) towards the hospitality tent, so that parents can keep an eye on their kids while huddling up to heaters and hot chocolate. · Getting funding allocated from the City earlier, so that the money will be available for cash prizes and other costs. · Providing a power supply at the front of Centennial park, to enhance the safety of carvers using power tools. · Improving lighting at Centennial Park and opening the concession at night, to give the public more opportunity to visit the festival in the evenings.O’Donnell also described how organizers plan on injecting ‘coloured ice’ into the festival in 2011. She says ‘coloured ice’ is quite a simple, but aesthetically pleasing effect. Moreover, for around $3,000, O’Donnell says organizers could provide a ‘coloured ice’ workshop to local students.The arts council is responsible for the ice and snow events at the festival, which includes bringing in the professional carvers, and organizing the various competitions. The overall budget for the Ice and Snow Event at High on Ice 2011 is projected at $116,100.
1 Per Mertesacker will retire at the end of the 2017-18 season Arsenal have announced Per Mertesacker is to retire at the end of the season and take charge of the club’s academy.The World Cup-winning German defender missed the majority of last season with a serious knee injury, making only two appearances. Having returned to full fitness, he will remain part of Arsene Wenger’s squad for 2017-18 and see out the final year of his playing contract before starting his new role.“This is the start of an exciting new chapter for me and I am delighted that I will be able to stay part of the Arsenal family,” he said.“This season I will remain fully focused on my job with the team and am looking forward to a successful last season on the pitch.“After that, I look forward to the exciting challenge of helping produce young players good enough to play for the Arsenal first team.”Mertesacker has made 210 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2011 and has helped the club claim three FA Cups during his time in north London.“Per is an exceptional character who is a great example for young players,” said Gunners boss Wenger.“He is a deep thinker about the game and committed to helping players fulfil their potential. He will be an inspirational figure for everyone connected with the academy.”