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OFFICIALLY OPEN — Residents, Family Resource Centre members and politicians join scissors to cut the ribbon on the affordable housing project. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Affordable housing project opens

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Family Resource Centre, politicians from governments of all levels, and local residents gathered earlier this week to celebrate the official opening of the centre’s first affordable housing project.
Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks, East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett, Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, Regional District of East Kootenay Area F director Wendy Booth (representing the Columbia Basin Trust), Invermere Family Resource Centre vice president Sue-Rose Read and local resident Hannah Capilo cut the ribbon on the 18-unit apartment complex at 218 10th Avenue on Monday, August 11th in …

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Permanent foreign worker mess for MP

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Reports of severe abuses within the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program have resulted in thick new layers of red tape enacted by the Conservatives. The reception has been cold in the Kootenay-Columbia riding where Tory MP David Wilks carries the unenviable task of toeing the party line. Defending the recent changes to the program is a tough sell in many parts of the country, but the Conservative Party knows how to pick its battles.
Since the changes were announced in July, the costs of hiring a TFW, …

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EcoSociety amends petition against Jumbo

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Jumbo issue is set to start heating up again, with the West Kootenay EcoSociety having made amendments to its petition challenging the incorporation of Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, and then calling for people to set up a watchdog camp up in Jumbo Creek to monitor Glacier Resorts Ltd. activities this summer.
“It’s not so much changed as developed,” said West Kootenay EcoSociety executive director David Reid, speaking about the amendments to the petition. “It’s a complex case, with constitutional issues, so there’s a lot of research …

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Calgary resident killed in crash

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
A Calgary resident died in a motorcycle crash in Kootenay National Park during the B.C. Day long weekend.
The 56-year-old motorcyclist, David Mackenzie, was heading south on Highway 93 on a Kawasaki ZX 1000 about 12 kilometres north of Radium when he lost control of the motorcycle, going though a series of sharp curves down an eight per cent grade, at a few minutes past 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd. Mr. Mackenzie was wearing a helmet and full leathers, but died from injuries sustained during the crash. …

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ANGELIC ART ­— Patrick Yesh, embodies a higher spiritual consciousness in his paintings. Inspired by his life experiences and love of beauty, the impressive collection of Art Heart and Soul translates to the audience. Photo by Erin Knutson

Art Heart and Soul, a visionary inspired

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
Art Heart and Soul welcomed its patrons with open arms during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Sunday, August 10th. Patrick Yesh, greeted me with a wide smile and a twinkle in his kind blue eyes at the beautiful studio location on the Dell Road in Windermere. The distinguished spiritual painter lit up the room as he gave a tour of his inspired paintings.
Patrick discussed a level of spiritual consciousness in his art; the myriad of angelic faces and ethereal symbolism is …

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EDIBLE CREATIONS — Produce prepared by over 10 local chefs will be offered at the eat all you can Pig Out 2014 event at Edible Acres. Photo by Greg Amos
                                                                     Photo by Greg Amos

Pig Out participants encouraged to saunter and savour

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
Whether one takes the opportunity to enjoy local food on valley time or pursue a three-hour all-you-can-eat extravaganza, the Pig Out 2014 event at Edible Acres is a worthy late August outing in Windermere.
The event, which offers a taste of the Columbia Valley through local produce prepared by more than 10 local chefs, and two bands to provide the mood, happens just once every two years. Since the first Pig Out in 2010, the popular event has kept to a maximum of 200 tickets to …

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Strands makes home for No Island

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
No Island has spent five years defining its modern vintage rock sound, and while their first full-length album awaits the final stage of production, the Vancouver based band will be stopping into Strands Old House Restaurant to show it off on Sunday, August 17th.
“We’ve figured out how to make that big studio sound come alive on stage,” said keyboarder and vocalist Andy Rice. “We don’t have any prerecorded tracks or fancy pedals, we’re just five guys playing raw instruments.”
The band recorded their album Better Days late in …

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NEW PRESIDENT ­— Pascal Van Dijk brings some Dutch flair to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, as the new president and chief executive. Photo submitted

Going Dutch in Fairmont

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s new president and chief executive officer brings a Dutch twist to the role.
Pascal Van Dijk, who took over the top job in Fairmont this July after serving as the resort’s chief financial officer for the past two years, is originally from the Netherlands.
As part of his past career with Dutch industrial construction company Ballast Nedam, Mr. Van Dijk was chief financial officer at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden (which was then owned by Ballast Nedam) for three and a half years. When his …

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