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Seasonal regulations announced

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


With the cold air starting to make its way into the homes of British Columbians and winter weather soon following it, the government would like to remind people of several important seasonal regulations.
First, as the evenings get cooler and more British Columbians begin using their fireplaces and woodstoves as a source of heat in their homes, they’re reminded that people who cut, collect or use firewood must ensure that it is harvested legally.
Before any members of the public collect any firewood, they must first obtain a “Free Use …

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‘Everyone is so happy here’

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by


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We catch up with BCAA’s first-ever $100,000 Play Here winners.
In July, after over 500 nominations and 300,000 public votes, BCAA declared that Lillooet REC Centre and Victoria’s Torquay Elementary would each receive a $100,000 play space transformation as winners in the first-ever BCAA Play Here initiative.
As ground breaks on both play projects, we talked to the two communities about their win.
Big plans brewing in little Lillooet.
The town of about 2,300 nestled at the feet of Mounts Brew and McLean along the Fraser River is about to make a big …

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ALL THE WAY UP--Looking up at the summit of Mt. Goldie. One of three available hikes for those fortunate to attend Parorama's Ridge Walk. 
Photo by Stephan Malette

Peak mountain experience

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


I’m from Ontario, born and raised. That should be out there in the open before talking about how incredibly breathtaking, inspiring and momentous the feeling is of climbing to the top of a mountain.
To many, the first question they ask, is well how big was the mountain? and I get it, size matters. Mount Swansea is no Everest. But when I reached the summit of Mt. Goldie on the cool morning of September 17th as part of Panorama Mountain Resort’s Ridge Walk, a distance nearly 9,000 ft (2,700 metres) …

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Chamber director says sensible balance must be struck on minimum wage

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


As announced earlier this year, the British Columbia government has taken the first step in increasing the minimum wage in efforts to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The first planned increase became effective on September 15th of this year, jumping up 40 cents, bringing the general minimum wage up to $10.85 per hour, with the liquor server minimum wage also increasing to $9.60. According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, this …

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School board releases draft of long term facility plan

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Local Rocky Mountain School District Six recently publicly released a draft version of its long term facility plan, and the public is now able to give input on it, starting with an information meeting next week.
A steering committee comprised of senior school district staff and a consultant have been at work on the plan since January, resulting in the draft that was approved by the local school board at the board’s Tuesday, September 13th meeting.
“Long term facility plans are a requirement of the Ministry of Education. A school …

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Breastfeeding challenge returns

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
On Saturday October 1st, the second annual world-wide Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is set to take place at the Invermere Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This free event is open to the whole family and is part of a challenge to see which geographic area (province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11a.m. local time.
“We are gearing up for another great breastfeeding week here in Canada and we have three breastfeeding challenges planned …

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Aqua Van comes to EMP

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s mobile education program, AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro, will be visiting Eileen Madson Primary School on Wednesday, October 6th. 
“The AquaVan will be delivering fully interactive and immersive educational programming with the goal of inspiring students to make positive changes in aquatic conservation,” said program manager Catriona Wilson. “Now more than ever, it’s vitally important that we help students make connections to our oceans. The oceans need our help. The AquaVan does that through our live animals and education programming,” …

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CYCLING FOR A CAUSE-- Jaimie Cote pictured on her 500 km ride in the Jumpstart Pedal For Kids that started in Red Deer Alberta. 
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Jaimie Cote bikes 500 km for Jumpstart

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


After some 500 kilometres of gruelling hills and unforgiving weather, Jaimie Cote and some 79 other riders accomplished the goal they had when they left Red Deer on September 8th. Not only had they biked 100 km per day for five long days, each had raised more than $5,000 in hopes of getting more families into sports throughout the country.
A Jumpstart initiative, Jumpstart Pedal For Kids, was started in 2011 as a way to help raise additional funds for Jumpstart each year. Canadian Tire originally launched Jumpstart in …

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Valley curlers gear up for another season

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


With the hockey season well underway at the Eddie in downtown Invermere, it’s getting to be that time of year for action to pick up across the street at the Invermere Curling Club.
The Curling Club will be hosting its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29th at 7 p.m. It’s open to the public to sign up for any of the leagues or activities going on at the club.
This year there will be a variety of leagues for interested curlers to register for that will keep the Curling Club …

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