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Food bank sets record straight

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Submitted by Columbia Valley Food Bank Board of Directors
A number of questions and comments have been posted on the Facebook page of Cheers and Jeers Invermere concerning the Columbia Valley Food Bank and food banks in general. We believe it is appropriate to comment on a number of these.
The Columbia Valley Food Bank provides hampers to those accessing our services. Each hamper includes: frozen lean ground beef, wild meat (if available and requested) and chicken; peanut butter and jam; cereal, pastas and bread; potatoes, carrots and onions; a number of …

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QUEENLY QUILT — This unique quilt is one of the many items up for auction at the Best Friends’ Bash on May 31st at the Black Forest Restaurant. 
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Celebrate best friends with an evening out

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Sheila Tutty
Canadian Cancer Society
Sunday, May 31 is the date to mark on your calendar for Best Friends’ Bash.
This event is the evolution of our annual Kickoff Party and Dinner & Dance fundraisers for the Canadian Cancer Society.
We had such a great time at the Breast Friends’ Bash events held in 2013 to raise funds for the digital mammogram unit in Cranbrook, that I decided to borrow the name with a bit of a change up to it.
The Black Forest Restaurant has graciously stepped forward as our host, and they …

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TOUR DE FORCE — A Columbia Valley familiarization tour for 12 Calgary event planners concluded on April 28th at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Photo by Breanne Massey

Valley tour showcases attractions

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A dozen Calgarians were flown to the Columbia Valley to learn about the perks of valley culture.
The Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee organized a familiarization (FAM) tour for 12 Calgarians to see the sights between April 27th and 28th through a partnership with Integra Air.
“It’s the first time we’ve done a tour like this,” said Andrea Tubbs, chair of the Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee. “We’ve done the FAM tours for media, but this was the first time for meeting planners.”
The decision to reach out and extend …

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Const. Tim Harper (left) with an elder.

Notes from Nunavut

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Editor’s note: After six and a half years with Columbia Valley RCMP, Constable Tim Harper left last July with his wife Ali and their two dogs for a three-year posting in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The Pioneer recently caught up with Const. Harper (a.k.a. Kuntapu Timati HAAPA, his name in the traditional Inuinnaqtun language). Here is his account of life so far in the Great North.
By Tim Harper
Special to The Pioneer
Kugluktuk is a town of 1,450 and primarily Inuit. It is located at approximately the 68th parallel on the Coronation Gulf of …

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Goodbye to bad taste and inconvenience

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Submitted by Mountain Fresh Water
Mountain Fresh Water has been supplying clean, healthy drinking water to over 60 per cent of the corporate offices and thousands of homes in Calgary for 28 years.
Of those affected by the floods two years ago and laden with water boil advisories, those with the Mountain Fresh Water system did not have to boil water!
I brought the system to Invermere because I was using a jug filtration system that was just not doing a good job of cleaning the town’s water.
It was costing a small fortune …

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Paddling through the wetlands

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The sunshine breaks through the clouds and gently warms up my shoulders.
I watch eagerly as more than a dozen twitchers gather around Columbia River Kayak and Canoe owner Penny Powers and her partner, Max Fanderl, to hear what the Wings Over The Rockies festival has in store for them during a paddle through the wetlands guided by Royal Ontario Museum curator of invertebrate paleontology Jean-Bernard Caron early on Sunday, May 10th.
“I don’t know anything about birds or plants,” Dr. Caron said with a chuckle, “but I know …

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Free conservation course

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Environmental stewards are raising awareness about the importance of conservation efforts in the Columbia Valley with a workshop.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is offering a free workshop to educate people of all ages about the value of wetland conservation between Friday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 24th.
The hands-on field school allows participants to learn about mapping and hydrology in the wetlands. It also offers information about soil sampling. Lastly, there is a section that covers amphibian, plant and animal identification in an effort to protect Mother Nature.
Participants …

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Contest fuels thought on rural B.C.

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Attention writers, the BC Chamber of Commerce has opened up a new article contest, which the local Chamber is promoting, that offers participants the chance to win $10,000. For the Rurals & Urbans Contest, organizers elected to go with a theme that bridges the gap between rural and urban life in B.C., to understand how the two populations currently support each other and can better organize in the future.
The main question prospective participants are being asked to address is: “How can the diminishing rural population continue to …

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