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Just a comment about the location of the Rotary Club’s proposed splash and spray park — when I saw the proposed site last summer, I thought, “what a disaster.” You have the small play structure on one side of the parking lot (closer to the washrooms) and now you’re going to build the splash park across the parking lot in the back corner.
Having raised three boys already, I can guarantee you that the shortest route from the play park to the splash park is going to be through …
Editor’s note: the following letter is a satire written by Edgewater resident Norm Funnell, and has not actually been sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Just a quick note to commend you on your masterfully named Fair Elections Act, an act which you and I know is anything but fair. Brilliant! Your ability to convince the general population that you are protecting and improving democracy while in fact slowly destroying it warms my heart. We know there is virtually no voter fraud in this country. But with repetition, the …
There has been an awful lot of talk recently, about the safety of delivering babies in Invermere and District Hospital. Over the years, we have watched with dismay as rural community physicians all over B.C. opt out of doing obstetrics. The community eventually loses the maternity service altogether.
Interior Health believes for any program to remain viable, it needs to be sustainable, and needs to be able to deliver a high-quality service, and there needs to be enough competent staff available to safely support the program. When it comes …
Every year, millions of Canadians are targeted by fraud regardless of their age, education level, income, profession or ethnicity. March is Fraud Protection Month in Canada and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is joining the Competition Bureau and several other organizations in raising awareness about the issue of fraud. It’s an ideal time for Canadians to find out how to recognize, prevent and report fraud should they become a victim.
It’s easy to fall for a financial scam. Criminals use creative tactics to catch potential victims at different stages …
I thought it was illegal to shoot animals in town. But, as long as it’s sanctioned by the Province and mule deer are trapped in cages, shot by a hired paid killer — not hunter — with a bolt gun instead of a rifle with bullets and it’s called a cull and not slaughter, then it’s okay and the majority are happy. Hooray for democracy, they cry.
To substantiate this slaughter, we are told that urban deer are no longer wild creatures, having become inured to town life, but it’s …
The Conservative government is continuing its war on information by closing down seven DFO libraries across the country. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea has said that the items in the closed libraries would be digitized and/or offered to other libraries, third parties, DFO staff and the general public before being recycled.
The problem is her claims don’t wash. Library employees have contradicted her statement, and a recent written response I’ve received from the Minister has proven that her department has no ability to determine what has been digitized, and …
Regarding the February 7th Pioneer story titled “Webcams taking root in valley,” the two new webcams installed at the summit of Mt. Swansea last year are but a part of a $104,000 investment in Mt. Swansea and the Columbia Valley that was made by several granting organizations last year. The work was carried out by volunteers from the local cycling, flying, hiking, and trail running community under the initiative and leadership of the Columbia Valley Cycling Society.
Done over the past year, the project on public land at Mt. Swansea …
With Canada facing an important step in our medicare history next month, the federal government is ignoring the calls of the provinces, territories and citizens’ groups to work on a deal.
In March, the current health care accord – the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and provincial and territorial governments – expires and must be renegotiated. Medicare used to be funded through a 50 – 50 cost sharing plan between the federal government and the provinces and territories. Today, the provinces cover …
I am appalled at the lack of respect shown by Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino to Canadian vets. This behaviour is from a minister in a government which purports to be a great friend of the military. What nonsense!
Stephen Harper clearly only cares about soldiers when they are putting their lives on the line. He doesn’t give a damn about them when they come home injured, physically or mentally. His government’s cutting of a soldier’s pension in favour of a one-time payment speaks volumes about his true …
This spring J.A. Laird Elementary will have 65 students participating in a Spring Concert series through the Silver Strings program. The tour takes place in Kelowna, and the students will perform eight concerts in three days. They will be performing at various schools and churches in the Kelowna area. The students are busy fundraising for this upcoming trip in order to lessen the costs per family.
There are two ways that you can help. One is through our Kicking Horse Coffee fundraiser, in which students are selling coffee at …
The Edgewater Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will be holding a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner on February 15th, with all profits going towards a trip to France and Belgium being planned by 20 Grade 12 students at David Thompson Secondary School. With an intensive study of World War I through two classes in history and literature, these students are part of a program called the Century Project, which is designed to honour the events of WWI. What a wonderful thing for these young people to commit themselves to.
We would like to thank the town council for the recent discussion regarding declining health services in Invermere, particularly the discussion around maternity services.
Indeed, our delivery numbers in Invermere are low. We are approaching 20 deliveries as this fiscal year is coming to a close. This makes it a challenge for the maternity health care team, who thoroughly enjoy doing obstetrics.
However, there is well-documented evidence that continuing to offer low-risk maternity services in areas without surgical back-up is safer than transferring out all of these patients, …
Jumbo Wild voices express only ovations for the intrepid Citizens for Democracy campers, who were well within the letter of the law as they successfully hindered all attempts by the proposed Jumbo Resort personnel to make any progress toward their intended goal of conducting public activities on the Farnham Glacier, one of the four glaciers assigned to the Jumbo Resort development proposal.
Wolverines are extremely sensitive to human encroachment in their habitat and are becoming the benchmark species for large connected ecosystem preservation. (Males need 1,500 square kilometres each.) If …
Two exciting events are coming up soon in the valley. The annual ice fishing derby is on January 25th, and tickets are $35 per person. The all-ages derby is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is for pikeminnows and suckers (no game fish). Register at the Station Pub at 8 a.m before the event. There are prizes for the three longest fish, dependant on number of participants, but likely first place $500, second $300 and third $200. There will also be door prizes donated by local businesses.
Last year’s …
Editor’s note: this is a poem submitted by Invermere resident Barb Thorson.
“She had the most beautiful eyes,” she said,
after a meeting of surprise
she had with a cat atop a pile of logs.
“Her tail brushed me face as she flipped away,”
said my friend…
“the most beautiful eyes.”
Tell that to sad ones
who lost their precious pets, thought I.
But what about human predators?
And what’s behind the cougar’s eyes?
Honest craftiness, leaping losses,
Beginners luck of the young?
The huntress feeding her babes
with deadly intent.
Then perhaps lying dead
one winter day
In some hapless canyon, all starved away.
A scream …
After all the controversy about the urban deer, I would assume that all of your reporters would know that the problem species are mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). They have a black-tipped white tail and additional white showing on their rump. In other words, they have much more white showing on their posterior than whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus), unless the latter has raised its white “flag.” There is an excellent example of the posterior of a muley on the front of your Friday, January 10th issue. Despite the …
I would like to update everyone on our progress with the “micro-abattoir” project that the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute has undertaken. We now have a web site available, www.wdfi.ca , created by one of our members. It will be updated as new developments arise.
We were able to place informational brochures in several local businesses for people to take. They can be found at Konig Meat and Sausage Company, Grant’s Foods, Circle Health Food and Town and Country Feeds.
Bob Fenimore, one of our previous veterinarians, now retired, has …
May I, through you, advertise the fact that the Windermere Community Hall upgrades are done, but not finished.
The grants that the Windermere Community Association accessed have enabled us to redecorate the main hall and stage area, fix some problems with the kitchen and bathrooms, and create a separately accessed and very attractive meeting room downstairs, complete with kitchenette, office space, and handicapped bathroom. A considerable number of non-visible infrastructure upgrades were also completed.
Thanks go to the federal Western Economic Diversification program, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Kootenay Savings Credit …
I read with interest your write- up entitled “Windermere residents ponder water at meeting” in the January 3rd edition of The Pioneer.
There are several pertinent issues stemming from this meeting that should be brought to the attention of Windermere residents. The first issue is the Parr
Utilities purchase option: it was presented without even an established purchase price! Why on earth were those who attended the meeting asked to choose a preferred option without knowing the price? Who signs a blank cheque?
Secondly, the option to use the old firehall as …
Thanks to The Pioneer for taking a step forward to bring awareness to the hazards on Lake Windermere.
My husband and I have been the first responders to two injury accidents on the lake involving quads. We have also seen many vehicles crash into the lake in the last few years. It was almost a daily occurrence this year around Christmas time. All of these accidents have happened at the same place on the lake — where Windermere Creek feeds into Lake Windermere by Shadybrook Campground.
It is only a matter …