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Celebrate valley-style June 30th

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


Dear Editor,
The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley has hosted the Columbia Valley’s annual Canada Day Fireworks for over 20 years and folks line Lake Windermere to catch a glimpse of the spectacular show.
With money tight in our community, business donations are down, and we ask you, the viewing public, to help us put on a great show! If everyone who watched the fireworks donated a toonie, the costs would be covered for years.
Please dig deep and donate via our coin boxes located in businesses throughout Invermere; mail a donation …

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Standing up for all women

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


Dear Editor,
As a proud supporter of gender equality, a.k.a. feminism, a.k.a. NOT-BEING-SEXIST, I was very pleased to see your editorial in the June 10th issue.
However, Canada making a show about marking this year as the 100th year women have had the right to vote shows exactly how privileged people continue to write the history books, laws and stories of our country.
First Nation women in this country were not able to vote, unconditionally, until 1960, only 56 years ago. As a woman, I refuse to celebrate 100 years of voting …

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Soft spot for Invermere and valley

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Greetings to everyone in the beautiful town of Invermere. I am a school band director from Camrose, Alberta. Over the past 20 plus years, I have brought anywhere from 50 to 100 Grade 8/9 band students to your lovely area. In that time, we have experienced firsthand the warmth and hospitality of the people who are fortunate to live there. In particular, I would like to point out the wonderful service and hospitality we have received from Best Western Invermere, Columbia Garden Village, Huckleberry’s Restaurant, The Invermere Bakery, Radium …

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Private schools are necessary

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Terry Curley had some comments regarding my letter in your May 20th edition, which I would like to respond to. The issue is government funding of private schools, which Mr. Curley is opposed to (Letter to the Editor, June 10th Pioneer).
Mr. Curley stated that “he knows as well as anybody else that the incremental cost of adding those 81,000 students back into the public school system will not cost the full amount of $6,400 per student since schools, buses, teachers, and administrators are already in place.” In actual fact, …

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Private schools: myths vs. facts

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Hats off to Terry Curley (Letter to the Editor, June 10th Pioneer) for taking the time to refute Duane Crandall’s stand on the funding of private schools (Letter to the Editor, May 20th Pioneer). Although we may not be able to abolish private schools, at least we can stop funding these elite establishments with taxpayers’ money. I, too, believe Mr. Crandall didn’t have all the facts. Last fall, the B.C. Retired Teachers’ Association (BCRTA) directed its Excellence in Education Committee to research this issue. The committee’s full report can …

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Predator reminder

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) would like to once again remind you that cougars, birds of prey and coyotes are predators and are looking for small animals they can easily hunt and catch such as cats, bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs, small dogs – basically any animal that is outside, unsupervised and is the right size to look tempting to a predator trying to find food.
During the springtime especially, predators start looking for prey to help feed their young. With the knowledge ICAN has gained in this area …

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Abolish private schools

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter of Mr. Duane Crandall which was published in the May 20th edition of The Pioneer. Mr. Crandall’s self-serving justification of private school funding confirms again the old saw that there are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics! Mr. Crandall asserts that the removal of 81,000 students from the public education system “saves” the province $260 million per year. However, he knows as well as anybody else that the incremental cost of …

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Protect your kids this summer

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and a Safety Ambassador for the PLAYSAFE Program, I have met kids who have lost limbs in accidents that could have been prevented. With the weather warming up, it’s a good time to teach kids about the dangers that can come with summer, such as lawn mowers, boat motors and playing around water areas.
I want to spread The War Amps PLAYSAFE message because these accidents can be avoided with attention to our surroundings. I would encourage parents …

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Canadian justice system is ignoring the problem

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Since 2004, public subsidies to private schools have gone up at three times the rate as funding for public education. Underfunding is killing public education. Yet, last year, taxpayer handouts to private schools was $357 million.
Premier Clark’s son goes to private school. Its annual fees, Grades 8 to 12, are $22,000.
Got a get-rich-at-public-expense scheme of your own? Just donate big to the B.C. Liberal Party, attend their $25,000-a-plate fundraisers. Ms. Clark will talk to you—in private. Maybe show you how she triple-deletes emails.
Destruction of public property; you could …

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Leave the locals alone

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Re: “Jumbo Valley is seeing more skiers” Letter to the Editor, May 20th Pioneer
Message to Rowena Eloise, please leave MY town alone. Write letters to YOUR paper. Like the “anti deer removal” leaders who don’t even live here and cost us ridiculous monies for stupid lawsuits, I’m so tired of hearing your views! One person, one vote! Live globally and act locally. Not your town!
Cheers,
John Nairn (45 years here)
Invermere

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Jarred by taxation jeers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


“Taxation is theft” read a Cheers & Jeers entry in the May 13th Pioneer.

I am staggered at such a display of ignorance.
 Might I suggest that the person responsible for that submission no longer have available the services of fire, police or ambulance. They should be prohibited from driving on any maintained road, their children excluded from school and any and all government services withheld.
Our taxes of all types, generally, come back to us in many beneficial ways, and to deny authorities of a legal tax revenue would be to …

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Jumbo valley is seeing more skiers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Ktunaxa First Nation has petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada for a Judicial Review requesting that no resort development will be in their sacred place, Qat’Muk, by keeping the Jumbo Valley area naturally wild. This is an appeal as the B.C. Supreme Court decided the Jumbo Glacier resort development would not impact the area negatively. The federal court has agreed to take the case.
The proponents of the resort development have petitioned the B.C. Courts for a Judicial Review claiming B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak’s October 4th decision …

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No to Jumbo seat at RDEK

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The following letter was sent to Premier Clark. We urge all concerned citizens to voice their opposition and outrage to the Premier:
We support the Regional District of East Kootenay’s motion to prevent the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality from having a full voting seat at the RDEK table. It would be undemocratic to allow a voting seat at the regional district table for an appointed mayor from a non-existent town with no people, no infrastructure and no apparent financial support for the development for over 20 years, other than …

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Proof of powerboats

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I enjoyed the article regarding the “Wetlands Conservation proposal incites backlash” (May 6th Pioneer). I live on the river in Fairmont so I’m on the side of the proposed speed limit on the river. In fact, I’d like to have no motorized vessels on our end of the river. Already, adults and children are floating down the river in plastic blowups, canoes, kayaks and the new stand-up paddleboards. This is no place for motorized vessels. On Friday, May 6th, several people were floating down the river. At 5 p.m., …

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Deal with the dandelions properly

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
In response to recent articles in The Pioneer (April 22nd and 29th) regarding lawn spraying at Riverstone Villas in Radium, I would like to clarify some of the conflicting information.
There was more than one herbicide used to spray the grounds. The combination was Mecoprop-P and 2,4-D and Dicamba. These are all herbicides, not pesticides. If any resident wants to know more about these herbicides, information is available online.
An article appearing in the April 29th Pioneer quotes Everett Frater as saying that “he’s spraying it close to …

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Au Revoir! Auf Wiedershen!

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
After 20 years of living in this village, in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country, I am off to the West Coast.
Remembering over the years: the volunteers with the Thrift Shop, the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the Windermere Players, Rotary (because of Claude).
Also, at the Community Greenhouse, Wildsight, the Go Go Grannies, Friends of Kootenay Park and Friends of Columbia Wetlands, Jumbo Wild and the creative women of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild, volunteers with the ESL Program.
Accolades to the front of house …

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In defence of dandelions

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I wanted to respond to a letter last week written by Doug Tyson regarding this issue of Mecoprop being used in our community.
There was some interesting information presented in his letter that left me feeling more alarmed than ever before. To know that this chemical treatment being applied to our weeds is tested on animals, causing death to half (the animals) and likely severe problems and prolonged suffering to the rest, makes me wish such products were never invented or certainly not used because some people don’t like a …

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Public tax dollars should not fund private schools

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
With the latest revelations about the corruptness of the Liberal regime and the Vancouver School Board’s refusal to present a balanced budget, it is high time to revisit the funding of private schools by public tax dollars. If parents wish their children to go to a private school, that’s fine. But by doing so, they give up their right to any funding from the public.
There is not enough money to properly fund the public school system. How can this Liberal government possibly justify funding private schools? Is it …

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Lakes not included in regulation

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
A brief history of the issue in response to Messrs. LaFontaine and Kupchanko and their hyperbolic comment in last week’s Pioneer… The Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners (CWSP) unanimously supported and submitted the regulation to Transport Canada in 2009. The proposed regulation is a 20 horsepower limit on powered boats in the main channel of the river from Fairmont to Donald. Previous regulations in force prohibit any towing (water skiing) on the river and any motorized boating in the wetlands between Fairmont and Donald.
Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake are …

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Long-awaited legislation

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: Boating regulation on the upper Columbia River.
After many years of public consultation, and through the support of a wide range of local stakeholder groups throughout the Columbia Valley, Transport Canada has published pending federal regulation, establishing a 20 horsepower limit for boats on the main channel of the upper Columbia River through the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area. This regulation is designed to protect the environment, wildlife and wildlife habitat in the world-renowned Columbia Wetlands.
This is the third, long-awaited and final part of a three-part regulation. The first …

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