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Unsightly vehicle meant fun times

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
After reading the article informing Invermere residents of a new bylaw, which would have B.C. residents’ cars and trucks towed off the town streets if they were deemed unsightly, I looked in my old photo album to see how unsightly my first car was that I owned in 1948.
My three school pals and I cut the roof off of my 1926 Dodge car so we would have an open top car (not a convertible). We were 18-year-old high school boys and spent the summer weekends cruising the summer resorts …

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History bound to be repeated

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Dear Editor
I would like to comment on the raucous exchange that took place in the B.C. Legislature on March 31st. This exchange was between MLA’s Norm MacDonald and Michelle Mungall on one side of the Jumbo Municipality issue and cabinet minister Coralee Oaks on the other side.
In defense of her support for the Jumbo Municipality, Minister Oakes mentioned the Resort Municipality of Whistler and how successful it has been. She neglected however to mention the fact that in early 1983 Whistler was on the verge of bankruptcy and was $27 …

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Accessability improvements needed

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
We are a class of 10 students in the College of the Rockies Health Care Assistant class of 2014, and were given an assignment on April 3rd to evaluate the wheelchair accessibility of downtown Invermere. We as caregivers wanted to experience what our future clients and patients may have to face in accessing amenities in our community that we as able bodied persons take for granted.
Our findings were as follows: we were very disappointed in the lack of proper functionality of our community, streets, businesses, sidewalks and crosswalks. We …

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Fun visit to the post office yields a big surprise

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
A recent visit to the Invermere Post Office, where I regularly bring my puppy Buddy, found me shrieking and Buddy dancing, and all the post office-goers laughing and chortling. I opened my box to get my mail and POP… out came a hand! Eeeeek!
This brings a new meaning to delivery service! Buddy certainly got more adoration that day than any other.
Our usual routine is to head directly into the post office receiving area, where we all see Buddy breaking away from the crowd and racing behind the counter to …

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Pioneer reader confesses to almost falling for April Fool’s Day prank story

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by


Dear Editor and Pioneer Staff:
Regarding last week’s article “Unsightly Vehicles Get the Bump”: OK, you got me, it’s an April fool’s joke right?
After ranting and raving and swearing to vote for the other guy/lady in the next election, I ended by saying: “It has got to be an April Fool’s Joke?”
With the voice of Homer Simpson, I said: “Way-da-minud” and looked at the article again.
There it was — Implementation April 1st.
I wonder how many letters you’ll get in reaction. Tell them they were not the only ones …

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A recollection of Hope Brewer

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: Ray Crook is a long-time Invermere resident and an invaluable resource for local history. See page 24 for more comments on historical photos from Pioneer readers.

Dear Editor:
Samuel Hope Brewer was born at Perry Creek, B.C. on May 30th,1886, the first white child in the East Kootenay. At that time his father, a placer miner from Wisconsin, was working a gold claim on Perry Creek. The Brewer family moved to Joseph’s Prairie, now called Cranbrook, where Sam Brewer was in charge of Col. Baker’s ranch. From there, they moved …

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Bill 4 undermines the definition of ‘park’

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
On Tuesday, March 25th at 1 p.m. Bill 4 (the Park Amendment Act) became law, despite widespread opposition from the B.C. public and a consortium of leading environmental organizations and notable park advocates. Changes to the Act allow poorly-defined industrial “research” to be conducted within provincial parks, facilitating removal of park land to allow for industrial activity, including pipelines, logging roads and resource extraction (see the March 7th, 2014 story in The Pioneer for more details.)
“The Minister has received thousands of letters opposing this bill since it was introduced …

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More to tractor than meets the eye

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am on vacation in Invermere from Northern Ireland and noticed the photograph of the Ferguson tractor in the March 21st issue of The Pioneer. This tractor was designed and built by Northern Ireland business man Harry Ferguson, who also built and piloted his own airplane in the first manned flight in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Ferguson designed the Ferguson three-point linkage, which was so successful on agricultural tractors for many years; and he also designed the first four-wheel drive system fitted to a car.
In Ireland these tractors are known …

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Cancelling health care accord a bad move

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: This letter to Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks was copied to The Pioneer.
Mr. Wilks,
The current Health Accord expires on March 31st, 2014, and the federal government is refusing to renegotiate it. Expiration of the accord will result in a $36 billion cut to public health care, and an additional $16.5 billion dollar cut to health care equalization payments.
One of the achievements of Canadians that was shared over many years is our health care system. I think your government’s actions to lessen and disable, if not destroy it, is …

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Antiques man is missed

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
We will miss Joe Klein very much. We watched them build their log home just above ours in Juniper Heights; we had many great times together. He was a joy to be around. We now live in Deming, New Mexico, but miss our dear friends in Invermere very much.
Walt and Carol Hoefer
Deming, New Mexico

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Deer advocates should pay for damaged traps

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
As a former Conservation Officer that had to deal with the aftermath of interactions between deer and humans, I applaud the efforts of councils to cull the deer population: it’s long overdue and needs to continue. It’s a necessary part of wildlife population management. The attacks on people and pets are well documented in communities throughout B.C. and a cull is the only option that is viable. Deer do not belong on urban streets and in backyards. They have ample room to habituate outside of the communities.
All the rhetoric …

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Pynelogs celebrating a century

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Please come and help us celebrate — the Grand Old Lady, built by Lord Randolph Bruce in 1914, has served many roles over the years, and is about to turn 100! It was Lord Bruce’s home until 1926, and was later a hospital, seniors’ residence and home for the mentally challenged. Since 1990, CV Arts has operated Pynelogs as a Public Art Gallery, and undertook a major renovation in 2005. Just this month, we gave this wonderful heritage building a fresh coat of paint in anticipation of the 100th …

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Cariboo should shun Taseko

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to you regarding the Vancouver-based Taseko Mines’ proposed new prosperity gold and copper mine in the Cariboo region.
This mine has been approved by the B.C. government but has been continuously rejected by the federal government because it will be extremely damaging to the environment.
Within the last few days, even Prime Minister Stephen Harper has denounced this project saying that the project as
presently and previously conceived would not address the long-term destruction of the local water system.
Mr. Harper is certainly not known for being an environmentalist, …

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Station location clarified by Crook

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for your interesting issue of March 7th, 2014. May I make a small correction: the Highway Service Station was not across the highway from Lloyd Tegart’s Garage; it was located on Government Street just south of the General Store. It’s a small matter, but an excuse to thank you for continuing to print the old pictures.
Ray Crook
Invermere

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Splash park in a poor location?

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
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 …

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An Orwellian ode to poor governance

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by


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.

Dear Stephen,
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 …

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OBSTETRIC OPTIONS — Nurses, physicians and a midwife recently completed a MOREob workshop in Invermere. Submitted photo

Invermere a safe place to give birth

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
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 …

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Protect yourself from financial fraud

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
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 …

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Time to create a deer sanctuary, folks

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
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 …

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Federal libraries closing

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
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 …

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