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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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Proposed renaming of iconic mountain is daft

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Seriously? Since when can the District of Invermere council entertain a motion that would rename Mount Nelson?
Look I get it. Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, for whom Mount Nelson was named, never set foot in the East Kootenay, nor in Canada for that matter. I agree with the council that our most awe-inspiring peak should be named after someone local, with a history of service to our community. However, I fail to see why this pristine peak should be named after current mayor Gerry Taft. Yes, he was born …

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Wetlands won’t be impacted by mine

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
As Minister responsible for both mining and BC Hydro, I have been working very closely with Hi Test Sand, the company looking at developing a high grade silica deposit between Golden and Radium. My ministry is responsible for permitting the mine, along with the Ministry of Environment. Permits to construct and operate a mine are only granted after rigorous analysis by both ministries. Given the proximity of the Columbia Wetlands to the mine site, it is essential that the public is aware that there will be no impact on …

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Disagree with doctor’s point of view

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Doubtful about thermography” letter to the editor in the March 18th Pioneer.
Pretty scathing article from a doctor discrediting other medical alternative professionals such as naturopaths. They also have had years of medical university, etc. I personally have turned towards the natural path of taking care of health responsibly and try not to rely on doctors and pharmaceuticals. The biggest part of this, I found, is education on prevention of illness; also, when illness occurs, educating and reviewing options with my health care provider, currently the naturopath.
If I …

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Doubtful about thermography

Posted on March 18th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I have a few comments with regards to your paper’s recent article “Alternative approach to breast cancer screening” (March 4th Pioneer) as reported by Brianne Massey and quoting a thermography company spokesperson as well as local naturopath Mike Baker.
One could easily mistake this for an info-mercial of the “benefits” of thermography on breast health rather than a news article investigating a new offering on the horizon for the health of our local population. When I say “benefits,” I should say, as-yet scientifically unproven benefits for the use …

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There is no free lunch

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
There is no free lunch. We are seeing demands for extended health care benefits and free post-secondary education. Doctors, nurses and college professors all receive significant and probably fair salaries or fees. We are seeing demand and support for more environmental and Aboriginal issue investigations. These could be with regards to ski resorts, forestry, missing persons or pipelines. Environmental evaluators, lawyers, politicians and Aboriginal leaders all demand and are getting paid big dollars. There are two questions.
The first is how much of these things do we need or …

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Gas station owner identified

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


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Pynelogs to host launch event for new volunteer network

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by


Submitted by CVAVO
Are you a volunteer? Are you interested in lending your time and talents to a non-profit community initiative? Are you a non-profit looking to recognize your volunteers and empower them to continue doing great work for our community?
We think that’s fantastic. Volunteers make this valley strong and vibrant! That’s why a new Alliance is forming to connect non-profits, charities and volunteers more quickly and meaningfully. The inspiring dedication of valley volunteers is also what is leading the charge for the First Annual Columbia Valley Volunteer Appreciation Event.
April 10th …

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All notice the writing on the wall

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Climate changes have assaulted Earth many times over the eons. Heed Boy Scouts and Girl Guide mottos. Be prepared for today; there’s no excuse.
We’re far from being ignorant if there will be none in rocking chair dotage or parents awakened by their infants’ cries. Clean, renewable, sustainable energy is required to protect from extremes of heat or cold, to run machines, to just survive.
All sciences applied to make plants grow and assorted animals for food to thrive where water’s scarce and soil is burnt, where teenagers and young adults …

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Radium Seniors Club extends a warm invitation

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Radium Seniors Club will be hosting The Valley Cup on April 7th.
The Valley Cup is a yearly Carpet Bowling Tournament for Seniors Clubs in our valley.
Over the past few years, we have been missing several Clubs participating in this fun event, and would love to invite you all back to join us.
We do have several spare carpet bowlers who would be happy to help if your club is short of players.
The Radium Seniors Club carpet bowls each Thursday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Margaret Hodson
Radium Hot Springs

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An angry E-Plus BC Hydro customer

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On April 26th, 2015, you published a letter I wrote to you expressing my concerns about BC Hydro’s true intentions for the E-Plus “interruptible” power that many customers depend on to heat their homes (The Valley Echo followed up with a news story titled “Hydro hikes loom for senior E-Plus customers” in the July 22nd, 2015 issue).
Only now, a year later, customers have finally received BC Hydro’s proposals for E-Plus power and these could have serious consequences. Hydro intends to make it far easier to interrupt our heating power. …

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Keep a leash handy when letting your dog roam

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Not all dogs play well with others!
I am a fairly new resident to Edgewater and, like many, have a family dog that I love with all my heart and enjoy walking him in this beautiful country. I am not against dogs being off leash. I personally do not allow my dog off leash in the township for a variety of reasons; others seem to feel differently. If you’re going to allow your dog to run or walk off leash in the township, please carry a leash in case …

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