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Jumbo-climate change connection

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
June 5th is U.N. World Environment Day. The day was set aside in 1974 for celebrating our natural environment and creating an awareness of global environmental issues.Now 43 years later, unless your name is Donald Trump, it’s pretty hard to deny that we’re taking agiant step into a global climate crisis where the developed part of the world will get its just desserts and the undeveloped part of the world will get those same desserts.
It’s obvious from the information that I get that carbon dioxide, CO2, (often referred to …

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What is your Drone Zone?

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
This letter is to help inform the public regarding Transport Canada Federally Governed regulations when flying a drone/quadcopter in Canada. I invite whomever wants to fly a drone to please educate yourselves first. Visit Transportcanada.com and know the law. Understand where you can fly and can’t fly.
Did you know you are not to fly a drone closer than nine kilometres from the centre of an aerodrome, any airport, heliport, seaplane nase, or anywhere aircraft take off or land, unless you are SFOC Commercial Aviation Pilot …

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Bears, bears, bears

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Bears, bears, everywhere. It seems like I can’t pick up the paper anymore without reading about bears. Almost everyone likes to read about the bruins, but it also raises some questions. Emphasizing the “no stoppage” area in the park is a beneficial public service, but where did the pictures of the park grizzlies come from? Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to tell people not to stop, but if someone does break the rules and happens to get a good picture, send it to the paper? …

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Silver Strings student musicians deserve hearty congratulations

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
For those who are unaware, I wish to draw attention to the young musicians who comprise the Silver Strings Ukelele Band under the leadership of talented Leisa O’Sullivan, successor to the talented Bruce Childs.
These young people may be construed as ambassadors of giving and goodwill and Invermere is noted for the musical tours the group makes.
A total of 51 students accompanied by 16 adults as chaperones in 2 buses, have just returned from a very successful tour to Kelowna June 5th through June 8th, where they played six concerts …

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Canada Day fun

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The Legion is again sponsoring the Canada Day Parade for the 2017 year. One hundred and fifty years.
We would like to have the support of all the Columbia Valley to help us celebrate the unity of our country.
Our theme this year, of course, is Canada’s 150, so pick a year, a decade and enter.
We will form up at Pot Hole Park at 10:30 a.m. and start the parade at 11 a.m. through the main street of Invermere, to Kinsmen Beach. Dispersal will be at the east end …

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Joy of life

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
There is a Joy, a joy of Life
Remove it will the toil and strife
It is not complicated or grand
Return oh return to the Land
Mountain peaks and flowing streams
With sparkling lakes fulfill our dreams
Golf, boat or bike for you to choose
In this scenic splendour you cannot lose
With return to nature there is sway
To live our lives in a better way
Walter Benstead,
Panorama, B.C.

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Celebrate valley style on June 30th

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley has hosted the Valley’s Annual Canada Day Fireworks for over 20 years and folks always line Lake Windermere to catch a glimpse of the spectacular show.
As we know this year we all get to celebrate 150 years of Canada as a country and the Kinsmen Club is proud to have been around for 97 of those years.
We always appreciate business donations, and we would like to ask you, the viewing public to help us put on a great show!
If everyone …

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Remember our history, a century later

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for the informative article “Home Fires Burning: the Inequitable Side of Canada at War” (in the May 19th Pioneer).
To this day many Canadians are still unaware of what happened to Ukrainians and other Europeans needlessly imprisoned as “enemy aliens” and forced to do heavy labour during Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920.
For those of us who savour our national parks it is important to keep in mind how forced labour created much of the infrastructure that we still benefit from to this day, a …

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MLAs get a voice in government

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
By recalling the legislature Clark might possibly be making a “Hail Mary” play to hold onto power but I’m sure even she sees the writing on the wall. Constitutionally and democratically however, it is the proper and correct thing to do. By testing the confidence of the legislature, Clark is recognizing the supremacy of that institution and the significance of each and every MLA as a voting representative of the people.
Clark’s decision means she is not simply taking Horgan and Weaver’s word for it. There really is …

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Thanks to volunteers committed to helping kids

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The May 26th to 28th weekend was a busy one for Invermere youth. It started on Thursday with a Silver Strings concert, the United Dance year end show on Friday evening, the Clash of Titans soccer tournament all weekend, the Glacier Peaks gymnastics team was away for a competition and the weekend was capped off with a Music for Young Children piano recital. I am sure I missed a few events in there. It was a fantastic weekend to see our kids in action.
As I observed parents …

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Time for a new mayor

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Earlier this year the now-defeated Columbia River-Revelstoke NDP candidate Gerry Taft stated in an email to NDP insiders that he does not believe there are barriers to political participation in Invermere or British Columbia. His remarkable position in that regard was quite bizarre considering he used the NDP’s equity mandate to secure his nomination. It is also somewhat ironic because mayor of Invermere Taft has no problem censoring political participation right here in Invermere.
Within days of his provincial election drubbing Taft suddenly took a predictably renewed interest in the …

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Where Jumbo Glacier goes to calve

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
We’re all familiar with the four glaciers the proponent of the Jumbo Resort and development proposal wants to include in the controlled recreation area being the Commander Glacier, the Farnham Glacier, Glacier Dome and the Jumbo Glacier.
And we’re all familiar with the shape of the Jumbo Valley as a dog leg, with the east/west portion becoming the locale of the Jumbo Pass trailhead – up and over to the Glacier Creek drainage to the west. Going north from the dog leg bend we’re in the Upper Jumbo Valley …

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Wings over the Rockies

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Wings Over the Rockies
Wings Over the Rockies you got to know
It is in spring the place to go
Nature hikes they do abound
Many choices to be found
Birds and bird trips are in the fore
Other outings also there are galore
Fascinating evening talks that’s for sure
World Wildlife experts with great allure
Alas for this year it is done
But coming years will bring more fun
Walter Benstead
Panorama

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Loons of Lake Lillian

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It is true that there are no motorized vehicles on Lake Lillian now. Row boats, canoes, kayaks, and float boards all enjoy exploring this beautiful environment.
The reed and marsh areas, especially on the north and east edges of the lake, provide ideal nesting grounds for all waterfowl, especially the habituated loon pair. Ideally, as we enjoy recreating on beautiful Lake Lillian, we should avoid venturing in to this sensitive area.
Pauline Newhouse,
Invermere

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Program proves a big success

Posted on May 12th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The cost of education should not be a debt sentence for Canadian students if the investment in learning balances the proverbial budget in our society by promoting personal and professional growth.
When 10 graduates celebrated the completion of their 300-hour education in the Entry to Early Childhood Education pilot-program at the Akisqnuk First Nation banquet hall on Friday, April 21st with their friends and family, the Columbia Valley community gained a rich and bright new future.
The Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society partnered with Katherine Bonell, the program developer and …

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In defense of Greenways Trail Alliance

Posted on May 12th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Not long ago the Greenways Trail Alliance held a meeting outlining a very detailed plan on how they are moving forward to legitimize and to better manage the trail systems in our region for the purpose of providing a more responsible, more enjoyable and safer backcountry experience for all users while mitigating very serious environmental and wildlife issues.
Mark Halwa sent out an open and sincere invitation for anybody and everybody who wanted to join their group to do so and pointed out where comments and ideas could be …

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B.C. residents wake up?

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In response to last week’s letter to the editor by Jim Galloway, I would say the residents of B.C. woke up 16 years ago. The author seems critical of the corporate support to the BC Liberals but failed to mention the financial support (for the NDP) from the (United) Steelworker’s union – the largest in B.C. history along with paying the salaries of NDP staffers; an oversight on the author’s part, no doubt.
Corporate or union support to a party, personally is of no concern to me – large …

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NDP leader a bully

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It is very easy to go on the offensive when you are up against a track record. Therefore one would have thought that John Horgan’s $1.6 million United Steelworkers of America handlers would have used the opportunity of a leaders’ debate to present alternatives and a vision for British Columbia.
Running Horgan’s cry-bully personality at full throttle, their primary strategy during the first debate was to have him serve up Trump-like come backs and tantrums over the voices of other candidates, so much so one could not make out …

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Paramedics thank NDP candidate

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
When phoning 911 in need of an ambulance you expect the local emergency service to be ready, willing and able to show up. You might say such a service is “essential.” Indeed, about 1,000 of you agreed with that sentiment by signing a petition asking the provincial government to include B.C. paramedics in legislation to give the ambulance service the same rights as police and fire departments.
Although our area exceeded its target, due to the high threshold needed (reaching 10 per cent of the voters in every riding …

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Voting

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I recently received a so-called robocall from none other than Stockwell Day urging me to cast my vote for the local “liberal” candidate in the forthcoming provincial election.
Day is, of course, widely known as a staunch and avid right-wing conservative. Has he, astonishingly, converted to the progressive ideals traditionally associated with liberalism?
Or, alternatively, has the Liberal Party of British Columbia reverted to its historical roots tied to the near extinct ultra-conservative former Social Credit Party of British Columbia? Ideological confusion seems to reign.
Is it not time …

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