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No reason not to support Jumbo

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
After reading Steve Tersmette’s letter looking for any reason to allow Jumbo (The Pioneer, December 12th issue), I have searched long and hard to find any reason to stop it.
He mentions the voting public being ignored, but our last Regional District of East Kootenay and Invermere council elections showed the anti-Jumbo candidates receiving the least amount of votes. Clearly they are not the majority. After starting four successful businesses in
Invermere over the last 45 years, I have found the vast majority of business owners are pro-Jumbo!
Reasons against? …

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Deer are a lesson in gentleness

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us from spirit. 
Like the dappling of a fawn’s coat, both the light and the dark may be loved to create gentleness and safety for those who are seeking peace.
Stop pushing so hard to get others to change and love them as they are!
Please find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, for you may be projecting your fears and anxieties onto others.
Stop courting your …

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Trying to understand Jumbo Resort

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I’ve been searching long and hard for a reason why Jumbo Glacier Resort should receive approval from the Ministry of Environment therefore allowing them to continue construction on one of the most controversial land use decisions in this province’s history. And that reason is simply it wouldn’t be very professional of the BC Liberals to not grant approval to a project being undertaken by a financial supporter of the party.
It makes complete sense that the voting public that opposes the project would be ignored.
It also makes sense that …

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Local PACs encouraged to apply for gaming grants

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
The Province distributes $135 million in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.
The following local community organizations that have received gaming grants to date in the government fiscal year 2014/2015 are as follows:
• In Edgewater, the Steamboat Mountain Music Society received $2,850 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Fairs, Festivals, Museums sub sector.
• In Invermere, the Columbia Valley Arts Council received $29,000 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Adult Arts and Culture sub sector.
• In …

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Freedom of Speech protects democratic process

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
This reflects on last week’s editorial in The Columbia Valley Pioneer. It appears that someone holds the view that controversial issues ought not be discussed in newspapers, but, rather, should be forwarded to specialist groups for a worthy opinion.
Seven hundred and ninety-nine years ago, Magna Carta introduced a process whereby citizens would influence how they were governed.
Canadians generally take pride in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada, both of which enshrine, among other guarantees, the right of free speech and freedom of the press. …

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New shopping events replacing Super Sunday

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing on behalf of the Invermere Business Committee (IBC) to let you and the community know there is no official Super Sunday Downtown Shopping Event planned for this year. The downtown businesses have found that this shopping event has been getting slower with each passing year. It will be up to individual retailers as to whether or not they choose to do any specials on the first Sunday of December.
Instead, efforts are being made to expand shopping opportunities in downtown Invermere, such as the December 8th PJ …

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Hats off to Fairmont airport enhancements

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am delighted to read in The Pioneer about the navigation equipment enhancements to Fairmont Hot Springs Airport, which will allow some aircraft to land in inclement weather.
My appreciation is two-fold. In 2013, my child was rushed to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary by road ambulance in treacherous winter conditions as visibility was not favourable for an air medevac. Those precious minutes could make the difference to a child’s life.
I am also a proponent of WestJet service to Fairmont, rather than the RDEK’s and the District of …

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A message from the Youth Centre

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


During this giving season, we ask for your consideration to remember the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society in your donation requests. Here is why we need your help.
For over 20 years, the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society has operated the Summit Centre, a drop-in centre for youth ages 12 to 18.
In the last two years, we have seen a very dramatic increase in usage of the centre from youth across the valley. We average upwards of 150 to 200-plus visits per month. For safety we must have …

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Invermere Library thanks local author

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I had the opportunity to attend a 1940s evening at Pynelogs this past Friday. The event was held to honour our very own valley author Elinor Florence and the launch of her first novel called Bird’s Eye View, which takes place during this time period. The evening was a nostalgic walk down memory lane as guests stepped back in time to a bygone era. The attire and hairdos were very grand and detailed — right down to the ink-drawn seamed stockings — not to mention the family heirlooms on …

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Author thanks the valley

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you very much for the coverage provided for my Bird’s Eye View Book Launch, held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on November 14th.
It was great fun and very heart-warming to see how many people took the trouble to dress in wartime vintage outfits.
Thanks also to Mike Smith and Bruce Childs for their soulful singing of wartime tunes, the Columbia Valley Arts Centre for the use of this beautiful and historic building, and the Invermere Public Library for organizing the event and acting as the local retailer for my …

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Avalanche expertise will prevail

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
 I am writing in response to the letter by Rod Gibbons published in The Pioneer on November 14th. I am a resident of Invermere, a self-employed ski and mountain guide who, at 66 years of age, still guides powder skiers and ski mountaineers, six to seven days a week all winter long. My private clients come mainly from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA and Canada. Some have done two trips a year with me for over 25 years now.
I have done extensive ski guiding with …

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Avalanche expertise will prevail

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I am writing in response to the letter by Rod Gibbons published in The Pioneer on November 14th. I am a resident of Invermere, a self-employed ski and mountain guide who, at 66 years of age, still guides powder skiers and ski mountaineers, six to seven days a week all winter long. My private clients come mainly from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA and Canada. Some have done two trips a year with me for over 25 years now.
I have done extensive ski guiding with …

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Fire department’s efforts appreciated

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor and Readers:
I would like to express my sincere thank you to our local fire department.
A little over a week ago, the vacant house beside mine caught on fire. The response from our local fire department was absolutely amazing.
They were there before I was even aware that it was on fire.
They were extremely organized and came out in full force as they realized the seriousness of the location with houses, apartment buildings and many old fir trees in close proximity.
Most of the men are volunteers …

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Local guide defends avalanche report

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Historically I don’t send letters to the editor, but sometimes you got to do what you got to do. Back when I was in school, I was taught, when addressing an audience, you must first establish credibility, then deliver your message and finally draw a conclusion. I will try to do that. For those who don’t know me, last year was my 28th year of guiding for RK Heli-Ski. I am a fully Certified International Mountain Guide, Professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and started my profession in …

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Shuswap deserve the truth

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: This letter to the editor was received prior to the results of the Shuswap Band’s November 7th election, in which Paul Sam was not re-elected.
Dear Editor:
I read with, sadness and dismay, the article in last week’s Pioneer highlighting the disproportionate earnings of Chief Paul Sam and Councillor Alice Sam of the Shuswap Indian Band. Unfortunately, I cannot say I was completely surprised, surprised by the extent of the abuse of power and control, yes, but not by the fact that the abuse is occurring. And without the enactment …

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‘Ridiculous’ reasoning for salaries

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to you regarding Dan Walton’s October 31st article and your corresponding editorial about the very disturbing situation that exists within the Shuswap Band’s financial affairs.
What you have reported may come as no surprise to people who have lived in this area for many years.
It should be disturbing not only to Shuswap band members but also to non-Shuswap people because the band, according to your editorial, regularly receives federal funding.
Most recently (2013 and 2014), the Band received a total of $1,654,192.
If what you …

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Democracy denied in Canada

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
After branding a respected local as a liar, in his October 24th Pioneer RCMP Report, Sgt. Shehovac tells us this whopper: “…all decisions over the last two summers as to when local police attend to Jumbo and in what numbers have been my decision.” The June 4th Ottawa Citizen says this: “The federal government is expanding its surveillance of public activities to include all known demonstrations across the country, a move that collects information even on the most mundane of protests by Canadians.”
Aha, just as suspected, down the chain of …

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RCMP resources stretched thin

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I’d like to thank Steve Hubrecht for a well-researched article last week regarding the issue of policing in the Jumbo Valley.
The District of Invermere has long been concerned that development in Jumbo would tax our already stretched-thin police, emergency and healthcare services, and the evidence Mr. Hubrecht gathered seems to support that concern. While you may agree or disagree on how appropriate it was for multiple police cruisers to accompany concrete trucks to the site, it is evident that the Province must come up with a plan to …

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Give a local musician a hug!

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
We had a great event at P’logs on Saturday night. I don’t know why it is this way, but our valley breeds and attracts creative people. We have such an array of musicians, painters, writers, builders… and more. And they are all so darn talented and happy to share their creative gifts. I am sure you would agree that we have an amazing bunch of musicians here, and now we have a fantastic recording studio. Recently, a group of musicians formed an organization called the Windermere Valley Musicians Who …

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RCMP sergeant supported

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by


Editor’s note: District of Invermere councillor Paul Denchuk’s Letter to the Editor in the October 17th Pioneer and the ensuing response by Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac in last week’s October 24th Pioneer generated the following letters on the topic of RCMP presence in the Jumbo Valley.
(1) Dear Editor:
Councillor Paul’s letter complaining about RCMP’s presence at Jumbo is pretty strange as it’s the only obvious place they should expect trouble, besides closing time of the bars. Perhaps he was unaware of the illegal road blockade by Jumbo protesters …

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