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Heavy-handed backcountry policing

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I would like to shed light on an issue that is occurring in our backcountry that is unfair and disturbing to the individuals involved. First, let me provide some background material.
My father was always very much an outdoorsman and as long as I can remember he would take our family camping/fishing/hiking on almost every weekend and holiday possible. One of his favorite spots was back in the “Findlay Creek” area and he first started taking us there in the late 1950s.
My Dad is now in his early …

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Big praise for small-town politician

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
A key responsibility of any political leader is to listen to the concerns of all constituents followed by working hard to find a common ground upon which everyone can take steps forward. My experience with Gerry Taft is that he is a good listener, that he respects opinions that differ from his own, and that he is able to focus on the big picture.
Regarding values, I know that Gerry is committed to supporting his family, to maintaining Invermere as the heart of the region, and to …

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Focus on the socio-economic reality

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Economic viability is based on producing a needed product or service. This is what provides jobs and supports, through taxes, community services. Reading current comments and articles, this seems to be a foreign concept.
Civic organizations talk about government money for a consultant to formulate a sustainable, green plan based on “relaxation”.
Hey, I thought “relaxation” was about putting your feet up on the sofa and watching TV. Not much economic stimulus in that.
An MLA candidate’s main emphasis is opposing positive economic opportunities and supporting more government. I see …

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Open invitation to blacksmiths

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I have been asked to do a small Blacksmith Demo at the Agri Park by the Crossroads this coming Sunday. Well, OK, but how about if we make it a demo by a few amateur blacksmiths?
Like I will show you mine if you show me yours? Could be fun and may be entertaining. I will bring a few anvils and forger plus a “Show and Tell” table. Bring your favourite hammer and maybe project, please?
Gunner Jorgensen
Invermere

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Jeersing a jeers

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am responding to the Jeers comment of July 15th about “BAH HUMBURGERS who complain about … dogs swimming in lake”. Why should dogs be restricted from swimming in public beach areas? Here are five reasons:
Dog waste contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria per gram, 10 times more per pound of body weight than even cows produce.
Pets are responsible for up to one-third of bacterial pollution in waterways near developed areas.
Ten to 50 percent of bacteria in air samples comes from feces with dog poop being a particularly dominant …

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Congratulations

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


Dear Editor,
Congratulations on your July 1st issue. Great articles, super colour photography, all round terrific coverage of the events and activities, and wonderful people who live, work and play in the Columbia Valley.
Keep up the good work.
Leo O’Connor,
Toronto

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Spring for NDP nomination

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
What an interesting month! Since I announced my intention to seek the nomination for NDP candidate for Columbia River–Revelstoke, I’ve been having a great time meeting and talking to interested people in the riding.
I would like this nomination because I have the tools and the vision to represent our region. I believe in people, and I believe in a government that works for its constituents. My values are deeply aligned with NDP values of equity, social justice and democracy, and my work in the community has always reflected …

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Revisiting the electoral system

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Dean Midyette’s editorial last April preposing an electoral system where the number of votes allotted are based on income and assets vs a proportional vote was of course just a silly comparison but it did prompt me to investigate the debate regarding electoral models.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Midyette’s editorial was an April Fool’s joke.)
In 2009, after it was revealed by the Speaker in the House that the B.C. “Citizens Assembly” failed to include information showing that a STV (single transferable vote) electoral system would shape less populated ridings …

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Jumbo issue continues

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Federal Court of Appeal has supported the B.C. First Nations request to keep the Northern Gateway Pipeline and oil tanker terminal project out of their traditional territories. Great news!
Yet, when I first heard ‘The Federal Court of Appeal has supported B.C. First Nations” my yearning was to hear that the Ktunaxa’s request to keep their sacred territory, Qat’Muk, free of the Jumbo Glacier Resort had been granted.
That, too, will be great news!
Currently Jumbo Wilders are being stretched while waiting for the B.C. government to officially support the …

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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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