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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.
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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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Concerned about Canada

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Canada should be building refineries at the oil sands, instead of pipelines. Why make a product dirtier by pushing millions of tons thousands of miles to a refinery?
Refineries aren’t discussed because foreign corporations aren’t willing to invest into Alberta, just what they can get out of Alberta.
Foreign companies pack a lot of clout in Alberta. StatsCan reports the oil sands are, at the blink of an eye, somehow, 50 per cent foreign controlled.
USA’s Koch brothers lease between one and two million acres of oil sands — …

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Youth soccer deadline looming

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
This is a letter to all parents who will be registering their children in either the Rep (competitive) or House (non-competitive) soccer leagues.
The Columbia Valley Youth Soccer Association is run completely by volunteers. These volunteers put in many hours organizing the teams for the start dates. In order to make creating the teams a less time-intensive process, it was decided to have firm deadlines for registration.
The deadline for Rep is Monday, February 15th and for House it is Monday, March 14th. There will be absolutely no registrations …

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Patagonia hypocrisy

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Dear Ms. Agonia:
May I call you Pat? I have written you in the past with my complaint regarding your company’s interference in our valley’s ongoing dispute surrounding a glacier mountain resort in southeastern British Columbia. I informed you I would be coming to your head office this winter to protest your company’s position.
Pat, my protest signs were made. My vintage polyester Patagonia fleece was prepared for sacrifice. I, myself, was prepared for incarceration if necessary. Countdown to protest was finalized. My completely innocent and anonymous driver readied the vehicle …

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Invermere Seniors Club in peril

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am a senior of considerable age and I have enjoyed sports activity all my life.
I live in Radium and am a member of the Seniors Club and enjoy carpet bowling every Thursday and Sunday. We all enjoy the camaraderie and social gathering after the games with coffee and dessert.
We have members from Edgewater and surrounding towns. Some members from Invermere are also coming out every time. We are blessed to have the Seniors Hall to use for free.
The members from Invermere ask us to come …

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Humans and natural world struggle

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
There are many different ways for environmental concerns to be expressed in an effort to discover a workable balance in the relations between humans and natural systems. The Mike Harcourt NDP government of the early 1990’s introduced British Columbians to public planning processes through social contract where citizens successfully participated in conflict resolution methodology in combination with judicial review, commissions, inquiries, a free press and public gatherings to open a reasonable path for social change.
Another way to express concern is through the tactical approaches of the American activism industry. …

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Rebuttle to McGrath’s opinion

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I find it hard to believe Dave McGrath really believes what he wrote in his letter to the editor Jan 22nd. His assertions would be laughable if they were not so spectacularly ill-informed. Where does the assumption “that far too many Canadian organizations, and their American partners have designs to cut a sans-humans swath directly up the gut of our region” come from? Who is “driving us out of our mountain homes and herding us back into stacked-up human settlements in cities”? A quick Google search would enlighten …

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Dear Editor:

In response to the Historical Lens photo in the Pioneer on Friday, January 15th (below): My father, Fil Coy, was a player on the historical hockey team. Team members (left to right) were Hans Brathin, Carl Jones, Sandy Dobie, Fil Coy, Jack Jones and Bud Lee. Joe Petrosky was their coach. Dad was born in 1922 so I am guessing the photo would be from  1937 or 1938.

Jim Coy
Columbia Valley

Historical team named

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
In response to the Historical Lens photo in the Pioneer on Friday, January 15th (below): My father, Fil Coy, was a player on the historical hockey team. Team members (left to right) were Hans Brathin, Carl Jones, Sandy Dobie, Fil Coy, Jack Jones and Bud Lee. Joe Petrosky was their coach. Dad was born in 1922 so I am guessing the photo would be from 1937 or 1938.
Jim Coy
Columbia Valley

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