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How we vote matters

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Currently, an all-party federal electoral reform committee (ERRE) is studying whether we should change how we vote in federal elections — and they want your input before October 7th, 2016!
Pondering the details and innards of “how we vote” may not be a topic high on our daily agendas – however, it has significance to us all. Have you ever felt that your “vote was wasted” or felt pressured to “vote strategically”? If so, you are not alone. In fact, in the last federal election, over nine million votes …

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More support for errant trailbuilder

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Trailbuilder has court case deferred” in the September 2nd Pioneer.
As someone who has hiked the Kindersley-Sinclair Trail many times, I have every sympathy for, and gratitude to, David Pacey for the trail clearing he has done in the park.
In every National Park we have visited lately, there remains much work to be done to repair and maintain the trail system that allows hikers into the backcountry. Fallen trees and overgrown trails are just some of the issues. Parks Canada is simply not doing the work, and if …

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Happy with hot pools decision

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am very pleased and satisfied that Parks Canada has decided NOT to privatize the Hot Springs Enterprise unit, at the Radium Aquacourt, the Upper Hot Springs in Banff, or Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park.
Residents of these mountain park communities were overwhelmingly in opposition to a privatization effort that could have resulted in the special places losing their cultural and historic identity.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Union of National Employees conducted town hall meetings in Jasper and Radium back in 2013 to …

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River horsepower restriction is ‘green-washing’

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
This is a letter we received last week from Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport Canada. We have been warning you that if you give these guys an inch, they will take a mile. They have absolutely no measurements or scientific evidence to support this decision and furthermore counted international and non-valley people into the 1,710 comments regarding the new rules. We suspect of the so called 85 per cent, 98 per cent of the people responding to this don’t even know where the Columbia River is and have never …

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Another Invermere SuccessFest

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Invermere MusicFest’s fourth annual outdoor festival was another huge success this year (August 19th to 21st) due to the perfect combination of music and people. How about that Reggae Dance Party on Friday night, the perfect weather, stunning scenery of beach, lake and mountains, good food and refreshments, friends to dance with and a groovy, dreamy live-music vibe? This was definitely another SuccessFest for the Invermere MusicFest! The local support both financially and in-kind showed that the Columbia Valley really believes in this festival. So please keep this …

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Patient praises ER staff

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On Sunday August 28th I awoke with chest pain and was driven to Invermere Hospital’s emergency department. My experience there was second to none, equivalent in fact to what I would have expected at a major centre.
The physician and two nurses who cared for me were professional, experienced and very friendly; they made all the correct decisions regarding my care and soon I was on my way via STARS to Calgary Foothills.
My sincere thanks to all concerned, I am so very grateful.
Joyce Parmar
Sherwood Park, AB …

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Another side of the cougar tale

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Regular readers of this paper will recall the story of the young male cougar that was euthanized in the Fairmont Hot Springs region earlier this summer. This paper chronicled the story along with a photograph that gave me some concern. I thought the “group photo”, which featured a multi-generational family as well as one of the BC Wildlife Conservation Officers involved in the euthanization operation, as distasteful. All that was missing, I thought to myself, was the dead animal’s carcass. It had all the appearance of a “trophy hunt” …

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Parks Canada is in the wrong

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in August 19th Pioneer. It is a sad state of affairs when someone doing good is charged with an offense. Your story regarding David Pacey’s tireless efforts to make official hiking trails safe and enjoyable for all users only to find himself charged with contravening the National Park Act is sad and ridiculous. What is Parks Canada’s concern? That other people might follow David’s example, leaving a multitude of usable trails and Parks’ staff with no work to do? That removing a fallen …

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Help stop habituation

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
An afternoon trip on Saturday, August 27th to the Athalmer transfer station to drop off recycling turned into a surprise encounter with an adult black bear. We had pulled in front of the yellow bins and we were about to get out of the car when the bear stepped out from between the bins about five metres away. We pulled away slowly and drove outside the fenced enclosure. Another person going past stopped and placed a call to the RCMP, which was forwarded to the Conservation Officer. …

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Public ignorant to privatization plans

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Crown corporations such as Parks Canada, Canada Post, and the CBC are being systematically defunded, mismanaged and intentionally devalued so as to make their privatization publicly palatable. And because Canada has no functioning media, the public doesn’t know about it.
Take Kootenay Park. Demolished then abandoned, nothing done in decades could be considered an improvement. Management took this once-beautiful showcase and transformed it into a garbage dump with a fence around it and a freeway through it. Speed bumps may have been more appropriate. Years ago, the park provided summer …

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Trail builder praised

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
May I be amongst the first to commend with the highest possible praise the volunteer trail building work of David Pacey — whom I don’t know, and have never heard of until I read about his upcoming court appearance in this paper the other day (“Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in the August 19th Pioneer). His public-spirited actions are an inspiration and a sad reminder of what we’ve lost.
May I also take advantage of the opportunity — too perfect to miss — to point out to Parks Canada that …

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Apply the ‘Two Second Rule’

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
An excellent editorial re: the common driving problem of “following too close” or “tailgating” (August 19th Pioneer).
There is an easy method to ensure that you are not “tailgating”, known as the “Two Second Rule”. This rule does not require any math skills, and is easy to follow. This rule is taught by many driving instructors.
To apply this rule, while following the vehicle ahead, note when the vehicle ahead of you passes a pole, or a white road marker, then slowly count two seconds. If your vehicle reaches this …

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Parks petition growing

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you to The Pioneer for printing the article on the ongoing trail maintenance issues within Kooteny National Park (“Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in the August 19th Pioneer). It has generated a lot of interest and concerns and discussion about the long-standing lack of maintenance within the National Park systems. Long-standing meaning at least four decades of neglect; lack of maintenance to the point that some locations are close to simply being dangerous to the well-being of a hiker’s limbs. The four-foot wide path built initially has generally …

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A poem for a loved one who has passed

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


I’m Free
(Author ~ Unknown)
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard Him call,
I turned by back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of …

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Reader provides historical insight

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Just finished my weekly read of The Pioneer online and felt I should comment on two items:
The just-dissolved Windermere Health Care Auxiliary had a precursor in the village of Windermere, known simply as the Windermere Social Club. Its members included pioneer families like Chisholm, Kimpton, Tegart, Pitts, and (from the early ‘40s) my mother, Eleanor Stoddart. The Club’s members were primarily members of St. Peter’s Church, but performed many acts of community service, including aid to the small hospital at Taynton Bay, now the site of Pynelogs.
The play …

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Boys identified

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
RE: Historical Lens photo, July 29th Pioneer
These boys are Harry and George Barbour, my great uncles.
Sincerely,
E. Bellamy (ellenbellamy@live.ca)
Carbon, Alberta

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BACK ROW: Darcel Luyendyk, Lorraine Ross, Doris Allan, Wanda Zubach, Cathy Voshel, Nelda Harker, Raylene Oram, Dorothy Anders; FRONT ROW: Margaret Bashnick, Julian Jakos, Bev Palfry, Daphne Harding, Bunny Turner, Myrtle Murphy, Anne Engdahl; MISSING: Sherry Avery, Caron Green, Mary Ellen Jones, Sharyn Schmidt, Kathy Winters

Windermere health auxiliary disbands

Posted on August 11th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
After more than 65 years of community service, the Windermere Health Care Auxiliary (WHCA) is disbanding. With the help of a generous community, the Auxiliary has been able to provide care and comfort items to Columbia House and create a Palliative Care suite in the Invermere & District Hospital.
The WHCA, then known as the Windermere Hospital Aid, was formed in 1949. A group of ladies gathered in a private home to discuss projects to help raise funds to support the Lady Elizabeth Bruce Memorial Hospital. In 1959, the …

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Old plane in photo identified

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
A couple of additions/corrections to the two photos in the “Team, pilot remembered” article (Historical Lens feedback) in the July 15th issue.
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• In the first photo (of the 1910 Golden baseball team), John Blakley is back row, second from the right, not the left.
• The pilot in the second photo is also John Blakley. The plane is a de Havilland DH.60 Moth (Gipsy Moth), registration CF-AGK, owned by Radium Hot Springs Flying Service Ltd. and flown by both John Blakley (owner) and his son Jock Blakley. The plane was …

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Community garage sale

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I’m writing to let your readers know that the Fairmont & District Lions Club is holding a Garage Sale on August 13th and 14th at the Lions Community Den, 5003 Hot Springs Road. Come out and find treasures. Any reasonable offer will be accepted and all proceeds go to help valley residents. For pick up of item donations, call 250-341-7150.
Lynda Devenish, Lion
Fairmont Hot Springs

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River ban is needed

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Who is this irresponsible boat owner on the Riverside Golf Course section of the Columbia River on Friday, July 22nd? He comes flying around a corner and has to cut his engine because of people in the river. Not only floaters, kayaks, canoes, but people swimming downstream. These boats should not be allowed on the river, not just for safety, but for environmental reasons.
Lynda Devenish
Riverside Drive resident
Fairmont Hot Springs

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