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With reference to your photograph, “Lady leaning on a car, 1968” …(re: “Historical Lens” in the November 20th Pioneer), that car is a 1961 Ford Anglia which happens to be the Enchanted Car in the Harry Potter movies.
Bud Cleland delivered the car in 1961 to Madeline from Heninger Motors in Calgary when Heninger was an import franchise (now Heninger Toyota). When Madeline’s house burned down, the car was bought by Tracy Riches, and I bought the car from Tracy.
It is sitting in my garage right now. …
Growing up in the valley, I rode a school bus from kindergarten to Grade 12. Never in those years did I ever encounter the problems I’ve had since my own children have been passengers on our SD6 (Rocky Mountain School District No. 6) bus routes.
For the past two years, my children have been yelled at, called names and all the students are made to sit in the front half of the bus like sardines. If that wasn’t enough, now they are being threatened with being kicked off their …
Risking death in the promise of a better future for our children and generations to come is possibly the most courageous and selfless thing I can think of. Our veterans went through hell for us. It should be our job to take care of those who fought for us, protect the freedom they fought for, and make sure they’re never needed again. Promoting war will never accomplish this.
I recently heard a poem recited during the Edgewater Remembrance Day service, which stated that the only people who ever fought for …
On behalf of The War Amps, I want to thank you for Dorothy Isted’s excellent piece featuring Keira Neal, a local member of our Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.
We value this coverage because it helps inform the public of the resources and programs available to child amputees, which are made possible through support of our Key Tag and Address Label Service.
Stories like this will help make a difference for child amputees across Canada.
CHAMP Program Executive Director
By Nicole Trigg
Invermere’s Groundswell Network Society is one of 15 finalists in the BC Hydro Community Champions Program and is seeking online support to win $10,000 that will go toward supporting their programs and projects.
“This goes a long way at Groundswell,” said executive director Bill Swan. “We’re getting it done across a wide range of community-directed sustainability program, projects and events.”
Five non-profit organizations from across B.C. will be selected and awarded $10,000 for their valuable community work.
Online public voting decides the winners and votes can be cast every …
The future of the Columbia Valley is more fish and wildlife, less cattle.
I have been coming to the Columbia Valley for 55 years and I have yet to see a wolf.
Let’s admit the truth: it’s the cattle brought from Europe that are tearing up the land and destroying it’s potential to produce the huge wildlife herds and wolf packs again.
In Yellowstone Park, “wolf tourism” is big business. In Jasper and Banff, “elk tourism” is huge. “Bear watching” is now a huge part of the B.C. coastal economy.
Over a billion …
The family of Alan Hann is hosting a Silent Auction at the Saturday, November 28th Columbia Valley Rockies game. Alan is a 40-year-old local man needing a double lung transplant. In the near future, he will need to be living in Edmonton, Alta., awaiting his turn for a chance to live a full life again as he has a genetic disease called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Disorder. He will need close to $20,000 as he will be an outpatient in Edmonton six weeks prior to the surgery. After the surgery, …
You’ve probably heard the rumour…? Santa is storing all his presents for the Columbia Valley’s children at Real Storage this year!
So, we, with some help from the elves at the Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau, have decided to help Santa out a little by collecting toys and goodies for some of the less fortunate children in the valley.
Anyone interested in contributing, please drop off new or very gently used gift items (ie. clothing, toys, treats, educational materials, etc.) at Real Storage in Windermere by Tuesday, December 15th so they can …
One of the last so-called “trade deals” that Harper signed onto is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This deal is NOT a trade deal; rather it is simply a deal to give large corporations, mostly American, unfettered access and control over our economy.
Jim Balsillie, founder of Research In Motion (maker of Blackberry), has spoken out against the deal, calling it “the worst thing that the Harper government has done for Canada.” Balsillie went on to say that “10 years from now, we’ll call that signature the worst thing …
The dust has barely settled on our federal election, and already rumours are circulating about Kootenay-Columbia’s MP-elect Stetski.
Mr. Stetski has made it no secret of his close relationship with the Trudeau family, particularly our Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau. It has also been stated in the media that Mr. Stetski was invited by both the Liberal and the NDP to represent them in federal election. As we all know, Mr Stetski chose to run under NDP/Muclair banner.
Rumours have surfaced of Mr. Stetski’s intention to cross the floor of the House …
Our Free Enterprise System is the source of Canada’s prosperity. Unions ensured that prosperity was passed on to workers and the population at large. Both of these systems are still working, but they are sick.
Once upon a time, the role of the corporate entity was two-fold. Firstly, it was to produce needed or wanted goods and services at a cost that was less than the value of inputed capital and labor. That difference was profit. Multiple entities and products provided consumer choice and regulated quality. Secondly, the entity’s …
As the co-ordinator of the Better at Home program I would like to update you on the status of this program. Before I do this I would like to thank all of you for your participation in the initial needs assessment meetings that resulted in funding for this much-needed program in our valley.
We are in the developmental stage preparing to begin delivering the programs to seniors. I have been working on the foundation of the program by creating forms, policies, protocol, and procedures, a training handbook for volunteers and …
By Gwyn Robinson
East Kootenay Addiction Services Society
East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) had another successful year delivering their Rock Solid program to the Grade 8 students of David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS).
Rock Solid is a prevention program that helps support student transition into high school by fostering nurturing connections with peers, school supports and community supports. Strong community connections are a protective factor against many of the challenges students face in their high school years, such as substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and bullying.
Rock Solid uses a strength-based …
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Interior Health is gearing up to help protect children, pregnant women, seniors, people with chronic illnesses and others who are most at risk from influenza and its complications.
In a typical influenza season, thousands of Canadians develop serious illness or even die from influenza or its complications. The flu shot is a safe and effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness and save lives.
“Many people incorrectly use the term ‘flu’ to refer to any illness caused by a virus, such as the stomach flu …
The recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is another example of the Harper Conservatives trying to throw the election in their favour. Again Harper has shown his disdain for democracy by ignoring the Canadian Constitution.
According to our Constitution, when Harper dissolved Parliament early, as he did, that placed his government under rules of the “caretaker convention”. That convention, is exactly what the name implies; a “caretaker” only administration. So the political party in control of Parliament, when it was dissolved, is stripped of its power and …
So NDP Candidate Wayne Stetski wants change. Well let’s look at what change meant to the citizens of Cranbrook when they voted for change almost four years ago and elected Wayne Stetski as their mayor. After three years as mayor, in the 2014 (Cranbrook municipal) election he received only seven more votes than in the 2011 (Cranbrook municipal) election; 2185 to 2192. He was soundly defeated. In fact, five of the newly elected councillors (in the 2014 Cranbrook election) received more votes than Wayne did running for mayor. It …
Since the advance poll, I’ve heard a flood of whinging – about wrong information, and incorrect cards and Radium vs Invermere, wrong stations and calls to Nelson and slow line ups and confusing directions and waiting and.. and… and…
Another choice I offer is my different story about this vote- the convenience of four days — four days! — of advance polls. Being grateful for living in my amazing Canada, where I get to vote, in privacy, without threat or fear. My Canada IS a democracy and potentially my …
I have noted with some interest, that the past few editions of the Pioneer seemed to be filled with letters, mostly condemning the Harper government in some way, shape, or form.
Whether it’s folks passionately suggesting strategic voting to ensure that the Conservatives don’t sneak out a win either locally, or nationally with only a modest percentage of the popular vote, or letters written stating more blatantly the numerous transgressions of the incumbent conservatives in the past ten years, i.e. Duffy/Senate scandal and involvement of the PMO and cover-up, …
Canadians are approaching what is likely the most important federal election in a generation. While in our system, unlike the American one, we do not directly elect a leader, our individual vote for our MP is a proxy vote for a leader. With this is mind, here is my partial wish list for our next Prime Minister. The next Prime Minister should be someone who:
• respects democracy, and does not use tricks like prorogation to hold onto power;
• respects our court system, and does not waste taxpayer money …
As of today, there are only 10 days to go until election day (October 19th). And on that day, voters across the region will be making a decision.
At the moment, Conservative candidate David Wilks’ support has been driven down to only 37 per cent. But NDP candidate Wayne Stetski is also polling at 37 per cent. (The Liberals have about 15 per cent support while the Green Party sits at about 10 per cent).
Many voters in this region, who clearly want change, are not sure where they need to …