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This letter is to everyone who is for or against the deer cull. I am neither of them because I believe this conflict is pointless! Yes, it’s true that the deer were here before us, but they are far from being wild now. The don’t fear us and don’t even care if we are ten feet or less away from them, while real wild deer would run away before a human was a kilometre away. This is a problem because it makes it harder for people like me to …
Many years ago — 1975, I think — my family was going through some serious struggles, some of them financial. Things were particularly tight that Christmas. It was the first Christmas I really remember being conscious of.
On Christmas Eve, someone in the family noticed a large box at our front door. We opened it to find food and treats and small gifts. Even at four years old, I remember feeling an amazing mixture of emotions and feelings about this box that had been left by an anonymous group of …
Regarding your piece on the regional tourism marketing money on the horizon; I would suggest that Windermere apply once again to the provincial government for approval to incorporate the east side of Lake Windermere. If the provincial government can approve incorporation to a landmass without a population, surely they would be more than eager to grant approval to communities of the east side. Then as a municipality we could decide as tax payers whether to join the Invermere/Panorama marketing area.
The east side has the largest tax base and a …
The awful feeling that’s in the pit of my stomach and the heartache that goes along with it is difficult to explain. How can our system fail so badly? Only Invermere land owners are allowed to vote on the deer cull! As far as I know, we all live in this wildlife corridor from south of Cranbrook to north of Golden. How on earth can 729 landowners from Invermere decide on the fate of these beautiful creatures who belong to no one. This valley is much coveted because it …
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Thanks to The Pioneer for the touching photo essay of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Invermere and Canal Flats. It is the small communities across Canada that are the backbone of our nation both in times of war and peace.
When visiting Invermere, and sitting at the cenotaph on a busy summer day, I’ll think of the beautiful gathering of your citizens from the Columbia Valley on a cool November day to remember the heroes from your communities.
Leo O’Connor, Toronto
In your October 23rd issue, you printed a letter from Rowena Eloise of Argenta, B.C. regarding the Jumbo Glacier Resort.
In her letter, Ms. Eloise stated that the resort obtained an injunction against the Citizens for Democracy camp at the Farnham Glacier.
That’s incorrect — Glacier Resorts Ltd. did apply for an injunction, but later realized the Citizens had a good solid defence, so it asked the judge for an indefinite adjournment.
The judge granted the request for adjournment but stipulated that if Glacier Resorts Ltd. wants to re-instate its legal …
May I ask you to shift your “Historical Lens” away from the Crook family for a bit. I feel we have had quite enough coverage in the past in the Pioneer and for that, I thank you.
An official community plan (OCP) is an important document that reflects the vision of residents regarding future land development and identifies the community values that we cherish.
That’s why we’re concerned that the Wilmer/Dry Gulch OCP Bylaw Amendment to be discussed at a public hearing on Monday involves a special clause which allows for the possibility of a huge expansion by Radium Resort.
As a destination golf resort located in prime sheep winter habitat, it proposes an increase in density from 100 dwelling units to 1,000, which includes hotels, condominiums, …
The voting is over, the die has been cast
Your fate has been sealed and is finally passed
But fear not, cute friend, there are many more
Your cousins and uncles will do as before.
So we won’t say goodbye, just a short au revoir
As we’ll see you again in the new abattoir
Stan Rokosh, Invermere
We at Windermere Real Storage had a visit from one of the elves at the Christmas Bureau last week, and she wanted to pass on some information about their new approach to Christmas hampers.
This year they have decided to cut down on the amount of hours the volunteers will need to put in by using gift cards in place of pre-assembled hampers. The gift cards, range in denomination from $75 to $175, depending on the size of that family being sponsored. This is such a fantastic idea: while those …
The Wilder family told their side of the story at the inquest into the May 2011 death of Patrick Wilder, held from October 21st to 24th in Invermere court.
The newspaper reporter was not present for our testimonies in the courtroom; we are now telling our side of the events leading up to Patrick Wilder’s death and how they relate to the recommendations made by the jurors.
After Fairmont Hot Springs Resort was sold in 2006, Janet and Patrick Wilder bought an acreage near Burns Lake, B.C. and lived there for …
Regarding Mr. Brad Malfair’s letter appearing in your November 1st edition: as eloquent as Mr. Malfair’s anti-wildlife presentation is, it aims to promote the non- sporting killing of an indigenous species.
In his last paragraph, he states that there exists no viable option to ridding the community of deer.
This sounds to me very much like the narrow-minded thinking of the type that gave us residential schools, where what was historically the norm needed to be changed to fit an unnatural and inhumane paradigm.
Simply stated, the deer in the valley …
I am writing on behalf of all of us in the J.A. Laird School area who have left tree fruit or garbage outside this fall. Our neglect has resulted in the death of a healthy black bear on Monday, November 4th.
I want to apologize to the bear for failing you, and to the Conservation Officer who had to deal with our neglect by killing a healthy animal. The bear was only doing what it knows how to do, that is, follow its nose and eat. Let’s take this as …
Today the TV program “Working Dogs” featured the Town of Banff’s urban elk problem. The park warden, having exhausted all other avenues (including flare guns), resorted to the use of two Alberta farm dogs (border collies trained to herd sheep).
It was cheap, effective, quiet (no barking) and environmentally friendly. Perhaps Mayor Gerry Taft and council might speak to Parks Canada in Banff and further explore this option with respect to Invermere’s urban deer problems. If it were to work, it would be the best of all solutions offered to …
Anyone associated with me knows that I am in strong opposition to a deer cull in the Columbia Valley or elsewhere. I could debate this issue for hours with anyone, and have done so often over the last few years.
However, I feel the need to state that I do not share the views of the Invermere Deer Protection Society, a sentiment expressed also by many other anti-cull minded individuals in our area. I believe that this group has done more to inflame an already volatile situation, wasting funds …
The Invermere Deer Protection Society thanks everyone who voted no to killing deer. Thank you to our members for their compassion and shared conviction that council should not inflict fear, pain and death to animals in our midst.
To the people who voted for culling, we ask you again to consider the serious limitations of this control method.
If you fear for your child — you must protect your child from the remaining deer.
If you fear for your dog — you may encounter fewer deer for a very …
Editor’s note: Mr. Malfair is a
former member of the deer committee. The full version of this letter can be found at www.columbiavalleypioneer.com .
The deer concerns of this town have gone well beyond flowers. The residents of Invermere are dealing with more than damaged shrubs. I am not alone in being concerned daily for my child’s safety while walking in our neighbourhood, or in my concern about the amount of deer feces in the parks and public areas where we enjoy the outdoors. Let alone the fact that these feces …
I see with much discomfort that the hunt for the Invermere urban deer is still on. This time with a referendum. To kill these inconvenient, dangerous, vicious creatures, and reduce them to more submissive, tolerable numbers.
Does this sound to you more like dealing with a town resident wolf pack, who nightly savage the streets of Invermere, leaving the main street full of victim’s bones? How come there ain’t no bones on main street or a layer of them in Pothole Park?
Why not ask Invermere doctors how many injuries a …
The Invermere Deer Protection Society is disappointed but not surprised that our lawsuit has been dismissed. Two critical affidavits were disallowed — one from a social science/opinion survey expert and the other from a distinguished ungulate biologist. We understood throughout the process that the legal system is reluctant to interfere with municipal politics. Obviously the judge discounted the fact that council ignored social science and ungulate science and decided simply that our evidence did not apply.
Municipalities have the right to make decisions no matter how little urgency, liability and …
At the October board meeting of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, a motion was passed to support the Multi-Use Facility proposed by the District of Invermere council. It is our belief that the Columbia Valley is in need of a facility for the performing arts, community groups, meetings, conferences and events that need to accommodate more than 200 people. The board believes that such a facility would benefit the economy of the Columbia Valley.
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors believes that a significant amount of work needs …