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Informed citizens are essential to democracy. Are we Canadians “informed?” Who is informing us? Certainly not the secretive Harper government.
Mainstream media? Just so you know, our mainstream media is nearly a monopoly. Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Postmedia and so few others own most of what Canadians watch and read. Newspaper guru Conrad Black explains what this concentration of ownership means: “Diversity of opinion and aggressive news gathering tend to disappear with the disappearance of competition, and public opinion could thereby become more of a hostage to private interests then …
During recent weeks, the local media reported on the political parties’ position on electoral reform and proportional representation.
The Conservative party’s response, put forward by David Wilks, was that voters had rejected Electoral Reform and that it was not an issue. Not quite true!
In British Columbia, voters supported the proportional representation system proposed by the Citizen’s Assembly on electoral reform by a vote of 58.8 per cent. In the Kootenay-Columbia region, the vote was over 60 per cent, which begs the question: who are we sending to Ottawa …
The purpose of this letter is to clear up a few misconceptions expressed by Mr. Joe Hildes of Windermere in the September 25th, 2015 issue of The Pioneer. (1) The Columbia Valley Chamber did not change the format of the All-Candidates Forum; (2) we’ve never organized an All-Candidates Debate; (3) we didn’t bow to anyone’s wishes — we simply stuck with what has worked in the two previous elections. In 2013, the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce conducted its first All-Candidates Forum. At that time, the organization decided that …
On my recent drive back from Cranbrook, I passed the soon-to-be defunct Canfor mill in Canal Flats, and started wondering about what would become of the buildings and machinery once it’s shut down.
I started thinking about what else could work there.
First, I thought of Mr. Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors project for making electric cars and the much-anticipated Powerwall Home Battery system. Why couldn’t the mill be retooled and the staff retrained to manufacture either or both of those items — what a boon that would …
The so-called all candidates debate is actually not a debate at all, in the format chosen by the CV Chamber of Commerce, yet it sounds like most of the candidates are actually willing to participate in a true debate.
As you have previously reported, the conservative incumbent, Mr. Wilks is not willing to debate, and so he leveraged his participation on getting the format changed. If this is true, and the chamber of commerce bowed to this request, the resulting forum is not nearly as meaningful which is actually bad …
The popular question is: “What’s wrong with this picture?” Canfor’s announcement last week to permanently close the Canal Flats sawmill due to “a lack of economically available fibre supply…” is a classic example of exploitation of our public forests and flies in the face of the company’s policies regarding its commitment to communities and sustainability. Here are direct quotes from their “2014 Sustainability Report”:
“Canfor is a respected member of every community where we operate. At the end of the day, we want our neighbors to feel the community is …
In conjunction with the article in the September 4th Pioneer, “Kindness from a stranger,” we, the seniors who live in Lakeview Manor, wish to publicly announce our appreciation and thanks to Canadian Tire for donating such a splendid treadmill for much-needed exercise, especially in clement weather, that deters going outside; to the Oaks family for donating precious time in transporting and assembling it; to Home Hardware for such a generous discount on furniture that has enhanced our two social rooms for activities and social mingling; donations from Canterbury Flowers, …
Harper’s unbelievably bigoted and heartless response to the European refugee crisis is the final straw in a long list of embarrassments by our incompetent leader.
His self-serving attempt to blame the crisis on ISIS further compounds the coldness of his comments. The damage internationally that this man has caused to Canada’s reputation will take years to undo.
In just over one month, Canadians will finally have their chance to rid the country of this disgrace. Hopefully, on October 20, we can start the mending process and Harper will have become …
I found the article (“Use it properly or lose it: valley transfer stations”) in the September 4th 2015 issue of The Pioneer well-intended, but lacking in detail. I, too, have been frustrated by the seeming lack of concern by the users of the Edgewater site.
I have found the bin to be jammed with dimensional lumber from apparent construction waste in recent weeks.
It was clear that the operator would have to climb in the bin to realign the lumber to allow the bin to be pulled clear …
Congratulations and a big thank you to the citizens, businesses, and town council of Invermere. My sister, from Calgary, invited me out for a visit to her place on Lake Windermere. Despite the regrettable problem of forest fire smoke, we enjoyed our visit a lot. Everywhere we went — restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, thrift stores, hardware stores, gas stations — people couldn’t have been nicer. A special hats off to your gardening crews. The flowers all over town were exceptional. Keep up the good job you are all …
With the official start of the federal election being called over the August long weekend, we also saw the start of political parties’ election sign campaigns. Now, love them or hate them, they are part of the political tradition in Canada, and one of the most effective ways that candidates have to put their names forward to the public.
As the campaign manager for Wayne Stetski, I knew that people would quickly tire of seeing too many campaign signs on public property, so our team has chosen to be judicious …
The third annual Invermere MusicFest (IMF) was held last Saturday at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace… and what a festival it was!
The beautiful sunny day impressed the nine bands from across the country that performed throughout the day and into the evening.
I heard one of the band members say this was his favourite festival and was so impressed by the beauty of the Columbia Valley!
CV Arts and the IMF Committee, which organized the festival, are very pleased with the variety and talent of the musicians, the number …
With respect to the historical picture on page 6 of the April 3rd issue, I wish to advise that the person putting on the green is my grandfather, William Walter Taynton. This picture was taken by Ernie Fisher and it would be almost on the sight of where the old CPR building is now.
I never did ask him if he made the putt, but am sure he did. I am impressed with the “dress code” of golfers in that time.
Really enjoy these old photos in the …
I would like to respond to the Jeers comments (August 7th Pioneer) by the person complaining that traffic enforcement in Kootenay National Park and not having a police officer manning the four-way stop in Radium during the Friday of the August long weekend caused him/her a great deal of frustration and, as stated, resulted in being plus or minus 30 minutes late. Also, to the suggestion that the detachment should, rather, focus more on community service.
First of all, I would say to the author that if you are plus …
Jessica Ray Bell
Editor’s note: Wilmer resident Jessica Ray Bell, after listening to guest speaker Mr. Harry Leslie Smith during a Broadbent Institute event in Calgary on July 13th, was so inspired by Mr. Smith’s support of democracy which crossed all party lines, that she felt inspired to share his wisdom with Pioneer readers.
Mr. Harry Leslie Smith is 92 years old. He recently toured the United Kingdom (England) in light of the last election, encouraging the young to vote. Mr. Smith is a witness to the last century, with respect to …
Re: Volunteering for the Columere Park Community Association (CPCA) in Fairmont Hot Springs.
The CPCA board of directors came up with the idea to collect membership dues through the property tax, or to explore the possibilities of how to do it, and posted, on the publicly accessed website, minutes from the November 16th, 2014 meeting.
In the presentation by Wendy Booth, RDEK director of Area F, on dues/tax assessments to homeowners, there are only two ways RDEK can direct the vote on the issue: 1) by referendum for B.C. …
(Re: Historical Lens, July 31st Pioneer in which the photographer was identified as Dorothy Barbour) Marguerite Anne Kreutter Barbour, wife to John Smith (Jack) Barbour, more than likely was the photographer. They had four sons: John Edward (born 1903), James Albert (b. 1905), Henry Theodore (b. 1907), and George Gilbert Grey (b. 1909). All were born in Wilmer, B.C. Dorothy Barbour was a daughter to James Albert. She was born in 1929. The Barbour family arrived in Wilmer in 1901.
Aunt Dorothy donated copies of our family pictures to the Windermere Valley Museum …
It was disappointing to read the “Huge Jeers to our Local Conservation Officers” write up in last week’s edition of The Pioneer.
For clarification, every report that was received by our office regarding illegal campfires has been actioned since the campfire ban was initiated on July 3rd. Although fire bans do not fall within our primary mandate of responsibilities, we have been requested to assist the provincial Wildfire Management Branch during this time of extreme fire hazard.
The main concerns are for the protection of the forest and …
It is sad that so many people in Invermere are illiterate.
Once again the transfer station has been a drop off spot for: one fridge, a washer, three TVs, a shopping cart, a bike carrier, six pails of paint, two car batteries, construction waste, old clothes, car parts and tires.
This is just over the long weekend — wake up (we can lose this transfer station)! Take your big junk to the dump!
Invermere Bylaw Officer
Firstly, I commend the paper for printing Jamie Fisher’s letter criticizing your perceived political bias, although the 200-word-plus Editor’s Note bespokes “thou doesn’t protest too much!”
I don’t really notice a political bias, but that may be as I hold the same views (left wing).
I do, however, see a huge anti-Jumbo bias, as do all my friends who own businesses, create jobs and want Invermere to prosper after the 20 or so recent business closures.
A prime example is the past issue where the ONLY decision in 12 …