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Does Invermere need a RAMP?

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Escalating pressure for developments on public lands continues to underline the urgency for the need of a Recreation Access Management Plan (RAMP). As a sitting member of the Columbia Valley RAMP group going back to 2011, I’ve observed that participants come to the table with conflicting notions of what a RAMP should look like. That’s why ongoing dialogue is essential among all user groups.
However, some (like the B.C. Liberals who pulled their support of the Columbia Valley RAMP process a couple years ago) actually question the need for a …

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Hydro is an election issue

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Before the upcoming election, I would like to see a financial statement from BC Hydro — revenue, various expenses, salaries and upkeep of the grid. Why is my hydro bill so high? Carbon tax on hydro? Did BC Hydro learn something from Bombardier?
Last Thursday I was talking to one of our candidates and he said the system is broken and he would like to break it some more, right Doug?
As far as I know, B.C. creates more towers than it needs and we sell the surplus south …

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Phobia legislation flawed

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
On the recent motion passed by our federal government, M103, which is touted as an “anti-Islamophobia motion”, 201 MPs voted in favour of this motion including our Member of Parliament (Wayne Stetksi). What is the definition of this motion besides a ‘phobia’ or a type of fear/dislike?
Apparently, the federal government’s objective next is to have a whole taskforce on studying Islamophobia and developing an approach to eliminating it. What is next — Christianophobia, Judeophobia, Francophobia, xenophobia, or countless other phobias? What agenda of a few people in 35 …

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Valley Seasons

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In this land of mountain snow
Panorama in Winter is the place to go
Down the snowy slopes we slide
On our boards and skis with pride
Off the mountain too is fun
Cross country may be more for everyone
Husky and I across the frozen lake do fly
Both speed and serenity under open sky
Now the Winter it is done
Into Spring with golf, grass and sun
Get out those clubs and take some swings
Enjoy the warmth the new season brings
Be it Spring or be it Fall
The change of seasons is best of all.
Walter Benstead
Panorama

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Why is Greenways ignoring wildlife?

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
We fully support a well-planned network of recreation trails in the Invermere area. The high quality of life in our beautiful valley is based on a strong connection to nature, and both residents and visitors would benefit from a developed trail system.
Improved access, trailhead information, signage, and education on responsible use could be a win for everyone. But a successful plan must mirror the interests of a full range of public land users, community groups and businesses. It must have clear goals to minimize harm to wildlife, wildlife …

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Support sanctioned trails

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I attended the meeting Friday night (April 7th) put on by the Greenways Alliance and fully support the need for sanctioned trails.
Having proper signs and maintained trials is very important.
I agree that the trails must be both wildlife and environmental friendly.
I see every day the economic value having a great trail system in the area.
Thank you to the bunch of hard working dedicated directors.
Joanne Kersey
Radium Hot Springs

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Pride in Canada and community

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
As we all know this year is Canada’s 150th birthday. So we, being proud Canadians and fortunate residents of the Columbia Valley (Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Edgewater, Brisco) should get out to celebrate our national birthday.
It all starts off with our excellent fireworks display 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 1st and continues on with events throughout the day at various venues throughout our town. What has always been one of my family’s favorite events is the Canada Day Parade.
While I was working at Copper Point Golf …

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Frustrated by forum format

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
With the provincial election campaign now officially in motion, I was looking forward to a rousing debate amongst candidates and voters. However, once again, a privileged group organized by the partisan Chamber of Commerce has highjacked the rules for the All Candidates Forum.
As a rural voter who already feels disenfranchised by the policies and disregard of the B.C. Liberal government, I am disappointed that my one chance to interact in public with a future representative will be denied. Is it even worth turning up at the forum …

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Corporations are cleaning us out

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
You see it happening everywhere — huge transnational companies buying up all the little companies. Then after the competition is gone, the price goes through the roof. Expect to see this more as governments deregulate and international trade deals kick in.
Politicians tell us we need these giant corporations because they create jobs. Yeah okay, but only when they’re making obscene profits. Otherwise we lose jobs. Shipping Elk Valley coal to Asian steel plants once provided many more jobs than it does now that it’s a Teck-Canadian Pacific monopoly. …

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Kudos to former editor

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I wish to acknowledge Nicole Trigg’s fine editorship of The Valley Echo and The Columbia Valley Pioneer.
Nicole knows the pulse and beat of this community that were reflected in her excellent editorials that were always so refreshing to read.
I wish her every success in the next step of her career although I will miss her special blend of journalism.
Sincerely,
Margaret O’Sullivan
Invermere

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Candidates and committee don’t properly represent

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I read the announcement about the All Candidate’s Forum in last week’s Pioneer. This forum is one of the only opportunities voters have to hear each candidate speak publicly, and potentially have the candidates address issues that are important to them. I appreciate the time and effort the committee puts in to organizing the event, but there is a big problem.
All four candidates are men, and the organizers are also all men — all from similar socio-economic backgrounds. And this is a problem because it doesn’t reflect …

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Stetski doth presume too much

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Mr. Stetski took it upon himself to vote in favour of the M103 bill. Does he believe that this is the way voters would have wanted you to vote? Are you not supposed to be representing your constituents?
While I am not in favour of discriminating against anyone, I have a strong belief in our freedom of speech. Being nice to people is a parents’ responsibility, not the governments’. You can’t legislate kindness/respect.
It is painfully apparent that, once elected, MPs seem to be confused as to what and …

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Errant trailbuilder versus Parks Canada

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It was with interest that I read the article regarding David Pacey’s legal problems associated with his trailbuilding efforts. It was unfortunate that the article was not complete and I hope to see the full article in the next edition (Editor’s note: See adjacent “Correction” ).
Regardless, why is Parks Canada wasting so much time and money on something so trivial? You would think Parks Canada couldn’t afford to waste money after all the free passes they are handing out this year. I wonder how many trails could have …

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Watkins house at Brisco

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
(Re: Historical Lens photo in the March 10th Pioneer) I appreciate the photo of my grandparents’ house in your last issue. However, your date of the photo is a bit out.
My mother, Annie Watkins, was born on February 14th, 1902. In this photo, she is probably six or seven years old. This would mean that this photograph was probably taken around 1908 or 1909 (Editor’s note: details about this photo provided to The Pioneer by the Windermere Valley Museum indicate it was taken in the 1920s). …

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Natural gas not cheap

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It is probably a good thing that when politicians are thrown out of office they go quietly into the sunset and enjoy their retirement. To a large extent, the three living former MLAs — Jim Doyle, Wendy McMahon and myself — do a fairly good job of that. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t still have many thoughts about current issues.
I am prompted to write today because of subjects raised in the last three issues of The Pioneer. The most recent was a Letter to the Editor …

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Valley needs natural gas

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for the coverage concerning propane gas use in our valley. The elephant in the room is this: Why don’t we have natural gas piped into our valley? It would help the big users of fossil fuel here.
It would also make other businesses wanting to move here more competitive. I would love to have natural gas in my home. What a great issue for the upcoming election!
Monroe Hunsicker
Dry Gulch

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Nurses need more appreciation

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Nurses are a vastly under-appreciated profession. Just having spent four days in the Kelowna General Hospital recuperating from spinal surgery, I am more aware than ever how overworked and undercompensated they are.
The nurses were the brightest spot in an otherwise arduous experience. They were endlessly patient and caring, compassionate, efficient, knowledgeable, etc. with me and with all the other patients in the ward full of people recuperating from body trauma and in great pain and helplessness.
I wish we could all lobby our government to make the …

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Family thanks caring community

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Through your newspaper, we would like to publicly thank those who looked after and looked out for our wife and mother, Anne Picton, over the years.
We first would like to recognize the Interior Health workers and all the medical staff who cared for her and treated her illness. The courtesy and respect that was shown to Anne was indicative of the high regard people had for her. Every time she was admitted to hospital or Emergency, the treatment was commendable and Anne had high praise for all the staff.
The …

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Shocked by horse abuse

Posted on March 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I was shocked to read that an RCMP Riding Master was removed from the RCMP Musical Ride Unit over horse abuse allegations.
Sgt. Major Marc Godue had been a riding instructor with the Musical Ride since 1990 and was promoted to Riding Master in 2014.
Having been a member of the RCMP Musical Ride in 1956, 1957 and 1958, performing in Canada, USA and Great Britain, I never saw any abuse of horses by our members.
I travelled with the horses by boat from Glasgow, Scotland, by train across the USA …

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Barbour Rock: just tip of the iceberg

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Passionate arguments for and against the Barbour Rock trail system proposed by the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance (CVGTA) have captured the public’s interest lately.
One part of the conversation that warrants more attention is the lack of a recreation access management plan in the Upper Columbia Valley — the only region in the E. Kootenay that does not have one. And it’s painfully clear that due to our proximity to Calgary, we are more susceptible to overuse.
Recent survey results gathered by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation reinforce …

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