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Jumbo municipality dependent on public funds

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to comment on Steve Hubrecht’s very interesting Feb. 20th article about the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s legal action against the province because of the creation of the Municipality of Jumbo.
The article’s last four paragraphs were especially interesting because they dealt with the municipality’s 2014 audited financial statements. At the end of the statements the auditors (BDO Canada LLP Chartered Accountants) wrote a paragraph that called into question the municipality’s ability to continue as a going concern.
This of course has put Mayor Greg Deck’s nose out of joint. …

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Build Jumbo and they will come

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Greetings from Jasper Park, Alberta.
I have recently been thinking more and more about the Jumbo Glacier Resort development and a process that seems to still be in a state of inching forward with real resistance.
For those of you that oppose any development in the area, I say that you are depriving your region and community of a great future economic benefit while climate indication is telling us all that the best days of skiing in already established resorts at lower altitudes are past.
Study the past 30 years of climate …

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Deer society distraught over cull

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Pioneer story “Deer cull resumes, court costs compromised” (February 13th Pioneer) is shocking for so many reasons.
IDPS does NOT owe money to the District of Invermere. The words used – recoup, bad debt, owes the remainder, what is owed, and bad debt – are not accurate. The petitioners were to pay “costs at Scale B.” The district submitted their bill to the Registrar Judge requesting payment of $14,656.61. The judge reduced the cost to $12,000 and IDPS paid in full.
The paper failed to read online documentation …

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Cougar actions commended

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
This is a detailed response to Mr. Stephen Lebovits’ letter to the editor in the February 6th Pioneer, “Killing Cougars is not Conservation.”
We are the Invermere residents under whose deck the cougar met its untimely demise. This cougar had been in the CastleRock area for a number of weeks. Sightings occurred daily, with pictures taken and tracks everywhere. We were a community on high alert!
On the morning of January 22nd, I called the conservation officers to our home as I had just seen the cougar.
They did NOT, …

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Conservation concern for cougars

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


I am writing this letter in response to the letter written by Mr. Stephen Lebovits in last week’s paper (“Killing cougars isn’t conservation,” February 6th Pioneer). His first three paragraphs in regards to the Conservation Officer Service Program Plan were bang on — to the point.
This is exactly what my husband and I witnessed in the unfortunate put down of our resident cougar. We live in CastleRock and were firsthand witnesses to this disappointing outcome.Three officers attended the call that was made by our neighbours. They were most efficient, responsible …

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Latest attack on freedom

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
While the rest of the world moves steadily towards more democracies and fewer autocracies, under Stephen Harper Canada bucks the trend. With the introduction of the new security bill C-51, the “Anti-Terrorism Act” now heading through Parliament, Harper has taken his move towards an authoritarian state to a much higher and much more frightening level.
Under this proposed legislation, CSIS, Canada’s security and intelligence gathering service, will be given new powers. These powers will effectively make CSIS a secret police force.
Harper claims the bill is necessary to fight …

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Killing cougars is not conservation

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
According to the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service Program Plan (see page 18 at www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/COS_program_plan.pdf): “Conservation Officers are the first responder to human-wildlife conflicts. (They) possess the necessary training, experience and equipment to deal with threats to public safety that may arise from human-wildlife conflicts.
To reduce the instances of human-wildlife conflict over the long term, (they) participate in numerous outreach and stewardship activities.
Reducing these conflicts is essential to preserving public safety, conserving biodiversity, reducing property damage, improving animal welfare and expending public resources more effectively and …

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Canada proud and free

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I have lived and worked in three countries and seven provinces. This country, no matter what Kim Baker says (see last week’s letter to editor: “What version of Canada do you want?”), has an admirable history and present. We are a free enterprise and democratic society. We all have the opportunity for choices in education, career, employment and, yes, political leadership. Yes, these opportunities may require work and effort, even more for some than others but our society is mobile and they are obtainable.
Democracy is not just about voting, …

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Students need support

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am asking the community of Invermere to speak to our district councillors at the Budget Open House on February 4th to request a safe walking path for our children attending Eileen Madson Primary School.
Eileen Madson Primary School (EMP) has 220 children attending this year. These children are little, between the ages of five and nine, and are too young to safely navigate traffic. From the back parking area at 14th Avenue to the main roadway at 13th Avenue, there is no walkway for the children. The children are …

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What version of Canada do you want?

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
(In response to last week’s letter to the editor, “I want my country back.”)
I am so very grateful to have been born a Canadian and to have enjoyed the privilege of living in a country with one of the highest standards of living on the planet. I do, however, take issue with the notion that we are somehow special in the eyes of anyone in the world but ourselves.
Much like a spoiled and entitled child, we cling to a self-inflated ideal of our place on the …

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Bring out more bins

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Regarding your January 2nd article “Invermere transfer station ill-treated”.
We know how busy our town gets during Christmas and New Year.
It looks like all garbage bins are full in your picture, so common
sense is to put out more bins during busy times and long weekends.
And build a station for goods that people can drop off.
B. van Son
Invermere

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POTATO PATCH KIDS — The November 28th Historical Lens photo  that identified Charles Crook, Helen Spencer, centre, and Elinor Venice. 

Photo (A1343) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

History emerges on charming children

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
Some information regarding the Historical Lens photo in your November 28th, 2014 issue. The boy is my brother Charles Crook, who was born in the Wilmer hospital on June 24th, 1911.
The girl in the centre is Helen Spencer and the other girl is Elinor Venice. They are standing in front of Sinclair Craig’s potato patch at Windermere. Thank you for printing the picture.
 
Ray Crook
Invermere

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Get over the price of gas in the valley

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
John Tames wrote a letter to the editor last week, making several points about being in a business where the costs are very public, and seemingly always making the news. I think that we are actually very fortunate with the price that we presently pay for the fuel for our vehicles these days. Here’s why.
Fifty years ago, the price of a gallon of gas was in the fifty to sixty cents per gallon range. The average five-year-old car was a 1960 Chevy that, on a good day, got about …

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Don’t fuel the fire of gas prices

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Regarding the article in The Pioneer about local fuel (December 19th issue)… as the owner of a local gas station, I can’t help but take a bit of exception to those who vilify gas station owners.
We, as business owners, are no different than other owners of businesses.
We serve the public, as do most all other businesses.
The difference is that our cost of material is basically open to public knowledge. Be that as it may, it seems that people generally  forget that businesses must operate at a profit.
When was the last …

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DAPPER DANDIES — It’s thought the men in this historical photo are Jack Buchhani, B.G. Hamilton, Bill Seaton and Mr. Tomkins. In his letter, Mr. Smith identifies Mr. Tomkins as the man on the step with the young girl below him.

The mysterious case of Harry Tomkins

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
In regards to photo A1423 (Historical Lens, November 14th Pioneer), I have a little information for you. Mr. Wilfred Harry Tomkins, also known as Tommy Tompkins is my grandfather. He was born July 7th, 1884 and died on July 9th, 1972 in Calgary. He had taken a position in Invermere sometime before 1920 as Secretary of the Irrigated Fruit Lands Co. Ltd in Invermere. 
As far as we know, he resided in Invermere until the late 1920s. Depending on the exact year of the picture, the little girl standing beside him …

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No reason not to support Jumbo

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
After reading Steve Tersmette’s letter looking for any reason to allow Jumbo (The Pioneer, December 12th issue), I have searched long and hard to find any reason to stop it.
He mentions the voting public being ignored, but our last Regional District of East Kootenay and Invermere council elections showed the anti-Jumbo candidates receiving the least amount of votes. Clearly they are not the majority. After starting four successful businesses in
Invermere over the last 45 years, I have found the vast majority of business owners are pro-Jumbo!
Reasons against? …

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Deer are a lesson in gentleness

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us from spirit. 
Like the dappling of a fawn’s coat, both the light and the dark may be loved to create gentleness and safety for those who are seeking peace.
Stop pushing so hard to get others to change and love them as they are!
Please find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, for you may be projecting your fears and anxieties onto others.
Stop courting your …

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Trying to understand Jumbo Resort

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I’ve been searching long and hard for a reason why Jumbo Glacier Resort should receive approval from the Ministry of Environment therefore allowing them to continue construction on one of the most controversial land use decisions in this province’s history. And that reason is simply it wouldn’t be very professional of the BC Liberals to not grant approval to a project being undertaken by a financial supporter of the party.
It makes complete sense that the voting public that opposes the project would be ignored.
It also makes sense that …

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Local PACs encouraged to apply for gaming grants

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
The Province distributes $135 million in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.
The following local community organizations that have received gaming grants to date in the government fiscal year 2014/2015 are as follows:
• In Edgewater, the Steamboat Mountain Music Society received $2,850 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Fairs, Festivals, Museums sub sector.
• In Invermere, the Columbia Valley Arts Council received $29,000 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Adult Arts and Culture sub sector.
• In …

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Freedom of Speech protects democratic process

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
This reflects on last week’s editorial in The Columbia Valley Pioneer. It appears that someone holds the view that controversial issues ought not be discussed in newspapers, but, rather, should be forwarded to specialist groups for a worthy opinion.
Seven hundred and ninety-nine years ago, Magna Carta introduced a process whereby citizens would influence how they were governed.
Canadians generally take pride in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada, both of which enshrine, among other guarantees, the right of free speech and freedom of the press. …

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