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Surrendering control of our country

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
On Friday, September 12th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed the highly controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). This strategy of sneaking in unpopular legislation on a Friday afternoon has become a habit with this prime minister. I was one of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who voiced my objection to this deal.
Following are some of the reasons why I was, and still am, very much against FIPA: The FIPA deal was brokered with no public input, provincial consultation or even parliamentary debate, making it undemocratic. …

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Step in to stop Site C

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
For the third time in 30 years, 10,000 hectares of B.C.’s most productive farm land is slated to be submerged in favour of a hydroelectric dam that would produce power no one really needs.
In a month from now, a decision will be made on BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam on the Peace River. The 1,100-megawatt, $7.9-billion project would generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes, while flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of the Peace, plus 24 kilometres of tributary waterways.
Warm Pacific air flows into the Peace River valley, …

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Dismal behaviour by motor boater

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
On Sunday, August 31st,  my family and I were paddling at the south end of the lake and up into the river channel when a motor boater came charging from the lake into the river channel at full speed. He then came within a few feet of my son in his kayak before racing past us.
Not surprisingly, within minutes, he was stuck in the mud — the river is only eight to 10 inches deep at this point. He proceeded to spend the next 90 minutes trying to …

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Toby Theatre owners say goodbye

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: The Pioneer will not be running a news story on the closing of the Toby Theatre at this time. After serving the valley for almost 43 years, the owners have requested time to mourn the loss of their beloved Toby. The following statement is their message to the community. 
After operating for more than half a century, Toby Theatre closed its doors for the final time on Saturday,  September 6th, 2014. For more than 62 years, it provided 35mm movie entertainment to Invermere and the surrounding communities, which makes …

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Smarten up when it comes to sexual health

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
At the risk of sounding amoral, I would like to address some of the issues brought up in the Faith column written by Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman in the September 5th issue of The Pioneer.
Mr. Coltman tackled the difficult and controversial subject of sex and sexual education in his submission. While I don’t purport to be an expert, I do have some small experience in the field; I volunteered at our local chapter of OPT (Options for Sexual Health) as a reproductive health counsellor several years ago. 
My goal in …

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District’s distasteful water a disgrace

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I have to give the maintenance workers, council and town of Invermere a superior grade when it comes to the beautification of the downtown core, new cenotaph area and the eye-pleasing clean appearance of the town in general.
I know my visitors often make complimentary remarks regarding the flower gardens, hanging baskets and entrance from the highway.
That all ends when they taste our drinking water. Good thing the plants like the water because it’s not fit for human consumption.
It’s a disgrace when viewed in context with such beautiful, …

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A FISHERMAN’S FRIEND — Hope Brewer stands by a canoe in Taynton Bay (now known as Kinsmen Beach) circa 1950.
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A valley old-timer remembers a ‘true Pioneer’

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I enjoy reading your paper, especially the photos and information about the old timers. I hope you will find space to print the enclosed photo and profile of one such early day resident, a good friend and fishing companion, Samuel Hope Brewer.
Hope was born at Perry Creek which is south of Kimberley, on May 30th, 1886. He was the first white child to be born in the East Kootenay. At that time, his father Samuel, a placer miner from Wisconsin, was working a gold claim on the creek. From …

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A reminder about road, sidewalk use

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Cars and trucks are licensed as vehicles, for road use, and should never drive or park in bicycle lanes or in spaces for vehicles with a wheelchair symbol; the owner must not be in the vehicle whilst a driver is shopping.
Bicycles are not licensed, but are also recognized legally as vehicles and for road use — except tricycles for small children. They should never be ridden on sidewalks; only on road or cycle lanes.
Helmets should be worn by children and adults at all times, and children should be …

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Interior Health defends permitting process

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I wanted to clarify Interior Health’s temporary food event permitting process in light of recent coverage in The Pioneer.
Interior Health recognizes that temporary food events like fundraising barbecues are an important and valuable part of our communities. Our role is to assist people to minimize the risk of illnesses associated with food so that the food served at these events is safe. Our approach and the guidelines we use have not changed from last year. In fact, we have issued more than twice the number of permits this summer …

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Historical Lens photo revives cherished memories

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: The following letter is the second response to the Historical Lens photo in the August 1st issue titled “A day at the beach, 1955.”
Dear Editor:
The photo you had in the August 1st edition of those beautiful (and young-looking) girls brings back many wonderful memories that have been cherished and will be cherished forever.  However, Margie is MacGougan, not McGowan, and Arlene is Arleen Gibbons (unfortunately I cannot remember her married name). Arleen was from Toronto and always stayed at the Talbot’s cabin. Margie was married to Hans Gmoser of heli-skiing fame …

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Jumbo culture clash

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
In the beginning, according to Kootenay archaeologist Wayne Choquette, the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) peoples arrived as the great glaciers melted. Being gatherers/hunters, they were following the herds into new ice-free lands. Their pre-history territory was far larger in all directions than now. However, after suffering the ravages of the foreigners’ airborne communicable diseases that preceded “contact”, like all indigenous populations, their population was greatly reduced. Ktunaxa survivors all moved close to the Purcell Mountains — at that time, a safe place. They welcomed their distant cousins, the remnant Peigan (Blackfoot), and …

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In this image, dated August, 1955, Mary Daniel, Arlene Gibbons, Margie MacGowan, Sharon Daniel and Helen Stirling prepare for a relaxing day at the beach in front of the Daniel cabin on Windermere beach. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .    Photo (A1439) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Windermere Beach remembered

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the Historical Lens photo in the August 1st issue titled “A day at the beach, 1955.”
Dear Editor:
This photo brought back many happy memories of my childhood spent at what is now Terravista — then called “Windermere Beach” by my parents, Walter and Eleanor Stoddart, who owned and rented fourteen rustic cabins near the iconic sandhill. The Daniel cabin was located just north of our home on property my dad had subdivided and where he sold lots for as little as $150. 
Despite the …

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Government knew tailing pond was inadequate

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


Dear Editor
Thank you for your timely and appropriate August, 8th editorial regarding the recent Mount Polly Mine tailing pond crisis.
The two big questions in the minds of the people of that area are probably, “what is the provincial government going to do to ensure that accidents such as this never happen again?” and “will the government ensure that Imperial Metals, the mine’s owner, bears the full expense of the cleanup?”
The answer to these two questions is very little. Imperial Metals is controlled by Alberta oil magnate Murray Edwards. Six companies …

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Jumbo preferential treatment?

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I live in Bigfork, Montana, and travel to the Invermere area regularly for recreation — primarily hiking, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and birdwatching. Your community welcomes folks from all over the world and it’s a pleasure to visit.
As a regular visitor, I do follow your news and I am routinely surprised and amazed by the debate over the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.
I am amazed that a town can be created and a town council and mayor appointed without a population to represent. As reported in the Globe …

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Hot dog policing unecessary

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Concerning the story ‘Lid closed on fundraising barbecues’, in the August 8th edition of the Pioneer, the Windermere Health Care Auxiliary has been one of the non-profits to benefit from the hot dog sales that Mr. Miller has so generously supported. All of this subsequent fundraising has allowed us to support Columbia House and the Palliative care suite in the Invermere Hospital. We will be hard pressed to find an alternative option for raising these funds. Ridiculous is the need to have a commercial kitchen in which to cook …

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CV Arts Council shows appreciation

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


Dear Editor
The seventh annual Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts was celebrated on Sunday, August 3rd at the CPR Lodge. There were 28 wonderful artists in every type of medium showing their talents to the appreciative shoppers. The weather was perfect and the setting delightful.
On behalf of the Columbia Valley Arts Council I would like to thank all the artists who participated as you are the reason we presented the Tour. We could not have enjoyed the day without our generous sponsors, the District of Invermere crew, our ticket sellers …

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Caring for Dorothy Lake

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the District of Invermere and copied to The Pioneer for publication.
Dear Mayor Taft and Councillors Denchuk, Atterbury, Hawes, and Anderson:
We would like to bring to your attention that we have found invasive gold fish and coy in Dorothy Lake. This is concerning to us because:
• gold fish are a non-native, invasive species;
• they compete with native fish and the blue-listed painted turtle for habitat and food;
• they stir up the bottom of the lake and make the water turbid;
• they could get into …

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Much ado about cows

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Having lived in the valley for twenty plus years, I am putting my foot down after reading the RCMP report in the most recent Pioneer.
Complaining about the free range cattle on Westside Road is beyond ridiculous!
People who have lived in this valley for years appreciate the beautiful countryside we live in and realize we share it with ranchers who have been in this valley a lot longer than some others, who seem to want to turn it into the city.
The drive down Westside is always enjoyable, …

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A legit and lasting legacy

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
The trails around Lake Lillian (called the Johnson and Kloosifier trails respectively) are provincially designated trails approved by wildlife biologists, and have undergone archeological impact assessments, public outreach, and more. They are 100 percent legitimate and have benefited from hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer hours from numerous user groups to get to the point where they are currently at.
Ditto for Mt. Swansea, which in 2013 was the site of a $100,000-plus project (all spent in the local economy) that improved trails and access there.
Add in the efforts …

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Singletrack 6 saboteur out to lunch

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I thought of writing a “Jeers” to the throwback lady who deliberately sabotaged this summer’s biggest sports event up on the Toby Benches, the Singletrack 6 mountain bike race.
This person removed the course markers, parked her pickup truck across the trail, then stood there physically misdirecting the lead riders off the course in the wrong direction.
Riders had already put two to three hours of maximum physical effort into the race when their day was almost ruined by this nitwit. Almost being the key word, as course crew …

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