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Good samaritans help crash victims

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
On Monday morning, July 31st, my wife and I were in a serious motor vehicle accident on Highway 93/95 in the Skookumchuck area. Our motorhome was rear-ended, sending us across the highway and down a steep bank. Fortunately, I was able to keep the motor home upright and we did not suffer major injuries.
We would like to express our gratitude to the many people who came to our assistance after the accident. Firstly, we want to thank the many motorists who came to check that we were okay. We …

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There is a time

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by


There is a time for us to say
There has to be a better way
Working people build and build
Dreams and productive goals to define
But when it comes to cross the line
Bureaucrats and naysayers say that is not fine
They say and say you must redefine
Why is not always clear
But they tell the people let us steer
Why and where it is not clear
But they will be there the sheep to shear
Time to build projects and LNG plants
No more protests, adjudication and debate
Seize the potential before it is too late
Walter Benstead
Panorama BC

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Wildlife needs support

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I didn’t want to do this – but enough is enough. Wildlife needs our total support NOW. With due respect to Lyle Wilson’s response to ‘Sacred Places’, the need for meaningful dialogue has passed.
Helen and Hal Bavin were very instrumental in establishing the Purcell Wilderness several years ago. And that’s what it should be. Other areas require the same attention. Walk in Only! Not even bicycles. Get on your feet and smell the roses.
I’m aware of the time period Lyle mentions. Confrontation with wildife 50 to 60 years ago …

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“Sacred Places” for whom?

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
As citizens of Canada, we have the same rights to the free use of public lands as any hiker or horseman, or anybody else for that matter, as long as our presence doesn’t fundamentally change that place. If “Sacred” means that one user group can claim to have exclusive use of public land at the exclusion of other users, then a re-think of public policy is a more pressing need. 
There are misrepresentations in the letter to the editor “Sacred” that appeared in the Pioneer July 21st . The organized trail-using community has proven that …

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Piano man carried reader away

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Last night, my wife and I were fortunate enough to enjoy one of the most memorable musical performances we’ve ever experienced in this community. You probably missed it, because there were only a handful of others in the audience to appreciate the piano wizardry of Arne Sahlen.
His theme was music from the movies and songs such as “Moon River” brought back so many romantic memories I briefly thought about kissing my wife. Luckily, I caught myself in time. Talk about getting carried away!
But the music was magical and Arne’s repertoire seemed …

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Disputing Co2 levels

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Rowena Eloise writes in June 23rd, 2017 regarding Jumbo and climate change. She states that CO2 levels have never been higher, when in fact CO2 levels in the Permian Era were close to 6,000 ppm, about 15 times today’s levels, stimulating plant growth making Canada’s coal reserves. She also advocates for criminal prosecution for ecosystem destruction. I wonder if that would include the farmers who destroyed ecosystems to build farms to grow food for her, or the Invermere town fathers who destroyed ecosystems for her roads and houses and …

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Death by a thousand cuts

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Death by a thousand cuts!
Driving 10 hours from a city to ride for a couple of hours tearing up grassland or alpine and then driving another ten hours back to tinsel town does not count towards “saving the planet”. Contrary to what advertisers would have us believe, riding bicycles has nothing to do with saving the environment, unless they are directly being used to replace the use of a car.
Recreational mountain biking is about getting exercise and thrills. Unfortunately it is also about poaching trails, and cutting …

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Not Mr. Chisholm

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I doubt very much if “Mr. Chisholm” (A.M. Chisholm, brother-in-law of James and Edgar Stoddart) is driving the car pictured (in last week’s Historical Lens photo, above) – as in 1910 he and his wife had not yet moved to the Valley where he later was magistrate, Justice of the Peace, etc. in Windermere. He was my father’s uncle by marriage.
Bernice (Stoddart) Hathaway
Parksville, B.C.

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Donation window coming to a close

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Support for the Toyota bursary has been excellent, both local and afar.
We are already at four bursaries, which is a far better result than we expected.
Therefore, the donation window will close July 31st, and a draw made after the August long weekend. Thank you Columbia Valley for your usual excellent support.
To donate, please visit http://cvcommunityfoundation.ca, click on ‘donate now’ and select ‘Greg Constable Toyota Corolla bursary’ from the drop-down menu.
Greg Constable
Invermere

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Cynicism overrides common sense

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Actions and outcomes really do speak louder than … baseless rhetoric?
Elections may harbour the kind of mindless partisanship espoused by Mr. Taft. Thankfully they also “expose” true character &/or integrity …. OR lack thereof?!
It’s clear that Mr. Clovechok won based on the belief that he will represent us best, notwithstanding the subsequent events of a one seat swing in majority! Yes, let’s not forget, only a 1 seat difference ultimately changed the majority (for now), even though the Liberals received the majority of support of constituents as a single …

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Entranced by the night sky

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Our valley skies day and night I still watch and delight in even though I am taking a break from writing the astronomy column for you readers. Bright Jupiter to the low west catches my eye, pale Saturn intrigues down the valley, the Milky Way soars overhead with Cygnus and Vega, and the moon glides towards its rendezvous in August with the sun and a grand eclipse.
Days and evenings too our valley skies are well worth a glance even if you or I have busy schedules. An intricate dance …

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Consider others when out and about

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Thoughtfulness – consideration of others. Think of the other guy and hope he does the same. Unfortunately, when some people head for the outdoors, they forget to bring good manners along.
Outsiders have often heard me brag that the options for fishing in this area are so numerous, that if I find anyone else on one of the nearby, small lakes on a week day, it feels crowded. Imagine my disappointment upon arrival at one of my favourite lakes recently to find not one, but a pair of parked trucks. …

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Aboriginal coverage appreciated

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
A BIG THANK YOU to The Pioneer for displaying aboriginal culture on the front page (as well as inside) two weeks in a row! Living 30 years on Haida Gwaii, Aboriginal Day is one of my favourite celebrations in the valley.
Sadly this year I was unable to attend. Your pictures brought the day to life for me. It was so nice to see these vibrant cultures showcased!
Thank you, Valley Aboriginal peoples! Thank you, Pioneer!
Sharlene Scofield
Radium Hot Springs

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Emissions model outdated

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Re. Jumbo/Climate Change letter (June 23rd)
Glad to see Rowena’s recognition of forest area/oceanic area’s major role in GHG concerns. Fact is that 65%+ of carbon GHG global emissions are consumed yearly by sequestering. But…
The world is still focused on using the 1990 CO2 Emissions Model. The Model does not include any recognition of the above. All Climate Warming Agreements to date are based on the 1990s model. The model only tracks 7 units of flow.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization introduced their Carbon Flux Model in late 2015 …

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Actions speak louder

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
The recent BC Liberal speech from the throne closes with the words; “….submitted with humility and openness to change”. Many people heard, “…. submitted with desperation and reluctance”.
After campaigning ruthlessly against the BC NDP, claiming that all of the core promises like investing in childcare, eliminating bridge tolls and eliminating MSP premiums were too expensive, and flatly denying to ban corporate and union donations and work towards electoral reform, suddenly on the brink of losing a confidence vote, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have completely changed …

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Haywire democracy

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
What kind of haywire democracy have we got anyway? Look at our last provincial election. Our riding Columbia River-Revelstoke has 22,449 registered voters. Doug Clovechok won it with 6,620 votes. Which means that 15,829 or over 70 percent of the eligible voters did not vote for Doug Clovechok. Nearly 8,000 did not vote at all. More didn’t bother voting than it took to win the election! Proportional representation would be more fair.
As for the low turnout, governments themselves are guilty of voter suppression as an election tactic. The most …

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Jumbo-climate change connection

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
June 5th is U.N. World Environment Day. The day was set aside in 1974 for celebrating our natural environment and creating an awareness of global environmental issues.Now 43 years later, unless your name is Donald Trump, it’s pretty hard to deny that we’re taking agiant step into a global climate crisis where the developed part of the world will get its just desserts and the undeveloped part of the world will get those same desserts.
It’s obvious from the information that I get that carbon dioxide, CO2, (often referred to …

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What is your Drone Zone?

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
This letter is to help inform the public regarding Transport Canada Federally Governed regulations when flying a drone/quadcopter in Canada. I invite whomever wants to fly a drone to please educate yourselves first. Visit Transportcanada.com and know the law. Understand where you can fly and can’t fly.
Did you know you are not to fly a drone closer than nine kilometres from the centre of an aerodrome, any airport, heliport, seaplane nase, or anywhere aircraft take off or land, unless you are SFOC Commercial Aviation Pilot …

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Bears, bears, bears

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
Bears, bears, everywhere. It seems like I can’t pick up the paper anymore without reading about bears. Almost everyone likes to read about the bruins, but it also raises some questions. Emphasizing the “no stoppage” area in the park is a beneficial public service, but where did the pictures of the park grizzlies come from? Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to tell people not to stop, but if someone does break the rules and happens to get a good picture, send it to the paper? …

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Silver Strings student musicians deserve hearty congratulations

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
For those who are unaware, I wish to draw attention to the young musicians who comprise the Silver Strings Ukelele Band under the leadership of talented Leisa O’Sullivan, successor to the talented Bruce Childs.
These young people may be construed as ambassadors of giving and goodwill and Invermere is noted for the musical tours the group makes.
A total of 51 students accompanied by 16 adults as chaperones in 2 buses, have just returned from a very successful tour to Kelowna June 5th through June 8th, where they played six concerts …

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