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No more trails in the Benches, please

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
We grew up on a mixed farm near Kamloops, B.C. and our family always respected the wildlife and the environment. As a child, I learned from my father to look after the wildlife; he would throw hay over the fence where the cattle couldn’t get it for the more than 50 mule deer and a few moose that wintered at our place.
We grew up always supporting clubs that protected wildlife and the environment. Yes, we were and still are hunters, but we respect the laws of hunting and …

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Wild reception for film fest

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
When community comes together, great things happen. Wildsight would like to thank RK Heliski and all the other sponsors, supporters and volunteers for helping to make our 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival so successful.
It’s our annual fundraiser and Saturday’s event was sold out. We couldn’t be happier. But more than that, the films are meant to instill inspiration and motivation for positive social change, and there was a noticeable buzz in the audience.
We look forward to 2017 when we can make the Festival even bigger …

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Disappointed in contractor services

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
My wife and I have owned a vacation property in Invermere for 10 years, and moved permanently to Invermere this year. While there are many positive reasons to live in the valley, we’ve come to realize that the quality of home services is not one of them. Be it home contractors for building, renovation, furnace repair, hot tub maintenance, etc., we’ve been regularly “underwhelmed” by local service providers.
The concerns range from a lack of punctuality (or not showing up at all), to deceptive or non-competitive pricing, to …

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Trail mishap turns into tale of thanks

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Editor’s note: Pioneer reader Allison Shelstad had a close call a couple of weekends ago and sent in her story for publication in order to thank the people who helped her out. Here is her story, in her own words.
Over the weekend (of November 12th and 13th), my husband and I were in Radium staying at our trailer in Canyon RV Resort and I got up early Saturday morning to walk our two dogs (Reba and Tara). They were wanting a good run so I let them off leash on …

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Canada needs CBC more than ever

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
With the proliferation of fake news on the Internet and our mainstream media nearly a corporate monopoly, never in our history has it been easier to keep people stupid, confused and divided. It looks like democracy itself may just be a reality-TV hoax. “The world’s greatest democracy” needed just 27 percent of eligible voters to give you president Trump. Election victories today, worldwide, are scientifically engineered by marketing gurus.
“Public-opinion” is manufactured by withholding or slanting information. Easily done when just six profiteer corporations own 90 percent of U.S. …

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Liberals must deliver on electoral reform promise

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The new Liberal government has promised that the 2015 election would be the last election using our current system of “first-past-the-post” — “We will make every vote count.
We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.”
It seems now that the Liberals are waffling on proportional representation, by either advocating for ranked ballots or avoiding the election promise altogether. For more information, visit the Fair Vote Canada press release at: www.fairvote.ca/strong-mandate.
Here are …

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Drivers really should pay more attention

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
There is a potential death or serious injury hazard to early morning walkers at the crossings on the traffic lights at the kitty corner of Sobeys by some drivers speeding down 4th Street onto 7th Avenue who will not stop for you even though you are halfway across 7th and in the right to do so.
These early morning hogs of the road are only concerned with getting to their morning destinations and to hell with any pedestrian. These drivers will often run a red light in their haste. So …

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Spreading the peace

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
What a treasure of a house we have in Invermere – and it is sitting idle. It is the stately looking building, for sale, coming down the hill on Athalmer Drive.
We are known as a peaceful community. I propose we bring this peace to others through a network of Conversation Houses. Canadians are the peacemakers. In this technological world, our conversations are done so remotely with no face-to-face interaction and are often adversarial. What we don’t see enough of, is a place for good people to gather in an …

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Clear off your windshield!

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Today was Invermere’s first snowfall during morning traffic. As I drove to town, I couldn’t help to notice how many drivers were compromising their view from their snow-covered windshields. For every two vehicles I saw with windshields completely cleared of snow, the third vehicle showed the classic ‘peek-a-boo’ opening, in which the driver turned on the wipers to remove the snow directly in front of his / her viewing area.
It’s time to re-acquaint ourselves with our window scrapers / brushes, and take the time to remove all snow …

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NDP runs into democracy

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Brian Hutchinson in the National Post, Oct. 19: “Want equity status in British Columbia’s NDP? You can’t keep mum about why you fit the criteria.”
Mike Smyth in The Province, Oct. 19: “NDP’s equity mandate backfires as mayor forced out of the closet.”
Comedy or farce, we have a mayor claiming to be a minority but not willing to state what his minority is, though it is a qualifier to enter the candidate selection process.
The Columbia Valley Pioneer, Oct. 18: “The party in their equity mandate allows …

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Tip the transfer toward tidy

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am taking to writing a letter to the paper in hopes I can convince the District of Invermere to spread gravel around the Athalmer Recycling and Transfer Station. The situation is not a new one and I sent a letter to the District several months ago, as well called the office on two occasions.
I know I am not the only one who sees the problem as I have had several conversations with others as we walked through the mud, getting from our vehicles to the bins. …

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Trail system threatens Toby Benches

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Once again, the residents of the Toby Benches are being invaded by application of more mountain bike trails (oh yes, multi-use bike trails) all over the Barbour Rock crags and through Neave Creek. Thirty to 40 kilometres of new trails cut zig zag throughout this area will result in total wildlife disruption, especially on the migration route from Jumbo, Toby, Delphoie, and more valleys to the intermediate range here and onto the wetlands for the winter.
Trails cut up to the viewpoints will cause much erosion and disruption of the …

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Pilot program wraps up

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I would really like to shine the light on a few trailblazers and incredible business owners within our community.
This year I was the main operator here for the Regional Composting Pilot Program in partnership with Groundswell and the Regional District. I owe a big part of my success to the participation and support provided by:
• A&W
• Arrowhead Brewery
• Black Forest Steak and Schnitzel
• Columbia Gardens
• Fuze
• Fubuki Sushi
• Gerry’s Gelati
• Home Hardware
• Kicking Horse Coffee
• Radium Mountainside Market
• Rocky River Grill
• The View at Copper Point
For the duration …

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Columere Park community concerned

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: Columbia Lake Provincial Park Development Public Consultation Concerns
We write to you as the lakeside community of Columere Park to comment on the October 7th, 2016 Pioneer article written by Mr. Steve Hubrecht regarding the upgrades at Columbia Lake Provincial Park.
Our community and others that live in close proximity to Columbia Lake have great concerns regarding RDEK Area Director Wendy Booth’s attempt to shape BC Parks’ lakeshore access recommendations. Ms. Booth is well aware of the lakeside communities’ desire to ensure that any development is appropriate from an environmental …

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World banks must be exposed

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Bill C-51, “The Anti-Terrorism Act”, is the Harper/Trudeau plan to fight terror by turning all Canadians into terror suspects. If they were real serious about fighting terror, why not just get the banks to tell us who the terrorists are? The global cartel of banks knows everything about everyone already. Every time you use your card, the bank knows. The second your payment is late, the bank knows. Certainly they notice where the millions come from that fuel the world’s conflicts. Those who fund terrorism are the true terrorists.
We …

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Mismanaged forests to blame?

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Canada’s UNFCCC filings do not make any sense… the US EPA GHG Inventory filings include a 730 million tons CO2 equivalent for their forest lands. The UNFAO claims a global offset of 9,200 million tons of CO2 equivalent.
The U.S. to Canada ratio for forest area is 60 per cent. We should have an offset of 1,200 if we are managing our forests at the same level as the U.S. Environment Canada’s GHG Inventory filing reports our forest area as producing 72 million tons of CO2 equivalent per …

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Running for the right reasons

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I’m Doug Clovechok and I’m married to Susan. We have lived in Dutch Creek south of Fairmont for almost 10 years. I have three children, and Susan and I have four grandkids. We were also small business owners here in the valley.
Today, I am the manager of the Invermere and Kimberley campuses for College of the Rockies. My background is in education and I am passionate about making sure our children and adult learners have what they need to succeed. I also worked years in tourism and understand …

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‘Science says’ and climate change

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
“Science says” or “Scientists agree” are two of the most misused and overstated words in the debate on climate change. Science is not some all-powerful God or firm absolute unchanging truth. Science is a collection of data/information and the logical analysis and discussion thereof to arrive at viable theories or conclusions. The discussion should be about the actual data and specific derived hypothesis or theories.
Let’s try temperature data. There are two sources. One is those measured on the ground and these can often be taken near urban areas locally …

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Residents react to Barbour proposal

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Joni Mitchell’s lyric, “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot”, was running through my head as I read the article and supporting editorial in the September 16th edition on the proposed “trail system” around Barbour Lake. As a resident of Toby Benches for the last 10 years, I am somewhat saddened to see that yet another development, primarily for cyclists, is being proposed for the area. Should it proceed, then by my rough calculations 50 per cent of the Crown Land of the Benches would become primarily for …

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Cheers for numerous people of Invermere

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On Saturday, September 10th we were towing our boat south on 10th Avenue, back to our yard in the Wilder subdivision. A truck behind us (didn’t check the plates) honked wildly. Huh? We stopped and the fellow said “check your trailer wheel” (which had nearly fallen off). The wheel bearing had disintegrated. Quite the dilemma. Twenty foot boat on a trailer that is about to lose one of two wheels (not just a flat tire). We jacked it up, while wife Karen walked home and checked with neighbours who …

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