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Senseless vigilante bear shooting

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by


Dealing with wildlife is part and parcel of living in the Upper Columbia Valley. Along with the spellbinding views, glimmering lakes and glorious fresh air comes deer eating garden flowers, skunks lurking under the back porch and the occasional bear ambling down the street looking for tasty garbage bins to raid.
And as long as there’s no threat to residents, or to their pets, these wildlife encounters should be no big deal. It may be nerve-racking to have a bear on the street, but bears are rarely aggressive if unprovoked.
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Representation

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
For 90 per cent of the population, provincially controlled legislation that does not allow First Nations to participate in regional district board meetings until the treaty process has been completed is just another headline about arbitrary decisions that the government has made to gain control.
But for people like Akisqnuk First Nation chief Lorne Shovar, who requested a seat at the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors table to vote on community-based decisions within the region in March, it’s yet another historical clash that’s continued …

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Market mayhem

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Though rumours have swirled through the community for years, the news the Invermere Farmers’ Market is actually moving out of its long-term 6th Avenue location will still be greeted by dismay and disbelief.
The market, after years in the making, has become a downtown Invermere mainstay and as much of a local attraction as the quaint main street and nearby Kinsmen Beach. It’s no secret there’s been strife between the market and nearby businesses who have resented the honorary not-for-profit status granted by the District of Invermere while …

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Orange crush

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Leadership turnover happens in hockey all the time. Just look at the Canucks who hired coach John Tortorella to reignite the team, who was then promptly turfed a year later after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in six years under his direction.
But Canadians’ political patience tends to run much deeper. Here in B.C. the Liberals have won four elections and governed since 2001, (count ‘em — 14 years; 16 years by the next provincial election); the federal Conservatives have been in …

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A drawn out match

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The order for Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL) to cease construction on Jumbo Glacier Resort’s day lodge and service building locations has spiked speculation on both sides of the pro-Jumbo/anti-Jumbo debate.
What’s needed to rectify the situation and move the resort forward, according to the Manager of Compliance at the Environmental Assessment Office, is an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate that would allow the structures to be located inside an avalanche hazard area, instead of “completely outside” as the current certificate stipulates. Even if Minister of Environment …

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Family business will be missed

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Book Bar, a fixture in Invermere since my arrival in July of 1982, sadly is closing its doors in the very near future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the business for its support of the David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) band program over all those years, whether it was for sponsoring our Most Improved Musician Award, selling our Big Band Dance tickets, and never hesitating to put up one of our posters.
A visit to The Book Bar was always an enjoyable part of …

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In this image, dated 1930, a horse-drawn cart, a dog and an old car are pictured in front of the Invermere Hardware store that was established by George Bennett and Frank Stockdale. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C724) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Heart of town

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


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Rights under attack

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
The constitutional rights guaranteed to all Canadian citizens are under attack by all levels of government.
At the federal level over the last six years, our Conservative government has lost no less than ten cases on constitutional grounds at the Supreme Court of Canada, this after the Harper government has appointed six of the nine sitting Justices. These violations include, according to the rulings of the SCoC, denying Aboriginal land claims and exercising illegal Senate reform. Provincially, here in B.C., our teachers have been subjected to thirteen …

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Alberta angst

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Anyone wondering about the extent of the damage on the Albertan economy caused by the drop in oil prices only needs to read this week’s Your Money article to gain some understanding. This week’s column is unique in that it delves deeply into politics, turning up some surprising facts about the 2015 Alberta budget.
Alberta is expected to return to a deficit budget in 2015 because oil prices have fallen roughly 50 per cent since last summer, causing a $7 billion revenue shortfall — which, according to CBC …

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Willingness to wait

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The Canal Flats mill layoffs are symptomatic of a bigger problem — one that’s being touched upon by recent letters to the editor.
Last week, it was Bryan Stawchyny sharing his views that privately owned banks (read: the individuals who own the banks) control global economics, while this week it’s Walter Benstead dismissing the conspiracy theory and instead putting foward his opinion that the world’s financial problems boil down to simple mismanagement. Whichever side of the debate you’re on, what both sides have in common is they’re trying …

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Thank you for the support

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by


It’s a beautiful thing when the community rallies together to offer support. In this week’s edition alone, we see proof of this kindness and generosity in the start of a car share program that will help the environment and locals’ bank accounts at the same time; in the Shoreline Cleanup that took place on Saturday, when caring individuals took time out of their weekend to tromp through bushes and sand, cleaning the litter and debris left visible after the snow melted away; in contributions from local businesses to the Columbia …

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Helluva hockey idea

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
What do you get when you cross a hockey goalie with a mountie on a frozen, high alpine lake? No punch line here. The answer, according to Huffington Post, is “the most Canadian photo ever!”
The photo taken of Shamrock Lake by the old timers hockey team from Kaslo while enjoying a helihockey outing with RK Heliski has gone viral on the Internet and it’s no wonder why. The mountie in Red Serge has been a symbol of Canadian pride — on home soil and abroad — for …

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Working together as a community

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The community of Invermere can breathe a sigh of relief and give itself a big hearty pat on the back.
Recent dialogue around its Official Community Plan is an excellent demonstration of democracy at work and, really, should be used in local classrooms as a textbook example of local government working with and for its people, as well as the effectiveness of community engagement.
While some may disagree with the attention-getting tactics of former Invermere councillor Spring Hawes and Invermere resident Meredith Hamstead, who claimed changes had …

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Dean Midyette

A word from our new publisher

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Incoming Publisher
It is a tremendous honour to be taking over the publisher’s role for both The Pioneer and The Valley Echo. Thank you to past publishers Sheila Tutty, Marilyn Berry, Bob and Lisa Ede, Elinor Florence and Rose-Marie Fagerholm for providing the vision and leadership necessary to produce our beloved, high quality weeklies. I certainly have big shoes to fill.
While my family and I have lived in the Columbia Valley for almost 20 years, I was an off-and-on resident for the 15 years prior to that. One of …

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A fond farewell

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


By Rose-Marie Fagerholm
Outgoing Publisher
The Columbia Valley is a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to call home. Apart from a work contract in the United States, for the past 23 years this valley between the Purcells and the Rocky Mountains has been my home, place of work and where I raised my family.
Although my kids left to pursue post-secondary education and their adult lives elsewhere, I know that their appreciation of a childhood spent here continues to grow every year they are away and gain perspective …

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Time for the valley to be proud

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
There is much cause for pride and celebration in the valley this week, with local skiers earning a veritable treasure trove of medals last weekend at the B.C. Special Olympics Winter Games and with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships coming to town starting tomorrow.
The IPC World Championships are a top-flight international event, second in importance only to the Olympics and, by playing host to it for the next 10 days, Panorama Mountain Resort and Invermere will be catapulted onto the world stage (see the Pioneer’s …

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Universal access to birth control

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Arguing for publicly funded contraception in British Columbia is not a new initiative. For years, it’s been put forward that government support for planned parenting, by removing all barriers to accessing contraception, will: reduce the province’s child poverty rates; reduce the health risks associated with unintended pregnancies, particularly among adolescents; normalize the conversation around sexual health in school curriculums; and reduce public expenditure in terms of social assistance.
A 2010 proposal by Options for Sexual Health in Vancouver indicated that on average, women used just over $100 …

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Looking ahead in light of layoffs

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It goes without saying the layoffs at the Canfor mill in Canal Flats are going to hurt individuals and families. Those directly affected will hopefully be able to use the help being offered to them by their union, Canfor, and the province to find other work in the valley, or elsewhere. Not to say relocation is an appealing option — uprooting families and moving away is not easy, but the end justifies the means if continued income is assured.
Finding other work close to home is the ideal …

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Sympathy for the deer

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It’s been three years since the District of Invermere attempted a cull, the Invermere Deer Protection Society halted the effort with an injunction, and concerned community members took to the streets with signs and placards protesting the cull and advocating for more humane solutions to solve the urban deer issue. Since then, it’s been discovered the principal in the IDPS lawsuit and his wife — Shane Suman and Monie Rahman — are guilty of insider trading by the Ontario Securities Commission and ordered to pay back almost …

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Chasing the law

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
An examination of the development at Whitetail Lake is a fascinating journey into the complexities of land title and law. The Whitetail Lake Development Corporation was able to skip over the Regional District of East Kootenay in its game plan to subdivide the land it purchased from Tembec because of a piece of provincial legislation tucked away in the Strata Property Act.
Why lot averaging regulations aren’t included in regional district zoning bylaws to begin with is puzzling. Regardless, unless a regional district addresses this glitch in …

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