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Speculation news and the B.C. budget

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The Liberals released their fifth consecutive balanced budget on Tuesday and in-depth analysis of it has dominated headlines and the airwaves. And rightly so — it’s worthy of debate.
The budget contains some dramatic changes for B.C. residents, like the 50 per cent cut to MSP premiums we can expect a year from now and a big re-investment into public education — either positive changes thanks to a healthy economy or pre-election political spin depending on who you talk to, with critics reminding that the rest of …

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Saying goodbye

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
When I first arrived in the Columbia Valley, the only intention on my mind was that my stay would be a pit stop in my life. I was a cocky—not to be confused with confident—22 year old kid fresh out of journalism school that thought of my move from Ontario to small town Invermere B.C. as more of a couple lines on a future resume than a life changing experience.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
It started with my first story in May 2016, covering the …

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Development debate

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
A new development proposed for the east side of Lake Windermere has managed to stir up controversy even though a decision to not approve it seems fairly cut and dry — even appropriate — since most public and political sentiment runs counter to the developer’s vision, as does the area’s Official Community Plan, which is managed by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) since the land is situated in Area F.
The developer proposes to subdivide 23 acres into six smaller lakefront lots. Strong opposition was …

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Short Sighted

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
As most of us in the valley know, our population grows considerably during the times that families from Alberta choose to visit. At peak season our population can swell from approximately 8,000 to well over 25,000.
It’s during these busy times that our local businesses rely on our students. While getting a great work experience and earning some money for themselves, they also support businesses by making themselves available for extra shifts during the holidays. Our businesses rely on casual student labour to be fully staffed during the …

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They marched

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
It started with a simple post on Facebook. “I think we should march”, an invitation to friends from a Hawaiian grandmother. It spread quickly as hundreds of new Facebook pages encouraged thousands of women to sign up to march on Washington.
On Saturday, January 21st they showed up, women and men, girls and boys. Here in British Columbia, they marched in Vancouver and Victoria. In Kelowna and Kamloops. They marched in Castlegar, Prince George, Nanaimo, on Salt Spring and Bowen Islands and in many other communities across our …

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Electoral reform? Think again

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
One of the most visible promises made on the federal campaign trail prior to the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was to reform the way we vote. Then-candidate Trudeau proudly proclaimed “we are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post system”.
Fast-forward 15 months. The original minister of democratic institutions, Maryam Monsef, has been replaced after a rough year during which she derided the findings of the committee tasked with making researching alternative voting systems, amongst other ministerial shortcomings. …

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That’s valley with a ‘V’

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Every journalist and editor in Canada adheres to The Canadian Press Stylebook. It’s actually labelled “A Guide for Writers and Editors” that’s introduced in J-school and delineates such rules as when to capitalize a profession and how to punctuate lists in a sentence.
It’s the reason you see “noon” instead of “12 p.m.” and the “First World War” instead of “World War 1.” And it’s also the reason why your local papers have resolutely refused to use an upper case “v” whenever “the valley” has been …

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Deep freeze

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Brrr… if there’s one thing everyone in the valley can agree upon lately, it’s that it’s been a little on the chilly side. At the time of writing this column (at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th), it’s a balmy -19 C, slightly warmer than a few hours earlier when Weather.com was reporting -28 C for Invermere while some in the valley experienced -30 or lower in the early morning.
The day before, on January 3rd, BC Hydro set a new record for power consumption province-wide, when …

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Reflection

Posted on December 30th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
For me, looking into a mirror is scary at the best of times, but the days that linger between Christmas and New Years call for us to gaze not at ourselves, but over our shoulders and reflect on the year that is quickly drawing to a close.
As I was driving into work this week, the radio seemed filled with comments from those who can’t wait for 2016 to end. If we allow ourselves to dwell on international stories, like the ongoing slaughter of innocents in Syria or …

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Christmas wishes

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Christmas is meant to be a time when wishes come true and people share the goodness in their hearts with others. Arguably, nowhere is this better evident than in our awesome little Columbia Valley community.
The outpouring of generosity so far this winter season has been incredible, from the accommodators who answered The Kanata Inn’s turkey challenge and ensured that many more families would be able to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner this holiday courtesy of the Christmas Bureau, to the cash and food donations that piled …

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Barbour backlash

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Here we go again. A recreational development plan for the Columbia Valley has been put forward and is meeting resistance. Accusations are flying back and forth from either side, and while The Pioneer is proud to be the platform that is encouraging meaningful debate over the Barbour Rock Trail System proposal, one has to wonder why this conversation hasn’t taken place before now? A standard 60-day referral process that invited public comments was announced back in September. At that point, the trail proposal was already fully fleshed …

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Dumb and dumber

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
The Liberal Party has set up an online survey to learn what you think about electoral reform. After months of the all-party committee gathering opinion while travelling across the country on the taxpayer’s dime, yes, they claim they want to hear what Canadians think about electoral reform.
Except, not really.
At no point did the survey actually ask me what I thought about electoral reform. Nor did it ask me if I thought a referendum was something that the government should consider when addressing this issue.
Instead, …

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The planet and pipelines

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline has been called a “cynical” and “blatant” betrayal by many in B.C.
The proposed project will be a twinning of an already existing pipeline built in 1953 that runs from Edmonton to the Westridge Marine terminal in Burnaby. By twinning the pipeline, the amount of oil being transported will increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.
This translates into tanker traffic increasing from five tankers to 34 a month, with tankers having to pass under …

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Happy Relativity Day

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
As we move into the holiday season peppered with Christmas parties, craft fairs, seasonal lights and holiday treats, everyone has the big date of December 25th on their mind.
But how many realize that November 25th is considered a momentous day as well, one that heralded in the modern renaissance, created theoretical physics and forever changed humankind’s understanding of the universe?
Today, Friday, November 25th, is the 101st anniversary of the day that Albert Einstein presented his famous Theory of Relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, …

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5400 Days

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
On Thursday November 10th the Supreme Court of Canada announced a rare verbal ruling, concluding the legal disagreement between BC teachers and the governing Liberals that has lasted 14 years.
Let’s be clear. This dispute was not about teachers’ salaries; they are under contract through June 2019. Nor is this about benefits or pensions or any of a number of other issues being erroneously tossed about on online forums and social media.
This is about one clear issue. Can an employer unilaterally change an employment agreement and impose …

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Screen Time

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It’s a strange concept that here in the Columbia Valley, where we’re surrounded by nature with wildlife, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers everywhere you look that local kids may not be spending enough time outside enjoying it.
But in response to statistics revealing that children spend the equivalent of an adult’s work day exposed to electronic media while children as young as two are regularly using touch screens through toys and games, Take Me Outside Day was founded in 2011 to inspire kids to find a better …

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Transparency

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Last year the Trudeau government announced it would be repealing the Harper government’s First Nations Transparency Act, which is why news of the Shuswap Band’s audit recently made it to the House of Commons, presented in Question Period by the Conservative Opposition as an example of its effectiveness, and a reason for it not to be repealed.
The Act — which required that First Nations post their audited financial statements online otherwise federal monies would be frozen, and led to $12 million being withheld from 38 bands …

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Voting is now open!

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
You have 18 votes. Can you think of any other time you’ve been handed 18 votes all at once? You have to live at least 85 years to vote 18 times at the federal level. Who wants to wait that long? Instead, vote 18 times — right now — in the Aviva Community Fund.
In last week’s All About Our Centre column, it was announced that the valley’s new multi-use centre is in a national competition called the Aviva Community Fund. Through this competition, the Aviva Corporation …

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Dirty laundry

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
On Pioneer production day (Wednesday, October 5th), a woman walked into our office with a Cheers, which you can find on page 32 of this week’s paper.
After hearing her story, I would have expected just a Jeers but she’s hoping for the best and is also giving a Cheers to whoever took her load of laundry from the laundromat for when they return it — if they ever do. As of Wednesday, there was no sign of it.
This wasn’t a load of bedsheets, old …

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Planning for our children’s future

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
Like governments, school districts are mandated to provide detailed five year plans and to update these plans every year. Trustees and administration consider demographics, funding allotments, bussing issues and infrastructure deficits and balance this information against their guiding philosophical principles. To use the resources efficiently is no small task.
Rocky Mountain School District Six has released its long term facility draft plan with an invitation to the public for input.
Contained in the document are specifics in terms of the upgrades that the schools need and a proposal to …

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