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The party in power

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
MP David Wilks’ schedule had suddenly been filled with massive funding announcements — $44 million for Kootenay National Park, $156 for Trans-Canada Highway upgrades through Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit payments that will give families an additional $720 a year for each child aged six to 17… all made within the last week. Impressive, but questionable timing, with the federal election less than three months away.
Conspicuously absent from Mr. Wilks’ funding announcement for Kootenay National Park is any mention …

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Debate dissent

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
In Ancient Greece, generally considered the birthplace of Western civilization about 4,000 years ago, debate played a significant role in society. Possibly one of the longest standing traditions of democracy, debate is absolutely necessary in the political arena. It allows opposing sides to get their views across in the public realm without killing each other (which tends to be the practice in less democratic climates). Debating is key in Canadian Parliament and the provincial legislatures, where members debate proposed legislation and make resolutions that eventually become laws …

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Boys’ background explained

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The picture in the Historical Lens (July 10th) is of my two great uncles Harry and George Barbour. They were raised at Barbour’s Rock, which is on the Panorama hill road. My great grandfather hauled oar from the Mineral King Mine to Athalmer. Love the wagons made of explosive boxes.
Thank you for such a great free paper. Lovely to keep up on the valley.
Sincerely,
Ellen Bellamy
Carbon, AB

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Smoke and mirrors

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
In British Columbia all municipal governments are required by law to produce a balanced budget. If cost overruns are incurred, the municipality has two years to rectify the situation. At the local level, every budgetary item is examined to determine if any cost savings can be recognized or if a tax increase is necessary. As a result, municipal budgets are extremely accurate documents.
At the provincial and federal level, no such laws exist. These governments can borrow money to cover cost overruns without having to raise taxes to …

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Are you second-class?

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
This Canada Day, many Canadians were out celebrating in usual Canadian style by camping, watching parades and fireworks, or just enjoying a brew and barbecue out on the backporch. But of the 35 million Canucks happy to pay their respects to the red and white maple leaf flag, many may have been feeling a little apprehensive, a little upset, or even just downright mad.
That’s because of a new federal law, passed last year but parts of which recently came into effect, that considers these Canadians citizens …

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Substantial history

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Some people in the valley can recall every step in the timeline that’s laid out on page 51 of this week’s Pioneer. But though this particular timeline starts in 1982, the history goes even further back to the 1970s when Grant Costello, a former Canadian ski racing coach, hatched the idea of a summer training ground for Canada’s national ski team in the Jumbo Valley area.
Now, as senior vice-president of Glacier Resorts Ltd., Mr. Costello is prepared to keep fighting for his dream — …

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Our village

Posted on June 19th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
This coming week we join the families of our David Thompson Secondary School graduates in celebrating their achievement. It is a momentous time for the Class of 2015, and while families and siblings beam proudly as students cross the stage to receive their diplomas and effectively pass into adulthood, there are many community members outside the family that have shared and shaped our children’s journey.
Consider the coaches and other volunteers who have generously donated their time to ensure that our children could grow through sports such as …

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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.
All of …

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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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