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A current of community caring

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
There have been so many incredible fundraisers in this community over the past several years that have provided for individuals and families facing times of crisis.
The Support Timmy event at Panorama last Saturday night was no different. Anyone who went can vouch for how much people in the Columbia Valley care for those in need.
In a letter written by Tim Goldie’s wife, Laura Lindsay, that was read out to the assembled crowd, she likened Tim’s brain cancer diagnosis to being dropped in the middle of the ocean …

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Full court press

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) will be back in court, this time in front of the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear arguments from the BCTF and the province regarding whether teachers have the constitutional right to bargain class size and composition. In 2002, then-Minister of Education Christy Clark introduced Bill 28 and imposed a new contract on teachers which stripped class size and composition language from the contract. In a 2011 ruling the courts found that the …

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Deer cull revisited

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
The video of the fawn being culled in Cranbrook is making its rounds on social media and has been posted on YouTube. Regardless of how we individually feel about dealing with urban deer, we also need to look at the political process through which these decisions are made.
In Cranbrook, the decision to implement a cull was made by their city council in-camera. This means it is out of the public eye and those privy to the process of making the decision are bound by privilege and cannot, …

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Good timing

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
In 2012, according to Statistics Canada, Calgary’s median family income rose 5.2 per cent to $98,300, making Calgary Canada’s richest city in terms of median family income at the time (the national median total family income was $74,540). Around the same time, in 2011, the B.C. government calculated the median household income here in the Kootenay region at $56,000, lower than the B.C. provincial average of $60,333.
Not exactly enticing for young families and professionals looking to settle in the Columbia Valley, but this disparity in income …

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Trap… and relocate

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by


A long-awaited alternative to culling deer is in the beginning stages. While clearly Invermere is one municipality that has thrown its weight behind culling as a way to control the urban deer population within its municipal boundaries, not everyone has agreed with this method. This has been evidenced by several local public protests and many letters to the editor, as well as the efforts of the Invermere Deer Protection Society in the form of an animal rights lawsuit against the District of Invermere, which was ultimately dismissed, but did cause …

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Voices of hiding

Posted on January 1st, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It’s with a heavy heart that many in the Columbia Valley are learning the news of the closure of the Three Voices of Healing treatment centre. Since moving to the valley from Creston in 2012 and taking up residence on Shuswap Indian Land, the wellness facility has received a tremendous amount of support from the community at large and The Pioneer has had nothing but good news to report. In December 2014, the Three Voices of Healing Society Wellness Centre earned the highest accreditation possible for a …

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A tie tradition

Posted on December 24th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
In this week’s Echo, I wrote about our family’s traditional Christmas. What was omitted were some Christmas shenanigans that became a part of my family’s traditions over 70 years ago.
In 1954, one of my uncles gave his brother-in-law a tie. Adorning the tie was a green and gold satellite tie pin (Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, was launched three years later).
The following year, the tie was re-gifted back to its original owner at Christmas, much to the glee of the family members …

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Gas grumblings

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Gas is down, but it could be lower, according to a Bank of Montreal economist. A little bit of research led him to discover that while gas is the lowest it’s been in years across Canada, it should be, on average, almost 20 to 30 cents less, given the current bottom-of-the-barrel oil prices. So what gives?
A few factors, it turns out. The low Canadian dollar translates into costlier gas, which is based on U.S.-priced crude, a lot of which is refined in the States.
Then you have …

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Powder preview

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It was with great determination that I left my staff Christmas party last Friday night with one thought on my mind: getting up early for opening day at Panorama Mountain Resort. I had picked up the ski/snowboard fever early on in the season, making the trek to Lake Louise for its opening weekend in late November to do laps on the one chair and run that were open; and I had been part of the throng of people at Kicking Horse Resort for its opening day, patiently …

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Season of giving

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley community is a generous one normally, but as we move into the month of December, this spirit of giving intensifies as local charities begin to collect donations for those in need so that everyone can enjoy the holidays. Whether it’s food, toys or warm coats, a little extra is being asked of those who have the means to provide it. In this issue alone, a number of causes are asking for help: the Hann family hoping to fundraise enough to help a dedicated community …

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Carrying on

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Immediately after the co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th, the tri-colours of the French flag were visible everywhere, in light displays on famous landmarks throughout the world, and on social media as people everywhere expressed their solidarity with a nation in mourning in the aftermath of the attacks.
Almost as quickly, a backlash to the tri-colour support began — not to take away from the world’s grief at the horrific events Parisians had to endure at the hands of Jihadist extremists, but because an ISIS terrorist …

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Jumbo justice

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Yet another application for judicial review against the Jumbo Glacier Resort concept has fallen by the wayside.
In her 20-page report, Supreme Court judge Grace Choi handily dismisses the points on which the EcoSociety’s challenge rests, and further dismisses the court cases the EcoSociety used as examples of precedent to further promote its arguments, one that were municipality-related decisions made by the Ontario Superior Court.
Basically, she faults the EcoSociety for incorrect interpretation of the law, in black and white terms.
According to Choi, all the decisions made by …

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Poppy pondering

Posted on November 6th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
I recall, as a young girl, sombre Remembrance Day ceremonies in the gymnasium of my elementary school. The two minutes of silence were so eerie to me, and the mournful melody of the bugle during The Last Post would send shivers down my spine. It was years before I would begin to understand the red poppy symbolism connected to this one particular day of the year.
I drifted towards history in high school, fascinated by international politics and the history of conflicts between nations. Learning about the intricacies …

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To do list

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
With the election of the Liberals in our recent federal election, Prime Minister-elect Trudeau has made a series of promises as long as a six-year-old’s Christmas wish list. So where to begin? He has announced that his first order of business once he reconvenes parliament in December is to pass a bill that would increase taxes on those earning more than $200,000 per year while reducing taxes for those in the middle class. Prior to that he and many of our premiers will be in Paris for …

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Real change

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Well, there you have it. Canadians have ousted the Conservatives after 10 years, and the Liberals have swept back into power with Justin Trudeau leading the charge in a surprise victory that matches the Trudeau-mania of his father’s historical entry into national leadership when Pierre took office in 1968 in a storm of red support. Clearly, Canadians wanted change and change is what they got. Had the election taken place a month ago, it might have been NDP leader Thomas Mulcair delivering the victory speech, but in …

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Fair elections act

Posted on October 16th, 2015 by


On October 5th a team from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights sent a six person team to Ottawa to monitor our federal election. They are here to track the implications of the new Fair Elections Act as well as to report on campaign financing and systemic issues such as robocalling. The last time a team was sent to monitor a Canadian election was 2006.
There have been significant changes to election laws due to the Fair Elections Act. Critics claim that …

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Jumbo Wild: the film

Posted on October 9th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Jumbo Wild is a film that goes to great extents to balance the opposing ideologies around Jumbo Glacier Resort. For anyone who has never seen or heard architect and developer Oberto Oberti speak, the amount of screen time dedicated to his dream of building this high altitude glacier resort in the Purcell Mountains will certainly fill in the blanks. His comments and clips span the entire movie and in the Q&A after the first screening, the filmmaker explained he spent a large amount of time with Mr. …

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Mandatory voting

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
With voter participation in steady decline since the 1960s, the time has come for Canadians to look seriously at compulsory voting. This idea dates back to Athenian times when voting was viewed as a citizen’s duty, similar to our duties today to pay our fair share of taxes, to educate all children or to wear a seatbelt. Fully one third of advanced democracies have compulsory voting laws with most levying small fines or community service for those not appearing at a polling station during an election.
There is …

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Serving justice

Posted on September 25th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Families are holding onto their children a little bit tighter ever since the murder of a two-year-old Blairmore girl and her father struck a nerve for Canadians everywhere.
Derek James Saretzky was arrested last week and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Terry Blanchette and his daughter, Hailey Dunbar-Banchette. He also faces an additional charge of an indignity to a body in relation to Hailey’s death.
However, Mr. Saretzy’s case was quickly adjourned from Lethbridge court on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. Mr. Saretzky, who hired …

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Seeing opportunity

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The century-old mill in Canal Flats is slated for complete closure in November and this calls for some decisive action on the part of the village community and government. Now that the pillar that’s been holding up the Canal Flats economy, tax base and population has been toppled, there’s no time like the present to implement the branding and marketing initiative that’s been in the works, which redefines Canal Flats as a premier outdoor destination.
Postcards, T-shirts, hats and more… the Source of the Columbia River has huge …

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