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Local labour

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
It’s news welcomed by the Columbia Valley business community: that the College of the Rockies Invermere campus is committed to delivering a mountain hospitality program to help meet the staffing needs of local businesses.
Sometimes, as business owners will tell you, it’s not even finding the people that’s the problem; it’s finding the right people who have the professionalism, the industry knowledge and the customer service ethics that translate into them being amazing front line ambassadors, not only for their employers, but for the valley as a …

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Taking shape

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Every day, people entering Invermere are witnessing the emergence of the new Columbia Valley Centre that’s slowly taking shape on the hill above Athalmer across from Sobey’s. Day after day, week after week, the building is progressing to the point where the artist rendering is no longer just an idea, but a glimpse at a soon-to-be reality.
Another idea that will soon be taking shape is the Westside Legacy Trail when construction on the 25-kilometre paved trail along Westside Road between Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs starts next …

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Back to basics

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
Let me begin by stating that when it comes to discussing education funding, I am unapologetically biased. I am a former teacher, the spouse of a teacher who works at DTSS and I have a son in Grade 10. I believe that providing our children with a quality education is the least expensive and most responsible way to combat many of our social ills. The more well-educated our citizenry, the more productive we are as a province and a nation.
As our children settle into a new school …

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Here to help

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Every day on the world wide web there is news about some travesty somewhere that sparks sadness within us, a feeling of grief when reading about a child dying of neglect or abuse, mistreated animals or countries ravaged by war. Sometimes that feeling is fleeting; other times we carry it with us throughout our day with a heavy heart as it weighs on our mind. But when loss and tragedy strike closer to home, many of us are not prepared for the spike in intensity in our …

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#CourageforGord

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


By Emily Rawbon
Pioneer Staff
I grew up in a village in central Ontario known as Bobcaygeon. And by grew up, I mean that literally. It was in this cottage country community that I went from being a five-foot nothing tweener to the six feet three inches I am today.
My grandparents had a home on Dunn Street, just a short walk to the Kawartha Dairy. Grandpa taught me how to fish, play the piano and appreciate music. My sister and I gave away our mother as she married our stepfather at Knox …

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Applicable math

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
While driving back from Calgary last month, I was stopped by a local RCMP officer on the same stretch of Highway 93/95 where Sunday’s car accident took place. My general unwillingness to relinquish my hard-earned money to pay down fines means I’m very careful to obey speed limits so I was confused when the lights flashed in my rearview mirror. As I waited for the officer to approach my car, the possible reasons for why I was pulled over ran through my mind but I was coming …

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Disbelief and denial

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Just when the world thought Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump couldn’t stoop any lower, he has dropped to a new rock bottom that has left not only his political opponents aghast, but supporters within his own party, while creating an international media storm. In an offhand comment to supporters at a rally in the State of North Carolina, Trump actually strung together a series of words that many have interpreted as an assassination threat against rival Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Every major news outlet, from The …

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Legal protection in place at last

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


By Emily Rawbon
Pioneer Staff
Last Wednesday, July 20th, a friend and colleague sent me the following message: “FYI you are officially protected under the BC Human Rights Code now… only took until 2016.”
She followed that up with a statement by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton in which the Minister announced an amendment to the B.C. Human Rights Code that stated that all individuals, including transgender persons, have the right to equal protection under the law.
The B.C. New Democratic Party and groups such as the BC Teachers’ Federation were …

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Pokemania!

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Seeing people huddled together at local landmarks like the Invermere Cenotaph staring down at their phones is a common sight these days and probably will be for a long time to come, ever since the release of Pokemon GO earlier this month — the new augmented reality game that can be played on a mobile device.
Only one week after its United States release on July 6th, the game had already over 21 million daily active users and that number continues to climb as Pokemon GO gets rolled …

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Composting craze

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The community composting craze is finally catching on in the East Kootenay thanks to Groundswell and the regional district. Now, those of us who are avid recyclers, who flinch each time we see a plastic container or aluminum can in a garbage can, can rejoice at the fact that even more waste will be making its way into a more efficient disposal stream where it can be reused, instead of being rendered useless in a landfill.
Prior to moving to the Columbia Valley, I lived in Squamish and …

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Bravo Mr. Trudeau

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
For as many mistakes as newly minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made since entering office ­- most noticeably pushing an MP on the floor of the House of Commons – Mr. Trudeau needs to be commended for his actions last week. In a historical event, Trudeau became the first ever Prime Minister to join in a Pride Parade in the city of Toronto on July 3rd. Dressed in a casual pink button-up shirt and white pants, Trudeau marched the streets of the 36th annual parade with …

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Stepping up again

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
Very little is in the news these days about the aftermath of the Fort McMurray fire.
It seems the attention span of news cycles is growing ever shorter and the “if it bleeds it leads” (or in this case, if it’s on fire…) is still rampant. So what happens once the fire is extinguished and residents begin to return? There is still much to be done for Fort Mac to return the city to any semblance of normalcy.
For most of us it was difficult to tear ourselves …

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Advice for lost grads

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Having graduated from a North Vancouver high school in a grad class the size of the entire student population of David Thompson Secondary School, I’m always amazed at the tightly knit school community in the Columbia Valley.
Featured in not just one but both community papers, and cheered on as the town’s celebrities when they walk down the centre of Invermere’s main street in their annual parade (taking place this year on Tuesday, June 28th starting at 5:15 p.m.), the local grads here in the valley definitely …

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Local leadership

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
It is 11 months away until we return to the polls to elect a provincial government and, more importantly, our local MLA. To date, the Liberals have elected Doug Clovechok as their candidate and incumbent Norm MacDonald is resigning his seat after three terms. Only two people have announced that they will seek the NPD nomination: current Invermere mayor Gerry Taft and former Invermere councillor Spring Hawes.
The fact that all of the people currently seeking the local seat in the Legislature are residents of the Columbia …

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Gender equality

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday as she won the right to become the first woman to represent a major party in her campaign to become President of the United States. Her victory represents, among other things, another step toward equality between the genders.
Generally Canadians tend to see our society as more progressive than our neighbours to the south, but how progressive are we when it comes to gender rights? This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canadian women being given the right to vote. Some women, …

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Debating death

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Hardly ever does The Pioneer’s Faith column require a disclaimer. Each week, the rotating columnists — reverends, pastors and other religious leaders in the Columbia Valley — submit personal essays offering words of encouragement to their followers. Normally based on and often quoting the Bible, these columns tend to be more about finding joy in life and less about tackling contentious issues. Not so this week, as Father Gabriel with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has opted to tackle physician-assisted suicide, and comes out very strongly against it. …

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Responsive Governance

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
The Village of Canal Flats mayor and council need to be applauded. In the wake of the Canfor mill closure late last year, they have been working overtime to create a solid foundation for stability and growth.
It would be easy for the council to come up with soundbites with no substance or panicked kneejerk reactions, to refer to “creating a business-friendly environment” or “encouraging a positive aura that will attract new residents.” Fortunately for the 700 residents of Canal Flats, their elected officials have taken the correct …

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“Pay”-ing attention

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
On June 1st, the province will be increasing fines for distracted driving with the hope that it curbs rampant cell phone use while operating a vehicle. Currently, distracted driving is the second highest cause of vehicle related fatalities in British Columbia, trailing only impaired driving (see story on page 5) and the number one contributor of vehicle collisions across Canada, with eight out of 10 resulting from this selfish behaviour.
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, you are 23 times more likely to crash while driving distracted.
The …

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Support relief efforts and be prepared

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
The pictures are horrifying and the stories from those forced to flee are heartwrenching. Fort MacMurray is burning with no end to the flames expected in the near future. At the time this editorial was written, over 80,000 people had evacuated the city and over 1,600 structures were confirmed burned.
Residents have described the city as “a war zone” and “apocalyptic”. Firefighters are arriving from neighbouring communities and the federal government is assessing the situation with plans to direct our Armed Services men and women to assist. We …

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Responsible management

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Publisher
There have been reports swirling in the provincial media over the last few weeks in certain school districts about proposed school closures and mismanagement of district funds amid calls of chronic underfunding for public education.
Let’s remember that school boards are legally bound to table balanced budgets. Failure to do so results in the firing of the trustees by the Minister of Education who would then appoint a trustee to oversee operations until the next election cycle.
The Vancouver School Board is facing a massive deficit of $27.2 million …

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