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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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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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