|  Your source for news and events in the Columbia Valley

Seasonal regulations announced

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


With the cold air starting to make its way into the homes of British Columbians and winter weather soon following it, the government would like to remind people of several important seasonal regulations.
First, as the evenings get cooler and more British Columbians begin using their fireplaces and woodstoves as a source of heat in their homes, they’re reminded that people who cut, collect or use firewood must ensure that it is harvested legally.
Before any members of the public collect any firewood, they must first obtain a “Free Use …

Read More...

Peak mountain experience

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


I’m from Ontario, born and raised. That should be out there in the open before talking about how incredibly breathtaking, inspiring and momentous the feeling is of climbing to the top of a mountain.
To many, the first question they ask, is well how big was the mountain? and I get it, size matters. Mount Swansea is no Everest. But when I reached the summit of Mt. Goldie on the cool morning of September 17th as part of Panorama Mountain Resort’s Ridge Walk, a distance nearly 9,000 ft (2,700 metres) …

Read More...

Chamber director says sensible balance must be struck on minimum wage

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


As announced earlier this year, the British Columbia government has taken the first step in increasing the minimum wage in efforts to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The first planned increase became effective on September 15th of this year, jumping up 40 cents, bringing the general minimum wage up to $10.85 per hour, with the liquor server minimum wage also increasing to $9.60. According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, this …

Read More...

School board releases draft of long term facility plan

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Local Rocky Mountain School District Six recently publicly released a draft version of its long term facility plan, and the public is now able to give input on it, starting with an information meeting next week.
A steering committee comprised of senior school district staff and a consultant have been at work on the plan since January, resulting in the draft that was approved by the local school board at the board’s Tuesday, September 13th meeting.
“Long term facility plans are a requirement of the Ministry of Education. A school …

Read More...

Breastfeeding challenge returns

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
On Saturday October 1st, the second annual world-wide Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is set to take place at the Invermere Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This free event is open to the whole family and is part of a challenge to see which geographic area (province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11a.m. local time.
“We are gearing up for another great breastfeeding week here in Canada and we have three breastfeeding challenges planned …

Read More...

Aqua Van comes to EMP

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s mobile education program, AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro, will be visiting Eileen Madson Primary School on Wednesday, October 6th. 
“The AquaVan will be delivering fully interactive and immersive educational programming with the goal of inspiring students to make positive changes in aquatic conservation,” said program manager Catriona Wilson. “Now more than ever, it’s vitally important that we help students make connections to our oceans. The oceans need our help. The AquaVan does that through our live animals and education programming,” …

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Belated Cheers to Mike from Mr. Tire and Tina. 5 years ago you stopped to see if we were all right, after we hit a deer on the highway. We were in shock at first and your calmness and kindness helped us get on our way. We’ll never forget it.

Read More...

Jeers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to those who say that poutine is Canada’s favorite national food. Many people don’t eat it or have considered it to be a national dish. Turkey, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, seems to be more popular.

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to Palliser Printing for doing such a lovely job of the posters for the Thrift Store Fashion Show.

Read More...

2016, September 30 – Out & About

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Friday, September 30th
• Orange Shirt Day: All residents are encouraged to wear orange shirts to commemorate the injustices that resulted from the residential school program and as a symbol for anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives.
• 10 a.m.: Project Playtime presents The Great Tickle Trunk Adventure Theatre Show at Invermere Community Hall. Second show at 11 a.m.
• 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Getting to Know Your iPad/iPhone – 7 weekly workshops run until Nov. 25th at the CBAL classroom in Invermere. Contact Leanne Brooks at 250-341-5683 or lbrooks@cbal.org to register; max. 10 …

Read More...

Lovely larch

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to the Invermere Legion and volunteers for the wonderful steak and lobster dinner with live music and dance last Saturday night. The delicious dessert was an added surprise. We had a great time. The Fairmont group.

Read More...

Cheers for numerous people of Invermere

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On Saturday, September 10th we were towing our boat south on 10th Avenue, back to our yard in the Wilder subdivision. A truck behind us (didn’t check the plates) honked wildly. Huh? We stopped and the fellow said “check your trailer wheel” (which had nearly fallen off). The wheel bearing had disintegrated. Quite the dilemma. Twenty foot boat on a trailer that is about to lose one of two wheels (not just a flat tire). We jacked it up, while wife Karen walked home and checked with neighbours who …

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to the Radium Course. Alex, Steve, Georgina and staff. Your hospitality services and meals were top notch. Much appreciated for making our DTSS 80/81 class gathering so much fun.

Read More...

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 …

Read More...

Luxor Trail is a huge benefit to the valley

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Thanks so much for putting an article in the Pioneer on our trail (the Luxor Trail, mentioned in the September 23rd Pioneer). It’s probably only the ‘old-timers’ here that remember the route being open all the way through, for horses at least.
At present we are working with the Landowners and Shuswap Band to find ways to protect the high ecological and archaeological values at sites along the trail. It’s not quite an all-season trail because of these factors, so some restrictions to some areas of the trail may likely …

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Big Cheers to all the musicians and entertainers who donated their time for the Windermere Fall Fair & Scarecrow Festival. They came from Calgary to Kimberley. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Huge Cheers to all the volunteers who helped at the Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Read More...

Jeers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to the people who do not have enough common sense to put their garbage in a bear proof container or area. Just on your deck is not a great place. A fed bear is a dead bear. Is that what you want?

Read More...

Cheers

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


to Ben and Shilo and Wood Shop Productions and everyone involved in the Dandelions’ “Free Yourself” CD. It is excellent!

Read More...