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Columbia Valley RCMP investigate Shuswap finances

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


Local RCMP are formally investigating the finances of the former Shuswap Indian Band leadership.
As reported in The Vancouver Sun and National Post earlier this week, a federal-government funded Ernst & Young audit report on the money managed between 2011 and 2014 by the previous Shuswap council led by former chief Paul Sam was sent to band members and the RCMP in July, prompting the police to delve into the matter.
The audit report has been made public by an anonymous Shuswap Indian Band member just as the First Nation gears up …

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Transport Canada limits horsepower on Columbia River

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The federal government has formally adopted a 20-horsepower limit for boats on the main stem of the Columbia River between Invermere and Donald (north of Golden), and around Fairmont Hot Springs.
The horsepower limit has been subject of discussion for almost two decades, and the issue was brought to renewed attention earlier this year, when the federal Ministry of Transport sought public input on the long-proposed idea. The regulation does not apply to Columbia Lake or Lake Windermere.
The regulation was published in The Canada Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, on Wednesday, …

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Options for Sexual Health – A decade of difference

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Invermere’s Options for Sexual Health organization is celebrating a decade of operation as of this month.
The clinic first opened in October 2006, based out of the Public Health Unit next to the Invermere Hospital, and 10 years later it’s still in the same spot, having helped countless clients during that time.
“People think of us as just birth control, but we focus on a whole range of sexual health topics. We do education and counselling on sexual health. We have birth control options at low cost. We do pregnancy tests, we …

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Valley GoGo Sisters: caring across borders for 10 years

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By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
What started out as a small group of people gathering in a kitchen 10 years ago has swelled into a movement of 50 grandmothers under the name of the Valley GoGo Sisters fighting in solidarity against HIV.
Supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation that works with community-based organizations to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, the Valley GoGo Sisters have been operating since their first meeting on October 30th, 2006.
The Valley GoGo Sisters have been working throughout the Columbia Valley since, Fundraising …

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AG Valley Foods rakes in awards

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By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer

For AG Valley Foods, the month of October has been filled with well-deserved peer recognition.
Last week, the Invermere grocery store’s owners, Sydney-Anne Porter and her two sons Eric and Greg Lapointe, were in Toronto to receive the Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year 2016 Regional Award for British Columbia and Yukon in the small store category (up to 14,999 square feet). Valley Foods also placed in the top six nationwide for the same category.
“Winning the award and being in the top six nationally was a …

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Astronomy On the Go comes to Invermere

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By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff

Have you ever looked up at the stars at night, blissfully wondering what exactly you’re looking at beyond a bunch of lights in an otherwise dark sky? Wonder no more and make your way to the Astronomy On the Go event at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 29th.
After receiving a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust, the East Kootenay Park Interpretation Program is unveiling a trio of Astronomy On the Go nights throughout the East Kootenay in Cranbrook, Invermere and Fernie to close out the …

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Invermere Haunted House opens to the community

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By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Goblins and ghouls, vampires and werewolves; ‘tis the season once again where humanity’s most feared creatures return from the netherworld to do what they do best… scare! 
For this Halloween weekend, plenty of scary fun awaits at the inaugural Invermere Haunted House Park of Horrors. Taking place at the old CPR Lodge (located above Dorothy Lake), the Park of Horrors promises to deliver an equal parts fun, scary, and creepy experience. 
“In years past, we organized the Zombie Walk, but this year we wanted to try something …

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Wildfire interface work in effect for Old Coach Trail

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By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Taking a walk on the Old Coach Trail, you may notice the roaring of chainsaws and machinery as part of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative to decrease the density of the forest throughout the area to prevent wildfires.
The work is part of the Village of Radium Hot Springs’ Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which the Village implemented to bring the surrounding areas up to FireSmart Canada Standards, chief administrative officer for the Village Mark Read told The Pioneer. Mr. Read said this Protection Plan was established years …

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Cheers

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to six Rockies Hockey players at Tim Horton’s on Friday. Gentlemen, NO swearing (phones and conversations) a credit to the team. Kudos to your parents and coaches.

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Cheers

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to Joy Bond, her wonderful garden and her generous sharing. Such delicious veggies all season.

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Cheers

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to Sue, the best neighbour ever, for bringing us fresh homemade buns. We love them and it always puts a smile on our face

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Jeers

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to people who put their boxes in the yellow bins without breaking them down – please stop wasting space, take the time to break your boxes down so that there’s room for other people’s recyclables

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Fort Point gathering

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2016, October 28 – Online edition

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Pilot program wraps up

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Dear Editor:
I would really like to shine the light on a few trailblazers and incredible business owners within our community.
This year I was the main operator here for the Regional Composting Pilot Program in partnership with Groundswell and the Regional District. I owe a big part of my success to the participation and support provided by:
• A&W
• Arrowhead Brewery
• Black Forest Steak and Schnitzel
• Columbia Gardens
• Fuze
• Fubuki Sushi
• Gerry’s Gelati
• Home Hardware
• Kicking Horse Coffee
• Radium Mountainside Market
• Rocky River Grill
• The View at Copper Point
For the duration …

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Cheers

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to Mountainside Market Radium, No Frills Invermere, and everyone else who donated apples to help Edgewater Church Guild fund raiser a great success

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Jeers

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to the NDP for their choice of candidate.

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Zombie Zeal

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Transparency

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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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Jeers

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to the Walking Dead zombies for not using any skin care products. Also, your breath is terrible!

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