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Invermere gets glimpse of candidate at forum

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by


Invermere residents got a chance to hear and see Columbia River-Revelstoke candidates up close and personal during the All Candidates Forum held at David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) last week, with candidates answering questions posed by the forum’s organizing committee, and outlining opinions on a range of topics stretching from the seasonality of the valley’s economy, and balancing resource extraction with tourism, to recreation access management plans.
The candidates’ responses, during the Thursday, April 27th event, contained few major surprises for audience members, and interaction between them remained respectful throughout the …

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Invermere’s Anzac connection

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By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
One local woman instigated a chain of events that led to an Australian soldier being honoured in a Saskatchewan ceremony last Tuesday.
Elinor Florence, local author and former Pioneer publisher, writes a blog about interesting stories of men and women involved in wartimes. One story was not just interesting; it was personal.
Elinor’s mother June lived in North Battleford, Saskatchewan when Max Cassidy was posted there for training during the Second World War. On her blog, Elinor writes that her mother had a “whirlwind romance” with the cocky Royal …

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Stetski backs bill to help rafters

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Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is strongly backing a private members bill put forward by a fellow NDP MP that, if passed and adopted, could see the end of the standoff between commercial whitewater rafters and Canadian Pacific Rail over access to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River.
In late March Mr. Stetski stood and spoke in the House of Commons in favour of a bill, introduced to parliament by Laurier-Sainte Marie MP Helene Laverdiere, which would give the federal Minister of Transport the authority to require rail …

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Keegan Sharp wins giant slalom at junior nationals in Quebec

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Most teenagers don’t have to have surgery on their hip to repair torn ligaments and a bone that’s come off the socket. And if they do, most don’t get back to competitive skiing five months later and go on to compete at nationals. However, if you’re local Keegan Sharp you’ll do all that and then go on to win the giant slalom Junior Nationals in Quebec two years later.
“I skied all last season feeling not completely fit because I couldn’t do any training or anything but then once that season …

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Community Halls hosts Harry Potter event

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Submitted by Theresa Wood
Come enjoy an evening of witchcraft and wizardry in the Great Hall of Hogwarts on Saturday, May 6th at the Invermere Community Hall.
Earn house points for your house with games, contests, and trivia. Be sure to tell your friends what house table you’ll be sitting at if you want to sit together (unless they are muggles. then you might want to suggest they sit at the Slytherin table. Just saying.)
Your favourite professors will be seated at the head table, and will be distributing points throughout the …

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Cassidy Gray recognized as top Canadian Competitor

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The past few months of the competitive ski season have been a whirlwind for local skier Cassidy Gray who has won a national championship, competed in Italy, and was recognized as the recipient of the Nancy Greene Award at the Whistler Cup. The Grade 10 student at David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) hasn’t focused on end results but rather on skiing the best she can at every competition.
Over Easter weekend Cassidy competed at the Whistler Cup, the largest U16 competition in North America. The 25th annual edition of the …

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Emergency fair returns

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By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Mark your calendar for the third annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, happening next Saturday, May 6th.
More than a dozen groups are signed up to participate, including Emergency Support Services (ESS), BC Ambulance, the RCMP, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team, Holistic Emergency Preparedness, multiple fire departments and the RDEK Emergency Program. Representatives will showcase equipment, answer questions and provide information to the public.
“The main focus of the day is on helping people prepare for an emergency, and a new feature this year will …

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Kimberley Educator becomes sixth MLA candidate

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Seeking public office is a decision that Duncan Boyd-MacLeod made long ago when he was pursuing his education at the University of Calgary. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Boyd-MacLeod has worked as an educator, but has always had politics in the back of his mind.
Mr. Boyd-Macleod made the decision to enter the MLA candidate race as an independent on Thursday, April 13th, then quickly dove into seeking nomination support from his community of Kimberly B.C..
The process of entering the political race means candidates must have 75 signatures …

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Recreation project in Edgewater stirs controversy at AGM

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The Edgewater Recreation Society held its annual general meeting on Thursday, April 20th and had quite a turnout of community members. After a presentation from the youth centre, the board of directors began their overview of 2104 to 2016 financial statements sparking heated questions from the audience.
The board of directors revisited the financial statements from 2014 to 2015. The statements had only been tabled at last year’s meeting, and the board had to formally approve the statements at this year’s meeting. However with community members in attendance pointing to …

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Cheers

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to the students from J.A. Laird Elementary for cleaning up the litter around Invermere. Great job kiddos!

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Jeers

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to all the dog poop in the Radium ball diamond.

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Jeers

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to the cyclists who don’t wear a helmet and to the adults who don’t think their children need one. Have you never seen a person with a brain injury?

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Cheers

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by


to Will, Andy and friends for helping to change a flat tire all while I was picking you up to help the Youth Centre with some heavy lifting. Sorry I made you late for dinner.

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Science

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By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
“Listen up Apple! You too, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Tesla and all you other technology based multinationals. We demand that you change. In the future we, the citizens of the world, insist that you begin basing policy and innovation decisions on unproven opinion rather than good science”.
If this were the case you would see investment money sprinting for the door, looking for opportunities that were far more fundamentally sound. If the markets won’t tolerate opinion-based decision-making in the private sector then why do we settle for it …

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Ready, Set, Launch …

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2017, April 28 – Out & About

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Friday, April 28th
• Go online and register for the Wings Over the Rockies Festival running May 8th to 14th. Register 24/7 at www.wingsovertherockies.org.
• 12 p.m.: Seniors soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6. Last Friday of each month.
• 6 p.m.: Bingo at Shuswap Band Hall every Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m., Bingo starts at 7 p.m.
• 7 – 9 p.m.: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort hosts an exhibit of artwork by Paula Cravens with a wine and cheese meet and greet.
• The legendary cover band BC/CD play at Shakman’s. Doors …

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2017, April 28 – Online edition

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Cheers

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to the owners of the local No Frills store for supplying us with all the beautiful bin apples from early fall until spring.

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Jeers

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by


to the dangerously faded yellow and white painted lines on Highway 93 heading east out of Radium. This is going to cause an accident very soon.

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Wildlife is suffering in B.C.

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
Last Friday night I had a rude awakening and, hopefully, this letter will shock other B.C. residents into taking action. Our beautiful province is in big trouble with no end to the problems in sight.
From the time I learned to read my Dad’s outdoor magazines, it became obvious that B.C. was blessed by a super abundance of fish and game and other natural wonders.
Little did I dream that someday all these wonders would be within my reach and I’ve enjoyed the bounty for almost 50 years now. Even …

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