VALLEY ECHO invermerevalleyecho.com
56 Serving the Columbia Valley from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen since 1956
Bernie Raven teamraven.ca Serving you in all aspects of real estate.
926 - 7th Avenue, Invermere
April 25, 2012 Vol. 56 Issue 17
Tassels and boas â€” Cheesecake Burlesque
Judokan take over Invermere
MAXWELL REALTY INVERMERE An independent member broker
$ 15 INCLUDING HST
PUBLICATIONS MAIL REGISTRATION NO. 7856
MP David Wilks visits Invermere
Piece of Excellence
STEVE JESSEL email@example.com
MP David Wilks was in Invermere this past Thursday after being invited to address the Rotary Club, and during his visit took the time to stop by The Echo's offices for an impromptu talk on a few federal decisions that could have far-reaching impact on the Columbia Valley. Of particular interest to Wilks was a recent announcement regarding the Shuswap Band. As a member of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Wilks was pleased to share his thoughts about the news that the Shuswap had been added to the First Nations Land Management Regime. In short, the First Nations Land Management Regime is a new management application put on by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development which allows the Shuswap to opt out of the 34 land-related sections of the Indian Act. "It's huge because this allows [the Shuswap] to proceed with economic development, and allows them to do things with their land that they could never do before," Wilks said. "Now, they can move forward freely with economic development... it provides them with great opportunities, and I think that you'll see [the Shuswap] blossom over the next several years into something that they couldn't do before this time." As a former RCMP officer, Wilks also shared his opinions regarding the newly-introduced omnibus crime bill C-10. Opponents of the bill are most critical of the increased mandatory sentences for certain crimes, such as drug trafficking and sex crimes, but are also concerned about increasing sentences for young offenders, and the lifting of publication bans on names of young offenders convicted of violent offences.
Celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell took her show, "8 Divas in 44 Minutes" to the stage at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Tuesday, April 17, at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For a full list of winners from the event, see page B6. STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO
"C-10 comes with its challenges," Wilks said. "With respect to minimum mandatory sentences, I have no problem with it because I think it targets the types of crimes we expect people to go to jail for." The war on drugs and the legalization of marijuana have also been hot topics as of late, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper notably telling leaders at a Latin American Summit that "the current approach isn't working." "The drug part of (C-10) is interesting," Wilks said.
"I'm not in favour of legalizing marijuana, I don't think it's the way to go personally, however I don't speak for the party on that. With regards to the drug laws, I would encourage people to go and read the legislation." Lastly, Wilks discussed the recent government investment in the Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook. The airport received $187,043 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program for the purchase of new runway sweepers for the airport, and Wilks says CONTINUES TO 'GROWTH' PAGE B2
MaxWell Realty Invermere www.maxwellrealtyinvermere.ca 926 - 7 Avenue, Invermere Ph: 250-341-6044 Toll Free: 1-888-341-6044
Daniel Zurgilgen 250-342-1612
Scott Wallace 250-342-5309
Glenn Pomeroy 250-270-0666
Bernie Raven 250-342-7415
Leslie Thomson 250-342-5994
Geoff Hill 250-341-7600
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Art galleries sure to please at Pynelogs this week STEVE JESSEL email@example.com
As everyone gets ready for the experience that is the Wings Over the Rockies Festival, Pynelogs and the Columbia Valley Arts Council are determined not be left behind as their annual WIngs Over the Rockies and Lil' Peeps art shows hit the gallery all this week. Starting April 24 and 26, the two shows feature pieces from local artists, or in the Lil' Peeps case, from children as young as 18 months old. This year's theme centres around the Bugaboos, an idea that Jami Scheffer, CV arts manager and administrator, says was a natural fit thanks to a presentation by Pat Morrow on the same topic during the WIngs Festival in the following weeks. "I just love to see the kids interpretation of what the theme is, and
what it looks like," Scheffer said. "It's guaranteed to bring a smile, a chuckle, and an admiration for how kids can be so out of the box." The two shows will run side-by-side in the gallery, as both shows center around the Bugaboos theme. The children that participate hail from childcare programs from around the region, and artists for both shows will be submitting pieces ranging from painting, glasswork and ceramics to a special 3-D piece that Scheffer says one of the daycare programs have been working on. "What their interpretation of the Bugaboos is — I have no idea," Scheffer laughed. "It could be a bug for all I know." Scheffer says that since the arts council has regularly done shows for adults and teens in the past, it only made sense to include the youngest artists in the valley when they started the Lil' Peeps art show a few years ago. Auction items will also be available to look at during the duration of the shows, before the pieces are claimed at a gala May 12.
The lovely ladies of the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue took the stage at Bud's Bar and Lounge Sunday night for an evening of dancing, tassels and comedy. STEPHEN LEBOVITS PHOTOS\ WWW.BROKENFOTOGRAFY.SMUGMUG.COM
From the ground up......
We’re here to help with friendly service and expert advise on trees and shrubs, ƀowers and vegetables, soils and compost.
Jumpin’ Junipers, Tree & Shrubs are here!
• Seeds & soils • Seed Potatoes, Onion & Garlic sets • Jumbo Glads & Dahlia bulbs • Strawberry & Raspberry plants BULK COMPOST NOW AVAILABLE Perfect additive to your garden beds!
Hwy 93/95 Windermere (250) 342-3236 Mon- Sat 9 -5 Sun 10-4
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
page three Local politicians weigh in on byelection results NDP claim victory in traditionally BC Liberal Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam ridings STEVE JESSEL firstname.lastname@example.org
With the news that the NDP had captured two byelection victories in traditionally Liberal ridings this past Thursday, Columbia-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald and BC Liberal candidate nominee Doug Clovechuk weighed in on the potential significance for each of their parties. "I'm very pleased of course," Macdonald told The Echo Friday. "We had two very good candidates and I know they each worked very hard." In the Chilliwack-Hope riding, the NDPs' Gwen O'Mahony won with about Columbia-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald (left) and B.C. Liberal candidate nominee Doug Clovechuk 41 per cent of the popular vote, while each offered their views on the NDPs' byelection victories. the Liberal and Conservative candidates combined for about 58 per cent. In Port government, and that he thinks in the know, that the B.C. Liberals and Christy Moody-Coquitlam, former mayor Joe absence of a split vote in Chiliwack, that Clark are really on their last legs," MacTrasolini came away with about 54 per the Liberals would have easily claimed donald said. "There is a lot of time left cent of the vote, compared to 45 per victory. before the next election, so really the cent combined for the Conservative and "All the candidates need to be con- expectations British Columbians have is Liberal candidates. Both NDP victories gratulated, but what I would say to that any party that's going to be putting came in ridings that have been won by O'Mahony is, 'don't get too comfort- themselves forward, such as the NDP the Liberals in the last three provincial able,'" Clovechuk said. "When you do to be the next government, they have elections. the math between the BC Liberals and to prove that they are going to work for "I think that there is no question â€” you the Conservatives, we carried about British Columbians and that they have see it here in the riding, you see it in the 57 per cent of the popular vote, which to prove that they have the capacity and polling and you see it across the prov- would have won soundly." the confidence to provide a good govince â€” people are tired of the BC LibAs each of the two ridings have been ernment moving forward." erals and are ready to vote them out," traditionally Liberal seats, Macdonald Meanwhile, Clovechuk says he he has Macdonald said. "In Port Moody and in says that this confirms that there are recently received the endorsement and Chiliwack people took the opportunity no "safe" Liberal seats in the province personal support of MP David Wilks as to send a very clear message that they any longer. He also feels the two victo- well as former federal Liberal candidate want change, and I think that's reflected ries speak highly of the work B.C. NDP Betty Aitchison. He says that while the in the province as a whole." leader Adrian Dix has done over the last recent results are concerning, he doesn't For his part, Clovechuk points out that few years. feel it's time to push the panic button. byelections rarely favour the current "I think this confirms what people "Overall, I think this has showed in
the Chilliwack riding that the split vote is disastrous... had this been an election without a third party we would have an MLA in power (in Chilliwack)," Clovechuk said. "As far as our riding is concerned, we don't anticipate to see a Conservative candidate here, and I can safely tell you that [Macdonald] will not see a split vote here." Clovechuk adds that he fully expects the Liberals to retake the Chilliwack riding come May 2013, although he expects the Port Moody to be much tougher to reclaim due to the popularity of former mayor Joe Trasolini. "I think it would be arrogant to say that this isn't concerning... but in byelections... the government usually doesn't win, and if you look statistically at the next election, the governments that have lost those byelections usually rewin those seats," Clovechuk said. "I think that a lot of voters will have said, 'we need to send the government a message because we're really not pleased with some of the things that have happened,' and we have a year to fix that. I think that come elections in May 2013, I think British Columbians will understand why they voted the NDP out in 2000, and that's because [the BC Liberals] create jobs and we create opportunities for the economy to grow." While both candidates admit that they each have lots of work left to do in the following year, Macdonald gave an insight that both he and Clovechuk would likely share. "I think in politics you always have to temper your expectations with the reality that things can change very quickly," he said. "You have to constantly be working to do the best that you can."
Future Improvements The District of Invermere is spending nearly $800,000 to revamp the portion of 7th Avenue near Pothole Park by the May long weekend. First reported in March, planned upgrades include better crossings at the 7th Avenue and 9th Street intersection, an expansion of the roadway which would make room for a future bike lane and more plants and street lighting. Contractors will also install sidewalk on the park side of the street, replacing the path pedestrians currently navigate to reach the rest of the downtown core.
STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO
The Good Doctor bl\hfbg`'''
Lake Windermere Players
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
G N I N E OP Eag
AS CASCH CHACRD AR D
BRIN CARDG THIS C A M B AR INTO A SH CRERIN K’S AN NY MAANRCDEGIVTEH$10D REOARKY PINURCIS OFF A CEF $2 ’S0 TO HCA ASE OF NY IVE AO NRAM NOSH $2 PUR $10 D Y RE. 0 O CH O R M AS FF E OR E.
E UNNJOY TIL *B e Ca fore rd ta mu xeENJO s. O Y st UN be TIL n pre e ca rd *Befor sente pe e taxes. d a r cu Card mu On sto st be nd sue car mdepe * presen rreted r, pr custom nd an er, pe ere edr trsur rende r transacti d to ansa red to redee on, per day. red ctio m— ee n, p no exc Excludes Gif m er eptions. t Ca — da See rev rd purchase no y. E exce xcl s. *erse for details. pti udes on G s. S ift ee Ca rev rd p ers urc e fo ha r d ses. eta ils.
MA Y6 JUN, 2E01 32, 201 2
Athalmer Road, Invermere, BC
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
Enter in-store for your chance to *
Receive a FREE Tim Horton’s $ Quickpay Tim Card with every Auto Service purchase
The first 100 customers on Friday will receive a
a Jonathan Toews signed picture or one of three
SHOPPING SPREES Plus, enter online for a chance to win
IN GIFT CARDS!
*RECEIVE A $10 DISCOUNT WHEN YOU SPEND $20 OR MORE AT MARK’S.
AT CASH WHILE QUANTITIES LAST.
ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING AT CANADIAN TIRE AND RECEIVE A $10 MARK’S CASH CARD*.
Starts Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:00am
h Tr .
DAYS OF SAVINGS!
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. In-store contest runs from April 26, 2012 to April 29, 2012. Online contest runs from April 26, 2012 to June 10, 2012. Correct answer to a skill testing question required. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. For full rules and online contest entry, visit www.canadiantire.ca/grandopening or see in-store.
While quantities last See back cover for service offer details
10 GIFT CARD $
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A celebration of
2012 Business Excellence Awards
Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt.
April 13 Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 13th St and 8th Ave. Investigation revealed that a 2001 Toyota Celica operated by a 17 year-old female from Radium stopped at the intersection but then proceeded forward failing to yield to a 1999 Dodge Stratus driven by a 31 year-old female from Invermere who was proceeding through on 13th St. No injuries were reported. The driver of the Toyota was charged with fail to yield after stop under the motor vehicle act. April 13 While conducting patrols in the town area a pick up truck driven by a male known to not possess a driver's licence drove past the police vehicle. The patrol vehicle turned around and activated the emergency light. The truck was stopped at Laurier and 4th Ave. The 50 year-old male displayed signs of having consumed liquor. An ASD demand was made and the male blew a fail. The male refused to provide a breath sample when the breath demand was given. The vehicle was determined to be without insurance and had fake decals on the plate. The two plates on the truck were determined to be false plates. The male will be appearing in Invermere Provincial court June 4 charged with impaired driving, refuse breath test. The male was also charged with driving without insurance and driving without a driver's licence. April 15 Columbia Valley detachment was advised of a '97 Ford van that was off the road in the 2700 block of Westside Rd in Fairmont. Police determined that the accident happened the previous night at approx 2345 hrs. While investigating the accident it was determined that the vehicle was stolen from Resort Villa in Fairmont and it was determined that the driver at the time of the accident was a 37 year-old male. The male had been driven to the hospital in regards to minor injuries. The male was located and arrested for Possession of Stolen property. The male was also charged with fail to keep right under the motor vehicle act. Radium Citizens on Patrol: I am meeting with a group of citizens in Radium at Meet at Higher Ground Sunday Apr 22, 10:00 a.m. that are interested in learning more about Citizens on Patrol. The hope is revitalize this program in Radium. If you are interested in learning more please attend. Huge upset At the time of writing this report the Canucks are down 3-0 vs the Kings and one would think if the Kings take the series that this would be a huge upset. This is not an upset. The detachment losing two games to one in a best of three in the Rotary Cup Floor Hockey Challenge with the high school kids in my opinion is an upset. Kids won the first game 4-2. Second game was won by the RCMP 3-2. The boys didnâ€™t count on me being there. For the entire year during regular season I lulled them to sleep thinking I was slow, overweight and simply not a threat to the point they would ignore me. A strategic ploy. Iâ€™m a playoff type player. I dropped two pounds to get into play off shape and scored two goals in our 3-2 victory. Game got a little rough with some stick play and bodies flying. Canâ€™t blame the kids for taking the opportunity to rough house a bit. Hence, I had no second thoughts of the crotch blow to their goaltender. For the final and deciding game the kids took note that I was in attendance and changed up their strategy. Long passes to each other wore me down. They also brought in Brendon Sageâ€™s father to help ref the game. It was clear he was a homie and missed some calls that should have given us a couple of penalty shots. Bruins won the game 2-1 for the Championship. Goal tenders dual throughout the series. Great intensity by both teams. As much as it kills me to say this, congratulations Bruins, you changed strategies and stole the win from us. My thanks also to all the detachment members for taking the time to participate. Andrew, thanks for keeping us motivated. Few tweeks for next year and we regain the trophy. To the Bruin players, I would really be paying attention to your driving habits during the summer. We truly are sore losers.
Contratulations to our winners! t t t t
&NQMPZFFPGUIFZFBS Christina Boucher 4NBMM#VTJOFTT&YDFMMFODF The Columbia Valley Pioneer 3FUBJMFSPGUIFZFBS AG Valley Foods 5PVSJTN)PTQJUBMJUZ Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
t t t t
5SBEF4FSWJDFT Rainbow International :PVOH&OUSFQSFOFVSPGUIF:FBS Dave Read #VTJOFTT&YDFMMFODF Bighorn Meadows Resort /FX#VTJOFTTPGUIF:FBS Casa Vino
t t t t
'PPE#FWFSBHF Black Forest Restaurant 1SPGFTTJPOBM4FSWJDFT Smith Green & Andruschuk #VTJOFTT-FBEFSPGUIFZFBS Brian Schaal /PUGPS1SPĂśU0SHBOJ[BUJPOPGUIF ZFBSColumbia Valley Arts
Thank you to our sponsors! Rockies West Realty
N E W S PA P E R
Fairmont Business Association
VALLEY ECHO T he
The NEWSpaper in the Columbia Valley
A special Thank you to Donna McKay, Jackie Lysak and Tiffany Gulbe for their unbridled enthusiasm for our community and work with the Business Excellence Awards!
Looking for work? We can help. Get the training and support you need to find and keep a job in B.C. Job search resources â€˘ Personal employment planning â€˘ Workshops and training â€˘ Specialized services
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CENTRES Locations across B.C. Visit one near you. WorkBCCentres.ca 1.800.663.7867 TDD: 1.800.661.8773
The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
opinions and letters C-10 a mixed bag With Parliament passing the Conservative government's highly controversial omnibus crime bill, Bill C-10, it's safe to say a new era in law enforcement has begun. For many, the direct impact will not be felt, but the far-reaching consequences may well usher in a whole host of new problems in the future. The most criticized aspect of the bill is the introduction of mandatory jail sentences for certain crimes, coupled with an increase in maximum sentences for others. It's hard to argue against these sentences for sex crimes, child exploitation and violent offences, but hidden away among these other offences are increased sentences for drug crimes and young offenders. Now, everyone has their own opinion on whether or not drugs should be legalized — marijuana in particular — but something most people will agree on is that sending these often young offenders to jail for increasingly lengthy jail terms is highly unlikely to solve anything. For one, it can turn simple delinquents into hardened criminals with little to no prospect of ever finding a career, thanks to a criminal record. Second, for every pot smoker we send to jail, we're faced with the unwelcome prospect of paying to maintain these prisoners in their respective jails, which in turn will be seeing more prisoners than ever before as we punish drug crimes more often. Increased maintenance costs for jails also means there will be less money for rehabilitation programs, again leading to more hardened criminals rather than people ready to be reintroduced into society. Finally, the people that are likely to be punished for these minimum sentences aren't even the ones we want to target the majority of the time. In most cases it will be the low-level pushers that we catch and charge, with little to no affect on the drug kingpins. Among the other major criticisms of the bill are harsher sentences for young offenders, including the naming of young offenders convicted of violent crimes. This again can lead to more criminals in the system as we prosecute younger and younger. There are undoubtedly very good things about this bill, but we must be wary of the individual pieces, rather than just the sum of its whole.
Something on your mind? The Valley Echo welcomes all letters to the editor and submissions from community and sports groups, as well as special community columns. Please keep your signed, legible submissions under 500 words. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, taste, legal reasons and brevity. Each submission must contain a daytime phone number and place of residence. Send email submissions to email@example.com.
TO THE EDITOR
British Columbians aren’t buying BC Liberal excuses If there is one issue I didn’t think I’d still be hearing about in 2012, it is the continuing saga of the HST in British Columbia. But more and more, when I’m speaking with constituents, they bring up the fact that after years of saying no to the HST, nothing has changed. They are still paying HST, and there is no end in sight. Just a few short weeks after the BC Liberals were elected in 2009 on a No-HST platform, the government announced that B.C. would be entering into an agreement with the federal government to harmonize the PST and the GST. This complicated tax change would only take the BC Liberal government 11 months to implement as British Columbians began on July 1, 2010 to pay $2 billion a year more on numerous everyday purchases. But British Columbians didn’t accept that the government could be elected promising one thing, and then turn around and do the absolute opposite. And they didn’t accept that such a significant tax burden should be shifted away from big business onto middle-income earners. Instead of just complaining about the government’s action, 700,000 British Columbians signed a petition demanding that the government extinguish the HST. Citizens accomplished what had never been accomplished before: they forced the government to respond through the legislative means provided in the Recall and Initiative Act. The BC Liberals were forced to hold a referendum on HST. They promised that if more than 50 per cent of voters chose to get rid of the HST, the HST would be removed. In August 2011, it was announced that 54.73 per cent of British Columbians voted against the HST. That was the democratic will of the people, the BC Liberals promised to listen. So when will British Columbia finally be rid of the HST? When will the BC Liberals keep their promise to end the HST? How long does it take to return to our previous tax system? The BC Liberals want you to believe that while it took only 11 months to move from PST to a new system of HST, the return to PST will take nearly twice as long. Most British Columbians find that hard to believe. But when you consider who most benefits from the move to HST it is less difficult to understand. HST is a $2 billion tax shift. That means every year big business pays $2 billion less. The BC Liberals believe that you should pay more while big business is off the hook. And every day with the HST fulfills that mandate.
Norm Macdonald MLA Columbia River - Revelstoke
VALLEY ECHO T he
2009 2009 WINNER
The NEWSpaper in the Columbia Valley
530 13th Street • P.O. Box 70 Invermere, B.C., Canada V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-9216 • Fax: 250-342-3930 invermerevalleyecho.com
Jessica de Groot
NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT: Reproduction of any or all editorial and advertising materials in whole or in part is strictly prohibited without the written consent of the publisher. It is agreed by the advertiser requesting space that the liability of The Valley Echo, owned by Black Press Ltd. in the event of failure to publish an advertisement or in the event of an error appearing in the advertisement as published, shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for only the one incorrect insertion for the portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect or omitted items only and that there shall be no liability in any event greater than the amount paid for such advertising. BC PRESS COUNCIL – The Valley Echo is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfregulatory body governing the province's newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org
veriﬁedcirculation.ca SUBSCRIPTION RATES (INCL. TAX):
Local $45.30 (Seniors $34.50) Canada $62.25 (Seniors $56.00)
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
COMMENT & LETTERS
Ramble On â€” Marilyn Berry
Relay for a cause The final week of April is hereâ€Ś and with it, it looks like we are finally getting some spring! Now really, what have we been complaining about? It is after all, only April! The twolegged beasts of the planet are never happy! April is known very well as Daffodil month or Cancer month. You'll see in other pages of this issue that there are many businesses in the valley that support the work of all the volunteers that do so much around the insidious disease. There is so much work to be done on so many levels - from research, to treatment, to comfort of both those ill and their loved ones and on and on from there. The rallying cry of the Canadian
Cancer Society's Relay for Life is Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back. This issue is about fighting backâ€Ś the daffodil symbolizes life, rebirth and new beginnings. Let's renew our fight against a disease that takes far too many of our loved ones from us much too early and makes life a difficulty for so many that are infected. One of the easiest ways to join the battle is by taking part in the Relay for Life. I know Sheila Tutty and her committee are hard at work on the event. The one thing they cannot do is put your entry in and do your fundraising for you. I'm thinking right now how I can follow my own advice and make a team
and I've got a plan. I think I will share it with those involved before I tell all of you about it though. It would be wonderful if you would join me and the others already registered - just think of all the fun we can have during the expanded hours of 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. And wait a minute before you start saying that's way too long of a time. The extra time is so that people can come and take part in the Relay during the afternoon and evening, then go home if that's what they want to do. It's not mandatory to stay until 6 a.m., it just could be more fun! I hope to see many of you at the David Thompson Secondary School track on Saturday June 16.
SAT APRIL 28 â€˘ Radium Trash Bash, meet at 10 a.m. at Higher Ground Coffee Shop â€˘ Long Drive Competition, Fairmont Hot Springs' airport runway, 12 - 3 p.m. â€˘Bike and Gear Swap, Invermere Community Hall 11:30 - 1 p.m. â€˘CBC host Grant Lawrence reading and slide show, 1 p.m. Christ Church Trinity. SUN APRIL 29 â€˘Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club range clean-up work bee. WED MAY 2 â€˘CV Little League Registration, 6 p.m. at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park
Against the war on women In the U.S., the Republican party has been systematically passing bills that restrict women's reproductive choices. Several states now have laws that restrict women's access to birth control, medical coverage for birth control, sex education in schools (abstinence only curriculum), and access to abortion. Now this attack on women is in Canada. Motion M-312 will be considered by Parliament at the end of April 2012 and voted on in late spring or early fall. The motion poses a real danger to the rights of all pregnant women, and to women's equality rights in general. The intent is to bestow legal personhood on fetuses in order to re-criminalize abortion. If that were to happen, it would remove women's rights as full human beings, and possibly even criminalize their decision-making during pregnancy. Please contact your Member of Parliament David Wilks (David.firstname.lastname@example.org), and let him know how you feel about this motion. Read. Write. Speak. Vote!
FRI MAY 4 â€˘ Fresh Fridays Open Mic Nite, Pynelogs, 7 p.m. THURS MAY 26 â€˘ICAN Adoption Event, 2 -6 p.m. EVERY SUNDAY â€˘Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. â€˘Radium Seniorsâ€™ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Hall. EVERY MONDAY â€˘Gentle drop-in carpet bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Centre. â€˘Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m.
P. Cravens Canal Flats
Not your typical Par 3!
Beginner to Pro ~ Walkable ~ Affordable
Opening Friday, April 27 Join us forâ€Ś a driveâ€Ś a putt andâ€Ś a slice (of pie) 3BUFT"EVMUT_IPMFTr+VOJPS_IPMFT 6OEFS 4QSJOH4QFDJBM4FDPOESPVOEPGIPMFTPOMZ
(taxes included) Ask us about our Golf Plus Program! Play 10 games, get the 11th free!
Located on Hwy 95 - 11 km north of Radium
for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-3411509. â€˘Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 p.m., Invermere Seniorsâ€™ Hall, $2/person. Visitors welcome. â€˘EK Brain Injury Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Family Resource Centre. Info: 250-344-5674. 1st & 3rd TUESDAY â€˘OPT clinic, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Inv. Health Unit, 850-10th Ave. Confidential service: lowcost birth control, and STI testing. 1st TUESDAY â€˘Invermere Camera Club 7 p.m. Tanya, tanyadeleeuw65@ gmail.com. EVERY TUESDAY â€˘Yoga THRIVE- Yoga for Cancer Survivors. Hot springs studio, Fairmont Village Mall. For info Jan Klimek 250-342-1195. â€˘Adult Volleyball Meet at 6 p.m. play 6:30-8. Edgewater School Gym. $30/season or $5/dropin. Any level. 250-2700340. EVERY WEDNESDAY â€˘ Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club Archery, Lake Lillian Outdoor Range, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. â€˘ H20 Aquatic Bootcamp @ Copper Point by Fitness 4 Life, 5:15 p.m. 250-688-0221.
EVERY THURSDAY â€˘Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-3411509. â€˘Pyjama Night Story Time at the Radium Public Library 6:45 p.m. â€˘ Children's Air Rifle Program, with the LWDRGC, Inv. Community Hall, 7 - 8:30 p.m., free of charge, ages 6-15. Learn safety, marksmanship, equipment provided. 1st WEDNESDAY â€˘1st Wednesday of every month. Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. 6 - 8 p.m. Bring your boards! Call 250-342-6416. EVERY FRIDAY â€˘Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. â€˘Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library, 10:30 a.m. For info visit invermere. bclibrary.ca. EVERY SATURDAY â€˘ H20 Aquatic Bootcamp @ Copper Point by Fitness 4 Life, 11 a.m. 250-688-0221. â€˘Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. 2nd SUNDAY â€˘LW Alliance Church Sing and Celebrate, 7 p.m. For more information call Clarence Stauffer, 250-342-9580.
Rotary of Radium Hot Springs Winter meeting place change until April 2012. Higher Ground Coffee Shop, Wednesdays, 7 a.m. Rotary Club of Invermere meets every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at the Best Western Invermere Inn. On Thursday April 26 Sheila Tutty from the Canadian Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay for Life will speak. Pictured is Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks spoke at a recent Rotary meeting in Invermere.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*
What does this mean for you? 54 or older as of March 31, 2012
You may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65
53 or younger as of March 31, 2012
The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029
Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date.
The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is decreasing** 6
The number of working-age Canadians per senior is decreasing, placing additional pressure on the OAS program.
5 4 3 2 1 0 1990
**Source: 9th Actuarial Report on the Old Age Security Program
For a free brochure or more information visit www.ServiceCanada.gc.ca/retirement or call 1 800 O-Canada (TTY 1-800-926-9105) *Subject to parliamentary approval
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Golf specials at Windermere Valley!
TO THE EDITOR (CONTINUED)
Focused on jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity The Harper government recently introduced Economic Action Plan 2012 â€“ a positive plan to grow Canadaâ€™s economy for today and into the future. Unlike other places in the world, especially the United States and Europe, Canadaâ€™s economy has emerged from the global recession much better than other industrialized countries. With the help of the Governmentâ€™s low-tax agenda and Canadaâ€™s Economic Action Plan, since July 2009, Canada has created over 610,000 net new jobs. Whatâ€™s more, independent international observers like the IMF and OECD predict Canada will be at the head of the G-7 pack in economic growth for the years ahead. But we cannot become complacent, the global economy remains fragile and too many Canadians are still looking for work. Thatâ€™s why Economic Action Plan 2012 takes advantage of todayâ€™s opportunity to position Canada for jobs, economic growth and longterm prosperity. Since taking office in 2006, the Government has been lowering taxing (over 140 tax cuts all together), helping hard-working families get ahead (average family is paying $3,100 less in taxes under our Government), supporting entrepreneurs (lowering taxes on job-creating businesses), and creating an environment to help create long-term jobs (Forbes magazine ranks Canada as the best place in the world for businesses to grow and create jobs). Building on that record, the Economic Action Plan 2012 moves forward with a positive and ambitious agenda. For instance, to ensure Canada remains competitive, Economic Action Plan 2012 will make major new investments in advanced research, science and technology, and more. These investments will encourage innovation
and position Canada to succeed in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. Our Plan also lays a strong foundation for continued job creation and economic growth with more support for training, extending the Hiring Credit for Small Business, and providing new opportunities for Canadians to gain access to the labour market. It also keeps taxes low for small- and medium-sized business, and facilitates the responsible development of Canadaâ€™s energy and natural resource sectors. Another key part of the Plan is making sure to secure Canadaâ€™s strong fiscal position. Watching the situation in many European countries, Canadians know the importance of responsible spending by governments. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re streamlining government operations, ending wasteful spending, and more to move Canada to balanced budgets over the medium term. We will do this without raising taxes and without cutting transfers to the provinces for services families rely on like health care and education. Looking forward, our Government is also ensuring the sustainability of our retirement income system, so itâ€™s there when Canadians need it. This includes making gradual adjustments to the Old Age Security System down the road, and moving government employee and Parliamentarian pension plans more inline with the private sector. Our Government sees Canada for what it is â€“ a great country on top of the world. Economic Action Plan 2012 wants to keep it that way for today and for generations of Canadians to follow!
18 holes from $27 10 round punchcards from $259 (limited time only)
Kids golf free! (some restrictions apply)
Book your Tee Times: 250.342.3004
DISTRICT OF INVERMERE "WFOVFr#PY *OWFSNFSF #$7", 5FMr'BY email@example.com www.invermere.net
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Official Community Plan Amendment & Zoning Bylaw Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday May 1, 2012, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. Zoning Bylaw amendment No. 1445, 2012 and Official Community Plan Amendment No. 1446, 2012 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 and OCP Bylaw 1085, 2001 as follows: By amending the Zoning designation of the following lands, that portion of Lot 14 Block I Plan NEP1052 District Lot 1092 Kootenay District Except Plan NEP74773 NEP74967 NEP76431 covered within an area 50m west of the southeast corner of the property line and 67.5 m north of the southeast corner of the property line from, R-5, MULTI FAMILY(SENIORS / ADULT HOUSING) to C-5, NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL, WESTSIDE PARK, and by amending the current Land use plan designation, for the same location, under 3.2 and 3.3 of the OCP from RESIDENTIAL EXPANSION to NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL. By amending the Zoning designation of the following lands, that portion of Lot 2, DL 1092, KD Plan NEP74773 except Plans NEP74967 and NEP76431covered within an area 25m west of the northeast corner of the property line and 60 m south of the northeast corner of the property line from C - 3, NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL to R-3, CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT (MEDIUM DENSITY) and by amending the current Land use plan designation, for the same location, under 3.2 and 3.3 of the OCP from NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL to PLANNED RESIDENTIAL.
David Wilks, MP Kootenay Columbia
Celebration of Learning The Little Badger Early Learning Centre celebrated its 5th anniversary this past Thursday with a lunch and a brief ceremony. STEVE JESSEL\ ECHO PHOTO
The intent of these bylaws is to amend the land use and zoning in order relocate the existing neighbourhood commercial zoning further south along 13th avenue to the intersection of 15th ave and Stark Drive and revert existing commercial zoning to residential. The zoning amendment also proposes additional uses including, gas bar â€“ fuel sales, food service and sales, coffee bar, restaurant, and fitness and yoga studio, spa The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed â€œZoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1446, 2012 or OCP Amendment Bylaw 1445, 2012â€?. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from April 18, 2012 to May 1, 2012. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Refinish your wood floors... Completely dust-free! #4 492 Arrow Rd Invermere, BC 250-342-9044
All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed â€œZoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1445, 2012â€? and / or OCP Amendment Bylaw # 1446, 2012 may: Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Development Services
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Pound cancer to the ground.
The Little Town That Could â€“ Did SUBMITTED Special to the Echo
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists 250-342-3052 â€˘ Toll Free: 877-342-3052
The only way to beat cancer is through research â€“ help support the Canadian Cancer Society!
250-342-8604 Fax: 250-342-0492 Your Insurance Broker 1-866-342-8604 Covers You Best 1225A - 7th Ave., Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can beat this together!
Certified Financial Planner Insurance Advisor 526B - 13th St. â€˘ Invermere â€˘ 250-342-5052
Cancer may have started the fight, but we will finish it!
Yahk, B.Câ€Ś. It is sometimes said that little towns often have the biggest hearts and nothing could be truer for the community of Yahk. This past weekend members of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society hosted the Breast Fest for A Clear View, a chicken breast dinner with no squash and desserts in cups of all sizes and what an event it was! The community hall was dressed in its finest pink with balloons, fresh roses and tables full of donated auction items all in support of East Kootenay Foundation for Healthâ€™s digital stereotactic mammography campaign. With smooth sounds of classic favourites serenading the crowd and enticing people to dance, the Creston Community Band was just one of the many highlights of the evening. Judy Dickson, the event coordinator was all smiles greeting guests but it was her poise and gentleness that stood out when making the presentation to EKFHâ€™s Donna Grainger and Cindy Yates. Judy, also one of the faces of the campaign for Creston, and her team of creative organizers set out to prove that no matter where you live in the East Kootenay, breast cancer affects us all. With a mantra of â€œYahk is the little town that couldâ€? the group set a strong fundraising goal of $5,000 and by the end of the weekend their efforts realized an amazing $8,000 for the A Clear View campaign. â€œWhen EKFH decided to undertake this campaign we could never have realized that the biggest impact isnâ€™t the money we will raise for the equipment; it is about the people, the communities and the gift of giving of themselves that is really the true story,â€? explains Donna Grainger, EKFH Executive Director. â€œI am absolutely
The organizing committee of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society pause to celebrate its successful Breast Fest for A Clear View. L-R: Brian Eddy, Marcia Eddy, Judy Dickson, Logan Dickson, Dave St. Germain, Lin Gracewood, Lee Rose, Theresa Vandergeest, Jeff Vandergeest (missing from the photo is Penny A.P. Anderson, Don Brady and Tara Dickson. SUBMITTED PHOTO
humbled beyond words.â€? This latest gift from YKRS helped move the two-year, $1 million campaign to just over $750,000 in pledges and donations in just over six months time. If you would like to bring leading edge technology in breast cancer care to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital please consider making a donation today by visiting EKFHâ€™s secured website www. aclearview.ca. Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated items for the Breast Fest, to the organizing committee for such a fun and entertaining event and to every person who came out and supported the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society. Yahk the little town that could, certainly did.
Joining the Fight
Main Street in Invermere 250-342-3330
Columbia Valley Unit Daffodil Chair Sheila Bonny, with Village of Canal Flats Mayor Ute Juras. The Village of Canal Flats proclaimed April as Daffodil Month and April 27th as Daffodil Day.
Letâ€™s make cancer history
â€˘ State of the art thermal imaging technology â€˘ Professional pest control â€˘ Weâ€™ll dispel the myths
Cranbrook Pest Control For pest questions go to email@example.com 1-888-371-6299
426-9586 Join the fight,
Thanks to research, surviving cancer is increasingly possible!
There's nothing we can't do together!
one step at a time.
Complete Automotive Service Call for an appointment
250-342-9424 141 Industrial Rd. No. 2, Invermere
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
main street ~ inver mere ~ 250.342.6611
North Star Hardware 410 Borden Street, Athalmer 250-342-6226
Help reduce the number of people affected by cancer!
We can beat this by working together!
133 Industrial No. 2, Invermere Ph: 250-342-7272t'BY
#3, 755 - 13 Street, Invermere â€˘ 250-342-6978
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Skin cancer: tanning is Out!
Letâ€™s make cancer history! Together we can help.
Help support the search for a cure! M>;;B7B?=DC;DJtJ?H;I7B;IH;F7?H 7KJEH;F7?HIt?DIF;9J?EDItHLH;F7?HI
Let's help Cancer Research find a cure!
13 Street â€˘ Invermere â€˘ 250-342-6901
Tan Free Grad leaders at Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook taking action and raising awareness about the importance of going tan-free. Youth volunteers at David Thompson Secondary School will be hosting their own pledge week in early May. SUBMITTED PHOTO
SUBMITTED Special to the Echo
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canada? An even more concerning fact is that melanoma, the most fatal type of skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in youth between the ages of 15 and 29. For this reason, the Canadian Cancer Society is taking action to educate youth
about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation through the Tanning is Out campaign. The mobilization of Tanning is Out ambassadors and volunteer leaders in high schools across BC, including at David Thompson Secondary School, has played a significant role in successfully advocating to the BC government to ban teens under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment. We applaud this recent announcement by the B.C. government, and we encourage you to take steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer. To learn more about cancer prevention, please visit www. cancergameplan.ca You can also join our online Tanning is Out community at www.facebook.com/TanningisOut.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION Donations from Daffodil Month and all our fundraising activities go toward cancer support programs, cancer prevention initiatives, advocacy for healthier communities and cancer research. Support services include programs for individuals seeking cancer information, emotional support and camps for youth and families. The Society also provides transportation services and lodge accommodations along with limited, short-term financial assistance for treatment-
related transportation and accommodation. Please give generously. For more information about our programs or services, please call the Canadian Cancer Society Southern Interior Region - Cranbrook Office at 1-800-656-6426. For any questions you have about cancer, contact our toll-free Cancer Information Service at 1-888-9393333. To volunteer, please visit www.cancervolunteer.ca.
A regular pap test can save your life.
Cancer affects many of our loved ones and our efforts can make the difference.
4892 Edelweiss â€˘ Radium â€˘ 250-347-9517
:PVS)FBMUI JTZPVS8FBMUI o1SPUFDUCPUI $BMMNFy Stuart Tutty Financial Services Ltd. 250-342-9052 -BVSJFS4USFFUt"UIBMNFS Support and encouragement make people strong â€“ that's why the Canadian Cancer Society is counting on you!
4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere
Fighting today for the chance of a cure tomorrow.
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
Cancer can be beaten! #4, 108 Industrial Rd #2 â€˘ Invermere â€˘ 250-342-2999
Â‚ Â‚Â‚ ~Â‚ Â Â‚~Â‚Â Â‚~8 6Â Â€Â‚~Â‚~Â‚~Â‚ 8
385 Laurier Street â€˘ Athalmer â€˘ 250-342-7100
Your Destination Service Station Open 7 Days A Week Main Street â€˘ Radium 250-347-9726
SERVICE Open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Downtown Invermere 250-342-9310
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
The more we
THE HEALTHIER BONE
APRIL IS CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Living with cancer: stress and pain management Primary bone cancer starts in the bone’s cells. A rare disease, it is not the same as secondary bone cancer, or bone metastases, which starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the bones. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer. It starts in new tissue in growing bones, most often in the knee area. Osteosarcoma tends to spread to other parts of the body, especially the lungs.
Next to Kool Country Auto Lot 150, Industrial Road #2 250-342-0800 firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOS: JUPITERIMAGES / GOODSHOOT / THINKSTOCK
Cervical cancer starts in cervix cells. The cervix is the narrow lower part of the uterus and is the passageway that connects the uterus to the vagina.
Primary brain tumours start in the brain and can be either benign or malignant. Cancerous tumours that begin to grow in other parts of the body and spread to the brain are called secondary or metastatic brain tumours. Elsewhere in the body, benign tumours are generally not considered as dangerous as malignant tumours. In the brain, however, both kinds can be serious and possibly life-threatening.
5585 HWY 95, Edgewater 250-347-6502
Most colorectal cancers start in the cells that line the inside of the colon or the rectum, which make up the large intestine (large bowel). The large intestine is the last part of the digestive system. Colorectal cancer usually grows slowly and in a predictable way and is curable when diagnosed at an early stage. Colorectal cancer is the second most fatal cancer in men and the third most fatal cancer in women.
Breast cancer starts in breast tissue cells, which extend beyond the actual breasts, from the armpits across to the breastbone in the middle of the chest and up to the collarbone. The breasts sit on the chest muscles that cover the ribs. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer in women.
Every year more than 150,000 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer. Many of them choose to fight this terrible disease and not let it beat them. But how can their pain, stress, and fear best be managed?
250 Slater Rd NW, Cranbrook, B.C. 250-426-6600 1-866-515-7772
Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphocytes, the cells of the lymphatic system, which extends across the body. Hodgkin lymphoma usually begins in a group of lymph nodes in one part of the body, most often the neck. It grows in a predictable, orderly way from one lymph node group to the next. Eventually, it can spread to almost any tissue or organ in the body through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream.
Karaoke DJ • Weddings • Anniversaries
9980 Arrow Road 250-342-6908
• Special occasions Call Lily 250-421-3298
350 Laurier, Invermere 250-342-9933
PAIN RELIEF Fighting cancer doesn’t necessarily mean having to live with pain. Several medications are available that relieve the pain caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. The care teams that treat cancer patients can support them and help them find the medications that are best suited to their needs. Stress is an ever-present part of life for a person suffering from cancer, beginning with the diagnosis, during treatment, and even after recovery. There are, however, many strategies for reducing the impact of these stress factors. Cancer patients should be coached to express their emotions — crying, yelling, or hitting a pillow are all ways to relieve stress. Laughing, getting involved in favourite pastimes, and having fun get patients thinking about something other than their illness and on the road to well-being. Doctors also encourage cancer patients to stay physically active. Even the simplest exercise, such as walking and swimming, can relieve the side-effects of treatments as well as reduce stress, improve spirits, increase energy, stimulate the appetite, and help patients sleep better.
APRIL IS DAFFODIL MONTH Every year the Canadian Cancer Society organizes a daffodil fundraising campaign across the country. The aim of this activity is to fund cancer research and community support services.
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WE'LL BE KIDNEY
Kidney cancer occurs in either of the two kidneys, which are part of the urinary system. The main function of the kidneys is to filter water, impurities, and wastes from the blood. There are several types of kidney cancer, the most common being renal cell carcinoma.
Leukemia is a cancer that starts in the stem cells of the bone marrow. Bone marrow, which makes blood cells, is the soft, spongy material that fills the centre of most bones. Leukemia develops when the blood stem cells produce abnormal blood cells. Over time, the leukemia cells crowd out normal blood cells, making it hard for the white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets to do their jobs.
Primary liver cancer starts in the cells, bile ducts, blood vessels, or connective tissue of the liver. It is uncommon and is different from secondary liver cancer or metastatic liver cancer, which spread to the liver from other parts of the body. Most primary liver cancers begin in liver cells called hepatocytes, and the most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma.
There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common and slower-growing type. Small cell lung cancer grows quickly and often spreads to distant parts of the body. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer in both men and women.
There are three main types of ovarian cancer. For each type, the cancer starts in a different type of cell found in the ovaries: • epithelial cell cancer starts in the cells that cover the outer surface of the ovary; • germ cell tumours start in the egg cells within the ovary and generally occur in younger women. Germ cell cancer can even develop in children. • Stromal tumours start in the connective tissue cells that hold the ovary together.
SELKIRK TV & APPLIANCE LTD.
255 3 Ave, Athalmer 250-342-3575
The pancreas is a large gland that lies behind the stomach, deep inside the upper abdomen. The pancreas is part of the digestive system and is also part of the hormonal system, for which it makes insulin and other hormones. Most pancreatic cancers start in the ducts that carry pancreatic juices.
5A 492 Arrow Rd 250-342-3577
1046 7 Ave, Invermere 250-342-6511
The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. This gland’s main function is to make seminal fluid, which mixes with sperm from the testicles to make semen. Prostate cancer is the most common type found in men. It usually grows slowly and can often be cured or successfully managed. Nevertheless, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death by cancer in men.
185 Laurier, Invermere 250-342-3050
Invermere Christian Supplies
Main Street, Invermere 250-342-6415
The most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell cancer and basal cell cancer. Both are known as non-melanoma skin cancer and can usually be treated successfully.
1214 7 Ave Invermere 250-342-3262
417 10 Ave, Invermere 250-342-8877
Stomach cancers can start in the lymphatic tissue (lymphoma), in the stomach’s muscular tissue (sarcoma), or in the tissues that support the organs of the digestive system (gastrointestinal stromal tumours). They are treated in different ways.
Hwy 93/95 Windermere (250) 342-3236 Mon Sat 9 5 Sun 10 4
1681 Hwy 93/95, Windermere, B.C. (250) 342-3236
More than 90 percent of testicular cancers start in germ cells, which are the sperm-forming cells within the testicles. Other types of cancer can spread to the testicles, at which point they are called testicular metastasis. It is the most common cancer to occur in young men who are between 15 and 29 years old.
1881 Windermere Loop, Windermere 250-342-3004 windermerevalleygolfcourse.com
FOR SALE 81 Hectare boulder quarry for sale in the Parson, B.C. area. Located 30 kilometers off Hwy 95 on Spillamacheen Forest Service Rd. Quarry is permitted and ready for operation as weather permits. No blasting is necessary. Priced to sell @ $16,500.00 Contact Bob @ 604- 3134741 for more information.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Thank you to all the people who help me cross the streets during the winter, gave me short rides, and helped me in general. - D.L.W.
WINDERMERE VALLEY CHILD CARE SOCIETY
April, 2006 — The Langley B.C.-based West Coast Amusement’s carnival rolled into town and set up in the parking lot behind The Valley Echo, much to the delight of kids, families and adults alike. ` ECHO FILE PHOTO
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION starting now! 3 year old classes (must be 3 by Dec 31) Mon. & Thurs. $70/month
4 year old classes Tues., Wed., Fri. $100/month Come in to have a look. Sign up for September 2012 and save a spot for your child.
250-342-3168 ICAN – Invermere’s Companion Animal Network &/*%tEnid was left to &/ fend for herself up at fe la Enid and we can’t lake understand why! She un is the most gentle, loving cat in the world! lov She is fairly young, about 2 we think, and ab she is still prone to hhaving these bursts of energy where she sh just doesn’t know what to do with herself! Enid would be ﬁne with kids, dogs, other cats and she is also ﬁne as an indoor only girl! Adoption Fee: $100 (to help oﬀset spay/neuter and vet bills)
www.icanhelpapet.com 250-341-7888 If you wish to visit please contact us. Sponsored by the Artym Gallery www.artymgallery.com 250-342-7566
50 years ago: The Windermere District Board of Trade was informed that public works crews were set to begin work on on Highway 95 from Springbrook to Windermere. In other news, Lake Windermere finally lost its ice surface thanks to some sharp winds. The two closest guesses had the correct day but were off by several hours. 45 years ago: Five different plays were set to perform at the East Kootenay Drama Festival, to be held at the Community Centre in Invermere. Awards were to be given for best play, best actor/actress, and for the second time an award was to be given for best director. 35 years ago: The B.C. Land Commission was set to come to the valley to investigate a number of local applications to have lands removed from the "land freeze." Several of the applications would have direct impact on the farming and ranching community in the area, as many of the applications were asking to be removed from the agricultural designation. 23 years ago: The Fairmont airport received a $250,000 provincial grant. The funds were to be used to install perimeter fencing, electronic navigational aid, and to lower a powerline at the airport. The airport also still needed an
additional $250,000 for the installation of night lighting, an amount the airport was hoping to receive from the federal government. 20 years ago: A group of citizens in Windermere were quietly working to preserve some of their heritage buildings as well as their lakeshore. Following a four-month study, the group of citizens were hopeful that they could be granted a license of occupation for the foreshore. 15 years ago: The District of Invermere was looking to increase the amount of affordable housing by creating a new zone that would allow for higher density and smaller lots. Opponents of the zoning called it an "abomination," and described it as "infill housing." 10 years ago: The Canal Flats and Radium elementary schools were once again facing the possibility of closure. The Rocky Mountain School District 6 was facing a $2.1 million shortfall, and closing the two schools seemed to be the only answer. With a projected loss of up to 800 students over the following three years, an administrator called it an "ugly picture." 5 years ago: The Little Badger Early Learning Centre opened and was quickly filling up with kids. At the time, 15 kids had already been confirmed to attend, and there were plans to increase the total number of supported children to 20. Staff were to focus on ensuring all areas of development were met, including physical, emotional and social skills.
OF THE WEEK
Thanks to Bob Gadsby for helping organize the judo tournament in Invermere this past week. If you have a volunteer you'd like to celebrate, let us know at editor@ invermerevalleyecho.com
QUALITY ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FROM CANADA, EUROPE AND ASIA. ARCHITECTURAL ITEMS FOR HOME AND GARDEN. Wednesday to Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4 Industrial Park • Invermere (just off the road to Panorama) Telephone: 250-342-0707 • Email: email@example.com
w w w. t e pa pa nui . c o m
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
what to do.... Fun Events in the Valley • Saturday, April 28: Radium Trash Bash, meet at 10 a.m. at Higher Ground Coffee Shop.
Village of Radium Annual Trash Bash & Spring Clean Up
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10 a.m.
• Saturday, April 28: Long Drive Competition, Fairmont Hot Springs' airport runway, 12 - 3 p.m. 250-345-6346 ext. 22
Garbage bags will be provided. Meet at Higher Ground Coffee Shop. 10 a.m. sharp! Participants will be provided with a light lunch at 1 p.m. following the clean up.
• Saturday, April 28: Bike and Gear Swap, Invermere Community Hall 11:30 - 1 p.m. • Saturday, April 28: CBC host Grant Lawrence reading and slide show, 1 p.m. Christ Church Trinity. • Sunday, April 29: Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club range clean-up work bee. • Wednesday, May 2: CV Little League Registration, 6 p.m. at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park
Hope to see you there! Thanks for supporting our community!
• Friday, May 4: Fresh Fridays Open Mic Nite, Pynelogs, 7 p.m.
ily m Fa nt! e ev
The Village of Radium Hot Springs holds their Radium Trash Bash this Saturday, April 28. Meet at 10 a.m. at Higher Ground Coffee Shop. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Wings Over the Rockies ART SHOW Lil’ Peeps ART SHOW The Bugaboos · A Celebration in Story & Image Exhibit
What does ART All showing at Pynelogs Art Gallery mean to you? April 24 to May 13 · 11 to 4 pm daily
Visit columbiavalleyarts.com for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Your partner in success Your choice for power tools in the Valley! We have the largest brand selection, specializing in Makita
Wed - Sat get
15% oﬀ power tools
Also available are parts and service. Check out Do It Yourselfers! Our exclusive line of Stanley Fat Max power tools
FOR THE PRICE OF
Interior and exterior paint
BUY 2 3.78L
CANS OF PAINT OR STAIN GET THE 3
THIS WEEK WEDSAT Get a jump start on your outdoor projects!
* Applicatble on all in-store 3.78-L cans of interior and exterior paint and stain of the same brand.
Serving the Columbia Valley since 1969
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sports Spring Showdowns
The Invermere Judo Club hosted kids from across the region for a tournament at David Thompson Secondary School this past weekend. Kids of all ages came from as far as Fernie for the tournament, which saw the younger kids strut their stuff before some of the older kids began the competition. (Clockwise from left) Cain McCabe of Revelstoke and Steven Clark of Invermere ward off each others' attempts at throws; Finn Bourke of Invermere and Oliver Corley of Revelstoke ﬁnd themselves in an interesting position; Jackson Budenholzer of Invermere and Kale Wenzlawe of Fernie battle for position.
STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTOS
Hockey season begins
Rockies spring training is underway, as hockey players battle it out for the opportunity to be invited to the Rockies training camp.
STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO
YOUR PERFECT PARTNERS… FOR BUYING OR SELLING A HOME.
#23, 4775 Wood Lane, Windermere
THE PRICE IS RIGHT! Perfect starter home with 3 bdrms; ideal for a family or as a recreational property. Great location in the well-maintained Williams manufactured home park, just minutes to Windermere Elementary School, the playground, beach and golf courses. MLS®K212064
Consider working with experienced professionals who are committed to meeting your needs.
ROSS NEWHOUSE Cell: 250-342-5247
www.wvrealestate.ca GOOD SERVICE IS NOT EXPENSIVE. IT'S PRICELESS.
Unit #3, 5777 Columbia Rd, Edgewater
AFFORDABLE HOUSING! Selling well below assessed value, this bright and spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse enjoys over 1000 sq feet of living space. Recently renovated inside and out. Great mountain views and private back patio. MLS#K211691
Rockies International Airport vital to bringing tourists to the region CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
the airport will prove vital to the continued growth and expansion of the Columbia Valley. "For this area, it's so important that we have good connectivity through a regional airport, because the only way we get people here from Asia, Europe and other parts of the world is through that connectivity," Wilks explained.
NO COMPARISON. NO COMPROMISE.
LEASE FOR ONLY
2012 FOCUS SE SEDAN
FOCUS 32 $
"Whether that is an airport, bus line, or highway, they need to be in good shape — and we can argue whether they are or not — but our airports are so vital. "I believe that the Rockies International Airport will be even more significant in the years to come as we become more of a destination place, especially for tourism."
I DARE YOU TO FIND A BETTER CAR FOR YOUR MONEY. HATCHBACK
PER MONTH FOR 48 MONTHS WITH $2,550 DOWN PAYMENT.
LEASE FOR ONLY ±
LOADED WITH FEATURES OWN FOR ONLY
FINANCED BI-WEEKLY FOR 72 MONTHS WITH $2,000 DOWN PAYMENT.
L LEASE FOR F ONLY O
OR LEASE 202012 FIESTA SE SEDAN 0% FINANANCING PURCHASE
• Automatic Headlamps • 160 hp • 16" Wheels • Active Grille Shutters
PER MONTH FOR 48 MONTHS WITH $2,600 DOWN PAYMENT.
THERE’S NO COMPARISON OR COMPROMISE. ONLY AT YOUR BC FORD STORE.
OWN FOR ONLY
0.0L/100km FINANCED BI-WEEKLY FOR 72 MONTHS WITH $2,500 DOWN PAYMENT.
SEDAN AND HATCHBACK
5.5L/100km 51MPG HWY*** 7.8L/100km 36MPG CITY***
OFFERS INCLUDE $750 IN MANUFACTUER REBATES† AND $1,600 AIR TAX & FREIGHT. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT.ˆ
• Air Conditioning • Fog Lamps w/ Chrome Surround • Anti-Lock Brake System • AdvanceTrac w/ Roll Stability Control‡
OFFER INCLUDES $1,600 FREIGHT AND AIR TAX AND $750 MANUFACTURER REBATE†
OR STEP UP TO THE SYNC & SPORT PACKAGE $ MORE A MONTH
• 16" Painted Aluminum Wheels • Cruise control • MyFord Driver Connect Technology gy • Ford SYNC®‡‡ with USB • SelectShift
OFFERS INCLUDE $500 IN MANUFACTUER REBATES AND $1,600 AIR TAX & FREIGHT. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED.ˆ OFFE
LOADED WITH CLASS EXCLUSIVE FEATURES
WISE BUYERS READ THE LEGAL COPY: Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. Dealer order or transfer may be required as inventory may vary by dealer. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. *Until July 3, 2012, purchase a new 2012 Focus SE Sedan/Fiesta SE Sedan for $19,499/$16,499 after Total Manufacturer Rebate of $750/$500. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $750/$500 and freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel ﬁll charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any ﬂeet consumer incentives. ** Until July 3, 2012, choose 0% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase ﬁnancing on a new 2012 Focus SE Sedan/ Fiesta SE Sedan for a maximum of 72 months to qualiﬁed retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase ﬁnancing monthly payment is $243/$194 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $112/$90 with a down payment of $2,000/$2,500 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $0 or APR of 0% and total to be repaid is $17,499/$13,999. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $750/$500 and freight and air tax of $1,600 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel ﬁll charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that ﬁnancial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a ﬁrst payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. ±Until July 3, 2012, lease a new 2012 Focus SE Sedan/Focus SE Sedan with Sport Package/Fiesta SE Sedan and get 0% lease annual percentage rate (LAPR) ﬁnancing for up to 48 months on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest LAPR payment. Lease a vehicle with a value of $20,599/$23,199/$17,599 at 0% LAPR for up to 48 months with $2,550/$2,550/$2,600 down or equivalent trade in, monthly payment is $199/$231/$165, total lease obligation is $12,102/$13,638/$10,520 and optional buyout is $7,416/$8,352/$5,984. Offers include Manufacturer Rebate of $750/$750/$500. Taxes payable on full amount of lease ﬁnancing price after Manufacturer Rebate is deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,600, but exclude variable charges of license, fuel ﬁll charge, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Additional payments required for PPSA, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, security deposit, NSF fees (where applicable), excess wear and tear, and late fees. Some conditions and mileage restrictions of 64,000 km over 48 months apply. A charge of 16 cents per km over mileage restrictions applies, plus applicable taxes. Manufacturer Rebates can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any ﬂeet consumer incentives. All prices are based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. ^Until July 3, 2012, Security Deposit payment is waived on a lease (Red Carpet leases, on approved credit from Ford Credit) of a new 2012 or 2013 model (excluding Shelby GT 500, Boss 302, Boss 302 Laguna Seca, E-Series, Transit Connect Electric, F-150 Raptor, F-Series Chassis Cabs, Medium trucks). Security Deposit may be required by Ford Credit based on customer credit terms and conditions. †From April 3, 2012 to July 3, 2012, receive $500/$750/$1,000/$1,500/$1,750/$2,000/$3,000/$4,000/ $4,500/$5,000/ $5,500/$6,500/$7,000/ $7,500/$8,000 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease of a new 2012 Focus S, 2012 Fiesta, 2012 Explorer (excluding Base)/2012 Focus (excluding S)/2012 Edge SE, 2012 Flex SE, 2012 Escape I4 Manual, E-Series/Transit Connect (excluding Electric), 2012 F-150 Regular Cab XL 4x2 Value Leader/2012 Mustang Value Leader/2012 Taurus SE, 2012 F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs/2012 Fusion S, 2012 Flex (excluding SE)/2012 Mustang V6 (excluding Value Leader), 2012 Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ 2012 Expedition/2012 Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Mustang GT (excluding GT500 and Boss 302), 2012 Taurus (excluding SE), 2012 Escape and Hybrid (excluding I4 Manual)/2012 Fusion (excluding S and Hybrid), 2012 Edge FWD (excluding SE), 2012 Escape V6, 2012 F-250 to F-450 Gas engine (excluding Chassis Cabs)/2012 F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) non-5.0L/2012 F-150 Regular Cab (excluding XL 4x2) 5.0L/2012 F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew non-5.0L, 2012 F-250 to F-450 Diesel engine (excluding Chassis Cabs)/2012 F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L - all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. This offer can be used in conjunction with most retail consumer offers made available by Ford of Canada at either the time of factory order or delivery, but not both. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any ﬂeet consumer incentives. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for model shown: 2012 Focus 2.0L I4 5-speed Manual transmission: [7.8L/100km (36MPG) City, 5.5L/100km (51MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, and driving habits. ‡Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. ‡‡Some mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible – check www.syncmyride.com for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. †††© 2012 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2012 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.
B2 www.invermerevalleyecho.com Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
Airport growth essential to region-Wilks “Quality Built Homes”
Member Home Owner Protection Office Member National Home Warranty Program Serving the Windermere Valley
Proudly serving Alberta & British Columbia
Available in most new Ford vehicles with 6-month pre-paid subscription
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Anti-bullying workshop comes to Radium May 15-16 STEVE JESSEL firstname.lastname@example.org
Bullying is something that everyone has experienced in their lives. Whether it was being bullied, seeing a friend being bullied or even being a bully yourself, bullying can have far reaching implications in a child's life. That's why the Canadian Red Cross, in association with the Village of Radium and Columbia Basin Trust are offering a free workshop at the Radium Firehall on May 15 and 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., to help parents and youth workers better understand the issue that our kids face today. "The issue of bullying and harassment is age old, but it is now an issue that is being recognized as having a significant impact on children's self esteem and personal competence," RespectED Co-ordinator and Service Area Manager Chris MacPherson said. "It takes literally into adulthood to repair the damage." The workshop, entitled "Beyond the Hurt" is a free workshop that aims to help parents and others to better understand the issues behind bullying and learn how to develop and implement successful prevention strategies. The six-hour workshop is completely free of charge thanks to donations from the Village of Radium and the Columbia Basin Trust, however there are only 20 seats available, and MacPherson says that some of those seats have already been filled.
"We are no longer as a society minimizing the issue, but what is also happening is that we are becoming a less empathetic society," MacPherson said. "We're dealing more with our own lives rather than a community approach." The Canadian Red Cross bullying program is about 10 years old according to MacPherson, and she estimates they have held about 25 similar workshops across the province this year. She says that the Red Cross is now trying to also focus on smaller communities as opposed to solely the larger urban centres, as bullying "crosses all demographics." "It's not just an issue for urban kids, it's an issue for all families," she said. "Smaller communities often have fewer resources to deal with a situation, so it really does become community work to deal with the problem." The workshop itself, which is meant for parents, coaches, daycare workers, and leaders at other youth organizations such as Scouts, teaches how bullying and harassment are based on interpersonal power issues, and how these play out among young people. It also explores types of bullying, the negative effects and impact on young people, how the law and school policies can react to the problem, and strategies for preventing bullying and harassment from occurring at all levels. "Putting all the onus on the children to fix the problem â€” they can only do so much, and be responsible for so much," MacPherson said. "Adults in their lives also need to take on some of that responsibility." To register for the highly-interactive workshop, contact Chris MacPherson at either email@example.com or by calling 250 365 1905.
Area ďŹ reďŹ ghters responded to a brush ďŹ re near Fairmont alongside Highway 93/95 on Tuesday, April 17.
STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO
Canadiana Crossword Femme Philatelists
By Bernice Rosella and James Kilner
ACROSS 1 Russian despot 5 Gardner or Bennett structure 8 Barbara____ (Seen on 1999â€™s 46 cent stamp) 12 Rabbit 13 Make do 14 Ms Chaplin 15 Ubiquitous cookie 16 Therese ___ (Seen on 1985â€™s 32 cent stamp) 18 Ocean inlet 19 Jeanne___ (Seen on 1973â€™s 8 cent stamp) 20 Itin. item 21 Stumblebum 22 Unwell 24 Molly___ (Seen on 1986â€™s 34 cent stamp) 27 Nineties Global TV teen drama 31 Off Broadway theatre award 32 Dickensian expletive 33 History 34 Helen ___ (Seen on 1993â€™s 43 cent stamp) 36 Jeanne___ (Seen on 1994â€™s 43 cent stamp) 37 Cereal grain 38 Scotsmanâ€™s ancestor 39 Epoch 42 Common evergreen 44 Smite 47 Agnes ___ (Seen on 1990â€™s 39 cent stamp) 49 Spartan Queen 50 Honey, to Henri 51 Stringed instrument, slangily 52 ____ rabbit 53 As well 54 Former spouses 55 Childâ€™s card game DOWN 1 Norse god
Why wa wait until the new ews wsp pap aper hits the e stre streets re eets to get local ne news? ews ws? t7 7JTJJUX X X XJJOWFSNFSFWBMMFZFDIPDPNGP PSE EBJMMZ OFXTBBOEQ QIPUPT&&WFSZE EBZ XFXJMMQPTUOFX DPOUFOUUPPVSXFCTJUF F
8 8IJMFZPVSFUIFSFZPVDBOBMTP FSF SF F ZP ZPV DBBO BMTP 7PUFJOPVSOFXPOMJOFQPMM 7PU 7P PUF PUF F JO PVSOFX PVS OFX FX PO FX POMJJOFQPMM F QP t4 4DSPMMEPXOUIFNBJOQBH HFUPTFFUIFQPMM $MJDLUISPVHIQIPUPHBMMFSJFT $MJDL DLUISP UISPVHI SPVHI QIPUP SP QIPU PUP PUP P H MM JFT F t&&OKPZUIFQIPUPTJOUIFQBQ QFSPGMPDBMFWFOUT 7JTTJUUIFTJUFUPTFFNPSFQI IPUPT #SPXTFPVSPOMJOFDBMFOEBS #SP SP SPX PXTFPV PX X XTT SPOMJ POMJ t'JJOEPVUXIBBU TTI IBQ QQFOJOHBSPVOEUUIF7 7BMMFZ BO OEBBEEZZPVSP PXOF F WF O U T i-JLFw i-JLFwVTPO'BDFCPPL BOEGPMMPXVTPO5XJUUFS LF Fw VTPO VT PO 'BDFCPPL BOE GPMMPX VTTPO P 5X 2 Raniâ€™s dress 3 Zone 4 Coveted car 5 Doctored coffee 6 Kwa dialect 7 Saviour 8 Opposite of against 9 Crowd noise 10 Item 11 Head of hair 17 Alter 19 Word after place 21 Bridge bid 23 Fragrant shrub 24 Oryx 25 Baseball stat
26 Own, to Archie 27 Deface 28 ____ hemisphere 29 Orville, familiarly 30 Born as 32 Flat bottomed boats 35 Every 36 Title of respect 38 Blanches 39 Jane Austen title 40 Marsh hen 41 Experts 43 Levee 45 Notion 46 Canvas cover 48 Arafatâ€™s org. 49 Imperial weight meas.
XXXGB XXXGBDFCPPLDPN*OWFSNFSF7BMMFZ&DIP G D GB NFSF7B FSF7BMMF 7 MMFZ 7B FZ&DIP P
Answer to April 18:
UX XJUU U F S D P N 5IF F 7BB F Z &DD IP P
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Valley Echo
building your wealth Market Update
CDN $ Per USD
Debt lower? Oops again! The International Monetary Fund generally agrees with the Conservative government - Canada is doing well. The international business climate is becoming a bit more comfortable. Though, there are still plenty of risks, both external and internal, that could put our fragile recovery in jeopardy, Canada is doing fairly well. Having said that, there are worries for us in Canada as well. Among those worries are: •Personal debt is still high and putting our recovery at risk; •The situation in Europe is still questionable and could cause more problems; •There is debate about whether or not there is a ‘housing bubble’ but the real estate market in Canada has taken off. But hold on, maybe not after all; •Interest rates are likely to go up sometime. The big question is when? This is the one that might catch us by surprise and cause a lot of anguish; •We are losing our market share in international trade, focusing in the wrong direction, selling the wrong things to the wrong market. One of the decisions to anticipate in the relatively near future is the Bank of Canada is wondering what our interest rate should be and when should it go up. A lot depends on that decision. Though in just the last few days the rate of inflation has gone down again, it has been rising since the beginning of the year. The challenge has been this: There is a relationship between our fam-
ily debt, overall performance of our economy and interest rates. When interest rates are low, our debt is likely to increase. When the economy staggers business has to employ people and that requires markets for our goods. Now, we are about out of room for any increase in debt and are losing our market share.
ing more expensive. There is a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis that has to go on here. If people get the message that our debt burden is at a limit (which it is) increases in interest will provide encouragement to cause it to diminish. How much is to be determined with all these questions and more as part of the calculation.
If the interest rates go up, the cost of personal debt goes up with it, and that could be very painful for many people. Particularly, the cost of mortgages would increase and, since this is usually the largest purchase for anyone, the monthly cost of mortgages could put unsustainable burdens on some. The ones worst hit would be those – mostly young, first-time home buyers – who are least able to cover the increase. Plus, the cost of credit cards and every other form of credit would go up as well. When interest rates go up, the dollar usually goes up, and the costs of raw materials go up, making manufactur-
We, in Canada, don’t like it when a government passes a law that says what we can’t do. This includes buying a house. But increase in interest cost can provide a stimulus to be more careful about incurring debt. The problem is, we aren’t very good at self-control. We don’t like laws, but we don’t hold ourselves back. That creates a dilemma for our national bank and our government. Now, introduce more costly manufacturing and a strong dollar, all holding back trade. Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don’t! Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, has talked about debt load
and the possibility of raising interest rates to curtail it if it doesn’t settle down. Perhaps, that message has been getting across. There is evidence that personal debt may be decreasing a bit. People may become a bit more cautious when buying houses. Maybe! Recently, house prices have slowed their growth and purchases of houses have decreased. Another positive sign! Governments often look to citizen spending to limit recessions but that’s not possible. Carney says we need to get people working again to cover. Canada has relied on trade with the US to pull us up. That’s not working now, and we have not adapted. Carney says we have gone from a 4.5 per cent share in world markets to a 2.5 per cent share. And we are still hoping for one of the world’s slower adapting nations – the US – to become more active. In the meantime, Asia and the southern Latin American countries are the fastest growing economic nations, and we are losing market share to China and other nations. Carney says we need to make the adaptation and start selling. The new chant is ‘Re-focus, Re-tool, and Re-train.’ Get us looking in a different direction and seeing what’s needed. We need to get our act together. We can’t spend for a solution. We have relied on our neighbor to the south to be our best market. That reliance has caused us to lose ground. In order to get going again, we must make the adjustments that will allow us to grow.
The Valley Echo Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Conservation projects announced SUBMITTED Special to The Valley Echo
Nine projects will receive funding from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund in 2012. â€œThe Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved a total of $216,194 in funding for projects this year,â€? explains RDEK Columbia Valley Directors Committee Chair, Gerry Taft. â€œIt is encouraging to see the work that has been done over the past two years with the financial assistance of the Local Conservation Fund and we are looking forward to the progress that will be made in the coming year to help protect or enhance the ecosystems and environmental values in the Valley.â€? The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund is administered by the East Kootenay
Conservation Program (EKCP) on behalf of the RDEK. A Technical Review Committee, made up of a number of Columbia Valley residents, reviews the funding applications and makes recommendations to the EKCP and RDEK. â€œThis Local Conservation Fund is successfully providing a locally-generated source of funding that leverages other investment in our area,â€? says Dave Hillary, Manager of EKCP. â€œNow in its third year, it has established a track record of protecting the values we care about, from conserving wetlands and grasslands to protecting water quality and special places.â€? This is the third full year for the program. In 2011, over $280,000 was approved for 10 projects. In 2010, a total of $83,550 was approved for eight projects. For more information on the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, please visit www.ekcp.ca.
Now offering Sweeping Services! t3PBET t1BSLJOHMPUT t%SJWFXBZT t4JEFXBMLT t"OENPSF
#PPLJOHOPX TPDBMMUPEBZ Parr Utilities Ltd.
The Blonde Bombshell
Notice to Our Customers of Water Main Flushing Parr Utilities Ltd. will be flushing our community water system (Copper Point Resort, Swansea Road, Timber Ridge and Baltac/Hilltop Communities) during the weeks of April 30 â€“ May 11th. This program is necessary to maintain the quality of your drinking water supply. There may be a temporary discoloration of water as a result of the sediment that is being flushed from the water mains. During this period, our regular water treatment will be continued. To assist the Utility during the flushing operation, users are advised if they are experiencing persistent discoloration or odour problems with the water, to notify us and describe the nature of the problem. We suggest that once the flushing is complete, homeowners run all interior taps until the water is clear to ensure that the initial discolouration is flushed from your home. For further information, please telephone the Utility at 250-342-6999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our newly updated website at www.windermerewater.com
Get more online!
www.invermerevalleyecho.com articles â€˘ videos â€˘ comments â€˘ local â€˘ provincial
Doug Clovechuk seems to enjoy his time with Marilyn Monroe (Tracey Bell) at the annual Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards April 17. STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO
Columbia Valley Rockies Annual General Meeting .M=K<9Q '9Q c H E y Canadian Legion Hall Royal All interested E=E:=JK G>