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PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO World War II veteran Jim Ashworth lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Invermere on Sunday, November 11. For more images from the ceremony, turn to page A12.

Backcountry talks resume with moderator New strategy addresses high level of conflict in management plan process NICOLE TRIGG

The Columbia Valley Recreation Access Coalition (CVRAC) took a hesitant step forward on Monday

(November 5) night when it reconvened for the first time since August to revive the process of designing a recreational access management plan for backcountry areas in the Columbia Valley. New to the process is Cranbrook-based moderator Dan Savage — a renowned conflict management guru and president of Savage Management Ltd. — replacing facilitator Dennis Hamilton who has headed up the process for the last 13 months.

“It’s been a hell of a challenge to move this forward, it’s pushed my skills,” Hamilton told the meeting, after introducing Savage to the group. Whereby facilitation is the process of bringing willing people together, mediation is called for “when things run amok,” he explained. Government-sanctioned recreation access management CONTINUES TO 'COLUMBIA' ON PAGE A11

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VICTORIA — Chartered accountant Basia Ruta starts work in January as B.C.’s first auditor 914 - 8 Avenue • Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 general for local governments. Tel: 250.342.9281 • Fax: 250.342.2934 The new position caused a NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING stir among local politicians Zoning Bylaw Amendment when Premier Christy Clark made it part of her leadership NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Bylaw Amendment bid for the B.C. Liberal Party. Her platform promised to exNOTICE is given of a Public be held at 7:00 pm onNovember Tuesday, ICE is given of a Public Hearing to be Hearing held at to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, pand the provincial auditor20, 2012, inatthe at theOffice, District914 of Invermere 012, in theNovember Council Chambers theCouncil DistrictChambers of Invermere - 8th Ave., general’s office to include a 914 - 8th Ave., inZoning the District of Invermere, amend Zoning Bylaw e District ofOffice, Invermere, to amend Bylaw No. 1145, to 2002. municipal auditor, and to “reNo. 1145, 2002. view the municipal taxation w No. 1460, 2012 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 as follows: Bylaw No. 1460, 2012 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 as follows: formula.” Clark’s ministers for local  Introduce new definitions and amendments to permit the Zoning of the • Introduce newWindermere; definitions and amendments to permit the Zoning surface of Lake government, Oak Bay-Gorof the surface ofnew Lakewater Windermere;  Introduce four (4) surface zones regulating the uses associated don Head MLA Ida Chong • Introduce four (4) new water surface zones regulating the uses with boat moorage on Lake Windermere and now Kootenay East MLA associated with boat moorage on Lake Windermere  Designate surface of Lake Windermere as outlined on the map below: Bill Bennett, have empha• Designate surface of Lake Windermere as outlined on the map below: sized that the Surrey-based Auditor General for Local Government will compare similar communities through performance audits and publish non-binding recommendations on which are more efficient. That is similar to how provincial and federal auditors work, relying on public

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pressure to move politicians to cut down waste. Local mayors and councillors balked when the idea came up at the 2011 Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. Some complained about an extra layer of costly bureaucracy, while others said the province was going to impose tax rate changes on communities. Those concerns faded as local politicians were assured they wouldn’t lose autonomy, and also faced the prospect of campaigning against extra accountability. Clark promised there would be no costs passed on to local govern-

ments to run the auditor’s office. UBCM president Mary Sjostrom, mayor of Quesnel, said Wednesday she welcomes Ruta’s appointment. Ruta has worked in the federal Auditor General’s office and was chief financial officer for Environment Canada, as well as in private practice auditing local government, hospital and community organizations. Tinkering with municipal tax rates, especially for industries that subsidize popular low residential rates, has been raised and abandoned before, and won’t likely be seen before the next provincial election in May 2013.

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Provincial wildlife biologist explains deer counts STEVE JESSEL The Valley Echo

The District of Invermere (DOI) is holding three deer counts this November and Irene Teske, a wildlife biologist with the B.C. government who is based in Cranbrook, will be joining two of the three Invermere counts as an observer. The Valley Echo recently caught up with Teske to ask about the counts and the methods used. Invermere is set to hold three counts in November — why is November the ideal time to conduct a count? The Ministry recommends November/December because it assists with ensuring a more accurate count for a number of reasons, including the following four: usually by this time there is snow on the ground improving visibility and concentrating urban deer in urban areas and not peripheral forest areas, making the count easier; counting urban

deer later in winter (i.e. late December, January or February) may inflate numbers if migratory deer enter towns for the winter; bucks have antlers at this time, and it is easier to classify age and sex of urban deer. Bucks tend to lose their antlers by mid January/February; despite the overall advantages, it should be noted that there may be a slight increase to buck populations due to the ongoing rut in November/December, as some migratory bucks may breed with urban does. How many counts are needed to get an accurate estimation on population in an area? We try to conduct three separate counts (one per week) to increase accuracy. Weather can play an important role with being able to see the deer, and three counts allows for at least one good weather day.  We use the largest number of deer counted as the minimum number of urban deer within the community, although

photo by Steve Jessel/The Echo A couple of young deer linger at Pothole Park in Invermere on Thursday (November 8).

usually the highest number differs less than 15 per cent from the average.   What are the advantages (and/or disadvantages) of conducting counts by car, as opposed to on foot? It is very important to reduce the risk of counting the same deer twice, so the survey needs to be conducted quickly and simultaneously. The entire town needs to be surveyed at the same time, therefore the town is divided into survey zones.  Volunteers count each zone simultaneously. This requires two volun-

teers per car (one to drive and the other to observe and record data). Communities are able to conduct these surveys for minimal or no cost.  To realize the same results on foot would be logistically very difficult and require many more volunteers. How accurate are these counts? A deer committee member had mentioned that it’s possible that a count could miss 40 per cent of a resident deer population? We try to standardize the counting effort as much

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as possible, but obviously deer could be missed. The observed number of deer counted is therefore considered a minimum count.  Nevertheless, the counts provide an index that can be compared annually to establish trends. “Overpopulation” is a term that seems to be tossed around pretty loosely — is there some sort of formula or methodology used to determine if a geographical area is “overpopulated” by deer? No, there’s no formula. In an urban environment, society rather than environmental impacts tend to decide if there are too many deer within the community. Each community faces different challenges associated with urban deer conflicts and has different levels of tolerance for these conflicts.  The Province believes there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution to urban deer issues because every community has unique circumstances concerning deer-human


conflicts and how to resolve them. Assuming that there is a method for determining overpopulation, how many deer would Invermere need inside their municipal boundaries for you to consider there being an overpopulation? The Province does not determine when there is an overpopulation; that is a decision for the community to make. The Province is committed to partnering with local governments to facilitate the development of socially acceptable urban deer management solutions.  Ministry staff assist communities in managing urban wildlife conflicts in a number of ways, including: participation on community-based planning committees; provision of technical advice; development of hunting regulations and issue permits to manage deer populations within or near urban areas; loaning of available equipment to communities as required.

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Storm warming: climate change experts weigh in Climate change experts warn East Kootenay to prepare for change SALLY MACDONALD Cranbrook Daily Townsman

Two climate change experts were in the East Kootenay last week to urge Columbia Basin residents to get informed about the predicted changes to our water resources. Bob Sandford, the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade, and Deborah Harford, executive director of Simon Fraser University’s Adaption to Climate Change Team, visited Cranbrook and Kimberley from October 24 to 26 to give public lectures and meet with students at McKim Middle School and the College of the Rockies. The pair spoke about how predicted climate change will affect water resources, and what East Kootenay residents can do to prepare. “My message for the Kootenays is that what is happening in the rest of Canada and around the world suggests you are in a very positive position with respect to the benefits that will accrue here as a result of managing water more effectively,” Sandford told the Townsman. “By decreasing water usage,

SUBMITTED PHOTOS Experts Bob Sandford and Deborah Harford agree the entire Columbia Basin is uniquely positioned when it comes to climate change.

by being very careful in understanding natural processes and ecosystem needs for water, by understanding the larger dynamics of the Columbia River Treaty, you can position yourself as a region to have a very positive future.”

protection policies. She explained the impacts climate change will have in the East Kootenay. “You will get warmer, wetter winters with more rain falling as snow on lower elevations, and more heavy precipitation events

the summer,” she said. “All of those things have implications for everything from civic infrastructure, to farmers and their water allocations, to how we deal with the Columbia River Treaty.” Reconsidering the Columbia

“My message for the Kootenays is that what is happening in the rest of Canada and around the world suggests you are in a very positive position... ” BOB SANDFORD EPCOR CANADIAN PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE CHAIR

But B.C.’s water act is outdated with elements that are more than 100 years old, said Harford. “It predates climate change, it predates pretty much everything that has every happened in B.C.,” she said, adding that it doesn’t contain groundwater

that are unpredictable. So you’ve got more chance of flooding. There will be longer, hotter, dryer summers, without the benefit of the snowpack and ice that used to be there at lower elevations running off, so you are more likely to get drought at the end of

River Treaty is a pivotal opportunity for the region, agreed Sandford, because it offers the chance to make policy based on the current understanding of ecosystems, an energized hydrological cycle, equity with First Nations, and the fact that

Help Inform the Future of the Columbia River Treaty The Province of British Columbia invites you to a Columbia River Treaty Review consultation workshop with information on future Treaty scenarios. Find out how your interests may be affected. We want your input on the future of the Treaty. The Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee encourages you to join them and be heard at a community near you. Jaffray

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climate change could affect surrounding regions differently. “The reconsideration of the Columbia River Treaty is an opportunity to address all of those things simultaneously so that you might be able to use crafting of new conditions of the treaty as an adaptation strategy for the entire region,” he said. The Columbia Basin is uniquely positioned to make a difference to the province, Sandford went on. “Water act modernization, nesting that in the Columbia River Treaty, and responding to these larger issues is an economic and a social opportunity for the people who live in the Basin and ought to be considered as such,” he said. Harford echoed the importance of speaking up. “I encourage people to write to their mayors and councillors, to their MLAs and MPs, and to think about this in the provincial election next year,” she said. “We really need to let our leaders know that we care about it. Anybody in this region who does care about our water systems would be helping by bringing that up. “Let local leaders know you want to see these issues considered in policy, and that you are prepared to help and support.” The series was sponsored by Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook, Wildsight and the College of the Rockies. Learn more about B.C.’s water act at www.

POWER OUTAGE ALERT With winter weather approaching, BC Hydro would like to remind everyone about important contact information for power outages. To report a power outage call 1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766) or *HYDRO (*49376) from your cell phone. For the most up-to-date information on current, restored or planned outages, visit www. As well, the information can be viewed on a web-enabled wireless mobile device at www. mobile.html. In the case of a power outage, turn off all appliances, including home computers, and especially anything that generates heat to prevent hazards or damage when service is restored. Also turn off all lights except one inside your home, and one outside. This will let you and BC Hydro crews know when the power is back on. Have a well-stocked emergency kit in an easy-to-find location, that includes a battery operated flashlight. And as an important safety remind, BC Hyrdro reminds the public to remain at least 10 metres back from any downed power lines.

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Dazzling display almost here Holiday excitement ramps up with Invermere's annual Light Up Night

Campground bylaw moves ahead STEVE JESSEL


If you listen carefully, you just might hear the sounds of sleigh bells and Christmas carols this November, as the always-popular Invermere Light Up Night returns on Saturday (November 17). “It’s a community event; it’s a kickstart to the festive season and it’s the best of late night shopping,” said Invermere Business Committee president Alita Bentley. “Kids get to visit Santa, and it’s just kind of a good holiday feel good event for the entire community.” Beginning at 6 p.m., some of Invermere’s best and most colourful floats will make their way through Invermere’s downtown for the annual Santa Claus parade down 7th Street, beginning at Pothole Park. Each year dozens of local businesses and special interest groups pull out all the stops with their parade floats, so make sure to grab a good spot early on to watch the parade go by. Santa himself will be the star attraction, and he will be joined by the very lucky local elementary school student who won the annual colouring contest among all three local elementary schools. Santa, along with his elementary school helper, will then be the judge of the various floats once the parade

Echo file photo This year's Light Up Night happens on Saturday (November 17) when downtown Invermere will be bustling with festivities.

ends while District of Invermere mayor Gerry Taft lights up the community Christmas Tree at the Invermere Cenotaph. Following that, Santa will set himself up near the Firepit Grill in downtown Invermere for all the kids to come make their Christmas wishes, and all the stores will be open late — many with special deals for anyone looking to get a bit of a jump on their Christmas shopping. “I have to say the parade, definitely is one of the favourites, because so many people, businesses and community groups go all out and do these amazing phenomenal floats,” Bentley said. “A nighttime Christmas parade

isn’t all that common… visitors are blown away by how awesome it is.” Hot chocolate will be made available, and don’t forget to check out the local businesses taking part in a window-decorating contest. Anyone who wants to register a float for the parade is asked to go the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce website at “It’s nice to hang out and chat with friends, and visit and sip on hot coco and wander around and look at stuff, and buy some stuff if you find what you need for your Christmas shopping,” said Bentley. “It should be some good fun competition and some great festive Christmas spirit out there.”

In an effort to uniformly regulate campgrounds throughout the region, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has given a new campground bylaw first and second reading, and moved it to public hearings — a total of four will take place across the RDEK in November. "Essentially, it allows the board to assess what's being applied for, and permit that particular development," said RDEK planner Matt Gunn. The new bylaw requires anyone looking to establish a new campground in the RDEK to apply for a campground permit that is subject to a number of provisions. These include minimum parcel size, minimum campsite size, maximum number of recreational vehicles, sewer servicing requirements and permitted structures among others, and campgrounds will be subject to inspections from the RDEK manager of planning and development services, who also has the power to revoke campground permits. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions is liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000. The provisions will extend to existing campgrounds with expansion plans. Existing campgrounds with no plans to expand will essentially be grandfathered in and not be required to apply for the campground permit. The public hearing for electoral area G and F will take place on Monday, November 26 at the Windermere Community Hall, 4726 North Street in Windermere. For a full list of the provisions contained within the bylaw, visit the RDEK website at, and navigate to the November 2 RDEK board meeting agenda.

Handcrafted tree ornaments help families Invermere Family Resource Centre selected as this year's charity The Valley Echo is putting together our annual community calendar for 2013, and we need your photos!

EFFUSION ART GALLERY Special to The Valley Echo

This Christmas, why not give the perfect gift? Purchase an original piece of art with proceeds benefiting charity. Definitely, this gift keeps on giving. You can choose beautifully handcrafted ornaments for your own tree or give them as an original gift and keepsake. This highly successful event was created by Heather Cuell and Daryl DaCosta, involving gallery artists who create Christmas tree ornaments with 100 per cent of the proceeds going directly to a local charity. In 2009, the Family Resource Centre was the beneficiary of money raised; in 2010, proceeds went to the Invermere District Hospital Emergency Department; and in 2011, the recipients were the WISH (Women’s Information and Safe Home). This year, the gallery will donate the proceeds to the Invermere Family Resource Centre. Come and enjoy our beautifully decorated tree, find that perfect gift and give back to our community in the true spirit of Christmas. Gallery artist Christine Simpson will be creating art on Saturday (November 17) from 4 to 8 p.m. Christine’s Christmas ornaments will also be on display.

All of the Columbia Valley’s community events will be on the calendar. We need photos for each month, and we’re looking to our Valley’s photographers to help us out! Submit a photo and we’ll select 12 and publish them in the calendar. Our favourite of all the entries will make it to the cover! Email your digital photo to: or bring in a high-quality 8”x10” print to our office to be scanned. For more info, call us at 250-342-9216.

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submitted photo Effusion Art Gallery in Invermere will be hosting the fourth annual Christmas Ornament sale for charity starting on November 17.


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Value of a tax dollar NICOLE TRIGG

Premier Christy Clark is pulling some hefty political punches in the months leading up to the next provincial election on May 14, 2013. The most recent of which is the announcement to appoint Basia Ruta as B.C.'s first auditor general for local government (AGLG). Establishing an AGLG was one of Clark's byelection promises and the appointment is drawing wide praise from the BC Chamber of Commerce as well as support from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Long story short, the AGLG — expect to see this acronym thrown around a lot in provincial media from hereonin — will conduct performance audits of local governments and make non-binding recommendations based on them. "At every level of government we need to find new and innovative ways to make sure British Columbians are getting the best value for their money," said Premier Christy Clark in a government release. Ruta appears to be the person for the job. A chartered accountant with extensive experience working in the federal Office of the Auditor General, she has been appointed for a term of five years, with a maximum of two terms permitted. According to a report by the Fraser Institute, local governments across the province spend a total of nearly $10 billion annually of taxpayers' hardearned money. This spending is already audited, but only to the determine if the numbers are being accurately reported. Whether or not taxpayers are receving value for their money has never been examined — until now. The AGLG's findings will definitely be of great interest to the public at large and will most likely reveal some degree of unnecessary spending and ineffeciency as can be found at other levels of government. Back in July, an audit of the B.C. Legislature revealed its $70 million annual budget was in shambles. In April, the federal auditor general revealed that the Harper government had hidden the true cost of purchasing F-35 stealth fighter jets, a $10 billion difference that Harper dismissed as an "accounting error." But when Ruta turns her eyes to the Columbia Valley to ensure better value for money, it begs to question what, or whose, values will be setting the standard.

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Community over conflict Dear Editor, I have watched our community grapple with the issue of urban deer with dismay. It’s a difficult issue, and people have a wide range of opinions about the deer, but it is sad that so much energy is being used to write angry letters, bash the process, and demonize and vilify each other. This negative emotion is not moving us towards solutions, but instead milking resources (time and money) away from dealing with the issue itself. This is a small place; we know each other. Council members were not elected based on glossy campaigns or showboating, but because people knew us well enough to feel comfortable voting for us. It is time to move past the rhetoric, acknowledge the issues we are confronted with, and come together. And there is an issue. While some in our community do not feel there is a problem with urban deer, there are others who have had pets injured, felt threatened, or been nervous for their children. It is disrespectful and irresponsible to dismiss these concerns just because you don’t share them personally. Disagreeing on something doesn’t preclude conversation. I work with people every day

that I respect but don’t agree with; many are my friends. Members of the IDPS have written many inflammatory letters, emails and Facebook posts, but only one has taken the opportunity to speak with me directly, to ask questions and find the facts. This is not an effective way to work together. It is so much more powerful to use an open mind to understand the realities, to capitalize on our commonalities and to work together to find the best solutions. The money and energy that is being spent on this lawsuit could go a long way towards implementing some of the other recommendations in the Deer Committee Report. Cultivate empathy to build community. Spring Hawes Invermere

Defending the deer Dear Editor, The Invermere Deer Protection Society thanks Mayor Gerry Taft for his effort to explain the deer culling decision. His portrayal of the petition filed in BC Supreme Court as “frivolous” shows disdain — for the judgment to allow the case to proceed, for the environment and for thoughtful citizens who appreciate and value wildlife in our community and are repulsed by


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the idea of a municipally sponsored, on-going slaughter and meat production program. There is no shame in sober second thought but doggedly pursuing the right to kill — perhaps. On April 5, 2012, district lawyers sent a letter stating “the District of Invermere is not interested in negotiating a settlement of this matter.” The mayor talks of “law suit” and “damages” but does not reveal that a district bylaw is the main issue. We met with the deer committee and they sent a nice thank you for “a great deal of information regarding urban deer management which included reports about fencing, fertility options, hazing as well as peoples’ attitudes towards wildlife.” Conservation Officer Service advises that avoiding conflict requires “simple behavioural changes” and the use of fencing and resistant species. That is why we provided information regarding education and other non-lethal methods of reducing conflict. The deer committee kept asking for “recommendations” in spite of our considerable effort. Now it is clear they were encouraged to engage and challenge — a disappointing diversion of energy. Sadly, in contrast to Cranbrook, Invermere is still waiting Continues to 'letters' on Page A7

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MLA Report — Norm Macdonald

Making life better in B.C. Governing a province is, without question, a challenging task. And balancing revenue against expenses, especially in tough economic times, is particularly difficult. These are the choices that a government has to make. I know that British Columbians understand this, and they expect their government to be prudent. We all know that, once again, the province will be putting forward a deficit budget, adding even further to the Province’s debt. And taxpayers are being asked to do without many programs in order to bring spending under control, so the government claims. But there is one budget item that isn’t being cut —

the advertising budget for Christy Clark’s BC Jobs Plan. Fifteen million is being spent on government ads that brag about job creation and economic development in the province. These ads make claims of job numbers that have already been disproven, but the ads continue to run. So not only is this money being spent frivolously, it is being spent to deliberately misinform the public. I think we can all agree that this is unacceptable. What if that $15 million was put towards services that actually made life better for British Columbians? Fifteen million could provide training for up to 1,000 new miners instead of bringing in temporary for-

eign workers for new mines. Fifteen million could provide home care services for approximately 1,500 seniors for a year. Fifteen million could provide B.C. schools with about 250 additional special education teachers. Fifteen million could see a third more seedlings planted on Crown lands, making an important contribution to forest health. But instead, this government chose a tax payer-funded propaganda campaign. British Columbians deserve better. They deserve a government that will be honest about the state of the province. And they deserve a government that puts the needs of citizens first.


for the “public education program.” Why are municipalities so intent on accepting responsibility and possibly, liability, for the behaviour of wildlife? In the Wildlife Act “no right of action lies, and no right of compensation exists, against the government for death, personal injury or property damage caused by wildlife.” There is a wonderful new tool in wildlife management called “citizen science” — a component of a well-funded scientific study for the purpose of conservation. Local examples include observations of white tail deer in Kootenay National Park and wildlife in Crowsnest Pass; not the DOI deer count. The deer committee requested our “recommendations”

about the planned count; however they never provided the objective and methodology. We responded with information on counting in general including the recommendation from the Capital Regional District Deer Management Strategy that “there is no clear methodology to count deer in urban, rural or agricultural areas” and “volunteer estimates are likely unreliable and therefore not advisable.” There is nothing frivolous in our concern that taxpayers and deer will pay the high cost for misguided determination to kill 150 animals. Sue Saunders Invermere

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and supports responsible commerce through effective advocacy, communication, networking and education on behalf of its member businesses throughout the Columbia Valley. We believe that the residents of the Columbia Valley are best served by a robust and thriving business environment that is always moving forward and taking advantage of opportunities that will add to the economic strength of the area. To this end, we are concerned that the District of Invermere appears to be more interested in matters that lie outside of the District’s boundaries, rather than dealing with the economic, social and environmental issues that require strong leadership within the community.

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WED NOV 14 • Seniors’ Day Tea at Invermere Public Library, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Bus provided FRI NOV 16 •Adventure Club Murder Mystery, Inv. Public Library, grades 5-7, 2 - 4 p.m. •Steamboat Mountain Music Festival AGM, Edgewater Comm. Hall, 7 p.m. SAT NOV 17 •Canal Flats Civic Centre's Craft and Home Business Sale, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250349-5447 for more information •Third Annual Arts Alive show at Pynelogs, Canadian artwork from local artists, $2 admission to ICAN, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. •Light Up in Invermere. Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Window displays, free hot chocolate, visitng with Santa Claus, late-night shopping and more. •Columbia Valley Rockies play Summerland Steam, 7:30 p.m. Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena SUN NOV 18 •Christmas Craft Bazaar, Edgewater Legion, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for $6. 250-347-9550 for tables or more infomation •Columbia Valley Rockies play Nelson Leafs, 1 p.m. Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. MON NOV 19 •Bingo, Canal Flats Civic Centre, 7 p.m. TUES NOV 20 •Jumbo Creek Conservation Society's annual general meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Windermere Lions' Hall. Special guest speaker Jon Turk. Admission by

donation. FRI NOV 23 •ICAN dinner and comedy show, Invermere Community Hall, 6 p.m. Tickets 250-3417888 EVERY SUNDAY •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. •Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Hall 2nd SUNDAY •LW Alliance Church Sing and Celebrate, 7 p.m. For more information call Clarence Stauffer, 250-3429580 EVERY MONDAY •Gentle drop-in carpet bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Centre •Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-341-1509. •Beavers (5-7 year olds) weekly meetings, JA Laird 6 -7p.m. •Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 p.m., Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2/ person. Visitors welcome •EK Brain Injury Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Family Resource Centre. Info: 250-344-5674 1st & 3rd TUESDAY •OPT clinic, 6:308:30 p.m., Inv. Health Unit, 85010th Ave. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing 1st TUESDAY •Invermere Camera Club 7 p.m. Tanya, tanyadeleeuw65@ EVERY TUESDAY •Yoga THRIVEYoga for Cancer Survivors. Hot springs studio, Fairmont

Village Mall. For info call Jan Klimek at 250-342-1195 •Shuswap Bingo at the Shuswap Indian Band Office downstairs, doors open at 5:30 p.m., early bird at 6:45 p.m., regular games at 7 p.m. • Cubs (8-10 year olds), JA Laird 6 - 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd WED •Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. 6 - 8 p.m. Bring your boards! Call 250-342-6416 2nd & 4th WED •Seniors' Day at the Invermere Library. Bus transportation provided EVERY THURSDAY •Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-341-1509 •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 EVERY FRIDAY •Baby Goose program for parents and babies up to 18 months. 9:3011:30 a.m. at Eileen Madson Primary. kandruschuk@cbal. org •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. •Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library, 10:30 a.m. For info visit EVERY SATURDAY •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. THRIFT STORE •Thursdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m.

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What are the best destination cities in Canada? Local women think Invermere, Village of Canal Flats belong on the list STEVE JESSEL

When one considers the best destinations in Canada, there are some names that readily come to mind. Halifax. Montreal. Toronto. Vancouver. Two names that might be missing from

Reader's Digest Canada's Most Interesting Towns contest, two local women are trying to change just that. "I just felt strongly that Invermere should be put out there, because it is

Chantal Gallacher

of any place I'd rather live." "I love living here,

Elizabeth Stuart

look out my front window and there's a mountain right

“I live in a small town surrounded by water and nature. It's not uncommon to have warnings out about bears or cougars in the area. On one side of our town the Kootney river flows down its banks, filled with large fish, mostly char."

Gallacher have transformed their love for their respective com-

the best place in Canada," said Invermere resident Elizabeth Stuart. "I can't think

I love living in the flats," Canal Flats resident Chantal Gallacher said. "I


there… how many people can actually say that?" Each Stuart and

munities into an entry for the Readers Digest Canada's Most Interesting Town contest,

be donated to the town for a community project, along with the exposure of


Mayor Taft’s letter to the editor ('Democracy defended', Valley Echo, October 17, 2012) regarding Mountain Resort Municipalities in particular did not represent the best interests of the people of Invermere and only served

to alienate those that do not agree with his point of view. The Mayor’s public letters and his continued badgering of the Provincial government does not serve any positive purpose during a time that our businesses are suffering and need all the help and support available. We believe it is time to start working togeth-

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being featured in an upcoming edition of Reader's Digest. Stuart, a resident of Invermere since 2005, heard about the contest after seeing an ad on television, and Gallacher, a 10year resident of Canal Flats, saw the contest in a magazine. Both have since had their small feature stories on their respective communities published on the Reader's Digest

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website, and are hoping to get as many votes as they can before the December 18 deadline. "I really enjoy the outdoors and I love the fact that I can walk out my front door and be in the bush in two seconds," Gallacher said of Canal Flats." We do a lot of camping and fishing and hunting, and it's just the perfect place for that." For Stuart, she and her family have been pleasantly surprised at how warmly they've been received since moving to Invermere. Stuart said her son was more than welcomed at the high school, and that the whole family has felt truly embraced by the community. "This town has just been beyond my expectations as a fulltime resident," Stuart said. "You think, 'Oh there's a downside,' but we haven't found the downside yet. The deer don't bug us and the Calgarians don't bug us." To view the entries and vote for a particular community, visit the webpage at www.

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Bear Aware Community Co-ordinator — Crystal Leonard

Time for hibernation! There have been no reported bear sightings in town the last few weeks and I predict there won’t be many more in town this year. Bears have been bulking up and storing body fat this fall in preparation for hibernation. They are now or soon to be in fall transition which is when they start to eat less and are lethargic resting up to 22 hours a day. They will soon be heading to their dens that they have dug up in rock crevices or hollow trees. When a bear hibernates, their heart beat slows drastically and their body temperature drops about seven degrees Celsius. During hibernation, bears do not defecate nor wake up to eat or drink. During the five to seven months in their dens, the

bear’s intestinal tract absorbs all liquid from its feces, creating a hard and dry plug in the lower intestine. This plug also contains dead intestinal cells, the bear’s own hair and bedding material. Urea produced from fat metabolism is broken down and the resulting nitrogen is used by the bear to build protein which allows it to maintain muscle mass and organ tissues. Bears may lose 15 to 30 per cent of their body weight during hibernation. The bears are soon to be sleeping so therefore I too will be wrapping up the Bear Aware season. I would like to thank the Village of Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere and the Conservation Officer Service for all their support.

Also, I would like to give a big pat on the back to all the residents that picked their fruit, stored garbage correctly and managed all other attractants. BCCF’s Bear Aware gratefully acknowledges funding by Columbia Basin Trust, the Ministry of Environment and the communities of Invermere and Radium. To report any aggressive deer or bear sightings call the RAPP line at 1-877-9527277. For more information on Bear Aware contact Crystal Leonard, Bear Aware Community Co-ordinator at 250-688-0561, invermere@ or For more solutions check out the Bear Aware website at

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“Groundswell is thrilled with the colourful vitality of the Community Greenhouse greeting sign that DTSS art student Michelle Bootsma designed and painted with help from other students.” Groundswell’s famous community greenhouse at David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) is back in full swing with new plants, new gardening adventures, and even a new welcome sign. Michelle Bootsma, a DTSS Grade 12 student, is a talented artist who was selected by Groundswell to paint the sign for the greenhouse.  The DTSS art class taught by Robyn Oliver was instructed to draw out a sketched outline of what they would like to see featured on the new welcome sign of the Greenhouse.  All the drawings were submitted to greenhouse staff to choose which one they would like to see painted on the sign, and Michelle’s design was picked. After all the excitement of finding out that she was chosen, Michelle quickly got to work on making the sign.  Making it took a fair bit of her time.  She even had to come to school during exam week in June to work on it.  She worked on the sign every day until it

was finished. “It took a couple of weeks at least,” said Michelle.  First, she had to prime the boards that she was going to paint on. Then she had to draw a bigger version of the drawing onto the boards in pencil.  “I had to scale what I’m drawing and make it go from inches to feet so it would fill the whole board,” said Michelle.  “That took a couple of days.”    After all that was done, Michelle could finally start painting.    “Sometimes I had to do more than one coat of paint on some parts,” she said. “It

mere had this year made it hard to paint outside. When the weather was too bad, Michelle and her crew had to move inside.  “That makes things harder,” said Michelle.  “Paint takes longer to dry indoors. It was also very smelly. All of our paints are oil-based paints, so they gave off a strong odour.  The fumes didn’t get to circulate outside, so we were trapped inside with the smelly paint." But all that hard work started to pay off as Michelle and her friends drew closer to the finishing touches.  “When it’s done, it’s always nice to look at the fin-

them that the only reason I’m good at it is because I practice all the time.... Talent is part of being a good artist, but persistence and hard work is more important.” Michelle thinks that having a solar-powered greenhouse at DTSS is great for school lunches.  “It’s nice to know where the food at school comes from, right from school.”    She also thinks kids at DTSS benefit from coming into the greenhouse during class time to see how it works." It’s also nice to come in here in the winter when all the plants outside are dying, and see that everything is still so green in here.” Michelle was proud to “It was an interesting opportunity to be able to do this sign for the greendesign a mural that everyone was going to see.” house.  She hopes it will make a statement that, inmichelle bootsma dtss student side the greenhouse, it is bright, colourful and full depends on how much you ished product.  It was an in- of life. She also thinks that want the colour to stand out.” teresting opportunity to be having a sign like the one   Michelle had to do a lot able to design a mural that she painted outside the of painting to cover such a everyone was going to see,” greenhouse in the winter big area.  She did get some she said. will remind everybody that help with it sometimes,  Art is a hobby Michelle en- spring will come again. though.  Other students joys and she hopes to con When asked what changes from DTSS  came to help tinue to do it for  a long time.  Michelle would make to the her whenever they had “I’ve wanted to be an art- greenhouse, she suggested time. By getting a group to- ist since kindergarten,” re- incorporating more art to it.  gether and working hard, flected Michelle.  “It’s al“It’d be neat if some kids Michelle was able to have ways been something that I from younger grades could the sign ready in time and have really enjoyed.” come in and do paintings show it off to town. Michelle’s advice for any on the walls.”  Painting the sign wasn’t aspiring artists is not to take With a new wheelchair all fun and games for Mi- anything too seriously.  ramp to make the greenchelle and her friends; “Some people think they house more accessible to sometimes they would run are really bad at art.  I think all —  and maybe incorpointo obstacles along the you just have to find what art rating Michelle’s idea — way. Their biggest barrier, it is for you. People always tell the DTSS greenhouse will turned out, was the weather me that they wish they were make for a great place to see — the rainy June that Inver- as good at art as I am.  I tell plants come to life for all. 

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plans are in place in Golden, Cranbrook and Fernie. Golden was the pilot as it had a rating of “low” in terms of potential for conflict while Fernie was rated “moderate.” Cranbrook — despite its “high” rating — was chosen over the Columbia Valley because it was deemed to have less potential for conflict with more common ground among user groups. The potential for conflict around a backcountry management plan in the Columbia Valley was rated as “very high,” said Hamilton, which is why the region has so far been overlooked. A management strategy for the Columbia Valley will have to take into consideration 1.35 million hectares of land — the equivalent of 12,479 kilometres of road from Vancouver to Halifax — whereby Golden’ s plan was for 900,000 ha, Cranbrook was 850,000 and Fernie encompassed half a million. “I don’t think anybody needs to feel guilty (about the conflict),” said Hamilton, noting it had escalated to the point where two MLAs, one potential MLA, and a minister were involved. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources announcing in August that it was withdrawing its staff from the CVRAC talks, citing the absence of key

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stakeholders as the main reason, is when “things really fell apart,” he said. But, according to Hamilton, the government hasn’t abandoned the process and has kept in communication. “I think you need to think election around the corner on this,” he said. Two formal resignations from the talks have been received to date — the Quad Riders ATV Association of British Columbia until the government reengages, and Cheryl Willard with Kootenay Snowsports Society. Also distinctly absent from the 20 or so people around the table was any representation from the motorized sector. “I feel like I’m at Wildsight meeting,” lamented Scott Pitt from the Invermere

Rod and Gun Club. There was unanimous agreement that if the local dirt bike and snowmobile clubs didn’t come back to the table, then the coalition was spinning its wheels and the process couldn’t move forward. Savage suggested making the process more attractive and less theoretical so these groups would return. “What I hear here is we need to do some doing,” he said. Nipika Mountain Resort president and general manager Lyle Wilson expressed the frustration many were feeling around the lack of actual land use planning to date. ‘We’ve not spoken one minute about land use,” Wilson said. Debate over whether the next meeting should focus

on finalizing the sectors or tackling a landscape unit as a case study ended with an agreement to do both. “This will test drive the sectors,” said Wildsight members Juri Peepre. Columbia Basin Trust is examining the process to determine future funding. Hamilton’s ongoing participation is undetermined while Savage will be leading the next meeting scheduled for November 19 at the Invermere Fire Hall with a start time of 7 p.m. About 80 stakeholders are being emailed a map of a low-conflict landscape unit beforehand. “I’m thrilled to see everyone here,” said CBT community liaison Katherine Hamilton. “It shows me that there’s traction for this process.”

Columbia River Treaty workshops return NICOLE TRIGG

A fresh round of Columbia River Treaty consultation workshops is starting up again this November to discuss the findings of the last 22 community meetings. In collaboration with local governments and the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the B.C. government has put together an overview of the treaty's negative impacts and what has been done for

compensation so far. Residents are asked to make a reasoned judgement on whether more needs to be done or if what's been done is adequate. The workshops will be taking place in Jaffray, Creston, Revelstoke, Golden, Valemount, Nelson, Trail and Nakusp. The Golden workshop is set for Wednesday, November 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Golden Civic Centre

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Valley Echo

PHOTOS BY STEVE JESSEL & NICOLE TRIGG/THE ECHO It was a chilly morning in Invermere, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from attending the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Invermere Cenotaph on Sunday, November 11. After local dignitaries, RCMP and service members paraded down 7th Street, 'O Canada' was sung and Reverend Laura Hermakin led those in attendance in a prayer. Invermere then joined communities across the country in a moment of silence, before wreaths were laid at the base of the Cenotaph.

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Business Profile Social media a la Swansea New business sees world of potential


Raise the Woof! Stand Up Comedy Show & Dinner

Enjoy pre-season festivities at our fun-filled fundraising event and help

“RAiSe the Roof” of a much needed Rescue and Adoption Centre.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Invermere Community Hall Doors Open 6:00 pm • Dinner & Show 7:00 pm

MC Bill Cropper • Catering by Anne Riches • Ages 19 Years & Over

While the valley has certainly felt the effects of a less-thanstellar economy over the last several years, for Andrea Tubbs of Swansea Communications, she still sees a big future. “I think there’s a lot of potential in the valley, there’s a variety of businesses… and there’s a variety of industries as well,” Tubbs said. “I really think there’s great potential across the valley, and even in a down economy, this is the time to be looking at what you’re doing in the marketplace, how you’re spending your marketing and advertising dollars, and what you’re getting for those dollars. Just because you’re spending, doesn’t mean you’re getting anything back.” Tubbs started Swansea Communications after relocating to the Columbia Valley with her husband earlier this year. Having worked with marketing and communications services for more than a decade, Tubbs and business partner John Restemeyer have been hard at work meeting people and building the connections they’ll need to be successful. “We do a lot of face-to-face; it’s been a great way to connect,” Tubbs said. “We’ve found that it’s been really successful, people really appreciate the

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Fairmont Goldsmiths PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO Andrea Tubbs of Swansea Communications.

sort of hands-on, face-to-face approach. After all, this is still a small community, and that is how you get to know people.” Swansea Communications offers a wide range of services including marketing audits, rebranding, social media marketing, event planning and marketing, public relations, and website building. Tubbs said the majority of their clients so far have been private businesses, but they do offer their services to any group, organization or business that might be looking to raise its profile. Her specialty lies mostly in social media marketing and general public relations. “I think (social media) plays a really pivotal role," said Tubbs. "I know that myself as a consumer, and of course what I’ve read and experienced my-

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self being on social media, it means a lot more to me when a friend can recommend, or a friend has comments to say about a product or service.” She sees the role of social media in marketing as continuing to evolve over time, and said there are still plenty of companies out there that are not using it to the best of their advantage. “Most companies have a website, but it’s usually a one-way conversation, they’re pushing information to you,” Tubbs said. “With social media you can respond in any way that you choose. If you’re dissatisfied, or over the moon, everyone is going to know about it.” For more information and to contact Swansea Communications, visit their website at www.

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The Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley is now ready to accept applications for FOOD HAMPERS AND ANGEL GIFTS for Christmas 2012, to be distributed Thursday, December 20, 2012. Application forms are available at The Family Resource Centre, Columbia Valley Employment Centre, Akisqnuk Health Centre, Shuswap Band Office, Canal Flats Headwaters Centre or 250-342-6752. Deadline for requests is Wednesday December 12. To sponsor a family hamper, call Gail at 250-342-6752 or Helen at 250-342-6789; or email Gail at hghoff@telus.netor Helen at to register your commitment by Wednesday, December 12. To donate an Angel Gift, visit the children’s and seniors’ Angel tree in Essential’s Shop (516 13 street) after November 23, or the children’s Angel Tree in Dairy Queen after Friday November 30. Return wrapped and labelled gifts to the stores by the December 15 deadline.

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NEWS submitted photos Intrepid explorer Jon Turk will be giving a slide and video presentation of his travels at the Lions' Hall on Highway 93/95 on Tuesday (November 20). Turk and his fellow adventurer Erik Boomer were nominated by National Geographic as one of ten "Adventurers of the Year" for circumnavigating Ellesmere Island, Canada's third largest island and the northernmost island in the Canadian Arctic.

Annual General Meeting Tuesday, November 20th

7:30 p.m. at the WINDERMERE LIONS HALL (Visitors Centre – Doors open at 7 p.m.)

Special Guest Speaker Award-winning author and scientist

Jon Turk “Crocodiles and Ice Circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island”

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Through Turk's eyes Famed adventurer Jon Turk brings his 'Crocodiles and Ice' presentation to the valley JCCS Special to The Valley Echo

From the steamy jungles of the Solomon Islands, to shamanic wisdom from the Siberian tundra, to the frozen seas of Ellesmere Island, join scientist, explorer, and author, Jon Turk, for an evening of high adventure and rich discovery. A resident of Montana in the summer, and an ardent skier who snorkles back country powder most of the winter in Fernie, Jon is bringing his slide and video presentation, Crocodiles and Ice to Invermere. Hosted by the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society (JCCS), Jon’s presentation will kick off the JCCS AGM to be held Tuesday (November 20) at 7:30 p.m. at the Windermere Lions' Hall on Highway 93/95 at the Visitor Centre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation. A scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry, Jon co-authored the first environmental science textbook in the United States, in honour of Earth Day in 1971. It sold 100,000 copies and spearheaded the development of environmental science curricula in North America. National Geographic nominated Jon Turk and Erik Boomer one of ten “Adventurers of the Year” for their circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in the summer of 2011. It’s noteworthy for armchair adventurers of a certain age that Jon is a pensioner (66) and Erik, at 27, is less than half his age. The two men walked, skied, crawled, portaged, and paddled 1,500 nautical miles in 104 days, half a marathon a day over a landscape of shifting, grinding ice and polar seas in what polar historian Jerry Kobalenko called, “One of the last great firsts in Arctic travel.”

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Arts & Entertainment JA Laird Elementary selected for pilot program New arts integration program comes to Invermere school STEVE JESSEL

Students at J.A. Laird Elementary School in Invermere will have a unique opportunity beginning next September, as J.A. Laird has been selected as one of six schools across B.C. to join the ArtStarts Infusion: Arts in Education program. “We’re really excited, because it was quite a competition to get chosen,” J.A. Laird principal Jill Jensen said. Infusion: Arts in Education is a program that will see professional artists working together with teachers to explore and implement art integration in the classroom. Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form, and aims to make the curriculum more accessible to students with a variety of learning styles. “(The goals) are to deliver the curriculum, and to deliver the curriculum in a way that’s engaging to the students,” said ArtStarts marketing and communications manager Siobhan Rich. “That last part is what this program is meant to help with. It’s not replacing the current curriculum, it’s a way to deliver that curriculum in a way that might be more engaging to different learning types and different types of students.” The program runs for three years, and schools that were interested in bringing the program to their community went through an intensive application process that included the program manager personally visiting each of the shortlisted 21 schools. The final six artists selected to take part also went

submitted photo Denise Lemaster (front row, centre) will be the new Infusion Teaching Artist at J.A. Laird Elementary in Invermere. Here she is joined by other Infusion Teaching Arists and ArtStarts staff.

through a similar application process, culminating in an intensive six-day training program in late September. Rich said that it was important to the organization that the selected artists live in close proximity to the selected communities and, as such, local artist Denise Lemaster has been selected to take part at J.A. Laird. Lemaster has a bachelor of education/fine arts, and has been a painter for over a decade. “I’m very excited about it, I think it’s a wonderful program,” Lemaster said. “It’s great to think of art throughout the curriculum, I think the concept is wonderful.” How the program will look, and how the artists will be utilized, is up to each individual school and classroom. The first year of the program will actually be dedicated to figuring that out, as the selected artists

work with schools and teachers to determine what their needs and goals are. “We have provided a framework that they can work in, but we’re not prescribing what they do in those schools,” Rich said. Even the number of classes the artists is involved with is up

“ArtStarts envisions a society where the arts are regarded as an essential part of educating young people... ” ARTSTARTS WEBSITE

to the school, and Jensen said that J.A. Laird is actually aiming to have all six of their classrooms involved. “The idea in general, is that it’s not just the one week they’re in and they’re out,” Rich said. “It’s more of a sustained program, where over the course of the

year different instances with the artists occur so that the kids get an overall experience of what arts integration is all about.” The second year is when the artist actually enters the classroom setting, and begins interacting with students. Again, how exactly that is going to look and operate is still being determined. Entering the third year, teachers are expected to take on a strong leadership role in their relationship with the artist, so that once the artists leaves at the end of the three years, the teacher can continue to implement their new teaching style in the classroom. “(The teachers) have kind of learned how to do it themselves, and they feel confident doing arts-based practices themselves even though they’re not an artist,” Rich said. The five other schools selected for the ArtStarts Infusion

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program include Lake Kathlyn Elementary in Smithers, St. Joseph’s Elementary in Chemainus, George Pringle Elementary in West Kelowna, M.V. Beattie Elementary in Enderby, and Mamquam Elementary in Squamish. ArtStarts is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 with a professional staff and a volunteer board of directors. According to their website, “ArtStarts envisions a society where the arts are regarded as an essential part of educating young people and a catalyst for creating innovative, engaged and contributing members of society.” ArtStarts has a number of programs alongside the Infusion program, including booking and touring of professional performance artists in schools. For more information on ArtStars, visit their website at


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Building Your Wealth Do your own thing We have often said you should make decisions that matter to you. However, there are sometimes problems that get in the way. For example, we often don’t know what matters. One minute something seems so urgent we drop everything to work on it, and the very next minute there is something else that seems to have taken its place on top of the priority list. Other times we end up with conflicts between the things we think are important and can’t decide which one comes first. Sometimes we simply get carried away by surprises. “Yeah! I’d really like that!” and we’re off. A few years ago Stephen Covey wrote a book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Many, including myself, have found some of his ideas incredibly useful. His book says that in order to change our experience we must change our attitudes. He talks about the "habits" he has seen in the lives of highly effective people that help them with the change. Here are some of the ideas that you might find useful. Habit 1 : The first habit he has seen in highly effective people is they are ‘proactive.’ They take responsibility for who they are and the choices they make. They don’t whine. They don’t blame others. There may be ‘reasons’ for actions of the past, but blaming doesn’t help. Instead, he suggests we should choose the direction that will most likely give the results we desire, and move forward toward it. We begin with a first step and go on from there. Habit 2: Effective people look for the end they desire. They make plans. They’re not satisfied with what happens

to them, but look toward what they want, and make the decisions most likely to get them there. Think. Plan. Think again. Habit 3: They put first things first. It’s amazing how often we forget and go after things lower on the list of what we need. If you can manage this one, you’ll be well on your way. Consider what is most important to you and go for it. Habit 4: Win-Win. Competition has sometimes helped us by encouraging us to work harder. It has also crippled many. If we work toward goals that satisfy our own needs without considering others, the achievement may be unsatisfactory. However, when we meet the needs of everyone, we get more satisfaction. Look for the win-win option. Habit 5: The fifth habit is – communicate. It is surprising how difficult this is. It is amazing and wonderful when it happens, but it’s hard to do. Highly effective people make it happen as much as possible. Habit 6: Work with others. Synergy is a word we need to learn. Businesses and other organizations are finding it works. The first and most important step is to ensure everyone gets satisfaction. Often we have grown used to a different style, and find the change difficult. However, when it works we get more satisfaction. Habit 7: Covey uses the term ‘sharpen the saw,’ to ensure you are taking care of yourself, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. For example, you can ‘sharpen the saw’ physically by eating well and getting exercise. You can make sure you get the rest you need to stay

‘on top’ of your life. You can sharpen the saw mentally by listening to others and learning from their lives. You can read, write or do something that supports others, like volunteering. You can take care of yourself emotionally through friends or family, sharing in their life stories, or do something that provides personal satisfaction. You can take care of yourself spiritually by spending time in nature, enjoying what you

see and feel, listen to music, or get active in meditation, or church. Becoming effective is one of the most powerful things you can do to discover what counts for you in your own life, and what counts for those in your life who matter most to you. Love has always been described as powerful, but it is by becoming aware of what counts that we can get the greatest benefit. A good financial adviser can provide you with investment

or insurance advice. A great financial advisor does much more. They will help you to focus on what’s really important to you. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years and what steps do you need to take to get there. Investment returns alone mean very little if you don't have any idea what you want to achieve. A Certified Financial Planner® can not only help you establish your goals, but can help you draw the road map to achieve them.

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Rockies split home-and-home series with Creston Team snaps four-game losing skid with 5-3 win over Thunder Cats, lose 5-2 the following night STEVE JESSEL

Two new Columbia Valley Rockies pickups are already making their presence felt, as rookie forwards Jeremy Julian and Byron Sam both scored in their debut game to help lead the team to a 5-3 win over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Friday, November 9. "It's great, but we're already thinking of tomorrow night," assistant coach Scott Dubielewicz said after the game. Mired in the depths of a four-game losing streak coming into the game, the Rockies badly needed a win to keep pace in the standings. Through 20 games, the team found itself in last place in the division, however a win over the fourth place Thunder Cats could catapult the Rockies within a point of overtaking their rivals from Creston. With that in mind, the two teams

squared off in an important game for both clubs, and the action was tense from the start. Play was decidedly even in the early going with the teams trading scoring opportunities, but the Thunder Cats would strike first on the powerplay just under six minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would respond with a powerplay of their own, and after Rockies netminder Brody Nelson made a nifty blocker save to deny the Thunder Cats a shorthanded goal, the Rockies determinedly pushed back up ice, where the aforementioned Sam would take a pass from forward Racey Red Crow and snap home his first goal of the season, in his first game with the club. "We got a couple new guys in, and they brought some grit," Dubielewicz said.

"It changes the look of our team just that little bit, and it gives us a little more confidence and depth." The second period took a decidedly physical tone, punctuated when Rockies defenceman Jordan Stimpson was handed an early fighting major. Unfortunately for the Rockies, Stimpson would also take two minor penalties on the same play for roughing and the instigator, giving Creston an extended powerplay just three minutes into the frame. Looking back, Stimpson may well take the same penalties again if he could, because the Rockies would score not one, but two shorthanded goals over the next three minutes. Rockies forwards Dustin Boone and Jerome Thorne combined for a perfect two on one goal past a stretching Creston goalie, and then minutes later the two would team up to score their second shorthanded goal of the period after a Thunder Cats defenceman fell and lost the puck near his own blueline. It wasn't all good news

for the Rockies, as in between tallies the Thunder Cats managed a powerplay goal of their own, but the Rockies looked to be in control as the period drew to a close. They nearly scored again when a Creston player appeared to score on his own net, but the goal was immediately waved off, and shortly after, with just 30 seconds left in the frame Creston managed to jam the puck past Nelson on a broken play to tie the game back up at 3-3. "(The gameplan) was the same as it is every night, we're just trying to outwork the other team," Dubielewicz said. The two teams were chomping at the bit to start the third period, but some Creston aggression seemed to get the better of them and they ended up shorthanded just 36 seconds into the period. This would mark the beginning of the end for the Thunder Cats, as after Rockies forward Julian scored his first of the season in his first game it wouldn't take long for the Rockies to double

Photo by steve jessel/the echo Rockies players Dustin Boone (#22) and Jerome Thorne (left) celebrate after Thorne's second period tally in a 5-3 win over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Friday, November 9.

up on their lead. Defenceman Brendan Sage let a wrist shot go from the point that would elude the beleaguered Creston goalie, and with a 5-3 lead the Rockies coasted the rest of the way to their seventh win of the season. "They started to lose composure, we were getting under their skin," Dubielewicz said. "They started to lose focus‌ we just had to keep playing the way we were playing, and then we got a break."

While the win did move the Rockies within a point of fourth place in the division, they played the same Thunder Cats the very next night (November 10) in the back end of a home-and-home series. The Rockies took an early lead on a goal from forward Tye Moses, but were unable to capitalize on seven Creston minor penalties, instead giving up a shorthanded goal to tie the game heading into the second

period. There would be no looking back for Creston, and they would score four unanswered goals enroute to a 5-2 win. The Rockies next host the Kimberley Dynamiters on Tuesday, November 13. The score was not available by press time. The Rockies next game falls on Saturday, November 17, when they host the Summerland Steam at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere at 7:30 p.m.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Army legal branch 4. Dekagram 7. Underwater ship 10. 6th Jewish month 12. __ lang syne, good old days 14. European money 15. Remover of an apple’s center 17. The content of cognition 18. Bleats 19. “l836 siege” of U.S. 20. Inquiries 22. Bottled gas 23. Dutch painter Gerrit 25. An invasion or hostile attack 28. Misbeliever 31. South American Indiana 32. Bone cavities 33. Hound sounds 34. Turtle carapace 39. Wash or flow




against 40. Cross a threshold 41. Pitch symbol 42. About lizards 45. Treat with contempt 48. Million barrels per day (abbr.) 49. Place to sleep 51. Harsh criticism or disapproval 54. Wipe out recorded information 56. Pesetas 58. Pitcher Hershiser 59. Pronouncements 60. Dodge truck model 61. A coniferous tree 62. Ludicrously false statment 63. Lyric poem 64. Determine the sum 65. Fixed in one’s purpose

CLUES DOWN 1. Mexican wattle & daub hut 2. __ Green: playwright 3. Building for autos 4. Rum and lime or lemon juice 5. Two spiralhorned African antelopes 6. Jubilant delight 7. Cyclic 8. Fiddler crabs 9. Vehicle carrying many passengers 11. Dream sleep 13. Afghan Persian language 16. Gnawing small mammal 18. B1 deficiency disease 21. Not out 24. Chancellor Von Bismarck 26. RCO group of atoms 27. Cony 29. Makes a gas less dense


30. Instances of disease 34. A story 35. Surmounted 36. Cloisonned 37. Counterfoil 38. Kept cattle together 39. Computer screen material 43. Ancient calculator 44. Cuddle 46. District nurse 47. Employee

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Horoscope Third week of November ARIES Wonderful things can happen when you really don’t expect them, Aries. You may experience a pleasant surprise in the next several days, so be on the lookout for excitement. TAURUS You may have to juggle a few events to get everything you want to have accomplished done by a certain date. It could prove to be a hairy few days. Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Last week’s Sudoku answer -->:

GEMINI Now is the time to get serious about saving. No matter how hard you wish it, you will not see extra money appear in your bank account unless you put it there.

CANCER It could take a couple of attempts before you reach the level of satisfaction you are seeking, Cancer. Patience is key whenever delving into uncharted waters.

LIBRA Libra, you are ready to begin a big adventure. There may be moments that are scary, but overall the experience will be a good one for you and anyone else involved.

CAPRICORN That monster vacation you have been planning may have to be put on hold, Capricorn. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a few weekend jaunts to make up for it.

LEO Leo, a lot of things need to get done, but you’re worried there simply isn’t enough time to clear your docket. You have to cut out some of the nonessentials for now.

SCORPIO Scorpio, although you like to step up to a challenge, this week you really are not feeling like exerting yourself. Take some time to recuperate and build up renewed energy.

AQUARIUS Aquarius, the only way to recharge your batteries this week is to plan a trip. There is nothing like a change of scenery to breathe new life into a situation.

VIRGO Virgo, now might be the time for a permanent change in scenery. Your finances might be ready for you to uproot and follow your heart to another locale.

SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius, this week you may be called to go above and beyond. As usual, you are ready to rise to the challenge. Take care to put your best effort into the task.

PISCES When someone does not take your advice, it can be easy to feel slighted. Don’t let it bother you, Pisces, as it’s beyond your control.


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Commercial trucking industry rolling right along Work opportunities for drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, operations BLACK PRESS Special to The Valley Echo

Job seekers are in luck when it comes to the commercial road transportation industry in British Columbia. Trucking companies throughout B.C. require professional drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and operations staff right now, which means that job seekers with experience and/or training may find work within their preferred region. For those considering training prior to joining the workforce, demand for skilled workers in the industry is likely to grow — to 2020 and beyond. There are a number of reasons for this. For truck drivers, the industry is facing a North America-wide shortage because most are 45 years of age or older and nearing retirement (in fact, in Canada, according to a report by the Canada Trucking Human Resources Council, 58 percent of long-haul truck drivers fall in this age range). Similar shortages exist for other jobs, including diesel engine and heavy duty mechanics. Aside from worker shortages, economic growth in the Asia-Pacific Gateway

SUBMITTED PHOTO B.C.'s trucking industry is continuing to grow, and many career opportunities along with it.

is also driving demand for workers in transportation. This applies not only to companies in the Lower Mainland, but in other regions as well, since the AsiaPacific “Gateway” is actually made up of an integrated supply chain of airports, seaports, rail and road connections, and border crossings, from Prince Rupert to Surrey, with links supplied by trucking. Today’s trucking industry is an exciting place to be. Equipment in many companies is state of the art, meaning increased comfort and ease for drivers and opportunities for mechanics to work with technologically advanced systems, keeping both their skills and interest engaged. Dispatch

relies on sophisticated tracking and routing systems. Others on the operations side also use information technology of many kinds to deal with everything from licences and permits, to customer services, accounting, sales and marketing. And, people joining the industry have many career choices. Drivers, for example, may work close to home as pick-up and delivery or short-haul drivers. Those who like the idea of travelling across Canada or North America can become long-haul drivers for an employer or work as owner-operators. Drivers may haul consumer goods, fuel, logs, heavy-duty equipment, livestock

— most of what we purchase or consume spent some time on the road with a commercial truck! If you already have experience as a driver, mechanic or operations worker, most companies advertise jobs on their websites. Members of the BC Trucking Association from across the province may post jobs under Careers on www., and the provincial and federal governments maintain job sites at WorkBC ( and Working in Canada ( — choose Explore Careers by Occupation, then by Region). Within your own community, it may also pay to approach a company you’d like to work for, drop off a resume and inquire if and when they’ll be hiring. If you’d like to enter the industry but need training, there are also many avenues to explore. Although there is not a standard training course for professional drivers, there are numerous private schools throughout B.C. that offer programs. For information on transportation trades in B.C., including mechanics and other technicians, visit transCDA ( And for information on trucking careers in general, see Your own community and region depend on trucking. It may also offer the right career for you.

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Help Wanted

Trades, Technical

Legal Services

An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.

WOLFTEK Industries in Prince George is looking for: Controls/Automation Specialist Working Knowledge of: - PLC programming - HMI development - Variable frequency drives Education: - Electrical Engineering degree or Technologist/Technician (Electrical/Electronics) diploma. Wolftek Industries is willing to train the right candidate and offers competitive wages and benefits. Please submit your resume in confidence to or by fax to: 250-561-0235


LICENSED GASFITTER/SHEETMETAL WORKER WANTED Valid drivers license required. Fax resume to (250) 785-5542 or

North Okanagan Sawmill is looking to hire Millwrights,Fabricators and Heavy Duty Mechanics. We offer competitive wages along with a comprehensive benefit package. Please fax resume to 250-8389637. RANCH MANAGER wanted. Responsible for oversight & maintenance of property and equipment. No animal care. Near Invermere/Fairmont Hot Springs. Pay negotiable depending on schedule. Send response/resume to Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780-725-4430

Professional/ Management SUTCO Contracting Ltd. is seeking a qualified dispatcher. Must have dispatch experience, and able to work in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision. The position requires rotation of days and evening shifts. Extended benefits after 90 days, with pension available after 1 years service. Applicants may apply online or fax:0250-357-2009. Enquiries to: Brad 250-357-2612 Ext: 226

Trades, Technical DYNAMIC RAIL Services Ltd. has an immediate opening for a Track Supervisor working out of our Grande Prairie office. The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years of track work experience, be able to work unsupervised and have a strong focus on customer service and safety. Compensation includes a benefits package, profit sharing and a company vehicle. Please submit resumes to: Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. SIDERS & CARPENTERS WANTED- Calgary Single & Multi-family New Home construction. Exterior Trim & Battens/Vinyl & Hardie siding. Bring your own gear or we can help supply pump-jacks/ planks. Hours flexible. 4 days on/3 days off for out-of town crews. Please call Chris at 1403-971-3351.

Pets & Livestock

Pets Bug cross puppies ready to go. 1st shot. $300.00 250-3495420

Merchandise for Sale

Auctions WWW.KWIKAUCTIONS.COM New/Used Restaurant Equipment Sat. Nov. 17th, 11am, 7305 Meadow, Burnaby, BC

Building Supplies

Health Products

STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206.

HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds by New Year’s Eve and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today Call 1-800854-5176.

2 Bondar armchairs, excellent condition. $360/set, $200 each. Circular mirror 28� diameter, ready to hang, $80. 250-345-6804.


PAINS ALL gone a topical pain reliever spray. Helps relieve arthritis and muscle pain in the elbows, knees, legs etc. Info call 1-250-319-7600; email

Furniture Business/OfďŹ ce Service

BLACK leather sofa - condo size - $250. Pine bedroom set headboard, footboard, dresser, hutch, night tables, mattress. All furniture in very good condition - located in Radium. 403-240-9187

Heavy Duty Machinery

Financial Services DROWNING IN debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.


A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs�20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Misc. for Sale

Piano lessons-sight reading, accompaniment 250-347-9668

1996 Silverado extended cab, long box, low mileage $3500. Call 250-341-6996 BIG BUILDING sale...�This is a clearance you don’t want to miss!� 20X20 $3,985. 25X24 $4,595. 30X36 $6,859. 35X48 $11,200. 40X52 $13,100. 47X76 $18,265 One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey. Fir,Pine, & Larch. Phone 250-342-6908

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Furnace and Heat Pump Installation Service and Repair 250-342-6312

Pets & Livestock



(Woods Foreman) TIMBERLANDS Campbell River, BC Mid Island Forest Operation is a continuous harvest operation (6x3 shift) harvesting 1.1 MM M3 annually and building 140 km of road. Working as part of a team of supervisors, this position will have direct responsibility for woods operations and union crews. The successful candidate will value the team-oriented approach, have a good working knowledge of applicable occupational safety regulations, first-hand knowledge and experience in a unionized environment, and will be responsible for planning, supervision of hourly personnel, safe work performance and the achievement of departmental goals. Further job details can be viewed at:

Help Wanted Black Forest is looking for a full time server. Previous experience required in fine dining. Email or drop off resume at (250)-342-9417


WFP offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit and pension package and the potential to achieve annual performance rewards. Please reply in confidence, citing Reference Code. )VNBO3FTPVSDF%FQBSUNFOUt'BDTJNJMF Email: "QQMJDBUJPO%FBEMJOF5IVSTEBZ /PWFNCFS  3FGFSFODF$PEF1SPEVDUJPO4QWTPS.*'0


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Valley Echo

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale






Misc. for Sale

Musical Instruments

Apt/Condo for Rent

Auto Financing

Flawless 250-347-9668

2BDRM, 1 1/2 BATH condo unit for rent, in Canal Flats. Great view, 2 parking stalls, F/S, D/W. Walking distance to arena, park and store. $850 + D.D., references required. Available Nov.15/12. Call (250)349-5306 or (250)4898389, leave mess.

Property Management

Suites, Upper

CHILLSPOT IS The Coolest Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months.

Commercial/ Industrial

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 MODULAR HOMES and park model homes factory direct wholesale. New single wides $37,209 doubles $73,486 Special winter discounts! Call The Home Boys 877-976-3737 or Woodfired Boiler. Tarm Innova 50 controls & storage. 250-344-2603 evenings.

Sporting Goods Goalie Pads: Velocity 3 7500 ‘36 + 1’ inch. 2 season use. Excellent condition. $500.00 250-342-9247

Real Estate Acreage for Sale Acreages “”

Rentals Acreage Spectacular Riverside Ranch or Eco-lodge Development, 250-347-9660

Misc. Wanted Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town

Apt/Condo for Rent AKISKINOOK resort - 1 bdrm fully furnished condo, indoor pool, hot tub. $725/ month includes cable. Call 403-281-3991

Radium: Furnished 2 bdm condo for rent. Newer, very attractive, 1 block from hwy. All appliances included. Underground parking, N/S, N/P. Avail now. $1000/mth call 403860-1740 Radium - Two units Pinewood W building. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, underground parking, nicely, fully furnished. All inclusive. Avail now. $900/mth/$1100/mth. Call Lina @ 403-239-6389 or 403-264-2782

We’re on the net at

Commercial/ Industrial 240SQFT commercial space in dt Invermere for lease. 2nd floor, renovated building on Main St. $450p/m inc utilities. Call Ben 250-688-0362.

FOR LEASE: 1900 sq. ft. of prime space in Invermere Industrial Park. Presently used as a wood working shop. Lease rate is $7.50 per sq. ft., plus triple net, HST and Hydro. Available Jan 1st. Call Gerry (250)341-1202

Rental Housing Conference, Thurs. & Fri. Nov. 22nd & 23rd Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria. Mini-workshops for Residential Landlords & Managers. • Hoarding • Tenant Selection • Insurance • Financing • Income Tax • Energy-Efficiency • Bedbugs More information visit: To register, call: 1.888.330.6707

Misc for Rent

Suites, Lower

For Rent in Edgewater Large 4 bdrm trailer that has sky lights in the kitchen & bathroom. Available immediately. Comes with W/D, Fridge, Stove, Jet tub and Dishwasher. It has electric heat, with a small wood heater for back-up. $850/mth + $425 DD. References required. To view call Marge Eugene at 347-9401 or 342-5275 (working people only)

Wilder subdivision: 1-bdrm + den, lower suite of renovated home. Includes kitchen, W/D, fenced yard and shed. Avail immediately. $700/month plus utilities. 250-341-7701.

Windermere: 2 bdrm 4 plex. W/D, fridge, stove. Separate entrance, lg yard & driveway. Only a few blocks from beach with lake view. Can be furnished or not. Pets considered. $725/mth. Call or text 250-409-7435 or email


Auto Financing

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship Services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman Pastor Rev. David Morton 1-866-426-7564

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 250-342-6644 100-7th Avenue, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin

9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater. (1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday) 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. (Every Sunday)


Roman Catholic Parish Pastor: Father Gabriel 250-342-6167 Invermere 250-344-6328 Golden Confession: 1/2 hour before Mass Canadian Martyrs Church 712 - 12 Ave, Invermere Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 9 a.m. St. Joseph Church Highway 93-95, Radium Hot Springs Sunday at 11 a.m. Sacred Heart Parish 808 - 11 Street, Golden Sunday at 5 p.m. St. Anthony’s Mission Corner of Luck and Dunn, Canal Flats

Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (served from Kimberly)

RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP For more information call 250-342-6633 or 250-347-6334 Loving God, Loving People #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Sundays at 10 a.m. Bible Studies #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Kids’ Church Edgewater Hall Thursday 6:30 p.m.


326 - 10th Ave. 250-342-9535 REV. TREVOR HAGAN Senior Pastor

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Hwy. 93/95 1 km north of Windermere Pastor: Murray Wittke

Sunday, November 18th 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service Worship and Life Instruction, 10 a.m. Worship & Word Kid’s Church Provided “Truth For Today From The Old Testament: What Indiana Jones Was Looking For” … Pastor Call the office at 250-342-9511 Trevor ministering. for more information. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for children Age 3 to Grade 1; and Grade 2 to Grade 5, during the Morning Sharing Truth Service.

Showing Love Following the Spirit


The Valley Echo Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Remember When

ECHO FILE PHOTO November 2007 — Eighteen month-old Peyton Dow was one of the many excited onlookers at a Columbia Valley Bighorns football game at David Thompson Secondary School.

A look back at what's happened in the valley over the last 50 years KATE GIBBS Special to The Valley Echo

50 years ago: British Columbia recorded the largest number of American tourists in history. All of the American tourists expressed their gratitude towards the friendly hospitality and courtesy of British Columbia residents. The head of the Province’s Office of Trade and Tourism in California expressed his people’s sentiments in a written letter to all British Columbians. These American tourists were impressed with their visits to the province and were willing to come back again for another visit. 35 years ago: Grade 7, 8 and 9 students in Invermere started to create their first-ever band program. Fundraisers were held to help raise money for band uniforms, trips, and even scholarships. With the help of countless community performances, the band became popular. Thanks to the supportive parents and teachers who got things going, Inver-

mere now has a fabulous student band whose music can put anyone in a dancing mood. 25 years ago: The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley held a Child Identification Program. With help from the RCMP, children from Radium, Canal Flats and Invermere made identification cards by putting their fingerprint on a piece of paper. These cards were worthwhile making and made Invermere a safer place for all children. 10 years ago: Clubs were starting to form in town for teenagers who were beginning to get bored of Invermere because there was nothing to do in town. After a council meeting, it was agreed the centre would be directed by the Board of Community Representatives. Now, the teens of Invermere are lucky to have the local Youth Centre to go to after school to have fun with friends. 5 years ago: The Valley Echo reported on the Park Bridge that was just built in Golden. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell came to Golden to celebrate it, and sign a new federal-provincial Building Canada Plan. Big movements were happening in the province that made Canada a bigger and better place. A23

Regional District of East Kootenay PUBLIC hearIng nOTICe ByLaws 2403, 2412, and 2416 - Area F & G Campground Bylaws The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a Campground Bylaw and associated amendments to the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. Bylaw No. 2403 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Campground Bylaw No. 2403, 2012” will introduce regulations related to the development of new campgrounds or the expansion of existing campgrounds. Bylaw No. 2412 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 275, 2012 (Campgrounds / RDEK)” will facilitate the implementation of Campground Bylaw No. 2403 by repealing existing campground regulations and substituting sections enabling Bylaw No. 2403. Bylaw No. 2416 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 276, 2012 (Fairmont Beach Resort/ RDEK)” will amend the zoning designation of the subject property to enable completion of an in-process development which has been partially constructed under the current regulations. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F and Electoral Area G. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Matt Gunn, Planner, at 250-489-2791, or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

COME “VEG” WITH US! Agricultural Plan Open Houses You are invited to join us at our upcoming Agricultural Plan Open Houses. The Open Houses are open to everyone with an interest in agriculture, from consumers to producers to retailers of local goods. These evenings will be led by our consultant Dave Struthers to create conversations around agriculture in the region And, we want to hear from you! Dave will be sharing information on the 2011 Agricultural Land Use Inventory, and looking to learn more about your vision for the future of agriculture in the East Kootenay and how to work toward that vision. Although we recognize the impact the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Agricultural Land Commission policies have on agriculture in our region, we do not intend to focus on the merits of the ALR or operation of the ALC. The changes being undertaken by the ALC will be led by the Commission and are not part of the Agricultural Plan process.

The next Open House will be held: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Brisco Community Hall 4930 Dorney Road A meeting will also be held in Grasmere. Visit for meeting dates, times and locations. Contact Dave Struthers, Agricultural Consultant at Vast Resource Solutions, Additional funding provided by:

19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: Website:


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Valley Echo

Serving the Valley

To advertise, call: 250-342-9216 Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals

DCS Plumbing & Heating • Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks

24-Hour Emergency Service


250-341-8501 Senior Discount


• Complete sewer/drain repairs • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years • Avoid costly repairs

Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Ltd. J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Irena Sedlakova, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Your compounding pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware! Open Monday - Saturday • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-6612

Bruce Dehart 250-347-9803 or 250-342-5357

The WaTer & air Company!

Cranbrook Pest Control

Water Treatment: filtration and purification Furnace and Duct cleaning

Environmentally-friendly integrated pest management Ask about our maintenance programs All work guaranteed

Thermal Imaging Advertise your business in Serving the Valley.


250-426-9586 • 1-888-371-6299

Call 250-342-9216 to inquire about this space.



For competitive prices and prompt service call:

• Gas • Propane • Diesel • Automotive Repairs • Tires & Batteries • Greyhound

• CAA approved automotive repair •

MECHANICAL REPAIRS AVAILABLE 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 Days A Week


7507 Main Street West

Universal Doors & Exteriors Sales • Service • Installation • Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Windows • Sunrooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Siding • Soffit • Facia • Window Capping • Renovations Invermere

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists

Carpet System & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Guaranteed Truck Mounted • Customer Satisfaction

TruckHubman Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed Dean Toll Free: 877-342-3052 Dean TollInvermere, Free: 877-342-3052 Certifi ed Hubman Technician BC V0A 1K3 Certified Technician 250-342-3052


Invermere, BC V0A 1K3


Invermere, B.C.

• New installs • Renovations • Service work • Hot water tanks • Drain cleaning & inspection

Complete line of aggregate products for construction and landscaping

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us.


• Furnaces • Heat PumPs • air conditioning • FirePlaces• Hot tubs • cHemicals • service & maintenance • gas Fitting 385 Laurier Street Phone: 250-342-7100 Invermere, BC Fax: 250-342-7103

Key West Plumbing and Heating

Sand & Gravel

250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 Cell: 250-342-5833

Main Street • Downtown Invermere 250-342-9310


Sholinder & MacKay



Lake Auto Service

Proudly serving the Valley for over 50 years.


Kerry Colonna

Located in the Diamond Heating & Spa building in Athalmer



250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767

Purify the water you drink and the air you breathe!

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Servicing the Columbia Valley

• Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile Pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Topsoil • Sand & Gravel


Invermere Valley Echo, November 14, 2012  

November 14, 2012 edition of the Invermere Valley Echo