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Nearly $5 million be to invested into safer highway crossing options for animals KRISTIAN RASMUSSEN email@example.com
Phase one of a $4.88 million wildlife fencing and underpass project for Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park is slated to begin in early spring. “Over the past decade, we have averaged 50 large animals killed on the road every year,” explained Trevor Kinley, wildlife crossing project manager for Parks Canada, during the Village of Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, January 13. “It is a fairly major safety concern and a visitor experience issue because nobody wants to run into a dead animal or see a dead animal on the side of the road.” Phase one of the project, which could eventually include fencing and underpasses for up to 62 kilometres of Highway 93, will begin with a three kilometre stretch of highway north of the Dolly Varden day use area of Kootenay National Park — a location prone to animalvehicle accidents. The plan will feature 2.5-metre tall woven wire fences with a metre of chain link fencing buried underneath.
The project will also include a maximum of two culverts, which are to be constructed out of pre-cast concrete and measure between two to four metres high by seven metres wide. The project may also come with an element of electricity to keep animals off the road, Kinley added. “We are still challenged with carnivores because bears, wolves and cougars are able to figure out how to get past Texas Gates,” he added. “We are currently experimenting with electric mats embedded in the road, which are safe for people and vehicles.” Although the building process will be structured around non-peak travel times, some single-lane traffic situations are predicted during the build period, Kinley said. Entry points will still be made available on request. “There will be gates for vehicle access and for people,” he said. “If anybody is aware of any spot where people like to go fishing or hiking and need to get through the fence we will put a gate in. Certainly let us know and we can probably install a gate.” For more information on the project, please contact Trevor Kinley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KRISTIAN RASMUSSEN/ECHO PHOTO Radium Hot Springs' own Pete Feldmann saws a "button" off a log during the Wilderness Challenge at Radium's Winterfest on Saturday, February 16. The event held true to its name as the snow fell from sky while adults and younsters enjoyed sleigh rides, treasure hunts, and more. For more photos, turn to page A12.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The Valley Echo
Nicholson leaves behind a lasting impression Champion of community living passes away at age of 92 KRISTIAN RASMUSSEN email@example.com
The Columbia Valley has lost a beacon of goodwill and friendship. John Norman Nicholson, the oldest senior in the province supported by Community Living BC, passed away from pneumonia at the age of 92 on Thursday, January 31st. “John’s longevity is surely a reflection of his being embraced by his community, the supports he received and his feeling of being included, which are key factors to a good quality of life for all people,” said Jennifer Terwood, the Kootenay Region manager of Community Living BC.
John's life story is a success for the community living concept, in which developmentally delayed adults are encouraged to live and work in the community, rather than staying in relative isolation. “For the first time we have a larger population of people with developmental disabilities aging in the community, and living longer,” she said. A resident at Mt. Nelson Place care facility since 1988, Mr. Nicholson was born with an educational disability, but is remembered as a man with emotional intelligence far above av-
submitted photo John Nicholson, who passed away at age 92 at Invermere & District Hospital, was the oldest person supported by Community Living BC. In addition to his zest for life, Nicholson is remembered by community members and friends as a man of compassion and community pride.
erage and a legacy we can all learn from. “John touched the lives of many people with his vibrant smile
and great sense of humor,” said Donna Jefferson, manager of Mt. Nelson Place. “He was a good friend to
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many and a valued member of our community. He can teach us all to be kind and to love one another.” Born on November 27th, 1920 to parents Albert and Vera Nicholson in the community of Swamp Point in northern B.C., John spent much of his life in institutions with his younger brother, Allan, who also shares his brother's educational disability. The two lived together from 1933 to 1959 at New Westminster's Woodlands School, a facility documented in a 2001 administrative review by former B.C. Ombudsman Dulcie McCallum as being a centre of systematic violence and abuse. From 1959 to 1972, John and Allen would live at the Tranquille facility outside Kamloops. Despite sharing rough addresses in their earlier years, the brothers would eventually find peace in their new mountain home of Invermere. Living at Pynelogs Cultural Centre until 1989, which was then a facility for the developmentally delayed, John and Allen
would get the stability they craved at Mt. Nelson Place later that year. “John finally had his own bedroom,” Ms. Jefferson added. “His walls were adorned with wolf pictures and keepsakes that he collected over the years. He spent hours in his room doodling and cutting out papers and Allan and he would sit side-by-side watching sports or the news together.” With a new home and support from
recreation, John was also instilled with a strong work ethic and sense of community pride. The local man worked at the Achievement Centre in Athalmer, where he assisted at the greenhouse and used his creative skills to participate in woodworking projects. During the mid 1980s, John took on more responsibility by accepting a position as a courier, delivering documents for the Invermere &
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dedicated staff came new adventures and opportunities. John developed a love for sports and was talented at bowling, Ms. Jefferson added. “He would often walk to the baseball diamonds or watch the local hockey games,” she said. “John bowled right up to his 90s; he had an incredibly strong throw and always had a consistent score.” Although he loved
District Hospital. “He took great pride in this position,” Ms. Jefferson added. “The ladies in the hospital office always made a fuss over John, buying him chocolates for each birthday. Just recently, they shared with me that John reminded them weeks ahead that his birthday was fast approaching.” Always a ladies man,
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The Valley Echo
Cranbrook to cull 30 urban deer Council approves second round of deer control: won't reveal when, where SALLY MACDONALD Cranbrook Townsman Staff
A second cull of up to 30 mule deer will be carried out in Cranbrook, the city announced on February 14. Council made the decision “after much careful deliberation”, reads the statement released by corporate communications officer Chris Zettel. “Due to concerns around public safety raised both by the RCMP and council, the city will not at this time be providing any additional details surrounding the population reduction activities,” reads the statement. It refers to the population control as “reduction” in the urban deer population and says the measures will “focus on several key areas of the community, based on complaints received both by the city and by the Conservation Officer Service.” The city was granted a permit from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in late 2012, it continues. However, it does not say when or where the cull will be carried out. Council and staff are not answering any questions about the statement nor speaking to the media. “The city will not at this time be providing any additional details surrounding the population reduction activities. The city will provide a comprehensive review to the public once these activities have been completed,” reads the statement. On February 13, the B.C. Deer Protection Coalition took out a full-page advertisement in the Townsman, stating “Will Cranbrook kill deer this winter? Rumour says yes.”
The advertisement asks Cranbrook residents to call or email the organization if it sees a trap set in the community. “If you have a trap in close proximity to your property, grant us access to your property so we can monitor the traps during the night,” reads the advertisement. Colleen Bailey, a spokesperson for the Humane Treatment of Urban Wildlife, which is a member of the B.C. Deer Protection Coalition, said the group is against the city’s decision. “We condemn the assertion that public safety is at risk if the city releases any details of the cull. We assert that this is simply being used as an excuse to conduct the entire operation under the cover of secrecy. Opponents of the cull have simply exercised their democratic right to be part of an open and transparent decision making process and this right was removed by council when it held secret meetings and heard from deputants of its own choice,” said Bailey. “We will continue to reach out to the community to tell us where traps are set and we are committed to monitoring the traps during this cull period.” Last April, council approved a second cull of up to 50 deer in Cranbrook. However, Mayor Wayne Stetski told the Townsman in October that the second cull had been put on hold pending legal action over Invermere’s cull. “(Invermere) has been taken to court over the public involvement process that was used by council to make the decision to cull 100 deer in Invermere’s case. That process that Invermere used is the same one that all of us used – in Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere. So if the court decides there was something inappropriate or perhaps incomplete on that public process, potentially it would impact the future around public processes leading up to whatever decisions councils make,”
said Mayor Stetski at the time. In November 2011, Cranbrook culled 25 urban deer — 11 white-tail and 14 mule — using clover traps. It was the first of three East Kootenay communities to carry out a cull with a licence from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Kimberley culled 100 deer in January 2012, and Invermere was set to cull 100 deer in February 2012 before a court injunction put a hold on the plans. The Invermere Deer Protection Society started a civil suit against the District of Invermere in February 2012, claiming the district did not do enough public consultation prior to deciding to carry out a call. The court injunction halted the cull for much of February, but the society’s request to extend the injunction failed and eventually Invermere was able to cull just 19 deer before its permit to euthanize 100 deer expired. According to a March 2012 issue of the Invermere Valley Echo, Columbia Valley RCMP laid charges in cases where traps were tampered with or deer released from traps during the Invermere cull. In May, the Supreme Court of B.C. gave permission for the society’s civil suit against the district to continue. That case is still before the court. A hearing was set to be held in January, but was delayed. Despite this legal action, public safety concerns have led Cranbrook to proceed with a second cull anyway. Devin Kazakoff, a spokesperson for the Invermere Deer Protection Society, is questioning why Cranbrook council changed its mind. “Why was the mayor worried about Invermere’s court case in October 2012 and not in February 2013? Nothing has changed. Our case is moving forward,” he said in a February 14 press release.
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Invermere sewer rates bylaw nears completion DAN WALTON email@example.com
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“Buzz finally wins one and he’s not here to see it,” noted Mayor Gerry Taft.
Thwarted attempt to raise property tax late fees
Despite a staff recommendation to align Invermere with other B.C. communities by raising the late fees on property taxes to 10 per cent, the district is choosing to stick with its 1.5 per cent late fee on property taxes filed after the July deadline. Mayor Gerry Taft saw merit in raising the fee, which would encourage more ratepayers to file on time. Other councillors cited Invermere as a tourist community where many businesses rely on midsummer income to balance the costs for the rest of the year, and argued against raising the fee. Taft proposed raising the fee from 1.5 per cent to five per cent. His motion was opposed by the other three councillors. (Coun. Greg Anderson was not in attendance.) 4.3125” x 4”
Downtown parking review discussion
The Downtown Parking Strategy was adopted, with an implementation plan slated to be integrated into the district’s 20-year capital plan. During discussion, councillors agreed that heavy downtown traffic could be mitigated with better promotion of the Lakeview parking lot, which is the large lot found behind the hockey rink. Councillor Spring Hawes said she’d like to see Invermere do away with diagonal parking spaces. She acknowledged the complexities that would ensue, but said she’d prefer to see parallel parking.
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During discussion regarding dollars the district will at some point require for road repairs, Taft noted people will complain about potholes while also complaining about higher taxes. “Its our job to find balance,” he said.
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Six cell phone towers slated for national park Council briefs from the Village of Radium Hot Springs February 13 council meeting KRISTIAN RASMUSSEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks Canada has received a proposal from Telus outlining plans to install six cell phone service towers throughout Kootenay National Park. “Construction will be a year and a half from now at the earliest,” explained Trevor Kinley, wildlife crossing project manager for Parks Canada, during the council meeting. “Telus has got a preliminary proposal in and Parks Canada will review that proposal and go through the environmental assessment process.” The completion of the towers will likely mean cell phone cov-
erage throughout Kootenay National Park, Kinley said. “The intent is to get nearly continuous coverage throughout the entire park, but there are a few issues with canyons and trying to get around corners.” For more information, please contact Rick Kubian at email@example.com .
Shikedanz phase approved
Radium council approved phase one of a two-phase affordable strata subdivision proposed
by Shikedanz Properties in Elk Park. “We want to encourage new people to come to Radium and we think this development is what we need to do,” said Brent Berezowksi of Shikedanz. Construction of the first stage of the development has begun and will include 13 single family housing lots. The project raised concern when it was noted that the developer wished to exclude sidewalks from the sub-division because they would encroach on the natural surroundings and size of lots in the area. “The more trees we take down, the less desirable the lots are,” Mr. Berezowski told council. “We all know that the stacked townhouses and the higher density stuff has no place in the marketplace right now. We
have tried to keep the units with as little impact as possible on the green space.” In a memo to council, Arne Dohlen, Radium's director of planning and development services, raised concern that omitting sidewalks from the development could jeopardize the safety of children and oppose the community accessibility that Radium has worked to maintain. The proposed development of 13 sidewalk-less lots would not jeopardize pedestrians because the area would face minimal traffic and adjacent walking trails bordering the sub-division would be within 100 metres, Berezowski countered. Councillor Clara Reinhardt agreed. “The sidewalks, for me, are not really a big deal because I agree
that it is a short distance to walk.” Another concern regarding the development was raised over the implementation of a ditch system running the length of the development, with culverts at each home. “Every spring, runoff is an issue, and where we have a curb and gutter system it has really mitigated that problem,” said Councillor Ron Verboom. “At the Revelstoke sub-division and Jackson Avenue there is no curb and gutter, and every spring we have a big problem with runoff.” The cost-effective nature of the sub-division would be hindered by a curb and gutter requirement, Mr. Berezowski added. “I think we can find an engineering solution to the problem without having to go
with curb and gutter,” he said. Ultimately, because the project is a bareland strata with a private road it falls outside of the jurisdiction of Radium's strictest sub-division standards, said Mark Read, Radium's
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Jumbo Glacier Resort faces third legal challenge Nelson-based environmental group files court petition NICOLE TRIGG firstname.lastname@example.org
The West Kootenay EcoSociety is challenging the province’s decision to grant mountain resort municipality status for the Jumbo Glacier Resort. On Monday (February 18), the Nelson-based EcoSociety filed an application for judicial review in BC Supreme Court that argues that the creation of a municipality with no residents for the purpose of furthering a private development is inherently unconstitutional.
It’s the first legal challenge to changes made under Bill 41 last spring, which altered the Local Government Act to remove the requirement that resort municipalities must have residents. “Our action today is in defense of democracy,” said EcoSociety executive director David Reid in a press release. “Every Canadian should shudder at the idea of a provincial minister appointing a mayor and council for a municipality with no residents. It’s an affront to our constitution and our democracy.” This is the third application for judicial review regarding Jumbo Glacier Resort. In 2005, RK Heliski requested a judicial review of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office process and the decision to grant an environ-
chief administrative officer. Despite the minor issue surrounding drainage, council unanimously approved the project. “It is nice to see another development permit like this come across our desk,” added Verboom.
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mental assessment certificate in 2004. The challenge was unsuccessful. The Ktunaxa Nation filed an application for judicial review of the resort’s approval on November 30 last year, arguing that the intended location for the resort is at the heart of Qat’muk, one of its main sacred sites. “We deliberated long and hard over whether to file this application,” said Reid in the release. “In the end, we couldn’t sit by and see this perversion of democracy move forward in an area that we have fought to protect for 20 years. We’re confident that the court will agree with us, and that the Jumbo Wild! community will support our efforts.”
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Like virtually everyone else my age in the developed world, I have come to rely heavily on my smart phone. The many time-saving apps and the sheer convenience of having my email, day planner, recording device, music (and yes, even a phone) all in one place make it a pretty essential piece of equipment for the post-modern journalist. Imagine my shock when this compact piece of technology began to fail me about two weeks ago. Being that it's not an Apple product, all the iPhone owners out there may begin gloating now. And all technological naysayers can remind me how I never should have gone so far down this road. Two hundred years ago in England, an angry mob of textile artists took issue with the new machinery spawned by the Industrial Revolution, which was quickly rendering their skills obsolete and allowing them to be replaced by low-paid, unskilled labourers. Supposedly spurred on by the smashing antics of a young Ned Ludd, the Luddites expressed their dislike of technology in physical terms, by smashing the newfangled machines, engaging in what historians have referred to as "collective bargaining by riot". Today's Luddites — and the spirit definitely lives on within a small sector of our society — will undoubtedly disagree fundamentally with the idea of putting up six new cell phone towers in Kootenay National Park (see the Radium council briefs on the previous page). To them, the move likely represents a further disturbance of a supposedly wild place, as well as an increased investment in technology that may one day fail us catastrophically. And as those of us who work daily with software and networks can relate to, the smallscale catastrophes alone are difficult enough to deal with. In a way, we all channel our inner Luddite every time we feel to urge to annihilate our frozen computers. We probably disagree with their methods, but Luddites might have been on to something with their inherent distrust of technology.
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Making things easier for First Nations The Conservative government is delivering results for constituents in Kootenay-Columbia and for all Canadians on the priorities that matter most. In December and January, I travelled throughout Kootenay-Columbia riding attending meetings with chambers, councils and individuals. Despite Canada’s very encouraging record, with one of the strongest economies in the G7, the job is far from done. That’s why our Jobs and Growth Act (Bill C-45) implements additional measures, as promised in the budget. These measures are essential to keeping Canada on the right track toward long-term prosperity. In addition to general measures, they include action on long-standing requests from some First Nations for more logical and timely processes for leasing land, helping them attract investment and jobs. Our government is working to support economic opportunities for all Canadians, with measures to enhance interprovincial trade and by cutting taxes more than 140 times. Angela Krebs
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Our government has responded to requests from First Nations to make it easier for them to promote economic growth and jobs. Some First Nations have had success leasing land for commercial development, bringing jobs and generating property taxes to pay for services to members. Unfortunately, the lengthy, multiple-step approval process has delayed projects, sometimes causing developments to fall through during the average one-to-two year wait. Before our bill, approval of a lease required approval of a majority of voters in a vote in which a majority of potential voters in the First Nation took part. Because of the second requirement, 80 per cent of votes failed, forcing a second simple majority referendum. In addition, these leases require approval by the federal government — and we’ve replaced a lengthy Governor-in-Council process with approval by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, saving additional months. These measures were undertaken in response to requests by First Na-
tions, and following committee hearings that consulted with First Nations representatives. They show our government’s commitment to listening to First Nations and acting on their concerns, as well as our commitment to supporting economic opportunities across Canada. It’s important to note that these measures apply only to leasing — no land is lost — and that no First Nation is required to lease land or take any other steps. Instead, we’re simply making things easier for those First Nations for which land leases offer the potential for more jobs, more opportunity and better services supported by tax revenues. Canadians can be assured that our Conservative government remains focused on their priorities. As long as any Canadian is looking for work, we’ll continue to support jobs and growth. Through our low-tax plan, we’re helping keep Canada on track for long-term prosperity. For more information, call (613) 995-7246 or email email@example.com. David Wilks is the Conservative MP for Kootenay-Columbia.
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Tech Yourself — Aaron Mackenzie
Debunking myths around TV technologies In my last article, I was discussing the basic pros and cons of plasma televisions. This week, I’ll write about the other common choices, light emitting diode (LED) and liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, while hopefully debunking some of the falsehoods floating around. Comparing LED and LCD TVs can be very difficult, mainly because there really isn’t much of a difference. I’ll explain how an LCD screen works, then I’ll come back to how the two technologies aren’t very different at all. An LCD screen functions at its most basic level by running an electrical signal through a transistor to one of
three colours (red, green, and blue) in an individual pixel. By controlling the amount of voltage to each of the colours, you are able to create 256 individual shades for each of the colours, totalling close to 16.8 million possible colours. Now for the interesting part. LCDs on their own do not generate light. You need either a reflective back layer, which is how digital watches work, or you need some type of backlight. In TVs marketed as LCD, this backlight is a cold cathode fluorescent light (CCFL). These lights are typically run horizontally behind the screen, or mounted on the top and bottom, and
they use a diffuser plate to distribute light over the entire screen surface. So now that we know how an LCD screen works, why would I say that LED and LCD aren’t very different from each other? When you go into a store and look at a nice new LED screen, what you are actually looking at is an LCD screen using LEDs as the light source instead of a CCFL. There are a few ways LEDs can be used to light a screen. Most commonly, LEDs are arranged behind the screen, shining out towards the viewer. In higher end sets, these lights can be turned on and off in specific areas to help produce better contrast.
The other way the lights are used is in an edge-lit format. This design is what is used in the new ultra slim and frameless TVs on the market today. There you have it! The difference between LED and LCD TV’s is really just the backlight. Both of these styles of TV function very well in varied lighting conditions, so if you don’t have a nice dark room to really make a plasma shine, LED or LCD may just be the screen for you. Aaron Mackenzie is The Valley Echo’s technology columnist and the sales manager at The Source in Invermere. He can be reached at techracing@ gmail.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dialysis double take Dear Editor, As a councillor for the District of Invermere, I was one of many local and provincial government representatives who strongly opposed the closure of the Invermere Dialysis unit. Resolutions have been passed by the District of Invermere and the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board calling on the Ministry of Health to re-open the clinic. And MLA Norm Macdonald, who has been very clear that the unit must be reopened, has made public statements and written a letter to the Minister of Health outlining the need in this community for this health service. But there was one person on the political landscape who wrote a very different letter. BC Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok immediately wrote a letter to the editor attacking the position taken by our MLA and defending the decision to close the clinic which was published in both the Golden Star and the Invermere Valley Echo on January 23rd. So when I read last week's story that indicated that it was 'unanimous' political pressure that resulted in IH agreeing not to immediately move the dialysis equipment, I was very surprised. Further into the article I was shocked to read that Mr. Clove-
chok is now claiming that he opposed the closure from the beginning. Mr. Clovechok then went on to claim that he was part of the effort to convince the government to review the decision. Nothing can be further from the truth. Mr. Clovechok wants the people of this region to vote for him in the next election. Yet he decided that in this case it was more important to attack the current MLA than to fight for what was best for this community. That's not the way to prove that you deserve the electorate's support. Paul Denchuk District of Invermere Councillor
Switch criticized Dear Editor, In January, Interior Health announced the permanent closure of the Invermere Dialysis Unit, forcing dialysis patients to travel to Cranbrook three times a week for treatment. Immediately Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft and MLA Norm Macdonald spoke out against the closure and began to work with government to make the case for the re-opening of the dialysis clinic. Due in large part to their effort, IH is is reconsidering the closure. CONTINUES TO 'LETTERS' ON PAGE A8
Grow Your Life — Elizabeth Shopland
Learning to embrace change Two weeks ago, I wrote about how my thoughts were drifting towards spring, and now I can hear the rain as it lands on the sunroom windows. It seems to me that over the past few winters’ nature’s thermometer appears to be a bit off the norm. How willing are we to adapt and change as the seasons arrive too early or seemingly too late? I believe we can feel the natural rhythm of nature working in the background of our lives and when the weather doesn’t match the date, we start to feel some resistance to this change. Change in any area of our lives doesn’t come easily to most people. It requires flexibility, energy, adaptability and a willingness to experience something new. Why is it we resist change so much? You’ve probably heard about a virtual place called your “comfort zone." Often described as a place within ourselves where familiar is the name of the game, it’s a place where we feel safe and the realm of possibility
is limited by our perceived boundaries. Self-talk such as “I can't…," “I have never…," “It’s beyond me…," “I don’t see why I have to…," “I’m too old…” are some examples that confirm we may be living well within our comfort zones. I know as you read this, there is someone thinking “so what’s wrong with resisting all this change and being content in my comfort zone?" I suppose the question would be then: do you want to be an oak tree or do you want to be an enormously grand oak tree? Gail Sheeny offers this quote, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living." How could we release the resistance to change, break out of our comfort zones and grow? Here is a simple formula given to us by Richard Beckhard, the founder of the field of organizational development in the 1950s: DxVxFS > RC. D is the experienced state of dissatisfaction with your current state or situation. V is the vision of the desired
future state. FS is the positive first steps toward your vision. You also need to answer the question, “Am I willing and am I able?” You will only take inspired action if the answer to both questions is yes. For change to be sustainable, the product of these three elements must be greater than your Resistance to Change. When the weather outside seems to change for the better or for the worse, some people will always find a way to complain and resist it, while others will embrace the opportunity to make the most of it. I believe the world needs more people growing through their comfort zones to become enormously grand oak trees. Elizabeth Shopland is a horticulturist for Homefront Essentials Gardening, a Certified Solution Focused Coach, author and speaker, and the owner of Banyan Tree Solutions. She can be reached at 250-342-8978 or www. btswellness.com.
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Ramble On — Marilyn Berry
Knocking out polio
We want to hear from you! The RDEK’s Draft Five Year Financial Plan is open for public comment – and we want to hear from you!
Copies of the 5-Year Financial Plan are available at our Columbia Valley RDEK office, available on our website www.rdek.bc.ca and can be mailed to you. The comment period closes on February 25th. Get a copy of the Plan today and let us know what you think. Phone: 250-489-2791 • Website: www.rdek.bc.ca
I have just spent a most inspirational weekend in Seattle at a Rotary International training session for incoming club presidents and I want to share some truly amazing news. Did you know that as of February 13, 2013 there have been only two new cases of polio diagnosed in the world this year? At approximately the same time last year, I believe the number was 13. The final three countries in which polio is endemic are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — down from more than 125 countries in 1988 when the World Health Organization passed a resolution to eradicate polio. This followed the launching of PolioPlus by Rotary International in 1985. One of the speakers in Seattle was Ramesh Ferris, a polio survivor born in India in 1979 and adopted by a couple from Whitehorse. Ferris underwent several surger-
ies in Canada and walks with the aid of crutches and braces. After a visit to India in 2002 where he witnessed the plight of many other polio victims, he created Cycle to Walk and hand-cycled across Canada in order to spread awareness about polio and to raise money to aid in the battle to eradicate the crippling disease. His story is one that will bring a tear to almost any eye. I am so proud to be a member of this wonderful organization that took on a disease that was doing so much harm and strove to end it. There had to have been many who thought, "What audacity! Who do these people think they are and why do they think they have the power or ability to eradicate a disease?" Some think it is sad that our younger population has no idea what polio is. I think it is fantastic! Think about it: it has been so long since
a North American has been diagnosed with polio that there is a whole generation that doesn't know it existed. Perhaps I should modify my thoughts somewhat, though. Although it is terrific that our friends and neighbours no longer fear the disease, we must keep in mind that the fight is not over yet. So long as there is one case in the world, the war is not won and we cannot afford to give up now. Should we do so, it is possible that millions of children could still be crippled in the future. So please take every opportunity you can to support the battle. Polio is still the number one priority for Rotarians around the world... help us end polio now! Visit www.endpolio.org for more information. Marilyn Berry is the community columnist for The Valley Echo and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kootenay Music Awards The Invermere Valley Echo in partnership with 11 other Kootenay Newspapers are heading up the 2nd annual 2013 Kootenay Music Awards. Artists and fans alike will begin submitting their favourites from the past year starting in March and voting in April with the Awards Gala on May 10th. This is your opportunity to be a major sponsor for 10 weeks you will be promoted across the Kootenay’s in 12 newspapers and other promotional material.
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page report, it was stated that "unanimous" political pressure had resulted in IH putting a freeze on removing the dialysis equipment while the situation was being reviewed. But the truth of the matter is that when it comes to politicians, or want-to-be politicians, opposition to the closure was not unanimous. On January 23, the local BC Liberal candidate, Doug Clovechok, penned a 300 word letter which he sent to at least three area newspapers, in which he defended both the government and Interior Health in their decision to close the clinic. His support for the closure was unequivocal. Yet when interviewed by the Valley Echo last week he claimed that the decision to close the dialysis unit
" didn't sit well with him from the beginning". Doug Clovechok is asking us to support him in his bid to become MLA; he is asking to be our representative in Victoria. But when he had the opportunity to fight for a program that provides a life-saving service for local citizens, he first chose to defend the government. And then, when others who were doing their jobs representing their constituents began to have some success, Mr. Clovechok tried to take some of the credit. I prefer an MLA who represents me in Victoria, rather than one who represents Victoria to me! Bob Campsall Invermere
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The Valley Echo is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Giving Back golf tournament being held at Windermere Valley Golf Course on Sunday June 23.
We are now taking applications from local not-for-profit and service groups interested in receiving the funds raised from the golf tournament. Application forms are available at The Valley Echo offices now located at #8, 1008 - 8 Street, Invermere. Please note that the applications must be project-based. Please contact Dean Midyette with any questions at 250-341-6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community Keeping your kids safe online Calendar ROB ORCHISTON Special to The Valley Echo
Your kids and teenagers were immersed into the Internet age right from those first grainy ultrasound images you proudly posted online. This means you may have some catching up to do to ensure you can help keep your kids safe online. Hackers, bullies, predators, identity thieves, and spyware all pose threats online. Kids must be aware of the need to protect their online reputations for prospective employers. From my observations, children are the perfect little Internet consumers; they click everything, install everything that’s presented to them and “friend” everyone with wanton abandon — so much so that my kids aren’t even allowed to walk near my computer in case they infect it with some unknown evil. I recently came to learn that my underage child had created an illegal Facebook account (the minimum legal age is 13). Despite regularly using the Internet for more than 20 years and having a home Internet-use contract with my kids, I discovered I had a lot of catching up to do with what I thought was harmless use of the game Minecraft. And with the explosion of cheap iPods and laptops under $200, faster broadband speeds here in the valley, wireless everything, Internet-connected TV and gaming devices, the creeping menace may have infiltrated your home without a second thought. While social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Skype and many others provide an important outlet for teen communication and can bring many benefits, I’ve come to realize that kids often need guidance to make good online decisions. The magnetic force exerted by sites like Facebook means that self-policing by teens may not work. I encourage you to spend time at the computer together with your child, know what they do online (no — I mean what they really do online) and ask lots of questions about who they communicate with and what all that code language banter means. I found this to be quite an enlightening experience into my child’s underground online life.
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Here are a few simple starting points to learn more about keeping your kids safe online: • What you say online stays online — forever. • Use the “THINK” test before posting a statement online: is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind? • Know more than your kids know about the sites they use. • Understand the privacy and security settings on social media sites. Lock down profiles so they’re not accessible to the entire planet. • Encourage your kids to use caution when adding friends on social media sites; it’s wise to reject anyone you haven’t personally met or wouldn’t chat with on the street. Set a limit on how many friends you allow. • Consider time limits, removal of devices during certain hours and adding parental controls. • Sit with your kids sometime when they are online, and have them show you the sites they use; dig deep to see what really goes on. • Use really strong and unique passwords and change them occasionally. A weak password may allow evil automatons to breach your kid’s account and potentially gain control of their online identity. • Make sure your computer has automatic updates turned on, and consider protection software. • Be a responsible neighbour and lock down your wireless Internet connection so those kids next door aren’t chatting at all hours of the night on your dime and at the expense of your bandwidth. If you’re not sure your wireless is secured, find someone who can tell you, or just look for teens with iPods hanging around your front lawn. • Bring back the living room computer! Only allow Internet use in the public part of the house where you can monitor their use and time. • Start a regular, open dialogue with your kids about Internet safety. • Ensure your kids are getting enough exercise and sleep and not partying or playing games online when you think they are sleeping. Continues to 'ONLINE' on Page A14
Send your events to firstname.lastname@example.org WED FEBRUARY 20 • Windermere Community Association Bingo Night, Windermere Community Hall, 6 p.m. FRI FEBRUARY 22 • Soup lunch hosted by Edgewater Seniors, soup, bun, dessert and beverage for $6, Edgewater Legion • Sledding with the Summit Youth Centre, 7 p.m. • Denim on Denim and her Public Girls Night Party with Mary's Gun at Bud's Bar & Lounge, 10 p.m. SAT FEBRUARY 23 • Radium Public Library, "Drawing with Trudy", 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All ages of children welcome • Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club Annual Wild Game Banquet and Dance, Invermere Community Hall, cocktails at 5:30 p.m. dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dance at 9:30 p.m. Sold out. • Movie Night, Summit Youth Centre, 7 p.m. • Broken Down Suitcase play the Station Pub, 10 p.m. WED FEBRUARY 27 • Pink Shirt Day, wear a pink shirt to support anti-bullying • Baking night at the Summit Youth Centre, 6 p.m. EVERY SUNDAY • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. • Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Hall • Drop-in roller skating, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5, Glacier Peaks Gymnastics building, 250-342-5321
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. • 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, 850-10th Ave. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing 1st TUESDAY • Invermere Camera Club 7 p.m. Tanya, tanyadeleeuw65@ gmail.com EVERY TUESDAY • 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) and Beavers (5-7 year olds), JA Laird, 6 - 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd WED • Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. 6 - 8 p.m. Call 250-342-6416 • Bingo, Windermere Community Hall, opens at 6 p.m., starts at 7 p.m.
2nd & 4th WED • Seniors' Day at the Invermere Library, bus provided EVERY WEDNESDAY • Indoor soccer, DTSS gym. Drop-in, $2, 8:30-10:00 p.m. • Yoga THRIVE- Yoga for Cancer Survivors and Support People. Copper Point Resort. new 7- week session starts March 6 at 4:30 p.m. Call Jan Klimek at 250-342-1195 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. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Eileen Madson Primary. email@example.com • 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 invermere.bclibrary.ca EVERY SATURDAY • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. Invermere Thrift Store • Thursdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m. Radium Thrift Store • Thursdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 12 - 4 p.m.
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Off the Record — Dan Walton Thursday March 7th – 7 p.m. at Pynelogs Cultural Centre • Election of officers • Review of financial position • Reception to follow Come out and support your community Arts Council. Everyone Welcome!
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Bring hockey home to Canada You won’t meet many Canucks who don’t support the idea of the NHL expanding into a Canadian market. We love our hockey. But it seems that red tape and financial challenges add more resistance toward hockey projects that American owners don’t want. It was almost surreal to hear the news of Atlanta relocating its team to Winnipeg after all the hurdles they had to overcome. But it’s no surprise that the Jets are selling tickets. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of other northern cities — in other words, almost every capital and otherwise major city in Canada — could punch above their weight in population and provide lucrative support for their own NHL team. While Atlanta moved the entire franchise to Winnipeg, which was very successful, it would be nice to see struggling teams play a few of their home games each season in a hockey-deprived community. Among the handful of Canadian cities that could possibly support a national hockey team of their own, Saskatoon would serve as an ideal location. Similarly, the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills (from Buffalo, N.Y., a short drive south of the border) have taken a few of their
home games to Toronto. A team like the Phoenix Coyotes (which, ironically, fled from Winnipeg in the mid-1990s) — that has been operating many seasons at a loss — could see big benefits if they were to bring some opponents to Saskatchewan. Other teams have been greeted to sellout crowds during the preseason in Saskatoon. If the Coyotes were selling out stadiums in the prairies for a few games during the regular season rather than playing for a half-empty building in Phoenix, there would be a greater demand for the fewer desert games they struggle to sell tickets to. Phoenix would also benefit from satellite home games through the increased fan base, especially considering the number of Canadian snowbirds who frequent Arizona. They could expect larger television audiences and increased merchandise sale. Taking a few home games north of the border would probably benefit a team as broke as Phoenix. But the Coyotes are a lost cause; more than 15 years have passed since the first game in Arizona and fans continually offer weak support. It must be harder to appreciate hockey if you live in a desert.
It’s charitable of the NHL to cover Phoenix’s lost revenue, but businesses should operate to increase their wealth. While many hockey fans are confident that a team would succeed in Quebec City, Hamilton, Markham, or Saskatoon to name a few, the NHL appears reluctant to make such long term changes. Even though the league is losing money by hanging on to the burdened Coyotes, the board of directors seem naively worried about losing more money. Experimenting with satellite home games would be an effective indicator of the potential within various Canadian market. Communities that are hungry for an NHL team would be given an opportunity to demonstrate their support, while owners could earn money from a team operating at a loss and build support for an unpopular team. It might not work for Invermere or the Columbia Valley, but there are many regions of the country that could satisfy the local cravings for NHL hockey by tapping into this idea. Dan Walton is a reporter for The Valley Echo and The Pioneer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Tenderers Owner: District of Invermere Contract: 17th Street Upgrades Reference No. 0953.0104.02
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The Owner invites tenders for: • Storm sewer, outfall and 2000 m2 road expansion catch basin installation 350m sanitary forcemain (optional) installation • 250m watermain extension Slope stabilization and (optional) erosion control 7A Avenue and 17th Street • 275m gravity sanitary sewer replacement (optional) intersection upgrade • Pavement markings (optional) (optional) 230 lm of sidewalk • Site restoration (optional) 420 lm of curb and gutter (optional)
Contract Documents are available during normal business hours at: Contract Documents, Contract Drawings and Reference Material for this project will only be distributed electronically in digital format (PDF) through the Merx tendering website at www.merx.com. Information will be available on or after February 28, 2013. An optional pre-tender site meeting will be held on Tuesday March 12th, 2013 at 10 a.m. local time at the intersections of 7Ath Avenue and 17th Street, Invermere, B.C. Representatives from the District of Invermere and Urban Systems Ltd. will be present. The Contract Documents are available for viewing at: District of Invermere, PO Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tenders are scheduled to close: 2 p.m. local time, March 19, 2013 NAME OF OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE District of Invermere Sara Anderson, P.Eng., Urban Systems Ltd. 101-2716 Sunridge Way NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 0A5 Telephone: (403) 291-1193 • Fax: (403) 291-1374
B.C. Views — Tom Fletcher
B.C. gas boom is real, all right Whether Christy Clark’s government survives the May election or not, the natural gas “Prosperity Fund” idea floated in last week’s throne speech is a useful one. B.C. is poised to join Alberta in the upper rank of energy producing jurisdictions, with an expanding network of natural gas collection, refining and processing into liquid (LNG) for export. Clark’s preelection throne speech proposed a resource fund similar to Alberta’s Heritage Fund that would be reserved for debt reduction and major projects, rather than spent on programs, which tends to happen under the political pressure of fouryear election cycles. Opposition politicians and media commentators have dismissed this as a pre-election stunt. They note that the LNG industry in B.C. doesn’t exist yet, and may never produce the hundreds of billions of
dollars projected over the next 30 years. I returned for a visit to B.C.’s northeast earlier this month, and I can tell you the gas boom is real. My parents homesteaded east of Dawson Creek near the Alberta border in 1962, and I recall when our farm was drilled for gas by Gulf Canada 40 years ago. Many more gas wells have been drilled since then, and country roads have been widened and numbered for industrial traffic. Hydraulic fracturing, already in use when our farm was drilled, has been combined with directional drilling to open up huge new supplies. A farming community called Montney is the latest hot play, yielding not only shale gas but petroleum liquids, which are valuable for diluting heavy oil among other things. B.C. has never seen this kind of international investment interest before. Initial projects have been
joined by global players such as British Gas, and Mitsubishi, a key player in Japan's replacement of its devastated nuclear power program. Why would B.C.’s shale gas be seen as a priority for new global investment in LNG? For one thing, we’re a stable democratic country with a mature industry and competent regulation. That adds cost to the pipeline system, but it has a benefit. At the beginning of the year, I predicted that the international protest movement that dishonestly targets Alberta oil would soon turn to demonizing natural gas. That pseudo-scientific attack has begun, right here in B.C. I’ll have more on that in a subsequent column. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Local walking club hits a new stride New club offers group suppport
on the time spent moving rather than distance travelled. "Ideally we'll have an educational aspect to the walking group, so we'll maybe have other healthcare professionals come in and include a session on footwear." The club currently uses routes around town, but hope to use trails when the weather is warmer. "Anybody is welcome. If somebody wants to run, they can run; if somebody wants to walk, that's fine," Ferguson said. "People with walkers, people who are post-op having joint replacements, new moms with their babies in strollers — really, it's for anybody who just wants to get out and have an hour or so of activity.”
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Young or old, fit or not, there's a new club in town for anybody who wants to stay active and social. The Invermere Walking Club has begun meetings every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Invermere Community Hall. "People have a hard time finding somewhere to walk for an endurance walk here in Invermere in the winter, because it's often really icy and hilly," healthcare professional Kayla Ferguson told The Echo. "We want to make it social,
submitted photo The Walking Club meets Tuesday mornings at the Community Hall.
we want to have water and coffee and offer a bit of a support group aspect." The club was founded by Kayla Ferguson, Catrien de Ruyter and Crissy Stavrakov, all of whom work at the Invermere Hospital. The aim of the free group is to promote healthy living.
"[Walking] makes you feel better, keeps you healthy and active, mobile, and gives you good piece of mind and stress relief,” added Ferguson. “And it increases your heart and cardiovascular health." The meetings will last for about an hour each week and there will be a stronger focus
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the Invermere local was known for his chivalrous attitude. “He was such a gentleman; every time we went out he was out there holding the door for all the gals,” she added. John was also keen to cultivate spiritually. He was proud of his Christian faith and would rarely miss Sunday
service at Valley Christian Assembly. “He loved the music and the church people,” She said. “He was a member of their family and they always treated him very kindly and he embraced them.” A memorial service was held for John at Valley Christian Assembly on Saturday, February 4. He is survived by his brother Allan, who continues to keep his legacy of warmth and positivity alive.
“It was the most intimate little service with about 40 people and nobody wanted to get up and talk, but all of a sudden this little group of people started talking,” she added. “There were 15 people at the end of the service who mentioned some little thing they remembered about Johnny. His smile was brought up in every conversation to remember the kind of wonderful person he was.”
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The West Kootenay EcoSociety has been a long-standing member of the West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild! and an active opponent of the proposed ski resort since 1994. According to the release, the EcoSociety is filing the application with the support and co-operation of the coalition, and with partial funding from West Coast Environmental Law. BC Attorney General Sheila Bond and Minister of Culture, Community Development, and Sport Bill Bennett have been named as parties in the case. Based on previous judicial reviews, the process could take as long as six months to resolve. If the province wins the case, the society will be liable to pay the province’s legal fees. The first Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality council meeting with appointed mayor Greg Deck and
bob hall/nelson star photo West Kootenay EcoSociety executive director David Reid stands outside the Nelson courthouse Monday afternoon after submitting an application for a judicial review of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality.
councillors Nancy Hugunin and Steve Ostrander took place on the afternoon of Tuesday (February 19) in the
Radium Hot Springs council chambers. Meeting coverage will appear in the next issue of The Valley Echo.
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Kristian Rasmussen photos Clockwise from top left: Nico Chiodo, 11, from Calgary, reaches up to fish a football out of the basketball net during events at Radium's Winterfest on Saturday, February 16; older brother Lukas Chiodo, 14, goes for a football dunk (warm temperatures and a lack of ice meant the court was free of any curling activity); Wilderness challenge competitors Aquilino Naccarato of Edmonton (left) and Sean Nakahaie of Calgary engage in a battle of Alberta while chopping wood; Calgary's Isabella Townson, 5, tries her hand at indoor carpet bowling during Winterfest; Radium Hot Springs' Irma Weder breathes life into a small fire during the fire building finale of the women's portion of the Wilderness Challenge.
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Clockwise from top left: Radium mascot Randie the Ram entertains kids at Winterfest (Kristian Rasmussen photo); Tattoo artist Sarah Eastick at work on February 16 during Puppy Love 2, the second annual tattoo fundraiser in support of Global Animal Lovers Society (Dan Walton photo); Roger Smith heaps tomato sauce on his wife Dot's spaghetti plate during the First Responders Appreciation Dinner at the Edgewter Legion on February 17 (Dan Walton photo); Chloe Hudson, 5, from Calgary, finds a loonie in a haystack at Radium's Winterfest on February 16 (Kristian Rasmussen photo).
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Cougar sightings prompt caution Two deer killed recently by cougars within urban areas in Invermere and Timber Ridge GREG AMOS email@example.com
Vigilance is being urged for valley residents after cougars have proven bold enough to take their prey within urban neighbourhoods. On February 13 at 9:17 a.m., the Invermere Conservation Officer Service had a report of a cougar bedded down in the backyard of a residence in Timber Heights, a community located along the Copper Point Golf Course. Upon arrival, conservation officers confirmed the cougar was still in the backyard, and were able to get a picture of it as it fled. Shortly after, a search of the area revealed a cougar had killed deer, fed heavily upon it and partially buried the carcass, which has since been removed. Just two days later, on February 15 at 7:52 p.m., the Invermere Conservation Officer Service had another report of a cougar feeding on a deer carcass, this time in the 100 block of 12th Avenue in Invermere. The cougar had already left by the time a conservation officer responded. The deer carcass was removed to prevent further feeding in the area for public safety.
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The area is served by this amended Recreation Order S.58(1)(b) FRPA as follows: (No motorized use permitted past the summer roads end during these dates.)
• Create a home Internet use contract with your kids, update it often and ensure they understand it. Put it on the fridge. (Examples in links below). • Play the games your kid plays online with them and ensure you understand who their online friends are. • Limit your kid’s amount of time in front of an LCD screen before bed; there’s nothing like a glowing light four inches from their face to get them wired. • Read up online about internet safety and educate yourself. Try some of these excellent sites for parents: www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca, humanservices.alberta.ca/abusebullying/14838.html
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• Discuss with other parents their strategies for keeping our kids safe, and patrol their internet playground just as you would the neighbourhood or skate park. • Hope for more regular Shaw internet blackouts, or have Internet free days. Our local schools and the police are doing what they can to help educate your kids about online safety, but ultimately we as parents need to work with our kids and show them how to be a responsible online citizen. Like me, you might even ﬁnd that you begin to understand that tween or teen of yours just a little bit more and thus have a closer, more rewarding relationship with them. Rob Orchiston is a loving parent of two kids and a computer programmer (not always in that order).
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The Columbia Valley is cougar country, said conservation oficer Greg Kruger, who's reminding the public to stay alert, as the current abundance of ungulates in the valley means more cougars may be expected to come into urban areas in pursuit of food. The public is asked to bring pets in at night as roaming pets are easy prey for cougar, to keep children close at hand, and to report all cougar sightings through the provincial Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) number, 1-877-952-7277. "We're hoping the cats go away," Kruger added. The two recent sightings follow a January 17 observation, when conservation officers received a report of a cougar killing a bighorn sheep in the driveway of a motel along Highway 93 leading into Kootenay National Park. In the interest of public safety, the carcass was promptly removed from the area.
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GREG KRUGER PHOTO This cougar was seen fleeing from a back yard in Timber Ridge on February 13, after it had been eating a carcass.
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Submitted photo The David Thompson Secondary School Alpine Club is pictured here in Fernie at the East Kootenay Championships on February 13. Provincials will be held in Smithers from March 4 to 6 and the DTSS boys snowboard "A" team, the girls ski team, and an individual female snowboarder (Shelby Zaporosky) will be taking part. The boys ski team qualified, but due to financial constraints of a few members, will not be going.
Salsa dancing finds a foothold in valley Night of Latin American dance will be shaking up the Station Pub GREG AMOS email@example.com
A popular Latin American dance style is stepping its way into a local establishment on Sunday (February 24). The Station Pub is hosting its first-ever salsa dancing night, in which newcomers and seasoned salsa swingers alike will have the opportunity to take a $10 lesson at 8 p.m. An open dance session
will begin at 9 p.m., at which point anyone is welcome to join in on the dance floor without having to pay. All skill levels are welcome and no partner is required, said organizer Kirsten Harma, herself a devoted salsa dancer. The evening will begin with the simpler meringue style, and move into basic salsa from there. “Anyone can pick up the basic steps pretty quickly,” she said. “For women, it really helps to have heels, as they force you to be on your toes.” Salsa is a mid-tempo ballroom dancing style that's rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture and augmented with Spanish flair.
The steps typically take place to a four-beat measure, with a male partner taking the lead role in the dance pair. “A lot of Latin dances actually developed in the Caribbean; Cuba is very well known for its salsa dancing,” noted Harma. Though her training is in the areas of jazz and Highland dancing, the local demand for salsa led Desiderata Health and Wellness Studio owner and instructor Colleen Wagner to start a two-nights-a-week salsa class last November. She's already planning another three-week session in March. “Salsa is very tricky, and I learned through my first session of teaching it to
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start off with the basics,” she said. “I've just started my teaching experience with salsa, and I'm finding the Latin American dances are very vibrant. It's a different area of dance for me.” The salsa night at the pub will include snacks along the lines of chips and salsa, and other refreshments won't be far away. “I've been looking for a way to get a salsa teacher out here from Calgary, as there's a bit of a salsa scene there,” said Harma. Distance and winter driving conditions have prevented that from happening thus far. “My ulterior motive in doing this is to get people who already know how to dance to come out as well,” she added.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The Valley Echo
Playoff-bound Rockies end season on high note Columbia Valley Rockies win two of last three games of the regular season JOSHUA ESTABROOKS Special to The Valley Echo
With the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) regular season over, the Columbia Valley Rockies are looking forward to making their first playoff appearance in five years. The Rockies played three games over the weekend to round out their season, winning two of the three contests. "We're trying to get the guys into the mindset that we are going to war," said coach Wade Dubielewicz. "It will be made up of a lot of little battles and it is such a fine line now." The Rockies faced the Penticton Lakers on Friday, February 15 at home and after blowing a three-goal lead, took the game in double overtime with a goal from Briar McNaney. The final score was 5-4 in favour of the Rockies, who were also playing host to the players' families who came in to cheer on the team for the final three games of the regular season. On Saturday, February 16, the Rockies played their division rivals, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. The Rockies had strong showings from River Lafferty who scored twice, Briar McNaney who grabbed three points, Brendan Burge who netted one goal and had three assists, and goaltender Stewart Pratt who stopped 42 shots to help his team win the game 5-3. Finishing off the regular season and foreshadowing the first round of the playoffs, the Rockies travelled to Fernie to play the Ghostriders, who ended their season at the top of the Eddie Mountain Division. The game was a hard fought loss, said Dubielewicz, and was tied 1-1 until the last seconds of the game when Fernie
joshua estabrooks photo Rockies forward, Briar McNaney, feeds a pass across the ice as his team battles the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Saturday (February 16). The Rockies won the contest 5-3.
squeaked a shorthanded goal past Brody Nelson with nine seconds left in the third period. Looking forward to their playoff run, Dubielewicz said he is confident his team has what it takes to be competitive and is hoping to have everyone healthy for the start of the first round. "I'm not going to say we're favourites, but if we play the way we have to we can
beat any team. The hard part is keeping all the players on the team focused and going in the same direction. We have to be willing to make every single sacrifice possible to keep the puck out of our net and get it into the other guys' net." The Rockies play their first two games of the playoffs in Fernie on Saturday (February 23) and Sunday (February 24) and then return home for two games on
Tuesday (February 26) and Thursday, February 28. If needed, game five of the series will be played in Fernie on March 1, game six in Invermere on March 2 and the seventh game in Fernie on March 3. If successful in the first round, the Rockies would go on to face either the Kimberley Dynamiters or the Golden Rockets in round two, beginning on March 4.
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Panorama’s half-century remembered by lifelong skier Andy Stuart-Hill shares tales from the fourth edition of A History of Panorama: The hill that became a mountain DAN WALTON firstname.lastname@example.org
What started as a rope tow and a warming hut in front of a parking lot has developed into a mountain village where alpine enthusiasts are now spoiled with over 1,800 acres of snowy terrain. Panorama first opened in the fall of 1962. While it lacked many amenities that are considered essential today, the grassroots founders of the hill were adamant about developing a location for people to participate in the increasingly popular sport of skiing. The rich history to follow over the next 50 years was documented by Andy Stuart-Hill in his recently-updated book “A history of Panorama: the hill that became a mountain”. Speaking with The Echo, Stuart-Hill explained the reference about “the hill that became a mountain.” “My wife suggested that [title] because the original was a
little mom and pop ski hill: Panorama ski hill, we all knew it by that,” he said. “Then as the different companies took it over, it eventually became Panorama Mountain Village, and the word hill never ever appeared again.” A History of Panorama: The hill that became a mountain was published in 2007 and is now in its fourth edition. It has sold 1,900 copies, and Stuart-Hill has ordered another 100 copies that are now being sold at Panorama and at the Book Bar in Invermere. During a special presentation at the Windermere Valley Museum on February 15 (Friday), Stuart-Hill highlighted Panorama’s significant changes to commemorate the fiftyyear anniversary. He spoke about the gradual expansion of lifts before skiers could reach the summit, the additional
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attractions like heliskiing and mountain biking, as well as condo and hotel development, all of which are detailed in his book. During the early days, chilly skiers looking for refuge could take shelter in a small warming hut. Only a few years later, an A-frame building was constructed, connecting the first modern building with Panorama’s legacy. Along with proper washrooms and a better heater, the new building provided a communal hub for families. “All the young mothers used to bring their kids there, and then the mothers would take turns to babysit the kids while they went out to ski – one mother stayed behind and looked after the kids and another would come in,” he said. Stuart-Hill moved to Invermere in 1967, five years after Panorama’s first season. Having witnessed 90 per cent of the resort’s history firsthand, he noticed drastic changes. Comparing this ski season to the 1960s, Stuart-Hill noticed a big difference in weather. “In those days, there was an awful lot more snow, there was lots of snow, but the equipment was very primitive and that made a big difference,” he said. “We
PANORAMA MOUNTAIN VILLAGE photo A collection of now-classic cars sit in the parking lot as skiers cruise down the Old Timer ski run at Panorama in the 1963-1964 season . The mountain looked a little different back then, noted local author Andy Stuart-Hill.
struggled and battled because the [ski] bindings were really old-fashioned; you had to be so careful.” “The equipment was really lacking in those days – hence the broken legs just about every weekend,” he said. “Now, if you get one or two broken legs a season, I don’t know if it’s fact, but it’s very rare now that you get a broken leg.” The greatest change happened between the mid 1980s and the late 1990s, he said, when Panorama benefited from housing sales. “Real estate was the big focus and whatever money they could spare, they put it into the hill as im-
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provements,” he said. As a walking encyclopedia of Panorama Mountain Village’s history, Stuart-Hill explained how he was inspired to write the history book. “So many people have said, ‘I wish there was a book around here’ and I was going to do postcards, because I do photography as well, and somebody says, ‘Well, why don’t you put it all in book form?’,” he explained. “So I did it on my
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own. I interviewed people, I put it all together, and I had a lady help me edit, to make sure it flowed and all that.” Once he had the book written ready for readers, he had to overcome a hurdle before his work was published. “I tried to look for financial support to publish it, but nobody would come forth, so I said, ‘To
heck with it, I’m too independent,’ so I published it myself,” he said. “It was printed down here locally. The first run of about 300 or 400 books sold out very quickly, so I was able to recoup my money. I have all these pictures and everybody’s expressed great interest and thanked me for having done this project because they wanted it done.”
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain), Windermere Zone is now accepting applications for the following Special Education Assistant position: David Thompson Secondary School – Temporary, part-time (28.65 hrs/wk), effective March 4, 2013 to March 15, 2013 or the return of the incumbent. This position is part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 440. General SEA duties, assistance for students with behavioral concerns; sharing duties with other SEA’s to support special needs students. Applicants must have training in Autism and Related Disorders Practical Skills course (Provincial Outreach Program and Related Disorders) or the equivalent, and experience in dealing with students with ADHD. The successful applicant will work with a low incident student with specialized needs, including toileting. If you are interested in these positions, please submit a resume, with three references, by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to: Ms. Meghan O’Neill Human Resources Coordinator School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 430 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-9243 e-mail: email@example.com Successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record search.
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ARIES Aries, planning is going well and you have been following through with your responsibilities. Expect to tweak a few things in the days to come.
CANCER Cancer, expect to see eye-to-eye with your significant other this week. You will be on the same page and this will help to strengthen your relationship.
TAURUS Taurus, open up to a trusted friend to regarding a significant decision you have to make this week. This friend can provide some valuable perspective.
LEO Leo, embrace the opinions of those closest to you. Those opinions might differ from your own, but they may also provide you with some important perspective.
GEMINI A barrage of new ideas makes you a hot item this week, Gemini. Your brain is working overtime and you may be shocked at what you come up with.
VIRGO Try something different this week, Virgo. It may mean taking a new route to work or trying a new food. Try something that is out of your element and you may find you like it.
LIBRA You will be full of energy this week and ready to handle anything that comes your way, Libra. When you get on a roll, you may find you have some admirers. SCORPIO Scorpio, the coming week may try your patience. Relax when the week starts to prove too stressful, and you will make it through the week with your peace of mind intact. SAGITTARIUS Keep listening when others around you are talking, Sagittarius. You can learn valuable lessons just by keeping a trained ear on the conversation and use this information later on.
CAPRICORN Capricorn, you may have big plans this week but that doesn’t mean you can leave all other responsibilities by the wayside. If you can’t get to things yourself, then delegate. AQUARIUS Aquarius, you crave change this week, even if it is something small and mundane. Figure out something you can do on a small level to incorporate change into your day. PISCES You may be inclined to help your community this week, Pisces. There are bound to be plenty of places to share your time.
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T71 669 Zman 0.85 2 T71 675 3251 20.90
T34 673 272
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Total 244 244
674 DB22 0.88
Mode 27 669 Daddy 0.87
Tor 3 0.86 T68 665 Name Rank
675 T71 242
T37 672 Fards 0.96 2
671 T71 242
Rocket 25 4 Rouge 25 4671 Rouge 0.86 0.86Rocket 42 T71
Paul0.93 Stanley 50 74
T37 673 266
Rockies Payci T5 2
Rockies Payci 2
T37 672 265
Fards 0.96 239
Wute 31 2
Wute 31 2
40 673 265
Dany 0.93 Heatley 2 57 40
T41 670 263
Canucks Suck 0.92 43Suck T41 670 Canucks 0.92
670 T75 240
Prattsy 0.85 244
T41 670 263
Bird 0.94 44
T41 670 Bird
674 T75 240
Piks Granny's Piks T75 674 Granny's 0.85 41 0.85
43 673 263
Grace 0.94 6512
2 673 Grace 6 0.94
Red0.88 Rum43 21 277
T10 T10 T10
T44 673 261
50 55 56
Wolfgang 0.93 50
Abe 0.93Froman 55 T44 671 Abe Froman 0.93
46 673 261
Farside Nucks462 673 Farside0.95 Nucks 2 0.95 56
47 674 260
Jet Rocker 0.94 46
Firebird 7 2
Firebird 7 2
48 668 259
King Chris 2 T15
King Chris 2
Wind Walker'sT15 2
Wind Walker's 2
Jerome Jr 15 T15 2
Aces of 8's 2 19
T44 671 261
T44 673 Wolfgang 0.93
49 45 50
lilb 0.86 49
T78 673 lilb
672 T78 237
Noah 0.85 45
T78 672 Noah 0.85
672 T78 235
1 Wind Walker's 1 0.87 50 T78 672 Wind Walker's 0.87
673 T78 237
KBR 0.92 2 49
668 KBR 20.92
668 T82 232
Larry Phillips 0.81 39 T82 668 Larry Phillips 0.81 3 3
49 673 258
Mags 0.95 251
2 673 Mags 0.95
672 T82 230
Make-b-leaf 0.82 45 2T82 672 Make-b-leaf 0.82 2
T50 674 258
Fanta 0.95 245
T50 674 Fanta 0.95 2
672 T84 229
479 3 Joelene 0.81 479 42 3T84 672 Joelene0.81
T50 670 258
T50 670 Van Fan 0.91
674 T84 229
Jesse1968 0.82 55
T84 674 Jesse1968 0.82
Jerome Jr 15 2
T50 667 258
Crew 0.95 Slut 39
T50 667 Crew Slut 0.95
672 T84 229
I tried 0.84 46
T84 672 I tried 0.84
Aces of 8's 2
Banny02 0.84 46 2
T84 678 Banny02 0.842
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36 0.80 P/G LW
53 663 257
39 42 61
Heavy 0.91 Water 39 53
Water 663 Heavy 0.91
54 675 256
Nelly 0.92 42
T55 669 253
Lo-Ball 0.88 61 3
T55 669 Lo-Ball0.88 3 T55 673 NWT 20.90
T57 675 Big Lew 0.94
675 Nelly 0.92
46 39 48
T55 673 252
E. Hann 2
E. Hann 2
T57 675 251
Dan Hecher T23
T57 677 251
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Harley 59 49 Pool Manager 670 0.93 Pool 59 670 Harley 0.93 Hockey 251 Hockey 49 Manager Old 60 46 671 0.89Rock 251 46 2 60 671 Old Rock 0.892
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T75 670 Prattsy0.85 2
NWT 0.90 2 42
674 Paul Stanley 0.93
674 Jet Rocker 0.94
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3251 0.90 2 51
2 673 Dany Heatley 0.93
T37 673 Tony 30.96
T37 671 Merrymen 0.96
Tony 0.96 3 41
250-341-3392 220 46 677220
T37 671 268
Merrymen 0.96 50
Snake 0.96 53 51
53 671 Snake 0.96
36 671 269
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T63 671 248
Rockies Pilon 5 Pilon 5 0.90 P/G LW 40 T63 GR 664 Rockies 0.90 P/G 2 of 4 Snow Ball Ball 0.89 47 T63 671 Snow 0.89
678 T84 228
670 Sabu Dave 0.83 4
Sabu Dave 0.83 39 4 88
673 T89 226
Who0.86 Me?484 T89 673 Who Me? 0.864
669 T89 226
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39 LW 3 of 4 44
T89 669 Rho
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T63 669 247
66 674 245
67 669 245
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664 T101 218
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T68 665 244
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673 T101 217
0.82 MN1 3 45 T101 673 MN1 30.82
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T71 669 Zman 0.85 2
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T71 675 3251 0.90 2
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T34 36 T37
McNasty 9 2
DB22 0.88 41
66 674 DB22 0.88
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99 666 Blondie0.76
T71 675 242
T71 671 242
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Dany Heatley 2 40
Dany Heatley 2
74 674 241
Paul 0.93Stanley 74 674 Paul Stanley 50 0.93
T75 674 240
Granny's 0.85 41PiksT75 674 Granny's 0.85Piks
77 668 238
Red 0.88Rum 43 21 277 668 Red Rum 0.8821 2
T78 673 237
lilb 0.86 49
T78 673 lilb
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T78 672 Noah 0.85
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T41 43 T44
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T78 672 237
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81 679 233
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T82 668 232
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T82 672 230
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T84 672 229
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Take the test Canadians are taxed on the income in a calendar year, minus deductions. The important principle is, reduce your income by taking every legal deduction available. Most people forget at least some deductions, which means income is not reduced as much as possible. Every year, thousands of people report larger incomes than they really have, and have larger tax bills than they could. Every year around this time you hear lots of advertising about RRSPs. That’s because the RRSP has a deadline. It must be complete in sixty days from the first of the year. The RRSP is one of the tools that will allow you to both reduce your income and your tax bill at the same time. Whether it’s the right one for you is more complicated. The use of an advisor is strongly advised, because the choice has to do with your situation. As you think of contributing to an RRSP, remember that saving is for your advantage, not the advantage of a seller. Use an advisor who you can trust and who works for you, not some other financial institution. It is very important – to you – to be sure you use the saving plan most suited to you. I’m going to list some of the available tools. To help me, I will be using some wording from a newspaper article written by Gordon Pape, published by the Globe and Mail. Gordon Pape created a series of ‘tests’ to help you make a decision on what it right for you. The first test, he called The Age Test. If you are over 71, an RRSP is not an option. All RRSPs must be either cashed out or converted to income by Dec. 31 of the year of your 71st birthday. Your income is likely to be smaller at that age than before, so your tax is lower. For anyone under 18 RRSP is the only option. You can’t open a Tax Free Saving Account (TFSA) until your 18th birthday. Pape’s second test, he called The Pension Test.
Anyone with a really good pension plan could consider reducing the use of the RRSP. That’s because you will have a good income in retirement - probably above the national average. Withdrawals from an RRSP or RRIF, added to your pension, Old Age Security (OAS), and Canada Pension Plan (CPP), could push you into a high enough bracket that some or all of your OAS benefits will be clawed back. This year that happens when net income surpasses $70,954. At that point, the tax rate for an OAS recipient is higher than that of someone with a million dollar income. Another saving program would likely be more effective.
The third test, Pape called The Goals Test: Ask yourself why you are saving. Is it for retirement? If so, the RRSP is probably the best because it has a much higher contribution limit. Not counting previously unused room, you can put only $5,500 this year into a TFSA but this year’s RRSP limit is 18 per cent of the previous year’s earned income to a maximum of $23,820. If you are saving for a short-term goal, such as to
buy a car, use another saving plan. Money you put into an RRSP will be taxed coming out. A TFSA (if you are not already using it for something better) or other savings program is the best choice for an emergency fund. If something unexpected happens, such as a job loss or critical illness, you’ll want to be able to get at your money quickly, without having any held back for taxes. For education savings, neither an RRSP nor a TFSA is the best choice. Instead, opt for a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) where the federal government will also make a contribution on your behalf of up to $500 a year. For people with disabilities, the Registered Disability Savings Program (RDSP) is the best choice, for either yourself or someone else, and will likewise get a matching government contribution. Pape’s Fourth test is The Support Test: Do you think you will need government support in your retirement years, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)? Then choose a TFSA over an RRSP. GIS payments and provincial support programs are income tested. You could lose income, depending on the level. RRSP withdrawals and RRIF payments count as income for GIS calculations. This means that lower-income people who scrimped to put some money aside in an RRSP for retirement are penalized. TFSAs are not considered as income for the GIS calculation. The fifth, and last, of Pape’s tests is The Income Test: If you have any idea what your income will be after retirement, it makes the choice easier. If your retirement income will be lower than when you were working, get the RRSP. Your taxes will be lower. It’s the reverse if your income will be higher in retirement. In this case, the TFSA or another program is better. In any case, the process is complex and the rules confusing. Explaining them is what we do well, and we would be happy to help.
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Katharine Alberta Moore b. Jun 1, 1905, d. Feb 9 2004 She was so gentle, concerned for others yet courageous beyond her advanced years. Named in the birth-year of a proud boisterous Province, she had a quieter strength in her-born of troubles and triumphs in a Pioneering life. Raised in an enterprising Scots-Canadian family who “loved to laugh, dance and sing,” Katharine Alberta Moore did her best as a mother and a neighbour. In the days when Doctors were scarce, she tended the sick and sat up at nights with the gravely ill. In those bright and prosperous times in Edgewater, she worked with others, made things fair for young people and challenging for local school boards and provincial politicos. We remember her beliefs and aspirations and joys to this time. She will be in the History she recorded and always wanted to write. Someday we will dance again to sweet old fiddle tunes in honour of her and her inspiring generation. In love and respect, her friends and family.
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â€œThe Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now? Call the office at 250-342-9511 Dismissed By The Soldiersâ€? â€Ś for more information. Pastor Trevor ministering. The www.valleychristianonline.com Lordâ€™s Supper will be served. â€œK.I.D.S.â€? Church, for children Sharing Truth Age 3 to Grade 1; and Grades Showing Love 2-5, during the Morning Following the Spirit Service.
The Valley Echo Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE
914 - 8 Avenue • Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 • Fax: 250.342.2934 firstname.lastname@example.org www.invermere.net ECHO FILE PHOTO 2010 - In response to the need for aid in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a group in Invermere raised funds for the cause through yoga. The entire day of saluting the sun and downward dog raised $750 for Haiti relief and offered as many as 60 participants a great workout in the process.
A look back through The Valley Echo over the last 50 years DAN WALTON email@example.com
5 years ago (2008): Invermere residents started curb side recycling. For $60 per year, or $2.50 per pickup, blue and clear bags were collected every second week along with regular garbage service. The DOI anticipated $84,000 in revenue; a $43,000 surplus would be collected in a reserve fund. 10 years ago (2003): "Gas prices soar to new heights" was the front page headline in The Echo after fuel costs rose between 82 and 84 cents per litre. *** Highway 93 was blocked by tree trunks for hours after a logging truck tipped while trying to make a turn on a busy route through Kootenay National Park. 20 years ago (1993): Teachers worked for the Windermere School District without a contract since July 1, 1992 until February 18 when a twoyear deal was reached. Teachers would see a two per cent wage increase that year, taking effect retroactively, and a 0.8 per cent increase the following year. Substitute teachers would earn five dollars more each shift that year, and another five dollar bonus the next year. 25 years ago (1988): Silver Springs Family Chinese Restaurant opened for business in Radium. Co-owners Chuck and Cathaleen Chow had owned the restaurant in the
Geoff Hill MaxWell Realty Invermere
OF HEARING PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF NOTICE PUBLIC No Build Restrictive Discharge NoDischarge Build Restrictive CovenantCovenant XL7289XL7289
NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday National Park Hotel for six months until it February 26, 2013 in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere burned down. NOTICE is given of a Public be held 6:00 pm on Tuesday 2013 in the Ofﬁce,Hearing 914 - 8thtoAve, in theatDistrict of Invermere, to February consider the26, discharge 35 years ago (1978): Over 150 people attended at the Council Chambers District Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave, in the District of Invermere, to of No BuildofCovenant XL7289. the Rod & Gun Club sponsors' meeting ondischarge Febconsider the of No Build Covenant XL7289. ruary 22 where biologists and the president of The request before Council is for release of a no build Restrictive The request before Council is forXL7289 releasefrom of a Lot no build Restrictive Covenant XL7289 from Lot A, Plan Covenant A, Plan NEP23751, District Lot 216, Kootenay the club spoke against the proposed Kootenay th NEP23751, District Lot 216, Kootenay District. Residential location is 7 Avenue, Wilders Subdivision District. Residential location is 7th Avenue, Wilders Subdivision (vacant Columbia diversion. Many of those in atten(vacant residential property) – PID 023-718-129. residential property) – PID 023-718-129. dance were disappointed with how the question period was handled, claiming to have experienced "put down" responses to valid questions. 40 years ago (1973): The Pollution Committee Chairman attempted to resign at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, claiming that some residents appeared to have the impression that he had a "magic stick to wave over pollution problems." A motion was passed refusing the resignation. 45 years ago (1968): A struggling farmer sent his local co-op a letter with $5 in response to his $769.80 bill for cow feed. "Will try and send you another $5 when I sell some calves in April but don't count on it too much because my daughter graduates college in June and you know that takes quite a little money," his letter said. "But don't worry about this account as we are honest people and we will pay you every cent we owe you." 50 years ago (1963): Columbia riding SoThe intent of the application is to amend the property title by releasing a cial Credit MLA Richard Orr Newton died in S. 215 Land Title Act Covenant, which currently does not permit building, his sleep at age 57 on February 14. Attorney The intent of the application to amend the property title by releasing S. 215 Land Title Act Covenan and toisconsider replacing the no build covenant withaalternate requirements/ currently does not building, and to consider replacing the no build covenant with alternate require General Robert Bonner, to whom Newton hadpermit restrictions on the parcel to address the speciﬁc site concerns. restrictions onBonthe parcel to address the specific site concerns. forgone his seat a decade earlier to allow The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as ner to run in a by-election and retain his presThe above synopsis is the notfull intended tocontent be, norofshould it be interpreted as A the fullof text content of the text and the proposed amendment. copy theand relevant tigious post, commented in legislature that, amendment. A copy ofbackground the relevantdocuments background documents may be inspected at the District may be inspected at the District of Invermereof Inverme "In my experience, Orr was municipal one of theoffice kindest 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from February 8, 2013 to Tuesday February municipal ofﬁce 914 - 8th Friday Ave., Invermere from Friday, February 8, 2013 26, 201 members in this house." hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. to Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Ofﬁce hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the proposed covenant release may be affected may: •Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing •Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or •Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Development Services
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The Valley Echo
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