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Discussion flows from water bottle plant proposal The Source of the Columbia Beverages aiming to be operational in Canal Flats by January 2020
than 1,000 votes as of Monday, August 26th showed 86 per cent think Golden is not a good location for a water bottling facility. Local online discussion has been heated too about The Source of the Columbia Beverages’ proposed facility. On a Canal Flats Facebook page (‘Concerned Citizens By Lorene Keitch of Canal Flats’), there are more than 100 comments debating the proposal, ranging firstname.lastname@example.org from it being good for the economy to being bad for the planet. Sara Ward, director of sales and marketing, responded to residents’ concerns on the page. A proposed new water bottling plant in Canal Flats will have a capacity of 6,000 “Like you, we do care about the impact our plant will have on the local enviwater bottles per hour, not 6,000 water bottles per day as last week’s Pioneer reported. ronment. We are eagerly waiting the results of the BC governments environmental In conversation with proponent Richard Belanger, he impact study, and will not be taking any action until said the plant will be able to produce 6,000 bottles we have all the information required to make sure we (500 mL size) per hour. Mr. Belanger hopes to have “ The amount of water we plan are not causing harm to the area,” she wrote. “One the plan operational by January 2020. to draw is very minimal, and concern that I see repeated here by several of you is The proponents, The Source of the Columbia we will be doing so in a respon- depletion of the aquifer. The source of the Columbia Beverages, hosted an open house and presented their sible and sustainable manner.” is a unique aquifer, in that the water it contains is not business plan to Council in August. When asked why trapped deep below the surface of the earth where levhe wanted to put a water bottling plant in Canal Flats, els are difficult to monitor. This aquifer surfaces at the Sara Ward, Mr. Belanger said the water quality in the area is amazsource, and is replenished by rain, snow and mountain The Source of the Columbia ing. run off. Our aquifer is a renewable resource and the Beverages “You can drink from the tap the most crystal-clear water levels and quality can easily be monitored as we water . . . If you look anywhere else – Invermere, Radican physically see the aquifer where it surfaces. The um Hot Springs, Cranbrook, you can never find that quality of water,” Mr. Belanger amount of water we plan to draw is very minimal, and we will be doing so in a retold the Pioneer. sponsible and sustainable manner.” He said they would like everybody’s support and feedback on the business, and The company is currently working on securing a water license, essentially a waare looking at how they can be “great corporate citizens in the Columbia Valley.” ter permit from the Province of BC. Water licences and approvals are done by a B.C. communities have not always reacted favourably to water bottling plant provincial water manager through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource projects. After a proposal on Vancouver Island (Merville) was granted a license in Operations and Rural Development. According to the Water Licences & Approvals March 2018 to extract up to 10,000 litres of water per day for bottling and com- site, “applications undergo a technical review to make sure there is enough water at mercial sale, residents there raised concerns. A resolution was drafted on Vancouver the source to issue a license without affecting the existing water rights of others, or Island that the BC government cease licensing and extraction of groundwater for harming the water supply and aquatic ecosystem. Other government agencies, affectcommercial water bottling and/ or bulk water exports from aquifers. The resolution ed landowners and licensees may be notified of the application and given the chance [Resolution B 154 ‘Groundwater Extraction’] has been put forward for discussion to respond. First Nations in the area may also be consulted.” and a vote at this year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference, taking For more information on the water bottling company, visit their Facebook page place at the end of September in Vancouver. ‘The Source of the Columbia Beverages’. Just up the road in Golden, a water bottling plant is being proposed by a different For more information on provincial water license approvals, visit https://www2. company (GoldenKey Investments Group). Dozens of people have commented on gov.bc.ca and search ‘water licenses and approvals’. the proposal on the Golden Star newspaper’s Facebook page, and a poll that had more
Drug trafficking info better left to RCMP than social media By Dauna Ditson email@example.com After witnessing what she believed to be two drug deals near the Crossroads earlier this month, a woman wrote a jeers about the situation on the Cheers and Jeers Invermere Facebook page (which is not affiliated with the Pioneer). Two hundred and thirty-five responses followed, with one person posting a name and Facebook link for a woman who had been jailed for previous drug-related convictions. The online thread was critical of the Columbia Valley RCMP’s management of drug dealers and included discussion on what residents can do to keep the illegal substances out of the Valley. One commenter said: “All of us need to be vigilante. Be in their face.” Another Facebook commenter offered another piece of advice to support
the RCMP in their investigations, saying: “If you’ve done it, seen it, bought it, go to the police and be willing to take the stand.” Sgt. Darren Kakuno, the local detachment commander, recommended a anyone with information to come forward. “If anyone in our community has any information related to drug trafficking I would ask they provide the information to the RCMP. Drug investigations are often conducted over long periods of time, as it takes considerable evidence to secure a conviction for drug trafficking,” he said. “This year our detachment is investing in additional training to assist our members in conducting these complex investigations. Drug trafficking is a priority for our detachment, and any information the public can provide to assist us is greatly appreciated.” He said information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers. To reach the tip line any time of the day or night, call 1-800-2228477.
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RCMP Report Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno Detachment Commander Columbia Valley RCMP This past week, August 19th through August 25th the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 71 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to. • On Monday, August 19th, a stolen Ford F250 was recovered at Martin Morigeau Elementary School in Canal Flats. The truck had been reported stolen from Radium Hot Springs on August 11th. Police continue to investigate. • On Tuesday, August 20th at 1 p.m., a male and female were observed going through unlocked vehicles in the parking lot of Kinsmen Beach. The male was described as being in his 30s with a black goatee, black hat and hoodie. The female was described as being approximately 30 years old with long red hair and pulling a fabric wagon. Police made extensive patrols but were unable to locate the suspects. No thefts from vehicles were reported during this time frame. • On Friday, August 23rd at 1:30 a.m., an officer stopped a Ford van in Radium Hot Springs after receiving reports the driver had been causing a disturbance at a local business. The officer noted a strong odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a breath demand
and blew two “fails”. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for thirty days. • On Saturday, August 24th at 2:15 a.m., police received a report of a male sleeping on the ground in front of a property on 7th Avenue in Invermere. When an officer made attempts to assess the male, the individual was only able to raise his middle finger for the officer. The adult male was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and held in cells until he was sober. • On Sunday, August 25th, vandalism was reported to a business on 7th Avenue in Invermere. A window in the front door of the business had been broken. No entry was gained to the business. Police attended and are attempting to obtain video footage. • On Sunday, August 25th at about 10:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services conducted an impaired driving check stop at Athalmer Road and Lakeview Drive in Invermere. Officers checked approximately 75 vehicles during a two-hour time frame. Officers issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, a 3-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and gave several warnings for vehicle deficiencies. • Columbia Valley RCMP continue to investigate a robbery that occurred at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Radium Hot Springs on August 1st, 2019. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Juvenile bear trapped, relocated from Invermere’s pothole park By Lorene Keitch firstname.lastname@example.org A juvenile black bear was immobilized and relocated from Invermere’s Pothole Park on Monday, August 26th. The bear, estimated to be 3 years old, was spotted wandering in the gully of the downtown park, located in bustling downtown Invermere. Conservation Officer Sgt. Drew Milne attended, along with
Columbia Valley RCMP members and Invermere WildSafe coordinator Jenna Milne. Pothole Park is right in the urban centre of Invermere, with tourists and locals milling around its perimeter. With a revolving audience watching the action in the gully, there were safety concerns should the bear bolt out of the park and either into traffic, potentially causing an accident, or even lashing out at bystanders. There was no suitable greenspace Continued on page 5 . . . The bear was finally tranquilized after . Photos by Lorene Keitch
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have launched two separate surveys as part of the study: one for businesses, and one for individuals. The CVCC hopes the surveys will provide insight into the needs of current and potential transit users, as well as strategies being used by the business community to get employees to and from work. Ms. Clovechok explains the CVCC is aware of multiple business owners in the Valley who subsidize employee transportation or assist in other tangible ways to get employees to and from work. Through this survey, the CVCC hopes to gather detailed information on those businesses in particular, or from other businesses that have been unable to hire or retain employees due to transportation challenges. “It is clear that the Columbia Valley needs an expanded transportation system and the study will provide the information about what a new system could look like and how it could be funded,” the press release states. “We expect that a new system would either enable an existing transportation business to grow or a new one to emerge.” The surveys are open until September 16th. To fill one out, visit www.cvchamber.ca.
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Athletic kids; competitive adults By Lorene Keitch firstname.lastname@example.org
It is so often the case in life that we simply do not know how things will turn out, until they have turned out, if that makes sense. Look at Haley Daniels (page 12). This Olympic hopeful grew up spending summer holidays, long weekends, and many other occassions, at the family’s cabin in the small Valley neighbourhood of Rushmere (off Westside Road). As a child, she envied her neighbours who had motorboats, powering with ease up and down Lake Windermere. She assured me that her friends were always generous and would take her out on the water too. But for her own family’s laketime recreation, they used people-powered watercrafts. Looking back, she says those are some of her favourite memories. And they helped propel her passion into her life’s focus of professional paddling. As a kid, she would’ve never known the trajectory her life’s path would take as she watched neighbours racing off down the water in their engine-powered boats. Or what about the Undershute sisters (see page 13)? Growing up in a competitive house, perhaps they realized early on they would become power sisters in the athletic department. But for some, that kind of competitive spirit could have the opposite effect, pushing kids away from what their parents are so strongly pushing them towards. For Jolaine and Loraina, it worked to launch them both into successful careers in competitive sports. It will be interesting to watch the journey of some of these kids who have gotten heavily involved in Rite to Ride this year (see page 25). It is the first program of its kind in Invermere, focusing on snowboarding through the winter and skateboarding in the summer. With skateboarding making its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, attitudes will shift more towards viewing skateboarding as a sport than as a passtime. Who knows? Maybe one day a skateboarder at the Olympics will cite their early years pounding the skatepark pavement in Invermere as where their love of the sport was first born.
• In the story on a proposed water bottling plant in Canal Flats, it was reported the plant could produce 6,000 bottles per day. The plant’s capacity will in fact be 6,000 per hour. The Pioneer apologizes for this error. • BC Association of Farmers’ Markets bylaws require a market to be 100 per cent make, bake, grow (and all the making, baking and growing must be done in B.C.) NOT 80 per cent make, bake, grow as quoted by a vendor in the Pioneer’s August 22nd story.
Athalmer looking east Athalmer, looking east. In the distance you can make out the majestic peak of Pinto Mountain. Prominent in the photo is the road enterering Athalmer, coming down the ‘gully’. This photo is circa 1910. Photo (A1109) courtesy Windermere District Historical Society
Service that goes above and beyond Dear Editor: Last week you had an article from a traveller heading through the valley that was rescued by K5 Mechanical and Richard (letter to the editor August 22nd). I had to write about my experience this past weekend. On Friday August 23rd my wife and I arrived with our three grandkids for our annual kids weekend in Edgewater. As we pulled into Radium, my Ford F150 began a series of start and stalls. It took me five attempts to drive to our house in Edgewater from the 4-way stop. The start of our kids’ weekend was not going well. I was able to nurse the truck into our driveway and began my frantic search for someone who could help. I needed to have the kids back home for Sunday night. After making a few calls to local service companies it became obvious that reaching Calgary by Sunday night was not is our future. The only help I could find was the good folks at Walkers Repair Service who would try to squeeze me into their busy schedule on Monday morning. I set Continued on page 7 . . .
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This week, the hot topic of discussion was around a potential water bottling plant in Canal Flats. Here is a sample of some of the comments on our Facebook page following that story: Surely there are more environmentally friendly ways to boost our economies these days. Thought we were done producing plastic waste but instead trying to eliminate it ??? This is easy money, and lots of it, take a long hard look at Nestle and their bottled water proﬁts from Canadian sources. Let’s not have a repeat of that. Stop this insanity with thinking our water is not safe to drink purchase a reusable bottle and take it from your faucet and stop polluting our earth. - Sylvia S. I’m sorry but water is an inherent right to all of us and no one should own it! - Debra F. Trading water for jobs. Not a good deal. Two thumbs down. - Stephanie V.
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Great moments at the Invermere MusicFest Dear Editor: There was a moment during the Alex Cuba performance that I stood back to look at the festival venue, stage and festival-goers. It was the perfect view of a perfect moment. I wanted the clock to stop! So many smiles, so many people having fun. The space in front of the stage was jammed with dancers, the hillside full of folks groovin’ to the beat in their chairs, children running around in the secure & safe space. There were lineups at the refreshment tent and the food vendors were handing out delicious treats and meals. And the main stage was rockin’ with a latin-beat from Alex Cuba and his band. A perfect moment in time. So, I want to thank everyone who joined us this weekend for our 7th annual Festival at Kinsmen Beach to experience all the fantastic ‘moments’ of the event. Despite the inclement weather on Friday, we still reached our goal for at-
tendance. Our attendees sure are a hardy group of mountain folk! Thanks to all the businesses, organizations and grant funders that support our festival. Please check out our website to see a full list of Sponsors and Friends of the Fest (invermeremusicfest.com). Thank you to the staff at the Pioneer who promote and support all the valley events. A very sincere and deeply felt thank you to all the volunteers, contractors and IMF Board of Directors. We ride this success completely due to the untiring dedication of this group. And thanks to the Columbia Valley Arts Council who give us their trust and respect to operate this Festival on their behalf. We hope to see you again next year. And for those that missed us this time around…make a plan to join us for some more very special moments in 2020. Jami Scheffer Executive Director
Continued concerns about boat / self-storage on Athalmer Road Dear Editor: The public clearly does not want Boat/ RV/Self storage facilities on the entrances to Invermere and Windermere and along highway 93/95. The following provides an update on the situation: Bad Toro Properties Ltd.-Their planning consultant stated at the July 5, 2019, Public Hearing, the existing Boat/RV facility would be removed from the lots facing Athalmer Road, relocated to a less visible area on their property and be screened by a solid wood fence. However, when the RDEK was asked when this would occur, they replied that no date is set for the landowner to relocate the Boats/RVs and build the fence. Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (LWOCP)-It contains a draft policy that supports an amendment to the RDEK Zoning Bylaw to remove Boat/ RV/Self storage from the Commercial (C-2) zone. However, the RDEK will not consider making this change until 2020 and only if the RDEK Board of Directors include it in the Planning and Development Services workplan. As a result, the new LWOCP (once it is approved) and the RDEK Zoning Bylaw will be in conflict until the zoning amendment is made. At the July 16, 2019, meeting, the Advisory Planning Committee unanimously passed a motion recommending the
zoning amendment be done concurrent or within 3 months of approval of the LWOCP. The concern is the RDEK has already been contacted by a landowner with plans to build storage facilities at the entrance to Windermere. Boat Storage at 4846 Athalmer Road (beside the Veterinary Clinic)-Although these C-2 lands do not allow this boat storage and complaints have been made to Bylaw Enforcement, they remain. In fact, this property is for sale and on the listing it states: “The property has current rental income while you plan for the future.” This refers to the boat storage. Action Required to Resolve the Boat/ RV/Self Storage Issue 1. Bad Toro Properties Ltd. should follow through with their commitment to relocate the Boats/RVs and screen the storage facility by building the wooden fence immediately. The RDEK should ensure this done. 2. RDEK should approve the amendment to the RDEK Zoning Bylaw to remove Boat/RV/Self storage from the Commercial (C-2) zone concurrent or within 3 months of approval of the LWOCP. 3. The RDEK should take action to have the boat storage facility on 4846 Athalmer Road removed immediately. Colleen Roberts Windermere
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Volunteers at The Legion do so much for the valley, and expect so little in return. If given the chance to, everyone should offer Legion volunteers a big thank you for their efforts to help make our home a better place to live. The Market’s Flow On Saturdays, the market flows Like rivers fed by alpine snows. From booth to booth the crowd moves free: A freshet’s run back to the sea. Calm sentinels perched up high on wing, Discretely guide the people in. As nature’s forces shape the day, So too - the Legion - shows the way. A river’s course will spare no gaps, All currents lead to bacon wraps. The flowers blush, a clown that tickles, The rapids rush to Sophie’s pickles. . . . ‘Above’ from 6 up that appointment and informed the parents that the kids’ weekend would end up being extended. I picked up the weekly Pioneer as we always do and began reading hoping I may be able to find another company that could help. Running across the story of the stranded traveller in the editor’s section. I searched the internet to get K5 Mechanical’s number and called first thing Saturday morning. Richard walked me through a couple things I could try first. None of which worked. The truck would not co-operate, and I had to call the good folks at Cool Country Towing. Their driver arrived within 45 minutes and had my truck on the flat deck and on its way to K5. Here is where “Above and beyond” really comes into effect. Richard called me to inform me of the problem. He also let me know that his parents were coming back from Cranbrook and were turning around to go to the ford dealership in Cranbrook to get the part I need. This meant we may be able to leave by Sunday. About two hours later Richard calls and says the truck is ready and we are all set. I could not believe my ears. He and
Jewelry, paintings, works of wood, Jams and frybead taste so good. Juices, spirits - even mead: Small eddies slow the current’s speed. A blur of motion among the stalls, A head long plunge across the falls. Some people twist, some people spin, Some people sample too much gin. Assorted scents drift on the breeze As shadows glide beneath the trees. One spirit lurks, but shuns the light: The ghost of Napoleon Dynamite. At Fall’s return the market ends, We sadly bid farewell to friends. The bed runs dry - small pools remain Until Spring’s melt returns again. Jamie Fisher Windermere
his parents got us back on the road in less than 12 hours. I don’t know about you, but that is exceptional service that I would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Richard’s parents took time out of their life to help someone they never met or likely would never meet. I have heard numerous stories of bad service in the valley and I want to say that this was not true in my case. The folks at K5 Mechanical and Cool Country Towing provide exceptional service. Both went way beyond what I could have received back in Calgary from my past experience. Even the folks at Walkers Repair service helped calm my nerves on Friday. I just want everyone to know that I will be spreading the word with everyone that needs this kind of help in the valley. I know where I will be going when I need help again. A big thank you to Richard and the guys at Cool Country Towing and a thank you to Walkers Repair as well. I shall defend the valleys service record well into the future. Thank you all!! Daryl Marsden Calgary and Edgewater
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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reaching out to those in the Village of Radium Hot WINDERMERE VALLEY YOUTH CENTRE SOCIETY Springs to talk about a roundabout they’re planning to build at the Highway 95 and Highway 93 four-way stop intersection. Last week they held a meeting with the local business community to discuss the pros and cons of leaving Wednesday, 7 p.m. Get the BC ReCYClepedia app the intersection as it is, adding traffic lights or building a September 18th, 2019, roundabout. They will have another meeting for residents YCLING HOTLINE Summit Youth Centre Hub and members of the public on Wednesday, September 201 7th Avenue, Invermere 04-732-9253 4th. Agenda: Election of Directors, Review Year-end Financial Statements, 800-667-4321 Tim Dyer, the ministry’s regional project manager Review of Annual Operations, Bylaw review and amendments. for the Everyone welcome! Refreshments will be served. www.rcbc.casouthern interior, said that as traffic increases at the four-way stop so do existing issues at like excessive ng council of B.c. MeMBeR invermeresummityouthcentre.org Recycling councilwait of B.c.times. MeMBeRIn the summer, 14,000 vehicles a day cross through the intersection, he said. During peak times, backups can stretch as far as two kilometres down the road. Traffic lights would offer “better safety and reliability” than the current stop signs, he said, but lights result in more collisions than roundabouts, which “reduce the Highway 93 – Highway 95 likelihood of drivers making risky manoeuvres.” Intersection Improvement Accidents in roundabouts also tend to be less severe The Ministry of Transportation and than those in intersections controlled with traffic lights, Infrastructure invites the public to attend he said, because while vehicles in roundabouts may glance an open house to provide input on an upcoming highway improvement project in off one another they wouldn’t get into head-on collisions. Radium Hot Springs. The roundabout comes with an $11.9 million price The Ministry plans to replace the existing tag, which will be shared between the federal and provinfour-way stop at the intersection of cial governments. Highway 93 and Highway 95 with a While it would be a big change for the communiroundabout to improve safety and traffic ty, Mr. Dyer said: “we’ve been successfully implementing flow in the area. roundabouts around the province.” Ministry staff will be available to provide When locals shared concerns about the construction information, answer questions and receive timeline, which would run from spring to fall in 2020, your feedback. Mr. Dyer acknowledged the inconvenience but said it The drop-in open house is scheduled for: would be “short-term pain for the long-term gain.” Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Ron Sharp, the ministry’s district manager of trans3 p.m. to 7 p.m. portation, said he expects that the roundabout would Radium Hot Springs Centre be complete before construction would start on the 4865 Stanley Street, Radium Hot Springs, B.C. Trans-Canada Highway, sending detouring drivers For more information, please contact through Radium. Tim Dyer, Project Manager Fire chief Dave Dixon asked about road closures that at 250 354-6187 or Tim.Dyer@gov.bc.ca would impact access for fire trucks, but Mr. Dyer reassured him that the road wouldn’t be fully closed during construction. Councillor Mike Gray said he was concerned about big rigs fitting through the roundabout, but Mr. Dyer said it would be large enough to accommodate them. Mr. Gray was also concerned about pedestrian safety at the downtown crosswalks as traffic would be flowing
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Members of the Radium business community discuss the proposed roundabout at the Hwy 93/95 intersection. Photo by Dauna Ditson faster. Mr. Dyer said the ministry is going to look into options for crosswalks. After the meeting, Mr. Gray said roundabouts have “been proven to work and (it’s been) proven that we’re smart enough to figure it out.” Mr. Gray – who saw an earlier version of the proposed plans and the changes the ministry made in response to the feedback they gathered – is pleased with how well the ministry is responding to local opinions. “They’re working hard to address concerns before it becomes an issue,” he said. He is looking forward to a meeting where the public will be invited to share their feedback. So far Mr. Gray said he has been hearing that some people are nervous about the change but those who are familiar with roundabouts “say that they are fantastic and they are the way to go.” The public meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 4th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Radium Hot Springs Centre. Residents will be able to ask their questions, check out a 3D model of the project and share their thoughts with ministry officials. Federal consultation TBD While the provincial government is doing advance consultation before they start their work, the federal government paused a construction project in the rocky Lake Windermere groyne south of the Athalmer bridge that was to be completed this summer after local individuals and groups raised concerns about the lack of consultation. MP Wayne Stetski said locals should be given the opportunity to provide feedback on government construction projects before they proceed. On Wednesday, August 7th Minister Carla Qualtrough – who oversees Public Services and Procurement Canada – committed to holding “appropriate consultations” before the groyne project continues. No information about these consultations is available at this time.
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Highway 1 closures to run from 2020 to 2024 Trans-Can detours thru Radium to begin next year
the traffic concerns.” Area G Director Gerry Wilkie reBy Dan Walton calls Trans-Can traffic getting diverted Special to the Pioneer through Radium several times in the past for various reasons, and said “it’s She’ll be comin’ ‘round the Rocky Mountains when they close the Trans-Canada critical to have (the roundabout) done Highway. before traffic’s diverted. The eventual closures of Highway 1 for major construction in the coming years “You have a highway that was never means the heavy traffic that travels between Golden and Lake Louise will have be re- really built for that volume of traffic,” routed through the Village of Radium Hot Springs, subjecting motorists to a 103-ki- said Mr. Wilkie. lometre detour. Mr. Wilkie plans to bring the issue Construction is expected to happen over the course of several phases during the up at the annual Union of British Cospring and fall when traffic volumes are lower. lumbia Municipalities (UBCM) meetWith so much extra traffic coming through the Village during slower times of the ing this September in Vancouver, which year, Radium Mayor Clara Reinhardt is focusing on how that can benefit local busi- will be “a matter of reinforcing our connesses. cerns and coming up with an effective Map of the planned detour. “What do we need to do to entice people to get off the road, have a look around management plan.” and maybe make it (Radium) their next destination,” she said, adding that it may be a In 2011 while the same detour was in place, three men died in a motor vehicle good opportunity for seasonal businesses to expand into the shoulder months. accident near Spillimacheen. After reviewing the incident in 2013, a Coroner’s inquest She said Parks Canada is looking at enhanced signage and maintenance for the came up with four recommendations: increased traffic volume. • That if the Trans Canada Highway is closed for any Local MLA Doug Clovechok said the rerouting of length of time and Highway 95 is used as alternate route, “You have a highway that Trans-Can traffic through Radium means “a quiet road that Highway 95 should be deemed a Class A highway. was never really built for is going to be incredibly busy,” adding there may some • That an acceleration and deceleration lane should be that volume of traffi c.” Highway 1 motorists opting to avoid the construction by built at the Spillimacheen Rest Area. taking Highway 3 or Highway 16. • When Highway 95 is used as alternate route, that Gerry Wilkie, Mr. Clovechok wants to make sure the extra traffic portable road information signs be placed both south of Area G director doesn’t create too much more work for the local cops. Golden and north of Radium Hot Springs. “I pushed hard to make sure the RCMP detachments • Considering the location of Highway 95, that the in Golden and Invermere didn’t end up being traffic guys, speed limit should be reduced to 90 kilometres per hour taking our officers off of general duty,” he said. between Golden and Radium. Many aspects of the project are uncertain at the time being, Mr. Clovechok said, The federal agency for transportation, when asked if Highway 93 and Highway 95 but he is expecting the four-way intersection of Highway 93 and 95 to get upgraded will be treated differently during the rerouting, passed the buck to the provincial Mininto a roundabout, something he has been “pushing hard for... that’ll alleviate some of istry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The enforcement of road and highway legislation, driver and vehicle licensing, and motor vehicle rules and regulations falls under provincial, territorial and municipal jurisdictions,” said Transport Canada media relations officer Annie Joannette. The provincial transportation agency won’t have a clear understanding of the temporary operations until a traffic management strategy is “fully developed,” but rest assured that “Safety on all provincial roadways remains our top priority and appropriate road conditions will be maintained at all times,” a provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson said in an email. “The project team is currently developing a traffic management strategy that minimizes and mitigates the traffic disruptions while allowing the work to proceed safely, on schedule and with reasonable efficiency. The team is continuing to collaborate with the Community Liaison Committee and key stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities to be considered in developing and implementing the traffic management strategy.” The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson said the project “is expected to get underway in 2020, with project completion in 2024.” The first step is the Request for Qualifications, which the Ministry says will be issued soon. The spokesperson called Kicking Horse Canyon section the most challenging section of Highway 1 in B.C slated for construction. “from a geotechnical and construction perspective.”
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Olympic hopeful Haley Daniels might have an Alberta postal code, but the heart of her paddling passion was born in the Columbia Valley. Ms. Daniels spent her childhood summers and many, many weekends throughout the year in the tiny Valley enclave of Rushmere off Westside Road. Amidst the more ‘house-like’ homes around her, the cabin her grandfather had built was a “quaint cabin.” They did not even have running water until recently. While her Rushmere neighbours were powering around Lake Windermere on their motorboats, the Daniels family was playing on the water in kayaks and canoes. With both parents being “outdoorsy people” - her dad actually built fibreglass kayaks when he was her age, the family spent a great deal of time outside, adventuring on and off the water. Ms. Daniels and her brother grew up canoeing on the lake – fishing off the canoe’s sides, traveling to the other shorelines to play, traversing the wetlands and more. “That’s really where I started learning to paddle,” she says of her Rushmere childhood. “It was how I fell in love with being on the water – that simplicity of powering on your own . . . I learned how to paddle on Lake Windermere and that passion turned in my my career as a professional white water paddler.” As a kid, Ms. Daniels admits, she was jealous of her
Rushmere neighbour’s motorboats, begging her parents to buy a boat like all her friends. “But now as an adult, some of my fondest memories are going out in the wetlands, on the Columbia River,” she remarks. “When you are propelling yourself, you look at everything around you – you’re very aware of your surroundings.” When she was a teenager, she got into whitewater paddling, and now knows that some of the best paddling in Canada can be found in this Valley. During high river season, the river in Spillimacheen is “exceptional,” she describes, and notes she comes back for the Toby Creek Whitewater Race every year. “There’s a lot of magic in the Valley,” Ms. Daniels reflects. Ms. Daniels is on Team Canada, which provides a small portion of the money needed to train. It costs her $80,000 per year to compete (including travel, coaching, physiotherapy, equipment etc.), so she is always looking for sponsorship and ways to pay for the season. The community of Rushmere helped support Ms. Daniels’ season financially this year and she has their logo on her boat, dubbed the Rushmere Canoe. Ms. Daniels is one of the top three Canadians in the sport of women’s canoe slalom, and now has her sights set on Tokyo 2020 – the next summer Olympics. Getting to this point in her career has taken years Continued on page 13 . . .
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. . . ‘Rushmere’ from 12 of dedication to the sport. Now, one year out from the Olympics, Ms. Daniels says she is not focusing on the possibility of reaching the Olympics all the time, but it is definitely on her mind. “You always want to envision that you’re going. I don’t think about it every moment because it would be exhausting.” The Pioneer interviewed Ms. Daniels between two big events – she just competed in Olympic trials, where she re-qualified for the national team. Then three days after the interview, she was headed off to Europe for the World Cups and World Championships, which are the first steps to Olympic qualifiers. By March, where competitions wrap up in Brazil, she will know whether she will be headed to Tokyo or not. It is a big year for female canoe athletes. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be the first time that they will be allowed to compete. “We as a collective – all the women’s canoeists, both flatwater and whitewater, pushed for gender equality,” she says. While they did begin a class action suit to change the rules, Ms. Daniels speculates it was not the legal threat that changed the International Olympic Committee’s mind. It was the wave of public opinion shifting as they raised public awareness about gender inequality in the sport. While she is obviously happy that women’s canoe racing is finally recognized as a legitimate sport to include in the Olympics, she says it was sad that it took so long too. “We wanted to be in for London (Olympics 2012), and Rio (Olympics 2016), and advocated for both. But the international committee had its feed in the sand,
Haley Daniels’ ‘Rushmere Canoe’ with residents of Rushmere who helped support her paddle season this year. Submitted photos and was dragging to get it in.” With Tokyo on her mind, Ms. Daniels continues to train and, most importantly, to focus on having a positive mindset. “I have competitions from now until March. I’m staying healthy and rested and being on the water as much as possible,” she explains. When Ms. Daniels is not on the water, she likes to cross-train through sports such as mountain biking and hiking. She also does motivational speaking, encouraging the younger generation to get active and involved. To learn more about Ms. Daniels or follow her journey, visit www.haleydaniels.ca.
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Although the two sisters have mostly practiced different disciplines, they found common ground a decade ago, when they took part in fitness competitions and had a platform to show off the results of their training. Now just what are the odds that two top-notch athletes get cut from the same family cloth? “It’s all mental but we were really blessed with genetics,” Jolaine said, also mentioning that relatives have discovered Roman gladiator heritage through a DNA test. “We have to be thankful of that combination of good genetics and discipline. With this really, really crazy work ethic, you’re going to be on a podium somewhere in some sport. But you can’t do it on talent alone – there’s gotta be talent, but genetics play a huge role in CrossFit, or in any sport.” The Undershutes were raised in a competitive family – their dad encouraged Jolaine to do her first handstand at the young age of 4 (and almost immediately she upped the ante by doing a handstand-pushup, prompting her parents to sign her up for gymnastics), and he wouldn’t let Luraina take easy while they were bowling and she was eight-months pregnant. “My sister and I are just able to push through the pain threshold and put ourselves in different state of consciousness where we’re able to perform at a level higher than most people because we’re able to click that off and push past the ouchie,” Luraina said. After their bout with fitness competitions, the two sisters later branched off in different athletic directions. Jolaine, after opening Endeavor Fitness in 2009, began to focus her training on on CrossFit in 2012. Luraina was a young mother at that point who continued teaching around the district. “I taught kickboxing on beaches, I taught at the Valley Fitness Centre, I taught at Kicking Horse Coffee,” she recalls. Their two businesses have some collaborative crossover benefits. “It’s great because (Jolaine) lets me use her equipment, which helps some of my students with strength
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training,” said Luraina. “She uses the mirrors in here, not really any of the other stuff though.” Luraina was able to appreciate her abilities at a young age thanks to high school gym class, when several other students would be trying to pin her down as part of a game. “And nobody could pin me down, so at that point I knew I was stronger than the average Joe.” By the time Luraina was an adult, she had the bravery to take on opponents who had much more experience. “I went into tournaments and there would be all black belt women and I just didn’t care, nobody could beat me.” Both sets of the Undershutes’ grandparents had property in the Valley, so the sisters were regular visitors through their entire lives. When Jolaine was in her 30s and moved to the area permanently, she felt the need to open her own fitness facility. “I have to do something different,” she says. “I can’t watch people exercise with bad form, and do it in a way that’s not safe. My goal was to bring everybody under my roof, where I can teach you, keep you safe and make you better.” Both sisters strive to lead by example. “I don’t think (local) people know, anybody who comes here from Calgary is like, ‘Oh my God you train with Jolaine Undershute, that is so cool you are so lucky I wish I had that privilege,’” Jolaine said. The two have been coaching for more than 50 years combined. Luraina hasn’t competed since 2002, but her kids are now older and there’s a new Masters category for mature fighters, so she’s thinking about getting back in the ring. “I’m toying with the idea,” she said. Jolaine and Luraina both recognize that it can be intimidating for newcomers in CrossFit or kickboxing to approach their gym, so private classes are offered for those who aren’t yet ready for regular sessions. Anybody who’s curious can pop their head into the gym during regular hours, or call 250-688-0783 to set up an appointment.
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Stetski rolls change forward, one pedal at a time
By Anne Jardine Special to the Pioneer Wayne Stetski goes beyond talking the talk, and walking the walk. He rides the ride. As our Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, he has started a quiet movement in Ottawa – an all-party caucus to advance the cause of cycling. One way to move Canada in a healthier direction is to pedal it that way. The physical and mental health benefits of cycling are well known. Recreational cycling reduces stress as it strengthens leg and core muscle groups. Cycling as a mode of transportation is economic, and in times of traffic congestion, it can be more efficient. The environmental benefits are also clear: a reduction in fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and a lighter impact on roads and infrastructure. The social and cultural benefits include a more direct inter-action with other cyclists and pedestrians, and a sense of shared appreciation of the landscape and streetscape that strengthens social bonds. Stetski took to riding his bike as a way to counterbalance hours of sitting in legislative sessions and committee meetings, a way to keep fit during his busy House of Commons schedule. In spring of 2016, he noticed a few other parliamentarians doing the same, and reached out to them. The idea of creating a bicycle caucus began, and it evolved as conversations about cycling developed. Bike racks, safe routes around the Legislative complex and from Ottawa’s busy downtown streets to the Parliament became topics of mutual interest. Soon the little community began to grow, and over twenty members from all parties pedaled in, including MPs and Senators. The All-party Cycling Caucus was born. Founding members Wayne Stetski and Oakville-North Burlington MP Pam Damoff were elected Co-Chairs. The caucus rides across party lines and builds stronger working relationships among law makers of all stripes. The purpose of the caucus has evolved to become an advocacy channel for Canadian cyclists. Stetski seeks to go beyond the basics of safety, and general awareness about cycling. In an interview with reporter Sam Cawkill in Momentum Magazine, he sketches out his vision: “We have a number of goals. First, to help educate other parliamentarians on the importance of cycling and why it should be supported. This includes organizing and participating in cycling events and improving the cycling infrastructure on Parliament Hill. We also want to work with cycling organizations and programs and help them reach MPs and Senators. Finally, we want to discuss any legislation that concerns cycling and try to find common ground on those issues. I believe most members support expanding and connecting Canada’s network of cycling facilities where envi-
ronmental assessments allow. We need to expand the culture of cycling – it needs to be part of planning and funding for all levels of government.” To move their agenda forward, the All-party Cycling Caucus held a National Bike Summit event in 2018 to connect cyclists and cycling advocates with political decision makers and to learn about innovations in cycling infrastructure and new opportunities for cycling in Canada. Back here in Kootenay-Columbia, look for Stetski at the September 2019 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo based out of St Eugene near Cranbrook, the inaugural Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo based out of Creston, and anywhere mountain bikes can go. MP Wayne Stetski.
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Alex Grandmaison (above) and Dallas Husar (below) use an innovative, environmentally-friendly weed killer: steam. Photos by Dauna Ditson By Dauna Ditson firstname.lastname@example.org Dallas Husar gets hungry when she’s weeding. That’s because she douses weeds with boiling water, making them smell like spinach or other dinnertime greens as they give up the ghost. Ms. Husar may be a mercenary of sorts – for-hire murderer of weeds – but she said her conscience isn’t phased by the withered remains she leaves behind because she’s not using pesticides or herbicides or any harmful chemicals. “It literally was just water,” she said. “(The machine takes) the water above boiling temperature so that when it hits air temperature it’s actually still boiling... It’s still in a liquid form.” Unlike with herbicides, which you can’t spray in the wind, in the rain or near a body of water, boiling water can be used anywhere and anytime. And once the steamy stream has stopped, kids and pets can frolic on the lawn without risk of harm. In comparison, lawsuits in the United States have awarded over $2 billion to those alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – which contains glyphosate – caused or contributed to the cancer they developed. According to the World Health Organization, glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” How safe is the boiled-water treatment? Ms. Husar, a professional gardener with a certificate in horticulture, is planning to let a stream loose in her garden where her mint has gone rogue. “I can spray right next to the other food I’m eating because it’s boiling water. It’s not going to hurt anything that we’re about to eat,” she said. Alex Grandmaison – her partner at Rock Works Landscape, and in life, who studied building and maintaining golf courses – said the treatment either kills or weakens the weeds. “Plants are composed mainly of water so when it hits it, the water between the cells of the plant explodes, hence killing the plant,” he said.
Some plants, like alfalfa, die right away, while pernicious weeds like dandelions may need to be boiled a few times to kill the roots. “It’s an eco-friendly alternative. To some people it’s super sexy, and they’re like: ‘I want you guys at my place every day and boil as many weeds as you can off my property,’” Mr. Grandmaison said. “It would be a very similar comparison to somebody who would say: ‘I’d rather use more natural remedies than like a quick pill or something like that’ – if it was an effective natural remedy.” To reassure anyone who might mistake their cloud of steam for chemicals and worry about their lack of protective gear, they ordered a sign that says: “Breathe easy, it’s just steam.” Ms. Husar and Mr. Grandmaison have been running Rock Works Landscape after taking over the company in 2008 “when everything was going sideways (with the economy),” Mr. Grandmaison said. But like a weed that becomes resistant to pesticides while its peers in the yard next door are boiled away, their business continued to grow. “We wouldn’t be in the business of landscaping if we weren’t people that really enjoy the environment that we’re in,” Mr. Grandmaison said. “We both loved working outside, and it was a great opportunity,” Ms. Husar agreed. To find out more or to have your weeds boiled up like a pot of spinach, visit www.rockworkslandscape.com.
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The Lake Windermere Lions Club spent countless volunteer hours to build a permanent washroom facility at the ball diamonds on Hwy 93/95. These washrooms will be a huge improvement for league players as well as the annual ballfest participants, going from a handful of porta potties to five individual washroom units (one of which is wheelchair-accessible). The total cost of the project was $64,000, with $40,000 coming from the Regional District of East Kootenay, $12,000 from Columbia Basin Trust, and $12,000 from the Lions. Flush with excitement over the projectâ€™s completion are Lions members Harold Hazelaar and Tom Brooks, with Susan Clovechok, Area F director, and Colin Peet, RDEK recreation services supervisor. Lions volunteers started building the facility in the summer of 2018 and opening the spiffy biffies this June. Photo by Lorene Keitch
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Call for proposals for conservation fund
Submitted by Kootenay Conservation Program Kootenay Conservation Program, on behalf of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), is now accepting proposals for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) for local projects that enhance conservation values. The CVLCF is a dedicated fund that each year provides financial support to local projects that help conserve and restore the valley’s world-renowned natural surroundings. The success of the CVLCF has not only created a new model for community conservation that’s gained traction across B.C. and beyond, but locally it’s resulted in more than $1.7 million in funding for over 65 projects since 2009, and has helped leverage over an additional $17 million for those projects. The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), which
works in partnership with the RDEK to administer the CVLCF, is encouraging conservation groups operating in the Columbia Valley to submit funding proposals for any 2019 projects. The deadline for applications is November 1st. Then, a Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK for final funding approval. ”The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund is an excellent resource for local organizations who have projects that help support fish and wildlife habitat, open spaces and water quality,” says Nicole Trigg, Communication Coordinator for the KCP. In 2019, nine projects successfully received CVLCF funding: acquisition of the Columbia Wetlands Edgewater property by The Nature Trust of BC, restoration of Marion Benchlands by the Nature Conservancy of
Canada, lake monitoring on Columbia Lake and Lake Windermere by the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society and the Lake Windermere Ambassadors respectively, treatment of the noxious weed Leafy Spurge by the East Kootenay Invasive Species Society, bat conservation in the Columbia Valley led by the Kootenay Community Bat Project, conservation and enhancement of critical habitat on agricultural lands through the Farmland Advantage program via the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute, and the ongoing re-introduction of the endangered northern leopard frog to the Brisco wetlands by the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners. For more information and how to apply, please visit http://kootenayconservation.ca/conservation-funds/ cvlcf/. For phone or email inquiries, please contact KCP Program Manager Juliet Craig at 250-352-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to school means support through community foundation Submitted by Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies As students prepare to head back to school, Community Foundations across the region are reminding students and parents to take a look at the scholarships and other financial supports available. Lynnette Wray of the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) said that almost every Foundation across the Columbia Basin region has scholarships available for local students heading to post-secondary education, along with other funding for education-related projects.
“From scholarships focused on specific areas of study like trades or health care, to general funds to help those in need, scholarships are a core part of almost every Community Foundation,” Ms. Wray explained. She noted that while grant recipients should think about their local Community Foundation, when looking for some financial help, potential donors to those funds are even more important. “When people are passionate about a cause, a donation through your local Community Foundation is a great way to give back, right where you live,” she said. Community Foundations are registered charities that manage donations for a wide range of specific caus-
es. Donors can give to existing funds (for example, a fund that provides scholarships for local students), or create their own fund that in turn generates an ongoing donation to a charity of their choice, or they can give an unrestricted gift that the Foundation will allocate to areas of greatest need and priority. “Your local Community Foundation uses expert managers to pool and invest the funds, generating ongoing financial returns that get allocated each year,” Wray explained. “The donor gets the charitable tax receipt, and we take care of all the administrative burden.” To learn more about the Valley’s local community foundation, visit https://valleyfoundation.ca.
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Soiree tonight for artists exhibit By Molly McLellan Assistant Curator Over the next two weeks we will be having some exciting things happening down at Pynelogs! Our fourth artist pARTy soiree is happening tonight, Thursday August 29th, from 7 to 9 p.m. Come down to meet with some more of our extremely talented artists! This show features the brilliant skills of long-time potter Alice Hale and Judith Rackham’s unique 3-dimensional oil paintings that bring her landscapes to life. Lynne Grillmair will be presenting a retrospective of her mixed media skills through her creative use of gel mediums, paper, and sand. Paula Cravens acrylic collage pieces capture the relaxation and fun of the olden days, we swear you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time; while Kimberly Olson tackles modern art with a new twist that will leave you with a greater love and appreciation for the medium. DJ Ilija will be spinning some excellent tunes, it’s definitely going to be
a groovy night you won’t want to miss! Following that evening on September 6th from 5 to 8 p.m., Pynelogs has the honour of holding an artist demo night with Judith Rackham. Come watch and learn how Judith uses a special marble grout compound she developed herself to create the gorgeous 3-dimensional oil paintings that are as exceptional and lovely as she is. During the demonstration she will be showing us how she creates her build-up technique as well as a painting in process. Just watching Judith is bound to ignite your senses and get your own creativity going. As always Café Allium will be open for dinner both nights, but reservations are a must (250-342-0316)! Last artist pARTy soiree they were fully booked, so call sooner than later. The scallops served on a citrus pinot gris salad with cauliflower puree and the lamb shank served in a North African spiced Harissa stock with veggies and yam mash are both to die for! So get down to Pynelogs and come enjoy all we have to offer!
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WHAT’S HAPPENING in the Columbia Valley
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Thursdays • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Parent and Tot program running at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. On until the end of August. • 10 - 12 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts. • 10 - 3 p.m.: Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens. Offering weekly you-pick. Fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers available seasonally. • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. • 1:30 p.m.: Floor curling at Invermere Seniors Hall. $2. • 2 p.m.: Seniors Tea at the Invermere Library 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Need a ride? Contact the library at 250-342-6416. • 5:30 - 8 p.m.: Board game night, $5/person, family-friendly at Scotty Burger (hosted by Main Street Fun & Games). • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. See Facebook page for details. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network at the Radium gym every second Thursday. See Facebook page for details. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in. • 7 p.m.: Horseback Archery Club at Luxor Corrals in Spur Valley every Thursday. Contact 250-347-9048 for details. • 7:30 p.m.: Rod & Gun Club meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at Invermere Legion. • 7 - 9 p.m.: The Compassionate Friends, Cranbrook Chapter, welcomes all bereaved parents and grandparents in the area to our monthly meetings. This is a support group for those whose child or grandchild has died at any time, for any reason, regardless of their age upon death. Discussions are held in confidence and The Compassionate Friends organization has no religious affiliations.The Dwelling Place, 2324 2nd St S, Cranbrook. Every third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call: 250-426-7320 (Dawn or Doug) or 250- 426-2669 (Deb) • 9 p.m.: Karaoke at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery every Thursday through the summer.
Fridays • 9 - 10 a.m: Pickleball Classes at the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre. • 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors Hall, $2. • 5 - 8 p.m.: Climbing Wall at JA Laird open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drop in, $5. • 6 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Friday and Saturday. • 6 p.m.: Columbia Valley Car Club meets at Rocky River Grill. 2nd Friday of the month. Dinner 6 p.m., meeting starts 7 p.m. For info, call Vicki 250-342-1257. • DJ every Friday and Saturday night at Copper City Saloon.
Saturdays • 9 - 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers and Artists Market in downtown Invermere. • 10 - 12 noon: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts. Everyone is welcome! • 10 p.m.: Karaoke at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery, Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. on, all summer.
Sundays • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors carpet bowling at the Radium Hot Springs Centre. • 10 - 2 p.m.: Sunday Market at Shasta Wellness Studio, located behind laundromat in Invermere. • 10 - 2 p.m.: Fairmont Farmers’ Market.
Mondays • 10 a.m.: Senior Singalong Group meets every Monday at Columbia Garden Village. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Indoor Walking at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Every Monday and Wednesday. All ages. Indoor shoes required. • 10:30 a.m.: Seniors Fitness at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Invermere Seniors Hall. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Live music every Monday at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery in Radium Hot Springs.
Tuesdays • 9:30 - 12 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Tuesday. The first ½ hr is for lessons – rest open play. Everyone welcome! • 10 - 3 p.m.: Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens. Offering weekly you-pick. Fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers available seasonally. • 1:30 p.m.: Games Afternoon at Invermere Seniors Hall. • 6:30 p.m.: Seniors card games at the Radium Hot Springs Centre. • 10 p.m.: Karaoke at the Farside Pub in Fairmont.
Wednesdays • 8 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Radium Hot Springs meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Don Agave Cantina in the Prestige Inn. • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Parent and Tot program running Wednesdays at the Edgewater Community Hall, until the end of August. • 10. - 1 p.m.: Indoor walking at the Columbia Valley Centre.• 10:30 a.m.: Chair Yoga at Invermere Seniors Hall, $ 2. • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Rocky River Grill/Kanata Inn. • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Happy Hands Knitting and Crocheting group meeting every Wednesday at Columbia Garden Village. • 2 p.m.: Genealogy Group at Columbia Gardens Coffee Room. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. • 5 - 7:30 p.m.: Agri Park Farmers Market every Wednesday at the crossroads until Sept. 4th. • 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Biking group on Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail. Meet at 2nd parking lot of trail. For more info, email email@example.com. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network meets at the Riverside Clubhouse in Fairmont every second Wednesday. Visit their Facebook page for details. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Ladies Nights at Columbia River Paddle. Snacks and beverages provided! $25/person or $12.50 with your own paddling gear. Meet at Athalmer docks. • 7 p.m.: Play Cribbage at Invermere Seniors Hall, every Wednesday. • Musical bingo every Wednesday evening at Ullr Bar
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Friday, August 30 • 10:30 a.m.: Pop-up storytime hosted by the Invermere Library. This week at Lions Park in Canal Flats (weather dependent). • 4 - 9 p.m.: Music & Market on Main in Radium Hot Springs. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Live music at Market & Music on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Minimum suggested donation $2. This week’s band: Carly Reirson.
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• 6 p.m.: Bear Spray Safety Talk and Demo Where: The Radium Hot Springs Public Library. 4863 Stanley St, Radium BC
Saturday, September 14 • 1:30 p.m.: 6th Annual Golf Tournament Copper Point Golf Club - Ridge Course Register at Copper Point Golf Cub as to register for the Rockies Golf Tournament 250-341-3392 ext 1. • The Artym Gallery hosts the Plein Air event & exhibition with Andrew Kiss, Branko Marjanovic, Neil Patterson, and Neil Swanson thru September 20th.
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• 9 - 1 p.m.: Let’s Go Wild BC at the Invermere Farmer’s Market. Free, everyone welcome. Learn about wildlife behaviour and what you can do to help. Visit www.wildsafebc.com/bc-goes-wild • 2:30 - 5 p.m.: Let’s Go Wild BC at the Radium library. Scavenger hunt, s’mores and more. Free, everyone welcome! 4863 Stanley Street. Visit www.wildsafebc.com/bc-goes-wild • 9 p.m.: ULLR Bar presents Circus Act Insomniacs. Ddance, hoops, acrobatics, fire and more! $10 at the door.
• 7:30 p.m.: Yuk Yuk’s Standup comedy at The Flats Stage, Canal Flats. $20. Call 250-270-0134 for info.
Don’t miss: By boat or by float The Village of Radium Hot Springs invites kayakers, canoeists, river floaters and everyone else to head down to the official opening of their Columbia River Access. The enhanced riverside pick-up and drop-off point offers water-enthusiasts easier access into and out of the river. The big splash will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 30th. Snacks and refreshments will be served, but guests will need to bring their own drinking vessels.
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Seeds of inspiration at Groundswell
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The Government of Canada released a comprehensive Food Policy for Canada in June of this year. The press release outlined reasons why Canada needs a food policy, including addressing food insecurity, developing plans to improve food environments, supporting healthier food choices, and promoting initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including in the agriculture and food sector. Outcomes of the food policy, as outlined on the government’s Food Policy website, include creating vibrant communities, with “improved community capacity and resilience to food-related challenges.” The multi-faceted approach to food systems in Canada targets four action areas over the next five years, including helping Canadian communities access healthy food and reduce food waste. It’s part of the country’s overall plan to make Canadians’ future healthy and secure, while also tackling the challenging issues of climate change. While the plan is broad-sweeping, a microcosm of what the country is optimistically looking to do can be found right here in the Columbia Valley at Groundwell Community Greenhouse. Groundswell’s vision is to be a “fertile meeting ground, a place we can find common ground to discover, experiment with and achieve our shared goals towards community resilience in the face of climate change,” says Katrina Kellner, director of partnerships and development at Groundswell. “We are a demonstration of potential.” Groundswell has multiple sustainable-practice systems in place, designed to show and inspire others to incorporate into their own homesteads, including a passive solar greenhouse, water harvesting, food forest design, permaculture installations and more. “All of these systems can be adapted by people in the community to fit their own needs based on their own homestead or backyard, or, even on a broader scale, the community itself,” says Ms. Kellner. The Groundswell board would like to see greater community collaboration at the centre, citing is as critical to their longterm success. In return, Groundswell seeks to inspire hope and support tangible and applicable climate action solutions, Ms. Kellner summarizes. Food, she reflects, connects all of us together. “By focusing our collaborative action thorough a food lens, we as a community are poised to tackle other pressing questions impacting our resilience,” she says. Groundswell was created in 2000 as the Columbia Valley Botanical Garden and Centre for Sustainable Living. It was primarily food-focused, but continued to shift and expand over the years to encompass a number of different initiatives. Over the last two years, Ms. Kellner and the small but dedicated board has worked to narrow the focus to a more direct food approach. If locals are daunted by the complexities of gardening, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving carbon footprints and the like, Ms. Kellner said a relatively simple way to start making an impact today is through compost. “We can do an enormous amount by gardening, creating that healthy ecosystem, inviting in lots of different insects and creating that healthy soil, and composting our own food. All of that creates a carbon sink that is an enormous contribution, plus taking that out of the landfill.” To achieve their lofty goals, Groundswell is seeking more volunteers. “We really need to solidify our foundation which is membership, community
The greenhouse is an oasis of green and growing things. Outside in the summer, flowers bloom around a built wetland. Photos courtesy Groundswell participation, and structuring the board better,” says Ms. Kellner. Volunteer positions Groundswell is seeking to fill include board members, greenhouse hosts (to increase opening hours), animators (to share skills through programming), caretaker (to beautify the physical and online presence), developer (to help improve internal and online logistics), members (a $20 annual fee supports costs of operations), and donors (donations are critical to the organization’s success). She urges anyone interested to contact Groundswell to learn more. As Ms. Kellner comments, the mentality at Groundswell is this: “We are all teachers, we are all learners, and we are in this together.” To get a taste of Groundswell’s labour of love, they have You-pick on right now every Tuesday and Thursday, 10-3 p.m., until September 5th. Enjoy seasonally-available, organic fresh herbs, greens, vegetables, fruit and even cut flower bouquets. To learn more about Groundswell, visit https://groundswellnetwork.ca/ or Facebook’s ‘Groundswell Network & Community Greenhouse’ page, or drop in during opening hours. Groundswell is located at 1535 14th Street in Invermere (beside David Thompson Secondary School). Fall hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-3 p.m. Editor’s note: There are so many positive actions being taken by individauls, businesess, nonprofits and governing bodies right within our Valley, working to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We want to share those stories in the Pioneer. Do you have a story to share for this series? Email email@example.com.
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Apple rangers to the rescue of flourishing fruit
By Dan Walton Special to the Pioneer Groundswell Network Society is recruiting apple rescuer rangers for this year’s ripening. The apples – whether edible or rotten – will otherwise be left where they fall, potentially leading to more human-wildlife conflict. “Not only do apples attract bears, but for us it’s also about waste diversion, making sure those apples aren’t ending up in the landfill,” said Katrina Kellner, director of partnerships and development at Groundswell. The program connects volunteer harvesters with those who are unable to pick their own apple trees – be it age, health or living out of town. Groundswell adopted the idea last year and rescuers laid the groundwork by locating properties in town with apple trees. “We went to those homes’ door knocking asking if they wanted help picking,” Ms. Kellner said. “For us it’s about waste diversion and making sure those apples aren’t ending up in the landfill. Also it’s about increasing food security by tapping into food that’s readily available to us. And the other component to that is the building of community connection.” Property owners get first dibs at the
those trees. But we found that a lot of trees ripened in the meantime,” Ms. Kellner said. “We were missing the boat on those. So this year we reworked it so that we actually assign trees, getting people to more trees more efficiently.” This year, each volunteer is responsible for a particular tree, and then gets a call when it ripens. From there they’ll assemble a team of helpers and pick away. “You can call Groundswell to help assemble that team and you can use our equipment. We’re hoping that we can get enough volunteers to be able to cover at least 20 trees this year.” For anybody with a surplus of apples at the end of the season, Groundswell has heavy duty tools to preserve them – through dehydration, canning, or turning them into cider. “This way not everybody in the community has to own so much big equipKatrina Kellner picks apples ready for harvest, and before they can be wasted by going to rot, ment, and you’re supporting a good cause or becoming a serious bear attractant. Photo by Dan Walton by renting it,” said Ms. Kellner. And if all that doesn’t give your full apples picked. Some of the extras apples we harvested apples from 20 trees.” To ensure the efforts of volunteers fruit fix, on site at Groundswell is a small are shared with volunteers, some go to the food bank, and others can be found are even more fruitful, the Apple Rescue you-pick farm, with all sorts of fruit, inaround the valley – like in the cider at is making a few tweaks for the sopho- cluding raspberries, saskatoonberries and apples. Oktoberfest, or in the jam at the Inver- more season. Memberships only cost a measly $20 In its pilot year, volunteers would mere Bakery. “Last year’s program was a huge help pick apples from whichever trees for an entire year. For anyone interested in becoming an Apple Rescue Ranger, success,” she said. “We had 1,600 lbs of they could. contact Groundswell at 250-342-3337 “Whoever came to volunteer, we all fruit thanks to the help of 30 volunteers. There were 12 different properties and set out with our equipment and picked or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘The Panty Raid’ by Angie Rees
Spotlight with artist Angie Rees Submitted by Artym Gallery Stop by The Artym Gallery this Saturday, August 31st, for a painting demonstration and artist spotlight that you won’t want to miss! Angie Rees will be the featured artist. She will be painting outside the gallery from 10-2 p.m. Known for her quirky titles, and her “too cute” animal paintings, Ms. Rees is an artist that is sure to spark a giggle or a smile. She paints a variety of wildlife, from farm animals, to cats,
birds and even lions. Her paintings of animals are like no other, as they’re often sporting a party hat, socks, or other adorable accessories. She captures the movement, beauty and facial expressions of all creatures so wonderfully. Come watch and meet Angie Rees at the gallery on Saturday, and find out for yourself what makes her tiny little paintings so sweet and unique. If you can’t make it, feel free to browse her fantastic collection on our website: artymgallery.com
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Rite to Ride kids with leader Devin Publicover.
Frenzy 2 skate competition Saturday By Lorene Keitch firstname.lastname@example.org Rite To Ride, a nonprofit organization launched and run by Devin Publicover, is wrapping up the first summer skate program with an afternoon event this Saturday. Frenzy 2 will include street style, ollie, and a balloon grab competition, and will have music, a barbecue, face painting, as well as prizes for participants. This will be the second public skate competition Rite to Ride has hosted since its inception early this year. The first competition at the end of July went really well, Mr. Publicover reports. There were about 15 kids and five adults that competed, and maybe 40 or 50 bystanders. He’s hoping for similar or more entrants at this one. The second Frenzy Skate Competition wraps up the summer Rite to Ride Skate program, which has run all day Mondays and Wednesdays this summer. The students clean the park, sweep up pebbles, stretch, ride, work on a monthly magazine and even learn about the skateboard itself, such as how to take it apart, fix it and put it safely back together. The program, which ran for children aged 5-11, had anywhere from 13 up to a record 22 kids participate weekly and, in total, he taught about 35 different kids throughout the summer program. “I’ve seen them go from barely standing on a skateboard to being confident and getting excited,” he says, noting one parent even told him it has never been so easy to get their kid up in the morning as it has been on the Rite to Ride days.
Skate parks, and skateboarding in general, have had a bad rap, Mr. Publicover says. He is trying to help shift the attitude by skaters and towards skaters, by encouraging a positive environment – no swearing, smoking, bad attitudes and so on allowed by his riders, and encouraging other skaters to adopt similar behaviours. With the upcoming summer Olympics (Tokyo 2020) including skateboarding for the first time, he sees a shift in the public attitude around the sport too, with more respect given to athletes as well as skateboarders taking more pride in the sport. He wants to teach his riders to show respect to others, to train, to eat right, and to have fun. “We’re leaders. we’re going to act differently than what the world thinks a skateboarder is,” he says. Mr. Publicover says the first full season for Rite to Ride, which focuses on snowboarding and skateboarding, has been hard at times, but overall a successful pilot season. “It went better than I even could have imagined,” he says. “I haven’t even had time to reflect; it’s been such a wonderful whirlwind of awesomeness.” Frenzy 2 Skate Competition is this Saturday, August 31 starting at 1 p.m. at the Invermere skate partk. Registration is $5, open to anyone (helmets are required). “It’s a great way to end the summer, good way to cap it all off, display their skills, and to show how inclusive an environment a skate park can be,” Mr. Publicover says. For more information on Rite to Ride, visit www.ritetoride.com.
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Thank you! The Lake Windermere District Lions Club are pleased to announce the completion of our new, permanent washrooms at the Crossroads Ballpark. We would like to thank all of the Lions Club volunteers, as well as the following businesses and individuals, for their assistance in the construction of this new facility.
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An abundant valley summer From Scratch By Lara McCormack
Apply for an Environment Grant by November 12.
Wildsight used an Environment Grant to hold the Columbia River Field School — a two-week canoe adventure for youth aged 15 to 18 which teaches them the natural, historical, economic, social and cultural significance of the Columbia River.
INVITATION TO TENDER
JANITORIAL SERVICES INVERMERE CAMPUS Tenders clearly marked ‘Janitorial Service - Invermere Campus’ in sealed envelopes accepted to until 1:00 pm (MST) August 28, 2019 at the office of: Alan Knibbs, Director of Facilities, 2700 College Way Cranbrook, BC V1C 5L7 | Box 8500 Phone 250-489-8227
This time of year I marvel and am so inspired with all the fresh food grown in our mountain valley. From visiting the local Farmer’s Markets (4 a week) to visiting the garden shops and farms, my fridge, freezer (and belly) are brimming with berries galore and a full-on vegetable harvest. Columbia Valley Food & Farm Association created a local guide to help you navigate the valley to find what you are craving. Look for it around the valley and get to know the farmers, producers and retailers who sell and support the local food economy. The number of local farms is growing in this valley as more locals realize that our land is decent for farming and that there is a demand for locally grown produce. Homestead Harvest took the leap last year and is working with the Environmental Farm Plan as of 2019, growing more produce this year. Their stall, with an honesty box system at the foot of the driveway, is a feast for the eyes and not to be missed. Patti’s Greenhouse in Brisco has grown so much since I came to the valley 12 years ago, offering an abundance of vegetables, fruits, jam and flowers. We are so lucky to have certified organic produce from Edible Acres Organic Farm that offers more than 55 varieties of fruit and vegetables with gorgeous flower offerings as well. Tegart Farm not only grows vegetables and fruit, they have amazing honey to boot. The Old Blue Truck is a labour of love for this family who built a beautiful garden in Windermere. Their yellow raspberries are a family favourite! Many ‘weird’ vegetables are making a show at the farmer’s markets; who knew garlic scapes could taste so good! Thanks to Edible Acres Farm for that fabulous dip and for the kohlrabi that grows so well here, full of a sweetness that’s perfect in coleslaw. Turnips are another one that is gaining popularity with amazing health benefits and an array of flavours it has depending on cooking method. Red and black currants are available throughout the summer and are such a treat in summer pudding, in a jam or frozen then added to a cocktail. Raspberries of all colours made an appearance at the markets, each with their own distinct flavour. Swiss chard with candied stripes, orange or bright red stalks are being flocked for along with their leaves that carry huge flavour and nutrition. Dare to cook and eat different vegetables this season that you have never tried or think you disliked in your childhood. Eating in season is when this food tastes its best! Freezing summer produce for the months ahead is a great way to savor a bit a summer in the
colder months ahead. The recipes below are family heirlooms and are great way to eat turnips and swiss chard. When I make them, I am often asked ‘What is it?’, in a good way. I hope you enjoy them as much as my friends, family and customers do. Pickled Turnips Sterilize a half gallon jar to place these pickles into. Combine 4 cups white vinegar and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add ½ cup salt to the brine and stir. Add 1 bay leaf, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 peppercorns and a small stalk of celery and let simmer for 10 minutes. Peel and slice 3 cups of turnips in 1/8’ pieces and place into sterilized jar. Cover with brine. Chop up 3 tablespoons of dill and place in the jar before closing. Leave for 2-3 days on the counter then place in the fridge. Will last 3 months from opening. Swiss Chard Relish Sterilize two half gallon jars to place these pickles into. 5 lbs of swiss chard stalks cut in ½ ‘ pieces 5 lbs of organic onions, fine chopped Sprinkle with a tablespoon of kosher salt and let stand for ½ hour then drain. In a large pot, place swiss chard onion mixture on the stove on medium heat. Add the following ingredients; 1 quart white vinegar 4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons mustard seed 2 teaspoons celery seed Once cooked till tender the add; ½ cup corn starch 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon powered mustard Add a touch of cold water to smooth out the mixture as it continues to cook for 10 minutes. Place in sterilized jars and keep in pantry for 6 months. Lara McCormack is one of the owners of From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen in Fairmont Hot Springs where one can savor fabulous, seasonal food, sip from a selection of BC wines and enjoy the views of our gorgeous valley landscape.
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Labour Day Long Weekend Sale
24 pack cans $
15 pack cans $
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Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 1.14L
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Kootenay youth Go Wild! Submitted by Wildsight Kootenay youth headed into the backcountry of Height of the Rockies Provincial Park this summer for a six-day wilderness adventure on Wildsight’s Go Wild! trip. Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, youth ages 14-18 visited some of the most rugged and remote wilderness of the region. Rich in history and wildlife, with soaring mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys and abundant forests and alpine meadows, they learned about the wildlife that the park protects. A brief, but friendly, encounter with a grizzly bear near their first campsite added to the excitement. But they were safe and in good hands—Wildsight trip leaders Dave Quinn, a wildlife biologist, and Leah Evans, a professional skier, are both certified Mountain Guides. Trip highlights included being surrounded in a wilderness area where meeting with goat, elk and deer was a daily occurrence. “One evening, we even had a lone billy goat scale a tower right above camp, standing silhouetted against the skyline, looking over us. That was pretty special,” said Mr. Quinn. For many of the participants, the hiking trip opens the door to a lifetime of wilderness adventure. As Mr. Quinn shares, “I was lucky to have similar, week-long wilderness hike experiences in my early teens, and I really think these were a key part of my lifelong love of wild spaces and wildlife. For me it feels critical and natural to help facilitate similar connections with wilderness for the next generation.” The hikers learned everything from how to start a fire, read a topographic map, plan a route without trails, stay safe around wildlife, mountain ecology, backcountry ethics and more. “To travel through these wild spaces, be self-sufficient, and rely on ourselves to
Youth hiked in the backcountry at the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park on a wildernesss adventure coorrdinated through Wildsight. Submitted photo cook, camp and travel safely through some iconic Rocky Mountain scenery is the opportunity of a lifetime. This generation will need to decide what we do with these last pockets of connected wilderness, so it is important that they get a chance to experience them to understand their value, and what they offer us” adds Mr. Quinn. For more information, visit wildsight.ca/gowild. Wildlight would like to thank the Province of British Columbia for their support.
Powwow power Ktunaxa members and guests enjoyed an evening of drumming and dancing at the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre Friday, August 23rd. Photos by Lorene Keitch
Photo by Justin Keitch
Photo by Justin Keitch
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Filling your empty bottles and jars
By Dauna Ditson email@example.com Soon you’ll be able to bring your empty soap and shampoo bottles downtown and have them filled right back up. Fullfill, a new shop that will be sharing the space at Circle Health Food Market, will stock bulk cleaning products for bodies and homes. Scented and unscented options will abound, and they’ll have essential oils for you to mix in if you want to experiment with a specialty blend of your own. Fullfill will also carry food and spices that you can scoop into your own containers, which will be weighed before and after they’re filled so you’re only paying for the contents. Don’t have containers? Fullfill will have metal and glass ones you can use again and again and again. “There’s also a bit of a misconception that living zero-waste, or more sustainably, can be a much larger expense than the more conventional alternative,” said Fullfill’s marketing director Levi Sinclair. “Zero-waste is still accessible for people who have kids, who do laundry.” For instance, she said their laundry and dish detergent is affordable, and their bulk organic spices cost less than conventional brands available at other grocery stores. “It’s very important to me that people feel they can make a difference without making a huge investment,” Ms. Sinclair said, adding that she recommends that people use up the remainder of their existing products before stocking up on Fullfill’s offerings. “For people that can contribute a lot (to environmental stewardship), while that’s great, at the same time there are lots of families out there who are busy just trying to get their kids to and from school and if what they can do right now is keep refilling their one thing of dish soap, well then that adds up,” she said. Fullfill opened in Kimberley in 2018 and is opening in Invermere on Friday, August 30th. Invermere is an ideal location for a zero-waste shop because of the mindset of the people who choose to live and vacation here, she said. “In places that are so surrounded by nature, mountains, that are built a ton on tourism and eco-tourism, when it comes to travelling for camping, hiking, biking, all of
Fullfill will allow shoppers to refill their containers with food and cleansers. Submitted photo those things, usually the people that are attracted to those types of activities have some sort of interest in the planet and sustainability and leading a life towards being more eco-friendly,” she said. “As far as Invermere goes, it will give everybody a chance to feel like they’re doing their part.” Before she moved to Kimberley, Ms. Sinclair lived near the coast in rural Nova Scotia. “We would have garbage washing up on the beach all the time and it was garbage that didn’t even have English on the label. It was like it was coming from so far away and however long ago,” she said. No matter how much waste she picked up, more kept washing ashore. “It was so frustrating because I was trying to do my part – like I’m trying really hard – and it was so discouraging,” she said. Now instead of picking up waste that’s already been made, she wants to prevent it before it happens. Besides saving on plastic and filling your bucket as you fill your bottles, she said going to Fullfill offers the kind of bright and inviting atmosphere where customers want to linger. “When you walk into Fullfill, you get to go on a fun little shopping adventure for things that might not normally feel glamorous but because of the setting it’s kind of fun and creative and inspiring to make a difference,” she said. Have more empty soap or shampoo bottles than you can refill? Drop them off to be reused aplenty before they retire to the recycling bin. Fullfill will clean and sanitize empty containers and make them available for other customers to use.
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A new evacuation notification system has been introduced for the region. Powered by Alert! the new system will keep you informed in case of evacuation orders or alerts during critical events such as wildfires, floods or hazardous materials incidents. The service is free and available to everyone in the East Kootenay including municipalities, rural areas and First Nations. Visitors of the region can also sign up to be alerted in case of an emergency. TRACK MULTIPLE LOCATIONS The Evacuation Notification System allows you to track multiple locations such as Kids’ School, Summer Cabin or Mom’s House along with your own place of residence. Critical incidents that affect any of your tracked locations in the East Kootenay will be forwarded to you along your preferred communication channel. COMMUNICATIONS YOUR WAY Register online to receive alerts via text/SMS alerts or voice messages. Or download the Voyent Alert! app for your Android or iOS devices. NO MESSAGE FATIGUE Smart alerting capabilities ensure that you will only be notified when a communication is relevant to you or one of the locations you are tracking. SIMPLE REGISTRATION Registration for this service is provided by the RDEK and is free, simple and anonymous.
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Pat Bavin runs a business focused on forest therapy. Submitted photo
Guide and guests find peace through Forest Therapy By Dauna Ditson email@example.com “My responsibility is to help build relationships between you and the forest,” Pat Bavin told his five forest therapy guests as he led us into the woods at Radius Retreat. Mr. Bavin’s goal with each group session is to help people let go of the stress and worries of their lives and learn to relax. “Ideally the whole concept is to bring you into the present,” he said. “We want no ripples in the brain. Nice and calm.” As we settled on tree stumps arranged in a circle, he invited us to remove our shoes and notice how the ground felt beneath our feet. He led us from one sense to the next as we noticed the sounds of the breeze in the trees, the scent of our sleeves, and the colourful shapes in the woods. Then we went for a walk as slow as puppies riveted by every new smell or quivering leaf. Once we were good and settled – after I had admired the amber gleam of a trickle of sap, after I had touched the springing softness of a bed of moss – Mr. Bavin had an assignment for us. “Follow your body to a tree,” he said. “Let the roots of your feet mix with the roots of the forest.” We dispersed silently to follow his instructions and to glean whatever wisdom our chosen trees had to offer. Continued on page 33 . . .
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. . . ‘Guide’ from 30 Mine, a stately conifer so tall I had to crane my neck to see the top, was curved at its base and as inviting as chair, which I nestled into. Asked for a single word to describe how they were feeling after enjoying the company of their tree, the guests responded with: “freedom,” “joy” and “ease.” Following our session, Anne Douglas said she had felt better instantly when she followed Mr. Bavin into the woods and “dropped into a sense of inner stillness and peace.” That relaxation is normal when we go outside and engage our senses to experience the natural world, Mr.
“Ideally the whole concept is to bring you into the present.” Pat Bavin, Forest Therapy
place in his guests. Eyes soften. Shoulders drop. Breathing deepens. “I see and feel an even deeper, relaxed shift in peo-
ple as they venture off to engage with their forest invitation,” he said. “It really helps to mirror yourself with all things living in the forest and not get caught up in the fear of our world.” Mr. Bavin credits Forest Therapy for helping him navigate his grief after his wife Bonnie, who had been stricken with cancer, passed away earlier this year. Nature teaches us by example “to live life and carry on,” he said. “It’s helping me to heal, and through that I’m also working quite a bit with people who are also healing.” For more information on Forest Therapy or to book a group walk, visit www.bavinglass.com/pages/patbavin or email email@example.com.
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Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All NEW items up to 1/2 original Price! At Mountain Style in Fairmont Village Mall. Summer Savings while they last!
Garage Sale Christ Church Trinity 110 7th Ave, Invermere Saturday, September 7th, 2019, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Yard sale Saturday Aug. 31st. 10 3 p.m. 613 12th Ave. Invermere.
CHEERS to Marlo and the lady who accompanies her. Marlo distributes the Valley Peak every Wednesday. She is very positive and friendly. I look forward to her weekly visits as brief as they may be. Much appreciation Marlo for being such a nice young lady!
Cheers to the woman in the white van on Wednesday who stopped at the intersection and asked a bunch of teenagers not to play in the flowers. She explained that a lot of work goes in to these displays. And they are there for everyone to enjoy.
Cheers to my Amazing Husband of almost 12 years for working so hard for us. We love spending summers in the valley and appreciate all you do, each day to allow us such a privilege. We love you!
Yard Sale, Saturday, August 31. 10 a.m. 4632 Columere Rd., Columere Park. Saturday August 31st, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Huge sale! Household, tools, lawnmower filters and parts and more. 1821 Twinrange Frontage Rd. Windermere.
Yard Sale. Saturday, August 31st, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 1909 13th Ave. Invermere. Garage Sale Saturday August 31st. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4786 Windermere Rd. Windermere, BC.
S OBITUARY S Collier, Louise Marilynn (Solinger) April 4, 1941-July 16, 2019 Born and raised in Invermere, Louise’s first job was at CIBC, and she saw many places through her work with the bank including the Yukon, Alberta and many parts of B.C. She returned to Invermere in 1992 and married Ray Collier. She was a very active member with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 71 and worked hard to assist Veterans. Her hobbies included gardening, crafts and she did a lot of dog sitting. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray; Parents, Jack & Joan Solinger. Survived by Ray’s sons - Don (Linda), Dave (Judy), Ross (Laura). Louise will be remembered and sadly missed by her cousin, Lynne Davies and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion. Service was held Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2 pm Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 71 in Invermere.
Young, Monica March 24, 1952 – August 18th, 2019
Monica passed away peacefully at Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, AB. on August 18th, 2019. Monica’s family were all by her side at this difficult time. She is at peace now with her sister, mom, dad and her loving husband, Doug. Monica is survived by her son Reece and daughter-in-law Brandi, Sister Viva (Greg), Jessica, Bruce (Dianne), MacDonald (Carol) and many nieces and nephews. Monica was predeceased by her father, Ernest Douglas Young, her mother, Mary-Glen Young, her sister, Loretta Young, and husband, Doug Ryter. A service will take place Saturday, August 31st at the Windermere Hall at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley, Unit #103 Frater Landing – 926 7 Ave Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0 (Box 925). Funeral arrangement entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.mcphersonfh.com
Garage sale Saturday August 31st, 8 - 12 noon. 4947 Hewitt Rd Edgewater. Fridge, furniture, misc items. Come find your treasure!
ANNOUNCMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Thursday at the Firehall Building, 8853 Grainger Rd., Canal Flats. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open. Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m., at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250342-8255. Narcotics Anonymous. If Drugs or Alcohol are causing problems or conflict in your life. N.A. can help. All meetings are at 7 p.m. every Thursday at 4878 Athalmer Rd.
CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Justin Keitch! You are an amazingly talented graphic designer and always a pleasure to work with. Good luck in your future endeavors. Cheers to the person who found my phone and left it where I could retrieve it after I put it on top of my truck and drove away like a fool. I owe you one!
Dairyland milk is once again available at…
Cheers to Peter Smith! You put in so many hours and accomplished so much quietly “behind the scenes” - you are such a credit to this community, Valley and the Fairmont Business Association many many Cheers to you! Big Cheers to Flats Fest, such a fun time and great entertainment. Hats off to organizer Craig Moritz, his helpers, and many sponsors. This event truly showcased Canal Flats! Cheers to Dustin at Rigid Plumbing, who answered our emergency call when our septic alarm went off. He rolled up his sleeves and got to work assessing the problem. Called an electrician to help him out and got our septic system back up and running in no time. We are so impressed with the way he handled our call and grateful that he figured out the problem and fixed it so efficiently. Much appreciation from the bottom of our hearts! Jeers to the homeowners or (rental companies) from Timber Ridge who tell their Alberta renters to leave their garbage in the private bins at Black Forest heights. BIG CHEERS to Fairmont Subway for making 18 platters for the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Team Appreciation Lunch!
Weekly Featured Listing RADIUM CHALET ICONIC PROPERTY, AWESOME INCOME!
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17 + rooms (individual strata titles) Annual occupancy 65%! 5063 Madsen Rd, Radium MLS®#: 2438468 (Brokerage Rockies West Realty)
BUYING OR SELLING CALL 250-341-1202
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BIG CHEERS to Farside Inn for making 30 pizzas for the Fairmont Hot Springs Team Appreciation Lunch! Huge Cheers to the creative Kim at Villa Skein for the perfect solution to my office decor dilemma. Guess things were meant to happen that way... Cheers to the RDEK and Radium Council visionaries who spared no expense to pave paradise and put up a porta-pottie AND a parking lot on the old canoe landing. (And they even replaced that with a concrete climbing wall!)
Cheers and much gratitude to the kind-hearted paddle boarder who plucked our fur kid out of the lake and onto his board, bringing him safely ashore. Also big Cheers to the brave swimmers, Tristan and Dayton, who jumped into help and retrieved the frisbee. Cheers to A/Z Mountain Adventure trail rides and their great staff! Cheers to Lydia S for donating Art to Columbia House. Cheers for Susan at Valley Hairstyling. Lop off 15 pounds of hair and feel lightheaded, fewer headaches, and a whole new look! MASSIVE CHEERS to Angela M., The Pioneer Staff, and Village Arts for their honesty and help in reuniting me with the pair of wool mitts I had just purchased as a Christmas gift and then absent-mindedly left in the public washroom in Invermere. It might seem like nothing major to you all, but it meant the world to me. I super appreciate your honesty and dedication to helping them find their way back to me! I can’t wait to pick them up next time I am there. We have been coming there for 9 years now, almost twice a month, and have met so many wonderful people in the Valley. This is icing on the cake and proves what a wonderful community you have. CHEERS to my reliable, loyal and dependable staff at the Bistro for another amazing summer. So proud of our Business Awards! You are the best “work family” I could ever ask for! Watch for your end of summer bonuses!
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LOST & FOUND
CONDO FOR RENT
MISC. FOR SALE
Found: iPhone in a Ziploc bag floating on Lake Windermere August 8th. Contact 1-403-5544884 to claim.
Condo for rent in Radium. Pinewood building on Stanley Street. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, parking underground, laundry room in the condo. $1,150/mo fully furnished. Available September 1st. Please phone 403-999-2783 or 403-264-2782
$4,000 – new Brunsweick 8’ Pool Table + balls + 5 cues + 7 cue oak wall rack. $750 O.B.O. Tunturi, Motivational Recumbent Electric exercise cycle. $30. Impex, WM 1402 Home Gym + Manual + exercise chart, $110. 1-530-230-8144 or 250-342-3457. 1055 Timberhill Place.
Lost: Set of car keys for a Lexes with fob downtown Invermere. Please contact 1-403-660-1176 if found. Found: Key fob for a Dodge Ram plus a security lock and keys (broken). Hwy 93 Invermere. Left at Information Center.
STORAGE NEWHOUSE STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climatecontrolled units. Call 250-342-3637.
COMMERCIAL SPACE Office/Commercial Space for rent in historic McKay House 2nd floor 613 12th Street, Invermere, approx.. 1300 sq. ft. Furniture included if wanted. 250-3415111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,000 sq. ft. PRIME Commercial property downtown Invermere available for lease. Great exposure, lots of foot traffic. Ideal Retail and or Professional use. Nicest location in town. Please call 250-342-1612 for more details.
ACCOMMODATION WANTED Elderly couple looking to housesit Oct - April while our new home is being built. Nonsmokers. Quiet and clean. We are low maintenance. 250-3417051.
SUITE FOR RENT 1-bdrm, bright walkout basement suite, with satellite, partly furnished. Prefer responsible, quiet person for long term rental. N/S, N/P, $700/ mo + hydro + D.D. 403-8001714.
CONDO FOR RENT For rent in Radium, 2-bdrm, 4 bath, ground level condo. Beautiful views backs on to Springs Golf course. All appliances, fireplace, fully furnished. 2 car garage. N/S, N/P, references please. $1,650/mo, call 250-342-3790.
2-bdrm, 1 bathroom condo for rent in Copper Horn Town, Radium. All appliances including laundry, fire place, air conditioning and walkout patio. $950/mo. Text or call 403-7023002. 2-bed/den, 2 bath, lake/mtn view, walk to beach, N/S, N/P, $1,500/mo, 1-403-968-9222.
HOUSE FOR RENT 2-bdrm house for rent, Sept 15, 2019 - April 15, 2020, Maximum 2 mature adults, stunning view, furnished, $1,500/mo includes utilities. Reply to deis@sasktel. net. Edgewater 4-bdrm, 2 bathroom, post and beam house, October - April. Rent negotiable. Details 1-587-577-6789.
LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE ELKHORN COUNTRY ESTATES Phases 1 and 2 sold out. Selling Phase 3 now. 2.5 to 4.7 acre parcels. Starting at $159,000 + GST. Phone Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-1268. www.elkhornranches.com.
OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Sept 1st. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 6971 Columbia Ridge Dr., 12 Kms south of Fairmont.
CONDO FOR SALE 2-bdrm + den, 2-bath, lake/ mountain view, heated garage, top floor. Walk to beach. 1-403968-9222.
MISC. FOR SALE Top Quality Hay Round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-3421268. Antique Coke Machine, 10¢. Needs some repair. jackscott@ shaw.ca.
FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Contact email email@example.com or call 250-342-1624 for more info or to place an order.
VEHICLES FOR SALE 2011 Toyota Corolla LE, absolutely mint, 31,600 kms, heated seats, power seats, moonroof. $10,900. 250-6884500.
CAMPING 2004 Cardinal Fifth Wheel Trailer $14,999.00. 3 slides, 35 ft. Good condition inside and out. Ideal for lake lot or RV lot. Also 2007.5 Ram 3500, long box, 6.7, 400km. fair shape, runs well, all towing accessories included. $16,500. or both for $29k. Please send text or phone 1-403-370-9077.
SERVICES LEE’S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR SHOP Specializing in chain saw, lawn mower & trimmer repairs and maintenance. Firewood season is coming get your chainsaw ready! Industrial #2 Road across from NAPA Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 250-341-2551
Web Content . Editing, Proofreading, Copyediting. Call Anne 250-409-5327. B.B.’s Home & Lawn Care Services: Handyman Services, Renovations, Moving, Dump runs. House/Yard/ Eaves-troughs Cleaning. 250-688-2897 or 403-861-8782. Pike Contracting Excavating and Skid Steer services. Call Jason 250-342-5277. SOLÉ DECOR N’ MORE Custom blinds/drapery/ upholstery/flooring/ renovations. Call 250-6882897 or 403-861-8782, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. Studio222calgary.com. Handyman: Small projects around the house. Tune-up Golf Carts, Ride on Lawn Mowers etc. Call Jeff 250-341-8146 leave a message. Face Lift Painting and Property Management Services. Exterior and interior painting, property management and away from home services. Serving the East Kootenay area for the past 15+ years with excellent service and workmanship. Call us for your free estimate and check out our web site www.facelift-andpmservices.com. Journeyman Electrician, Red Seal Certified No job to small Give me a call ask for Rob at 250342-3235 General Contracting custom homes, concrete work framing, renovations, cabins, shops, garages. Call Chris 587-9820222.
Piano lessons! Fun, focus, finesse. Arne Sahlen - BMus Gold Medal, ARCT Distinction, AVCM, RMT. Exams or choose your own adventure (jazz, popular etc.) Cell-text 250-540-4242, email@example.com, Facebook or Skype.
Rocky Mountain Swim Lessons is open for registration. Sign up now for the weeks you want. Red Cross Swim Lessons, Bronze Level Lifesaving Lessons and new this year DIVING lessons. Come and learn to swim at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Email info@ rockymountainswimlessons.ca.
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TRAILER HOME FOR SALE Beautiful Travel or Home Trailer for Sale! 2015 Heartland 29 ft. Trailrunner 29SLE (purchased new in 2016). Sleeps 10, electric awning with LED lights. Only towed 4x to seasonal site(s). Currently parked and being stored between Calgary and Langdon. Will include all contents; dishes, cups, coffee maker, toaster, cookware etc. as well as satellite dish and receiver, T.V., small vacuum, DVD player and hundreds of movies. $22,000 ~ More pictures available ~ Email Kelly at email@example.com.
HOUSE FOR SALE
IMMACULATE BUNGALOW DUPLEX
#1-200 10th Avenue, Invermere
Fully finished basement! 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, main floor laundry, gas fireplace and attached single car garage. MLS® 2439112
RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere B.C. V0A 1K0 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 250-342-9611
Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300
All day “Double Down” Breakfast Special
Offering Excellent Service & Fair Pricing call for a quote! Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit www.heavensbest.ca.
2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and 2 sausages.
$ 99 + Tax
Including Hash Browns, Toast and Coffee.
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Visit us at Radium Husky, 4918 Hwy 93 Open 7 days a week, 7 am – 3 pm June 1st – September 1st.
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Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Wages starting at $15/hr. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Wanted 2 F/T Restaurant Cooks, Rocky River Grill, 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C. Permanent, F/T shifts, overtime, weekends, days and evenings, $16/hour for 40 hours per week. Overtime after 40 hours. Minimum several years’ experience and completion of Secondary School. DUTIES: Prepare and cook full course meals, prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food portions, work with minimal supervision, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Inspect Kitchens and Food service areas. Please forward resume to Justin Atterbury by fax 250-342-8889 or email justatterbury@hotmail. com.
An exceptional opportunity to join a fun, fast-paced scene at the Rocky River Grill. We are now accepting resumes for experienced servers. Please send to email@example.com. Everett Frater Enterprises now hiring Lawn maintenance employees for Mon-Fri, weekends off. Call 250-3425645. The Farside Inn in Fairmont is looking for an experienced part-time server starting immediately. Drop in with resume and ask for Deb.
End of Season Opportunities! Banquet Servers $25 per hour.
Turf Care Specialist
Guaranteed hours until the end of October.
Daytime and Banquet Cooks with experience in high volume cooking.
Guest Services & Golf Shop Full-time and part-time available.
Great team benefits: Free golf, duty meals, F&B and golf shop discounts. Onsite staff accommodation available. Email Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Friday.
StrongStart Facilitator Do you want to make a difference in the lives of families? StrongStart is a family program that focuses on healthy childhood development, family engagement and school readiness for children birth to school age. Working in a StrongStart is a rewarding experience as you create an engaging play environment for parents and children to enjoy together. The StrongStart facilitator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the StrongStart Outreach program held in schools throughout the valley with support from the CBAL Community Literacy Coordinator.
QUALIFICATIONS ✓ Be an ECE with License to Practice or an ECEA registered in a recognized ECE program working towards licensing. ✓ Clear criminal record check and up to date first aid ✓ Have experience with or an understanding of family-based program delivery. ✓ Driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. ✓ Knowledge of community services in the Windermere Valley. ✓ Personal qualities include excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and to be culturally sensitive, creative and resourceful. ✓ Basic computer skills. Wage: $20 - $22/hour, depending on training and experience. Extended health benefits based on a minimum of 25 hrs/wk. are available after 3 months. Financial support for additional ECE training. Pay for travel time and .50/km. between communities. Part-time mornings up to 25 hours per week during the school year. We can be flexible, and you can decide which days work for you. The hours are consistent so potentially you could combine this job with other work in the community or for CBAL. Program start date is September 5th, but this position is open until filled. Please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Life Skills Worker - Youth Part-time Term Position
Hours: up to 10 hours per week Shift schedule: Days. Start date: September 3, 2019 (target) End date: July 1, 2020 Duties: Provides direct goal-oriented assistance to youth between 13 and 18 years of age who have a developmental disability. This assistance can include the development of appropriate social, life or other particular skills by the youth and/ or the development of child management or other parenting skills to families. Qualifications: Preferably a diploma in a relevant discipline, with one year of related job experience. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience may be considered. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential. Pursuant to provincial legislation, the applicant must agree to undergo a criminal records investigation.
Safe Homes Program Support Worker – Casual Hours: Scheduled on call Shift schedule: On call Start date: Immediately Duties: The Safe Homes support worker is part of a team of casual staff that agrees to carry a cellular phone and serve scheduled on-call duty for the Safe Homes Program. Support workers are on call on week days and evenings, weekends and statutory holidays. When called out, the support worker provides a confidential emergency service for the provision of temporary, safe and supportive accommodation for women and their children who have experienced or who are at risk of abuse, threats or violence. Support workers will provide transportation, information, support and, when appropriate, follow-up support for women. Qualifications: A Grade 12 diploma, along with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and some knowledge of women’s issues with a feminist perspective. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential.
Women’s Information & Safe Home Transition House Worker Part-time Term Position
Hours: 9.75 per week Location: Family Dynamix – West office Start date: September 3, 2019 or sooner End date: March 1, 2020 Shift schedule: Flexible days, evenings and weekends as require Duties: The Women’s Information and Safe Home Transition House Worker is part of a team of staff that provides support to women and their children who have experienced or who are at risk of abuse, threats or violence. The Safe Home Transition House Workers provide direct service to support clients during regularly scheduled hours, maintain temporary, safe and supportive accommodation, transportation, education, crisis intervention, referrals, and advocacy, follow- up support and community collaboration and awareness. Qualifications: A Grade 12 diploma, along with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and some knowledge of women’s issues with a feminist perspective. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential, a reliable vehicle and has the time and willingness to receive some training in program-specific work, as required, prior to the onset of employment. This position requires union membership. Pursuant to provincial legislation, the applicant must agree to undergo a criminal records investigation.
Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Purnima Gosavi, Director of Program Management, Family Dynamix, Pgosavi@familydynamix.ca, Box 2289, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0, by 4 p.m., September 3, 2019
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1 year maternity
Accounting Assistant position Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd., is a major Canadian Pole Producer of CCA treated wood poles suppling Western utilities and communications companies. Our main treating facility is located in Brisco BC, just north of Radium Hot Springs in the beautiful Columbia Valley. Brisco Wood Preservers’ second treating facility is located in Peers, Alberta. In addition, we manufacture large engineered beams from LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) in our laminating plant located in Brisco, BC. Position Overview: We are currently recruiting for an Accounting Assistant to be located at our corporate office in Brisco, BC. As a member of the Finance Team you will provide accounting and finance support service for the business units. Responsibilities will also include accounts payable duties. Key Responsibilities: • Perform full scope of accounts payable – process vendor invoices, employee expenses, vendor maintenance and verify accuracy of transaction in compliance with policies. • Filing – maintain organized files for invoices that have been processed. • General Ledger account reconciliation. • Assist with month end close. • Assist and provide backup support to other accounting staff as required. • Ad-Hoc accounting duties as assigned. Qualifications: The successful candidate will bring the following experience and expertise: • 2 years’ experience in AP with mid to large size company. • Demonstrated knowledge of full cycle accounting. • Technical administrative or business training and/or related experience. • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point). • Strong analytical skills. • Excellent attention to detail and proficient data entry skills. • Improvement oriented and focused on identifying business efficiencies. This is a temporary full-time position, which offers a very competitive wage. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. How to apply: Please address cover letter and resume to Elke Petersen and e-mail pdf file to: email@example.com or Fax to 250-346-3218 Deadline for application is 5 pm (MST) Friday, August 31, 2019.
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We are currently seeking a:
FRONT DESK ATTENDANT FULL-TIME – YEAR-ROUND Sunchaser Vacation Villas is all about providing excellent vacation experiences to the families that visit us year after year; and we need talent to provide it!
Sobeys Invermere is now accepting applications for the following positions:
To qualify for this position, the candidate must present a personable, helpful, and have a professional image as they will be responsible for checking guests in and out of the resort, entering information into the system and printing reports required for their shift. The candidate must be able to work weekends, statutory holidays and different shifts (morning and evening).
Grocery Clerk (Full-time position)
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We offer competitive wages and a great working atmosphere, apply now! Please send your resume with a cover letter to:
(Two part-time positions)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: Attention: Employment at 1-250-345-6166
(Two part-time positions) Please apply at customer service. Must be willing to work evenings, and weekends.
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside
Come Join our award winning team.
Produce Manager Position
(855) 345-6341or mountainsidevillas.com Fairmont Villa Management are now hiring
Wages based on experience Come in store to apply
For their busy summer and fall season.
906 - 7th Avenue, Invermere www.agvalleyfoods.com
We offer year-round employment, with a wage of $18 per hour for applicants 19 and older and a generous benefits package after 3 months. We are also accepting part-time and student applications.
All positions involve working weekends. The successful applicant must be reliable, have their own transportation, have a strong work ethic and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment. If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application/resume.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Permanent, Full Time This position provides senior level executive and administrative support to Chief and Council and the Director of Operations of the Shuswap Indian Band. The incumbent also serves as a strong liaison between departments, Managers, and various other organizations. Additionally, this position provides the organization and management of events and projects as identified.
Additional Requirements: • Strong Attention to detail and follow-up of outstanding tasks and duties; • Organization skills. • Self-confident, able to communicate in a clear, concise, respectful manner. • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle. • Criminal Record Check. For a full job description or to apply contact the Shuswap Indian Band, #3A-492 Arrow Road, lnvermere, BC VOA 1K2 Fax: 250-341-3683. Email: email@example.com Deadline for Applications: August 16, 2019 at 4 p.m.
There’s a reason they’re called “CLASSY”. Pioneer Classifieds…
ColumbiaValley Skating Club
The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is looking for a qualified and experienced
for the 2019/2020 skating season.
Columbia Valley FigureSkating Club offers approximately 13-15 hrs of ice per week from September to mid March. Our club consists of approximately 90 skaters and offers programs from Off Ice classes, PreCanskate, CanSkate, PreStar, Star and Competitive skaters. Skaters attend 3 competitions per year, as well as test days and a year end ICE Show production. We are seeking an experienced, organized, enthusiastic, highly motivated professional with a passion for skating who demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with children, parents, fellow coaches and the club executive. The interested Candidate should be a registered Skate Canada Coach at the primary level or higher. Available to teach strong fundamentals to beginning and developing skaters as well as learn to skate to our CanSkaters. The Candidate should be familiar with the new Star 1 - 5 test program, or willing to learn and implement in their teaching with our club programs. Skills and attributes required are: • • •
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The stark lines between mountain and sky are softened by a sprinkling of soft white clouds on the Chalice Creek hike.
Chalice Creek: Bugaboo Vista By Joe Lucas Summit Trail Makers Society On the other side of the valley from Bugaboo Provincial Park, the Chalice Creek trail rises 650 meters in 5.5 km to an open meadow where the views of the Bugaboos are truly stunning. Take the ridge north or south for even better panoramic views of the Bugaboos and the Septet Range. With nearly a two-hour drive to the trailhead, an early start is essential if you are to get in a full day of hiking. Bugaboo Provincial Park and CMH Bugaboo Lodge are in the immediate area of Chalice Creek, so getting directions to either will put you in right area and you will have little trouble finding the trailhead for the Chalice Creek hike. From Invermere, you take Hwy 93 north to Brisco (about 45 km) where you turn left onto the Brisco Road. From here, it is another 44 km to the trailhead on gravel roads. There are signs to Bugaboo Provincial Park, but it is best to have clear directions beforehand. You eventually end up on the Bugaboo Forestry Service Road
and, after about 41 km (from Brisco), the first indication you are close is when you see the sign for Bugaboo Provincial Park on your right. Shortly after this, 650 meters, take the road to the left, across Bugaboo Creek, then take the single-lane road to your right, 25 meters after crossing the bridge. Now you are just over 2 km from the trailhead. Low clearance vehicles do not do well on this road. The trail begins on the left side of Chalice Creek and you will cross the creek twice to end up back on the left side. The second crossing is when you reach an open meadow in a narrow valley, 3.4 km from the trailhead. There is a trail that continues straight on, but dead ends further up this valley, so look for the log bridge below you and to your left. After crossing the creek a second time, the trail quickly starts to climb and, after another 2.1 km, you breakout into a grassy meadow. Just turn around to get your first spectacular view of the Bugaboos. Take note of this area and look for orange flagging which will help you find the trail on your return trip. Now you have three options: continue east on the trail for less than a kilometre to a lookout over a small tarn with the Septet Range in the background; turn left (north) to go along the ridge for an-
other 2.5 km to an obvious peak; or turn right to go up onto the ridge going south for about 2 km before it starts to drop. If you continue on this south ridge, you will drop to a col before scrambling up to an unnamed peak. There are no obvious marked trails going left or right from the meadows along the ridge, just keep to the height-of-land and you will be rewarded with incredible views of the Bugaboos to the west and the Septet
Photos by Joe Lucas
Range to the east. You have come all this way, so venturing along the ridge north or south is a must to get the best views of the Bugaboos. Enjoy your time in the mountains. Summit Trail Makers Society maintains various hiking trails in the Invermere area. For a list of these trails and information about them, please visit www.summittrailmakers.ca.
Segways scooting through the woods By Dauna Ditson firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Tolchard may have run into a few obstacles getting his Scootin’ Kootenay Tours going, but on a sunny Wednesday morning his latest tour group navigated an obstacle course of their own before scooting off into the wilderness on Segways. Mr. Tolchard, a serial entrepreneur who co-owns Valley Zipline Adventures, said some of the best business advice he’s received was to expect challenges. “Nothing’s easy, right?” he said. “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” But his Segway adventure was especially difficult. The first hurdle was finding out he couldn’t operate the Segways at Valley Zipline Adventures because the land didn’t have the right zoning. Then there was a misunder-
standing where he thought he had obtained permission to run tours on the Lake Windermere Whiteway. Then he got council’s consent to do a one-year trial run in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, but found it too hectic for guests to manage the sidewalks, dodge pedestrians and watch for traffic. Undeterred, Mr. Tolchard tried again. The Segways had initially resided in his living room, but he wasn’t content to bring them home to rest. That’s when he landed at his ideal location: Radius Retreat, a 1,000 acre plot of land outside of Radium that was already zoned appropriately and ready for riders. That was in mid August, and since then the tours have been going strong. “It’s been like 100 times better,” Mr. Tolchard said. Continued on page 39 . . .
A tour group heads down the path. Photo by Dauna Ditson
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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, September 1st 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lakewindermerealliance.org
Tour groups with Scootin’ Kootenay Tours putter the grounds around Radius Retreat. . . . ‘Segways from 38 “It’s nice to see (the Segways) doing what they’re there to do.” Also nice is that “there are no more hoops” for Mr. Tolchard’s Segways to jump through, he said. Instead, the only obstacles left are at the start of the course where guests slalom around orange pylons as they learn to steer their Segways. Guest Theresa Stainsby was excited to hear that Segway tours were available in the Valley. She had been on many similar tours while visiting Hawaii and raved about them to her family. Her son and daughter-in-law came with her to try Segways for themselves. “They’ve heard me go on and on about this for years and years and years and could not relate,” she said. That was rectified as soon as her son manouvered through the slalom course. “This is a lot of fun. I can see why you guys do this all the time,” he told her as he zoomed past on his way for another lap.
Photos by Dauna Ditson
Ms. Stainsby is considering buying a Segway of her own. Unlike skiing and other activities that are hard on her knees, she said Segways offer a gentle yet adventurous way for her to get out exploring. “It’s just fun,” she said. “You’re using your balance in order to propel your body forward in space.” While satisfied customers joke that they’re never going to walk again, Mr. Tolchard said Segways benefit those who can’t walk great distances. “It’s good for people with mobility issues because all you have to do is stand,” he said. Tours run for an hour and a half, including a training session, and take guests out for a loop on a trail in the woods. The Segways go up to 20 kilometres an hour. Scootin’ Kootenay Tours run rain, snow or shine and can be offered year round. Tours are $74 per person and are available by appointment only. To reserve a spot or find out more, visit www.scootinkoots.com. For 10 per cent off, use the promotional code: bighorn.
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• Average Water Temperature: 19.25 °C August Objective: <23 °C • Average Water Depth: 3.77 m 2018 Average August Depth: 3.89 m • Average Turbidity: 0.70 NTU Objective: <1 NTU • Average pH: 8.6 Objective: 6.5 to 8.5
Worship every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 1st and 3rd Sunday, 9 a.m. March - December All Saint’s, Edgewater 2nd Sunday, 7 p.m. July-Sept St. Peter’s, Windermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca
VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Services. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: St. Joseph’s – Radium. Father Jojo Augustine • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Lay Worship Services, Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere (Small Chapel) Pastor Doug Lutz, 250-464-0100 Email: email@example.com
RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937
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Citizen Scientists of the Week: Paola and Emma Albano food web. They can also be used to construct nests and provide habitat for fish, frogs, snails and invertebrates. Along with this, having a healthy plant population can work to reduce sediment, dampen wake impact, build resilience to invasive species, and reduce erosion. Thank you to Paola and Emma. If you would like to become a citizen scientist on the lake this September, please contact Shannon McGinty at (250) 3416898 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to the Columbia Valley Pioneer, District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, RBC Foundation and the Columbia Valley Community Foundation for their support of our lake monitoring program!
Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Rick Daniels • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-421-3756
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It was a calm morning on the water this past Tuesday. Today we had our youngest citizen scientist Emma Albano who is six and a half years old, and her mother Paola out sampling with us. Paola is on the Board of Directors, she attends monthly board meetings and helps out at events raising money with face painting. The Albano family is originally from Italy and have lived in Invermere for almost two years. As we reach the end of summer, we see the water depths getting lower and lower. This makes boating in some areas of the lake very difficult with plants constantly getting trapped in boat props. We get a lot of complaints about the “weeds” in the lake and how they are a nuisance to recreational activities. The location of the plants in the lake has changed over time, possibly due to human disturbance and nutrient inputs in the water. It may seem like a good idea to remove these plants from the lake but that could have major negative impacts on the health of our water and wildlife. Our native plant species provide a vital food source for many migrating bird species and fuel the
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