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From top down: A fleet of water bombers were reloading (skimming) on Lake Windermere to fight a Bruce Creek wildfire on Friday, August 28th. When you see these planes, please clear the middle of the lake; An insightful and fun presentation at Ursus & Us at Pothole Park, Invermere on Saturday, August 29th; The boys and girls of summer are back on the field – at the Crossroads Ball Field; Exploring the new beach created this spring by the flooding of Windermere Creek; Want to know which foods are grown in the Columbia Valley? Look for the Columbia Valley Grown logo! An initiative of Columbia Valley Food and Farm with support from Live Columbia Valley, the new ColumbiaValleyGrown and ColumbiaValleyMade logos have been made available to local growers and processors. Shop, eat and live local! Photos by Ryan Watmough

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VALLEY NEWS Doctor Creek wildfire doubles in size High winds riding in front of cold front storm prompt fire burning near Canal Flats to grow By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com The Doctor Creek wildfire burning near Canal Flats continues to grow, even as more than a hundred firefighters continue to battle the blaze and even as the skies around most of the Columbia Valley remain pleasantly clear. The fire began on Tuesday, August 18th, about 25 kilometres southwest of Canal Flats, likely due to a lighting strike, and quickly grew into one of the biggest fires in B.C., prompting an evacuation order of the Finlay Creek area. The fire held steady for most of last week at 3,000 hectares in size, but late last week it nearly doubled, leaping to 5,800 hectares on Friday, August 29th. “A significant amount of that was due to high winds,” British Columbia Wildfire Services (BCWS) fire information officer Jody Lucius told the Pioneer on Monday, August 31st, adding that a cold front storm, pushing

strong winds in front of it, moved into the area on the day the fire jumped in size. As of press deadline on Monday, August 31st, 113 firefighters were working on the Doctor Creek fire, with 15 pieces of heavy machinery and six helicopters in action. A group of skimmer (air tankers) had been used on the fire on Sunday, August 30th. Lucious outlined to the Pioneer that the BCWS was hopeful about a forecast that called for “a small amount of precipitation” on Tuesday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 2nd, but emphasized that it was only a small amount and that the forecast thereafter was for hot and dry conditions. A smaller wildfire at Bruce Creek, near Panorama Mountain Resort also kept firefighters in action last week. The blaze was discovered on Thursday, August 28th. Firefighters responded quickly, with skimmers visible in action, and the fire is now listed as ‘under control.’ The BCWS suspects the Bruce Creek fire was human-caused.

The Doctor Creek wildfire doubled last week. BCWS photo

Local schools set to open next week Non-medical masks will be mandatory in hallways and on buses for Grades 4 to 12 students By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Columbia Valley schools are reopening September 10th. COVID-19 is no less a threat than this past spring. The valley’s school district is committed to creating a safe environment for kids, educators, parents and school staff. “This school year will be unlike any before,” said Karen Shipka, school district six’s superintendent. “We remain unwavering in our focus on high-quality teaching and learning in environments that keep our students, staff and families safe.” The B.C. government announced at the end of July students would return to in-person classes in September, at near-normal operations, with health measures in place. The plethora of regulations and protocols school district six has rolled out continues to evolve. The latest, for kids in Grades 4 to 12: non-medical masks are mandatory on buses and in hallways. No lockers for the month of September. “We have to put aside what classes were like in March or even in June,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry earlier this month. “It is important to remember that the layers of protection we use at work, at the grocery store and in restaurants will also be used in our schools.” Other changes include: requiring staff and students to conduct daily health checks prior to coming to school; strict stay-at-home protocols for those who are feeling unwell; hand hygiene requirements for students and staff; enhanced clean-

ing and disinfecting in schools and on buses; encouraging physical distancing and using masks when distancing is not possible; creating cohorts of students. “The needs of our school district can differ from others around the province so we have to be aware of the best way to craft protocol that makes sense for Columbia Valley schools,” said Shipka. Wherever there is an opportunity for gathering or where there are touch points, kids must wear masks. “There’s a shared responsibility for us all to ensure we have no cases,” “The needs of our school district can differ said Shipka. from others around the province so we have to The goal this fall be aware of the best way to craft protocol that is no new cases in makes sense for Columbia Valley schools,” Karen school district six. Shipka is optimistic. Shipka, school district six’s superintendent. “If everyone does part we believe we will be okay. We are confident in our plan and in the leadership at our schools to execute the plan, follow protocol,” said Shipka. “Part of our plan is the educational piece. Kids need to understand that this is not short term.” “Out of fear and concern, it can be tempting to shut our doors and turn our backs on each other,” said Henry. “That’s not what we have been doing in B.C.” For news, information and updates to the protocol, visit sd6.bc.ca.

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Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno Detachment Commander Columbia Valley RCMP This past week, August 24th through August 30th the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 101 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to. On Monday, August 24th a grey 2020 Ford F150 was reported stolen from a residence on Lakeview Meadows Close in Windermere sometime overnight. Anyone who may have video surveillance of the area is urged to review their video footage to determine if any suspicious activities were captured. On Monday, August 24th the owner of a Volkswagen Jetta reported a theft from his vehicle sometime overnight. The vehicle was parked in the 900 block of Copper Point Way in Invermere. Items stolen included a Camelback backpack, Oakley sunglasses, a Microsoft Surface laptop, keys, Bluetooth speaker and a Nike bag. Residents are reminded to remove all valuables from their vehicles and lock their doors. On Monday, August 24th a visitor reported a piece of their luggage fell off their vehicle on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park and the owner didn’t realize it was missing until they were some distance away. An officer conducted a patrol of the highway and located the missing bag, which was returned to its grateful owner. On Friday, August 28th Columbia Valley RCMP received reports of a rave that was to occur on Crown

land off Horsethief Creek Road. Officers were able to identify and speak to the organizer of the event. After educating the organizer on the Land Act, Wild Fire Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act, the organizer agreed to voluntarily cancel the event. On Friday, August 28th from about 10:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services set up a road check on Athalmer Road and Lakeview Drive in Invermere. During the course of the road check officers issued two three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibitions, a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and a court appearance notice to a driver who was found to be a suspended driver. Officers also issued one violation ticket for no driver’s license and several warnings for Motor Vehicle Act violations. On Saturday, August 29th at about 3:15 p.m. emergency crews responded to a report of an overturned canoe on Columbia Lake. Windermere Fire, Canal Flats Fire, Search & Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service responded. A 27-year-old male and 25-year-old female from Alberta were rescued from their overturned canoe and transported to the hospital to be assessed for hypothermia. Both individuals were fortunately wearing life jackets. On Saturday, August 29th an officer observed a motorcyclist carrying a passenger without a helmet on Black Forest Trail near Invermere. After a traffic stop, the operator who was found to be a prohibited driver, issued a violation ticket for no insurance and an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date.

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Gearing up for Terry Fox Run Local resident continues Terry Fox fundraising efforts during pandemic By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com The year was 1980. Pierre Trudeau won Canada’s federal election; Ronald Reagan became president of the United States; Wayne Gretzky played his first NHL game; Mark David Chapman assassinated John Lennon; Post-It Notes were invented, and… Terry Fox began his Marathon for Hope. Every year since, Canadians have ran for — and raised money toward — the Terry Fox Foundation. This year, on September 20th, the run is going virtual. What that means is registrants can participate by walking, running, cycling, rollerblading from wherever and for however long one wishes. Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. Up to you. The tagline: One Day. Your Way. In Invermere, Donna Scheffer is the undeniable face of the run. Her friends call her Mrs. Fox. She’s the virtual run’s co-coordinator. “Ever since Terry first did the run, it’s been near and dear to my heart,” said Scheffer who was living in Port Coquitlam when Terry started. She got involved 25 years ago while living in Trail. “A friend of mine asked me to be a route marshal. Three years later, I participated for the first time myself. That year, I raised $180.” Since then, she alone has raised over $40,000. This year, her goal is to beat last year’s tally of $6,659. At the time of this writing she was at roughly $5,000. Donna’s own personal mission for working so passionately with the Terry Fox Foundation is threefold: promote - lawn signs, posters, banners; educate - Scheffer said most people for example don’t know that the Terry Fox Run has no connection to the Canadian Cancer Society; encourage participation - unlike in past years she along with friends won’t be hosting a charity barbecue outside Valley Foods due to COVID-19. “As long as I am able, I’ll continue to do my part to see Terry’s dream to put an end to cancer come true.” In 1977, Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg and had his leg amputated 15 centimetres above the knee. While in hospital, Terry was so

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In Invermere, Donna Scheffer (aka Mrs. Fox) and friends are once again gearing up for the annual Terry Fox Run. Photo submitted overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called it the Marathon of Hope. The objective: inform Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer. Terry ran an average of 42 kilometres every day for 143 days. Terry was forced to end his run on September 1st, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs. By February 1981, the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totalled $24.17 million. Terry died in June 1981. The foundation’s mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, Terry Fox School Run, as well as via memoriam donations and planned giving. Last year alone, $26.6 million was raised. Nearly five million more than in 2018. For every dollar raised, 79 cents went directly toward 47 projects, 435 researchers and 95 different institutions. There’s detailed lists published on terryfox.org showing where the money goes. By cancer type, blood and prostate cancer each received $4.3 million. By cancer topic, precision medicine received $7.6 million, cancer biology $6.4million. To register or make pledge, visit terryfox.org.

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PERSPECTIVE An Encampment For Citizenship

Historical Lens

Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist In my last article I mentioned my award to an Encampment For Citizenship at Berkley, California, 1962, across the bay from San Francisco. Groups usually gather because of a common bond. The Catholic Women’s League is only for Catholic women and the Western Canada Ford Motors Dealers Convention is limited to dealers who sell the Ford brand. Gatherings usually coalesce a group because they have a connecting value. The Encampment For Citizenship was different. Instead of bringing persons together on the basis of a common interest, eighty three young people – from far and wide - were brought together because of their of their striking diversity. The age range was around twenty years. Little else was common. Jay Oschner, my roommate, was from a ranch near Miles City, Montana and I was from a farm near Rosalind, Alberta. Some attendants were from small towns, many from large cities and a few from reservations. One boy’s father was an owner of some New York City banks. Another person claimed he had never previously used money. Some attendants were from families who were corporate elites and others were sons or daughters of the Long Shoremen’s Union. African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians made up forty eight per cent of the population. Christians were slightly more than fifty per cent while others were Hindu, Muslim, some minority belief or ashiest. The mix was rich and poor, rural and urban, minority and majority. At nine o’clock each morning there was a speaker of national influence. As an example of the quality of the speakers, on a previous year Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of a previous President was a feature speaker.

Homestead of William and Jane Thompson On Steamboat Mountain across the Columbia from Edgewater area. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society. C2303 - Old Homestead At ten o’clock we broke into small groups with questions to discuss and resolve. We were not supposed to go for noon lunch until the group had reached a written agreement. Jay and I, were in different small groups but often we consulted on the way to our separate rooms; we usually agreed. We were however, constantly surprised by the opinions, suspicions, and seemingly unexpected views of others. At times we were rattled by the strong opinions others held. On numerous occasions our noon lunch was at 3 p.m. Once it was at four o’clock in the afternoon. Our afternoons were devoted to casual visiting, sports and tours of industries and labour. One day we toured a banana boat that was unloading near Fisherman’s Warf. An African American labourer took a liking to Jay and I and gave us some bananas. Not a few bananas, such as those from a local store, but rather a seven-foot long stock loaded with green bananas. We were the banana boys for weeks to come. I had numerous enjoyable conversations with a lady from Atlanta, Georgia who I thought was Caucasian. To-

wards the end of the eight-week session I learned that she had mesmerized a casual group the night before by sharing that both her parents were African American and both had a mixed Caucasian heritage. She told a heart wrenching story about bringing white friends to her home and when they saw her parents they just turned and left. This eight-week experience had a huge impact on my understanding of others. To this day I am still surprised by how differently issues can be understood. Perhaps, the biggest impact of the encampment was in learning to listen without judgment. I recommend this concept for learning. What was important was the duration of the Encampment. Knowing the history of others and understanding them in a social situation enhances how we find common ground. Our world is so diverse that a diverse exposure is an advantage. Without such an exposure many think they are the owners of correct opinions. Arnold Malone served as MP for Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings from 1974 through 1993. He retired to Invermere in 2007.

Concerned about trail closures Dear Editor: The recent closure of local trails leaves me feeling sad and concerned. At a time when the physical and mental health of people around the world are suffering, it is surprising that our local area is offering less access to outdoor trail use. I am not writing this as an affiliate for any particular outdoor hiking/biking/running group but as a concerned member of the public hoping to find a way for people to get out and enjoy nature now and in the future. In the last few years, a new trail proposal has been denied, two well-known trails have been closed, access restricted to another

trail, and talk of other areas closing as well. Obviously, each trail has an individual story and it is not my intention to create conflict over past property decisions or upset property owners. It just feels like our ‘backyard’ trails are closing, so where should we look for outdoor adventures? Thank you to all the individuals and groups involved in making Lake Lillian, the Legacy Trail, Swansea, Nipika Resort, and Panorama Resort amazing places to bike, hike, run and play. All of these places are so popular and well-loved that they are extremely busy on any given Continued on page 25 . . .

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By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Late afternoon, Monday, August 17th: High winds on Lake Windermere. Fifteen plus knots from the north. Dark waters with wind ripples and pearly whitecaps. Big, ominous rolling waves. Kootenay Lake territory. So much so, a 20 foot Malibu Wakesetter was swamped. You know those boats: big and flashy and solid and designed to accommodate good times on board.

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Mel Gibson, a Timber Ridge resident and boater, saw it happen opposite the Timber Ridge Marina. “Winds can come up fast on the lake and as I made my own return to shore, I saw a wave come over the Wakesetter’s bow. Less than a minute later, another one came over.” That’s when things for the Malibu, took a turn for the worse and wet. It was a team effort to rescue the swamped boat to shore and onto land, and begs the question, how many shipwrecks have there been on Lake Windermere? To be sure, more than a few. Exact number? Your guess is mine. “I was at the dump when I got the call. ‘Jim you better get to the marina,’” said Jim Brewington, Timber Ridge Marina’s superintendent. “The winds were howling from the south all day and then switched north. Seems like when that happens, the big waves really start rolling.” The Wakesetter’s owner, Lakeview property owner Scott Riddell, declined to be interviewed by the Pioneer. “[Riddell] was calm and cool. He made the right decisions,” said Brewington. “Safety of his passengers was his top priority. Not the well-being of his boat.” Instead of going into the waves heading north to Lakeview and hopeful safe harbour, Riddell went south with the waves and east toward Timber Ridge. Relatively new to the lake, Riddell wasn’t sure if where he would eventually run ashore, the lake’s bottom would do irrevocable damage to the boat’s hull. He went anyway. Any port in a storm; passenger safety comes first. “Where the waves came over his bow initially, the water depth is around 20 feet. It’s deep but it quickly becomes shallow.” The boat ran aground and the party of people on board made its way safely ashore, lifejackets on. The RCMP were involved. They told Riddell the boat needed removing from the lake as soon as possible. For a number of reasons, ecological sensitivity at the fore. “To my knowledge there was no leakage, the boat remained tight,” said Brewington. How do you get a swamped 20 foot open-bow Wakesetter out of the water? Problem solving, heavy machinery and manpower. “Neil Carey, one of the owners of MacNeil Landscape and Design got involved. We used his skid steer, tow ropes, the Timber Ridge barge and pulled it to where we could sump-pump and hand bomb out water by the Timber Ridge launch.” If nothing else, the incident is a reminder that no matter, everyone on the lake needs to be prepared and mindful of the weather. At the Timber Ridge boat launch, Riddell loaded his rescued vessel onto his trailer and off he drove.

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Double exhibition this weekend at Artym Submitted by the Artym Gallery

Maya Eventov Exhibition Saturday, September 5 to 11

There are two events at the Artym Gallery this long weekend: a Maya Eventov exhibition and a Cindy Revel painting demonstration from 10 a,m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th. New paintings have arrived from Maya. Unfortunately, she will not be traveling here from Ontario, but wishes to say hello to all the lovely people in Invermere. Maya has been with the Artym since the gallery opened 19 years ago and has visited several times. Her work is very recognizable, characterized by a very thick application of

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acrylic paint using different sized palate knives. Usually she paints on large canvas, but this year she has also sent a series of smaller paintings. Her new pieces are of forest walks, portraits, abstracts, florals, and dancers. Please stop by to see the incredibly diverse collection. Cindy Revel will be arriving from Edmonton. Her paintings have a southwestern folk-art feel. One series of her paintings has medieval Asian cats on stacks of pillows, with birds chatting to them. Other feature coyotes having conversation with rabbits, or bears dancing in the forest. Then there are other series not quite so surprising. For example, colourful vases and flowers. Cindy will be outside the Artym doing a painting demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. All paintings will be on the web, if you can’t make it to the gallery. Visit online at www.artymgallery.com. The Artym Gallery has two exhibitions on this weekend; one from Maya Eventov (image of the dancers) and one from Cindy Revell (image of the cat on a stack of pillows)

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10 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

September 3, 2020

For Columbia Valley Farmers, scant Interest in B.C. Land Matching Program by James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Many young people want to farm but can’t afford the real estate. Established farmers, meanwhile, are heading for retirement. The B.C. government has worked to address this gap. Through the B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP), more farmers can gain access to affordable, available farmland. In a press release, the government said at least seventy farmers throughout the province have found new opportunities in farming communities through the BCLMP. In the Columbia Valley, there’s been little interest or uptake for a number of reasons. The way it works: BCLMP provides personalized land matching and business support services to farmers looking for land to start or expand their farm, and landholders interested in finding someone to farm their land. Ninety percent of the matches arranged through the program are in regions with high real estate prices, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. “It’s an excellent program but our valley poses inherent challenges,” said Hedi Trescher, volunteer project coordinator of the Windermere and District Farmers’ Institute. “It’s hard for us to compete with the West Kootenay of the Okanagan where there is a more favourable growing climate for produce.” That’s not to say that land isn’t available in the Columbia Valley. More to the point, multiple factors need

to align in order for grassroots farming to sprout here. “Things take time. The BCLMP is a good program but it doesn’t do enough to flip the switch on catalyzing a local farming operation. When I was in my late twenties, I started a lettuce crop. Lettuce is a great crop for the valley’s climate. The problem I ran into was the deer started eating the lettuce. When you plant a commercially scaled crop, elk fencing is required,” said Trescher. Elk fencing is expensive. Another missing piece is storage. “Storage is a critical piece to enabling more farming,” said Trescher. “Put another way, we need more value-add investment.” A local success story of value-add infrastructure is the abattoir. Since it opened, there are two new sheep farms. “And it’s twice as busy this year compared to last,” said Trescher. Considerable constraints to the valley’s diversity of

““It’s an excellent program but our valley poses inherent challenges,” Hedi Trescher, volunteer project coordinator of the Windermere and District Farmers’ Institute” agriculture production results in a skewed output. Garlic, for example. “Garlic is having a moment right now,” said Trescher. “Everyone is planting garlic. It works here. But we don’t need all the garlic that is being grown.” Other parts of the province have fared better with the BCLMP. In the West Kootenay, Krista Robson started Zero Fox Farms, perennial nursery and herb farm, after

being matched to a landowner in Harrop. The landowners were looking for a young farmer or farming family to share their land with and to promote young families moving into their community.

“Garlic is having a moment right now... Everyone is planting garlic. It works here. But we don’t need all the garlic that is being grown,” Hedi Trescher, volunteer project coordinator of the Windermere and District Farmers’ Institute “Our land matcher really listened to what our land needs were and read our personalities and lifestyles as well,” said Robson in an interview with the Nelson Star. “Because of the match, we not only have two acres of incredible land to farm but also a very lovely new and supportive community.” Across the province, the new businesses are farming a range of agricultural products, including mixed vegetables, sheep, goat, cattle, grain, hay, flowers, berries, eggs, tree fruits, buffalo dairy, honey, medicinal herbs and mushrooms. BCLMP is part of Grow BC, a commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture supporting young farmers and food producers seeking a career in agriculture. The program is also part of the province’s larger New Entrant Strategy, a framework for increasing the number of new and young farmers working in B.C.’s agriculture sector.

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September 3, 2020

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 11

ICAN still looking for people to adopt cats Cats and other pets are good company during COVID-19 By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Did you know petting cats reduces stress? Last summer, researchers from Washington State University confirmed in the peer-reviewed journal AERA Open the link between showing affection to pets and reducing stress levels in a realistic environment. In fact, thousands of college campuses across the United States and Canada have animal visitation programs. Most involve bringing dogs, cats to pet for a short while. It works. So, with all else equal, it’s not a bad idea to become a cat owner. We’re living in a COVID world. Added stressors are everywhere. Where to find a cat? The Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN). ICAN is a registered non-profit, no-kill, no-cage animal rescue, foster and adoption facility. Started in 2007, the organization serves the Columbia Valley from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Staff and board members are volunteers. The annual budget is entirely fundraised. Last year, ICAN helped 156 cats find new homes. Close to 7,899 volunteer hours were logged among fifty-seven dedicated volunteers. Approximately two-thousand cats have been adopted though ICAN in the past thirteen years. ICAN’s facility is a homely residence located in Athalmer. The house of cat. There’s an office, and an outside space. In the back, there’s a rehabilitation space. “It’s a unique little place,” said Dee Middlemiss, ICAN’s new board secretary. “Cats are easily frightened, the rehab space in the back is perfect for them to calm down. There’s even a room just for kittens.” ICAN’s cats aren’t free. Monies paid to adopt a new best friend go toward vet bills incurred before a cat finds her new home. ICAN pays for kittens to be spayed or neutered. Each year, ICAN has two

A fundraiser at Ozzie’s Amusements on Wednesday, August 26th, raised $5,000 for the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN). Photos submitted. flagship fundraisers that together bring in close to 15,000 dollars. This year, both were canceled due to COVID-19. In their place was a fundraiser that took place August 26th at Ozzie’s Amusements. Chris Leonard and Katherine Locke own Ozzie’s, and Katherine is on ICAN’s board as treasurer. For four hours, Chris and Katherine donated their businesses proceeds all toward ICAN. “The event was a great success,” said Middlemiss. “We were able to raise $5,000.” ICAN’s expenses continue to incur regardless if fundraising money comes in. Until further notice, the facility is closed to visitors. All contact is by appointment only. Despite the new restrictions, ICAN is processing adoption applications as usual and arranging for private viewing sessions. There are a handful of kittens and cats available right now. On ICAN’s Facebook page, there are adorable photos of these cats worth checking out. For more information and to donate, visit icanbc.com.


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12 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer NOTICE TO REMOVE PRIVATE LAND FROM WOODLOT 481 Please be advised the William Prytula is proposing to remove 50 hectares of private land from Woodlot Licence W0481 located in the vicinity of Harrogate, BC, Parcel Identifier 007-180-781 described as THAT PART OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 28 LYING NORTH AND EAST OF THE RIGHT OF WAY OF THE KOOTENAY CENTRAL RAILWAY AS SHOWN ON PLAN 1155 TOWNSHIP 23 RANGE 18 WEST OF THE 5TH MERIDIAN KOOTENAY DISTRICT EXCEPT (1) PARCEL A (REFERENCE PLAN 74066I) AND (2) PART INCLUDED IN PLAN 6516 AND (3) EPP74485. Inquiries/comments to this proposal must be submitted to William (Bill) Prytula, 4419 13 St NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1C9 by September 30, 2020. Only written inquiries will be responded to. Information about this proposal can be obtained by contacting William (Bill) Prytula, 250-344-8183, wprytula@gmail.com.

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Roads today are dominated by gasoline-powered vehicles, and reducing emissions from the transportation sector is one of our biggest challenges. A recent report from Columbia Basin Trust found that transportation is responsible for 41 per cent of community-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Columbia Basin and for 58 per cent of Invermere’s. Any move toward reducing our transportation related GHG emissions, which would also reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and the pollution associated with the combustion of those fuels, seems like a positive. Urban centers around the world are exploring low-carbon options such as public transit, bicycles and walking. What can we do in rural settings where a daily commute may be 45 kilometres and winter makes cycling an option for only the hardiest? In this installment of the “Working Towards Solutions” series, let’s discuss some low-carbon transportation options for us in the East Kootenay. Increasing public transit options is a start. More routes and an increase in the frequency of trips between centers is needed. Equally important though, is a changed mindset. How many of us jump into our vehicles to drive 10-50 kilometres to the store, post office or gym almost daily? Can we bundle those trips, travel with a neighbor, check out rideshare options, use the Health Connections bus, take the B.C. Transit Community Bus, or rent the Wildsight Invermere Electric Vehicle - Sparky? Increased transit demand is likely to result in increased scheduling options. Road and path construction which supports diverse modes of travel such as cycling, electric scooters and cargo bikes is another option. Now may be the time to divert some of the recovery funds the federal government is promising to build the necessary infrastructure. Increased local jobs, safer walking/cycling routes, healthier citizens

and cleaner air would all be spin off benefits to recovery dollars spent on local infrastructure improvements. A growth in population means a growth in traffic. If we move people more efficiently, then there is less necessity for having individual transportation options sitting in our driveways. Vast quantities of natural resources are consumed in the manufacturing and operation of personal vehicles. Traffic congestion, ever-expanding roadways and millions of vehicles on the road have high economic, social and environmental costs. Technology is promising autonomous self-driving vehicles. This will do much to eliminate the number of vehicles on the road in the future, especially in urban centers. Photo courtesy Getty Images In the meantime, What can you do: - Encourage your local government to prioritize compact development near regional transportation hubs to minimize the need for single-occupancy vehicle use - Encourage the development of efficient, zero emission public transit service - Use local transit options to spur the increase in route availability and frequency - Use Electric Vehicle share options. Check out Wildsight Invermere’s Sparky at GoSpark.ca - Ask for more share options such as electric truck or bike share - Walk and cycle more, drive less - Buy a raffle ticket to win an E-bike (available at TEA etc. Circle Health Foods, or www.wildsight.ca/Invermereraffle) This week’s challenge for kids: Spend 30 minutes observing traffic in front of your house and tell us how many of each of the following you see: walkers, cyclists, strollers, wagons, skateboards, cars/trucks, buses, large trucks. Tell us how much time you and your family spent walking/cycling on that same day. (All submissions will be entered to win a prize. Send submissions to Invermere@wildsight.ca).

September 3, 2020

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 13

A home far away from home Meet your neighbour feature: Filipino family enjoys starting a new life in Radium Hot Springs By Signe Olynk Special to the Pioneer More than 11,000 kilometers from the village of Radium Hot Springs is a beautiful, tropical country made up of nearly 8,000 islands. These islands make up the Philippines, the ‘first home’ to many of our friends who now live in the Columbia Valley. One of these friends is Leslie Pasion who moved from the Philippines three and a half years ago to start a life with her husband, Ralph, and their infant son, Nathan. The first thing that you’ll notice about Leslie are her bright eyes and glowing smile. She looks like a Disney princess come to life. She can sing like one, too. The young couple, in their early 30s, are originally from Baguio (pronounced ‘Bag-ee-yo’), which is a heavily populated, small city located in the northern part of the country. Their son was born in Cranbrook, and the couple chose Radium Hot Springs to raise their family. When asked to describe her original home city, Leslie describes Baguio as the ‘summer capital’ of the Philippines. She says it is a cooler climate there, which makes it desirable when the summer heat is at its peak. For those more attune with Canadian weather, the cool weather that Leslie describes is generally between 16 – 24 degrees Celsius, with a rainy season from May until September. Although she doesn’t like driving in the snow, she has embraced her winter life, and the family enjoys ice skating on Lake Windermere. “Rain is still better than snow, but I love how the snow looks,” she said. “The mountains, the trees – it’s so beautiful.” When she feels lonely for her family in the Philippines or is nervous driving in winter conditions, she turns up the music and sings songs from Broadway to comfort herself. “I am blessed to be able to sing,” she said. “And there are so many programs for babies and kids here. I love that there are places for families where mothers can gather.”

“I miss my family, but when you come to a new country and don’t know anyone, that’s how you grow as a person” Leslie Pasion, Radium resident originally from the Philippines

Leslie initially followed her husband to Radium after he was recruited by a Canadian firm. He worked at a hotel in Baguio, and when an agency called looking for candidates for various Canadian companies, Ralph was recruited for employment at the Prestige Resort where he worked for nearly five years. He doesn’t know who recommended him to the agency, but it changed his life. “I wish I could thank the person who recommended me. They are likely someone I know in the Philippines, or perhaps a customer that I helped at the hotel I worked at there. I don’t know if I will ever know,” he said. The agency helped him to apply for a work permit, and once he was accepted as a provincial nominee, he was approved for permanent residence. A short time after, Leslie joined him, but despite being offered a similar job, the program had changed and her papers were not able to be processed. She was Ralph’s dependent for the short term but was eventually able to become a provincial nominee, and also worked at the Prestige Resort.

The couple first met in the Philippines through the Glee Club in college, where Leslie completed a four year Bachelor degree of Science in Tourism and Hospitality. Their friendship eventually became more serious, as they sang, danced and performed their way through college. The couple was married in 2015 and started their family soon after. Although the couple continued to work in the hospitality industry, they attended classes at the College of the Rockies and both completed a seven month program to achieve their Health Care Assistant certificates. Leslie plans to eventually practice her health care career, but for now, she works in guest services at the Prestige Inn. She speaks several languages and plans to someday upgrade her health care training to become a nurse. Ralph works full-time as a Health Care Aid in Invermere, mostly working with dementia patients. The couple operate as a team to raise their baby, generally working opposite shifts so that one parent is always with baby Nathan, and they use any spare time to work on their studies. “We are working very hard because we want to provide a good home for our family, and build a great life here,” said Ralph. “Sometimes that means we don’t have as much time together as we would like, but we always make each other and our family the priority. We know we have each other, and that always makes things better.” The couple dreams of owning their own home, and continuing to raise their family in the community. When Leslie first came here, she didn’t know anyone except Ralph. Photo submitted “I miss my family, but when you Leslie, Ralph and Nathan Pasion. come to a new country and don’t know We had each other to learn from.” anyone, that’s how you grow as a person,” she said. “I There is an active Filipino community in the Columwas raised in a big city with lots of people. It wasn’t easy bia Valley, and with so many building new lives in the to adjust at first, but I fell in love the first time I saw this area, these relationships have become really important. place, and with the people I met. It felt like home, and a “Birthdays, Christmas, New Years … we all gather new adventure ... Although this is a much smaller area, and celebrate together. The people we work with have the community has been very welcoming and we love the become good friends. We have all connected with one people here. Many have become family to us.” another, and we share life together,” she said. Leslie believes the hardest part about starting a new Leslie was surprised that the Pioneer would want to life in a new country is having to leave the people you write about her. love. Ralph nodded. “There are so many people here who have left their “Everything is hard,” he said. homes to start a new life,” she said. “I’m just like everyHe came here without knowing anyone, and nothone else.” ing could have prepared him for how small the village of That’s not entirely true. Often you meet people, like Radium was. Leslie and Ralph, who are living full lives and working “I am from a big city in the Philippines, and we dehard to build a future for their families. But Leslie and pend on our families for everything,” he said. Ralph are also showing their baby courage. They came Leslie agreed, “They guide us, and we stay with them here without knowing anyone. They are building careers until we marry and start families of our own.” and a life together in a foreign country with different Being alone in a new country, Ralph relied on his customs. They are mastering other languages, making coworkers for advice. The learning curve was steep. He friends, and immersing themselves in an unfamiliar, Cahad to learn how to do every-day tasks from how to get a nadian culture. They are driving in snowy conditions, driver’s license, to finding a place to live. and skating across frozen lakes. And sometimes they are Shortly after arriving, he experienced his first blizsinging show tunes at the top of their lungs while they zard. Everything about Canada was foreign. do it. “When I arrived,” said Leslie, “I at least had Ralph.

14 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION Regarding Land in the Agricultural Land Reserve I,

Trevor Hann & Jennifer Bowes


PO Box 89, Brisco BC V0A 1B0

(full name, or names of registered owner)

(mailing address)

intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, The East Half of District Lot 11381 Kootenay District Plan Except Part Included in SRW Plan 13898

and located at

portion on south side of Steamboat Mountain Rd. (street address if applicable)

Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to, RDEK, 19 - 24th Ave. South, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8, Attn: Tracy Van de Wiel (name and mailing address of the local government)

by September 24

, 2020

(14 days from the date of second publication)

NOTE: • •

This notice and the application are posted on the subject property. Please be advised that all correspondence received by the local government and/or the ALC forms part of the public record, and is disclosed to all parties, including the applicant.



EDGEWATER & HOLLAND CREEK SANITARY SEWER FLUSHING BEGINS SOON The Regional District of East Kootenay is gearing up for its regular maintenance work on the Edgewater and Holland Creek (includes Lakeview Meadows) sanitary sewer mains to remove settled and accumulated material. This maintenance is scheduled for September 21, 2020 to October 2, 2020. During this process, the contractor will be setting up their flushing apparatus at each service access (manhole) in the roadway and releasing pressurized water through the sanitary sewer main pipe to remove buildup. A bubbling and/or vacuum effect may be noticed in your drains and toilets due to this maintenance flushing. It is recommended to keep all toilet seats closed and cover any floor drains. Internal plumbing consists of “P” traps, which hold a volume of water to prevent sewer gasses from migrating into a home. During the flushing process, this water could be drawn out of the traps. For that reason, it is important to refill all plumbing traps by running the water in your sinks and floor drains after the work is complete. This preventative maintenance process is necessary to reduce the potential for a sanitary sewer main backup which could result in damage to property. The RDEK would like to thank you for your patience during this regular maintenance. Please note: We would like to remind those residents with homes on the low pressure sewer system (homes with individual sewer pumps) to please flush plenty of water through your system prior to vacating the home for an extended period of time. This practice will prevent sewer odour from forming and releasing upon initial use after sitting idle for week or months.

WATER SYSTEM FLUSHING Holland Creek, East Side (includes Windermere, Baltac, Pedley Heights, Caberly Beach, Swansea, Copper Ridge & Aurora Heights, Timber Ridge), Rushmere, Spur Valley & Edgewater The Regional District of East Kootenay will be doing its annual water system flushing between September 8 – October 27, 2019 Users in the above listed areas may notice temporary water discolouration for a short period of time. If there is any discolouration of water, please run your cold water taps until the water is clear. For more information on the flushing program, contact: Norm Thies, RDEK Senior Operator | nthies@rdek.bc.ca or 1-250-342-5688

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Invermere counselling opens, alleviating growing demand for professional mental health care By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com There’s a new private counselling clinic on main street in Invermere: Invermere Counselling. The owner-operators are longtime locals Sue Bradley and Alana Cotterall. Both went to graduate school for mental health and are provincially and nationally registered counsellors. They share decades worth of varying work experience in counselling. Alana’s is more clinical-trauma informed, Sue’s has a more social-emotional perspective. Sue for several recent years worked in Rocky Mountain School district six. Before, she worked in Canmore private practice. Alana has worked as a mental health clinician and has also done employee and family assistance counselling for several years. Invermere CounSue Bradley and Alana Cotterall Photo submitted selling is the only private clinic in town. Demand outstrips counselling supply in the Columbia Valley. “[We] noticed a gap existing in the community in terms of not enough resources to fill the needs of potential clients,” said Bradley. “Lots of Columbia Valley community resources have wait lists and so people have had to leave to go to Cranbrook, Kimberley or Alberta for care.” The elephant in the room is COVID-19. The pandemic has been an undeniable added stressor for most, if not all, in the Columbia Valley. “Despite there not being many cases in the valley, the overall impact is that there are so many additional stressors,” said Bradley. “Families working from home, doing school from home, financial stress, isolation, lack of outlets, social and emotional issues, and lack of connection.” There’s been an impact on our collective psychology and our way of life. The virus has brought mental health to the forefront. “We’ve seen clients with pre-existing issues exacerbated. High functioning people are also struggling. It comes down a lot of the time to the simple fact of coping with an enormous degree of uncertainty.” There doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. People feel stuck, trapped. “For some, standby stress relievers that worked in the past no longer are working,” said Bradley. “When someone gets in that scenario it’s difficult to move forward.” Moving forward. A key phrase that came up more than once interviewing Bradley. Considering a visit? Bradley said most people in fact have coverage for counselling when they may assume otherwise. And there are simple, healthy home remedies to try outside of professional help. To name a few, Sue recommends: “Movement/exercise; a change in environment (indoors to out); expression - creative, or through simple communication; eating and sleeping well, time off and space; breathing and mindfulness exercises.” But seeing a professional can make a big difference. “ There’s somewhat of a stigma around counselling/mental health in general,” said Bradley. “Some have the mistaken impression that to see a counsellor is a sign of weakness. For anyone with those thoughts, remember, it takes strength to ask for help.” With children, it’s important for them to know their parents sometimes also need help. “It’s okay to talk, emotional expression can be difficult but it works.” Change is uncomfortable. Dislodging one’s self from the inertia of poor mental habits takes work. “Often, it gets worse before it gets better. A new mindset and strategies takes energy, and can mean a change in relationship dynamics,” said Bradley. “We are not the fixers but we can provide resources and support.” Invermere Counselling has pivoted well to accommodate social distancing needs. “It’s surprised us that some people prefer over the phone or online counselling sessions. We’ve done lots of that this summer and will continue to.” Virtual counselling also enables Invermere Counselling to accommodate clients not located in the valley. “What was critical for us was to use Zoom with added privacy and security measures.” People need not be concerned that their session will be Zoom bombed. You are not alone. Move, just keep moving. To learn more about the clinic, which opened this summer at 1006 7th Avenue, right beside LordCo, or to make a booking, visit www.invermerecounselling.com.

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Canal Flats council gets wildfire update BCWS gives Doctor Creek fire report at council meeting By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com Canal Flats council members received an update on the Doctor Creek Fire burning near their community at their most recent council meeting. During the meeting, held digitally through Zoom on Monday, August 24th, council was updated on the fire by B.C. Wildfire Services (BCWS) wildfire officer Steve Levitt and BCWS incident commander Kyle Young. Young in the incident commander for the Doctor Creek Fire, which was discovered on Tuesday, August 18th and which had grown into a provincial wildfire of note by Wednesday, August 19th. The BCWS sent in an incident command team on Saturday, August 22nd. “There are currently 892 people working on the fire, with another 60 arriving tonight,” Young told Canal Flats council at the August 24th meeting. “With the winds we’re expecting there could be some (wildfire) growth. We’re not sure what that will look like.” He added it’s been a “different” summer for the BCWS due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Levitt explained that the BCWS’s local zone team had not only been battling the Doctor Creek Fire, but also several other small wildfires in and around the Columbia Valley including at Pinnacle Creek, near Brisco, and a small campfire that got out of control. Canal Flats councillor Marie Delorme asked if the firefighters are using fire retardant, and Young replied that they were. “It’s a tool we use where required,” said Young, noting that the terrain in Doctor Creek is steep and dangerous for the firefighters to work in. Young also explained to council that since it’s been a slow fire season, with very few wildfires up until two weeks ago, the BCWS has gone through a learning curve the past few weeks, learning how to fight fires during a pandemic. “We do understand that some communities are gun shy about having a bunch of people from across the province enter their space...We are working with the communities,” said Young.


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KEEP IN TOUCH! Parent Chat will be offered via Zoom Tuesday’s from 7:30-8:30 pm and Thursday’s from 2-3 pm. Topics can include activity ideas, child care information, parenting tips, developmental milestones, mental health support, potty training and anything in between. Please email Melanie at mferster@familydynamix.ca or call 250-341-8678 for the Zoom link.

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• Healthy Snacks • Story time • Songs • Free Play • Arts & Crafts 9:30 – 11:30 am Tuesdays starting July 21 – Invermere Potholes Park Wednesdays starting July 22 – Edgewater Community Hall Park Thursdays starting July 23 – Canal Flats Civic Centre Park

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Valley ranks first in-class for hang glider By Pioneer Staff The adrenaline of extreme sports is enough to fuel the passion for some. But for Max Fanderl, owner and operator of Flying Max, the opportunity to learn about the Columbia Valley from an aerial perspective of the wetlands and surrounding neighbourhoods from the community has forged a unique perspective for him as a photographer. “Within my high-flying and my thermal flying, I really enjoy flying at the same altitude in calm weather,” he said retrospectively about his motorized trike. “It’s like a three-dimensional motorbike ride where you can just look around. “It really interests me because you can look at different neighbourhoods from three- or-four-hundred feet up in the air.” This differs from previous hang gliding models where riders were focused on catching thermals. Now, it’s possible to use a motorized trike to fly over areas that catch your eye as opposed to going where nature recommends. “Back then, hang gliding and paragliding was in its (infancy) and obviously had some difficulties to overcome,” he explained. “Today, both sports are an extremely safe sport if you operate within the limits of what you should.” Fanderl believes hang gliding and paragliding is safer than driving a car because it’s in the control of the flyer, as opposed to driving a car on the road. “Today, it’s not a risk-taking sport as long as you stay within your operating limitations,” he said. “If you push outside those limits, it becomes dangerous. It’s like driving a car — if you drive too fast or too far to the left or the right, it’s dangerous. Personally, I think it’s safer because it’s just yourself. If you’re with someone else and they’re on their phone, it’s out of your control.” While Fanderl originally began flying paragliders and later took up hang gliding while the sport was in its infancy, photography became a part of his process early-on. “I was one of the first paragliding instructions when it was really in its beginning stages. I was working as an instructor and taught nearly 2,000 people out there,” said Fanderl about working in Europe. “Then I became a test pilot for several manufacturing companies and flying associations to rate the gear.” He would gradually utilize the flying equipment for manufacturers, then rank it from beginner to advanced for others.


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An aerial viewpoint of the confluence where the iconic Toby Creek and the Columbia River join together. Fanderl added he often points this out to kayakers, while touring the Columbia Valley with his wife Penny Powers through their Columbia River Paddle business because the temperature change is notably different in each water body (above). Scenic views from the Columbia Valley captured from afar (below). Photos by Max Fanderl “You work yourself so slowly into it,” said Fanderl. “You can see if the wing will be strong enough for the general public to fly.” Over the last 20 years, Fanderl evolved from carrying a 16-mm camera between his legs on hang gliding trips to now fastening a GoPro Max 360 camera to the wing of his plane. He has dabbled with a 16-mm, a 35-mm, GoPro models, and now favours the 360-degree view model. “It’s really cool because you can see everything over your head, behind you and filming everything around you,” he explained. “The problem with these things is that it’s time-consuming to edit so once I’m older, I’ll have a lot of things to edit.” However, Fanderl emphasized that flying drones to take pictures does not hold his interest. Instead as the co-owner of Trappeur Homes, Fanderl appreciates the ability to view his team’s construction projects from the sky. “I have designed and built a lot of homes in the whole area, and then at the same time, where and how these houses are built is a part of it,” he said. “For me, it was always important to see what we built and how it’s built in the whole setting of the valley — not just how the living room is built. That’s where the flying and the building fits together, that’s where the three-dimensional part fits together. I like to see how it changes with the light, the colour of the leaves, the snow — how it all changes, so there’s never a dull moment.” Most recently, Fanderl obtained his Realtor®’s license during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of combining a tertiary perspective of viewing the Columbia Valley communities. “I was planning to have that license in March and the pandemic delayed it until Aug. 20,” he said with a chuckle. To catch a glimpse of what the Columbia Valley looks like from above in the community’s newest realtor’s perspective or to participate in Fanderl’s upcoming contest to identify various neighbourhoods, please visit the Flying Realtor’s page on Facebook to see his updates.

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Indigenous communities collaborate with SD #6 on back to school plans A different tone will mark the start of the school year for students returning to studies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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After the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shuttered B.C. schools early last spring, students will return to school this fall for in-person classes. Rocky Mountain School District #6 (SD6) has recently socialized the Back to School plan with Indigenous communities from the Columbia Valley to hear their perspective about moving forward with education, while implementing safety protocols to support both the staff and the student populations from the community. “We shared our Back to School plan with our Indigenous partners and met with them to discuss the plan,” Karen Shipka, superintendent of SD6 said in an e-mail to the Pioneer. “They had questions regarding masks and cohort size and we were able to clarify the protocols that were in the plan. At this point we are returning to full class instruction with learning groups as articulated in the plan. There was no request for online or at home learning from our Indigenous partners at this point.” While the SD6 administration expects this fall will have a different tone than previous school years, the staff plans to be flexible so

that it can navigate daily operations while adhering to the latest provincial safety measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. “The first few days of school is often focused on getting to know one another and building relationships,” said Shipka. “This year will be like no other as we will welcome students back to school and will need to establish new safety protocols. These protocols are designed to keep everyone safe and healthy. Teachers and students are anxious to get back to learning but looking after one another is critical.” She emphasized the need to stay agile from an administration perspective, so that families and students will be set up for success going forward. “Right now we are exploring a variety of options in the event we are directed to shift between stage two and stage three,” Shipka explained. “I am told there were some challenges for students in the spring connecting to learning. Principals and Teachers understand that as of Sept. 8 students will be out of school for 175 days and that review of prior learning will be required before new learning can occur.” To learn more about the provincial guidelines about going back to school, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-return-to-school for more information.

Anonson announces MNBC Kootenay candidacy By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A 73-year-old Elkford man has recently announced his candidacy to represent citizens from the Kootenays during the Métis Nation of B.C. (MNBC) elections. Terry Anonson, who currently serves as the vice-president of the Elk Valley Métis Association (EVMA), is finding creative ways to social distance while campaigning for the MNBC Region #4 director role to prepare for the Sept. 21 provincial election. “It’s a big region,” he stated with a chuckle. “Our hunting regions actually align with our political regions, and I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it certainly would make sense considering our history is rooted in hunting and gathering.” Anonson is competing against Columbia Valley Métis Association (CVMA) President Debra Fisher as well as Nelson and Area Métis Society (NAMS) President Don Courson to represent citizens from both the East and West Kootenay regions. But he is no stranger to the campaign trail, after campaigning twice for the MNBC presidential role and once for a regional director’s role in previous elections. This year, however; Anonson opted to campaign for Region #4 out of respect for MNBC’s current president Clara Morin Dal Col: crediting her with helping the provincial organization to become debt-free over her last term of service. “I feel that she’s doing a good job, and four years is not enough time to do everything you need to do in that position,” he explained with the utmost respect for his peer. As a result, Anonson believes that Region #4 could benefit from both his background in various leadership roles with the United Steelworkers Canada (USC), where he represented the union,and his experience with arbitration training. In addition to his professional experience, Anonson has been serving for EVMA for at least a decade. He also has experience with the Métis Nation Governing Assembly (MNGA) as a com-

munity vice-president, continually contributes at the MNBC budget committee, and previously served two years as a regional director when an interim election was held after the resignation of a prior representative. But safety is at the core of Anonson’s political campaign this fall. In an effort to adhere to the guidelines for essential travel only, Anonson has been mailing out information about his qualifications and goals to citizens residing in Region# 4 as well as making phone calls to MNBC citizens about his campaign priorities if successfully elected. “It wouldn’t be very responsible for me to go out and meet all of these people in-person if I catch COVID-19 and start spreading it around while travelling,” he said, noting there is over 1,000 voters in Region #4. He remains hopeful that voters will continue to be receptive to hearing more about his candidacy and objectives while safely following provincial health recommendations from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “In order to represent people, you need to talk to them,” Anonson told the Pioneer by phone. “You’re a representative of the people. You have to talk to them and find out what they need.”

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. Chamber of Commerce Meeting Hall/ Tourist Information Centre, 651 Hwy. 93/95. The meeting will include the year in review, highlighting maintenance work accomplished this year. ALSO, there will be a short 20-minute picture show of local hikes by Joe Lucas. Everyone is welcome and memberships will be available for $15 for individuals and $20 for families. Donations are always welcome. COVID precautions will be taken. Please bring and wear your masks and do not attend if ill or if you have traveled out of province in the previous two weeks.

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Changes in real estate as the pandemic forces the world to move online By Caris Simmons Special to the Pioneer

Taylor Hart on your Bachelor of Science degree with honours specialization in Biology. We are all so proud of you!

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In the past, real estate has heavily relied on in-person interaction between buyers, sellers, and the homes that are up for sale. Due to social distancing laws, the real estate market has been forced to migrate to the digital world. This has resulted in the development and increased use of technology in the industry when viewing and appraising local houses, which may just prove to be a positive outcome from a global pandemic. Gerry Taft, a realtor and sales associate for Royal

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“It is very weird to meet people for the first time, or after leaving a day of showing property- to not have that small human touch. To be standing feet away from someone and wave and not shake hands feels very strange - and disconnected,” Gerry Taft. Local realtor on being a real estate agent during the COVID-19 pandemic. LePage Rockies West Realty, has discovered the many perks and challenges of having to rethink what his career entails. Taft has found that one of the most difficult transitions in a socially distanced world is not the newfound health protocols, but rather, “not shaking hands. It is very weird to meet people for the first time, or after leaving a day of showing property- to not have that small human touch. To be standing feet away from someone and wave and not shake hands feels very strange - and disconnected,” he said. “Although the importance of technology and video and remote signing are already very common in the industry, during this period of COVID-19, the reliance and need for these technologies has been even stronger,” Taft explained. He acknowledges the utilization of digital tours will only increase in the future, but also believes that in-person viewing of properties will never be completely taken over by the digital world. With the growing dependence for online substitutes amidst the pandemic, Brad Cable, the owner of Great West Appraisal, has been working to develop mobile apps that allow homeowners in the valley to receive appraisals on their homes without breaking the laws of social distancing. These apps, supplied to homeowners and realtors, provide appraisers with the necessary data and images of the property used to form an appraisal. Prior to the pandemic, digital appraisals were uncommon for Great West Appraisal, according to Cable. And although Cable said that there are some difficulties that come with digital appraisals, called modified full appraisals, such as waiting for the information to be provided as well as whether or not the information sent is entirely accurate, Cable believes that “it will be the way moving forward.

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Resident questions highway 93/95 safety on stretch near Windermere By Caris Simmons Special to the Pioneer Branching off Route 93, there are three exits leading into the cabin-country that is Windermere, two of which Windermere resident Tom Snell feels are of questionable safety. According to Snell, a Windermere cabin owner of almost 20 years, perhaps the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour – which is comparable to other similar highways with a speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour – is too fast for a driver to slow down and make a safe left turn into Windermere without creating congestion on the highway. He also feels a lack of left-turning lanes for these two exits bring risk. But he particularly believes the danger comes when these two factors work together. Snell said “the challenge in this area is the speed limit along Highway 93 between the Invermere turnoff and the Windermere turnoff.” He acknowledges that there is a part of the highway that has a speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour. However, this speed limit does not stretch

to the fraction of the highway that hosts the many exits into Windermere. Snell said such a high speed limit combined with the many exits without turning lanes “increases the chances of an accident happening.” Nola Snell, Tom’s wife, said that “signage creating warning for left-hand turning cars is a very affordable solution as opposed to putting in blinking lights or a left

“The challenge in this area is the speed limit along Highway 93/95 between the Invermere turnoff and the Windermere turnoff.” Tom Snell, Windermere resident hand turning lane, which are more expensive options.” When questioned about the highway, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provided an emailed statement detailing the reasons for both the speed limit as well as the lack of left-turning lanes. The email said

that highways are designed by engineers according to the intended use of the roadway, and that factors such as road classification, local land use, roadway geometry, intersection design and spacing are taken into consideration when building a highway. The email also said that “an unrealistically low speed limit will result in speed differentials between motorists who will obey the regulatory limit and the majority who disregard it. Drivers can no longer assess confidently how fast an approaching vehicle is moving, braking times become unpredictable, and tailgating and aggressive passing may increase.” The email also explained how traffic engineering guidelines are taken into account, and that neither location in Windermere generates enough left turns per hour to warrant dedicated left-turn lanes for a 90 kilometres per hour highway. However, Nola and Tom Snell continue to maintain that an expansion on the highway to make room for left-turning lanes will only result in the prevention of future accidents.





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a mud puddle. He was also a very good curler, dancer, cook, garlic grower, knife sharpener, airplane pilot, downhill ski instructor, meat cutter, golfer, loved making popcorn and wine, playing cards (Bridge, solitaire).

The Kebe family would like to announce with very sad hearts, the peaceful passing at the age of 81 years, of Gerald Kebe who was surrounded by his loving family in the Invermere District Hospital palliative care unit, August 28th, 2020.

Gerry was a member of the Radium waterworks board prior to Village Incorporation and an integral member of the Associated Grocers group of Western Canada board of directors, member of the Masonic order for over 50 years and a very proud member of the 100 plus Red Cross blood donation club and the Invermere Fire Department.

Kebe, Gerald

Gerry shared his life with his loving wife Irene for almost sixty years, together they have two sons, Gerald Kent (Lydia) and Colin William (Linda) his grandson Brock Lucas and his brother Edward, (Jimmy, Jennifer) 3 half-sisters, sister-in-law Olga Lewis and brother-in-law Claude Gallinger and was predeceased by his granddaughter Samantha Dianne in 2004. Gerry was born August 14th, 1939 in Nelson, B.C. and moved to the Windermere valley when he was 11 years old and attended school in Invermere while having many jobs as a youngster. After his schooling he worked for the Invermere Hardware and the Invermere SuperValu grocery store and then built and operated two successful businesses in Radium Hot Springs; Radium Foods in 1972 - 2000 and Keeb’s Pub in 1986 – 2002. Gerry was a devoted husband, father, grandpa and was a very accomplished fly fisherman and it seemed he could catch a fish in

In Loving Memory

Tross, Egon Adelbert June 3rd, 1927 August 19th, 2020 Egon Tross will be forever remembered by all the lives he’s touched over his 93 years of life. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by many. He always had a smile on his face and could brighten anyone’s day with a few short words or just by cracking a smile. Egon could light up any room with his joyful presence, and his sassy attitude. He was always happiest when he was surrounded by family and when working in his yard. Even as he grew old, he never stopped devoting time and hard work to his property, watering his garden, raking leaves, and of course… stomping around in his compost. Egon decided to leave Germany back in 1953, to follow his wife’s family who had already immigrated to Edgewater, B.C., he made his way to Canada via boat and rail. Once he was established in Canada, he sent for Gertrud and his 3-year-old son Kurt to come join him. Soon thereafter he purchased an acre of land in Radium for $1,000. He began initially building a small little house, then worked on building his shop, while continuing to add onto the house as his family grew to 5 children. Eventually, he expanded his business from Radiator Repair to Auto Body, to Wrecker Service and then a Texaco gas station. We will always remember his strong work ethic and dedication to our family. Egon was the loving spouse and life partner of Gertrud Tross and is survived by his 5 children Kurt, Dennis, David (Julie), Debbie (Bob), and Tammy. His legacy will live on through his children and 10 grandchildren: Ryan (Stephanie), Mandy (Brady), Jennifer (Kevin), Kirk (Jason), Deidra, Dexter, Brittany, Cassidy, Robert, and Nyah. Special Thanks to the lovely staff at Columbia Gardens, Ivy House and Columbia House for their dedication and kindness throughout these past years, our family is very grateful to all of you! A private family celebration of Egon’s life will be held at a later date.

Gerry will be sorely missed but never forgotten by all his loving family members, his fishing and camping buddies, neighbours, friends and the many people he has made a positive impact on in their lives by his huge selflessness and the unlimited heart he showed to other families other than his own. Gerry’s time in our local hospital and palliative care unit was made so much easier by the amazing care, love and professionalism that was shown and conducted by our local nurses, doctors and paramedics that we are so fortunate to have here. He will rest peacefully in the Radium Hot Springs columbarium. Due to the pandemic the family will not be holding a service at this time and in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that if able, please make a donations to the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society (Invermere Palliative care) at P.O. Box 571 Invermere B.C. V0A 1M0 or call 250-342-5552.

MacRitchie , Therese Marie 1954 - 2020 Terry passed away peacefully at home on August 11, 2020, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Facing overwhelming pain, Terry chose the moment of her passing surrounded by family. She is at peace now. Terry was born in Anua Uyo, Nigeria on January 8, 1954, to medical missionary parents, Dr. Frank and Jean Griffin. Terry came to Canada from England in 1957 when her father accepted a locum in Newfoundland later joining the Canadian military. Terry was raised in Eastern Canada, the family settling in Ottawa after postings across Canada. Terry gained undergraduate and graduate degrees respectively at Carleton University in Ottawa and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Terry lived and worked almost 30 years in Calgary for various oil and gas companies and raised her family in Wildwood. In 2000, the family acquired their property in Rushmere, B.C., and made this their home in 2012. She was a familiar sight in Rushmere on her daily walks with her dog and with neighbours. She was pillar of support representing and gaining recognition for the Rushmere Community as well as volunteering for several non-profit organizations in the Columbia Valley.

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S OBITUARY S Baresco, Gerald “Gerry” Michael 1943 – 2020 Gerald “Gerry” Michael Baresco passed away on August 20, 2020 at the age of 77, with his wife Georgina by his side. Gerry was born in Weyburn, Sask,. and was raised in Medicine Hat, AB. At fifteen Gerry began working for Safeway as a grocery clerk, working his way up to Store Manager until he retired in 1997 after 40 years with the company. During these years, he was an avid curler, and enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter and summers at Wasa Lake with his family. Upon retirement, Gerry and Georgina relocated from Calgary to Windermere, B.C., to a new home that Gerry built. He began volunteering in the community and was involved with many projects which earned him the ‘The Area F Volunteer of the Year’ in 2006. Gerry loved living in the valley taking advantage of the golfing, hiking, and boating. He also enjoyed travelling including many trips to Phoenix, Mexico, and Maui. The trip of a lifetime was Italy in 2010, especially the Barbaresco region, where he enjoyed many glasses of the local wine. Gerry had a passion for cars, especially from the 50’s and 60’s and that love carried on throughout his life. One of his favourite pastimes was sitting on the deck admiring Chisel Peak with his many great friends and family, a glass of Crown and Coke and a toast to a great life. Gerry is survived by his wife Georgina, daughter Janine, sister Jean, brother Dennis, grandchildren Hart and Gage, and brother in law Randy (Cathy) and Monte (Rita) and their families.

She will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by son Kevin, his parents Mike and Rose and brother in law Ken.

Terry is survived by her husband Ken, her sons, Neill and Derek, her mother Jean, seven brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Gerry will be dearly missed for his laughter, sense of humour and mischievous nature.

No service is planned at this time. If you wish to do something in her memory, please consider a donation to the B.C Cancer Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services. Condolences for the family can be offered at www.mcphersonfh.com

A special thank you to the care team at Columbia House and Dr. Page. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services. Condolences for the family can be offered at www.mcphersonfh.com

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE Please Join Us to Celebrate The Wonderful Life of

Margaret Sylvia McBride On Saturday September 5th from 1 p.m. – 4.p.m. At 4302 Coy Road Invermere BC (her home) for a light lunch, help celebrate Sylvia’s long and amazing life, let’s share stories, reminisce and remember a beautiful soul who will be missed by so many, to be followed by a private dinner for family and invited guests.

GARAGE SALES Multi Family Garage SaleSeptember 5th and 6th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location 4773 Government Street, Windermere B.C. Please social distancing is a must and a sanitization station is available.






Super Yard Sale! Saturday Sept. 5th and Sunday Sept. 6th. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1606 13th Ave. Invermere B.C. Lots and lots of household, boat motors, chainsaw, garden tools, camping equipment, furniture etc. etc.etc.

Dutch Creek Annual Garage Sale, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Maple table with two leaf’s and four chairs $100 and much more.

A big Cheers to Brandon at Fairmont Goldsmith for being so kind, professional and gentle today. My ring finger was so swollen from a bee sting I needed my wedding bands cut off. It was hard work as the band is wide and my finger was so inflamed. Brandon took his time working through the bands to ensure I wasn’t in pain. Much appreciation for helping me Brandon! On top of that his store is beautiful! We’ll be back to shop and get my rings repaired when the swelling goes down.

Cheers to the Pioneer for publishing that wonderful article entitled “Historical trade routes evolving for SIB”. I would LOVE to see more of those kinds of articles on both of our Indigenous Nations - to help us become better aware of both of their long histories here. And just a hint - I would be very interested in attending future workshops to broaden my awareness and appreciation! Good work - and welcome to your new position Olivia De Brabandere!

Jeers to the boat operator on Windermere Lake Saturday Aug 29 who nearly swamped a canoe with their huge wake that also sent moored boats and docks a rocking as you cruised by!

Jeers to the VRBOs and Airbnbs that have a negative impact on our communities. Clearly these are commercial enterprises and as such should be located in areas that are zoned commercial. NOT in areas that are zoned residential. Otherwise what’s the point of even having zoning regulations?

Jeers to those who don’t take their landscaping garbage to the dump, and choose to dump it in the forest, gullies, or along mountain roads. It is a fire waiting to happen. Did you know that fire embers can travel up to 10kms away and then get blown into our towns with devastating results. Google Fort McMurray wildfires to see the impacts. Please support your community by being careful with your dead trees and branches!

Estate and Garage Sale, September 5th & 6th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Green Acres MHP, 7 kms north of Tim Hortons. Birdhouses, diecast cars and trucks, collector plates, lots of new and used tools. Salt & pepper shakers (collectables), etc. Lots of stuff. Come and see. 250-341-5988. Garage Sale 1133 10th Street, Sat. Sept 5th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Yard/Garage Sale! Saturday Sept. 5th 1819 Benninger Rd. Windermere 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3 Antique Sewing Machines, Tools, Household stuff, Furniture, clothing. Lots of items are brand new. You name it, we most likely have it! Please no early birds and please respect social distancing.

S OBITUARY S Frocklage, Shirley 1942-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandma, sister and friend Shirley Frocklage at the age of 77. She passed away at Columbia House on August 21, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Shirley was born in Golden, B.C. on November 22, 1942 to Elizabeth and Lloyd Watkins. She has a younger sister (Jean) who still resides in Golden. Shirley grew up in Brisco on the family farm where she created many wonderful memories. Shirley moved to Vancouver where she attended UBC and became a teacher. She taught for a few years in Salmon Arm until she married Walter Frocklage on August 28, 1965. They moved back to Brisco where she taught a few more years. They built a house in Invermere and had 2 daughters, Pam and Kim. Shirley moved back to Duncan in 1987 where she met Al Caron. She was his little cupcake. Shirley was passionate about gardening. She loved her flowers and loved to entertain her friends in her gardens. She enjoyed travelling, camping, shopping, touring around and helping others. Shirley moved back to Invermere in 2018 to be closer to her family. She loved having them all over; feeding them and telling them stories and cheering them all on. Shirley is survived by her daughters Pam (Kendyl) and Kim as well as her grandchildren; Wyatt, Trystan, Taylor, Quintynn, Ty and Taytum. She is also survived by her sister Jean in Golden along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. She was predeceased by her long time partner Al Caron in September 2019. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew her. She was a light to everyone. Memorials can be made to Columbia House or the charity of your choice.

Garage Sale Stor-edge, 6 storage units full of stuff and MultiFamily Tables “Antiques”. Free section, free coffee. Sat. and Sun., Sept 5th and 6th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4845 Hammond Ave. Edgewater. COVID-19 Social Distancing Procedures in place.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Please call 250-342-2424 for more information or to speak with someone from our fellowship. Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us on a “ZOOM” meeting every Monday at 7 p.m. For more information or to speak with someone from our fellowship, please call 250-342-8255.

THANK YOU A huge shout out to Dr. Page and all the staff at Columbia House for the wonderful care shown to our mom - Shirley Frocklage. Special Thanks to everyone who visited, brought fruit, flowers and other treats. You all helped to keep her spirits up and made her smile. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. Pam and Kim.

CHEERS & JEERS Big Cheers to Canal Flats Council for all the new pavement and road repairs. It’s great! A long overdue Cheers for Virginia Walker of the Invermere library you are absolutely one of the nicest person your helpfulness is much appreciated. Huge Cheers to Justin at Columbia Cycle & Ski who solved my mysterious recurring flat front tire. He took it on to find what turned out to be a 3-millimeter-Long hair-sized tiny wire embedded in my tire.

Cheers to the CV RCMP Constable who on the evening of Aug 19 was stopped at the stop lights near No Frills. Turned the lights on off and gave a little bleep of the siren for a little girl who was crossing on the crosswalk with her Mom waving at them. Her face lit up and waved even more. This truly made her day. Much appreciation for all you do. Cheers to Hopkins Harvest for keep us safe during this hard time. Jeers to anyone who is complaining; the Hopkins team is doing their best to keep us safe. Let’s be kind! A big Cheers to the kind bike rider who stopped at the Castlerock entrance and picked up my hearing aid package several weeks ago. He phoned hearing aid in town and they informed him to leave it at the gate post and they sent someone to pick it up. Much appreciated! Cheers to Pastor Frater. I happen to be very lucky to be a neighbour of his. And while I am not a regular church goer, I watch his daily servanthood to his community and his faith, and he is such a gift to our community. Cheers to rural and small town community folks who smile, say hello, and wave even when unacquainted.

Jeers to the Green Boat who blocked the fire bombers on lake Windermere. Instead of posting about 3 planes flying over head why don’t you move? CHEERS to the 99% mature and cooperating drivers and cyclists. Bikers don’t always hear vehicles approaching behind (even gravel trucks), so a quick horn (not a blast) 100+ meters back on quiet roads is preferable to prewarn us to move over, just as cyclists should slow and bell pedestrians before passing. LAWFULLY BICYCLES AND VEHICLES MAY SHARE ANY LOCAL ROAD and only pass in a safe manner! You few bike and vehicle road hogs, please calm your insanity and dangerous aggression. Otherwise get off the road until you grow up and respect others. A peaceful coexistence will make everyone much happier and safer. Huge Cheers to the staff at Copper Point golf. The experience from the moment you arrive and are greeted to the time you finish your round the staff have made your experience great. Cheers to Scott for his encouragement to the youngest players and taking the time to check in with them after their round. CHEERS again on a job well done.

A Cheers to the Classic Car Club for putting on a wonderful PARADE for the IVY House Residents on Sunday August 30. An appreciation for also sharing your bright and beautiful vintage vehicles to Columbia House, Mt. Nelson and the Manor folks . Our Care homes appreciate this extra special PARADE event and the attention to give to our Residents. Cheers to Murray Jensen of Zen Technologies in Invermere for helping a technologically challenged senior with her cell phone. You were very kind and are a great service to have right here in town. Great big Cheers to the firefighters and skimmers who put out the Bruce Creek fire. Great job much appreciated!

If you want to sell your home, it should be here! Call Gerry *not intended to solicit those already working with an agent. BUYING OR SELLING CALL 250-341-1202

gerrytaft.ca Rockies West Realty Independently owned and operated

STORAGE NEWHOUSE STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climatecontrolled units. Call 250-342-3637.

COMMERCIAL SPACE 864 sq. ft. Shop space in the Industrial Park. Electrical included, $700/mo. 250-3423637, newmulti@telus.net.

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ACCOMMODATION WANTED Looking to rent month to month or one year lease. Areas preferred - Canal Flats, Windermere or in between. Moving to work at local schools. $875 or less depends on place. Will consider to house sit for long term, or rent out a room with shared areas. 867-688-2988.

SUITE FOR RENT Windermere, bright, sunny, 2-bdrm upper unit in quiet 4-plex with beautiful views, a large yard area, separate parking and entrance with new deck. No Pets, $775/mo. + electricity + D.D. Available Oct. 1st to mature, responsible tenants. References required. Call/text: 587-2243132.

HOUSE FOR RENT Cabin for rent 2-bdrm loft, 1100 square feet. 5 minutes out of Invermere, off grid. $800/mo. Call 250-342-5148. Windermere: furnished 1-bdrm home for rent September to May. N/S, pets considered, references required. $800/mo plus hydro. llccakamom@hotmail.com.


For rent in Fairmont Hot Springs Large 3-bdrm legal suite with huge kitchen and 2 entrances. Available Oct 1st - June 30th (potentially longer for the right tenant) $1,275/mo includes utilities. References required. Email kenwhite4@shaw.ca. Or call 604 842-1916.



BUYING OR SELLING? I specialize in rural, recreational, farm and ranch properties.

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Call or text

250-342-5245 b.brownjohn@gmail.com ELKHORN COUNTRY ESTATES Selling Phase 3 now! 2.5-acre parcels. No building time commitment. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-342-1268. www.elkhornranches.com





Top Quality Hay Round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-3421268.

SERVICES FOR SENIORS The Heartfelt Companion offers non-medical help to seniors in their home and respite for caregivers. Companionship, errands, transportation, personal care, meal prep and more. Excellent local references and credentials and a big, kind heart! “Leanne and her associates have made a real difference for myself and my husband who is dealing with dementia. Leanne always seems to figure out what a client needs and enjoys. This also gave me a much needed break. I would highly recommend her service”. www.invermerehomecare.com, Leanne Brooks 250-341-5683.

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.

MOUNT 7 TAXI LTD IS LOOKING FOR DRIVERS! This position would be terrific for a senior or anyone else who would like to stay busy and supplement their income. Duties - Pre trip inspection of vehicles, driving of mini vans or 14 passenger vans. Requirements Class 4 or better valid BC Drivers licence, satisfactory drivers abstract. We would LOVE to hear from you! Please drop off resumes at 801-10th Ave South, Golden BC or call us at 250-3445237.

SERVICES LEE’S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR SHOP Specializing in chain saws, tillers, trimmers and lawn mower repairs and maintenance. Industrial #2 Road across from NAPA Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 250-341-2551 Offering excellent service and fair pricing!


Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Our disinfectant is formulated to kill COVID-19. Call 250-688-0213

4.7 acres. Has its own gravelled access road from Kootenay #3 road already constructed. Drilled well, views, privacy. $219,000 plus GST. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-1268.

B.B.’s Home & Lawn Care Services Renovations, Handyman Repairs, Small moves, Dump runs, House Checks, House Cleaning, Yard Maintenance, Eavestroughs, Tree removal. 250-688-2897.


Pike Contracting Excavating and Skid Steer services. Call Jason 250-342-5277.

Invermere Ace location R2 multifamily lot. 0.21 acres. Contact Bonnie-Lou 250-342-1233.

CONDO FOR SALE Condo for sale (WPt). 2-bdrm/ den, f/f, top floor, mtn/lake views, walk to beach, price reduced $254,900, 403-9689222.


Invermere Ace Location, 3000 sq ft Renovated Fully Furnished Turn Key. Home/ Duplex with New In-law Suite. Opportunity 0.34-acre C1 allows you to build 3 Stories high to zero lot line. Or re zone back to Two R2 lots. Lake and Mountain Views. $899,000. Also, For Sale Adjacent R2 Lot 0.21 acre. Package Deal a Possibility. Contact Bonnie-Lou 250-342-1233

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Wanted to buy pickup truck or small car in decent shape. Size, tires and year. Please reply to Box 362, Invermere, V0A 1K0.

Spic N Span Cleaning: Office or evening cleans available, Monday to Thursday. No daytime cleans. Please contact 250-688-1259 to book. Kootenay Country Electrical Qualified Electrical Service Licensed, Bonded, Insured Highly skilled electrician Call Dean 250-342-5516.

HELP WANTED Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wanted Deli Workers, Cashiers and Night Time Supervisors. Above average wage packages. Both full and part time positions available. High season bonus packages from May through September for all staff. Pleasant and customer service-oriented individuals please. Call 250342-5402 or email resume to kgtltd2020@gmail.com. M & H Logging is looking for full time, experienced Processor and Skidder Operator to join their team. Competitive Wages, Health and Pension Benefits. Applicants must have a good attitude, a hard work ethic and forestry experience. Will provide training for the right people. If interested please email resume to hailey@mhlogging.com or call 250-341-5336.


MISC. FOR SALE SIGMA 000M-15S 12-FRET ACOUSTIC GUITAR Solid mahogany top with mahogany neck, back and sides, slotted headstock, Indian rosewood fingerboard, 25.4” scale length and Grover nickel side tuners. Comes with a gig bag. Great sound. Asking $500. Call 250-341-6299 ext. 104, Monday-Friday.

POWER PAVING -No job too smallFree Estimates Call (250) 421-1482 Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Mondayw.

OK Tire Invermere is looking for a hardworking individual to join our team for the fall season as a Tire Technician. There is potential for this to become a year-round position for the right person. This person must be hardworking, punctual, have a clean driving abstract, able to follow instruction and physically able to do heavy lifting. Drop a resume off in person to OK Tire, 156, Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere.

COLUMBIA VALLEY TAXI LTD IS LOOKING FOR DRIVERS! This position would be terrific for a senior or anyone else who would like to stay busy and supplement their income. Duties - Pre trip inspection of vehicles, driving of mini vans or 14 passenger vans. Requirements Class 4 or better valid BC Drivers licence, satisfactory drivers abstract. We would LOVE to hear from you! Please drop off resumes at 801-10th Ave South, Golden BC or call us at 250-3445237.

Please email classified ads to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com

NOW HIRING Full-time and part-time positions available ASAP. No experience necessary, we will train you.

Pizzeria Mercato: Pizza Makers (2 positions) Poutine Queen: Poutine Maker /Cook (2 positions) Chill Out Ice Cream: Supervisor & Scoopers (until the end of September) Please contact Todd or Brenda at 250-341-1966, email pizzeriawindermere@gmail.com, or stop by say hello.


For all your advertising needs, call Amanda at 250-341-6299

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0911611 BC Ltd. O/A Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95, Invermere BC, V0A 1K2 Tim Hortons Invermere is currently looking for

FOOD SERVICE SUPERVISORS Permanent, full-time, part-time, shift, weekend, day, night, evening. $15.60 per hour + benefits • Start Date: ASAP # of Vacancies: 6 • Experience: 1 year to less than 2 years Education: No degree, certificate or diploma required. Please apply via email at timhortons.invermere@gmail.com or in person at 496 Highway 93/95 Invermere, BC

We are looking for a fun, friendly, creative, caring, energetic individual to lead the after school program for children 5 - 11 years old. This can be a part-time position or a full-time position that would include assisting in the early learning programs. Position would start as soon as possible. We are located at 818 12th Street in Invermere. Please send resume to dragonflydiscoverycentre@gmail.com.

weekend. Since the legal trail options are becoming overcrowded, what could be our next positive step? Creative land use? Improved parking? Access from town? Municipal mapping? It’s not fighting amongst ourselves, it’s not making trails on unapproved land, and it’s also not cutting down fences on land that has been closed to the public. I believe the answer involves many people working collaboratively together as outdoor enthusiasts, member groups, property owners, jurisdictions, town councils, and the general public to find legal and exciting opportunities to create trails that will support the health and well-being of future generations. Happy Trails, Nadyia Fry, Invermere


Community Health Nurse/ Home Care Nurse The Community Health Nurse/Home Care Nurse team lead (CHN/HCN), in collaboration with the community and the health team, will contribute to the overall health of the community using a population health and community development framework. The CHN/HCN promotes traditional and cultural approaches to health practices. The CHN/HCN demonstrates knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community health and home care nursing programming based on local knowledge and information; morbidity, mortality and other statistics; population health, and current preferred practice as these relate to community health and home care nursing practice. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: • Applies and utilizes key nursing knowledge and critical thinking to choose options and to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and interventions to address health issues, taking into account relevant evidence, legislation, regulations, and policies. • Collects, assesses, analyzes, and applies information from various data sources to make evidence informed decisions for nursing services, including program planning, development and priority setting with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and interprets information for professional and community audiences. • Responsible for nursing programs set out in agreements: for IMMS, TB Control, Sexual Health, Maternal Child Health, Prenatal/Postnatal, Communicable Disease, Men’s Health, Youth, Mental Health/Wellness and Substance Misuse, Injury Prevention, Chronic Disease. • Responsible for overseeing the Home & Community care program process and documents, assessment, care plan, coordinating care and services, home visits, lead home care team, provide education for clients, family and team members, discharge plan, and follow-up. • Maintains records, consent, charting, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of client information. • Involves individuals, families, groups, and communities as active partners to take action to address health inequities and foster a self-management care approach for chronic conditions. • Advocates for, and uses culturally relevant and appropriate approaches, when building relationships and providing nursing services. • Collaborates and shares knowledge with colleagues, students, First Nations, and other members of the health team. • Works in collaboration with health care team as required by assigning responsibilities, monitoring activities, and providing support, guidance, education and overall coordination of nursing programs. • Performs other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BScN) from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. One (1) year of nursing experience. • Current practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). • Certification in Immunization Competency, or willingness to be certified within 3 months of hire. • Possess a valid Class 5 British Columbia Driver’s License, able to submit current drivers abstract and have reliable transportation. • Complete and clear the Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations. • Knowledge and the application of concepts, principles, and theories of cultural safety and trauma, including knowledge of other healing practices used in the community. • Knowledge of First Nations cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture impacts on communication patterns, and attitudes and approaches to health issues. • Knowledge of health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, principals of primary care, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, curative, urgent and emergent care, rehabilitation and supportive or palliative care. • Application of the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, theories and principles of nursing practice. • Problem solving techniques/skills. • Knowledge of evidence based clinical nursing practice, including current concepts of primary care nursing for the delivery of community /family health and home care services. • Some knowledge in wound care, foot care, diabetes, COPD, Asthma, and other chronic conditions would be an asset. • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. TERMS AND CONDITIONS • Full-time position, 32.5 hours per week. • Hours of work 9 am to 4 pm. Monday to Friday (half-hour unpaid lunch). • Must adhere to the Shuswap Indian Band Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual (Approved April 4, 2018) and the Finance Policy Manual (Approved, October 24, 2017). Deadline for applications will be September 4, 2020 at 4 pm Submit a cover letter and resume to: Angela Sarsons, Director of Operations, E-mail: dops@shuswapband.ca • Fax: 250.341.3683 Shuswap Indian Band, RR#2, 3A – 492 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K2

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Indigenous Affairs Reporter The Times-Chronicle is looking for a full-time Indigenous Affairs Reporter for our news operation based in Osoyoos (formerly the Osoyoos Times). We operate a daily news site, timeschronicle.ca, and a weekly print publication that was formed by the merger of the Oliver Chronicle and the Osoyoos Times. The successful candidate works well in a team setting, but is self-motivated. You will be responsible to write multiple news stories every week for print and on-line publication, take photographs to accompany stories, attend community events and lay out pages (all while respecting Social Distancing requirements).

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Local artist becomes new CV Arts executive director Black Star co-owner takes over top job at arts council By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com

“I’m very excited and very honoured to have been chosen by the CV Arts board and by the community for this job... In some ways it’s kind of surreal. When I was a little girl, I used to think about the CV Arts job, and how cool it would be to be in that role. Now that dream has actually come full circle and I have that position.” Cajsa Fredin, new CV Arts executive director The Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) has a new executive director, with Columbia Valley local Cajsa Fredin taking over the role. Fredin has been involved in the valley’s arts and culture scene since she was a kid, and is perhaps best known to valley residents and visitors as one of the three friendly co-owners of Black Star Studios and Gallery on Invermere’s main street. Having founded Black Star with fellow co-owners Natalie Ruby and Jen Abra and built the business from the ground up for more than a decade, Fredin is sad to be leaving Black Star behind, but is filled with enthusiasm by the possibilities and challenges that come with being the CV Arts executive director. “I’m very excited and very honoured to have been chosen by the CV Arts board and by the community for this job,” said Fredin. “In some ways it’s kind of surreal. When I was a little girl, I used to think about the CV Arts job, and how cool it would be to be in that role. Now that dream has actually come full circle and I have that position.” Fredin grew up in the valley, graduated from David Thompson Secondary School and then pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary. She returned to the valley, and worked a number of jobs while creating her own art. In 2009, she, Ruby and Abra set up Black Star, which has since become a mainstay fixture of both Invermere’s main street and of the valley’s arts and culture scene. “The arts community in the valley means a lot to me, which is part of what makes this particularly special. When I applied for the job, I had to get letters of support

from the arts community. And it’s clear from that process that a lot of people in the arts community have seen what we’ve been doing at Black Star and how we’ve really tried to bring art to the community. I’ve very grateful and thankful for that support. It’s humbling,” said Fredin. “The Columbia Valley really does have a rich history of arts and culture. I like to joke that there must be something in the water, but really I don’t know what it is that makes the valley that way. It may be that with the natural surroundings here, there’s so much to be inspired by, and perhaps that makes people focus a bit more on the creative side of things.”

Longtime Columbia Valley artist Cajsa Fredin (middle) is leaving Black Star Studios and Gallery (Fredin is flanked here by Black Star co-owners Jen Abra, left, and Natalie Ruby, right) to become the new executive director of CV Arts. Photo submitted

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FAITH Good news Pastor Wayne Frater, Radium Christian Fellowship Church Are you ready for some good news? Most news today is not so good, pandemic, economic failure, and so on and so on, if you want to get depressed turn on the 11 o’clock news, and I guarantee, you will get depressed. Well I’m here to tell you, that in spite all that is going on in the world, God is still God, He is still on the throne and the gospel, or good news of Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. One of the first things Jesus did when He began His earthly ministry is tell us in Luke 4:18-19, quoting Isaiah 61, what He had come to do. 1-To preach the Gospel to the poor. 2-To heal the broken hearted. 3-To proclaim liberty to the captives. 4-recover the sight of the blind. 5-set at liberty those who are oppressed. 6-to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Christ, the Anointed One. And He did. As the end of His earthly ministry approached, Jesus empowered His disciples, and I believe,

all that would profess Jesus Christ as their Lord, to carry on, to make a difference in the world, to reach out and show Gods love. In John 14:12-14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Jesus gives us the Great Commission in Mark 16, and He ascended to sit at the right side of God the Father, but it doesn’t end there, it goes on, and it makes for exciting reading, as we see in the Book of Acts, as Peter, James, John and the rest of the disciples, along with Paul and Timothy, and so many others turned their world upside down. It is now our turn 1-To preach the Gospel to the poor. 2-To heal the broken hearted. 3-To proclaim liberty to the captives. 4-recover the sight of the blind. 5-set at liberty those who are oppressed. 6-to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Christ, the Anointed One. It is now our turn, to pray, to cry out to God, to grasp His heart, a heart that none would perish, that all would come to know the saving grace of the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Good News that Jesus came as a Saviour, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Online Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Visit https://lwac.online.church 326 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lwac.ca

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Please email office@wvsm.ca to request a link to our online service which starts at 10:30am Sundays. Recorded services can be accessed by typing WVSM Invermere Anglican United Church. 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats., Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere, St. Joseph’s – Radium. Father Jojo Augustine • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere 250-342-6167

ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday 1:30 pm Worship Service at Valley Christian Assembly 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere www.eklutheran.ca mtzionlc@hotmail.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


Healing Through Arts At the Community Healing Through Art workshop outside Pynelogs on Friday, August 28th, participants gathered to make portraits of their families using molding clay. Photos by Nancy Smith

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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Local resident Big Jer Donaldson enjoys a float on the river with his family. Photo by Kim Rasilainen

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September 3, 2020

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