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Invermere takes backseat on regulating short term rentals By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com The village of Radium Hot Springs is coming closer to creating a bylaw dealing with short term rentals units (STRs), such as those offered through online platforms Airbnb and Vrbo, and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) will begin formally looking at the issue soon, but the district of Invermere has no similar plans, at least not yet. Radium’s draft bylaw dealing with STRs has been almost two years in the works. The RDEK’s plans to form some sort of policy or procedure on STRs stem from ad hoc work begun by RDEK Area F directors Susan Clovechok in December 2019. However, during their Tuesday, Oct. 13 council meeting, Invermere council members voiced their opinion that, for now, they are content to sit back and see how other local municipal efforts to regulate STRs pan out before they wade into the fray themselves. Invermere resident John Rouse raised the issue during the meeting, the second time in as many months that council

has been asked about its approach — or whether it has plans to develop an approach — to STRs. “We have not set it as a priority as of yet,” Invermere mayor Al Miller told Rouse, adding council members know it is an important issue, and that Invermere will need to deal with it at some point, but council feels it is better to see how Radium and the RDEK approach regulating STRs, so Invermere can act in concert with them, resulting in a more consistent solution across the board. Invermere councillor Gerry Taft noted that the method Radium is proposing involves using business licenses to regulate STRs, which is something the RDEK and most other regional districts in B.C. can’t do since they are not able to issue business licenses. He added that Revelstoke tried to use rezoning as a way to regulate STRs, but that this lead to conflict for residents in that municipality. “Invermere has kind of taken a backseat (compared with Radium and the RDEK)... in order to look and see what makes senses here,” said Taft.

Train derails: coal spilled into the Columbia River

By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Lots of coal has pilled into the Columbia River. As of 8 p.m. Oct. 12, the following statement was published on the B.C. provincial government’s website: “On the evening of Oct. 10, 2020, at approximately 11:45 p.m. MT, 17 train cars derailed and 2 train cars flipped over near the community of Edgewater. The responsible person, Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR), confirmed that the train cars were carrying coal. An unknown quantity of the spilled product has entered into the Columbia River.

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is continuing to work closely with partners to monitor the incident. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.” When reached, the government declined to comment. “During the interregnum period of an election, all Government of B.C. communications are limited to immediate health and public safety information, as well as statutory requirements. We can direct you to information already publicly available,” emailed David Karn of the Ministry of the Environment in Victoria. CPR claims to have immediately dis-

RCMP advises locking your car By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com Columbia Valley RCMP detachment commander Sergeant Darren Kakuno has a simple solution for residents to reduce the occasional but persistent incidences of petty theft that occur in the valley: lock your car at night. Kakuno underscored this advice during the RCMP’s quarterly report to the Invermere council, during the Tuesday, Oct. 13 council meeting. Kakuno related to council a conversation he’d had with an out-of-town youth who had been caught fleeing a stolen vehicle in the Columbia Valley. “I asked him why he came to the Columbia Valley,” said Kakuno. “He was

quite forthcoming. He told me, ‘people here just don’t lock their vehicles’. He said, ‘everybody locks their doors in Calgary, but nobody does here’... he explained that they (the youth and some friends) simply walk down the street, trying vehicle door handles and door latches, and if they are open, then they carry on (with theft).” Kakuno also told council how the RCMP was able to do more boat patrols this year — 28 in total — than ever before, in part because community and special events cancelled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic had freed up RCMP detachment members to be able to get out on the lake. “It would be nice to get patrols out on the lake that much every year,” he said.

CPR train derails near Edgewater, coal spilled into the Columbia River. 17 cars went off the tracks. Photo submitted Environmental contractors have been retained to undertake water sampling upstream and downstream of the impact site and to assist in mitigation measures of the incident site, including silt fencing and containment boom. Salvage and cleanup operations are ongoing. Interior Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority and local First Nations have been notified of the incident. An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) with the B.C.

patched crews and emergency response contractors to the site. “There were no injuries to the crew,” said Salem Woodrow, Manager, Media Relations and Community Affairs. CPR reopened the rail line the morning of Oct. 12 after all repairs were made, and safety inspections were conducted. “The incident is under investigation,” said Ms. Woodrow. Woodrow declined to respond to further questioning with regards to how the derailment occurred and why. Developing story.

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RCMP Report Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno Detachment Commander Columbia Valley RCMP This past week, Oct. 12 through Oct. 18, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 54 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to. • On Thursday, Oct. 15, a break and enter and theft was reported at a business in the 9000 block of Highway 93/95 in Canal Flats. An employee arrived at work to find the building had been broken into. Missing was a Lincoln Electric welder. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers. • On Saturday, Oct. 17, at about 1:20 p.m. police received a report of a two vehicle collision on West Main Street in Radium Hot Springs. The driver of a Chevrolet Impala was travelling southbound on West Main Street and struck a Honda Ridgeline that was backing out of a parking stall. The Impala had signifi-

cant front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene. Nobody was seriously injured. • On Saturday, Oct. 17, at about 7:30 p.m., police were called to a single-vehicle collision on Horsethief Forest Service Road in Radium Hot Springs. Motorists came across a white Ford Explorer in the ditch about 4km up the forest service road. Officers responded and found the vehicle unoccupied. Officers spoke to the registered owner, who denied being involved in the incident but did not provide further explanation as to how the vehicle ended up in the ditch. • On Saturday, Oct. 17, at about 11:40 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with the driver of a Hyundai Tucson on Laurier Street in Invermere. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver complied with a mandatory roadside breath demand and blew two “fails”. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition, and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

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Invermere, Oct. 1. Nine in the morning. Sandy Kalesnikoff arrives at her Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) office on the corner of 8th Ave and 10th St. Maybe you’ve heard of CBVAL, maybe not. CBAL develops, promotes and delivers free literacy programs and services for people of all ages in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions of British Columbia. Sandy walks into a tidy rabbit’s warren of books, bulletin boards, desks, papers, computers. There’s dictionaries, thesauruses, stacks of paperbacks and magazines. There’s a classroom with a few tables and a whiteboard. Behind the classroom, there’s office space with a little kitchen area and a restroom. CBAL’s Windermere Valley outpost is lived in. But it’s clean and absolutely the opposite of grey, corporate, boring. Home to this space is a lean operation of community-minded literacy advocates. Sandy, dressed in Smart Business Casual, is busy be-

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fore she sits down. Her temperament matches the day’s weather: warm, bright, sunny. She’s articulate. As CBAL’s Windermere Valley Community Literacy Coordinator, Sandy runs the show and has for the past three years. Before, she was in a different CBAL role. She moved to Invermere 26 years ago, Castlegar born and raised. Mom and grandma, both librarians. Mom, Castelgar’s children’s librarian for the past thirty years. Before CBAL, Sandy was an early childhood educator. She never wanted to be a librarian — too much paperwork. Sandy exhales, sits down and begins her day. Her todo list is long. She’s thinking about future programming. Old programs to bring back, new ones to introduce. Doing her job well requires nimble thinking, resourcefulness. She has people to hire for staff soon departing. She’s paid for no more than twenty-one hours per week. She’s not in it for the money. Her yardstick for career success, it sure isn’t money. Continued on page 8

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Get to know our candidates for the upcoming provincial election By Pioneer Staff The Pioneer asked three questions to our candidates Samson Boyer (Green Party), Nicole Cherlet (NDP) and Doug Clovechok (Liberal) from our district Columbia River – Revelstoke. Mark your calendar if it’s not done yet, Election day is on Oct. 24. What will you do as MLA to address the impact of the ongoing COVID pandemic on Columbia-River Revelstoke? Boyer – Green: The impact of the ongoing COVID pandemic has affected us all, whether you are a small business owner who worries about making it through the month or a parent who’s concerned for their children going back to school. It has been a stressful summer for many of us. If elected, I would support the Green Party’s just transition program for workers to move to guaranteed well-paying jobs in the clean economy. This would include a $1billion strategic investment fund to support business innovation, especially initiatives that would help B.C. shift to a zero-carbon economy. What I would like to see for the Kootenays is an investment in tech and innovation across all sectors. Non-for-profit organizations like the Columbia Valley maker-space in Invermere or the MIDAS Fab Lab in Trail are great leaders. We also need to encourage sustainable local agriculture and manufacturing, which is essential to reducing our GHG emissions and building a resilient local economy. Cherlet – NDP: People are worried about their loved ones and a future that looks different than we had ever imagined. I put my name forward this election because I believe the B.C. NDP are the right people to ensure we build a recovery from the COVID pandemic that includes everyone – not just those at the very top. We need to keep B.C. moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made so far by following the expert advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry. John Horgan’s plan includes a record $1.6 billion investment in healthcare to fight COVID: Hiring 7,000 front-line health care workers in long-term care and assisted living; Boosting testing capacity to 20,000 per day; Hiring 600 more contact tracers to stop outbreaks. Once a vaccine is available, we will provide it free of charge to everyone in B.C. Clovechok – Liberal: I will continue to work with local organizations and constituents as I have been doing over the past seven months to help them navigate successfully through the programs being offered by government. I will continue to work hard to make sure that the unique needs in Columbia River Revelstoke are heard as I

did with the Tourism sector over the past three and a half years and especially over the last seven months. Economically we have not been in such a situation since the end of the WWII and that is why I support the proposed stimulus spending to keep our local businesses open, keep people working, and put more money back into the pockets of families. Cutting the PST for one year and then holding it to 3% will mean more people will spend money locally, instead of buying across our borders. Eliminating the small business tax will help keep people working. Aside from the COVID pandemic, what — in your opinion — is the biggest issue facing Columbia-River Revelstoke, and what will you do to address it as MLA? Boyer – Green: Talking to the people of this riding, I believe that affordability is one of the biggest issues facing our communities. Housing prices have been rising for decades with no sign of stopping. Half a billion for a home just isn’t affordable for most people just entering or leaving the economy. When you add together the cost of rent, childcare and stagnant wages, moving from renter to owner seems out of reach. That’s if you are able to find a long term rental in the first place. When elected MLA, I will work with the other parties to address this by establishing a capital fund for the purposes of housing acquisitions to create affordable rentals as well as creating a Renter’s Housing Grant that will help low- to moderate-income households pay rent when it’s more than 30% of their income. Until $10 a day daycare is implemented province wide, the B.C. Greens will support parents with $500 a month. Cherlet – NDP: For too many years under the B.C. Liberals, people in rural communities like ours, were largely ignored when it came to investments in essential services. We can’t go back to how it was before and throw away the progress we’ve made on issues like childcare and the environment. Instead of tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, like Andrew Wilkinson is proposing, we need to keep investing in people – better healthcare for seniors, skills training for workers, and affordable housing for families. The climate crisis is the global challenge of our time. We’re already seeing the impacts in Columbia River-Revelstoke and owe it to future generations to do our part. The B.C. NDP worked closely with Dr. Andrew Weaver to develop  CleanBC  – the most ambitious climate plan in North America. We now have an economic opportunity to ‘build back better’ and tackle climate change, while making life better for people. Continued on page 9

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Go vote By Camille Aubin camille@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Nearly one month after Premier John Horgan terminated his minority government agreement with B.C. Green Party, and called voters to head to the polls on October 24th, the 2020 snap election is here. In our electoral district this year, three candidates of different affiliations have participated in the campaign: Samson Boyer (Green Party), Nicole Cherlet (NDP) and incumbent Doug Clovechok (Liberal Party). B.C. party leaders are John Horgan (NDP), Andrew Wilkinson (Liberal Party) and Sonia Furstenau (Green Party). An excellent way to get to know each candidate is to listen to the debate or at least a summary of it. One of the main reasons cited for low voter participation during recent elections is that people don’t have time to vote on election day due to their responsibilities at home and work. It shouldn’t be that way this time. Advance polls have been open since October 15th in many locations in our area. There was also the possibility of voting by mail. If you still haven’t exercised your right to vote, there’s still plenty of time. Carve out a spot in your schedule to go do it; this is important. If you are an employer, be part of the solution, and consider releasing your team for a short period during the day, so your staff have time to exercise their right to vote. Are you happy with the actions of our last government? Go out and make your point. Are you unsatisfied? Again, go out and make your point. This is the time to support the candidate who you feel meets your needs and your values, the one who thinks best meets the specific needs of our community. Make your voice heard in these elections. Democracy and your say are essential. You have the power to decide which values to prioritize by voting for the party and representative of your choice for our region. Voting is your chance to have a say on the issues that matter to you. This right belongs to all of us. Take the time to inform yourself – on different platforms, from sources, and for each of the candidates – so that you can make an informed choice when you vote. It’s your money. Do you know how your taxes are being used? Maybe not. Voting is deciding how it will be spent, depending on what is important to you. What do you value more: funding for daycare, more priority for business, or more focus on the environment? This is something you can choose with your vote.  Not taking the time to go and vote means letting others decide the future of our province, region, community, neighbourhood, and our loved ones. That decision affects all of us in our everyday life. There are protocols in place for your safety during the pandemic; election workers are trained on safe workplace guidelines. You can wear your mask if you wish to do so.  Every single vote matters. Go vote on election day, October 24th.

Historical Lens Brownies & Rangers Girl guides with the float ready for the parade celebrathing 60th year of guiding. In this picture Pat Carlow, Dianna Carlow, June Christensen, Susan Godwin, Marilyn Kimm and Kim Hope. Photo C2333, 1970, courtesy Windermere District Historical Society

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Halloween Horse March trots in Invermere

has not been able to leave (Ivy House) as much. She’s not in the best of health, and she really wants to see the kids and horses Every school kid in the country again. So I thought about how I could, inknows that the click-click-click of reindeer stead of taking her to the horses and kids, hooves on the rooftop means Christmas bring the horses and kids to her.” is well and truly here, and Santa Claus is Oddy outlined that the Brisco Riding about to slide down your chimney. But Club often holds a dress-up ride or comthe sound of horse hooves clip-clopping to petition some time around Hallowe’en, herald Hallowe’en? Well, as it turns out, and said it just made sense to her that “if yes indeed. At least here in Invermere this we go to all this effort to get costumes on year, where a bunch of local kids and hors- horses for that event, we might as well es are getting set for the first Hallowe’en make a show of it in Invermere too, bring Horse March this coming weekend. the kids to the seniors and let everybody The march will involve anywhere enjoy it. It’s about bringing a bit of joy to people who have been stuck in a lockdown for awhile now.” The march is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 24 and those involved plan to stay off of main thoroughfares as much as possible, sticking to the gravel at the side of the streets rather than the pavement, and in general trying to interfere as little as possible with whatever traffic may be out. What is it like to dress a horse in costume? “It’s actually quite a lot of fun,” said Oddy. “You need to get really creative. You have to make everything yourself, because there aren’t The Halloween Horse March is sure to feature many creative websites you can visit or costumes, including this Ghostbuster and Slimer duo. stores where you can go  Submitted photo to buy horse costumes.” from 10 to 15 kids dressing themselves Part of the fun comes from matching and their horse in costumes and trotting the costumes of horse and rider. For infrom Pothole Park around Invermere in a stance, one of Oddy’s daughters will be a loop past each of Invermere’s four senior Ghostbuster for the march, and her horse care facilities as well as past the hospital’s will be dressed as Slimer, the lovable gooey acute care ward. green Ghostbuster sidekick. The idea for the march came from “The one thing I have to stress is that Heart and Soul Medicine Horse business there can’t be any crowds,” said Oddy. owner Luraina Oddy. Oddy’s 96-year-old “We are in a pandemic, we have to follow grandmother lives in Ivy House and she, protocols. People absolutely must mainprior to the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly tain their social distance. Feel free to come enjoyed getting out now and then to see and watch, but maybe stay in your car.” her great-grandchildren (Luraina’s kids) The Hallowe’en Horse March will ride their horses. start at 1 p.m. in Pothole Park. “But this year, with COVID-19, she

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October 22, 2020 Continued ‘Columbia River Treaty series’ from page 4

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books for adults. “The Invermere Rotary Club donates to Books Under Every Tree each year, providing us with the funds to purchase books for youth, as this is the age category that we receive the least amount of donations for.” Books for Kids also funds the Books for Babies and Books for Toddlers programs. It’s a busy day, it’s a normal day. “Sandy is one of our veterans,” said CBAL’s Executive Director Desneiges Profili from her office in Trail. “She is instrumental for the mentorship of other practitioners.”  Across the Columbia Basin, CBAL has 16 community hubs with programming offered in 77 communities. There are 147 full and part-time staff, seven board members, 338 volunteers, 258 planning committee members and 177 partnering organizations. Last year, CBAL had revenue of $2.1 million, 90% of which came from grants. The grants come from a variety of sources, including School District #6 (SD6), College of the Rockies, Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Columbia Basin Trust.  For example, CBAL’s StrongStart program is funded by SD6. StrongStart is a learning program supporting children’s access to free high-quality learning environments. The way it works is a qualified early childhood educator who leads learning activities, including stories, gym time, music and art, to help kids prepare to succeed in kindergarten.

CBAL’s Sandy Kalesnikoff  Photo by James Rose She has endless emails to write and respond to. Sandy will email for a while and then move onto something else. She has to prioritize, there’s no other way. There’s a grant she wants to apply for that requires a detailed budget. Grant writing is a skill unto itself when you run a regional non-profit. The grant would fund a new program to help the many university students in town as a result of the pandemic. Ryan Watmough, Columbia Valley’s Economic Development Officer, collaborated with Sandy to think of ways to address this new post-COVID community need. “It’s early stages, but we are thinking of a program for university students to be matched with mentors in their field of study. Nursing students matched with working nurses. Business students matched with the valley’s business people,” Sandy said. Meanwhile, slated on CBAL’s programming schedule this morning is time for drop-in appointments. Sandy writes an email, begins another one and in walks someone looking for more information about CBAL. Sandy spends an hour advising this person and then returns to what she was doing once the individual leaves the office. But then she receives a phone call from one of her staff in Canal Flats. Sandy takes the time to help organize with her staffer the programming in Canal Flats. And since it’s the first day of October, Sandy is putting together the final touches on CBAL’s fundraising campaign known as Reach A Reader – Books for Kids. “We raise money to purchase books for the Book Under Every Tree Initiative and for the Book Bike program that runs in the summer,” Sandy said.  Book Under Every Tree is a partnership with the Columbia Valley Food Bank and the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley. “We collect books and use cash donations to purchase and then organize books for all children 18 and under.” The books are for families registered for a Christmas Food Hamper. CBAL also provides

CBAL’s Laila Jensen teaching her class  Photo by James Rose The Columbia Basin Trust provides the non-profit with about a quarter of its annual funding each year and has had a long, productive history with CBAL. And of course, without the Columbia River Treaty, there’s no Columbia Basin Trust. In 2001, the Trust led the merging of Project Read East Kootenay and West Kootenay to create the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. “[CBAL] began by bringing together people active in this area from a couple of towns,” said Greg Deck, a founding director and past chair of the Trust. “Rather than just fund them individually, the Trust encouraged them to pool their talents to create a template that featured the most successful elements of their programs and then to help them find like-minded people in all our communities to use Trust funding to deliver that program throughout the basin.” For the rest of this story, visit columbiavalleypioneer. com

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October 22, 2020 Continued ‘Get to know our candidates’ from page 5 Clovechok – Liberal: Apart from COVID-19 the biggest issues I have heard from people are transportation, childcare, wildlife management and access to healthcare. I have successfully worked to improve access to the Health Connection bus, I have relentlessly brought up our transborder health issues with the BC & AB Health Ministers, and worked with MOTI to ensure the Kicking Horse Canyon project team addresses the safety concerns residents have with the future hwy closures. I will continue to make sure that affordable childcare is available to those who need it and that we train more early childhood educators. The ungulate populations have never been lower and we need science driven wildlife management decisions and actions to ensure wildlife populations are sustainable. I will work hard to ensure that hunting and other wildlife fees are used to fund enhancement of wild space and wild populations. Describe how your background makes you uniquely suited to be MLA of Columbia-River Revelstoke. Boyer – Green: I have been an instructor, student, farmer, manager, director. But at the end of the day I am a resident of the Kootenays and I am terrified for my future. Terrified of the effects of climate change. While running this campaign, I have been taking a full university course load and it’s freaking hard. Not because there is too much to do (there kind of is) but because I am overwhelmed with the feeling that I have to do more to fight climate change. As a young person, my generation and my children’s generation will face the brunt of climate change. To be honest, I’m tired, tired of watching politicians ignore the science, tired of the inaction, tired of the uphill battle. But I can’t give up and I won’t, I want a future for myself and my children. Cherlet – NDP: Our province is a stunning place with a rich culture, beautiful environment, and amazing communities. I felt welcomed when I moved here in 2006, fell in love with my husband in Invermere in 2007, and found home when I moved to Revelstoke in 2008. I’ve always felt strongly about community service and feel that is how we contribute to the next generation. If I want to see positive change, I know I have a responsibility to help make it happen. As a city councillor, I have seen the difference that having a diversity of perspectives makes at the decision-making table. With my experience as a small business owner and past president of my local chamber of commerce, I know I can be a strong voice to represent our riding – and rural communities – in a B.C. NDP government led by John Horgan. It’s time that Columbia River-Revelstoke had a seat at the table in Victoria. Clovechok – Liberal: My job as the MLA is to listen to and work hard for the people of this riding. I ran for MLA in 2017, so I could put my lifetime experience in public education, tourism, and small business to work for the people of Columbia River-Revelstoke. Regardless of political affiliations, I worked with residents from across CRR to solve problems and improve their lives. Together we have accomplished a lot, improving our highways, wildlife management, protecting our natural resources, and helping families and employers navigate government red tape so they can thrive. Over the last three and a half years as your MLA, I have proven that I can bring people together and get Victoria to work for us. I would be honoured to continue fighting for our riding’s unique needs and working to find solutions – my team and I are ready to get back to work the day after the election.

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Community lends itself to being the true foundation in one’s sense of being, for where we chose to call “home”. The Columbia Valley Community shines like no other and has continually shown a relentless commitment to supporting each other. Whether it is fundraising, creating awareness, “cheers’ing”, celebrating, welcoming, or volunteering, this community cares. Riding on the shoulders of over 100 non-profit organizations, largely lead by dedicated volunteers, it is clear that community is in our DNA. Sharing, collaborating, and promoting what our Valley offers is incredibly important to us. We are thrilled to continue growing our Community Events Calendar, something which you will see a lot more of in the coming months. Use it, share it, promote

it, and embed it for free on your website if you wish. It is there for you to use as little or as much as you choose. www.cvevents.ca Lastly, thank you so much to those of you who sent in a “shoutout” this month. With almost 50 submissions shared in just two short weeks, yet again our Valley’s kindness and appreciation is on full display. So keep them coming and we’ll keep sharing them, visit www.cvchamber.ca/valleystrong to share your story of someone who you appreciate. Thank you Columbia Valley, we are honored to play a role in embracing all things community.

VALLEY STRONG SHOUTOUTS France Andestad & Lisa Schulz You have created Avenue into a remarkable shop! Beautiful and affordable clothing in all sizes - Thank you! You know your brands’ sizing and we get a great fit most every time - a WIN in the fitting room. You are the best at what you do.

Back Alley Grill Fantastic service; fantastic food. From Scratch A Mountain Kitchen Lara and Adrian have been so generous with their time and effort to support the Food Bank during the pandemic. Every week, Lara picked up ingredients from the FB, took them back to their kitchen where she and Adrian created the most delicious meals including soups, curries, stews and potato wedges! She returned with boxes piled with meals prepared with love and care. So appreciated by folks in our community!

Aspire CPA For going above and beyond. Her compassion for her clients is beyond measure and she is exceptionally knowledgeable and forward thinking. ULLR Bar For innovation, tenacity, a positive outlook/ approach, and for their unifying presence in our community.

Stolen Church Wow not just great tasting beverages, soups, and treats but also great customer service! Oh and they also go the extra step with some amazing cappuccino art that makes me smile every time!

Her Public Thank you for your support of other local small business in carrying their products in your storefront! Netwaves (Nicole Trigg) Thank you for going above and beyond, and connecting opportunities. Your big picture and forward thinking is resulting in great things! Purple Cow They’ve done such an awesome job this summer keeping folks safe while shopping in their business... Great work Dianna and Kevin! Pete Bourke Pete has gone above and beyond during this pandemic. He worked really hard to create a positive message to get the tourists back in the valley. Most of the businesses in town should be grateful to Pete, including the Copper Point Resort. Thanks, Pete Invermere Home Hardware Contractor desk - Vanna They are supportive, responsive and caring. District of Invermere All the things the District of Invermere does in order for folks to feel welcomed, part of the family of community members, is so greatly appreciated! Things like hosting drive-in movies this summer (complete with Home Hardware popcorn), the beautiful flowers all along the downtown core, THEN allowing residents to pick them at the end of the season, Octoberfest truck making sure residents got a chance to hear some lively happy music, all the programs they sponsor....the list just goes on-and-on and we want to say thank you. Love living here and so glad to be part of a wonderful Valley community ♥ ULLR Bar Job well done Ullr! The key to business in our town it to constantly evolve, improve, and offer a product(s) that people crave. You’ve proven this with your constant spirit to move your business in a direction that keeps us intrigued and excited to visit. Cheers to you and your clan!

Mike from Bruno’s Plumbing Thanks for dropping everything when our water line to the motel need fixing Wild Mountain Chocolate Thanks for making such a high-quality (and delicious) product. Your values-led business is inspiring! ULLR Bar You’ve been a refuge in times of trouble. Thanks for all you’ve done to stay open Fubuki Sushi You are a great example of numerous local restaurants that adapted quickly to the change in regulations Invermere Pharmasave Thank You to the Pharmacists - professional, helpful, kind Doug McRobbie and Staff Doug and his team are the hardest working people I know. They are professional and they know what they are doing. They do amazing work and always seem to have time for the ‘locals’. Crystal Concierge Service Thank you Nenet and Stephen Mottram for many years of reliable consistent and quality service Paul Glassford & Jenna Minnaar Paul & Jenna handled the sale and purchase of our houses professionally, with patience and kindness. It was all stress free and while they accommodated our move from Canal Flats to Invermere. They even helped us out even after we moved in.

Black Forest Restaurant Amazing food! Amazing Service! Amazing Chefs LORDCO Auto Parts Courtney works very hard to give the best service possible. Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Absolutely outstanding job our chamber staff have done and more specifically Pete Bourke for his amazing innovative strategies through this crisis. Everyone at the Chamber has worked so hard to keep Invermere businesses front and center and the creative ideas and promotions have served all of us so well. Your initiatives have really not only kept Invermere and area on the minds and map of others but opened up our eyes as well to how many wonderful businesses we have in our community. Keep up the fabulous work. We all need you. Tim Hortons Cheers to Tim Hortons for coming to the rescue when another local business couldn’t get straws on a busy weekend! You are a great community player! Columbia Cycle I would like to send a shout out to Scott and his team at Columbia Cycle. They welcomed us back this season and for many this year, getting out and riding a bike was a great way of taking a break from the chaos. Many times they helped with repairs and parts for our bikes and once even stayed late to do it! Very much appreciated! Main Street Fun & games Thanks to your great products and staff to be a boredom & stress reducer and a fun enhancers to all little humans and big one alike!

Hopkins Harvest This business worked harder than hard this year! They had several trials and tribulations over the summer but kept a smile on their face and always a warm greeting at the door. Their food is amazing, their staff is beyond friendly and Matt/Kirsten are lovely people who make a great team. These 2 definitely deserve a huge shoutout! Invermere Truck and Trailer Thanks to Shawn for the quick response and repair to our RV. Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals The dedication to ensure the safety of employees and guests by Fairmont Creek during this pandemic has been amazing. I have witnessed first hand the owners of FCVR work endlessly to make sure timeshare owners, guests and staff were kept up to date at all times all whilst working hard to ensure staff were working in a safe environment and guests were able to enjoy their vacation in a clean and safe rental.

Valley Foods, No Frills and Sobeys Thank you so much for your care and attention to detail with regards to your wine business and your COVID-19 prevention practices. Can’t wait to visit next year! Copper Point Golf Course Copper Point did an outstanding job with managing the COVID-19 crisis. They opened as quickly and safely as possible with minimal staff and limited resources. They provided a much needed activity from being locked down for so long. The protocols and changes they implemented were outstanding and very much appreciated by all who attended the course this spring and summer. We understand the huge amount of change, work and planning involved. You totally nailed it.

Lakeside Bike Co / Columbia Cycle / Elemental Cycle Thanks to all the bike shops for all the hard work for keeping everyone rolling in this busiest bike season ever!!

Hopkins Harvest What a season for Hopkins Harvest. Managing huge demands for local food; constant highway construction issues and even getting access to food sources during the crisis. This on top of also making huge changes to the way they had to do business within the market. You did an outstanding job, your staff was patient and kind, and you provided our community with amazing fresh produce and food. Your place of business was clean and always felt safe going in there.

Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Thank you for your passion to serve and support our communities and local business! Your small but mighty team is appreciated!

Backdoor Wine Cellar “Renee, thanks again for your help in making an otherwise difficult summer great. We’ll see you next spring.”

Valley Foods, No Frills and Sobeys I appreciate the extra work you have to do over the last several months, cleaning, building partitions, stock shortages etc. to keep us safe and fed.

Columbia Valley Sign Artists Lori has been so awesome about providing support not only to the Columbia Valley Food Bank, but to the whole community throughout these challenging times of the pandemic.

Inside Edge Huge shoutout to staff at Inside Edge - your commitment to your customers by staying open and ensuring all protocols were in place to keep them safe was commendable. At times it was stressful and super busy but you always put customer service and safety first and treated everyone with kindness and respect. So very much appreciated. All the valley businesses No matter day or night the staff was always there with a smile and always helped us out! The Pantry Thank you for being there we would have had a rough go of it this year if it were not for you guys! Effusion Art Gallery Here’s a shoutout to Heather at Effusion Art Gallery – locally owned, locally operated and supports many Canadian artists. Her gallery is a little oasis of colour and beauty amidst these COVID times. Host parents, families and the community for being so welcoming! I would like to thank all the host families who opened their homes and hearts to students from all over the world! The students learned a great deal about life in Canada and returned to their family and friends with incredible stories about their adventures here...many are dreaming of returning in the future!!! To the Local Community, your smiles and interest in the students’ lives here and their home lives helped them feel less homesick as they settled into school and life here. The volunteer opportunities brought them new experiences and new friends! Taynton Bay Spirits Well done! You saw a need this Spring and adjusted your business to help the Valley get hand sani in short order!! Bruno’s Plumbing Thanks for your quick response to our water leak in our motel

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR On any given year we applaud the efforts of all businesses and organizations who have taken that risk and made that commitment to serve our Valley. This year, words cannot do justice to the appreciation we have for all that you have done to weather, pivot, sustain, adapt, persevere, and continue to be the backbone of our region. When we look at this incredible list of members, we are so grateful for the support you give us and the confidence you place in our ability to represent you and our Valley. We know that there are many more members

who have come and gone, of whom we are also very thankful for. We look forward to the days where we can get together more often again, to network, learn, share stories, and celebrate being in business in this great part of the world. Beyond membership, this list also helps to highlight the longevity of some of these businesses in our Valley. We were thrilled to be able to share video stories for many of you this year and we look forward to doing more of that in the months to come. It truly showcases the depth and economic history that has occurred in

our region. So thank you members, businesses, and all organizations for doing your best for our Valley. Most importantly, thank you to those who were here first on these beautiful lands. To the Ktunaxa (Akisqnuk First Nation), the Secwépemc (Shuswap Indian Band), and the Métis (Columbia Valley Métis), we are grateful to be here with you, creating relationships and continuing to learn. Pete Bourke – Executive Director

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1242716 BC Ltd. (Chris Van Mulligen) 2Day FM Radio Aisling Baile Artym Gallery Azimuth Photo & Design Bedard Capital Solutions Blooming World Cannabis Brand Scrubbers Bumstead Insurance and Financial Cleanline Automotive CleanseWise Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) Columbia Valley Escape Rooms Columbia Valley Food and Farm Columbia Valley Makerspace Society Columbia Valley Metis Association Columbia Valley Technologies Coverage with Fortitude Crazy Soles Athletic DEW-Line Enterprises Effusion Art Gallery Everbuilt Developments Fairmont Mountain View Vacation Villas Corp Fundables GFL Environmental Good Cheer Property Services Great West Appraisal Inc. Hopkins Harvest Invermere Inn & Suites Invermere Truck and Trailer Ltd Jay Bird Media Kootenay Clothing Company Kootenay Troutfitters LaTourGroup Canada Inc Mac-Neil Landscaping Main Street Fun and Games Morgan Odland Photography Mountain Ridge Excavating Playwest Mountain Experience Radius Retreat Riverview Retreat B & B Scootin’ Kootenay Tours Smokehouse 93 Stich Consulting & Design Inc StratIS Superstarr Cleaning Services TEA Etc. The Piccadilly Motel Treasures in the Wind Triptician Ullr Bar Valley Dollarshop

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ACT One Learning Corp Akisq’nuk First Nation Amped Up Electrical • Aquair Water Co • Arrowhead Brewing Company • Aspire Professional Corporation, • Chartered Professional Accountant • Avenue • BDO Canada LLP • Bernie Raven, Realtor • Black Star Studios • Blade Runner Shredding • Boulder Mountain Resort • Bruno’s Plumbing Service • Canadian Tire • CanGas Propane • Century 21 Rockies Realty Ltd Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy • Columbia House Enhancement • Society • Columbia Valley Community • Foundation • Columbia Valley Engineering • Columbia Valley Greenways • Trail Alliance • Columbia Valley Law Corporation • Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Club • Columbia Valley Sewer & Drain • Columbia Valley Technology Centre • Cranbrook Pest Control • Crystal Concierge Define Coaching & Consulting • Denham Ford (BC) Ltd • DevTel Communications Ltd • Diekri Technology Inc Digney & Co. • Doug Clovechok, MLA • DQ Grill & Chill Invermere • E-Know Online News • Edible Acres Farm Café & Catering • Eggplant Studios • Elevation Massage & Spa • Fairmont Hot Springs Time Share Rentals • Fairmont Mountainside Market • Fairmont Mountainside Vacation • Villas • Fiona Miller, Psychic From Scratch Food Inc • Fuze Food and Smoothie Bar • Geoff Hill – Maxwell Realty Invermere •

Glacier Raft Company Haworth Development Consulting Ltd High Country Builders Highland Crossing Home Made Perfect Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley Houle Electric Ltd House of the Friesians HTH Contracting Ltd Invermere District Curling Club Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Invermere Liquor Store Ion2 Progression Suspension Inc Janessa Williams, RMT KD Computer Repair Kicking Horse Resort Knead Wellness Kootenay Behind the Seams Kootenay Coffee Works Kootenay Employment Services Society Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd KRS Photography & Framing La Galeria II LaCroix Home Inspection Lambert Insurance Agencies LuVino Maxwell Realty Invermere MB7 Tent & Party Rentals Mineral Mountain Zipline MiTech Business Systems Murray C Davidson Inc Neighbourhood Station Pub Next Level Leadership Inc – Nancy Loraas Nipika Mountain Resort Non-profit by Nature Olympus Stage Lines Ltd/ Mount 7 Taxi Ltd Ozzies Amusements Painting to Perfection Peppi’s Italian Fuel Ltd Pizzeria Mercato Playgreen Inc. Powder Highway Management Ptarmigan Rug Cleaners & Restoration Purple Cow Gift Shop Radium Hot Springs Radium Mountainside Market Rising Sun Media & Marketing (BC) Ltd. Rockies Law Corporation Rockies West Realty (2007) Ltd. Rocky River Grill

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Sandman Hotel Revelstoke Sandman Inn Cranbrook Saunders Family Farm Scrappers Cove Selkirk Cellulars & Office Supplies Corp Shuswap Indian Band Ski Home Ltd Stucco Wizard STW Cutting Edge Carpentry Inc Swansea Communications Taynton Bay Spirits Terravista Strata Corp NES 9 The Invermere Bakery The Raven’s Nest Resort & Campground The Storage Bays at Windermere Inc Timber Wolf Maintenance Traditional Thai Massage & Yoga True Key Adventures True Key Hotels & Resorts Ltd Turning Point Business Advisory Services Valley Zipline Adventures Village of Canal Flats W. D. Farmer’s Institute Weavers Bee Co Wild & Untamed Yoga Studio Wild Mountain Chocolate Wild Water Adventures Wildsight Invermere Windermere Lakeside B & B Woody’s Plumbing Zen Technologies

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Akisq’nuk First Nation Lakeshore Resort Bighorn Meadows Resort Black Forest Restaurant Chattan Holdings CMK Wealth Management Cobblestone Creek Cottage & Lodging Co Columbia Basin Trust Columbia Cycle & Ski Columbia River Paddle Columbia Valley Arts Council Columbia Valley Golf Association Columbia Valley H2O Well & Pump Service Ltd Columbia Valley Pioneer Columbia Valley Sign Artists Copper Point Golf Club & The Ridge Copper Point Resort

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Diamond Heating & Spas Dusk Building Systems Family Dynamix, Resource, Development & Advocacy Fraser Marine Service Grizzly Ridge Properties House Mouse Carefree Cottages Inc Huckleberry’s Restaurant Inside Edge Sports Store Ltd Inspire Floral Boutique Invermere Electric Ltd Invermere Medical Clinic Invermere Public Library Invermere Soaring Centre Invermere Travel World K5 Mechanical/Integra Tire Kanata Invermere Kimberley Riverside Campground König Meat & Sausage Company Kyla Brown Photography M & T Holdings Mom’s Upholstery Mortgage Alliance West Mountain Creek Properties Ltd Navigator Multimedia Inc/ Discovery Web Odyssey Restoration & Cleaning Palliser Printing Pedley Heights Development Corporation Pete’s Marina Ltd. Pharmasave Rainbow International Rocky Mountain Cranes Skandia Concrete/Kootenay Paving Sobeys St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino Stolen Church Gelato & Coffee Subway Invermere Summit Footwear Superior Propane Syndicate Boardshop The Natural Home The Sutton Place Hotel (Revelstoke) Tim Hortons Timbers Resort Toby Creek Adventures Ltd. Tutty Financial Universal Doors & Exteriors Unleashed Pet Care Services Valley Hawk Security Valley Spas Valley’s Edge Park Ltd. Village Arts Society W. J. MacDonald Law Corporation Walkers Repair Centre Ltd Westland Investment Co Ltd

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A&W Restaurant BMO Canyon Camp Ltd/Canyon RV Resort CIBC College of the Rockies – Invermere Campus Columbia Basin Financial Wellness Group Ltd Columere Park Developments Ltd Coys Par 3 Ltd Dutch Creek Resort Eagle Ranch Golf Resort Elkhorn Ranch Ltd Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Green Andruschuk LLP High Country Vacation Rentals Invermere Candyland Invermere Home Hardware & Building Supplies Invermere Interior World Kicking Horse Coffee Co Ltd Kootenay River Runners Kootenay Savings Credit Union Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Ltd Lawnscape Majestic U-Brew & Wine Max Helmer Construction Panorama Mountain Resort R.F.E. Alarms Radium Golf Group Reinhart Construction Ltd Renaissance Wellness Centre & Massage RK Heliski Panorama Inc RONA North Star Hardware & Building Supplies Royal Canadian Legion – Windermere District Branch 71 Spur Valley Golf Resort Valley Alley Bowling Centre/ Lucky Strike Gas Valley Fitness Centre Valley Foods Warwick Enterprises Ltd Windermere Creek B & B Cabins Windermere Valley Golf Course


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Artist’s painting selected By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After relocating to the Columbia Valley roughly three months ago, Daniela Krtickova was reading through the classifieds section of the Columbia Valley Pioneer to search for a job in the pandemic. She quickly found an advertisement requesting artist submissions that would honour the friendship agreement between the Shuswap Indian Band (SIB) and the District of Invermere (DOI) in the Columbia Valley. “Me and my partner just moved into Invermere three months ago from Canmore. We live up (at) the Black Forest,” said Krtickova. “We were thinking about relocating for some time, and when the pandemic hit, we both lost (our) jobs, and we thought this is the time when we can go. Pack ourselves and go. We were thinking about lots of places, the Okanagan and Vancouver, stuff like that, but what brought us to the Rockies is the snow. I’m a cross country skier and my partner is an instructor for skiing and telemark.” She added, “Invermere has everything. It has mountain biking, skiing and a lake, but it’s still in the mountains.” As a new Black Forest resident on the lands of the Shuswap, Krtickova began researching the subject matter of the proposal. “I did a bunch of research before I started drawing because we just moved in,” she said. “We did research about Invermere, and about the Shuswap Indian Band. I actually found out that where we live in Black Forest is all on Shuswap land.” She immediately developed a strong appreciation

for the importance of Lake Windermere in Invermere and the Columbia River that runs through the Shuswap lands. Krtickova read the friendship agreement before it was signed to learn more about the partnership’s goals, then she began to brainstorm. Her foundation for digital painting stems from courses offered through Coursera and SkillShare. “As I started researching Indigenous art, I started researching Indigenous people and culture that got me moving forward,” said Krtickova. “Two years ago, I did my citizenship to become a Canadian citizen (from the Czech Republic), so I knew a little bit about Indigenous people from the test, but this (inspired) me to look into the Indigenous people in the Columbia Valley in more depth.” Now, she is planning to take a free course to learn more about the Indigenous people of Canada on Coursera. Krtickova received an e-mail notification from the SIB, indicating that her submission had been selected to commemorate the friendship agreement and was pleased to hear about the results. “I was happy,” she said about being selected from the art contest. “This is my first piece of artwork somewhere that has been publicly shown. All of my art is just sitting at home in my drawer, so I’m quite happy.” The friendship agreement was signed by the SIB and DOI teams along the shores of the Columbia River in the Shuswap lands on Oct. 13. Krtickova’s digital painting had been printed onto flags displayed on each side of the tent, where the agreement was formally signed on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.



Lake Windermere Public and Resort Lands

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The District of Invermere are providing an update on the Athalmer Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Open House will focus on sharing a revised concept plan for the future redevelopment of the former Lake Windermere Resort Lands and Lake Windermere Waterfront based on Council and community consultation. Guests can also take part in a self-guided site tour using support materials.

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Friendship agreement finalized By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With the vision to build a better future for children, the Shuswap Indian Band (SIB) and the District of Invermere (DOI) have recently formalized a friendship agreement that celebrates the Columbia Valley environment and its ancestors. On Oct. 13, the SIB chief and council met with councillors from the DOI on the shores of the Columbia River for a physically-distanced ceremony to sign a friendship agreement to build upon the existing community-to-community relationship. “The Friendship Agreement between Shuswap Indian Band and the District of Invermere is what a friendship is, that is, built on trust, respect and recognition,” said SIB chief Barb Cote in a recent press release. “We have certainly achieved that. Working together on this initiative of the active transportation route is only the beginning of a long-term partnership that can only make, not only our two communities, but the valley at large become more accessible for locals and visitors. We as a community are very proud to be working alongside the District of Invermere and look forward to leaving a legacy that our children, grandchildren and those unborn can enjoy for many years to come.” Members of the SIB were invited to watch the ceremony through a Facebook Livestream. However, the community’s celebration will be temporarily postponed until the spring or summer of 2021 when the COVID-19 crisis is controlled, and it is safe to host an event. Since 2019, the SIB has been participating in the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)

facilitated by the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to strengthen community relationships. Through the support of this program, the SIB and the DOI have entered this agreement to increase collaboration for joint-planning and community economic development. As a result of the CEDI program, including third-party facilitation, monthly meetings, bi-annual workshops, joint strategic and work planning has successfully taken place and will continue to take place going forward with the elected officials of the DOI and the staff with SIB After the friendship agreement was signed, the attendees paused along the shores of the delegates. “In 2019, the Shuswap Columbia River for a group photo to commemorate the event. Photo by Breanne Massey Indian Band and the District  of Invermere started down a appreciation and respect of each other. We are neighpath of relationship building and shared education,” said bours working hard at creating a project that will connect DOI mayor Al Miller in a recent press release. “We were our communities together with an active transportation enabled with the help of a federally-funded program, the route and more importantly a Friendship Agreement Community Economic Development Initiative, which that will serve us well into the future. I am proud to be (was) one of nine partnerships selected across Canada. signing this agreement alongside chief Barb Cote for the With this help, we have gained a greater understanding, future of our communities.”

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THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: The ins and outs of Styrofoam



Styrofoam is fairly straightforward. It is a rigid material and you often get it in electronics packaging, with your take-out food or holding your eggs. White Styrofoam needs to be truly white, if it has any colour or printing on it, please put it with the Coloured/Printed Styrofoam. Styrofoam packaging is recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts. Squishy foams are not recyclable at this time. These include foam sheets, packing ‘peanuts’ and mattress/ furniture foam. A general rule of thumb is; if it breaks when you bend it, you can recycle it, if it just squishes or bends but does not break, it goes in the trash. As always, the attendants at the Recycle BC Depots are there to answer any of your questions.


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Coloured/Printed Styrofoam has the same properties as its colourless sibling. The only difference is that some ink or dye has been added. It is also a rigid material that can be recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts. Just like with White Styrofoam, squishy coloured foams are not recyclable at this time. These include foam sheeting, acoustic foam and mattress/furniture foam. Foam home insulation is also not accepted. If you have any questions about what goes where, and what materials are accepted, please ask one of the attendants at your local Recycle BC Depot.




INVERMERE TRANSFER STATION Industrial 1 Rd in Athalmere 8:00 – 6:00 Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun (Closed Tue, Wed and all Stat Holidays)

FERNIE TRANSFER STATION 6000 Highway 3 9:00 – 5:00 Mon to Fri 10:00 – 4:00 Sat & Sun (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day and Family Day)

KIMBERLEY TRANSFER STATION 800 Jim Ogilvie Way 8:30 – 5:30 seven days a week (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day and Family Day)

SPARWOOD TRANSFER STATION 1001 Highway 3 9:00 – 5:00 Mon to Sat (closed Sunday, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day and Family Day)

CRANBROOK TRANSFER STATION 2405 22nd St N 8:30 – 5:30 seven days a week (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day and Family Day)

ELKFORD TRANSFER STATION #6 Inkaneep Rd 9:30 – 3:30 Tue to Fri 10:00 – 5:00 Sat (closed Sunday, Monday and all Stat Holidays)


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• Authorized dealer • Designer • Installer

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25 years experience installing cabinets Custom Woodwork and Finishing Serving the Columbia Valley for over 40 years.

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• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels

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A licensed, registered and bonded company

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

Professional • Snow Removal

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Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

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Open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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How to make Halloween less scary


By Camille Aubin camille@columbiavalleypioneer.com


OCTOBER 29 | 2 PM & 7 PM During the meetings the RDEK will present plans for Phase 1 of the project. BGC Engineering will join the meeting via Zoom to present the updated hazard assessment completed on Cold Spring Creek earlier this year. Residents and property owners are encouraged to join the meeting electronically if they are able to as there will be limited seating to accommodate residents and property owners from within the Fairmont Flood & Landslide Service Area who do not have access to a computer, or who struggle with the online Zoom technology. The experience will be the same for in-person and online attendees and the information will be the same at each session, so people need only attend one.

Zoom link & registration details at engage.rdek.bc.ca/debris 1-888-478-7335 | www.rdek.bc.ca

Got an entertainment, sports or news tip? Give us a call! 250-341-6299

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) released a list of “dos and dont’s” to make Halloween celebration possible this year in a safe environment for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think finding that balance of trying to provide some degree of normality, even though it is actually different from any other year, most public health leaders think that it is actually important,” B.C.’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told media. Canada’s top public doctor said it’s a question of “how do we adapt to the new Halloween?”. Well, here’s how, according to BCCDC: the organization is recommending celebrating less socially and trick-or-treat more locally this year. Remind your kids to respect homes with lights out, and tell them not to approach or knock on these doors. This year, stay in your own neighbourhood, enjoying the walk with a bubble of six people or less and keeping a reasonable distance (two metres at the very least) from other groups. There is no need to clean every treat, but wash your hands very thoroughly before your walk again as soon as you arrive home, and certainly yet again before eating any candies.

Halloween candy givers will have to be creative this year! The bowl full of candies waiting for kids at the front door is not a good idea — plan to hand out individual treats instead. There are plenty of suggestion for creative alternatives circulating online. “There’s some really interesting ideas where people are handing out treats at the end of a hockey stick or something, or using a pool noodle to tell your kids how far they should be standing apart from each other,” said Dr. Tam. The BCCDC proposes using tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy. Halloween enthusiasts who want to see monsters running by should wear a mask and respect physical distancing. Or why not use the mask as part of your costume? If you stay inside, don’t forget to clean the doorbell, handrails, and all high touch surfaces. If you don’t want to be part of this celebration, simply turn off your porch light for a peaceful night.  Obviously Halloween parties should be avoided this year, as indoor gatherings put people in a higher risk situation. If you do gather in a small bubble, don’t share snacks, drinks or cigarettes, and do your best to stay outside. To find the full list of recommendations, visit www.bccdc.ca.




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• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations


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House Checking and more! Bob: (250) 341-5014


SINCE 1991 ICBC Glass Repair Out of Province Vehicle Inspections Auto Body Repairs • Painting • Quality Parts

We give all students 15% off with valid student ID

North American Warranty All Makes and Models Tire Sales and Installation

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P ioneer C lassifieds

• Phone: 250-341-6299 • Email: info@columbiavalleypioneer.com • Web: www.columbiavalleypioneer.com







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 250342-2424 for more information or to speak with someone from our fellowship.

A very big Jeers to the person in Radium who is sabotaging trails by covering them with trees and rocks. What you are doing is dangerous and someone can get seriously hurt! Please quit it, as mountain bikes are not going to disappear! If you see a mountain biker up there, please stop and talk... I’d LOVE to have a conversation with you.

Cheers to those employers who put up plexi-safety shields on their counters, this shows you care about your customers and your staff during these crazy times so appreciated.

Cheers to Sophie at the post office. She is always smiling and so friendly to everyone. She makes everyone feel welcome and spreads happiness even when the line up seems to never end.

FOUND: in Invermere piece of artwork call the Pioneer 250341-6299 ext 101 to claim.

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

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.

A TRUCK LOAD OF JEERS to the drivers that put 5 car lengths ahead of them while waiting in line at the bridge! That means 5 cars have to wait for the next green light! Cheers to Mel Sadler, your help was greatly appreciated.

S OBITUARY S Fiell, Jeffrey John July 6, 1962 – September 18, 2020

With profound sadness the family of Jeffrey Fiell announces his passing on September 18, 2020. Although born in Calgary, Jeff spent most of his childhood in Oakville, ON, and then moved to London, England with his family where he attended the American School in London. Jeff returned to Calgary in 1981 to study business at the U of C, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Jeff continued postgraduate studies in finance and accounting, was a CFA Charter holder and received a CMA Certification. He went on to work in Calgary as an Oil & Gas Investment Analyst for many years. In addition to business, Jeff had a keen interest in design. He returned to London for a brief period in the early 90s where he received an MA in Design Studies from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. The subject of his dissertation was the historic Calgary Lougheed House which he always admired. Jeff took great pride in his home and garden and spent many happy hours undertaking a variety of renovation projects. He was also an accomplished home cook, preparing preserves and other culinary delights his family and friends were the glad recipients of. Jeff will be dearly missed by his mother, Eileen Fiell of Invermere, BC, his brothers Peter (Charlotte) of Chipping Campden, England and Bruce (Sandra) of Calgary, his nieces and nephew Emelia, Clementine, Trevor, Erin and Robyn and his extended family. He was predeceased by his father John Fiell in 2017. A gathering will be held in Jeff ’s honour at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choosing in Jeff ’s memory. To express condolences, please visit leydens.ca. The Fiell family discovered Invermere and the Columbia Valley in 1967 when Jeff ’s grandparents, Jack and Emelia Hamill purchased a small house on 14th Street. During the following years, Jeff visited the valley many times, enjoying all the outdoor activities with his brothers. In the early 1980s, his grandparents became Invermere citizens and provided a welcome home away from home. Jeff had many happy memories of the good times with the local kids of Invermere and the wonderful neighbours who put up with their pranks.

A very big CHEERS to Jason N. for stopping in to help out a group of guys that were working in Radium. Your help was so appreciated, you rock! Big HUGS and CHEERS to Janice Scriba and Wilda Stauffer for their tremendous gardening hard work this summer. Your beautiful touch brought a lot of sunshine during these dark times. Heartfelt CHEERS to Dianne and Warner for the glorious afternoon on your farm. Many of the CGV girls give a big kiss to Scooter, and big hugs to you! Cheers to me for letting bull trout go even if they are more than the size limit required it helps protect this amazing fish.

Cheers to the people that provide salt and pepper as a seasoning it gives a tasty flavor to my food.

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

S IN MEMORIAM S In loving memory of

Jayden Jefferson April 27, 1998 October 22, 2018

Until we m�t again We think about you always, We talk about you still, You have never been forgotten, And you never will. We hold you close within our hearts And there you will remain. To walk and guide us through our lives, Until we meet again. Love always, Mom, Dad, Cory, Jagar, Grandma Rose.

FOUND: Keys in a doggy treat container/bag at the James Chabot Beach in Athalmer. Please call 604-307-0558 to claim. LOST: Baby bag with green bat image and a tiny letter purse with identifications. If found, please call 450-559-9025. FOUND: Poncho with autumn colours on the corner of 8th Ave. and 12th Street. Call 450-5599025.

CONDO FOR RENT Invermere - Furnished Upper Level two-storey Condo, close to downtown. 2-bdrm, 2 bathrooms. N/S, N/P, No Partiers. References please. Available until June 1st, 2021. $1,250/mo. Utilities and internet included. 403-978-4559.




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

Selling Phase 3 now. 2.5-acre parcels. No building time commitment. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-342-1268.



2-bdrm farm house in Fairmont adjacent to Funtasia Fun Park. Available Nov. 1st - March 15th. $650/mo + utilities, internet included, rental conditional to caring for animals in the park and light snow removal, time commitment 1 - 3hrs daily at $15/hr. Please call Tanya at 250-345-4511 or email; letter of interest/resume fairmontfuntasia@live.com.

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


LEASE OPPORTUNITY Fairmont Hot Springs 4985 Hot Springs Rd. 1,400 square ft.• 6 months rent free $900 per month triple net

CALL 250-341-7345 Or email: rhaynesmagellan@gmail.com

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Non dangerous tree removal. Fall pruning and yard clean up. 250-341-5164.

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

BARRY BROWN-JOHN “Rocky Mountain Land Man”

Call or text


Golf cart fall tuneup and winterize, pickup and delivery available at extra charge. Call Jeff 250-341-8146 leave a message Pike Contracting Excavating and Skid Steer services. Call Jason 250-342-5277.

4 Toyo Winter Tires, used and on rims. $450. 235/60 R17 102T. Call 250-342-0743.

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.



b.brownjohn@gmail.com 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.

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

LEE’S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR SHOP Specializing in chainsaws, snow blowers, wood splitters and power augers for all your firewood and winter needs. SAW CHAIN NOW AVAILABLE. 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 & 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 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.

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. The Home Renovation Centre is looking for a Carpenter/Jack of all Trades with residential knowledge for full-time employment. Must have a valid drivers license and transportation. Call 250-342-5682.

. Dusk Building Systems is currently seeking framers and labourers for on-site or in our manufacturing facility. We offer excellent wages and benefit package. Please email resume to info@duskbuildingsystems.com or drop off at our office. Electrician Wanted Full-time. Must have drivers licence, 3 years minimum of electrical experience Taynton Bay Electrical 250-342-1355. Crossroads Market Now Hiring Deli positions. Successful applicants will be pleasant and customer service oriented. No experience necessary. Above average wage package with a high season bonus available. Please submit resume to KGTltd2020@gmail. com or apply in person at Crossroads Market. 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.



HUMAN RESOURCE GENERALIST Summary: To provide operational Human Resource support to the SAO, managers, and employees. This will include recruitment, selection and orientation Program administration, compensation, and performance management. Development of policy and procedures, including performance evaluations, compensation policy. Managing compliance with approved Akisqnuk First Nation policies. Manage employee relations and records. This position reports directly to the SAO. For a complete list of Duties Visit our website or email us. Qualifications: • Post secondary degree or diploma with a focus on Human Resources. • Chartered Professional in Human Resources/Certified Human Resources Professional. Required Experience • 5 years experience in the HR field, with an understanding and experience in recruitment and selection. Experience with policy development and enforcement and advice interpretation. Strong background in benefits and performance management. • Woking knowledge of federal and B.C. labour standards. Please send resume & cover letter to: lshovar@akisqnuk.org no later than 4:00pm November 2 2020



Snow Removal Contract For Akisqnuk First Nation Band Lands & Buildings 3050 Highway 93/95, Windemere, B.C VOB 2L2 Intent: This Request for Proposals is intended to obtain Snow Removal/Clearing and Sanding/ Salting services for the Akisqnuk First Nation. The intended Contract terms will be in effect from November 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021. Site Descriptions and Specifics: Vendors may visit the below sites to allow them the opportunity to view the areas to be cleared and an opportunity to review any damage to the grounds before submitting a Proposal. Sites: a) Band Hall Office parking lot and driveways.


b) Health Centre Building parking lot and driveways. c) Little Badgers Early Learning Centre parking lot and driveway. d) Recreation Building driveway and parking lots. e) Subdivision houses: 200W, 200E, 201,203,207,209,211,212

We’re looking for hardworking, energetic and reliable people just like you!

f ) Kootenay Road, house numbers: 2051,2058,2062,2401,2410,2450, 2461,2471 g) 2480,2491,2500,2551,2561,2594,2599, 2853,2870,2885,2887 h) Highway North to South house numbers: 3051,3251,3253,3300, 3501,3553,3563,3901


TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS: Akisqnuk First Nation Attention: John Nicholas publicworks@akisqnuk.org Phone: 250-342-6301 Ext.3816

Starting up to $16.50/hr, depending on availability. Some restrictions apply.


Apply in person. 471 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C.

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We’re looking for hardworking, energetic and reliable people just like you!

TEMPORALLY PRODUCE MANAGER Starting $18.50/hr Benefits/Incentive plan

Apply in person. 471 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C.

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


914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Tel: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934

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Panorama Mountain Resort adapts to brave new pandemic world By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com Panorama’s opening day is Dec. 11. Closing day, Apr. 11. Depending on conditions, a few bonus weekends before the 11th may also open to the public. Cross-country skiing terrain will open likely mid-December. Snow-making started Oct. 15. Management added 35 more guns to the snow-making fleet over the off-season. The total is now almost 300, up from around 100 seven years ago. The first snow occurred in the Purcells around Thanksgiving weekend. On Oct. 13, snowfall reached Panorama’s village bottom. “It’s going to be a different winter,” said Steve Paccagnon, Panorama’s President & CEO. “Come prepared to be part of the solution, and let’s work together so we can all have a safe and enjoyable winter.” Panorama is 90% hired for the season. “Staffing has been strong. We saw an unexpected interest of applicants from all over east and western Canada,” Paccagnon said. Pre-season training, central to Panorama’s identity as the soul of Canadian ski racing, begins Nov. 6. Olympians and hopefuls will arrive from BC and Western Canada for training. Freestyle, ski/board cross and nordic teams have also made bookings. Panorama’s 2020/21 operating plan is guided by federal and provincial guidelines and best practices, agencies like Interior Health and associations such as the Canada West Ski Areas Association. Management stayed in contact with resort operators worldwide and wish to thank colleagues in Australia and New Zealand for sharing what they learned from their winter now coming to a close. Lift tickets must be purchased online or by phone. Lift tickets will not be sold at the resort unless part of an external program like Lake Louise Plus Card or the Grade 4/5 Snow Pass. This is Panorama’s first year as part of the Mountain Collective program, which gives members multiple days at participating ski resorts all over the world. “They chose you, and Panorama was unanimously voted into the collective. it was an honour to be chosen

to be part of this program,” Paccagnon said. “People from all over are paying attention to Panorama. It’s exciting.” Season pass-holders will have unrestricted access to the mountain — no Vail style reservation system. In-person purchase at the resort is only possible for people who have tickets through a third party program. Panorama’s RFID enabled ticket system allows for day tickets, season passes, and SNOW+ Cards to be reloaded online. All you need is a Panorama Advantage Card. If you already have one, log into Panorama’s online store or give them a call. If you don’t have an Advantage Card, you can purchase your ticket online and collect your unique RFID card from the guest services ticket window before heading to the lift. There are minor changes to the SNOW+ Card program. Blackout dates will occur over the winter and family day holiday periods. Dec. 25 - Jan. 3; Feb.15-17. Rentals and lessons will be available all winter long, but Wee Wascals Childcare will be closed. Cancellations: you are protected if restrictions are put in place by federal, provincial governments or if foreign countries prevent travel. Panorama improved terrain over the off-season. A new run was cut in the Sun Bowl, and more gliding was completed in the Monster area of the Taynton Bowl. The Monster X cat will still run. No face covering, no ride. Monster X season passes won’t be offered this season. Meteorologists are classifying this winter as a moderate La Niña. 10-20% more snowfall is expected. Over the last five years, Panorama’s average snow base has been 5.2 metres. A moderate La Niña may produce for Panorama 6.25 metres of snow. But nobody has a crystal ball. Did you know, Panorama is ranked first in the world for most space per skier? That’s according to an independent rating by Montenius Consult, a German consulting firm. Physical distancing of two metres is encouraged throughout the resort indoors and outdoors. Panorama politely asks not to visit if showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if feeling unwell.

RK Heliski uniquely positioned among heli operators By James Rose james@columbiavalleypioneer.com RK Heliski’s season gets underway Dec. 26 and will go as long into the Spring as conditions allow. Bookings are to be done in a cohort or bubble, said Graham Holt, RK’s general manager. “Our restaurant and lodge as a whole will be at 50% capacity with no walk-ups permitted for dinner.” Meteorologists are classifying this winter as a moderate La Niña. This isn’t wive’s tale mythology territory. It has to do with temperature readings in the Pacific Ocean. Meteorologists are interpreting the data weather being influenced by colder water in the Pacific along the equator. “The final verdict, my educated guess for this winter is normal snow to as much as ten to twenty percent above normal,” said Cory Gates, an award-winning meteorologist. Gates worked for more than two decades as a lead forecaster for the United States National Weather Service. Since leaving the government, Gates set up a private weather forecasting firm in Colorado’s Elk Mountains. Gates predicts macro weather trends

relevant to Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, all the way up the Rocky Mountains trench into Canada, including B.C. and Alberta. A good snow forecast and a unique competitive advantage RK has over other heli operators keeps a pep in Holt’s step. “We are one of the very few front country heli operators where clients can drive up to the helicopter for their day of skiing,” he said. Day helitrips. Wake up in your Copper Point Resort hotel room, ski the wild purcell backcountry all day, back to ULLR for a burger and a beer. The global grandaddy of heli-skiing, CMH shockingly, is opening only one of their twelve lodges this coming season, Bobbie Burns north of the Bugaboos lodge. Holt thinks the domestic demand for special outdoor recreational spending will remain steady. But that’s not to say the loss of the American market won’t sting. RK is thankfully not as exposed as CMH. At RK, group bookings must range between four and nine people. No more or less. A 48-hour advance cancellation policy will be in place. “We have a flexible policy,” said Glacier Graham. Masks will be mandatory in the bird and in the heli huddle.

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Disagreeing without being disagreeable


From Brent Woodard Anglican/United 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 10:30 a.m. 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


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 p.m. Worship Service at Valley Christian Assembly 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere www.eklutheran.ca mtzionlc@hotmail.com

Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 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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I know it sounds like a cliché, “disagreeing without being disagreeable,” but it speaks to a profound ability and level of maturity and consciousness. To be able to disagree without being disagreeable might save humanity from tumbling toward civil discord and war. It’s pretty nice for an individual too. So, how do we do it? It requires seeing the difference between awareness and thought. Can we be aware that we’re having a thought? If we can, then we have some freedom around the thought. I have an experience which speaks to me about this. When something ‘goes wrong’, my mind often looks to blame someone. For example, when I can’t find ‘my hammer’, I can watch my mind blame someone for taking my hammer and not putting it back. I can’t seem to stop my mind from creating this blaming thought, but I have learned to not act on this thought. I can say to myself, “Brent, there your mind goes wanting to blame someone, but 98% of the time you are the one who left your hammer somewhere and forgot, so go look for the hammer, and don’t act on your blaming.” 98% of the time, I find my hammer where I put it down. I smile to myself that in this one incident, I have had the benefit of

some awareness over my thoughts. I wish I could say that I have learned to always have awareness over my thoughts, but that is far from true. Thoughts happen, they may be spontaneous and involuntary. They may come from upbringing and conditioning. They just may be part of the human condition. But only because they arise in our heads doesn’t mean they are right or fair. They could be self-serving, or ill-informed, or connected to fear or self-image. Without awareness, we get yanked around by our thoughts like a dog gets yanked around by a careless human. When we disagree with someone, our thoughts are different from their thoughts. That’s okay. We can ask, “why do I have my thoughts, and why do they have their thoughts?” We’ve been affected by different influences somehow. The larger question is, do we have awareness that we’re having thoughts, so we’re not just in the grip of our thoughts. With no awareness, we don’t just disagree, we can become disagreeable. I would say that realizing the difference between awareness and thought is a spiritual realization. It is part of wakening up. But we don’t have to use the word “spiritual” if that isn’t helpful to us. More important is becoming a less disagreeable person.

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By Columbia Valley Food Bank For more than 25 years, the Columbia Valley Food Bank has been blessed by the amazing support of organizations, businesses and individuals within the Valley and beyond. Without the generous donations made and activities sponsored, we would be unable to cover our annual 100 thousand dollar budget for food purchases to fill the hampers we distribute. We also receive donations of canned and packaged goods as well as fresh seasonal produce to help ensure our clients receive healthy eating options. In spite of, and possibly because of the challenges to the food supply chain this year due to COVID, the FoodBank has been involved in a number of other initiatives with local groups. Early in 2020, we were part of the Columbia Valley Emergency Food Security Task Force meeting in conjunction with the CV Chamber of Commerce, CV Food and Farm, local agencies, farmers, ranchers, merchants, and community leaders. This group’s ongoing task is to find ways to ensure food security in our part of the Valley during times of crisis. One of the immediate results was the CV Community Meals program, championed by Gerard Paagmann, and brought to life by Alison Bell and CV Food and Farm. For twelve weeks, healthy hot meals were provided twice weekly for individuals who were affected by COVID. The Food Bank was engaged by providing food, produce and supplies as well as helping with distribution. Alison and her front-line workers, the chefs, packers, and organizers

are to be commended for this worthwhile program. Later, the CVFB was a partner with the Summit Youth Centre and others in the CV Snack Box Program for Children and Youth. This program provided 17 weeks of healthy snacks, including fruit and produce to identified young people whose snacks and lunches are generally supplemented through school programs. The CVFB provided money, supplies and other support for this important initiative. As the summer came to an end, we were aware that many of the local growers had more produce than was marketable. Throughout BC farmers have been working closely with Food Banks as a way of supporting both the local agricultural community and those folks who experienced food insecurity. It made good sense to us to do likewise. From late Sept. through Nov. we plan to purchase from Edible Acres, Homestead Harvest, Tegart Farms, The Old Blue Truck, Bugaboo Ranch, and Frustrated Farmers. In the long term, we are considering contracting for produce at the beginning of each growing year in order to make local support part of the way we run our operation. A word of thanks needs to be given to Saunders Farms, who phoned us with the offer to come and pick all the carrots we wanted if we could gather some volunteers to so. Over two days, we harvested enough to supply hampers for a few months! Thanks to our pickers and to Faith and Gordon! Support your local growers, merchants and community!

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