Columbia Valley Pioneer, April 14, 2022

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Proposed Pedley Heights marina rejected — again Provincial government torpedoes third successive marina application over unmitigated habitat concerns and lack of First Nations consultation tive habitat (‘orange’) zoning along the same portion of the lakeshore where the marina would be built and that habitat “mitigation concerns remain”. Ronmark also noted that the marina proponents The latest proposal put forward by the Pedley Heights Community Association to create a marina on the east were required to engage with Indigenous peoples prior to submitting the application, but had failed to do so side of Lake Windermere has been shot down by the proadequately. “Consent (from local First Nations) has not vincial government. been attained, nor has adequate accommodation meaResidents in Pedley Heights, an unincorporated sures been described,” she wrote. community consisting of upland properties with a single shared access point on the lake, have been trying She noted that First Nations consultation was carried by FLNRO staff, and for years to create a dock or marina with boat slips. The latest application from the community associathat concerns identified by responding First Nations were not mitigated in the tion was formally filed in late 2020, and is at least the third attempt to establish a marina at Pedley Heights. proposal. In March, it became the third such application to be Sensitive habitat concerns and lack of First Nations consultations had also been rejected. cited among the reasons that the previous Each successive marina proposal by the Pedley marina proposals had been rejected. Heights Community Association has been smaller in scope; initially, the plan was for a 120 boat slip marina. The application was submitted on behalf of the Pedley Heights Community After that was turned down, a second plan envisioned a Association by developer Mark Vosler. The 90 boat slip marina. That plan was also vetoed. Pioneer attempted to get comment on the The latest plan was smaller still, calling for docks with berths for 60 boat slips, a main dock structure decision from Vosler, but was unable to reach him prior to press deadline. Pedley 147 metres long and three finger docks, each 36 metres long, with up to 12 circular concrete blocks acting as Boats buzz around the north end of Lake Windermere on a busy summer day. Heights is part of Regional District of East anchors for the docks. Each concrete block was to have A proposal by the Pedley Heights Community Association to add a new 60 boat Kootenay (RDEK) Area F. been 91 centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres slip marina to the east side of the lake was recently rejected by the provincial government. Photo by Ryan Watmough thick. Continued on page 7... By Steve Hubrecht

But this proposal too was torpedoed just last month by the provincial government. The decision was made on Tuesday, Mar. 8, by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO) Kootenay Boundary Region Authorizations Director Tracy Ronmark. In her reasons for the decision, Ronmark wrote that the Lake Windermere Management Plan identifies sensi-

Upper Columbia mountains hold highest spring snowpack in more than two decades By Steve Hubrecht Lake Windermere is ice-free, bicycles are zipping down the streets of Invermere, and while nobody is planting seeds just yet, local backyard gardeners are starting to mull over just what to grow in their vegetable patch this summer. In other words: it’s springtime. At least, it’s springtime bottom of the valley. Up in the high country, though, there’s still plenty of snow. In fact, according to provincial government data, there’s 23 per cent more spring snowpack than normal. The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)’s River Forecast Centre released a snow survey and water supply bulletin in March that noted that, as of early March, snowpack in the Upper Columbia River area (which includes Canal Flats to Golden to Kinbasket Lake to Revelstoke) is at 123 per cent of its normal level for that time of year. The data for the bulletin was collected from BC Hydro weather stations scattered throughout the province. The bulletin emphasized that this the highest spring snowpack for the Upper Columbia since 1996. “Com-

munities in the Upper Columbia will be at risk for flooding through the freshet and may remain at risk into late June or even July due to significant high elevation snow pack,” read the bulletin, later adding, “the combination of normal to above normal Mar. 1 snow pack, La Niña conditions forecast to persist through spring, and seasonal weather forecasts that predict cooler conditions for the province means an elevated risk for freshet-related flooding.” The bulletin, however, did go on to outline that “snowpack is also only one factor related to freshet flood risk. Weather conditions from April through June determine the timing, magnitude and rate of snow melt, and heavy rainfall events can exacerbate the situation. Flooding is possible in years with normal or even below-normal, snowpack. Conversely, high snowpack does not typically lead to flooding without significant contributing weather during the snow melt season.” Another bulletin from the River Forecast Centre was due out in early April, just as the Pioneer went to press with the Apr. 14 issue, but the Pioneer was unable to get a copy prior to deadline. Continued on page 5...

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RCMP Report Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno Detachment Commander Columbia Valley RCMP This past week, Apr. 4 through Apr. 10, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 73 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to. • On Tuesday, Apr. 5, two pairs of hockey skates and a hockey stick were turned into the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment. The hockey equipment had been found in the Invermere area sometime over the winter. The owner can contact the Columbia Valley RCMP to claim the equipment. • On Friday, Apr. 8, Columbia Valley RCMP received a number of vandalism complaints. Sometime overnight, six vehicles in Radium Hot Springs had their windows smashed. This appears to be a senseless act of vandalism and theft did not appear to be a motive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

• On Saturday, Apr. 9, an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs and observed a suspicious black VW Rabbit. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the license plate had been stolen out of Calgary. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and the vehicle was impounded. The investigation into the stolen license plate is ongoing. • On Saturday, Apr. 9, a number of mailboxes were broken into in Fairmont Hot Springs,Windermere and Invermere. • On Sunday, Apr. 10, police were alerted to three individuals associated to a black Mitsubishi SUV trying to break into a mailbox in Spillimacheen. The suspect vehicle departed northbound on Highway 95 and was located shortly afterward by Golden RCMP. The Mitsubishi was confirmed to be stolen out of Calgary and evidence of mail theft was located inside the car. Two adult males and an adult female were arrested for possession of stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.

Minor hockey awards night a success By Chadd Cawson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association (WVMHA) held its awards ceremony at the Columbia Valley Centre last week on Apr. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Many awards were given out to recognize the efforts of players, coaches, and even volunteers. Young players looked to the older ones for inspiration, while the older ones reflected on their younger selves encompassed by the sheer joy of playing the game. “It’s always nice to get everyone together for these awards, to recognize hard work and fair play,” says Jordan Stapleton, WVMHA registrar and one of the organizers of Wednesday night’s award ceremony. “This night brought people together, many we haven’t seen

in a long time. Being able to see the joy of the players while representing their teams was huge. The night was a total success!” Some of the top awards given out that night include: the Eddie Mountain Award for Volunteer of the Year, the George Gibson Award for Most Inspirational Player, and the Dave White Award for Most Dedicated Player. There was also a Female Player award which promotes activism for females, along with the Mike Warriner Award that went to the coach of the year. The recipients of these major awards are decided through a voting process executed by members of the association. During this process players are often divided by age, and sometimes by skill. Continued on page 24...

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 5 to hit most powerfully in Fairmont Hot Springs. The community and surrounding area has been hit with significant flooding or debris flows — and evacuations alerts or orders for local residents — three times in the past decade: in 2012, in 2020, and last year in 2021. When the Pioneer spoke with Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke last year about the flooding in the Fairmont area, Funke echoed Thompson’s opinions that weather events — specifically heavy rainfall or heavy snowfall late in spring — are a big factor (if not the biggest factor) in determining flooding and debris flows in the Columbia Valley, especially in Fairmont. “When (Fairmont Creek and Cold Spring Creek) get significant moisture — snow, rain, or worse yet rain on snow – they can really get material (boulders, cobbles, dirt and other natural debris) moving down the slope within the creek channel,” Funke had said, noting that the 2021 Fairmont floods came after a 1-in25 year rainfall and that the debris flow and flooding in 2012 was mostly the result of rain falling on melting snow. Rain-onsnow events are problematic, Funke had added, “since the melting snow is already saturated (with water). Once a big rainfall hits it, all of sudden you’re getting a lot more moisture running down the slopes of the creek bed, and a lot more water going into the creek channel.” RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok, who had seen the bulletin, also told the Pioneer that, from what she understands, that a larger than normal snowpack is only likely to result in flooding or a debris flow if there is a major weather event. “So, of course, every time there is a rainstorm at night in May or June, it keeps me awake at night,” she said. “But without that kind of big storm or a sudden temperature spike (which could rapidly increase the rate of snow melting) it’s likely that the snow will just melt away at a normal pace, even if there is more of it up in the mountains.”

Columbia Lake Stewardship Society board member Bill Thompson offered more insight on what the bulletin means here in the Columbia Valley. Thompson noted that an above-average volume of water accumulating in the snowpack means more water for groundwater recharge and for ponds, lakes, and reservoirs, which he pointed out is good news for irrigation systems, water utilities, the tourism sector, and aquatic species. “It does not necessarily mean flooding, though that is not a reason to disregard caution. Flooding depends on the rate at which water is released from the snowpack and that in turn depends mainly on temperature conditions during late May and early June. A period of abnormally cool temperatures at the beginning of the melt season followed by an extended heat wave is a common cause of flooding,” said Thompson. “It can be further complicated by the timing and amount of rainfall. Heavy rainfall events at the end of May during each of the past two years dumped additional water on an already ripe snowpack that gave rise to localized flooding and led to rapid rises in both Columbia Lake and Lake Windermere. If temperatures progress at near normal rates prior to and during this critical period and there are no heavy rainfall events, the runoff will generally be contained in the channel.” Thompson cautioned against reading too much into the bulletin, in part because in the Spillimacheen-to-Canal Flats subregion of the Upper Columbia area, there is only one (mid-level) weather station to monitor the snowpack. This is located in Fairmont Hot Springs and operated by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) as part of the Fairmont Flood mitigation program. The next closest weather station — one which is operated by BC Hydro — is at Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park. “It is tracking at near 20 percent above normal and may be the source of the estimate,” said Thompson, but he added that water from that location drains into the Kootenay River watershed, not into the Columbia River watershed. “In short, flooding, if it occurs, will be largely determined by the weather events of May and June,” concluded Thompson. Here in the Columbia Valley, when spring run- Screenshot of a map in the B.C. River Forecast Centre’s off-related flooding and de- snow survey and water supply bulletin, showing the bris flows do occur, they tend snowpack in the Upper Columbia region at 123 per cent of its normal level.




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Easter eggs aren’t the only things coming out of hiding this year

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By Haley Grinder The painted eggs lay scattered in the backyard, their colours just bright enough to make their appearance visible for the kids seeking out their treasure. Chocolate, marshmallow, and candied treats line the shelves of our grocery stores just like the colourful paper confetti strips that line the children’s baskets. All are tell tale signs that Easter is upon us once again. Yet, this year, the holiday feels different. Regardless if you view Easter as a time of religious humbling or just enjoy the quality family moments that accompany it, this weekend marks a monumental time in history. After nearly two full years of living behind masks and separated by six-feet gaps, it’s no wonder why people are excited to come out of hiding and embrace the community once more. We all remember what it was like to be a kid— the childlike wonder overriding any fears one has of the world. But children growing up in pandemic times don’t have that same luxury that one took for granted. In the past few years, they have been taught to be fearful of people coming within the six-foot radius­— to run in the other direction if someone coughs or sneezes slightly too close. What is great to remember is that kids are nothing if not resilient. They’re adaptable, and despite the hardships they faced, they tend to see the world with bright-eyed optimisim­— something that is in short supply when thinking about the current state of the world. So, regardless if you love this time of year or not, let us as a community come together and create these memories — if not for us, for them. As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, there are plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get outside and enjoy one’s surroundings. Whether that means partaking in the local Easter Egg scavenger hunt, painting eggs in the backyard, or taking a scenic hike up Swansea mountain, there are sure to be plenty of opportunities to help combat the perpetual isolation that accompanied growing up during a pandemic. This weekend, grab your paintbrushes, colourful dyes, woven baskets, and candied treats and let us change the narrative for our future leaders.

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Paving Paradise Dear Editor, If you’ve driven up to Panorama lately you’ve likely noticed the construction on both sides of the road by the Lake Lillian Recreation Site. The road has been widened to eventually allow easier access to parking on both sides – the existing lot on the lake side expanded to 20 spots with a new entrance and a two-way road leading down to the rec site, and a new 50-vehicle parking lot intended primarily for users of the bike trails on the southside with picnic tables and a washroom. A number of trees have been felled on both sides to make room for the improvements, and others in the site itself for safety reasons, including a healthy 300-year-old fir favored by osprey and bald eagles, and providing shade and protection for the shoreline and the birds nesting there. While the residents of Lake Lillian and members of the Toby Benches Society applaud the effort to make the stretch of the road safer through alleviating the problem caused by at times up to 50 vehicles parking on both sides creating huge congestion and accidents waiting to happen, we also have several concerns.

First and foremost is the impact on the health of Lake Lillian due to increased access. As the snow melted and the Whiteway closed and ice fishers left (possibly due to a brown sludge rising up in their holes), a huge amount of dog feces, bagged or just left where it fell, along with the remnants of fires and other garbage came into view, all of which will end up in the lake. With the potential arrival of even more recreators in the spring and summer, the rec site will be crowded with swimmers, kayakers, and other day users. The two washrooms on site will be unable to meet the demand, and residents living nearby may find even more human excrement on their property. The existing toilets are part of an environmental problem as they are pit toilets which likely leach into the lake. Upgrading them is not included in the present upgrade. Users also need adequate facilities to dispose of their trash and dog droppings. Lake Lillian was identified in a 1984 study as being in “a mesotrophic state bordering on eutrophy”, meaning that it was starting to die primarily to the introduction of ‘nutrients’. Continued on page 7...

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...Continued “Paving” from page 6 In 2012, a significant water diversion project was completed primarily by residents of Toby Benches to provide for a constant, assured water flow through Lake Lillian to keep it healthy for both the wildlife and residents (whose wells draw indirectly from the lake). Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, this flow has been diminished. A second concern is that this project seems to have been planned, funded and organized by Recreational Sites and Trails BC without any consultation or input from residents of the Toby Benches. Failing to do so seems to neglect the RDEK Official Community Plan enacted in 2016, which has many suggestions and recommendations on how the community and government agencies work together concerning Crown Land. The Toby Benches Society had a significant role in the Barbour Rocks dispute

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in 2016 and was identified as a stakeholder in future developments. Finally, we are not sure of what the long-term plans are for Lake Lillian in particular and the area in general. Separate parking lots for rec site users on one side and cyclists on the other works in theory, but to assume that they will each only stay on their side and not the other facilities and therefore create even a larger number of individuals and families crossing a busy road is ludicrous. The solution may be creating a larger problem and making the situation more dangerous. As our region continues to grow as a ‘playground’ for others, how is the community going to ensure that the wildlife and natural environment are protected? What can be done proactively to ensure that this all-season recreation spot is not destroyed? Lawrie Mack, Toby Benches

idents access to the lake, the proposed marina would be of minimal social or economic benefit to the general public. “Over the years, an increase in non-motorized boat usage has been observed. The lake management committee is concerned for the safety and enjoyment of all lake users if an additional marina increases motorized boat usage on the lake. Additionally, due to the minimal depth of Baltac Bay, it is likely that the proposed moorage facility will impede existing public access at high water,” wrote the Ambassadors in the letter.

Pedley Heights is part of Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F. Area F Director Susan Clovechok told the Pioneer, “there are people on both sides of the issue. Some will be thrilled with this decision. Others will be disappointed. I know people in both camps. The applications went through a process, due diligence was done, and the decision was made. That’s why we have these processes.” The Pioneer also contacted the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and that organization also pointed to the Lake Windermere Management Plan, noting that the plan does not generally support new private marinas or the expansion of existing marinas. In a 2021 letter, on the topic of Pedley Heights marina proposal, the Ambassadors had written that although it would give Pedley Heights Community Association residents and Bal- Boat cruises around Lake Windermere last fall. tac Community Association res- Photo by Ryan Watmough

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Bike swap is back

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Annual spring Columbia Valley Cycling Society fundraiser returns for first time in three years more, where he was the owner of a bike store. “There was a flood of people coming in,” he recalls. He estimates there will be about 50 or more bikes The Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s annual bike for sale at the swap, giving any local residents who have swap is back. been caught by the biking equipment shortage plenty of For years the event — which gives locals the chance options to choose from. to buy used cycling gear from other valley residents — There will also be jerseys, shirts, helmets, pedals, was one of the most popular fundraisers in the valley, a gloves “and pretty much any other accessory related to sure sign that winter is at last over, and spring is final- bikes,” said Balabas. “For good prices, too.” ly here. As anybody with an interest in two wheels will The Cycling Society is hoping the bike swap will be tell you, it was a great opportunity to purchase a pretty one of several events and fundraisers held throughout the decent used bike at a pretty decent price. The ongoing coming years. Proceeds from the swap go to the society’s COVID-19 pandemic, however, cancelled the bike swap various projects, such as trail maintenance efforts and in 2020 and then again last year. But this year, with re- kids cycling programs. strictions relaxing, the swap is back, for the first time in The bike swap runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on almost three years (since April 2019) and is set for this Saturday, Apr. 16 at the Columbia Valley Centre. Those coming Saturday, Apr. 16. really eager to get the “It’s nice to be able best deals on bikes to have events again,” may want to get there Cycling Society board before the doors open, member and bike swamp as line-ups have been co-organizer Jay Balabas known to form in the told the Pioneer. “It’s good past. For those wanting to be back.” to sell their used biking Balabas isn’t sure exgear, equipment dropactly how many people off is from 5:30 p.m. will be there at the bike to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, swap, but said “I’m anApr. 15 and from 9:30 ticipating there could be Mountain biker utilizes the Markin MacPhail Westside Legacy a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Photo by Ryan Watmough Saturday, Apr. 16. quite a big crowd. There Trail. is fairly high demand for To help get the bikes. There has been a supply shortage of biking equip- community excited for the upcoming mountain bikment stemming from the pandemic. And at the same ing season, the society will be showing a mountain bike time there has been an uptick — well, really more of a film at the Columbia Valley Centre right after the inisurge — in people taking up biking, since the pandemic tial equipment drop-off time slot on Friday, Apr. 15. The started. So the supply shortage coupled with a whole lot film Long Live Chainsaw celebrates the life of Canadiof new people getting into the sport has meant it’s been an mountain bike star Steve Smith, who passed away in kind of hard to find biking equipment.” 2016 following a dirt biking accident. It will start at 6:30 At the start of the pandemic, Balabas lived in Can- p.m. Admission is $15 per person at the door. By Steve Hubrecht


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Chief Donald Sam officially became the new ?Akisq’nuk Chief on Apr. 1 after the votes were tallied from the election in early March. “I was sworn in on April Fools,” ?Akisq’nukChief Donald Sam lightheartedly jokes who took over the honoured role from former Chief Ryan Nicholas. “I’m very humbled to be recognized by such strong voices.” Nicholas’ term just recently came to an end, and it was Alfred Joseph who held the role of chief before him. Former Chief Ryan Nicholas did not seek re-election this time around.

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Chief Donald Sam first became a member of council in 2014 when he finished off the term for Stephen Nicholas. Then, after a short hiatus, he came back to office in 2016. The democratic election process within the ?Akisq’nuk First Nation encourages nominations for potential council members. There is a time span of about one to two months between the initial nominations and the candidate forum on election day. “This is our opportunity to share who we are, and what we stand for,” says ?Akisq’nuk Chief Donald Sam. Election day took place in early March of this year. Continued on page 12...

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Community Connections Day Summer is coming and as restrictions appear to remain lifted, the community is gathering again! In fact, our online community calendar activity (cvevents. ca) is returning to 2019 levels, how neat is that? Finding a sense of belonging and a community network is something that has been missing among many over the past two years. Long term residents miss their regularly scheduled activities, and newer residents may be struggling to find their sense of place and meet like-minded people. Now the big question is what activities are out there and how can I get involved?

If you have a desire to be involved in the community, meet your neighbours, and see what leisure activities you can participate in this summer, this event is for you! Make sure you come to the Columbia Valley Centre on April 21st from 4-7pm to attend the one-stopshop for community activities. Who will be there? Information booths will be set up for sports, recreation and leisure groups, businesses, non-profits, and community groups. They will be there with information about the activities they’re offering, able to answer your questions, and get you signed up on the spot. The Chamber will be there promoting community volunteer opportunities!

Want to be a vendor? It is not too late to sign up. If you want to promote your club/ activity, contact the District of Invermere Leisure Services Manager, Cortney Pitts: This event is free entry, and CONTACT US all are encourTODAY AND aged to HAVE YOUR BUSINESS FEATURED come by!


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Thursday, April 14 • 7 pm - Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunts and Art Nights (Canal Flats Park) with Black Star Studios. Events for grades 6 and up. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

April 15-16 • Bike Swap + Movie Night at the Invermere Community Centre. Friday: Equipment drop-off at 5:00, and “Long Live Chainsaw” movie at 6:30pm ($15 at the door, beer garden available). Saturday: Equipment drop-off in the morning, Bike Swap. 11 am -12:30 p.m. for more info.

Saturday, April 16 • 9-11 a.m.: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser at the Radium Centre (Easter Bunny Special Guest). Entry by donation • 11 a.m.: The Eggcellent Egg Hunt (Ages 12 and under), Bring your own basket. Meet at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park. • 8 p.m.: Syndicate’s 23rd anniversary party at Ullr. No reservation needed; Ullr is back to full capacity!

Sunday, April 17 • 2-4 p.m.: Panorama Slush Showdown Pond Skim. Registration 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., check-in is 1:45 p.m., show down starts at 2 p.m. sharp. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for Ukraine!

Tuesday, April 19 7 p.m. - Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunts and Art Nights (Windermere School Park) with Black Star Studios. Events for grades 6 and up. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, April 20

• 3-5 p.m.: Earth Day local clean up at Copper Point Resort. Contact to register.

Thursday, April 21 • 4-7 p.m.: Community Connections Sign up Night: Columbia Valley Centre.

Ongoing Events

Thursdays • 9-11 a.m.: Strong start sessions (drop-in program for caregivers and children ages 0-6). Thursdays are at MME Elementary (Canal Flats). Call 250-409-4251 to reserve. • 10-11:30 a.m.: Free Parent and Tot Connect for kids 0-6 at the Early Years Center; 926 7th Ave in Invermere. Call or text 250-341-8678 to register. • 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tech Time Thursdays at the Invermere Library. Need help with your electronics? Call the library to book your free tech support appointment: 250-342-6416. 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Tech Time continues at the Radium Library. • 10:30 a.m.: Seniors Fitness. Drop-in seniors’ fitness class at the Columbia Valley Centre for $2/ class. • 3 p.m.: Free Youth Drop-in Fun at the Summit Youth Centre. After school fun for grades 7-12: free food, safe hang-out spaces, Friday skate nights, VR, gaming, music room. • 6 p.m.: Darts, Cards and Cribbage at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. • 7 p.m.: Drop-in adult dance classes At Confi-Dance athletics:

Fridays • 9-10:30 a.m.: Momfit and preschool group at the Columbia Valley Centre. Stay for Family Storytime (10:45) for stories, songs and crafts. • 9-11 a.m.: Strong Start Sessions: a drop-in program for caregivers and children ages 0-6 at Edgewater Elementary. Call 250-409-4251 to reserve. • 12 and 5 p.m.: Edgewater Legion wing day! 12pm: Takeout, 5 p.m. dine-in, call 250347-9725. • 1 p.m.: Seniors’ duplicate bridge: Costs $2 at the senior’s hall. • 3 p.m.: Free youth Drop-in Youth Fun at the Summit Youth Centre. After school fun grades 7-12: free food, safe hang-out spaces, Friday skate nights, VR, gaming, music room.

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• 4-8 p.m.: Pub grub at the Invermere Legion every Friday and Saturday • 5 p.m.: Magic the gathering. Come for Friday Night Magic and Play Magic the Gathering. Entry $10-$40 depending. Call 250-342-3440, space is limited (ages 10+). • 6 p.m.: Rotary Community Bingo: Must be 19+ to play. Join us to raise money, give back, have fun, and support local. Visit us on Facebook to purchase your bingo card.


• 4-8 p.m.: Pub Grub at the Invermere Legion, Fridays and Saturdays: Wings and Things.


• 9 a.m.: Bottle drive Rotary Fundraiser. The Rotary Club collects refundable bottles at the Invermere Transfer Station. Raised funds are used for the community. • 1 p.m.: Seniors Cribbage: Costs $2 at the Senior’s Hall, Invermere.


• 9 a.m.: Bottle drive – Rotary Fundraiser. The Rotary Club collects refundable bottles at the Invermere Transfer Station. Raised funds are used for the community • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Seniors Fitness. Columbia Valley Community Centre on Mondays and Thursdays ($2). • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors Carpet Bowling. Join us for $2 at the Senior’s Hall, Invermere. • 4-7 p.m.: Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Drop-in. Come to the Summit Youth Hub for after-school LGBTQ+ drop in and hang out in a safe space, age 12-18 welcome. • 5-7 p.m.: Strong Start: A drop-in program for caregivers and children ages 0-6. Mondays are at Eileen Madson Primary + a light dinner. Call 250-409-4251 to reserve. • 6 p.m.: Poker Night at the Station Pub: Chip up for Charity with funds going to the Columbia Valley Youth network. Every Monday at 6:30. Bar is open, light snacks available (must be 19+).


• 9 -11 a.m. Strong Start: A drop-in program for caregivers and children ages 0-6). Tuesdays are at Edgewater Elementary. Call 250-409-4251 to reserve. • 10 a.m.: Free Parents and Tot Connect: by Family Dynamix for children ages 0-6 at the Early Years Center; 926 7th Ave, Invermere. Text/call 250-341-8678 to register. • 3 p.m.: Free youth drop-in Youth Fun: at the Summit Youth Centre. After school fun grades 7-12: free food, safe hang-out spaces, Friday skate nights, VR, gaming, music room. • 7 p.m.: Drop-in Adult Dance Classes: Join Confi-Dance athletics on Tuesdays for Hip Hop & Burlesque. More at • 6-8:30 p.m.: Second Winds Community Band Rehearsal: Tuesdays at the Invermere Catholic Hall. Dust off your old instruments and join. Contact Ian at 250-342-9733. • 8 p.m.: Games night at Ullr Bar: Every Tuesday, $5 cover. Fun prizes to be won!

Wednesdays • 9-11 a.m.: Strong Start a drop-in program for caregivers and children ages 0-6. Wednesdays are at Eileen Madson Primary. Call 250-409-4251 to reserve. • 10 a.m.: Seniors Yoga Seniors. Drop-in seniors yoga class at the Columbia Valley Centre for $2/class. • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Seniors and Elders catch up (zoom): Family Dynamix Catch up Café. Join us if you have felt isolated during the pandemic. Email Tricia at

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Golf performance and injury prevention With Copper City Physical Therapy Submitted article by Brian Coughlan, Copper City Physical Therapy Spring has come and along with it the start of golf season here at all the wonderful courses throughout the Columbia Valley. If you are like me, then you probably get a bit excited, play a bunch of rounds or spend a bit too much time at the driving range and end up with an early season injury or pain. There are many factors that influence our performance and our risk for injury on the golf course. The most significant risk factor for most injuries, and especially in golf, is our volume of activity. That is, when we start a new activity or sport and we don’t gradually in-

crease our time spent playing or training we can overload our body and negatively affect its ability to adapt to the stressors of that activity. Therefore, my number one piece of advice to all my patients in the clinic is when starting a new activity or exercise, we should gradually increase the volume and intensity of the task. Listen to your body, it’s okay to have a bit of discomfort after playing a round or two of golf, but you want that pain or discomfort to resolve within 24 to 48 hours. Another great way to increase our capacity for any activity, including golf, is through exercise. Continued on page 13...

Something else on the horizon which Chief Don Sam is looking forward to, is recruiting more staff mem“This election that we just had, the candidates bers and having the opportunity to engage with them. Darcy Fisher, Allan Nicholas and I all found posi- “The goal is to have a full complement of staff, so that tions with council.” In another two years, we will have everyone is supporting each other.” Job postings can another election for two more positions,” said Chief be found on the ?Akisq’nuk website. Donald Sam. “This last election everyone was allowed While COVID kept people disconnected physito cast one vote to determine who would be chief.” cally, Chief Donald Sam expresses how it forced peoChief Donald Sam says he is very excited to be ple to learn how to connect through technology with stepping into this role and the difference he aims to apps like Zoom. He shares being able to connect with make. In a prior term, Chief Donald Sam worked on communities that are far away through this means of the housing committee where he was able to build technology is a special thing. new homes and ensure adequate housing opportuniChief Donald Sam shares that chief and council ties for community members. have many diverse issues on the go at any point in “Community healing is very important to me time; from child and family issues, to mending sowhether it be mental-wellness or just supporting each cial fabric, balancing budgets, capital developments, other,” says Chief Sam. challenging government status quo, to providing viChief Donald Sam expresses that, as a member of sions for their community and Nation. “I’m hoping the Ktunaxa Nation in the community of ?Akisq’nuk, we can let people know who we are, and where we the issue of rights and titles of land as well as econom- come from,” says Chief Donald Sam. “I want to be ic development is of high able to empower commuimportance. nity members while havSam’s five-member ing that fair transparent council consists of his process, and policy that’s fellow running-mates as engaging.” well as Lillian Rose and These topics were the Rosemary Phillips. focus of Chief Sam’s previ“I think we have ous term, and he is looksome strong individuing at getting right back als, so I’m really excited into it. Chief Donald Sam about working with this On Apr. 1, the ?Akisq’nuk First Nation had their swear- states, “One of my main team, and making some ing in ceremony of Chief Donald Sam. Pictured here goals is to be inviting and progress for the commu- (from left to right) is former Chief Ryan Nicholas, Chief have people participating nity,” says Chief Sam. Donald Sam, Councillor Darcy Fisher. Submitted Photo in the community.” ...Continued “Chief ” from page 8

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then slowly increase the range of motion and speed up to 100 per cent. I then move Both resistance and mobility exercise onto hitting shots with my longer irons can greatly improve our performance on finishing with the driver. the golf course and decrease our risk for Here at Copper City Physical Therainjury. Performing a dynamic warm up py, we are a Titleist Performance Institute before you play is also an essential part of for Golf. We utilize a 12-step functioninjury prevention. al movement screen which is a group of Every group has that one guy or girl physical tests to identify any limitations of who shows up five minutes before the tee range of motion and strength across the time and races to the first tee with no time body. to spare. Don’t be that guy or girl. If you We then analyze your golf swing can, spend at least 15 minutes on the driv- using slow motion video. Using inforing range before you play. mation from both the body screen and I like to start with a wedge or a short swing analysis we can develop a training iron and start by swinging the club and program for any individual at any level to hitting shots at approximately 75 per cent improve their physical performance and of my range of motion and speed. I will decrease the risk of injury. We believe that there are an infinite amount of ways to swing a golf club but we can always improve our efficiency. We don’t try to rebuild everyone’s golf swing, but rather make it more efficient and powerful. If you have any questions about improving your physical performance on the golf course or if you deal with a nagging injury each season please reach out to us. We are always happy to help. Golf ball gets set down on a tee. Photo from Ju Photographer from Getty Images ...Continued “Golf ” from page 12

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TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK! The District of Invermere has incorporated all comments and concerns that we received between January and March regarding the update to our Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The Draft TMP has been finalized and we are giving you another opportunity to provide your input. A virtual public information session will be held on April 27, 2022 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The session will explore the DRAFT TMP and provide an opportunity for people to raise questions and share their perspectives. To join the event please visit, or by scanning this QR code with the camera on your smartphone.


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JET RODDING OF SEWER LINES The District of Invermere will be Jet Rodding the sewer lines in the following areas between April 25-29: • • • • • •

The Industrial Park 15th Street (between 13th Avenue and 12th Avenue) 9th Avenue north of 17th Street 10th Avenue (between 13th Street and 1st Street) 7th Avenue (between 1st Street and 5th Street) Downtown Core

This program is necessary to maintain the quality of the sewer system. It is recommended that you leave all toilet seats down during this operation. The District apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this operation. If you have any questions, please contact the District office at 250-342-9281.

David Langevin & Vance Theoret Exhibition Saturday, April 16, 10 am – 5:30 pm with Vance doing a carving demonstration. “Name the bear contest” back by popular demand! Exhibition continues until April 22.

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Columbia Valley Métis looks to fill important new role By Chadd Cawson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Columbia Valley Métis Association (CVMA), a board of five volunteer members, is looking to add their first ever paid part-time Community Navigator to their team. “There has been a real need for this position over the last year. Our funding models have changed, and we have more dollars now to be able to provide an employee,” says Columbia Valley Métis President Monica Fisher. “This also increases the number of resources we are able to provide to our citizens. We are a board of volunteers that all have other jobs, and up to this point we have been doing the best that we can with the time that we have.” The CVMA has been around for six years and has upwards of 170 citizens that have their Métis of British Columbia citizenship and identification cards, which allots holders a specific set of resources. A Community Navigator working under their board will mean that CVMA will have more resources and more events for their citizens. They are still in the process of looking to fill this position. Requirements include a valid Criminal Record Check, Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle. Preference will be given to those with a valid Métis card; however, it is not considered mandatory. CVMA has already received some applications that they have started going through. Ideally, they would like to see someone in this role by Apr. 15.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with Indigenous perspective, and protocol, and can work with a multitude of different agencies within the community. “This position will require a vast skill level, as it is a position we have never really had before,” says Fisher. “It will be a build-as-we-go position.” Some aspects involved in this new Community Navigator position will include accounting, event planning, and some skills of a social work nature. The successful candidate will have to navigate difficult situations as well as problem solve with the appropriate resources available. “The role will involve working with citizens with unique needs that may require added help, and support within our greater community,” says CVMA President Fisher. The new-hire will be in charge of organizing and executing upcoming events, like the Caribou Tufting workshop. “We will also depend on this person for grant writing, reporting, and being involved in cultural activities,” she adds. For the right person this opportunity would be very appealing as it offers a wide variety of day-to-day experiences. “We are just growing so quickly that this new position will allow us to give better services,” says Fisher. “After reviewing the applications, we will be making our decision based on the best candidate, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.” Once the position has been filled, there will be a follow-up introducing the new Community Navigator with Columbia Valley Métis Association to our community.

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since they opened their doors. His ability to carve a block of raw stone, under his skillful hands and tools, into a present their “Oil graceful and endearing bear is a treat to witness. Vance will be at the gallery for the opening from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 16 doing a sculpting demonstration. We are once again holding the “Name the Bear” contest! The best name entered in the gallery on Apr. 16 wins an original bear sculpture. In the past, some winning titles have been…”GRIZZard of Oz” and “Rock and Roll”. For collectors of their work or first-timers, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist behind the original pieces, and to check out the newest creations. The exhibition will continue until Apr. 22, and if you can’t make it to the Artym, the show is online at Small bear sculpture titled “So Shy.”

The Artym Gallery is pleased to and Stone Exhibition” featuring artists David Langevin and Vance Theoret, beginning Saturday, Apr. 16. Many new paintings and sculptures have arrived for this show! David Langevin’s acrylic “Treescapes” on panel, and original landscapes have garnered him recognition and appreciation across the art community. His compositional elements of contrast, light and colour combine to highlight his brilliant sense of design and drama. Please drop by the gallery to see the new work by David featuring trees, rocks, water and sky, mountains and snow. Vance Theoret’s carved stone bears possess individuality and personality – the playfulness of his bears is his trademark. He has been a favourite at the Artym Gallery ever

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Parking lot upgrades underway at Lake Lillian and Mount Swansea

By Steve Hubrecht Anybody driving up Toby Creek Road to Panorama in the past few weeks is sure to have noticed that considerable upgrades to the parking lot at the Lake Lillian recreation site are underway. The same thing is also happening at the parking lot at the Mount Swansea recreation site on the east side of the Columbia Valley. The work began in mid-March and, if all goes to plan, will wrap up before the summer tourist season begins in earnest. Recreations Sites and Trails B.C. Rocky Mountain North District recreation officer Trevor Hann told the Pioneer that improving the parking lot at Lake Lillian has been on his to-do list since he started in his job back in June 2019. “It’s a very well-known local recreation site, and use of the recreation site is extremely high,” he said. “The current parking lot, the way it is set up, is clearly unsafe. Something needed to happen to accommodate the growing use there. There’s a similar situation at Swansea, in that the existing parking lot needed improvement.” The Lake Lillian recreation site includes sections of the southeastern shore of Lake Lillian (with a small grassy beach, a dock and a boat launch, picnic tables, outhouses) as well as the Lake Lillian trail network on the other side of Toby Creek Road. “Part of the safety issue with the old parking lot is that people wanting to use the trails for biking or walking had no choice but to park by the lake and then walk across Toby Creek Road. But Toby Creek Road is very busy, traffic is moving quickly and is coming around a corner,” said Hann. To make things safer, the existing park lot by Lake Lillian, is being altered so that there is only one entrance and exit point (rather than the two that currently exist), with a better paved ‘apron’ to get on and off Toby Creek Road, and another parking lot is being added on the opposite side of the road (where the trails are). The work at Lake Lillian will end up cost about $40,000 in total, and the upgrades at Mount Swansea will cost $75,000. In January 2021, Hann met with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), who committed to help with paving the ‘apron’ and other road work. A consultation process with local First Nations followed thereafter, and eventually interpretive signage highlighting the significance of the area to First Nations will be installed at the sites. Hann also met several times with representatives of the Toby Benches Society, who highlighted their concerns about what they see as over-

use of the Lake Lillian site. The Toby Benches Society proposed an alternate location for the new trailhead parking lot, suggesting a spot 200 metres further away, off the road. Hann explained that he reviewed this alternate spot “but it became apparent the existing location made more sense for a number of reasons.” One of the most problematic aspects of the proposed alternate location for the parking lot is that it is not visible from Toby Creek Road, which Hann outlined increases the potential risk for vandalism, and for illegal overnight camping, and consequently for wildfire stemming from unattended campfire or bonfires. “If things are within eyeshot (of the road), there’s going to be a lot less illegal bonfires, pallet fires, and campfires. That significantly reduces the risk of wildfires,” said Hann. Local elected officials, including Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F Director Susan Clovechok and RDEK Area G Director Gerry Wilkie met with Hann for a site visit at Lake Lillian in late March. “I then received an email from Doug indicating support for the option we’ve chosen,” said Hann. Clovechok told the Pioneer he had been sent several photos of people parking along Toby Creek Road on busy days when the parking lot at Lake Lillian was already full. “It was like a Costco parking lot. It’s very, very dangerous from a public safety perspective,” said Clovechok. He added Hann’s decision “seems pretty logical, and well-thought out. I think the decisions taken are appropriate and in line with what needs to be done. I realize there are some residents who are unhappy about it, but we do have to make it safe.” Work on the parking lot upgrades began on March 8, and tree felling began on March 14, with Shuswap Woodland Restoration Ltd. and B.C. wildfire crews contributing to the effort. The logs will go to the members of the local Shuswap Indian Band and the Akisqnuk First Nation. Hann emphasized that the existing parking lot at Lake Lillian is not being increased in capacity (as it may appear to those driving past), but is simply being upgraded. “It is being made safer. Part of that is making sure there are two lanes of space below the parked cars, for people to be able to drive both in and out of the parking lot at the same time. So there’s extra space for that. But the intent is not to create more space for vehicles at the lake parking lot,” he said. Obviously however, that is the intent, at the new trailside parking lot, which should be able to accommo-

Graph showing trail counter statistic last year on Junior Johnson trail at Lake Lillian.


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The District of Invermere invites tender submissions from qualified companies for:

Sanitary and Storm Sewer Flushing Services This service is for a 5-year period from August 1st, 2020 to July 31st, 2025 for approximately 31 km of sanitary sewer mains and 6 km of storm sewer mains. Tender process and contract will be to Master Municipal Construction Document Standard. Copies of the tender documents can be obtained at the municipal office (914 - 8th Avenue) after Monday June 22nd or on the District website Sealed quotes, marked “Sanitary and Storm Flushing Services” can be delivered no later than 12 noon, local time, Monday, July 13th, 2020. The District of Invermere reserves the right to waive formalities in any quote, or reject any or all quotes, or accept the quote deemed most favourable in the interest of the municipality. Contact Information: District of Invermere Kindry Luyendyk Interim Chief Administrative Officer Box 339, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Telephone: (250) 342-9281 Fax: 250-342-2934 •

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date up to 50 vehicles. Is that enough for every resident and visitor to be able to park at Lake Lillian on a busy summer day? “For the vast majority of the year, that should be more than adequate. But definitely there will be some days in summer where it will be nowhere near adequate. We have to keep in mind that the goal of this project was to make things safer, not to accommodate everybody up and down the valley who wants to recreate at Lake Lillian at the same time,” said Hann. “It really comes down to the time of day and time of year. There will never be enough parking for everybody. It’s a very busy recreation site. So we have to strike a balance, and we do ask that if you head to Lake Lillian and the parking lot is full, that you do the responsible thing and choose to recreate somewhere else, instead of trying to park along the road. Parking along the road, at that site, is extremely dangerous.” Continued on page 23...

Graph showing trail counter statistic last year on Mount Swansea trails. Photos submitted

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Submitted article by Brian Wesley, Marketing Director, Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival Society In the fall of 1996, Brian Lyall, marketing manager of Panorama Resort and Larry Halverson, Parks Canada, came up with the idea of a bird festival, highlighting the thousands of birds that migrate through the Columbia Valley, one of North America’s larger wetlands. Larry took up the challenge and recruited volunteers, sponsors, and knowledgeable event leaders and presenters. Larry offered this memory, “We saw the festival providing a focus for community action on behalf of the environment by enhancing community engagement and cooperation.” In a few short months Wings Over the Rockies festival was born. The first festival offered 80 free outdoor events - hikes, bird walks and guided canoe paddles, as well as ticketed presentations. Wings Over the Rockies received enthusiastic support from local businesses and wildlife specialists including Robert Bateman who agreed to be a patron, remarked, “What a good idea! The Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival conjures up an image of all that is important about Canada… spectacular scenery, abundant nature and a warm, human spirit of getting together in a worthy cause.” But the 1997 festival was just the beginning. Wings gradually expanded from a birding event to a true nature festival, one of the larger in Western Canada. It now offers informative sessions about wildlife, ecosystems, local history, agriculture and local businesses. Many respected environment professionals such as Robert

Bateman, Dr. David Schindler, Dr. Suzanne Simard, and Bill Lishman have been keynote speakers. While birds remain at the heart of WINGS, the more we understand about their environment, the better we can appreciate and protect them. Larry Halverson summed up the value of Wings nicely, “by highlighting the community’s natural attributes, the wetlands, we state what we value. And in doing so, create a significant contribution to the diversity of our local economy, quality of life and protection of natural resources.” Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival 2022 celebrates the unique landscape of the Columbia Valley Wetland and surrounding habitat, fauna and flora. Our society has been “Winging It for 25 Years” and will offer more than 100 events from Wasa to Golden over the week of May 9 to May 15. In addition to outdoor events, luncheon and evening presentations are scheduled. A concert by Rocky Mountain-based The Wardens play Friday at the Columbia Valley Centre. The WINGS Gala is Saturday evening at the centre, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Harvey Locke, conservationist dedicated to national parks, wilderness conservation, large landscape connectivity and climate change. Tickets sales for all events are now on sale, The WINGS on-line auction starts May. 6, with dozens of unique items, including an Adventure Canada trip for two: The Mighty St. Lawrence. Be sure to purchase your Wings 25 tee shirt or sweatshirt to show your support at

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includes tax & service charge

Sun ........................ 9am - 2pm Mon, Tue, Wed ............ Closed


YOUR CHOICE OF 3 MAIN COURSES: LAMB SHANK Braised in rosemary & garlic, served with dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vegetables

Sat ......................... 9am - 8pm

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SPRING SPINACH & ASPARAGUS SALAD Served with goats’ cheese, pinenuts, & balsamic vinaigrette

WOOD OVEN ROAST TURKEY With sage & onion stuffing, dauphinoise potatoes, braised red cabbage, wood oven roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce & gravy

Thu & Fri .............. 12pm - 8pm


We are seeking out fabulous staff to join our summer team. Cooks Dishwasher Prep Front of House Work a set schedule/4 day work week so you too can enjoy the summer! Send resume and cover letter to

Unit 8, 5019 Fairmont Resort Road | 250.345.0008 |

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CONCRETE • Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.


EXCELLENCE Skandia Concrete • Manufacturers & suppliers of quality concrete & gravel products • Experienced, professional operators and the right equipment to get your job done • Serving the valley for over 30 years

• Environmentally responsible • Steamed aggregate beds for top quality year-round concrete supply • We stand behind our service, quality and products

Phone: 250-342-5833 • Cell: 250-270-9444

All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

For competitive prices and prompt service, call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)

1756 Hwy 93/95 Windermere B.C. Office: 250-342-6500 • Toll Free: 1-888-341-2221

Columbia Concrete Inc.

CARPET CLEANING Enjoy life, we’ll clean it up!

20 years’ experience • Anything concrete! • • • •

• Carpets dry in 1 hour • Environmentally friendly products • Disinfectant kills COVID-19 • Fresh clean scent – no steam • Area rugs and upholstery • Protector • 100% guarantee • Prompt reliable service

Call NOW:

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Basements Garage pads Driveways Patios

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Decorative Exposed Stamped concrete Acid staining Serving the Columbia Valley

250-688-3739 CONTRACTING



Seniors Discounts

• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels

TILE AND GROUT CLEANING Business: 250-342-9692

RR#4 2117–13 Ave. Invermere, BC V0A 1K4

Professional Painting & Decorating Ltd. 1978

Cell: 250-342-1273


Richard Vernon – Master Plumber & Gasfitter

Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:

1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Kekuli Bay Cabinetry

Local Resident


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in Calgary since 2002 in Invermere since 2004







FREE Estimates


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

Specializing in all heating, electric, gas and wood.

• Authorized dealer • Designer • Installer

• Fireplaces • Commercial and residential • New builds • Renovations.

Dale Elliott Contracting

25 years experience installing cabinets Custom Woodwork and Finishing Serving the Columbia Valley for over 40 years. • 250-341-7098

A licensed, registered and bonded company

We also offer roundthe-clock service calls.

Give us a call! James, 250-688-1267 or Jerry, 250-342-5299 Email:

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(Servicing the Valley since 1999)


BOX 2228 742 - 13th STREET INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K0 P: 250-342-3031 F: 250-342-6945

P.O. Box 130 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Office: 250-342-2175 • Fax: 250-342-2669

• Septic Tank Pumping • Portable Toilet Rentals

BOX 459 7553 MAIN STREET RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1M0 P: 250-347-9350 F: 250-347-6350 TOLL FREE: 1-866-342-3031


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Complete sewer/drain repairs Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount Prompt service

A well maintained septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years to avoid costly repairs



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Tree Removal Stump Grinding FireSmart Treatmemts Certified. Insured. WCB Coverage

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SERVICES • Interior/Exterior Painting • Staining • Clear Coat • New Construction • Renovations

Trenton Mailo

Ph: 250-688-ROLL

Service Technician


Mailo Heating and Cooling

20 years experience • Satisfaction guaranteed! Fully Insured & WCB Covered

Free Estimates 250-270-0324

4950 Hot Springs Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C. V0B 1L1

Residential, Commercial Electric Furnace and Hot Water Tank Repair and Service For All Your Electrical Needs

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HOW WE ROLL Gerard Rehman

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Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists

You name it! I’ll take care of it! YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP for all home maintenance from raking your lawn to renovating your entire house.




Keep your local businesses alive. Get your tree services right here in Invermere!

Please call Steve ~ a real local you can trust! 250-342-1791


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

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 th

Beat the fall rush ~ clean your Chimney this spring! ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHIMNEY SWEEPS LTD. 804 Almberg Road, Golden, BC V0A 1H2 CELL: 250.272.5599 OFFICE: 250.344.7323


Sales ~ Service ~ Installation

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Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential



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Phone: 250-341-6299 • Email:

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Here to Serve You Advertising 250-341-6299

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P ioneer C lassifieds IN MEMORIAM


In Loving memory of Ted February 3, 1934 - April 24, 2006 If the roses grow in heaven lord, please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my husbands arms and tell him they’re from me. Tell him that I love him and miss him, and when he turns to smile place a kiss upon his cheek and hold him for a while because remembering him is easy. I do it everyday but there is an ache within my heart that will never go away. Love you forever. Till we meet again. - Love Edel

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.

GARAGE SALE Big Family Garage Sale Saturday April 16, 9a to 2p 4349 Wells Road Wilmer “Mantyka’s”

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.


Allan Bradley Seeley January 5, 1962 – April 17, 2002 Those special memories of you will always bring a smile. If only we could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do. You always meant so much to us and always will too. The fact that you’re no longer here will always cause us pain. You’re forever in our hearts until we meet again. Love always, Christina, Ashley, Alyssa

• Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: 1-855-377-1312 • Email: • Web:



BIG CHEERS and shout out to STOLEN CHURCH Gelato and Coffee for donating beef and onions for our Rotary Free Spaghetti Dinner, April 1. Such a kind, caring, community donation….you rock!

Cheers to the Senior’s Centre, and in particular Sherry & Jim, for helping with the hall rental for our toddler’s birthday party!

Cheers to Dieter for the 1st Class Service you give to our computers. We also appreciate all the extra’s you do for us. No request is too much. You give super customer service! Cheers Plus to Jessie McKersie. When God created angels, he made you as a special Star Angel to help those of us who are going through a difficult time. Because of your gentle personality, you bring sunshine to everyone you meet. Cheers to Edgewater/ Radium Hospital aux ladies for the beautiful card and spa certificate. You ladies are so special thanks so much Trish Never underestimate the kindness of strangers! Heartfull Cheers to whoever found my purse at a lake outside of Invermere. I was just starting to panic when I received word from the RCMP that it had been turned in for sake-keeping. Wishing you the very best luck for whenever you need it, too!! Cheers to Sheila Wahl for being a great friend! I have missed you. It’s good to have you back in town. A huge Cheers to Glen Wall for coming to our home and cleaning the eavestrough, both on our house and garage. Friends like you are few and far between. This isn’t the first time you have taken time from your busy schedule to help us and we want you to know how very much we appreciate your kindness.

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


Cheers to live music at Radium Brewing Saturday night! You three ladies were great!


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

BARRY BROWN-JOHN “Rocky Mountain Land Man”

Call or text




Barge For Sale Floating barge with 5 x 15 m deck on 2 steel pontoons. Solid & stable. 6 boat cleats, equipment box and more. Suitable for instant dock. Must be seen. $25,000 obo Contact Stephanie O’Connor 250-342-1648


WHY LIST WITH GERRY? ✔ Website/Social Media ✔ 3D Tour, YouTube, Drone ✔ Responsive, Local, Expert

B.B.’s Home & Design Services Handyman Services and Renovation’s, Masonry, Blinds and Installation. Housechecks/home/yard/ eavestrough maintenance/ dump runs. Over 35 year’s experience. Call 250-688-2897

Elkhorn Country Estates Phase 4 now selling 3.2 to 5.7 acre parcels. Only 3 lots left. Private yet close to town. Individual wells. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-342-1268

LIST WITH GERRY: FOR RESULTS! *Not intended to solicit those already working with an agent.



Personal Real Estate Corporation

Rockies West Realty Independently owned and operated

LOST AND FOUND FOUND: Cat In Radium, midMarch, near Gateway Motel. Neutered and m/c’ed male, 3-4 yrs, Tabby blk and brn. White face, chest, underside and front legs. Very friendly, Call ICAN at 250-341-7888. or ICANBC.

For Sale: Power Seat Massager – Total back massaging system. Use at home, office or car. Comes with A/C-Auto adapter and controller. $40. 250-341-6299 ext. 104.

Golf cart and lawn tractor tuneups. Pick up and delivery service available. We buy used golf carts. Call Jeff 250-341-8146. Please leave a message. Foundation and Framing Crew Available 250-342- 1517

Brand new maximus shop cabinet $450 firm. 22 cubic ft deep freezer $300 firm. Brand new sectional hide-a-bed couch $1,000 firm. Call 250-778-0053.

AARON’S HOME SERVICES • Lawn Care • Yard Cleans • Power Washing 250-342-9222



CASUAL CUSTODIAN AND CASUAL BUS DRIVER Further position details can be found at: If you are interested and qualified for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references: Human Resources:

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THE HEARTFELT COMPANION: Services for Seniors Since 2014 we’ve provided kind and compassionate non-medical care, transportation to Cranbrook, overnight care, meal prep, grocery shopping and more. Excellent local references. 250-341-5683 Heartfeltcompanionservices. com

Selkirk Cellulars & Office Supplies is looking to hire a Telus and store sales representative fulltime. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service and time management skills. They will be comfortable with cell phone software (i.e. Android and Apple operating systems) and the ability to troubleshoot problems. Telus and store representative training will be provided. Please send your resume to

HELP WANTED 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@ Old Salzburg Kitchen now accepting resumes for the upcoming summer season. Dishwashers start at $16/hr. Cooks start at $18/hr. Please email resumes to: scottstorvik@ Clean Connection is seeking highly motivated and detailed cleaners for our amazing team. Five star residential and rental property care. Vehicle and smart phone required. Experience is an asset but will train the right candidate. Contract positions available starting at $27.50/hr Flexible shifts. Email shawna@

FAIRMONT SUBWAY & GAS PLUS Accepting resumes for P/T or F/T Please email resumes to Everett Frater Enterprises now hiring Lawn Maintenance employees for Monday- Friday. Weekends off. Call 250-3425645 Looking to Hire Taynton Bay Electrical LTD is currently looking for an experienced residential Electrician. Wage depending on experience. Please Call Cliff at 250-342-1355 bnBeyond Vacation Inc. 778-761-5660 Location: Invermere, BC 4 positions available Reliable, detailed, focused. English speaking Hourly wage of $27.50 30 hrs per week Onsite training offered. No education requirement Duties include: sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, laundry, making beds, washing windows/walls, folding linens, removing garbage. Work locations vary. Travelling between multiple vacation rentals. Repetitive tasks, physically demanding (standing, crouching, kneeling), fast-paced environment. Lake Windermere Pointe in Invermere is looking to hire self-motivated caretakers to help care for the Strata property. Tasks vary and may include landscaping, groundskeeping, painting, light electrical, pool maintenance and general property maintenance.

Prefer someone with 2-3 years experience. Part-time and full-time positions available. Criminal check required. Wages depend on experience.

If interested, please contact

Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Friday.

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INTEGRITY POST FRAME BUILDINGS since 2008. Built with concrete posts. Barns, shops, riding arenas, machine sheds and more. sales@integritybuilt. com. 1-866-974-7678. www.


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Columbia Valley Early Childhood Coalition Coordinator We are looking for an experienced Early Childhood Coalition Coordinator to join our team of vibrant, sincere, and professional individuals. This position plans and implements activities related to Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the Columbia Valley. Coordinates Columbia Valley ECD Coalition development and networking, planning, promotion, policy and procedure formulation, evaluation, reporting, budget preparation and sustainability planning. Position: Permanent part-time Hours: 2 hours per week Start Date: Immediately Schedule: Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Functional Responsibility: 1. Raise awareness in the community of the ECD Coalition and the benefits gained from belonging to the team and advocate for services for families and their children under the age of six. 2. coordinating the Columbia Valley ECD Coalition, development and networking, planning, promotion, evaluation, reporting, budget preparation and sustainability planning. 3. Encourage community action by supporting parents to identify their needs in their community. 4. Link the CV ECD Coalition with regional, provincial and national coalitions and organizations involved with ECD. 5. Raise public awareness of the importance of ECD. 6. Maintain related records and statistics and produce reports as required. 7. For full job description please contact Family Dymanix Accountability: The CV Early Childhood Development Coalition Coordinator is accountable to the Director of Program Management and in her absence the Executive Director. Qualifications: Two-year post-secondary in a human services discipline and one-year related experience. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience may be considered. Application process and deadline: Email a resume and cover letter to Ute Juras, Director of Program Management, Family Dynamix Association at by 4:30 p.m., April 19, 2022.

STAFF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE If you like working outside, have a passion for the game of golf or just enjoy learning new skills please send your resume to:

Adam Hodge, Assistant Superintendent

Youth Outreach Worker We are looking for an experienced Youth Outreach Worker to join our team of vibrant, sincere, and professional individuals. Position: Permanent Part-time Hours: 20 hours per week Schedule: Weekdays, evenings and weekends as required Start date: Immediately Application deadline: April 19, 2022 Duties: The successful candidate will provide a community-based program of outreach and engaging youth with challenging or risk-taking behaviours, offering education and support for healthy life choices. Provide short-term crisis intervention and counselling to at-risk youth between 13 and 18 years of age, and parent-teen mediation using conflict resolution strategies with families referred by the Ministry for Children and Families and Interior Health. Advocate for youth and support them with career planning, budgeting, and life skills training. Develop counsellor-directed support groups aiming to build self-esteem and problem-solving skills of the youth. Promote program awareness, and network with stake holders. Qualifications: Preferably an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with two years of related job experience. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience may be considered. Demonstration of experience in counselling youth. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential. Pursuant to provincial legislation, the applicant must agree to undergo a criminal records investigation.

We appreciate all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application process and deadline: Email a resume and cover letter to Ute Juras, Director of Program Management, Family Dynamix Association at by 4:30 p.m., April 19, 2022.

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

We appreciate all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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In front of Canadian Tire

is now accepting resumes. We are looking for a great individual to join our team as a

CANNABIS RETAIL SPECIALIST The successful applicant will: • Assist store management and work as a team • Be able to work independently with staff • Be available to work days or evenings • Perform all duties within the store, receiving, • Have a passion for cannabis and take pride in cash and customer service great customer service • Work quickly and efficiently with attention to • Training and education available detail

We will be opening in May and open weekends until school gets out.

Must obtain Selling it Right Certification as required to work with cannabis. (Costs reimbursed). Must be 19 years+ to apply.

Please send your resume to

If you are interested in working in a new, fun and productive work environment, submit resume to:

Passion or interest for Beer, Wine and Spirits?

is accepting resumes.

Jennifer McLennan, or hand deliver to Invermere Liquor Store (in front of Canadian Tire), Attn: Jennifer McLennan

In front of Canadian Tire

We are looking for a great individual to join our team as a

Liquor Retail Specialist The successful applicant will: • Assist Store Management, and work as a team • Have an eye for merchandising with staff • Be able to work independently • Perform all duties within the store, receiving, • Have passion for beer,wine, spirits and take cash and customer service pride in great customer service • Be physically fit, able to lift up to 30lbs • Training and education available • Work quickly, efficiently, with attention to detail Experience in retail and/or hospitality would be an asset but not necessary.


We offer professional and personal growth through educational opportunities. If you are interested in working in a fun productive environment submit resume to:

The Village of Canal Flats seeks an enthusiastic, caring, and business-minded manager for its new provincially-licensed 40-space childcare facility, currently under development. The childcare centre is expected to be fully constructed in early summer, 2022, and be fully operational by Labour Day.

Jennifer McLennan or hand deliver to Invermere Liquor Store, Attn: Jennifer McLennan

Those who choose to live and work here enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities; and the mountains, rivers, lakes and beaches in the community offer a more affordable, East Kootenay, B.C., natural paradise with an Elementary School and many other key amenities.

Fairmont & r adium

The childcare centre is a start-up government service which will be offered by the Village of Canal Flats. The manager (with contracted support until December 2022), and in advance of centre opening, will be required to complete centre start-up, including: naming; staff recruitment; final outfitting; grant reporting; policy development; licensing of the Centre; business planning; and other duties.

mountainside markets Join our team. We are hiring in various positions both part-time and full-time.

Compensation depending on experience. Email resumes to: Fairmont Mountainside Market Attn: Oliver Pearce 8 - 4992 Frontage Rd Fairmont Hot Springs

Radium Mountainside Market Attn: Julius Pascua 7546 Main Street East Radium Hot Springs

After the start-up phase, the successful applicant will be responsible for but not limited to: • • • • •

Overseeing and maintaining high quality childcare programs that provide safe, happy, play environments that meet all Licensing regulations; Coordinating the care, repairs, and maintenance of the building, playground and the toy inventory; Coordinating the hiring of skilled, qualified educators and monitoring their performance in providing strong, curriculum based, age-appropriate learning programs that cover social, emotional, physical, language, and intellectual development; Completing all forms for childcare grants and subsidy programs; Be the main contact for families interested in childcare and serve as an ambassador for the Village and centre programming

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic leader and advocate of children. Experience in business is an asset and post secondary training in business or early childhood education is preferred. This is a municipal service, but it is expected to run under a self-sustaining business model. The position is full time, permanent. A competitive salary and workplace benefits including enrollment in the Municipal Pension Plan is offered. To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume (PDFs preferred) to Sylvie Hoobanoff, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, by email to Applications, including three references from your work life, will be received until April 29, 2022. We thank all interested individuals for their applications for this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Fourth dose available for the susceptible


Early Years Coordinator We are looking for an experienced Early Years Coordinator to join our team of vibrant, sincere, and professional individuals. This position plans and implements activities for families and their children under six, related to Early Childhood Development from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Position: Permanent part-time Hours: Up to 12 hours per week Start Date: Immediately Schedule: Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Functional Responsibility: 1. Offer parenting support information and/or programs to support children’s social and emotional well-being. 2. Provide access to early intervention information, referrals, and/or services. 3. Provide health promotion and prevention information and/or services. 4. Provide information and/or linkages that support young children transitioning to kindergarten. 5. Provide information on childcare programs available in the local community. Other functions include coordinating the Columbia Valley ECD Coalition, development and networking, planning, promotion, evaluation, reporting, budget preparation and sustainability planning. Accountability: The Early Years Coordinator is accountable to the Director of Program Management and in her absence the Executive Director. Qualifications: Two-year post-secondary in a human services discipline and one-year related experience. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience may be considered. Application process and deadline: Email a resume and cover letter to Ute Juras, Director of Program Management, Family Dynamix Association at by 4:30 p.m., April 19, 2022. We appreciate all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

By Chadd Cawson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Spring is in the air, and even though restrictions are lifting, we must still remember so is the Coronavirus. With proof-of-vaccination out the window as of Friday Apr. 8, a door opens for all seniors 70 and over, long-term care residents and all First Nations 55 plus to get a little extra boost. B.C. announced on Tuesday, April 5 that these more susceptible groups would have the opportunity to get that fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in the arm later this month. It’s been six-months since these higher-risk groups had their first booster shot, and the protection it once offered against the virus and variant Omicron could very well be diminishing. “This is a really important measure for us,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry in her announcement on Apr. 5. “We know that the older we are, the sooner the [COVID-19] antibodies will wane. An extra booster dose right now will provide a rapid increase in antibodies and will provide that spring protection as we get back to normal activities in the community.” According to Henry the result of testing shows that those who are younger have a high rate of antibodies in their system both from the vaccinations they received and/or having contracted COVID-19, while those who are 70 and over have much lower levels. The province released data that accumulated from the beginning of Jan. until Mar. that show the largest share of people that are hospitalized, in critical care, or have died due to COVID-19 are still those that continue to go unvaccinated. The proof is in the pudding that being up to date on all vaccinations remains the best protection against the virus and its variants. As of Apr. 4, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) are aware that across Canada there are 96,577 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on First Nation reserves, 8,588

Exploring Badgers Summer Camp Counselor Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society has a great opportunity for the right person to be our next Summer Camp Facilitator. This is a temporary full-time position working 9 hrs. a day, 4 days a week from May to September 1, 2022, and weekends off. The successful candidate will be: • Fun, creative, confident • Comfortable working outside • Able to lead and organize • Enjoy working with youth ages 6-12 • Able to participate in recreational activities, including swimming, hiking, and physically active games • A full-time student in 2022 and continuing in Fall 2022 • Respectful of First Nations • Willing to take a 20 hr. Responsible Adult course The successful candidate must have: • A clear criminal record check for vulnerable persons • Possess a valid Child Safe First Aid Certificate or willing to take • Must be 18 years or older Special Consideration will be given to those who have: • Early Childhood Education Assistant would be an asset • Class four drivers license and NLS certification would be considered and asset To apply, submit cover letter and resume, including 3 references to

of those in British Columbia. During the week of Mar. 24 to 30 the daily reported active case counts increased by 11.6 percent from the week before. Studies with ISC show that the COVID-19 case fatality rate of those living on reserves make up 67 per cent of the total case fatality rate in the Canadian general population. 97 per cent of First Nation people that have contracted COVID-19 and live on a reserve have recovered. The Shuswap Health Band office is still awaiting official confirmation of the recent announcement from Interior Health. Danielle Armstrong, Health Director of the Shuswap Band states they will absolutely offer it when it becomes available. “We will be offering it to those who qualify, and will be running a clinic of our own,” says Shuswap Health Director Armstrong. “We’ll also be working with local pharmacies to support our membership, and those that want the immunization. Last time we worked with Pharmasave to get the third booster out before Christmas, for those that wanted it, and it worked really well.” The virus isn’t the only thing in the air, there is a lot of excitement since the last of the official restrictions was lifted on April 8, which means no more fumbling for vax cards for a night out. For the first time in two years, a social summer is on the horizon. In all the excitement we still must remain patient and courteous that not all will be ready to move at the same pace. Just as some people will still have the choice to mask up, some smaller businesses, and venues may still opt to enforce the vaccine cards a little longer. For those that fit in the above-mentioned groups, appointments for that little extra protection can be booked soon. Fourth doses for the regular public are not being recommended at this time. “We’re just waiting to hear when the immunizations will be out,” says Shuswap Health Director Armstrong. “We’ll go from there, and follow the recommendations, and guidelines.”

Early Childhood Educator or Early Childhood Educator Infant/Toddler Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society has a great opportunity for the right people to join our Team. We have one permanent full-time position. The successful candidate will: • Love working with children and exploring the outdoors. • Be an active member of our cohesive and cooperative team, which includes staff, parents, and community members. • Knowledgeable and respectful of local First Nations communities and cultures. The successful candidate must have: • A clear criminal record check for vulnerable persons. • Possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. • Early Childhood Educator license to practice. • Valid Child Safe First Aid Certificate or willing to take We offer: • Starting wage $21-22/hr. plus wage enhancement • Competitive wages • Great Benefit package • Paid sick leave • Pension Plan To apply or for further information, submit cover letter and resume, including 3 references to: Carrie Rickards, General Manager Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society • Email: Thank you to all applicants who apply however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Toby Benches resident concerned about Lake Lillian scum

By Steve Hubrecht A local resident is raising concern about some strange reddish-brown scum found floating in Lake Lillian a few weeks ago. Toby Benches resident Norman Hendricks noticed the scum in an ice fishing hole on the lake in late March and snapped a few photos (shown to the right). Curious and potentially concerned that it may be an algal bloom, Hendricks reached out, with help from a local nonprofit, to a water quality scientist. The scientist wrote back (a response which Hendricks shared with the Pioneer), saying it could indeed be an algal bloom, but adding, however, “that is just a guess without having any knowledge of the lake or seeing the water.” The biologist noted that it seemed similar in several respects to a report in spring 2019 from two lakes in Minnesota – Upper Prior Lake and Spring Lake — that had a worrying and novel amount of brown scum as ice out began and even well after ice out finished. In that case, scientists figured out that the brown scum was likely a species of algae in the melosira genus. This algae is common in many lakes and rivers across the continent in spring, but not usually in concentrations large enough to make these water bodies visibly brown (as it did in Minnesota). “Melosira varians is a common freshwater diatom that occurs in naturally eutrophic and polluted streams and lakes;

it is considered an indicator of organic pollution... Of course, you can’t say for sure without having a taxonomist confirm through proper analysis but I think this is a good guess,” wrote the biologist. Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok told the Pioneer that constituents have brought the issue to his attention, and explained that he reached out to relevant provincial officials to find out when a water quality study was last done on Lake Lillian. “Nobody had an answer for that. From what I understand, they’re going to follow up and try to get that to me,” said Clovechok. “Water quality is a big issue for me.” Hendricks, for his part, when he talked with the Pioneer, questioned whether the dramatic increase in the number of people using Lake Lillian has had an effect, pointing to the rather old outhouses by the lakeshore, and wondering if that might be a contributing factor. “There’s also many people walking their dogs on the lake in the winter, and quite a lot of them don’t seem to pick up the dog poo their pets leave on the ice. So maybe, over time, that could be doing something,” said Hendricks. “Personally I do think those toilets are a bit too close to the lake,” said Clovechok, but quickly added that Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. plans to replace them with modern, more environmentally responsible toilets as soon as possible (see Lake Lillian parking lot story on page 15).

Local resident saw flakes of reddish-brown scum through a fishing hole on Lake Lillian. Photo by Norman Hendricks Lillian, the Columbia Valley Cycling Society put up a trailer counter on the JuGiven the increasing use at Lake nior Johnson trail at Lake Lillian, which Lillian, Hann explained that he is also showed multiple days in the springs and very keen to put in modern, more eco- summer with more than 100 trail users, logically responsible toilets at the site. and on the Mount Swansea trails, which “I’d like to do it as soon as we can showed even more trail use there — insecure the funding,” said Hann, add- cluding one day with more than 300 ing each of the toilets will cost about trail users. $15,000 to replace. There are two toilets Hann thanked the Swansea Road user group, which includes the Columthere, making a total cost of $30,000. Just how much has use increased at bia Valley Hang Gliding and ParaglidLake Lillian? While there are no num- ing Association, the Columbia Valley bers for visitor to the lakeshore at Lake Cycling Society and the Summit Trail Makers Society, as well as the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, for their involvement in the Mount Swansea parking lot upgrades. He also mentioned that anybody who spots illegal overnight camping at Lake Lillian or Mount Swansea can Workers upgrade the lakeside parking lot at report it on the Report All Poachers Lake Lillian. Photo by Ryan Watmough and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 887 952 7277. ...Continued “Upgrades” from page 15



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A horror story for sheep

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Now open for in-person services. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 326 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 •

By Pastor Josh McCallum, Lake Windermere Alliance Church

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday Services, 10:30 am either in-person or on ZOOM. To access the zoom link, please visit our website at Recorded services are available at YouTube: WVSM Invermere Anglican United Church.

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


St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats., Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere, St. Joseph’s – Radium. Canal Flats: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Canadian Martyrs, Invermere: Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. St. Joseph, Radium: Sunday 11:00 a.m. 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

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


As spring weather emerges, many look forward to celebrating Easter with egg hunts, candy trails, and good food. For other cultures, this season brings a different celebration known as the Passover. The Passover is a celebration which brings remembrance of God delivering His people out of slavery in Egypt as they embarked on the journey to the Promised Land. In place of bunnies, this celebration centres on a lamb, the Passover Lamb. Now, while lambs may be cute, they did not have an easy history when it comes to the Bible. A quick perusal of the hundreds of instances of the words “lamb” and “sheep” in the Bible shows that they are generally used in the context of slaughtering, with only a dozen or so exceptions. In fact, the Bible is almost a horror story for lambs! This is because throughout the Old Testament, sheep were part of the sacrificial system whereby they were offered to cover the sins of the people, without requiring the death of those who committed the sins. As the story of the Passover goes, the blood of the ...Continued “Minor hockey” from page 4 “Winning provincials for the U13 is the best award you can get, because the whole team won,” says Stapleton. “This year being played in its entirety the big winners were every kid being able to play against other teams.” Stapleton, who oversees player registrations and hockey profiles, sees a lot of diversity within the teams made up of also female and First Nation players. “I’m not sure of the exact number (of awards given), but it sure was great to see so many happy kids,” said Stapleton. Team awards were determined by the coaching staffs of the individual teams.

lamb allowed God to “pass over” that household, sparing them from His judgment. You see, God is a God of love, righteousness, and truth, which means that He cannot just dismiss nor minimize acts of evil. Yet in His love, He doesn’t want to see His people die either. He is just, yet as the Bible says, He desires also to justify those who have done wrong (Romans 3:26). The problem was the blood of animals was not enough to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4). But if God could take away sins, His people would finally be free. Interestingly, then, that when Jesus shows up on the scene, He is called by God’s prophet, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). At the turning point of this horror story for lambs, God Himself became a ‘Lamb,’ coming to erase the sins of His people. He came on a mission, as He says, “to give [my] life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus came as a Lamb to take away sins, and in the end to turn the story around for sheep! This Lamb of God rose from the grave, promising to bring His “sheep” into eternal life with Him.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made the start of this hockey season a challenge and put a hold on past in-person award ceremonies. However, the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association adapted brilliantly. The loosening of the rules and regulations at the end of the year was a welcome blessing for both the players, and parents. This event was held at the Columbia Valley Centre, which is located on the unceded and crossover territories of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) and Ktunaxa (Akisqnuk) people and on the land chosen as home by the Metis Peoples of British Columbia.

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Select players, coaches and even volunteers won awards for their dedication and efforts at the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association Awards Night held at the Columbia Valley Centre on Apr. 6, but the greatest win remains the U13 team winning provincials. Photo by Chadd Cawson

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