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November 1, 2013 Vol. 10/Issue 44

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Three David Thompson Secondary School students are heading to Monaco, after winning the national Global Travel and Tourism Partnership Research Competition. Emily Zehnder, Leigh Thompson and Sarah Zehnder wrote and submitted a research proposal in January to study the potential of culinary tourism in the Upper Columbia Valley. The trio won the Canadian competition and will now spend 10 days in Europe, sharing their report with representatives from 15 other countries at a conference in Monaco. Then they’ll move on to France to take a closer look at some food-based tourism operations there. “Basically, we looked at how we can turn culinary tourism into a major part of the tourism industry (in

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Deer case dismissal cues important referendum By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The Invermere Deer Protection Society had its lawsuit against the District of Invermere dismissed last week, just as Invermere residents get set to vote on whether they support culling deer as a means to control the urban deer population in town. The lawsuit, first filed by Shane Suman and deer protection society in early 2012 (when the district was last attempting a deer cull), was heard in court on Friday, October 25th, but Madam Justice Miriam Gropper ruled it failed in its three main points — a procedural fairness argument, a jurisdiction argument and an unreasonableness argument. Invermere residents will vote in a referendum this

weekend to borrow about $5.6 million for a new community centre. The November 2nd ballot also has a question asking whether or not residents are in favour of a deer cull. No matter which way the vote goes, Invermere mayor Gerry Taft say the district likely won’t have a deer cull in 2014 — lack of money being the main factor. “We just don’t have an extra $20,000 or $30,000 kicking around,” he said. Although the lawsuit and the vote will bring some resolution to the urban deer issue, it remains one of the most polarizing topics in the district, according to Mr. Taft. “There were definitely some comments on Facebook to the effect of ‘I hope you and your council members go in those traps instead of deer’,” he said. “I never took it too seriously, but it definitely was nasty on social media. Com-

pared with any other issue that I’ve seen, whether it’s Jumbo or different development proposals, this has been the most emotionally-charged and the most personal issue.” The deer cull question is a secondary question on the vote, but it will probably generate more interest than the main question about borrowing money to build the new community centre, according to Mr. Taft. “Members of council were being personally singled out (about the deer issues) and called cold-blooded killers,” he said. “It’s funny that even borrowing $5.6 million is not as emotionally charged as the deer. It’s interesting — money and tax rates just don’t seem to get people’s blood going the same way that furry animals do.” Continued on page 28 . . .

Panorama steps onto international ski racing stage By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff After the Paralympic Winter Games, the International Paralympic Committee’s Alpine Skiing World Championships are the most prestigious international event in the sport, and they are coming to Panorama Mountain Village in 2015. When they do, it will be the second largest ski racing event ever to take place in Canada outside of the Olympic Games. “I put a proposal together last year for Panorama to host the World Championships, and we got

approval and won that bid,” said Panorama race and mountain events manager Patrick Gillespie. That winning bid has allowed Panorama to pursue the next phase: a Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS)-approved downhill race course with an 800-metre vertical drop, the first speed course with this level of technicality built in Canada for an international competition. That course will be ready for the IPC World Cup that Panorama is holding in just over two months, in January 2014. “It’s a World Cup, but it also gives us a test run on the track for the coming year,” said Mr. Gillespie, who noted that Canada has never hosted an Alpine Skiing

World Championships, for para-athletes or able bodied athletes. With the Sochi Winter Olympic Games taking place in February 2014, the World Cup race at Panorama will see athletes from around the world vying for a spot on their respective Paralympic teams. “We’ve got confirmation from Italy, the U.S., Canada, and Japan on the list,” said Mr. Gillespie. “In another month, we’ll have a better idea. There should be at least four or five European countries, and we should get a couple countries from South America, too.” Continued on page 15 . . .

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• On Thursday, October 24th at 3:40 p.m., a wallet was found in the park across from the store in Edgewater. The wallet is presently secured at the store. If it’s yours and you can describe it properly, you may be able to recover the wallet. • On Thursday, October 24th at 10:20 p.m., Columbia Valley detachment members were called to a disturbance complaint in the 200 block of Subdivision Road in Windermere. Two adult males, highly intoxicated, got into a verbal and physical confrontation. One of the males was requested to depart the residence on police attendance. No charges were requested. Police assisted in taking the one adult male to another residence. No further complaints were received. • On Friday, October 25th, a green Mongoose Switchback mountain bike was turned into the detachment. If it’s yours, come in and provide us with a description of other markings on the bike. We can get it back to you. • On Friday, October 25th, Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a complaint of a breach of a court condition dating back to 2010. A 53-year-old adult male had returned to a residence in Invermere. At the time of police attendance, none of the parties present was able to provide any documentation. This resulted in the police being unable to take any action. A second attendance to the residence in the Dry Gulch area resulted in proper documentation being provided. The male was arrested for breaching the court order. The male had explained to the police that he had spoken to his lawyer and was informed there was no further order and that he could attend the residence. The detachment members did make contact with the lawyer and, after further inquiries, the lawyer did advise the officers that he was in error and gave the wrong advice to his client. As it was clear that the male arrested had no intention to breach an order and that the male would not return, it was decided by the investigators to release the adult male from custody. No charges would be forwarded in this instance. • On Saturday, October 26th at 1:26 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a disturbance complaint in the 5000 block of Armstrong Road. As a result of the investigation, a young female offender


on probation was arrested and charged with breaching her probation order. The young offender will appear in Invermere Provincial Court on December 9th. • On Saturday, October 26th at 2:19 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint that the windows of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt were damaged when a pumpkin was thrown at the window when the car was parked in town. • On Sunday, October 27th at 2:25 a.m., as a result of observing a driving infraction, officers checked a blue Toyota Tacoma on Laurier Street. The driver displayed signs of having had a few drinks. An ASD demand was read and the 28-year-old driver from Invermere blew a fail. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the driver’s licence suspended for 90 days. Laying down the law again: part II In a recent write up, I mentioned how now and then I have to lay down the law at home. It may have come across as somewhat bravado on my part, but when it comes to laying down the law, wives can teach the police. I’m pretty sure all husbands experience this. Normally, I put my head down, take it like a man, say sorry and carry on. Normally. This week, unfortunately, I did not react as I should have. Recently, Bev lost it on me for good cause. Very infrequently does she lose it, but when she does, my son and I duck. However, my reaction this time was to lose my own normal, remorseful composure that our dog Taz has taught me. Tuck in your tail, look sad and simply take it. Instead, I hysterically started to laugh. As hard as I tried to bite my lip, I cracked up. I do not recommend this. The problem was, Bev had the flu bug — raspy voice, difficult speaking, high-pitched voice and even higher given that she was losing it on me. She may not have noticed it, but clearly I was hearing the voice of Mickey Mouse reaming me out big time. Even though her message to me was serious, I had a hard time taking it from Mickey Mouse. It was difficult to talk through the tears of laughter to explain why I was laughing. It was apparent my laughing made Mickey angrier. After some time went by, we discussed the issue and she commented, “I’m glad you got it.” I should have left it at that and bided by the old saying, quit while you’re ahead, but not me. I responded with my best Elmer Fudd, “Bda, bda, bda, bda that’s all folks.” Jet fighters are not the only ones who push the envelope.



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Feasibility study funded for incubator kitchen By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff A $15,000 study will look at whether a shared, staffed commercial kitchen for community groups in the valley is economically feasible, after directors for the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds approved the motion at their Tuesday, October 22nd meeting at the Windermere Fire Hall. Columbia Valley Food Corridor Project chairman Bill Croft pitched the idea of funding a study to determine if a public food corridor — the concept of a shared kitchen where businesses from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen could prepare food for out-of-province export while exceeding B.C. regulations — could operate without subsidies. A motion passed with one condition: that Mr. Croft must apply to Social Enterprise Canada (a federal agency with branches in each province) for his project to qualify as an Enterprising Non-Profit. The kitchen would act as a business incubator for the valley, Mr. Croft explained. If succesful, the cost of the study would then be split into two $7,500 sums, one from by Community Directed Funds, and the other from Social Enterprise Canada. Mr. Croft told The Pioneer that he expects a successful outcome in that application. Assuming the study finds the project economically feasible, the ground could be broken for the kitchen by the middle of summer 2014, possibly within the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute’s proposed agricultural park, he said. Thanks to funding sourced from the Columbia Basin


Trust, the Community Directed Funds allocates a total of $200,000 each year to support valley-wide initiatives. At the start of the meeting, the proposed motion would have granted just $7,500 for the study from the Community Directed Funds, but directors concluded it would be more expedient to award the full amount now. If the food corridor’s Enterprising Non-Profit Application is succesful, the Directed Funds contribution will drop to $7,500. Later at the meeting, board members spoke about changes to the funding allocation plan that determines how to channel the $200,000 each year. The organization identifies its top five priorities, but does not specify how much to weight each of those areas. “Does that mean we split the money 20 per cent between each priority?,” asked chair Wendy Booth. “Those are unknowns, and that’s what we need help with.” The committee also discussed how to go about attracting eligible organizations to seek support. Currently, the committee is “susceptible to whoever knocks loudest at the door,” member Gerry Taft said. Members avoided using the word “application” to describe the formal process of asking for money, but had trouble agreeing how to standardize the procedure. Fear loomed that an application process could give some organizations false hope, as a “wait-and-see” letter could be misleading. To iron out the kinks, the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds will be holding a strategic planning session in December before allocating any future funding. The meeting will cost $2,500, and that tab has been picked up by the Columbia Basin Trust.


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ife in winter can be daunting for seniors. The cold temperatures can make the simplest of tasks much more difficult. Chores like shoveling the drive-way or picking up groceries can turn into momentous tasks. Ice and snow represent real physical dangers that can not only cause a nasty fall but also get in the way of activities outside the house. There is always the worry of a broken or failing heating system that can result in all manner of bills and troubles, adding more unnecessary stress. Combine these stresses and it may lower quality of life, causing family members endless worry. Fortunately retirement housing at Columbia Garden Village can provide plenty of peace of mind for both the residents and the family members, with apartments designed to take the worry out of winter. Not only are the studio, one and two-bedroom suites appointed for comfort and independence but also include many key features to help with each resident’s individual wants and needs. Independent heat and air-conditioning controls allow them to set the apartments temperature to whatever will be

most comfortable for them. Full kitchens and large wheelchair accessible bathrooms can help residents maintain their independence while weekly housekeeping services and 24-hour assistance is available for complete peace of mind. Since the Village boasts many leisure opportunities, residents don’t have to worry about braving the harsh winter weather in search of relaxation and fun. Just outside of their front door they will find many amenities such as a games room, library, and spa, as well as many lounge areas which are certain to be filled with friendly faces and familiar smiles. There are also special recreational and social activities such as live entertainment, exercise programs and excursions to local attractions, which are all covered in the affordable monthly rent. Also included in the rent are the delicious meals which are prepared by the onsite chef in the warm central dining room where residents can enjoy meal next to a cozy fireplace where friends and family are always welcome to join. Columbia Garden Village also understands just how much pets are a part of the family. Residents


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Historical Lens

Kootenay park pump

Charles and Annie Crook and their dog stand proudly in front of the pump at their Imperial Gas Station in Kootenay National Park in 1939, in the area now called Crook’s Meadows. Mr. Crook’s homestead was established in the summer of 1911, when Charles Crook, Everett Bogardus and Percy Lake, all from Athalmer, camped in the meadow. The land was open for preemption filing, but hadn’t been surveyed. The prospective homesteaders had to make a rough survey using lariat ropes tied together to make up one 66 feet (20 metres) long. Three quarter sections were measured out in the heavily forested area. Mr. Crook chose this area as it had two small meadows and a small creek. The meadows provided feed for the horses, which was a big factor in the days of trail travel.

By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff On Saturday, November 2nd, take the time to go to the community hall and vote “yes” to borrowing the $5.6 million towards a new community hall. That amount surely won’t cover the whole cost of a new centre, but it’s the only reasonable way to begin the project. Dipping into the $10 million of municipal reserves is simply not an option, as council explained to those in attendance at the open house in mid-October. Leaving the decrepid building and its failing roof alone is not an option. To throw good money after bad by completing renovations to buy merely another decade of building life would be incredibly short-sighted. We can live without another pool in the valley, but we need a new building with more spaces for groups to use. Even seemingly competing interests are behind the concept; the Valley Fittnes Centre supports a new community centre, and its staff may play a role in helping to run programs there if it is built. On the idea of a deer cull, I admit to being a fencesitter. Arguments presented by either side are capable of swinging me moderately in favour or moderately against. The deer are clearly a nuisance, and it’s easy to view them as “rats with hoofs”. My neighbourhood is inundated with their, uh, deposits. But I don’t believe they’re truly a threat to people either. They may make us feel uneasy with their menacing stares, but I’ve yet to hear a convincing account of a deer seriously injuring anyone. Bears can kill us far more easily, but we don’t want to cull them. That said, the sanctity of mule deer life is clearly overblown: there are hundreds of the animals in town, many of whom starve to death in the snow each winter, which is a much worse way to go than a bolt gun through the head. Some may grieve for the animals that are culled, but there are many, and they aren’t naturally this abundant. Indeed, explorer David Thompson had none around to hunt when he and his party of explorers were saved by the generosity of local First Nations more than a century ago. Whatever your take on these two separate issues, be sure to get out and vote on November 2nd.

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A family’s perspective on tragedy Dear Editor: The Wilder family is concerned that the Valley Echo / Pioneer reporter was not in the Invermere court room during last week’s inquest (October 21st through 24th) to hear testimony from family members of Patrick Wilder. A follow-up is being conducted by the Wilder family.

Janet Wilder Fairmont Hot Springs Editor’s note: Due to newspaper deadlines, our reporter could not be at the inquest for all of the testimony. We aim to follow up as soon as a transcript is available.

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Deer group disappointed, but not surprised Dear Editor: The Invermere Deer Protection Society is disappointed but not surprised that our lawsuit has been dismissed. Two critical affidavits were disallowed — one from a social science/opinion survey expert and the other from a distinguished ungulate biologist. We understood throughout the process that the legal system is reluctant to interfere with municipal politics. Obviously the judge discounted the fact that council ignored social science and ungulate science and decided simply that our evidence did not apply. Municipalities have the right to make decisions no matter how little urgency, liability and just plain common sense exists. To characterize a dismissal as some sort of victory is misleading without a judgement for one side or the other. Sadly, our mayor continues to speak of “frivolity” regarding the slaughter of deer in our backyards. In September, after meeting with Mayor Gerry Taft, Penticton’s mayor said that a group “sued the city, claiming emotional damage from the trauma of imagining the deer being killed”. Rather, our lawsuit simply requested that two bylaws be declared invalid (for exceeding the authority granted in the Community Charter). The bylaws included approving the Final Report of the Urban Deer Committee and using the provincial permit to kill deer. Our members share one common belief — that animals, including deer, are sentient, meaning they feel pain, fear

and joy. Animals are not property and compassionate people do not inflict pain and suffering. In other words, our motivation and mission remain. Wildlife in Invermere suffer hostility, bullying, injury and death. The district has failed to start one critical, effective action which is their responsibility — education. Citizens complain to council that taxpayers must protect their plants, and council implies culling is the answer. They seem to agree with jeers saying “wildlife does not belong in town”. They order bolt guns when adult guardians of children and pets demand council “take care of the problem” and they promote the foolish expectation that unlike the provincial government, they are liable for the actions of wildlife. Council supports a program protecting large predators (WildSafe BC), but embarks on a tax-paid slaughter of herbivores. People say they support killing as long as it supplies the food bank — so citizens in Cranbrook paid $13 a pound for venison in February. They ignore advice, even from their own, biased committee, and neglect to tell citizens that culling is an expensive, annual program in the model city of Helena, Montana. Please vote “no” to the deer cull question on Saturday, November 2nd.

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The deer concerns of this town have gone well beyond flowers. The residents of Invermere are dealing with more than damaged shrubs. I am not alone in being concerned daily for my child’s safety while walking in our neighbourhood, or in my concern about the amount of deer feces in the parks and public areas where we enjoy the outdoors. Let alone Enjoy pre-season festivities at our fun-filled the fact that these feces are tracked into fundraising event and help “RAiSe the Roof” our homes, vehicles and schools. of a much needed Rescue and Adoption Centre. I do not have a dog, but have witFriday, November 23, 2012 nessed the concern of pet owners while Invermere Community Hall out walking. The people of Invermere Doors Open 6:00 pm • Dinner & Show 7:00 pm are the ones who carry these concerns, MC Bill Cropper • Catering by Anne Riches • Ages 19 Years & Over Capital Campaign: ICAN Rescue and Adoption Centre not the people who travel through our Dinner • Comedians • Silent Auction • Surprise Balloon Prizes neighbourhoods. Yet, the ones who are Tickets only $40 • After October 23, $45 so opposed to any form of deer manTickets: The Book Bar • One Hour Photo • Invermere Vet Hospital agement in our town reside outside of Furry Companions • Smoking Waters Coffee Co. Invermere. I say to you, Mr. Kazakoff, it’s time to get off your soapbox. • • 250-341-7888 Mr. Kazakoff maintains there isn’t a problem with the deer population. The solutions he has served up to the media that have been in support of his presents

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agenda are not feasible, nor supported by the Ministry of the Environment. The Urban Deer Advisory Committee sought out and spoke to various professionals, including biologists and Parks Canada about a host of solutions. The first Urban Deer Advisory Committee had two retired Conservation Officers, each with over 25 years of experience in urban wildlife management. Other members had experience working with wildlife in agriculture. How many more qualification does Mr. Kazakoff expect? As far as dog hazing goes, the Deer Protection Society holds Banff and Waterton on a pedestal for their wildly successful programs. Banff tried hazing elk many years ago and stopped the program. They have since relocated over 600 elk in ten years and now simply identify and kill the 25 most aggressive elk each year. They also manage their population with the Bow Valley wolf pack by shutting access to escape routes when the wolves are present. Waterton just completed a threeyear pilot program using dogs to haze deer during fawning season. The cost of the program was around $13,000 for six weeks each year. There are no fences in Waterton to hinder the dogs’

movement. The townsite is about a tenth the size of Invermere, and has undeveloped wildland no more than 800 metres from downtown. During winter, the townsite is almost abandoned, allowing cougars to roam and kill deer where they find them. All these factors and a difficult winter in 2011-2012 has resulted in a much lower deer population in Waterton now. I visited Waterton in July 2012 and spoke with the Park Biologist and the dog handler; I contacted the biologist in July this year and again two weeks ago. To claim the hazing program fixed Waterton’s problem is only a partial truth. It’s ironic the Deer Protection Society holds Waterton in such high regard when none of them has even spoke with the Parks Canada and the people running the program! It’s a bitter pill to swallow to complete a cull of 100 deer, but with no other viable options, it’s time to get on with it. Show up, speak up, and let your concerns be known. If you don’t then a well-organized opposition will determine for you what can or can’t be done. Brad Malfair Invermere

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Two jury recommendations have come out of last week’s inquest into the death of Fairmont Hot Springs resident Patrick Roy Wilder. Mr. Wilder, 58, was a lifelong valley resident as well as a founder and former owner of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, and took his life at the family home with three police officers present on the evening of Tuesday, May 10th, 2011. The five-member jury (comprised of local residents) classified the incident as suicide. The first recommendation was for the commanding officer of the RCMP (E-Division) and the chiefs of all municipal police departments in B.C. to review practices and policies related to the current file management systems, and ensure appropriate retention periods for information relating to the confirmed suicide attempts and other mental health incidences in which police and medical intervention is required. “We’re thinking relevant historical data can be a useful tool in developing an appropriate (police) response,” said the jury foreperson. The second recommendation was for the provincial minister of health to consider the feasibility of establishing a network of mental health professionals to assist front line police officers during their investigations of and interactions with suicidal people. “We think this would help police in their investigations,” said the jury foreperson. The first recommendation stemmed from earlier tes-

timony, in which the jury heard that the police did not have knowledge of two earlier suicides attempts (made the same night in 2003) by Mr. Wilder while in RCMP custody. Records of the 2003 incidences were no longer on file, since records about mental health incidents are purged after a few years. Officers present at the 2011 incident testified in the inquest that knowing about the 2003 incidences would have helped them deal with the 2011 situation. Staff Sgt. Shehovac testified that local members of the Columbia Valley RCMP have no say on determining how long files can be kept before being purged and that a similar loss of records could easily occur again. “I think an appropriate recommendation certainly when dealing with attempted suicides is to have longer (file) retention,” said Staff Sgt. Shehovac. One of the jurors asked Staff Sgt. Shehovac if he thought it would be helpful to have a patrol of specialized mental health workers. “In an ideal world, I could have a priest, a psychologist and a mental health worker with me in the back of the (police) car all the time,” said Staff Sgt. Shehovac, adding that there are mental health patrols in Vancouver, but it would be hard to get them in a small, rural setting. At the conclusion of the inquest the final word went to Mr. Wilder’s wife, Janet, who thanked the lawyers, jurors and staff at the inquest. “I’ll forever have Patrick in my heart and my mind. Now my family, we can start the healing process,” she said. The inquest was held in Invermere court from Monday, October 21st to Thursday, October 24th.

Paddlers make like Columbia River salmon By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff After nearly three months travelling upstream, a group of American paddlers have spanned nearly 2,000 kilometres along a route that was once a favourite spawning environment for salmon. Members of the Voyagers of Rediscovery embarked on the journey on Friday, August 2nd from Astoria, Oregon, with Canal Flats — the headwaters of the Columbia River — serving as their final destination. The project is part of an environmental educational program, and the team has been sharing their experiences at schools throughout their trip. “We are travelling for fish passage; in the grand scheme, we would like to see fish ladders installed on the dams which don’t have any, which is the Chief Joseph and the Grand Cooley Dam,” said paddler Jay Callahan, adding that the river has endorsed

their journey. “We’ve had good weather where its normally poor and the wind at our backs when we needed it most.” Before their arrival in Canal Flats, the crew made one last stop in Windermere at the Lakeshore Resort Campground on Saturday, October 27th, where they were warmly welcomed by the Ktunaxa First Nation. Their trip is symbolic of the spawning route that was very important before the completion of the Grand Cooley Dam in northeast Washington, which drastically reduced the Columbia Valley’s salmon fishery. The crew arrived in two watercraft: a raft and a canoe, which was modelled after a previous traveller of the Columbia River, explorer David Thompson. “He improvised and built basically birchbark canoes,” Mr. Callahan said. Continued on page 16 . . .

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Vocal chords en route The Bissett Singers, led by Chuck Bisset (left), are bringing their soaring vocals to Invermere’s Christ Church Trinity on Friday, November 8th. The Bisset Singers formed in Cranbrook in the late 1990s as a group of six and have since grown into a choir of 45. See page 15 for more.

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Movie Review: Monsters University Reviewed by Chris Midyette This animated tale starts off in a scene from Mike Wazowski’s childhood. It shows how he wanted to be scary and was willing to do all that he could to make it happen. After that, the scene shifts to a bus full of monsters and Mike sets off to become the best scarer out there. Along the way he meets his new roommate, Randall, the younger version of Randy from Monsters Inc. When he gets to class, he meets the “scare master” himself, James P. Sullivan. As the principal announces that the Scare Games are approaching, Mike volunteers his team, Oozma Kappa and has

to get Sully to join. This is where the main rivalry begins. All the old voice actors for the original characters are back and haven’t changed a bit: there’s the old Sully voice actor along with Mike and Randy’s. Also, all the new voice actors for the other main characters are brilliant and fluent. They give the impression of fear and courage, which I find quite rare with voice actors. The scenery and background work is well done: in a scene with a fancy classroom, the pillars are detailed and look amazing. On the university campus, you’ll sometimes see about twenty monsters roaming the area in crowded scenes. For me, this gives the impression that this is a famous university and monsters from across

the world come here. I literally can’t find anything bad to say about this movie and the comedy is so fluid you’ll have to see it one hundred times to find the jokes not funny at all. The plot is fresh and new, and the characters definitely look like younger versions from Monsters Inc. It all comes together to make a masterpiece. After everything I’ve seen from the movie, it’s a guaranteed 9 out of 10 if you loved the old Monsters movie, no matter how old you are — heck, even if you’re eightysix, you’ll love this movie.


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Invermere Community Hall on questions regarding the borrowing of money by the district to build a new community hall and on the topic of the deer cull. For more information, contact the District of Invermere at 250-342-9281. • 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: CV Arts presents the Bergmann Piano Duo at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets available at The Book Bar and Pynelogs. Delicious desserts and non-alcoholic beverages available at extra cost, provided by Treats. Contact 250-342-4423 for more information. • Headbanger Educational Day. Contact Kara for more information, 250-347-9331. • 12th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Shuttle available from Invermere and throughout the valley. For info and tickets call 250-345-6070.

Toby Theatre

Monday, November 4th

• Closed until December 26th.

• 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Ladies’ Night Out shopping event at Parkside Place, Invermere. • 7:00 p.m.: Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre.

Friday, November 1st • 10:30 a.m.: Rocky Mountain Car Rally, also running November 2nd. All of the rally cars will be on display in Invermere on 7th Ave. between 10th and 12th street starting at 10:30 a.m. Get a good look at the cars and meet the teams as they get ready to head out to the first stage. The first car crosses the starting line at 11:30 a.m. The service park is located at Copper Point Golf Club. From drivers doing their own work to full factory teams, there will be a lot of action to watch in the service park all weekend. For full details, and where you can watch, go to • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Film presentation of Requiem for a Glacier, an orchestral performance on Farnham glacier. Free in the big gallery at the Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo, until November 24th. Open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm. 40 minute loop film. • 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Fresh Fridays open mic night at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. $2 at the door, all ages welcome.

Saturday, November 2nd • 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Baking pumpkin cookies with the Summit Youth Centre. Take some cookies back home. Ask us for location at summit.centre@ or call us at 250-342-3033. • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Referendum voting at the

Tuesday, November 5th • 7:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley MS Support Group meet & greet on the first Tuesday of each month in the  Christ Trinity Church foyer. Come join us for a relaxed but stimulating conversation and wonderful insights into the land of MS.

Wednesday, November 6th • 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Hang out Night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7:00 p.m.: Catholic Women’s League meeting at Columbia Garden Village. All women welcome.

Thursday, November 7th • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Youth Board Meeting at the Summit Youth Centre, then the Summit will be open from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8th • 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Pool Tournament starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Summit Youth Centre.

Saturday, November 9th • 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Andrew Kiss & Jewellery exhibition at Artym Gallery. Show continues until November 17th. Visit • 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Manhunt night at the

Summit Youth Centre, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Monday, November 11th • 10:00 a.m.: Remembrance Day services in Canal Flats. • 10:30 a.m.: Remembrance Day formal march to Invermere’s Cenotaph Park. Services at Cenotaph Park commencing at 11:00 a.m. • 4:00 p.m.: Remembrance Day services in Edgewater, beginning with a formal march to Edgewater’s Cenotaph Park.

Tuesday, November 12th • 7:00 p.m.: The Lake Windermere Players AGM. 2nd floor common room, Lakeview Manor. • 7:00 p.m.: Cinefest presents Cas & Dylan, at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Canadian film about two companions driving from Winnepeg to B.C. Tickets at the door for $10. Cash bar and light refreshments available. All ages showing. • The Summit Youth Centre will be closed.

Thursday, November 14th • 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Friday, November 15th • 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre dance at the Community Hall. Open to youth ages 12-18. Tickets $7, on sale at the Summit or at DTSS. For more information, email Magali at

Saturday, November 16th • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Craft and home business sale at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. Crafts, baking, jewellery, Avon, and more. Lunch available. For more information, call 250-349-5447.

Monday, November 18th • 7:00 p.m.: Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre.

Friday, November 22nd • 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: ICAN dinner and Raise the Woof Comedy Show at Invermere Community Hall to raise money for a new rescue and adoption centre. MC Dave McGrath, dinner by Anne Riches, live auctions by Tex Lortscher. Doors open 6:00 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m., followed by a stand up comedy show. Ages 19+. Tickets $50 at The Book Bar, ICAN, Invermere Vet Hospital, Fairmont Gift Shop, Furry Companions. For info call 250-341-7888.

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Annual General Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12th 2nd floor common room, Lakeview Manor. 604 - 6th Avenue., Invermere

Wings Over the Rockies

Annual General Meeting Wednesday, November 20th at 4 p.m. Pynelogs Cultural Centre ~ Public welcome.

Coats For Families The Women’s Resource Centre will be collecting gently used coats for families in the CV. Please bring in clean laundered coats in good condition only. Drop off begins November 1st – 15th Pick up begins November 18th – 22nd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Invermere Legion (alternative arrangements can be made if necessary) Drop off locations: Women’s Resource Centre, 926-7th Ave LL Frater Landing – Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairmont Mountainside Market, Radium Mountainside Market and AG Valley Foods, Invermere. Pick up 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Invermere Legion, For more information please call The Women’s Resource Centre at 250-341-3963.

Bergmann Piano Duo

performing at Christ Church Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 2nd Tickets $20 for adults and $10 for students Tickets available at The Book Bar or at the door. Presented by CV Arts

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Future options pondered for forest fuel management By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. While most stakeholders recognize money is better spent preventing forest fires than putting them out, needed improvements to the existing forest fuel reduction framework in B.C. are yet to take shape. “Fighting fires always comes at least to $100 million (per year), and sometimes much more,” said Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA and opposition forestry critic Norm Macdonald. “The current system has only dealt with about four to five per cent of what’s identified.” Within a two-kilometre buffer zone around Invermere, the District of Invermere recently began tree removal and brushing work on a 96-hectare block adjacent to the Toby Creek Road near Lake Lillian. In all, the district has identified 207 high-risk hectares that are available to be treated, after a Community Wildfire Protection Plan was developed and adopted by council in May 2009. “We started really pushing the government back in 2006 on where the Community Wildfire Protection Plans were; most communitues hadn’t completed the work, and identified the areas,” said Mr. Macdonald. “The government responded to that and put some resources into completing that work.” The operations are funded by the province through the Union of B.C. Municipalities, which has now allocated more than $100 million to similar work across B.C., with very little left for future forest fuel reduction. “The likelihood that the (provincial) government would step in and provide more money is questionable,”

said Mr. Macdonald. “We know, with climate change and with the fuels that are building up, it’s inevitable that we’re going to have more really challenging fire seasons; this is something that (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson) and I both agree on.” A potential test case for a new model, in which tenure would be surrendered from forestry companies to municipalities, is gaining traction in the East Kootenays. “The proposal that’s been written up, and is being championed by Cranbrook, Kimberley, the Ktunaxa Nation, and the Rocky Mountain Trench Society, looks at putting that two-kilometre buffer around communities under local control,” explained Bob Gray of R.W. Gray Consulting, whose policy paper on that subject is soon to appear in the Journal of Ecosystems and Management. That plan contemplates “taking the volume out of the timber harvesting land base, because in reality, it’s not contributing anyways — in Southern Interior communities, we’ve been picking away at those stands since the 1850s,” he said. “They’re crappy stands; in a lot of cases, they’re the result of fire exclusion.” “The larger, more valuable stems were removed a long time ago; these stands don’t have a lot of value for the traditional forest products industry,” he added. “Even though they’re in somebody’s chart, they’re not really touching them, because they’re expensive to harvest and contain very little quality wood. But at the same time, they won’t give them up.” “Those garbage trees make excellent bioeneregy,” he said, noting that change in forest fuel management could also encourage private land owners to form partnerships to have thinning work done on their lands.

Rock stars Drivers going through Kootenay National Park this week may be forgiven for thinking they were passing through a set from the movie Cliffhanger, as crews conducted rock wall scaling and trimming of the cliff faces just north of the hot springs pools. The work is aimed at reducing unexpected rockfalls and increasing highway safety, and will continue through November, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Updates are available on DriveBC.  Photo by Dan Walton

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Bisset Singers and Valley Voices to perform at Christ Church Trinity

Rockies player profile

By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Vocal cords will be putting on a display of power and grace in Invermere next Friday, as the Bisset Singers prepare to perform at Christ Church Trinity, after the audience’s ears are first warmed up by the local Valley Voices group. After establishing themselves in Cranbrook in the late 1990s, the Bisset Singers began as a group of six amateur singers and has since grown into a choir of 45. “The original standard of good vocal technique, combined with emotional colour and blend is still the bar which we endeavour to raise with every performance,” said Chuck Bisset, who leads the Bisset Singers. Both musical groups will collaborate for at least two pieces: the Scottish classic choral piece Loch Lomond by Jonathan Quick, and the upbeat classic, This Little Light.

“The original standard of good vocal technique, combined with emotional colour and blend is still the bar which we endeavour to raise with every performance Chuck Bisset, Bisset Singers Two local youngsters will be featured in the show – high school standout Brianna Bock will participate in a piece titled, The Lady is a Tramp, and nine-year-old Mya Robinson will showcase her voice in singing The Water is Wide. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8th. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Selkirk TV and Appliance.

. . . ‘Panorama steps’ from page 3 He expects about 100 athletes to participate. “This is a fairly important race for some of these skiers, to actually see if they’re on the team,” he said. Funds from Panorama, BC Alpine, Alpine Canada and the BC Lottery Corp. have gone into preparing the downhill track, which is divided into three sections. The top third features a section where athletes may reach speeds of greater than 120 kilometres per hour. The mid-section features greater technical challenges, slowing the athletes to approximately 80 kilometres per hour with a large swooping turn to reduce speed. During the last leg of the race, athletes will once again increase speeds, likely surpassing 120 kilometres per hour. A new timing cable has been installed along the full length of the track, which has the ability to track the athletes’ speeds at any point during the race. “The course will start up by what’s known as the Elk Horn, in the general area where Roller Coaster and Skyline come together, and comes back on to

#5 Kirk Lissel “Playing for the Columbia Valley Rockies is fun and the community offers lots of support,” said veteran Rockies defenseman Kirk Lissel. The 19-year-old from Calgary joined the Rockies early last winter after a stint with the Melville Millionaires in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. His hockey career started 14 years ago, and Kirk is now a fundamental part of the Rockies blue line. Kirk says whenever he’s had a tough decision to make, his mom told him to try to do what his Grand-

pa would do, and that his Grandpa continues to be a good role model. His parents Ryan and Nancy come to as many games as they can while also supporting his two brothers and a sister with their activities. When comparing last year’s team to this year’s, Kirk said his teammates continue to be good friends and that more guys are stepping into leadership roles on the team. Kirk would like the community to know that support from the stands definitely helps the players greatly during games.

part of the Super G track that’s been raced on in previous years,” said Mr. Gillespie. “We’ve already accomplished quite a bit designing this course. We’re widening the track, removing trees, filling holes and setting up air bags and safety netting. The idea is to make the course as safe and as challenging as possible without changing the characteristics of the mountain.” IPC World Championships take place SLOPE SCULPTING — The snow cats will soon begin sculpting a race course after tree every two years — removal work has already been carried out in advance of the International Paralympic the last one took place at Committee’s World Cup event at Panorama in January 2014. Submitted photo La Molina, a ski resort in northeastern Spain. track for future use, both for para (athletes) and “We’re really lucky,” said Mr. Gillespie. “Part of also for able-bodied (athletes), for local, provincial, this whole thing is that we’ll actually have the speed national and then international teams.”

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Happy Halloween! The Columbia Valley was a creepy place the week leading up to everyone’s favourite annual spooky celebration. Counterclockwise from top: The owner of this house on 6th Street near 10th Avenue in Invermere (photo by Dan Walton) got into the ghoulish spirit, implanting graves and messages of doom throughout the front yard within the normally peaceful neighbourhood (photos by Greg Amos). And the first-ever Monster Mash Dash in Invermere on Saturday, October 26th attracted about 36 runners who came out in costume for the five and 10 kilometre distances, while about 15 kids did a couple laps around Pothole Park. Ethan Mannheimer, 22 months, looked about as cute as a cuddly lion cub in his stroller while Nancy Smith and her son Zack, 8, got some laughs with their ketchup and hotdog outfits (photos by Greg Amos).

. . . ‘Paddlers’ from page 10 “Then he got into the middle of the Columbia, where there was no birch, so he split out cedar planks and made big cedar canoes for transporting furs and stuff.” And that’s what the Voyagers of Rediscovery did – after crafting a birchbark canoe from their start near the Pacific Ocean, they left several canoes with schools along the way, and re-crafted a new one from cedar wood in Kettle Falls, Washington. And because the tree was over 300-years-old, salmon would have coexisted and exchanged nutrients in its ecosystem for the majority of its lifespan.

“The tree literally has the spirit of the salmon in it,” said another member of the voyage, John Zinser. While it would be easier to paddle from the source of the water into the ocean, the team decided to paddle against the current to mimic the journey of the salmon, Mr. Kinser said. He believes that many of the residents along the Columbia River are disconnected from the importance of the habitat, as some people they’ve met along the way were unaware that the Columbia River connects to the ocean. The group reached Canal Flats on Monday, October 28th, and have months JOURNEY’S END — Four American paddlers have completed a nearly worth of speaking engagements booked 2,000-kilometre long paddling journey up the Columbia River when they arrived in Canal Flats on Monday, October 28th.  Photo by Sylvie Hoobanoff at schools along the river.

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How old are you? Thank you, friends! Fresh old ideas

“I am 39.” “When is your birthday?” By Arnold Malone “On Saturday, but Pioneer Columnist today I am 39.” Ask the question, The unspoken message “How old are you?” and is, don’t you dare call me you should expect a forty until it can no longer standard measure. Put be denied. that question to persons of There is an extensive varying ages and you period in which great care will soon discover that the answer is should be exercised when asking another age-adjusted. persons age, but if you know their age, tell Stop a young lady, even one you them they look younger. have not met before, and declare, “Oh The opposite is the case with the elmy, what a delightful bundle of pink you derly. On the matter of age, if you don’t have” and before you ever ask she is using ask, they will soon find a way to tell you. two fingers to part the wrap, inviting an For them, age is a score. Super seniors will open view of a tiny yawning face. even add a year. Ask a 97-year-old how “How old is she”, you ask. old they are and they will likely tell you, “Seven and a half weeks” is the proud “I will be 98 on my next birthday.” Nor reply. should you be surprised to learn that their I don’t want to tell you how many birthday was in September. half-weeks old I am, but I think it is the In our last quarter of living, age besame number they use to describe the comes a trophy. One senior told me that American National Debt. The “half week” nothing makes a person want to live longer description tends to leave our vernacular than being within sight of one hundred. by the time a When one gets baby is about close to be“There is an extensive period in which great four months coming a cenold. For the care should be exercised when asking anoth- turion it is not remainder of a a coincidence er person’s age, but if you know their age, baby’s earliest that they want tell them they look younger.” years, age will to elevate be described their number. in months and half months. If reaching one hundred years becomes Describing an infant’s age by months a goal, a senior will want to smudge the does not end after one year. “How old is truth. Becoming one hundred years old, a your baby”? three-digit birthday, is not just a mark of “She will be 22 months on Friday”. success; it’s hallelujah time. Using ‘months’ to describe my age would Thereafter, a new race begins: how be like describing the height of Mount old might I become? Will my age be my Everest in centimeters. epitaph? “Being old must be special, just A mid-teenager might stretch their age look at how everyone fusses over me.” “I towards their wish, “I will be sixteen soon.” will be 104 on my next birthday.” Proudly It might still be months until their birthday implied is, “So there, youngster.” but age sixteen is not just another day; it’s Youth yearn and wait, feeling as if the threshold to adulthood, the age when their life hasn’t begun. Always waiting for you can acquire a driver’s licence. another marker; to go to school, to be in In North America, driving a car is high school, to dance, to drive, to be indea mark of independence, a time when pendent, to have a job, to live on their own; choice comes from within rather than they’re always chasing a higher beginning. being allowed. As for aging, most of us wish for a long So it is, that a near sixteen-year- life; ironically, few if any, wish to be old. old wants to hurry their age and their Arnold Malone served as MP for language demonstrates that. Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings Then again, age can be minimized, from 1974 through 1992. He retired to “How old are you”? Invermere in 2007.

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Why do GICs get a bad rap?

Many financial advisors and banking representatives will try to steer their clients away from buying Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) and recommend other investments instead. Often, these investments include bonds, bond mutual funds, segregated funds or stock-linked GICs. While for some these investments may be suitable, there are many cases where GICs are more appropriate. Let’s take a look at the role of GICs in the industry and the reasons that some people try to steer clients away from buying GICs. GICs fund loans Banks and other financial institutions sell GICs to help finance their lending activities. Traditionally, a bank will borrow money in the form of GICs or other deposits, and lend that money out at a higher rate in the form of mortgages or personal loans. The financial institution earns the spread between what they collect on loans and what they pay out on deposits. Clearly, financial institutions need to borrow money to finance lending operations. So why do their agents sometimes steer investors away from GICs? Low spreads It’s no secret that interest rates in Canada are at historical lows. Over the past several years as interest rates on both deposits and mortgages slipped lower, the spread between what a bank could pay on a deposit and earn on a loan was compressed. Increased competition in the

marketplace further exacerbated this effect. Banks and other financial institutions are great innovators, and have developed many other financial products that help them to better achieve their objectives — in other words, products that are more profitable. With a GIC, the institution gets to borrow money, lend money, and earn a profit from the spread. With certain other products, the institution gets to charge management fees in addition to profits earned on the spread. The bottom line is banks and other institutions need to offer GICs in order to help finance lending and to meet investor demand. However, if they really wanted to attract GIC deposits, they would offer higher rates. GICs are simply not as profitable as other products. Advisor compensation Many rate-savvy investors buy GICs from financial advisors rather than banks. These financial advisors have the ability to act as brokers and sell GICs from many different institutions, often connecting their clients with some of the highest GIC rates in the country. Despite this capability, many financial advisors choose not to sell GICs. These advisors give various reasons why they don’t, but the main reason is, again, profitability. In truth, GICs pay very little commission compared to other investments. Bonds and bond mutual funds pay more commission than GICs, and equity mutual funds and stocks pay more commission than bonds. The gener-

al rule is: the lower the risk, the lower the compensation. Rather than sell GICs, some advisors may push their clients towards other asset classes such as bonds or bond mutual funds. If this strategy works, the advisor will likely never sell GICs as they won’t want to cannibalize their bond fund holdings. Final thoughts There are a lot of reasons financial advisors and banking representatives might give clients as to why they should use investments other than GICs, but the truth is, very few things are appropriate substitutes and often yield less. For example, as of Monday October 28th, five-year Government of Canada bonds were yielding 1.79 per cent while five-year GICs were yielding 2.81 per cent. While bond mutual funds that primarily buy low-risk Government of Canada bonds have historically outperformed GICs, it’s important to understand why. As interest rates fell, bond prices rose, resulting in higher returns. Going forward into rising interest rates, the opposite will be true. In order to lift returns, these bond funds will have to take on more risk by investing in things such as corporate bonds or other debt instruments, which may make the investment riskier than one is comfortable with. From a risk perspective, the only comparable investments to GICs are Government of Canada bonds and high-interest savings accounts, both of which generally have lower returns.

Investments, Insurance & Financial Planning Brendan Donahue BCOMM, CIM, FCSI

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

Free Seminar

“Guaranteed Income for You and Your Estate”

Wednesday November 20th, 12 noon, Copper Point Resort Complimentary lunch to be served. Guest speaker: Neil Rawal, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, CI Investments Seating is limited. RSVP to Holly Jones, Administrative Assistant, 250-342-2112 Sponsored in part by CI Investments

Sara Worley Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

GIC Rates*

as of October 29 th.

1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year

1.90 2.15 2.25 2.51 2.81

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Manulife Securities Incorporated is a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Insurance products and services are offered through Manulife Securities Insurance Agency (a licensed life insurance agency and affiliate of Manulife Securities) by Manulife Securities Advisors licensed as life agents. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company is the sole issuer of the Manulife GIF Select insurance contract which offers the IncomePlus benefit and the guarantor of any guarantee provision therein.

Call us for professional, free consultations! • Ph: 250-342-2112 • Fax: 250-342-2113 • 712-10th Street, Invermere


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Family band The O’Sullivans provided some quality family entertainment at Garlicpalooza, a celebration of garlic held at the Winderberry Nursery in Windermere on the evening of Saturday, October 26th. Photo by Dan Walton

Heritage school remembered Submitted by Marg Christensen Columbia Valley Retired Teachers Association Many months of interviews and research have been spent on documenting the schools that have been closed in the Columbia Valley, which used to be School District Number Four. There are memories of classes in a Legion Hall, in a comunity hall, and in an annex while overcrowding of the smaller schools caused the need for the construction of a new school. Photo A981 (right) shows the Athalmer/Invermere Consolidated School built in 1925 for Grades 1 to 12. It started with two classrooms and a basement with indoor plumbing. There were also small activity rooms in the basement. In 1935, the West Wing was built for the higher grades in all of the Columbia Valley. With overcrowding in 1949-1950, a second building was constructed on the southeast corner BEFORE SOBEYS — The Invermere Elementary School stood from of the property to accomodate Grades 8 to 12. 1925 until it was demolished in fall 1994. It became known as the Invermere High School Photo A981 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society and the building in photo A981 became known as the Invermere Elementary School. volved many people from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen, In the fall of 1994, the school property was sold and who have shared memories and pictures with the Retired all the buildings on the property were demolished to Teachers’ Heritage Committee. make way for a grocery store, which is now Sobeys. We know there are many more memories out there, This is just a small part of the Heritage Project the and we’d love to hear from you. Labeled and dated Columbia Valley Retired Teachers and the Windermere pictures are inavaluable. You can contact us at Box 2315 District Historical Society have been busy with. It has in- in Invermere, or at .


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PJ Storytime at the Invermere Public Library. Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. Wear your PJs and bring your favourite sleepy time teddy bear or blanket! All ages are welcome! Contact the library for more information at 250-342-6416.




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Pursuant to section 176 of the Local Government Act, the District of Invermere has authority to provide financial assistance to community groups. Council invites applications for financial assistance in preparation of its 2014 budget. The total budget allocation for grants is $10,000. Those groups or organizations wishing to apply for financial assistance are requested to make written application to the Council before November 8, 2013. Application forms are available at the Municipal Office or our website .

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Find balance in life as massaging different acupressure points, and it is all tailored to the individIf you’re already sufferual. You can also enhance ing from the winter blues, any of the treatments with Balanced Health in Inveracupuncture at the end.” mere may have the ideal anShilo is also trained in tidote for you. Advanced Facial Renewal, Since opening in May which uses acupuncture as 2007, the alternative healan alternative to Botox. ing centre has been em“You could choose to braced by the community experience this treatment for its holistic Eastern apon its own, or add it to the Shilo Cameron proach to health as an effecend of the Extended Youth tive complement to Western Medicine. Facial,” she said. “The options are endless.” “I have a deep passion for what I do,” The tranquil and peaceful office desaid owner and Registered Traditional signed by Shilo’s husband, Ben CamMedicine Practitioner Shilo Cameron, eron (owner of Woodshop Productions) who has been a valley resident for 14 years. is guaranteed to relax anyone who walks “At Balanced Health, it is witnessed daily through the door, and Shilo aims to see that no physical part of the body is more everyone leave stress-free with a serene important or separate than the other; the smile on their face. inner is reflected in the outer and stress “The community has really throws both of these aspects off balance. embraced what Balanced Health has If we could be free of stress, imagine how to offer, and I am grateful every day healthy and happy we could be!” for that,” said Shilo. “The fact that no This fall, Shilo decided it was time other business offers Chinese medicine to expand the scope of her services makes us unique, and the fact that we are and enlisted the help of two wellness infusing our spa treatments with the practitioners, estheticians Kari Asse- power of Chinese medicine also allin and Kelly Smith. Now called Bal- lows us to contribute a service no other anced Health Acupuncture and Wellness business in the valley is offering.” Clinic, Shilo’s business offers therapeuTo learn more about Balanced Health tic spa treatments incorporating the Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, visit influence of Chinese medicine. or call the clinic While the clinic’s core practice remains at 250-341-4806. acupuncture — the age-old Chinese medical system that uses needles to stimulate Qi — individuals can take their aesthetic care to a whole new level with detoxifying body wraps, deeply nourishing facials, pedicures, manicures and massage, whether it’s hot stone, deep tissue or relaxation. “It is so exciting and unique,” said Shilo. “We use Chinese herbs HEALING VIBES — Balanced Health Acupuncture and Wellas a part of the ness Clinic offers a tranquil environment for those seeking unique, foot soak in the Eastern-inspired health and beauty treatments. pedicures as well Photo provided by Kyla Brown Photography By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff

notice of scheduled power interruption spillimacheen and brisco We will be making electrical system improvements in Spillimacheen and Brisco on Sunday, November 3, 2013. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately four hours.

Where: In Spillimacheen and Brisco. This outage will affect customers off Highway 95, north of Spur Valley subdivision to the town of Spillimacheen. This includes: Snider Rd, Domey Rd, Sylvania Rd, Wolfenden Rd, Nelson Rd, Carlson Rd, Berrey Rd, Brisco Rd, Steamboat Mountain Rd, Galena School Rd, Watson Rd, Sherlock Rd, Vermillion St, Beaverfoot St, Kootenay St, Bugaboo St, Toby St, Selkirk St, Westside 2 Rd and Giant Mine Rd When: Sunday, November 3, 2013 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, local Mountain time To prepare for this interruption and protect your equipment from damage, please turn off all lights, electric heaters and major appliances and unplug all electronics. For the first hour after the power comes back on, please only plug in or turn on those electronics and appliances that you really need. This will help ensure the electrical system does not get overloaded.

Prepare for outages and stay informed by visiting or from your handheld device. Please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) for more information.

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Insulated Concrete Forms Call 250-342-2001 •

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HERE TO SERVE YOU For great Christmas gift ideas • Family Calendars • Personal note pads • Holiday Cards and more….


Residential & Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

building & renos

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RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week

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• Journeyman Carpenter • Contracting • Framing/Siding/Finishing • Timberframe • Custom Log Railing & Decks

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Keep your local companies alive. Why go to Golden when you can get your tree services right here in Invermere!

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

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Your Local

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Your greatest investment is worth a second opinion!


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Over 10 years of real estate experience!

RE/MAX Invermere

Glenn Pomeroy

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Kitchen cabinet & counter top SpecialiStS

Judy: (250) 341-1903

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Bernard “Barney” Weismiller

Cleaning out the closet clothing sale. Sat. Nov. 2nd, Valley Fitness Centre, 1 - 3 p.m. For info contact Colleen at 250-342-1438 or wag7@


Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250-3428255.

The Edgewater and Radium Health Authority would like to thank all those who made our Halloween tea a success. Also thanks to the Edgewater Legion and seniors for the use of the hall and all the volunteers. The winner of the money board is Laine Gibbie of Calgary 1st and Myrtle Holden of Invermere 2nd.

June 17th, 1952 – October 30th, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info. Jumbo Creek Conservation Society AGM, Monday Nov. 18th at 7:30 p.m. D.T.S.S.

If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group:  Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.


S OBITUARY S Harry William Kashuba

February 6, 1935 – October 19, 2013 We love you and miss you. Love Kathy, Tristan, Derek, Tara (Shane), Amanda (Chad), Allison (Geoff ) and grandchildren.

S OBITUARY S Anton Luyendyk 1924 - 2013

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Anton “Tony” Luyendyk on October 18, 2013. Tony was born on September 6, 1924 in Calgary, AB and moved to the Valley in 1947. Tony is predeceased by his mother, Ethel, father John, infant son Gregory Anton and great granddaughter Riley Summer Pitchford. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 63 years, his brothers Walter and Roy, sons John and Rick, daughter Jo-Ann; his grandchildren, Adam, Trish, Megan, Dean, Mason, Becky, Erin, Kayla; and great grandchildren, Ty, Nolan, Tia, Luca, Malin, Mateyah, Colbie and Samuel. Tony will be dearly remembered for his love of family, friends, the Columbia Valley and his passionate dedication to community service including the Lion’s Club, Masons, Hospital Board among many others. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of Columbia House for their exceptional and compassionate care of Tony. A memorial service for Tony was held on October 29, 2013 at Christ Church Trinity. His Interment will take place in Windermere Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tony’s honour to Columbia House. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

Left to mourn Harry’s passing, and to forever cherish his memory are his beloved wife Dolly of 58 years, his children Greg (Kate), Julie (Rory), & Rod (Denise), his grandchildren Rylan (Cayle), Krystle (Brady), Amanda (Stewart), Melissa, Garrett, Jessica, Madison, Kent, & Lea, his great grandchildren Kaydn, Bella, Baker, Tawny, Leland & Kage, his sister Mary Smith, brother Mike (Helen) Kashuba, & sister Joanne (Jess) Kosick.

I thought I’d better let you know, The reason I’ve gone missing. I’m where there’s a ten pound angelfish, That’s right, I’ve just gone fishin’. A man named Peter at some gate, Asked if I had permission. My angler’s licence got me in, And now I’m happy fishin’. The waters here are crystal clear, Better than the river Swan. You get a bite at every cast, In this lovely river Heaven. My old dad is casting by my side, And my dear Mom I’m a kissin’. Don’t worry all – I’m happy here, Yes, I’ve simply just gone fishin’. As requested and in honour of Harry, there will not be a service held. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation may do so at Kootenay Savings Credit Union under the name Rod Kashuba. All donations will be given directly to ICAN (Invermere Companion Animal Network).

Bill Hollingsworth November 19th, 1934 – October 19th, 2013

It is with sorrow in our hearts we have to announce the passing of William (Bill) Lester Hollingsworth on October 19th, 2013. Bill was born and raised in Revelstoke. He was an accomplished athlete and true outdoorsman. Bill started ski jumping at the age of 15, and competed in Revelstoke, Field, Vancouver and Kimberley. He attended the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway as a spectator. He was a baseball enthusiast starting at a young age playing in little league and continued on to the B.C. Senior Games. Bill was an avid curler who competed in many bonspiels. Knowledgeable in all aspects of the outdoors, he devoted his life to hunting, fishing and guiding, sharing his wisdom freely. He followed his passion of the outdoors and joined Parks Canada as a Warden. Bill was a Warden at Yoho from 1958 - 1964 until he transferred to Wood Buffalo. He completed his duty as Chief Warden in 1968 when he moved to the Kootenays. Bill gave up his position as Warden and became a carpenter for Parks Canada in 1969. That is where he found his love for construction and spent the remainder of his life building everything from homes to jewelry boxes. Bill and his family settled in Edgewater in 1970 where he built his first home. Bill moved to Radium in 1991 and built two more homes. Bill spent countless hours in the bush and many more helping people with renovations. He had a quiet strength, was very humble and a relentless tease. He has impacted many lives and will be fondly remembered. Bill is survived by his partner Lorry who filled his heart with love and took tremendous care of him for the last 15 years. Bill was predeceased by his wife Marlene and survived by his son Michael (Marianne); daughters Julie (Keith) and Kari; sister Jane (Mel); niece Vicki (Paul); grandkids Justin, Jaime-Lee, Jamie, Julie (Brad), Jorja and Nicole; and great-grandkids Paytten and Mykkel. Bill died with a dear friend doing what they loved. At Bill’s request there will be no service. Condolences can be forwarded to

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The families of Harry Kashuba and Bill Hollingsworth would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge the following people.

A BIG CHEERS to Brian and Linda at Lucky Strike. You have become a fixture in the community. Keep up the great job! And bring young Mike back! Miss the sports commentary and laughs.

Lost on Thanksgiving Weekend: iPad, dark grey cover with “Coach” on it. Call 250-342-3259.

Downtown Invermere by the Lake: groovy 4 + bdrm, 3-bath home, fully furnished. Very healthminded roomies looking for two more to share a cozy cottage. Non-smokers only, N/P. $400/ mo available Oct. 1st or $450/mo available Nov. 1st. Phone or text 250-342-5937.

Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ mo. Includes all utilities. 250-3411182.

Newly renovated 3-bdrm, 3-bath house. 7330 Copperhorn Drive, Radium. Rent $1,295/mo. Rentto-own or purchase with seller financing. Customizable payment plans available. Call to discuss, Ron 403-561-1626 or ron@rpmteam. ca.


1-bdrm, with office, lower level suite. Great views, private with huge yard. $850/mo utilities included. Call 250-342-3790.

Paul and Kathy Horvath, Drew and Doug Sinclair, Jim Miller and Jon Panes, Invermere RCMP members Dan Butler and Francois Mazerolle, Mike and his team from Golden Search and Rescue. Their efforts made an extremely difficult situation much easier. A huge thank you to everyone who has made calls, visits and donations, and sent food, flowers and cards. The love and support from this valley community is so tremendous and treasured.

A big shout out to Sara, Jason and Chris at Fire Vixen Tattoos. Thank you for rearranging appointments and accommodating all of us. The tattoos will forever be a bond of love, support and who Bill was. Thank You! The Families of Bill Hollingsworth. Cheers to my family and friends for the surprise 60th Birthday Party in May. The money in the pretty pink piggy bank, I used on my trip. I bought a Glitzy purse and wallet, tons of clothing, jewelry, lots of Elvis stuff and a bottle of Malibu for our Christmas Party. Thank you, thank you very much. Kathy Murray (MacKay).

CHEERS & JEERS Jeers to the unnaturally urbanized deer that have cost us thousands of dollars of deer proof landscaping, as we try to make our store and our town more beautiful. Jeers to the vandalism at the Galena St. Marks Church on Thanksgiving Weekend. Your “Satanic Graffiti” has been noted and you will be dealt with by a higher power someday! Do the right thing and come back and clean up the mess you left behind. No questions asked! Have a nice day! Cheers to Lana for coming over and giving our sweet pup Spirit a pedicure. You’re the best.

Cheers to the awesome neighbour who left the great Pumpkin on our back deck.

Found: Box set of T.V. series “Friends” near Tim Hortons. Phone 250-688-0229.


CHEERS to Greg and Monique at the Radium Post Office! The efficient and friendly service is greatly appreciated.

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637.

Cheers to Mac – Neil Mowing and Irrigation. Neil your awesome staff has kept our lawn meticulously groomed all summer long. Your work is most appreciated.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

Cheers to the Pioneer and Valley Echo staff for always being so helpful and friendly.

Cheap boat storage call 250-3420586.

Cheers to Dr. Johnson Bruce for his great medical knowhow and experience; he saved my life. Cheers to Cory at Windermere Landfill for helping me unload my garbage, and always with a friendly smile on your face. Keep up the good work, it is greatly appreciated. Cheers to Beva at Crazy Soles for the crazy good advice. The foot is much better. Cheers to Cindy at Choppers for going above and beyond to help my dog Banjo and me when he was sprayed by a skunk. We appreciate you VERY much!

LOST & FOUND LOST: Fishing tackle in yellow milk crate. Fell out of my truck near AG Valley Foods, if found please call 250-342-9081. Found GoPro Hero in the Invermere area (Serial YHDC5170) in September 2013. No identification/ photos on the unit but was within a GoPro Bag.  Hoping to reunite this with its owner, please email me at with the location where you may have lost your GoPro and I’ll do my best to get it back to you.

COMMERCIAL SPACE For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805. Retail opportunity in Invermere. 2,100 sq. ft. located on Main St. Rare vacancy in the busiest area of town. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity, call now 250-2700570, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay. NEW HOUSE MULTI STORAGE 20 x 25 heated shop $450/ mo, first and last D.D. required. 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact New House Multi Storage 250-342-3637. 3,016 sq. ft. great location downtown Invermere. Current use automotive repair facility with three bays. Ample on/off site parking, inquire 250-342-6369 Marion or 250-342-3178 Harald.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/mo + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325.

Fancy renting to a responsible professional couple? Osteopath practitioners new to area. We are looking for a fully furnished 1 or 2-bdrm apt/condo in preferably Panorama or D/T Invermere for 6/mo. Very clean/ tidy, N/S, N/P, ref available. We take pride in looking after our accommodation. Email or call 250-409-7229. Two healthy, active seniors looking for long-term rental in Invermere. Prefer one level condo/apartment, unfurnished, no pets, no-smokers. 250-428-9833. Mature couple seek rental. Have friendly, non-barking dog. 2-bdrm house or mobile home close to Invermere preferred. Have references. Call 250-349-5814.

SUITE FOR RENT CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS! Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2-bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long-term preferred, N/P. Utilities not included. $750/month. Available immediately. 250-2700729.

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/mo, + utilities. References required. 250-342-6010.

Radium: Spacious bright 2-bdrm, 1-bath, shared laundry, shared large back yard. $600/mo + D.D. + hydro. 250-347-9970. Brand new large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in downtown Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, $775/mo + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-874-0483. Windermere: Beautiful 1-bdrm walkout basement suite. N/S, no pets, references required. $725/ mo, unfurnished or $800/mo, furnished. Utilities incl. 250-2700821. Available immediately. Downtown Radium, 1-bdrm suite utilities included, D/D required, viewing call 250-688-1582 or 250347-6420. Spectacular lake views. Windermere, short walk to lake, mostly furnished, N/S, references required. Upper suite: 2-bdrm, 2-bath, D/W, W/D, fireplace, huge deck, $1,000/mo. + utilities. Main floor walkout suite: 2-bdrm, 1-bath, patio, $700/mo. + utilities. 403-660-0073 or rich.thompson@ .


Radium: modern 2-bdrm, lowerlevel suite. W/D, D/W. $800/mo, utilities included. 250-342-3790.

Fairmont: 3-bdrm newer home on large lot near river. Over 2,000 sq. ft. $1,200/mo. Call Mark 1-403519-0252.

Radium: Fully furnished units for rent. Bedsitting, 1-bdrms, 2-bdrms. N/S, pets negotiable. Call Joan at 250-342-7517 to view and check availability. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable and all linens. STARTING AT $500/mo.

3-bdrm furnished house in Windermere. Available immediately. $1,000/mo + $500 damage deposit. Includes hydro, satellite, internet. Shared laundry. N/S, N/P. Call Rene at 250-3426813.

Radium executive 3-bdrm home backing onto the Springs Golf Course. Available immediately to April 1st. N/S, N/P, $1,400/mo. 250342-5247. Home available Nov. 1st in Indian Beach Estates. Comfortable 2-bdrm, 1-bath home with den. Can be used as third bedroom. Fireplace, gorgeous views of the Fairmonts. Four minutes from private beach in Indian Beach estates. Please call 435-901-1600 or e- mail with inquiries. Invermere home for rent Nov. 1st, 6-bdrm, 3-bath, close to downtown, N/S, fenced yard. $1,600/mo, for info please call 250342-1249. Spectacular lake views. Windermere: 2-story walkout, 4-bdrm, 3-bath, fireplace, D/W, W/D, huge deck, direct access to lake, mostly furnished, N/S, references required. $1,600/mo.+ utilities. 403-660-0073 or rich.

CONDO FOR RENT Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath with in-suite laundry. 1,000 sq. ft. of beautiful, comfortable, living space in quiet neighbourhood. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail . Serious inquiries only. Invermere furnished townhouse. 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath, 5 appliances, N/S, N/P. Garage, close to downtown, $1,100/mo + utilities. 403-703-0930. Invermere, 2-bdrm, walk to downtown. $800/mo + utilities. References required. Long term. N/P, N/S. Call 250-409-9801.

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Lake Windermere Pointe. Furnished or not, 2 bdrm., 2 bath condo starting at $900/ mth. plus utilities. Pool, fitness centre, beach.

WILDER SUB-DIVISION: 2 bdrm. furnished suite at $1100 incl. heat/electricity.


Furnished 3 bdrm. home at $1400 plus utilities. No pets or smoking.

Eric or Dave 250-342-4040

2-bdrm + den at Purcell Point, fully furnished or without. 1 year lease required, N/P, non-smokers only. Very nice with a great view. $850/ mo + utilities or $950/mo with garage. Call 403-899-2328 Radium 2-bdrm fully furnished condo. Fireplace, two-person soaker tub and shower in large bathroom. BBQ and two balconies. $800/mo + utilities, call Mardi at 250-688-0884. Radium: The Pinewood. 2-bdrm, 2-bath. Fully furnished, fireplace, A/C, BBQ, 5 appliances, 2 TVs, underground parking. N/S, N/P. Available Nov. 1st. $1,100/mo, utilities included. D.D. required. Call Joanne, 780-914-3497. Radium 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Aspen Condo, 1,045 sq. ft. Fireplace, A/C, in suite laundry. Furnished or unfurnished, Lease required. $975/mo or $1,175/mo furnished includes utilities. Phone 1-403-608-4652. For rent to own. 2-bdrm, 2-bath townhomes-1 in Radium, 1 in Invermere. $1,000/mth + utilities. Ken Becker, Realtor in B.C. Call 250342-1161.

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1-bdrm fully furnished condo for rent in Radium. $700/mo utilities included, A/C, W/D, D/D, indoor heated parking. Call 403-818-8777.

Local grown organic garlic. Call Sammy’s garlic farm at 250-3423921 or 250-342-5801.

Large freezer 30 inch-70 inch, good working order. $250 O.B.O. Call 250-341-1739.

1990 Ford Club Wagon XL van great condition no rear seats $1,500 O.B.O. 250-342-2104.

Hay and green feed- round Bales. $50 - $90/bale. Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.



Seasoned fir firewood for sale. $200 per cord. Call 250-341-1538.

Dance Workshop Series with Colleen. Tiny Dancer - creative dance movement 2 - 4 yrs Valley Fitness Centre, Mondays $50 for 4 - weeks (Nov. 4th). Zumba I Fitness - dance with your heart and your body will follow, 4 week session Valley Fitness Centre, Fridays 6:45 p.m. (Nov.1st). Zumba II Fitness - Garage Personal Training Centre, 6 weeks Sat. Nov. 2nd. $60 drop in. Call Colleen 250-342-1438 or .

Downtown living, mature responsible male or female, N/S, N/P, 2-bdrm, 2-bath, $900/mo + hydro. Available immediately, 250342-0554. Top Floor 1,250 sq. ft., 3-bdrm 2-bath condo overlooking Purcells. $1,200/mo + utilities. N/P, N/S, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, in-suite laundry. Located downtown and close to all amenities. Email lu_denton14@ Fully furnished town house in Radium, 2-bdrm, 2.5-bath, large bright kitchen, A/C, fireplace, deck and BBQ, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $875/mo. 403-2409357 or

De-barked burl wood pieces for sale. Please call 250-341-5336 for more details. Ridged cast iron 10” table saw, $450 paid $750 new. General tenoning jig new, $100. Call 250-342-1354. Cooper Discovery M+S studded winter tires 31 X 10. 50R15LT 55-60% tread remaining, used 2 winters. Over $1,000 new, $300 firm. Call 250-272-3803. 4 Winter tires P225/75 R15 on rims. $70 per tire. Used one season. Frigidaire electric dryer, $80. Call 250-342-0453.

Seasoned firewood for sale, $200 per cord. Call 250-341-3544.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2012 Sportsman 90 Polaris, low kms, $2,000. Call 250-346-3282.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2007 Toyota Prius with summer and winter tires, must sell quickly, 123,000 kms, hybrid electric, 55 miles per gallon, $12,898 O.B.O. Call 250-347-6420.

MOBILE HOME 12x60, 2-bdrm Mobile Home with addition and deck in very good shape, propane furnace and modern wood stove for $2,500 O.B.O, Must be moved, to view call 250-347-6420.

HOMES FOR SALE Newly renovated 3,000 sq. ft. home for sale in downtown Invermere, just blocks from the beach. 4-bdrm, 2-bath. Open-concept living, older home, zoned R2. Asking $279,000. Why rent when you can own for $1,250/month? Call 250-342-5148.

CONDO FOR SALE Riverstone Villas Condo in downtown Radium. 3-bdrm, 5 appliances, fireplace, large soaker tub walk in shower, garage. Priced 10% below assessment, will take quad or camper as down payment, $177, 000. 250-342-7608.

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Shannon’s Blinds & Designs

Save up to $500 on 10 or more blinds, plus the PST “Great service and I recommend Shannon to anyone. Prices are extremely competitive in the valley and with Calgary.” J Webb Wine Merchant – Calgary Phantom Retractable Screen Doors – Sale  Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 Handy man service exterior painting, carpentry cleanup, odd jobs and snow removal. Phone Albert at 250-342-6382 leave message.


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WANTED Ride to Calgary November 4th, after 3 p.m. or November 5th before 11:30 a.m. Will pay $50. Phone 250-342-7219.



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November 1, 2013

Workplaces to unite for Christmas By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff As the holiday season approaches, employers often find themselves planning parties – and for smaller business owners looking to give their team a bigger night out, Copper Point Resort is inviting workplaces to celebrate together for a joint Christmas party. Two celebratory evenings have been scheduled for companies to book their outing: Friday, December 20th or Saturday, December 21st. The resort can accommodate any number of people, said general manager Amanda Robinson. “They’ll all be in the same room together; people all get to know each other,” she said. “There’s entertainment and it’s fun to be able to create a bigger group for smaller companies.”

After a traditional turkey dinner provided by the resort’s own Elements Bar and Grill, guests will be encouraged to mingle as the bar opens and the music gets loud. “This is for any small office that wants to have that feel of a great Christmas party but doesn’t have enough people to pull it off,” she said. “It’s nicer when there’s a bigger group and there’s more ambiance in the room, much more of a party atmosphere.” Those interested in organizing a bigger party for their workplace over the holidays can contact Ms. Robinson at the resort by calling 250-341-4000. Copper Point Resort has just changed their menus for the winter season, which means steak by the ounce, as well as their famous comfort stew, in addition to five vegetarian options.





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Canadian Forest Products LTD Radium Division has a casual position available in the main office. Experience with payroll and office administration would be an asset. Interested applicants should submit their resume by Fri. Nov. 15th to Christy Olson HR Administration Assistant/Payroll Box 39, Radium Hot Springs B.C., V0A 1M0 or email to christy.olson@


NEW RESTAURANT IN INVERMERE is now hiring cooks and servers for mid November. Looking for fun, out going, hard working individuals to be a part of our team. Please email resumes to

HELP WANTED Strands is seeking a chef with 3 to 5 years experience in European and Canadian fine dining to start immediately. This is a hands on position. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344. Laborers needed for snow removal, call 250-342-5645.

The Old Salzburg is seeking fulltime experienced wait staff. Work hard, have fun and make good money. Call 250-347-6553 to apply.

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Food Counter Attendant Full-time/shift work Nights/overnights/early mornings/weekends $10.25/hour + medical/dental/group benefits. Apply via email:

Busy steel fabricating and machine shop is accepting applications for the following positions. Apprentices for: Welding-Fabricating-Machining. Competitive wages and benefits. Canadian Welding Bureau certified shop. Drop off resume at #117 Industrial Rd. 2, Invermere.

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( 1 year maternity leave) Would you like to combine those two skills The Invermere Valley Echo is seeking an Advertising Sales into a career as an ad designer? Then we might representative for our weekly newspapers and magazine have the perfect for you.Valley. The Golden Star publications in the job Columbia We have an opening for currentlyoneseeking a full-time ad fidesigner a isfull-time, year maternity leave ll position commencing December, 2013. for our award-winning newspaper. Excellent typing skills areforneeded, and preference will be in a sales We are looking someone with prior experience position, a strong knowledge sales and marketing given to with candidates with advancedofcomputer and a successful record; someone skillswith in programs such astrack Adobe InDesign and who has strong written and verbal communications, organizational Photoshop. However, an ability to think outside and exceptional customer relations skills; knowledge and the box, be flexible andce/MAC work asOSpartis our team are profi ciency in MS Offi a requirement. The ideal candidate must be in motivated and take to sell equally important skills this position. We initiative are multiple products, with customers and find definitely prepared work to train theexisting right candidate. ways to grow sales and income. This is a full-time, Monday to Friday position. A valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are a must.

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. . . ‘Deer cull’ from page 3 Invermere Deer Protection Society president Devin Kazakoff said the lawsuit dismissal is not a complete surprise. “We were expecting that decision; we would’ve loved to have been right, but this is what happened,” he said, adding he remains optimistic the ballot will help sway district council from considering a future cull. As far as the costs of the legal battle fought over the two bylaws that would allow the district to cull deer, the society doesn’t think costs should be awarded to either party. “We believe the majority of Invermere residents love the deer and don’t want to see a cull,” he said. “We hope that shows up in the poll on November 2nd.” The vote is at the community hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the referendum, call the district at 250-342-9281.

OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING @ THE HORSE! KICKING HORSE CAFÉ & KITCHEN WEEKEND WARRIOR(S) Whether it’s pulling the perfect shot, or shaking and baking tasty treats and sharing with the masses, we are looking for warriors to work weekends and/or provide holiday support in either the Café as a Barista or in the Kitchen as a Food Magician. Bottom line, ya gotta be crazy about coffee and delicious “made from scratch food”; think it, drink it, love it, dream it! Candidates must be physically fit, enjoy the energy of fast pace and work best as a contributing member of a team. In exchange for dedication and a commitment to quality, we provide work/life balance, a steady paycheck and employment, great benefits, competitive wages, awesome staff events, paid day-off birthdays, generous holiday policy and the opportunity to work with one of the finest teams in the country! Email your particulars to jobs@kickinghorsecoffee. com. We will contact successful applicants.

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HOODOO GURU — Rob Neil (right) explains the educational aspects of the hoodoo conservation project to Kooteny Conservation Program coordinator Dave Hillary and program assistant Duncan Whittick while out at the hoodoos. Photo submitted By Dave Hillary Kootenay Conservation Program Editor’s note: this is the final in a six-part series about the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and the projects it has been a part of in the region. The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s Hoodoo Conservation Property, situated between the communities of Dutch Creek and Invermere, was purchased in 2003 by The Nature Trust of B.C. with financial assistance from a number of local, regional and provincial funding partners. At 4,037 hectares in size, the Hoodoo Conservation Property is one of the largest undeveloped private land parcels in the East Kootenays. In 2010, The Nature Trust initiated the first phase of the Hoodoo Conservation Property Access Management Project with financial assistance provided by the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). “This fencing, gating and appropriate access use information project was a planned response to motorized recreational vehicle abuses that are threatening biodiversity values on the Hoodoo Conservation Property”, said Rob Neil, The Nature Trust of B.C.’s Kootenay Conservation land manager. “Our primary concern is that unregulated offroad use will accelerate the extent of detrimental impacts on sensitive grassland habitats and impose unacceptable levels of stress on grassland dependent species such as ground nesting birds and wintering ungulates”. Mr. Neil, who credits support from the Kootenay Conservation Program and

the Regional District of East Kootenay, commented that “in terms of effectively controlling unauthorized motor vehicle related activities and informing the public about the value and sensitivity of grassland ecosystems, this project has been a land management success story”. Kootenay Conservation Program manager Dave Hillary emphasizes that “the valley has received enormous benefit from The Nature Trust’s conservation work and presence”. In 2013, the last phase of this project was completed. That phase will involve support through provincial legislation which will enable staff from The Nature Trust to protect and maintain the biodiversity values inherent to the property. With the success of this project, The Nature Trust is now working to improve grassland habitat through the implementation of thinning and prescribed burning projects. Mr. Neil is pleased that “we are slowly reaching our goals and objectives and we are maximizing the biodiversity benefits on a small portion of the landscape”. “The fencing component of the access management program has the added benefits of providing work to local contractors and will protect our investment in the habitat restoration work done on the property over the years,” he added. “We really appreciate the work done by these contractors and by local conservation groups such as the Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club”. The Hoodoos are available for nonmotorized recreational activities including hiking and biking, and Mr. Neil encourages people to come and enjoy this fantastic conservation property.

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notice of scheduled power interruption windermere We will be making electrical system improvements in Windermere from November 4th – 15th. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately 5 hours.

Where: Timbermont Road,Timbermont Place, Timber Heights Road, Timberview Place, Timberside Place, Timbervale Place, Timber Bay Road When: November 4th – 15th, 2013 Time: 5 hours (Customers affected will be notified the day before the outage). To prepare for this interruption and protect your equipment from damage, please turn off all lights, electric heaters and major appliances and unplug all electronics. For the first hour after the power comes back on, please only plug in or turn on those electronics and appliances that you really need. This will help ensure the electrical system does not get overloaded. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will restore your power as soon as we can. Prepare for outages and stay informed by visiting or from your handheld device. Please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) for more information.

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Compassion, not venison Dear Editor: I see with much discomfort that the hunt for the Invermere urban deer is still on. This time with a referendum. To kill these inconvenient, dangerous, vicious creatures, and reduce them to more submissive, tolerable numbers. Does this sound to you more like dealing with a town resident wolf pack, who nightly savage the streets of Invermere, leaving the main street full of victim’s bones? How come there ain’t no bones on main street or a layer of them in Pothole Park? Why not ask Invermere doctors how many injuries a year they treat which are caused by deer, by domestic pets, by domestic violence, by people getting drunk and doing silly things? This will clearly show how dangerous deer really are. The result of a referendum will only show how many want the deer killed and how many don’t. Measuring the actual danger by numbers gives deer a chance to provide proof of peacefulness themselves. No fear mongering, nor slaughter, will be needed. Everybody can be 100 per cent safe around deer, and other animals. Yes, it helps if you spend some time studying the behaviour of the creatures you are living with. There are animals you can approach safely, others you want to stay away from. If there is no aggression, why not simply accept this naturally given distance? Statistics clearly support the fact that deer are not dangerous or aggressive when dealt with properly. There is nothing to base this paranoia on.

For those who do actually feel uneasy around deer, give yourself and them some space. Don’t startle them. Watch them, understand them better, learn to live with them. They are wonderful creatures. If you just want the deer off your lawn, put an eight-foot fence around it — that will keep the dogs off it too. There are 69 “naturally” occurring species of mammals living in the Rockies. Isn’t that wonderful? Don’t you think it is worth it to try as hard as we can and learn to live with them in best possible harmony so our children and theirs can do so too? Cliches? Sure, there are always many of those. Because there are as many reasons for living in harmony with wildlife as there are species. Do you really want to banish all animals to the zoo eventually because some dare to set hoof on your lawn? Who next will be killed by referendum because we feel potentially threatened? I think we have a forward-looking and modern council in Invermere. That makes it more surprising that they are obviously blind to the image damage this will surely cause. A referendum for permission to kill animals, as the cheapest option — on the same ballot as a quest to support a $5.6 million new community centre? What about some compassion, instead of venison, for a change? Anybody? Ernst W. Schneider Invermere

Chamber supports new community centre

Dear Editor:

At the October board meeting of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, a motion was passed to support the Multi-Use Facility proposed by the District of Invermere council. It is our belief that the Columbia Valley is in need of a facility for the performing arts, community groups, meetings, conferences and events that need to accommodate more than 200 people. The board believes that such a facility would benefit the economy of the Columbia Valley. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors believes that a significant amount of work needs to be done to determine the building’s design, use, ongoing management strategy and future governance; however, we recognize that without the support of the concept by the District of Invermere residents on Saturday, November 2nd, that work cannot begin. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce board strongly encourages the citizens of Invermere to vote on November 2nd and to authorize the District of Invermere council to borrow on the credit of the municipality a sum not exceeding $5.6 million in order to facilitate the construction of a new multi-purpose community centre. Susan Clovechok Executive Director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

A dash of Canterbury creativity The first-ever Monster Mash Dash in Invermere on Saturday, October 26th involved a costumed ten-kilometre walk and run, for which the Canterbury Clan, (left to right: Joanne Broadfoot, Sandy Clark, Larry Holden and Emily Rawbon) dressed up as giant sunflowers and a bee. “I wanted to be a Transformer,” joked Larry.

Photo by Greg Amos

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Valley Churches


Obstacles are opportunities By Father Gabriel St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Regular drivers familiar with the vicinity know where the road bumps are and they will drive the vehicle cautiously to avoid accidents. Newcomers and strangers to certain city and town environments might find it hard to cope with the sudden unexpected bumps and blocks. Perhaps they may be paranoid. Bumps on the roads help drivers to regulate speed facilitating safety of vehicles and pedestrians. Unless vehicle users adhere to the safety measures, they might cause unimaginable damage to people and properties. In much the same way, life is a long journey and each individual is a driver. Unless individuals are familiar with the life principles, what is good, right, real, of value and desirable, individuals will meet with bumps and blocks. These bumps are basically understood as obstructions, hurdles, hindrances, barriers, which either prohibit or prevent an action or thought or imagination because they are not suitable, beneficial, profitable or helpful either to the society or to themselves. How can we make these obstacles or obstructions meaningful to our progress? How can we overcome our mental blocks such as scepticism, pessimism, passivity, etc. People become hyper with neuroses when overwhelmed with mental blocks. Probably they are unable to look beyond. In fact, they are immersed in self-absorption, caught in tunnel vision and shortsightedness. Because of this, their inner potentialities are either suppressed or not

fully utilized. Some get into self pity, low self-esteem and call themselves underdogs. These people have aspirations, hopes and dreams. But their mental blocks prevent them from achieving their high ideals. Some stumble with personal weakness like King David and Apostle Peter. David’s lack of self control led him to seduce Bathsheba and Peter’s fear caused him to betray his master. Time and again, we all stumble with moral and spiritual matters. St. Paul in 1 Corinthian 9:24-26 writes, “Run the race of life with endurance” meaning moral and spiritual strength and stamina. We wish to leave no stone unturned for winning this race of life. Let all our stumbling stones, like dreadful disasters, horrific happenings, terrible tragedies, failures, etc. become stepping stones to success. Human sufferings like diseases, accidents, war, starvation, violence, unemployment, etc. are stumbling blocks for development and progress. Sometimes certain governmental policies do cause us to stumble. Leviticus 19:14 warns, “Don’t place a stumbling block in front of the blind man” meaning don’t deliberately assist wrongs and don’t give wrong advice. Considering the question of life, all people of good will stumble at the policies of certain governments. Jesus teaches us a life’s lesson in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.” He was stumbling at the thought of his impending suffering and death, but quickly transformed that excruciating thought into an opportunity to bring healing and comfort to the whole human race by surrendering to his father’s will. We all face several obstacles in life. Some get dejected and others are overwhelmed by them. Whatever be our situation, scriptures call us to face them with courage valiantly. “The coward dies twice a day and the valiant dies only once.” Can we transform our obstacles into opportunities through our positive mindset and outlook?

Clover chords Jadea Kelly (centre), is backed by Tom Yuhas on guitar, and Kelsey McNulty on keys. The trio are promoting the release of Jadea’s new record, Clover. The show took place at the Station Pub on Sunday, October 27th, towards the end of their eastto-west coast tour, before the group heads back to Toronto. Photo by Dan Walton

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, November 3rd 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY, ’Only GOD Is Omnipresent’... Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1, and Grades 2-5 during the morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater 9:30 a.m.: Bacon, Friends and Faith (All ages) 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10 a.m.; Worship service. Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • Father Gabriel • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 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 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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