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December 2, 2016 Vol. 13/Issue 49

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Aside from the potential risk this act could have created for the users of the Transfer Station, there is a financial impact for all taxpayers in the Columbia Valley. “Had the owners of the bags taken them to the landfill for proper and safe disposal, it would have cost them around $200,” explained Mr. Penson. “Instead, all the taxpayers in the Columbia Valley will have to pay for the clean up which involved extra contractors, hauling time and will end up being closer to $2000.” The RDEK hopes that someone saw the people responsible for this careless act and is able to identify a

The RDEK is hoping someone may have seen an act of illegal dumping at the Canal Flats Transfer Station earlier this week. “We believe between late afternoon Monday and sometime Tuesday morning someone with a dump trailer disposed of 40 black plastic bags in the wood pile at the Transfer Station,” explains RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The bags were filled with insulation, brown cellulose and vermiculite, which likely contains asbestos.” What makes this incident of illegal dumping so perplexing is that the asbestos containing materials were watered down to prevent dust, double wrapped in 6mm poly plastic and properly sealed. “They even left their Tyvec protective suits and gloves in the pile once they finished off loading everything,” said Mr. Penson. “Clearly they knew the potential hazard of dealing with these materials, took all the right steps to properly remove and handle it WHAT A WASTE — Forty black plastic bags filled with asbestos-containing materials that were and then dumped illegally dumped in Canal Flats have cost local taxpayers $2,000 in cleanup costs. Photo submitted it in the wood pile at our site where it potentially could have put others at vehicle or licence plate number. risk.” “We would really like to know who is responsible so The RDEK took immediate action to get the bags that we can educate them about the risk of their carelessness cleaned up and safely taken for disposal. “The bags were and seek compensation for the clean up,” said Mr. Penson. placed in a double lined bin and the clean up went really Anyone with any information is asked to contact well with no exposure to the workers or public,” said Mr. Mr. Penson at the RDEK’s Cranbrook Office at 250Penson. 489-2791.

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Liberal candidate: ‘time to move on’ from Jumbo By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The B.C. Liberal candidate for Columbia RiverRevelstoke is clarifying his stance on a major Upper Columbia Valley issue. In its Columbia River-Revelstoke riding profile (part of a weekly series leading up to next spring’s provincial election), the CBC summarized Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok’s campaign — compared with his 2013 provincial election campaign — as “a new stance against a new candidate in a new election.” The new stance was in reference to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort project, which the CBC said Mr. Clovechok is “no longer for.” Mr. Clovechok, who supported the Jumbo project during his 2013 campaign, clarified his stance to The Pioneer.

“The CBC was not completely accurate,” he said. “I’ve always been supportive of the (Jumbo) from a jobs perspective and from a fairness to the proponent perspective. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is that it’s been 25 years since the project was first proposed. I’ve met with many people during the past four years — people for the project and people against it. What I’ve come to understand is that people who support it still support it, but it’s time to move on.” Mr. Clovechok said he hasn’t talked to the proponent for some time, and that the proponent may not be happy with Mr. Clovechok saying so, but “I don’t think (Jumbo) is ever going to happen. At the end of the day, I won’t actively support or oppose this project. It’s dead. It’s a shame it didn’t happen, but, as I said, it’s time to put this behind us and move ahead. It’s been really divisive for the valley. It’s gone on too long. It’s time now for some healing and to find ways for neighbours to be

friendly again. My focus is going to be on finding real opportunities for jobs. I won’t be spending any time on the Jumbo issue, either as a candidate or as an MLA.” He referenced the Ktunaxa First Nation’s legal case against the province’s decision to create Jumbo Glacier Resort, which was scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada starting on Thursday, December 1st (the day after The Pioneer’s press deadline), saying “if the court decision is against the proponent, my assumption is that the construction that was made up there will have to be taken down and returned to the state it was in. I think that is important.” Mr. Clovechok added that people may say he’s waffling because it’s election time, but that’s not the case. “I’ve not done any flip flop and I haven’t changed my mind. It’s just that it’s done,” he said, adding that this is in contrast to NDP Columbia River-Revelstoke Continued on page 29 . . .

Free Christmas tree cutting permits now available By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation is reminding Columbia Valley residents to get a permit before heading out the backcountry to cut down a Christmas tree. The ministry announced in a press release issued last week that Christmas tree cutting permits are now available and that those who want to cut down their own tree should get one, either by going online, through their local government (where applicable) or at a FrontCounter BC office (Cranbrook is the closest location). These local offices will be able to give residents more information about specific regional cutting requirements and about precisely which areas of Crown land are approved for public Christmas tree harvest. Christmas tree permits are free, but the ministry is cautioning that they are only for personal use. “Selling a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or cutting in an unauthorized

area is illegal,” states the press release. The ministry also reminded would-be Christmas tree cutters to be properly prepared when heading into the backcountry searching for a tree, by bringing proper warm clothing, a first aid kit, a cell phone, appropriate tools, as well as tire chains, gloves and rope. Extra caution should be exercised by those driving down logging roads, and drivers should be alert and prepared for oncoming logging trucks. As some permits specify that only one tree can be cut, the ministry advised tree harvesters to take a good solid look at their chosen tree before beginning to cut it down, to avoid wasting forest resources. “Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport. Wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire hazard,” states the release. “Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity.” For more information and to obtain a Christmas tree permit online, visit the ministry’s Christmas tree website: www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/xmastrees.htm. The website also contains a link to the Christmas Tree Council’s website, which has a list of tree farms and “U-cut” operations around the province.

Thank You

College of the Rockies would like to thank our lead instructor Mark Knudgaard and the following organization and businesses for their donations, contributing to the success of the 2016 Discovery Trades program. • Invermere Home Hardware • CANFOR • Shuswap Band

• David Thompson Secondary School • Invermere Electric • Key West Plumbing

Two garden sheds were built by the Discovery Trades students are being sold at Invermere Home Hardware to support The Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Team. If you would like to check out the sheds and buy one, they are being displayed at Invermere Home Hardware

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The past week, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to about 50 calls for service. The following is a small sample of those calls: • During the morning hours of Wednesday, November 23rd, Columbia Valley RCMP attended to a small structure fire within the town of Invermere. RCMP attend these calls, along with the jurisdiction’s fire department, to determine if there is any criminality involved with the fire. However, in this case, once RCMP arrived it was quickly determined that the Invermere Fire Department was able to contain the structure fire to a very old shed on a rental property. The cause of fire was linked to a wood stove. • Later in the day on November 23rd, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident on Highway 93 about 33 kilometres east of Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park. RCMP immediately responded to the report and, while en route, were advised by RCMP dispatch that the driver was already at the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment to provide the details of the incident. However, RCMP continued to the accident scene to conduct an investigation and ensure no one was injured. RCMP were able to determine that the blue 2007 Kia hatchback had been travelling east on Highway 93 and appeared to have lost control on one of the many bends in the highway. The temperature at the time of the accident was about -1 C and the highway was somewhat slippery. The vehicle ended up on its side on the north side of the highway and sustained minor damage to the right rear side of the vehicle and roof. No one was injured and the driver was not charged. • On Friday, November 25th at about 8 p.m., RCMP were on routine patrol when they checked a parked Dodge Dakota pickup on Kootenay Road 3

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at Highway 93 and 95 in Windermere. The truck had no plates on it and the driver was asleep in the driver’s seat. The vehicle key was in the ignition and it was very obvious that the operator had been drinking alcohol. When the driver was confronted by police, it was noted that the driver stumbled trying to exit the vehicle. The investigator could smell an odour of liquor on the breath of the driver. The investigator then demanded the driver provide samples of breath and when the driver provided the roadside breath samples, they both registered a fail, indicating that the driver was impaired. The vehicle was seized and the driver lost their driver’s licence for 90 days. This is a great time to remind the residents of the Columbia Valley that the RCMP will be looking for impaired drivers more than ever as holiday parties are in full swing. Please do not drink and drive; there are a lot of great options to avoid losing your licence and vehicle. • On Monday, November 28th at about 6:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a lost or stolen three-year-old yellow Labrador dog named Lexi from Spillimacheen. The dog was last seen in the backyard that morning. RCMP responded to the report and spoke with the owner who advised that she had looked everywhere for her dog. The owner believes that the dog might have been taken as the gates on the back of the property were closed and her other dog had been left in the yard. If anyone has any information about this potential theft, they are asked to call the detachment. The past week saw the following statistics: three abandoned 911 calls, six calls to false building alarms, three motor vehicle incidents and seven traffic complaints, among the other calls for service. I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a big “thank you” to all those people who stopped by the Canadian Tire and provided some toys to the Christmas Bureau — the response was overwhelming and really displayed the giving nature of the people of Columbia Valley... again, thank you.

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250-341-8725 Marc Robinson TRADES TEAM — The Discovery Trades program is a unique and incredible opportunity for high school students to attend College of the Rockies Invermere Campus and learn about a variety of trades. Pictured are Doug Clovechok (COTR Campus Manager); Al Miller (Home Hardware sponsor and Rockies representative); Mark Knudsgaard (COTR Trades Instructor); Carolyn Kurtz (COTR Trades Coordinator); Students: Kyle Holubec, Vonn Devlin, Nathan Evanoff, Dawson Ragan, Jackson Hollick, Cole Campbell, AJ Bruce, Brandon Fuller; Barb Cote (Shuswap Band sponsor), Scott Postlethwaite (Instructor); Matt Fulton (Instructor); and Dave Dafoe (Canfor sponsor).  Photo by Dean Midyette

Trades’ program success continues

By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff After 12 weeks and more than 336 hours of instruction, 12 students from David Thompson Secondary School are graduating from the Discovery Trades Program held at the College of the Rockies. The program has been running for more than half a decade now delivered in conjunction by Canfor, the College of the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain School District and the local Shuswap Indian Band. The program provides high school students the chance to get their feet wet in the trades industry, learning about trades such as plumbing, roofing, flooring, carpentry and electrical over the 12-week period. “They get a real wide variety of exposure to different trades and then we take them on three different field trips to actually tour and work in the trades departments,” said Invermere College of Rockies campus manager Doug Clovechok. “What’s really cool about that is the trade students who are actually in the programs in Cranbrook spend the day teaching these students about the craft they’re learning so that’s kind of exciting.” Mr. Clovechok said this initial experience learning various trades gives students a more well-rounded approach when deciding whether or not to pursue a career within the industry after high school. “It’s been incredibly successful. We’ve had kids who have gone through the program that have ended up in our trades programs in Cranbrook so there’s a direct correlation between the program and getting into postsecondary institutions,” he said. “If you talk to our local

construction folks, they can’t find people so if these guys want jobs, they can get jobs locally. In the province of B.C., there are so many jobs associated with trades right now that people are coming out to get work.” Beyond a job perspective, Mr. Clovechok said he believes that the program allows students to establish more self-confidence and self-awareness while discovering talents they didn’t know they had prior to entering the program. In addition to gaining trades experience, students typically leave the program with nearly $1,000 worth of certificates, which include First Aid Level 1, WHIMIS and chainsaw training among many others. One of the projects that the program boasts is the completion of two garden sheds that are fully operational with electrical and roofing that will be sold at the Invermere Home Hardware. The proceeds from the two sheds will be donated to the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team. With the program done for the year, Mr. Clovechok said that parents and students can begin thinking about whether or not the program suits their interest for next year. Those who are interested are able to meet with Mr. Clovechok who brings in specific people from within the industry to talk about the interesting aspects of each trade. He said what makes the program so successful is its uniqueness among the other traditional high school programs. “We’ve had anecdotal testimony from parents that their kids were so bored with high school that they couldn’t get them to go to school but once this trade program started the kids couldn’t wait to get to the site,” he said.

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PERSPECTIVE

The planet and pipelines

Historical Lens

By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline has been called a “cynical” and “blatant” betrayal by many in B.C. The proposed project will be a twinning of an already existing pipeline built in 1953 that runs from Edmonton to the Westridge Marine terminal in Burnaby. By twinning the pipeline, the amount of oil being transported will increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. This translates into tanker traffic increasing from five tankers to 34 a month, with tankers having to pass under both the Second Narrows and Lions Gate bridges to access the terminal located slightly beyond Vancouver Harbour at the entrance of Indian Arm, a scenic fjord surrounded by mountains known for its pristine natural setting, kayaking, sailing, beaches and more (and, incidentally, it’s where I grew up). Since Kinder Morgan has gone from transporting mostly conventional crude oil to tar sands diluted bitumen, which is more corrosive, concern is focused on the integrity of the pipelines and tankers, and the fact that bitumen sinks when mixed with salt water (conventional oil floats making spill response easier). Then we have the local killer whale population, already a species at risk, that some groups say will be driven to extinction with the increase in marine noise. As far as Canadian politicians go, Trudeau and NDP Alberta Premier Rachel Notley lean left, but as much as they probably want to see an end to humans harming the planet through energy-intensive fossil fuel extraction and to Big Oil’s global domination as the next left-leaning person, they’re politicians who are elected to keep the big picture in mind. When Trudeau announced a mandatory carbon tax back in October, Notley made it clear a “pipeline to tidewater” was an economic imperative to guarantee Alberta’s financial ability to participate. With the Northern Gateway pipeline dead in the water, British Columbians passionate about their coast will now turn their attention exclusively to Kinder Morgan. The federal government has said the consultation and approval process will stand up in court so if this holds true, the pipeline will be built. But not before public pressure forces Alberta’s oil companies to comply to a new standard of excellence with 156 federal conditions having to be met as well as the B.C. government’s five. And Trudeau’s transition plan to a new energy paradigm for Canada will need to become more than just campaign talk to keep disillusioned voters in his camp.

Happy homesteaders Invermere resident Ray Crook submitted this photo that was taken in 1915. It is a picnic group of mostly Homesteaders gathered together at Macleod Meadows in what is now Kootenay National Park. At that time, the Province of B.C. had built a road from Radium up Sinclair Creek and over the Sinclair Pass. This was the start of what became the BanffWindermere Highway. There are a few children in the group. Mr. Crook’s four-year-old brother Charles is sitting in front of his mother Annie Crook. The other children may belong to Walter and Esther Nixon who had a Homestead at Kootenay Crossing. Mr. Crook recently turned 98 — Happy (belated) Birthday! Photo courtesy of Ray Crook

No more trails in the Benches, please Dear Editor: We grew up on a mixed farm near Kamloops, B.C. and our family always respected the wildlife and the environment. As a child, I learned from my father to look after the wildlife; he would throw hay over the fence where the cattle couldn’t get it for the more than 50 mule deer and a few moose that wintered at our place. We grew up always supporting clubs that protected wildlife and the environment. Yes, we were and still are hunters, but we respect the laws of hunting and always eat all that we harvest. When the bikers were hosting the Singletrack 6 (mountain bike race) here, we were approached

to let them use our field to stage the event. We supported the bikers, hundreds of trucks and trailers all over our property. I am glad to say that the event was a great success. So we are not opposed to the bikers, we are opposed to them wanting to cover every inch of Crown land with a spider web of bike trails with no respect to wildlife, environment, other users, or nearby landowners. This area of proposed trails at Barbour Rock and Neave Creek is a very environmentally sensitive, important wildlife area, and a quiet and peaceful place to hike up onto the crags for a wonderful view of the valley. Continued on next page . . .

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LETTERS

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Wild reception for film fest Dear Editor: When community comes together, great things happen. Wildsight would like to thank RK Heliski and all the other sponsors, supporters and volunteers for helping to make our 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival so successful. It’s our annual fundraiser and Saturday’s event was sold out. We couldn’t be happier. But more than that, the films are meant to instill inspiration and motivation for positive social change, and there was a noticeable buzz in the audience. We look forward to 2017 when we can make the Festival even bigger and

better when the Columbia Valley Centre is completed. As Bill Cropper remarked to me, our “old” community hall has served the valley for almost 70 years and he has played music there for more than half of that. It holds the memories of countless dances and dinners, funerals and fundraisers, public forums and presentations, craft fairs and fitness classes. The new hall will allow the community to flourish even more. For that, all of us can be grateful. Baiba Morrow, Chair, Wildsight Invermere

Tales of trees from the valley Editor’s note: The following feedback to the Historical Lens photo in the October 24th Pioneer was contributed by Bob Anderson of Windermere: Christmas trees were shipped out of the valley to the United States, Mexico, and the Prairies in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In the early days, they were shipped by the box cars of trains. In later years, they were shipped by truck. Hundreds of thousands of trees were cut each year — the valley was the biggest Christmas tree growing

area in the world of wild trees. The Christmas tree growing industry was a big one locally from the 1950s to the 1990s, employing hundreds of people in the valley.

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are an example of how everyone and everything avoids hundreds of bikers. Please let the Toby Benches enjoy this small, lightly used area around Barbour Rock and Neave Creek in peace and join us on the existing trails, just not in mass.

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There’s more to the valley than meets the eye… See this week's November 30th Invermere Valley Echo for:

Rollout of new Grade 10 to 12 curriculum delayed (page 1)

Norman Hendricks Lake Lillian, Toby Benches

Valley’s Advisory Committee to disband (page 3) RDEK signs Internet agreements, extends Columbia Valley Conservation Fund (page 3)

Steep rate hikes forecast for ICBC (page 4) Eating your way through Winter (page 5) Senior Girls come out on top at volleyball zone champs (page 8) Mid-season Rockies report (page 16)


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Local Food Corridor groups gathering for AGM Submitted by the CVFC What is the Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association (CVFC)? A food corridor is a geographic area that ties together a variety of sectors that help to build a local food system. These may include farms and farmers, grocery and specialty food stores, restaurants and cafes, food processors, farmers’ markets, community gardens and greenhouses, food education centres and culinary programs, and government agencies such as food banks. The purpose of the Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association is: • To encourage the collaboration between groups working in the local food sectors; • To promote agriculture and help build a sustainable local food system; • To promote the growth of the food processing sector; • To encourage local establishments to promote, prepare/sell and celebrate local foods. The CVFC is holding its AGM on Monday, December 5th starting at 7 p.m. at the RDEK Columbia Valley office located at 4956 Athalmer Road in Invermere. We will be welcoming Lin Egan from Edibles Farm, Café and Catering, and Eden Yesh from Kootenay Produced, who will be giving short presentations. Please join us to learn about these innovative local food operations and to find out what the CVFC has been up to. For more information, call 250-341-1491.

Be ‘open for business’ in 2017: help to become self-employed Submitted by EK Employment

How you can help? • Sponsor a family • Make a flat donation • Pick a tag off an angel tree • Make goodie boxes

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Kleenex packets Shampoo Gift cards (not grocery) Tea Popcorn Mittens/gloves Hats/toques Tea Face cloth Puzzle books Small toys Colouring Book Lip Balm Shampoo

Email cvcb@shaw.ca or call Angie at 250-342-2611 to advise how you would like to support or if you have any questions. If you are a family in need of support over the Christmas season, registration forms are available at The Family Dynamix Association, Invermere Food Bank, Shuswap Band Hall, Akisquinuk Band Hall, Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Employment Centre and the Canal Flats Food Bank or email cvcb@shaw.ca. Find us on Facebook.

What a great feeling it is when you can say I am “Open for Business” and it’s your business which started from your idea! Since the launch of the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) in 2012, over 30 entrepreneurs have explored the self-employment option through the EPBC’s (Employment Program of B.C.) self-employment program through WorkBC EK Employment. Being self-employed offers an opportunity for independence and it challenges oneself in so many ways, while allowing you to do what you love. Many individuals have taken that leap into entrepreneurship and the trend is growing, not just here in B.C. but across the country. According to Statistics Canada, in 2012 there were 2.62 million self-employed workers in Canada representing 15 per cent of the working population. Chances are you have thought about running your own company, but hesitated on taking that leap. Now you can. WorkBC EK Employment Services offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to get on track with starting their move towards self-employment. So if you have a business idea, are intrigued or excited about taking on the challenge and have been considering becoming your own boss, why not check into our self-employment services. Your local WorkBC EK Employment Services Centre offers self-employment workshops right in your community. These workshops take you through the steps from orientation and assessment; to business plan development, entrepreneurial skill building, business launch and implementation. This is delivered through small class sizes enabling an individualized focus and ongoing coaching and mentoring. Living and other financial supports are possible. Eligibility criteria does apply Contact WorkBC EK Employment today to discuss this opportunity. Check out our website at www. ekemployment.org or visit the Columbia Valley’s EK Employment Centre in downtown Invermere — call the centre at 250-344-5413 or drop in. It’s located at 1313 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere, above Bishop Books.


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A Super, natural B.C. training ground Submitted by Bryon Trask In anticipation of the upcoming Mountain Hospitality Program being offered here at our local College of the Rockies Invermere Campus, this story has been written to illustrate and set forth the many paths and extensive avenues for our youth, including our upcoming grads and others who have a keen interest in working in tourism assisting, entertaining and guiding guests and clients of all ages. Here in the Columbia Valley, we are so fortunate to have many employers who provide sound training opportunities during both winter and summer seasons, positions that often extend well into the “shoulder season”. In addition, starting with two short courses held this fall and next spring, we now have the launching of this fantastic, locally offered academic program focused on developing skills and credentials, which will directly support our labour markets and augment the talents of potential employees. What a winning combination and it speaks to those who would love to live a working life that would most likely include incredible outdoor ventures! Working in the tourism and service industries can be extremely rewarding, as the people you are hosting or guiding are typically on their holidays; this makes for a fantastic recipe for creating fun and adventure. As a personal example, prior to applying for and landing a lucrative interpretive and tour guide position this past summer and early fall touring international guests throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island extending north-west into the Canadian Rockies, I first developed and honed the specific skills and experiences required for this line of work here in the valley. Over the past number of years, working and learning with Columbia River Paddle and Copper Point Resort had lent itself to some absolutely amazing experiences, skill enhancement and lifelong friendships. For our youth who have a passion for or are thinking about working with people

possibly in tourism and travel, you can start now by taking applicable programs and getting training qualifications in First Aid and Lifesaving. Also, while at school or with your clubs or teams, assisting and eventually leading your own peer-group activities are also great ways to develop your leadership skills; and so is, when old enough, learning to be a very good driver. Then, once eligible, it would be highly recommended to advance as soon as possible to a Class 4 licence, as many job options often require you to be able to drive you and your guests to different amenities and into our beautiful backcountry areas. These, amongst others, can be major assets towards a future summer job and maybe one day a full-time career.

TOURISTS ON TOUR — A tour group at Joffrey Lakes along Highway 99 between Pemberton and Whistler, B.C.  Photo by Erminio Ballerini (Netherlands)


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Resource, Development & Advocacy

We Remember December 6th NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE & ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN This year marks the 27th anniversary of what came to be known as the Montreal Massacre. On December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine walked through l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, separated the men from the women, and then proceeded to shoot and kill 14 women while making anti-woman statements. On the anniversary of this sad day, Women’s Centre in Invermere would like to reflect on violence against women and remember the women who have tragically lost their lives to gender-based violence. Please join us in our commemoration Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5 pm - 6 pm at Women’s Centre, Lower Level Frater Landing. Light a candle to remember the 14 women who were killed at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Free refreshments and cake will be provided. Everyone welcome!

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Valley-born police officer earns Order of Merit tre is currently under construction). He graduated in 1985. “Joining the police was not a lifeA valley local who has spent delong dream for me. I remember being cades working for the Calgary police in Grade 12 and watching my peers apforce is about to receive one of the ply to university and college, and thinkhighest honours possible. ing I had no idea what I wanted to do. I Calgary Police Association presiwas sitting in the guidance councillor’s dent Howard Burns was born and office one day and there was a brochure grew up in Invermere before joining advertising Mt. Royal College’s law enthe Calgary police force two and a half forcement program, which caught my decades ago. Next week, Mr. Burns interest,” he said. “I applied, got acwill be recognized in a ceremony in cepted and never looked back.” Edmonton on Thursday, December Mr. Burns kept his ties to the valley 8th for his service by being awarded after going to college, however, playing an Order of Merit medal by Canada’s defence for the Columbia Valley RockGovernor General. ies in 1986 and arranging his college “It’s certainly an honour. I was TOP HONOURS — Calgary Police class schedule so that he could return to surprised to learn I’d even been nomi- Association president Howard Burns, the valley on weekends to play. nated, and then to find out I won, shown here with his wife, will receive “I’d drive back just in time for it’s quite humbling,” Mr. Burns told the Order of Merit medal next week Thursday night practice, then we’d (the The Pioneer. “I guess those who nomi- in Edmonton.  Photo submitted Rockies) either hit the road or have a nated me feel I have worked hard and home stand,” he said. “I enjoyed it, but am deserving of the honour, which is really nice, because it was pretty evident that I wasn’t going to make my monwhen you’re doing the job, you’re not doing it for reasons ey playing hockey, so I kept focused on the law enforceof recognition. You don’t even think of that.” ment classes.” Mr. Burns was born in the Invermere hospital in Although Mr. Burns doesn’t get back to the valley 1967. His dad was the manager of the Canadian Imperial much at the moment since his parents no longer live here, Bank of Commerce (CIBC) at the time, with the fam- he said he still misses it “even to this day. Especially the ily living directly above the bank (which was located on lake. You take it for granted when you live there, but it’s the same corner back then as it is now). Although Mr. really something special. In Calgary, you can’t just go for a Burns spent his first few years living literally in the middle swim whenever you like, unless you like cold rivers.” of Invermere, his father’s bank manager career meant the He spent his college summers working for Canada family moved quite a bit around B.C. before his father Customs (now called the Border Services Agency), and eventually switched to the insurance business and the fam- took interest in it. He even thought that was where his ily returned to Invermere for good when Mr. Burns was career might lie, but although that organization eventually seven years old. did offer him a position, he had by then already taken a Like other Columbia Valley teenagers, Mr. Burns at- job with the Calgary Police Force. tended David Thompson Secondary School (which at the Mr. Burns took well to the police work, being protime was located on the site where the new multi-use cen- moted to sergeant after 12 years spent in various police roles, including a ground patrol constable, a fatal traffic crash investigator (where he first learned investigation techniques and accident reconstruction), another stint as a ground patrol constable, and a stretch of time as an acting detective. In being promoted to sergeant, Mr. Burns became a street supervisor, a role he continued in for most of his A very special Thank You to Dr. Ross tenure with the police forces. and to the Columbia Gardens and “It did involve a lot of night shifts, and you could say Ivy House staff for being so kind and it’s been a long career that way,” he said. caring for Irene La Rochelle. Eventually, he was elected to the Calgary Police AsAlso a special Thank you to all the sociation (which is not a union, but fills some of the funcladies who made a hard day easier. tions a union does) as a director for three years, moving up to serve as vice-president for four years, and then, for The Goodwins Continued on page 30 . . . By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff


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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY

MUSIC • VISUAL ARTS • DINING • BAR SCENE • ENTERTAINMENT • PERFORMANCE ARTS A blues-infused show is coming to Pynelogs when Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden stop in Invermere as part of their Kootenay tour promoting their album Shufflin’ the Blues that was released earlier this year and has received widespread acclaim. See page 12. Submitted photo by Aszj

Dad ‘n’ daughter duo

BANFF FILMS

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TREE OF LIGHTS

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Out & About Your weekly guide to what’s happening around the Columbia Valley PAGE 13

Cinefest @ Pynelogs

Koneline: our land Beautiful Winner of the Banff Film Fest – Mountain Environment & Natural History

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Father and daughter blues musicians head to Invermere

Mr. Burden plays guitars and sings backing vocals, while Ms. Hyatt is the lead singer and plays stand-up bass and regular bass. “Holly was about four years old when I realized she could really sing. She would Slocan-based father-daughter duo Holly and Jon will make their way to Inver- just start singing all around the house while I was strumming (guitar). She clearly mere this weekend to give the Upper Columbia Valley a blast of the blues. had an innate talent for it,” said Mr. Burden, adding that her musical prowess wasn’t Holly Hyatt has been making music with her dad, Jon Burden, since before she a huge surprise since both sides of her family have strong musical backgrounds. “She first picked up bass when she was nine years old and just progressed from was in kindergarten, and what started as family fun time eventually blossomed into a professional occupation, with the pair having recorded albums together for more there,” he said, adding that, aside from the blues, Holly also performs jazz and folk, and that he has played in rock bands, country bands, than a decade now. They will be playing at Pynelogs on Saturday, Defolk bands and bluegrass bands. “Rock comes from blues, country comes from “So we have quite a broad repertoire of influences,” cember 3rd. blues, and jazz comes from blues, so it really is at “We do traditional blues and some of our own origsaid Mr. Burden. “But it always comes back to the blues. the root of everything.” The blues is where I got my musical passion from, in inal blues, which is more contemporary. We do electric and acoustic blues, Chicago blues and Delta blues with terms of something that really hit home for me. Rock Jon Burden slide guitar,” Mr. Burden told The Pioneer. comes from blues, country comes from blues, and jazz Blues Musician comes from blues, so it really is at the root of everyThe pair’s latest album, Shufflin’ the Blues, was rething.” leased earlier this year, and has so far been well received, Holly and Jon’s Kootenay tour is sponsored by the with Mr. Burden saying: “we’re getting airplay all over Columbia Basin Trust and the Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance. Tickets are the place, from more than 300 radio stations.” This success has led Holly and Jon to make a tour in support of their album available at the door for $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. To learn more about the band check out www.hollyandjon.com. across the Kootenay region. For more information, contact the CV Arts at Pynelogs at 250-342-4423 or The new album and the tour feature the father-daughter combo adding a third info@columbiavalleyarts.com. band member — a drummer — for a fuller sound. By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff

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MUSIC • VISUAL ARTS • DINING • BAR SCENE • ENTERTAINMENT • PERFORMANCE ARTS

Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com to enter your event in our FREE listings.

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may only run occasionally. Friday, December 2nd • 4 p.m.: Elinor Florence will greet old and new friends, and sign copies of her bestselling Canadian novel, ‘Bird’s Eye View’ at the Invermere Community Hall. • 4 - 8 p.m.: The 23rd Big Christmas Community Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. Also Saturday December 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 4 - 8 p.m.: The Valley GoGo Sisters will be selling home baked goodies, African beads, suet bird feeders, sock monkeys and more at the BIG Christmas Craft Sale with all proceeds going directly to the Stephen Lewis African Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. • 6 p.m.: Bingo at Shuswap Band Hall every Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m., Bingo starts at 7 p.m. • 6:30 p.m.: Crazy Soles and Nipika Mountain Resort Kick off the Global Fat Bike Festival with Fat Biking 101 at Crazy Soles store with drinks and appies. RSVP to Crazy Soles 250-342-2074 or crazysoles@telus.net. • 7 - 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic at Pynelogs. Showcasing young talent from the valley. All ages, licensed bar. First Friday of every month.

Saturday, December 3rd • 10 a.m.: Lego for all ages at the Radium Public Library every Saturday. • 10 a.m. - noon: Photos with Santa at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Also on December 10th and 17th. • 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library with stories, songs, and crafts. Every Saturday. • 1 p.m.: Celebrate Global Fat Bike Day with a Fat Bike Festival at Nipika Mountain Resort. Includes group

ride on the brand new fat bike trail system, bike games and potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Visit Nipika Mountain Resort facebook page for details. • 6:30 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Saturday. • 7:30 p.m.: Shufflin’ the Blues CD Release Show featuring Jon Burden & Holly Hyatt at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets $15 at the door. Visit www.hollyandjon.com and contact the Columbia Valley Arts Council at 250-3424423 for more information.

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Sunday, December 4th • 12 - 7 p.m.: 13th Annual Feed the Town Event at Copper Point Golf Clubhouse. A free Christmas feast to everyone in the Columbia Valley. Please bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the CV Food Bank. • 1 - 3 p.m.: Smoking Waters Coffee Co. in Fairmont invites you to share a hot chocolate with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying an old fashioned sing-along with Valley Forged. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the CV Food Bank.

Monday, December 5th • 7 p.m.: Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. • 7 p.m.: The Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association is holding its AGM at the RDEK CV Office located at 4956 Athalmer Road. Lin Egan and Eden Yesh will be presenting. For more information call 250-341-1491.

Tuesday, December 6th • 5 - 6 p.m.: National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women, candle lighting

commemoration at Women’s Centre, Lower Level Frater Landing. Refreshments and cake will be served. • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Options for Sexual Health is operating a drop in clinic in the Public Health Unit next to the Invermere Hospital the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Call 250-342-2360 for more information. • 6:30 p.m.: Cinefest at Pynelogs Independent Film Series presents ‘Koneline: Our Land Beautiful’. Tickets at the door. Film at 7 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments. Call 250-342-4423 for details. • 7 p.m.: Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society is holding their AGM at the Kanata Hotel. Contact sledradium@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, December 7th • 8 a.m.: Radium Hot Springs Sunrise Rotary meets for breakfast every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from November to March at Higher Ground Cafe. • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets every Wednesday at the Curling Centre. • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: The Village of Radium Hot Springs is hosting a Public Open House at the Community Hall. The new Community Hall design can be viewed with the design team and village staff on hand. All are welcome. • 7 p.m.: The Christmas Silent Auction at the Invermere Library closes! Don’t miss this opportunity to place your final bids on more than 100 beautiful, creative, useful and unique items. The auction is sponsored by Friends of the Library and all funds raised support Library programs.

Thursday, December 8th • 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Library with stories, songs, and crafts. Every Thursday. • 2 p.m.: Seniors Tea at the Invermere Library the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. If you need transportation, contact the library at 250-342-6416. • 4:30 - 6 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre Chef-It-Up. Every Thursday. Call 250-342-3033 for more info. • 5 - 6 p.m.: Wine tasting in the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort lobby every Thursday. Enjoy four B.C. wines with the in-house Sommelier. $15 per person or $25 for two. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in. • 7 p.m.: Enjoy the DTSS Bands in Concert including Band 9, Band 8, Sr. Concert Band and Sr. Stage Band. Silver collection at the door.

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Annual General Meeting of the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club The AGM will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th at the Jackpine Pub at Panorama Mountain Village. Contact Karen, 250-270-0355 for more information.

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A MOUNTAIN OF FILMS — A scene from ‘Devotion: Libby Peter’, one of the films that make up this year’s World Tour, but local organizers have yet to make any picks for the January 8th film fest in Invermere. Photo courtesy of Banff Centre

Banff World Tour returning

By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff

Hourly pick-ups at Pip’s Store starting at 6pm, and drop off right at your door! Call the Pub at 250-347-6400 for confirmation Invite your friends!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Invermere in 2017 thanks to the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. The annual screening is the local Nordic club’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going toward the grooming and maintenance of the Lake Windermere Whiteway and the club’s junior programs. Tickets to the tour cost $25 each and are available for purchase at either Crazy Soles in downtown Invermere or Lusti’s Ski Shop and Cappuccino Bar at Panorama Mountain Resort.

The evening event — which is slated for Sunday, January 8th at the Invermere Community Hall — is a sell-out each year so act quickly to secure your seat. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with pizza, salad and refreshments available on a cash basis. The films will start at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. The World Tour is famous for featuring the best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place in Banff each fall. Organizers are given a selection of films to pick from in order to choose movies that reflect the culture of their local communities. To learn more, visit www.banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour. Call 250-342-7397 with any questions and visit www.tobycreeknordic.ca to learn more about the club.

Santa makes his way to Fairmont By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff

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

There are only a few opportunities to get out and meet Santa Claus before he makes his way to the North Pole. On Sunday, December 4th, the public will have the chance to meet and greet Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Fairmont at Smoking Waters Coffee Company starting at 1 p.m. This is the ninth year in a row that Smoking Waters Coffee Company will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holiday season. Each year, the public is invited to make their way to Fairmont to enjoy cookie decorating and hot chocolate while meeting with Santa and listening to holiday tunes put on by local band Valley Forged — all for free. Cynthia Levagood, owner of Smoking Waters Coffee Company, said the fact that the event is free has made it popular over the years. “Christmas can be really expensive for people,” she said. “The only thing we do ask is if you can bring a non-perishable for the food bank, we’d appreciate it, but if you can’t that’s OK too.” Those looking to take pictures with Santa are reminded to bring a camera to the event, which will run until 3 p.m.


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Fairmont village holding Christmas shopping event By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff Getting ready to do some Christmas shopping? Avoid the hustle and bustle of the city holiday shopping atmosphere by getting out for the Fairmont Friday Night Shopping Event happening on Friday, December 9th. This will be the fifth year in a row that the event is running, said organizer Carolyn Barzilay. She initially started the event hoping to keep some of the local Christmas shoppers in the area instead of them travelling to the city hours away. While that has been a benefit, she said the event has brought much more people each year. “It’s a chance for the businesses to showcase themselves,” she said. “It’s letting people know what you have, to get people into your establishment where people say, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t know I could get this here, I don’t have to drive to Cranbrook to get that’.”

The event starts at 4 p.m. with people gathering at the Fairmont Lions Den (5003 Hot Springs Road) to pick up their passports, which can be stamped at any of the 12 participating businesses in the event. Once participants have all 12 stamps, they will be able to submit their passport to be eligible for a number of interesting prizes including the grand prize of 10, $25 gift certificates that are good for a year to spend at any of the businesses. Ms. Barzilay said the desire to win has made this event a can’t-miss social gathering among the local community. “It is such an incredible social event,” she said. “I have people who stop for half an hour seeing people who live in Fairmont, seeing people they haven’t seen for the last year.” The stores will showcase individual specials and will be open until 8 p.m. for people to shop and get their passports stamped.

Hospice Society hosts third annual Tree of Lights event

By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff

The Columbia Valley Hospice Society will be holding its annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Friday, December 9th at selected sites across the Columbia Valley. Maria Kliavkoff, executive director of the Hospice Society, said they initially started the event three years ago, following a tradition that started in England to have a tree of remembrance for those who are no longer physically here. She said the event has particular importance at this time of year. “Holiday time can be difficult so this provides a tradition for people who want to honour their loved ones and it’s a very special kind of tradition and ceremony,” she said. This year, in addition to the tree in Invermere at Frater Landing, there are four satellite trees in the communities of Edgewater, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats. Ms. Kliavkoff said the events have been growing in popularity and the Hospice Society anticipates adding more locations each year. “It’s just lovely that each of the communities of the Columbia Valley have so embraced this event and recognized the importance of the event for their own community,” she said. “If any other communities of the Columbia Valley wanted one, we’d be happy to do that next year.”

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At each event, people in attendance can expect a special evening filled with music, poems and the lighting of a commemorative tree as a way to honour and remember those who are no longer here during the holiday season. This family event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at all locations with refreshments available following the tree lighting at each site. Anyone wishing to purchase a commemorative light is asked to visit the Hospice website at www.hospicesociety.com and click on the Tree of Lights or contact the Hospice Society office at 250-688-1143. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Hospice Society Bereavement Programs, which will start next January.

3rd Annual

An Evening of Commemoration and Remembrance

Friday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. $10 per light

To purchase a light please go to www.hospicesocietycv.com or visit the hospice office by Friday, December 2nd.

IN REMEMBRANCE — For last year’s Tree of Lights Ceremony held in Invermere, people sang while remembering those that were no longer there. File photo

Trees will be lit in the following communities: Edgewater ★ Radium Hot Springs ★ Invermere Fairmont Hot Springs ★ Canal Flats Special Thanks to our Tree of Lights Sponsors

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So you thought you were done is an excellent time to empty the Like a bear that forages before contents onto your garden. Spread bedding down for the winter, it with a rake and let it sit there your lawn stores nutrients and over the winter. Come early spring, sugars in its roots right now in earthworms will pull the raw comanticipation of the long cold post under the surface of the soil winter ahead. Look for a ferand convert it into nitrogen-rich tilizer formula, like 12-0-18, castings (poop). If you have not with high potassium (third built or purchased a compost, now number) and slow release niis a good time to do it as there is no trogen (first number). shortage of yard “waste” (actually 3. Protected your fruit trees? If we get an average a “resource”), grass clippings and TREE ARMOUR — A spiral guard around fruit fallen leaves to fill it. dump of snow this winter, While we are on the subject, I bunnies and mice can do a lot trees will protect them through the winter from Photo submitted recommend that you give your powof damage to fruit trees that hungry little critters.  are less than six years old by nibbling away the bark with er lawnmower some attention. Gas goes bad over winter: their rather sharp teeth. With little to fill their tummies in remove it. Remove the spark plug connection, scrape out winter, they resort to this sort of thing. “Bark is better than excess grass from the cutting deck and spray the deck with nothing,” they must be thinking. Wrap the trunk of each oil. Wipe it down and give it a hug. You won’t be seeing it tree with a plastic spiral that extends about a metre up the until early next May. Be sure to turn off the outdoor water faucets at the trunk. After about six years or so, the trunk of most trees has become too tough even for rodents to enjoy. Be sure source (likely in the basement) to avoid freezing. Clean out your eave troughs. Most of us don’t do this to wrap crab-apples and flowering cherries as rodents don’t until rainwater falls on our head as we leave through the know fruiting from non-fruiting trees that flower. 4. Composted? All of your leaves are down and you front door. Best to do this now while the leaves are down no doubt have raked them off your lawn and on to your and the leaves in your eaves are not frozen. Continued on page 30 . . . garden. Good. If you have a compost pile or bin, now

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Radium library enjoyed a great 2016 At the close of another year, we reflect upon the fun times filled with programs, activities and special events at our library. The introduction of our new logo has given us the opportunity to meet with all our members in order to issue new membership cards, bookmarks, and tote bags. The response from our patrons was extremely positive as we are perceived as an integral part of the community and we are recognized as one of the focal partners of the Radium Village. We continue to maintain our partnership with the Edgewater School with the following: • The Kindergarten teacher is currently on the Radium Public Library board. • At the beginning of the school year, we donate a new book to each child entering Kindergarten. • The Library staff are invited to meet the new Kindergarten students and their parents at an open house at the school in the fall. • We also work closely with the Kindergarten teacher who selects approximately 30 library books a month to be used in her classroom. The school returns special artwork from the kids to be posted on the walls of the library. • We also continue working with the Grade 4 to 7 classes. We have sponsored author Vicki Grant, who published a series of children’s mystery books, as well as David J. Smith, who publishes books on world issues. The children were reluctant for the authors to end their presentations. Both authors were pleased with the quality of questions they received from the students. The Dragonfly Discovery Centre located in our building continues to utilize the library on a weekly basis. The children select the own books and stories are read to the group.

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The popular jigsaw puzzles table continues to offer new puzzles regularly. A major fundraiser was held on the May long weekend. The fire department offered the use of a bay for a garage sale and due to the success of the event it was decided to hold the event on a yearly basis. Children continue to participate in the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the Legends Park. Due to the success of this program, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic is now a yearly event in August for preschool-aged children. The Lego Club has now moved to Saturday morning after discussion with the parents. Several children of all ages are involved in the program. The children have asked that their designed projects be displayed in one of the windows of the Library. Our windows are used to promote the events of the time of the year with books and decorations. The Summer Book Reading Club was again combined with the Adventure Radium Program held in the park. Although many of our patrons use the Internet to research our catalogue and order e-books, many still prefer to drop in to browse the bookshelves, visit with friends and discuss books in general. Volunteers play a significant role in the operation of our library, and so an appreciation evening was held at the home of one of our Board members. Our dedicated volunteers play an integral part in the running of the library. Their commitment is much appreciated. Thank you to all. As we close out the 2016 year, we look forward to a change of location for our library to offer more space for our ever-expanding patron base. This week’s column was written by Jane Jones, director of the Radium Public Library, which is located at 7585 Main Street West. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

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The Columbia Valley Centre challenge is on! All about our

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nate to the Columbia Valley Centre. In fact, she will be matching all donations up to a total of $25,000! “I’m excited about the new community centre,” said Jocelyn. “It is vital to our community and our local businesses that we offer a quality venue to accommodate conferences, weddings, community events and festivals. It opens the door to year-round visitors and exposes our valley to new clientele. I look forward to attending the first event!” The Columbia Valley Centre fundraising committee is extremely grateful to Jocelyn for leading the challenge. Once the final amount is determined, the

business community can allocate where the funds will be spent — the main hall, the retractable seating, the moveable partition, to name a few. The challenge runs until January 19th, 2017. “Like” the Columbia Valley Centre on Facebook to stay up to date on the challenge. Businesses who wish to accept the challenge can visit www.ColumbiaValleyCentre.ca to make a donation. Donations are also accepted at the District of Invermere Office. Tax receipts will be issued. For more information and to donate, visit www.columbiavalleycentre.ca.

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Nordic Ski Club hires Ted Bigelow bered as one of the originators of the Jackrabbit cross- gold medals by Friday’,” he said. “It means that you’re country skiing program — designed to help those new developing a system, not just trying to do as Malcolm to the sport learn the fundamentals of skiing—while Gladwell says, an outlier champion. We want to have also having spent time working with Canadian Olympic champions that will be consistent over and over again.” medalists such as Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen. In For him, this process is enacted through building a his years working with high performance athletes, he’s system that can be replicated by any coach throughout forged life-long relationships that extend well beyond the future, whether Mr. Bigelow is there or not. It’s a the playing field of their respective careers regardless of process he’s thoroughly looking forward to, he said. the results. “I’m really enjoying meeting people in the valley and “Winning is everything, but it depends on what turning kids onto skiing while working with great people your definition of winning is,” he said. “You have to cre- who will be successful in the future. I think if we can be ate a situation and an environment where the kids can successful in that and they do it and they love it, then win and the first part of winning is having fun and being we’ve won. That’s what a winner is for me.” able to have a good experience.” To find out more, visit www.tobycreeknordic.ca. For him, though, his coaching doesn’t stop there. “Second of all, it’s in developing personal skills and life skills. I think it’s really important to develop the kids as people and I’m not so worried about how they’re going to do in the race in January or even this year because it’s longer term than that.” As a coach of the local Nordic Ski Club, Mr. Bigelow said he wants to follow the lead from Canada’s Own The Podium organization, which changed athletics in Canada by eliminating what he calls “accidental champions.” “One of the things they did was DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS — Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club has hired Ted say ‘we don’t want to have acciden- Bigelow as its ski coach ahead of the upcoming season, who hopes to build a topPhoto by Eric Elliott tal champions and we don’t want calibre program for years to come.

After spending the better part of four decades working in high performance sports, Ted Bigelow is going back to his roots by becoming the newest coach for the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. Coming from his last position in Manitoba where he worked for more than 30 years, Mr. Bigelow is mostly happy to be escaping the frigid winters of Winnipeg. “It’s (the Columbia Valley) got great skiing, has fantastic scenery with log cabins and it’s a lot warmer than Winnipeg,” he said. “It’s really cold and there are no mountains or anything to get in the road. I know people in Invermere think it’s really cold when it’s -12 C but -12 (in Winnipeg) skiers are taking their jackets off and going around in T-shirts.” Mr. Bigelow comes to the Columbia Valley after working as the chef de mission for Team Manitoba since 1987 and retiring in 2015. As one of the original partners at Nipika Mountain Resort, he came to the resort last winter working with local skiers before he was presented with the opportunity to work full-time at the resort this winter in conjunction with being the head coach of the Nordic Ski Club. “I think he’ll bring a much higher level of expertise than the average club coach that you hire,” said Nipika owner Lyle Wilson. “A lot of these young guys who come into these small time coaching jobs are just starting out whereas we’ve got a guy who’s totally seasoned and he’s seen the whole picture.” Over the years, Mr. Bigelow has worked with a variety of athletes across multiple sports. He’s fondly remem-

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Bringing in the season! Invermere Canadian Tire and the local RCMP detachment teamed up for the annual Cram the Cruiser Toy Drive on Saturday November 26. Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck of the Columbia Valley RCMP (right) and Janice Freadrich (left), treasurer of the gift donations, collected more than six truckloads of gifts that will be given to Columbia Valley families in need. Pictured middle left are Scott and Savanna Boyce making a donation to Ms. Freadrich. A handful of brave runners made their way to Crazy Soles on Saturday morning for the annual Movember Mile underwear and mustache fundraising event in support of men’s health and Prostate Cancer. Photos by Eric Elliott


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An evening of fascinating films Michelle Rievaj, her husband Mark and their daughter Naomi check out the nature interpretive table at Wildsight’s 3rd annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Invermere Community Hall on Saturday, November 26th; Michael Page, Hillary Page and Trevor Kinley examine Mountain Wonder Photography’s high res 3D print of the Purcell Range at the silent auction table, which sold for $700 at the film festival; Cam Gillies keeps the audience in suspense as to who the grand raffle prize winner is at the end of the film fest.  Photos by Pat Morrow

Fun times for a friend in need The Station Neighbourhood Pub held a fundraiser on Saturday (November 26th) night in support of community member Heather Bibby who is battling cancer. The Music Trivia Night event packed the pub and inspired non-stop spontaneous dance parties throughout the night including a conga line, while raising $8,055 and exceeding organizers’ expectations.  Photos by Nicole Trigg


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What is Fentanyl and why has it become a problem? coming available for street use, illicit drug labs began producing illicit Fentanyl. These illicit pills are particularly deadly because the actual amount of Fentanyl in any pill can vary widely, from none at all to high levels. For the drug user, this meant they could not predict how much of a high they would get each time they used, which Fentanyl is a drug classified as an opioid. Opioids are drugs that block pain signals in the body by binding to the body’s increased the risk of overdose. Furthermore, in the last decade opioid medications began to be used as a recrenatural opioid (pain) receptors. Fentanyl is one of the most powerful opioids available, meaning it binds very effectively with pain receptors and at a lower dose than ational drug by younger and less experienced drug users. Younger recreational users were generally not used to withdrawal or physical discomfort from their drug use. other opioids. A sharp increase in overdose deaths right across the country has been blamed These young people were both less prepared for an overdose experience and less willing to go through withdrawal to get off of Fentanyl once on Fentanyl, and B.C. has been particularly hard hit. they became dependent. By the end of August of this year, there were over 300 As soon as the opioid starts to wear off, not only And lastly, Fentanyl is being mixed with non-opioid overdose deaths linked to Fentanyl with Fentanyl-relatdoes the user lose the high, but they start expe- drugs and sold to unsuspecting users. In B.C., a signified overdoses accounting for 60 per cent of all overdose riencing very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms cant portion of the overdose deaths in which Fentanyl deaths. including intense body, bone and organ pain. was involved, occurred with people who had bought Some people use opioids for non-medical reasons because the drug can produce a relaxed, dream-like The withdrawal symptoms are so intense that us- stimulants, primarily cocaine, and did not realize they high. Unfortunately, the body develops a tolerance to ers quickly try to get another dose of the drug to were taking Fentanyl. What can be done to reduce the risks of Fentanyl? opioids relatively quickly so users have to increase their stop the withdrawal. Ongoing education about the risk of opioid use, and the dose to get the high they are seeking. But while users risk of unintentional opioid use through tainted drugs is are getting their “high”, the drug is also binding to their pain receptors. As soon as the opioid starts to wear off, not only does the user lose important. Also important is the broad distribution of Naloxone kits. Free Naloxthe high, but they start experiencing very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms includ- one kits are also available at all EKASS offices, Public Health offices, ANKORS and ing intense body, bone and organ pain. The withdrawal symptoms are so intense other locations in the area. For more information, contact myself or Jen Driscoll at 250-489-4344. that users quickly try to get another dose of the drug to stop the withdrawal. With For more information about services offered through EKASS, please visit our Fentanyl, this shift from using to get high to using to avoid withdrawal can happen website at www.ekass.com. in a matter of months. Dean Nicholson is the East Kootenay Addiction Services’ Executive Director. Over the past decade, as efforts were made to limit pharmaceutical opioids beBy Dean Nicholson East Kootenay Addiction Services

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Travelling Pioneer readers Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has once again generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, snap a photo with it, send it in and have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at www.columbiavalleypioneer.com, email them to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com, or drop by our office, #8, 1008-8th Ave. Invermere. Pictured, clockwise from top: Some of the Columbia Valley Classic Car Club in Las Vegas at the Vegas Rat Rod Shop, from the TV show Welder Up. From left to right are Orval Roberts, Penny and Pete Jensen, Keith and Vicki Roberts, Bernie and Susan Raven, and Val Roberts. In the centre is shop owner Steve Darnell holding The Pioneer; Trish Coal in Phomn Penh at the Cambodian Killing Fields; Fern Oglestone and her brother Gary at the NKMIP Cellars Winery in Osoyoos, B.C., North America’s first Aboriginal-owned-and-operated winery (“It is a beautiful place with a rich cultural heritage partnered with wine making,” said Fern); Kelly StuartHill on a visit to the remote Inuit fishing village of Qaqortoq in southern Greenland.

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December 2, 2016

A short history of the Village of Canal Flats

Curator’s Corner By J.D. Jeffery Museum Curator

In 1808, David Thompson labelled the area where Kootenay River passes Columbia Lake as McGillivary’s Portage in his memoirs. On early maps of the 1800s, the same area was labelled and known as Kootenay City. In 1883, a British sportsman named William Adolphe Baillie-Grohman came to hunt mountain goat and sheep in the area. While hunting in the Creston area, he realized that the land would be a great area to farm; the challenge was that the land flooded in the spring during high water.

After looking into the problem, he decided the solution was to divert the flood waters from the Kootenay River into Columbia Lake, allowing the Creston area to remain dry. To build the canal, Mr. Baillie-Grohman had to build the first sawmill in the valley; then he built the first hotel, first store, first shanty; he also was the first postmaster and first Justice of the Peace. With all these firsts, the area was known as Grohman Flat. The name finally became Canal Flats* on July 29th, 1889 upon completion of the canal and ownership given to the provincial government. There is more to this story — after Mr. BaillieGrohman started building the canal, the provincial government gave permission to develop his project. The CPR found out about the canal and took their argument to the Federal Government, saying their rail lines would be flooded near Golden with the extra water.

Upon hearing the case, the government required the project to be changed from a canal to a lock to allow better control of the diverted water. After his passing, Mrs. Baillie-Grohman had reported: “it was only under considerable pressure and much against his will that he undertook to make a navigable canal with a lock out of what was to have been a drainage ditch.” *Over the years, documents refer to the area as either Canal Flat or Canal Flats. On another note, the Historical Society had their elections last month. The following are this year’s representatives: President – Margaret Christensen; Secretary – Donna Tunnacliffe; Treasurer – Josette Jarche; General Directors – Joy Bond, Sherry Dewey, Louise Frame, Anne Keely, Audrey Mantyka, and Sandy McKay. Learn more about what’s happening at the museum by visiting www.windermerevalleymuseum.ca.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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CHEERS & JEERS

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.

Paint a Portrait for Christmas Workshop

The meaning of Christmas is to give Christmas meaning. Have a real tree Christmas.

Sat. Dec. 3rd, - Sun. Dec. 4th Purcell Mountain Painters Studios Together we will paint a beautiful portrait of your loved one. Bring Photos and lunch. Contact Pat Yesh 403-519-8268.

S OBITUARY S Johnston, Marie Claire Frieda (nee Gaudry) “Frieda” May 16, 1930 November 18, 2016 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frieda Johnston. She was predeceased by her loving parents Philippe and Emilliana Gaudry, as well as four sisters and six brothers. Frieda leaves behind her love of her life and devoted husband Wray of 65 years whom she met and married in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. Also mourning her loss are her children D’Arcy (Dee) Johnston of Kelowna, BC, Darla (Leonard) Nicholas of Windermere, BC, Wade (Janet) Johnston of Chilliwack, BC, Dennis (Shanel) Johnston of Delta, BC, her grandchildren Jennifer, Tyler, Ryan, Felicia, Kadie and Sidney, her great grandchildren Bryce, Kylie, Emersyn and Adrian and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Frieda’s passion in life was spending time and helping her family. In her younger years she worked as a telephone operator, helping her father Philippe in his Bowling Alley and Service Station as well as working on their family farm. Frieda loved sports and was the first female to play ball on a men’s fastball team as the catcher. She also loved to play the piano and cared for many foster children throughout her years. Frieda spent numerous hours working on her petit point as well as teaching and sharing her love for ceramics. Frieda cherished the love of all her friends including people she had just met and she could put a smile on anyone’s face that came in contact with her. A service for Frieda will be held at the Catholic Church of Canadian Martyrs (712 - 12th Avenue) in Invermere, BC on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:00 am, followed by her interment of Ashes in the Invermere Cemetery. Please join the family for a light lunch in the Church Hall following the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the: Alzheimer Society of BC, #300, 828 - West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2 or the: Columbia Valley Hospice Society of Invermere in memory of Frieda Johnston. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at www.mcphersonfh.com

Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 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.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Aunty “D” I appreciate everything you do for others including myself. I don’t know what I would do without you! Cheers to Kaelin, Darryl and Darryl from Amped Up Electrical for your hard work and professionalism. Cheers to Jamis Lightfoot for stopping to help me after I hit a deer by Fairmont. It was much appreciated! Cheers to organizations and event planners who have choices for special diet needs. Very well done DTSS, Legion and to regular eaters who leave the labeled “glutin free/ vegetarian/diabetic” foods for us. Cheers to Councillor Denchuk for speaking his mind. Cheers for a refreshingly uncensored opinion. JEERS to everyone for not submitting a single JEERS in last week’s paper! Come on people! I live for this stuff! Just kidding that’s pretty awesome when you think about it! CHEERS! Cheers to the homes in the Dry Gulch area with such amazing holiday light displays! My family and I look forward to them every year and we are never disappointed!

CHEERS & JEERS

Cheers to the town of Invermere for Cheers to people who donate clean, all the Christmas lights!! A beautiful useful items to the Thrift Store! way to pay tribute to dark winter The volunteers appreciate your CHEERS &generosity JEERS and common sense. nights! Sponsored by

HUGE JEERS to all those who ignore the responsibility of removing their dog’s “business”, during their daily walk. This beautiful valley depends on visitors to Invermere and Panorama, and who wants to live or come to a town/resort and be faced with dog droppings all over the place? You are out with your dog knowing full well that they either crap in your house or outside so come prepared and CLEAN UP after your pet. Bags for handling this duty are available at many stores and dispensers in the valley. Cheers to Chris Z for scaring away the deer so I could get home. Jeers to the people who remove the flyers from the Pioneer and leave them on top of the pile for the next person to deal with. It’s the advertisers who enable the Pioneer to be free to us. If you don’t want to read the flyers, then recycle them. Don’t leave them for the next reader to deal with. Show some consideration for your neighbor. Cheers to the old Tyme Candy shope, Higher Ground Coffee Shop and Wild Side Pizza in Radium! All of the owners and their employees at these business have gone above and beyond simple kindnesses when it comes to my children who are always stuck at work with Mommy. Whether you give them a job to do or just let them come over for a chat the break is just what they need to not feel so bored.

Cheers to the countless hours put in by volunteers at the Thrift Store. The Thrift Store is a fun place to find treasures while serving many needs in this valley. Cheers to everyone who gives their time to make it so wonderful. A big Cheers to Natalie Ruby at Black Star Art Studio for sharing your creativity and talent with the Grade 6 and 7 class at Windermere Elementary School. We appreciate the time and energy that you put in to help us create a collaborative work of art for Remembrance Day. We will surely remember this experience! Jeers to the 2 to 3 boys that think it’s funny to ring a senior’s door bell and run. The police and the schools have been contacted and we will find the boys and punish them accordingly. Obviously your parents taught you no respect. Cheers to Valley Foods and Home Hardware for having Table Top Christmas Trees for sale and supporting the Christmas Bureau. Cheers to the Valley for making Bevies for Bibby a huge success!!! Cheers to all the amazing businesses of this community for their generous donations, The Station Pub and all the staff for hosting the event, and to everyone who came out, danced and helped us raise over $8000 to help Heather in her fight to kick cancer’s A$$.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Richard Mathews for being the incredibly entertaining voice of Music Trivia, hosting one of the best parties of the year... and helping to raise a ton of money to help kick cancer’s butt!!! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated your incredible support throughout the entire process of this fundraising event! Cheers to you my friend!

LOST AND FOUND Found: Set of car/truck keys in Dry Gulch on Eacrett Road on Sunday Nov. 20th. Call or stop by The Pioneer office to claim 250-3416299 ext. 101.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact Newhouse Multi Storage 250-342-3637. 1,490 sq. ft. of shop/retail space in Athalmer, 2 large overhead doors!, $1,272/mo, all utilities included. Newhouse Multi Storage, 250-3423637, newmulti@telus.net. For lease: 2,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space. Located at #5 - 108 Industrial Road #2. Rent negotiable. Phone Leo at 250-3421177.


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December 2, 2016

SUITE FOR RENT

HOUSE FOR RENT

FIREWOOD

HELP WANTED

Radium: Motel Bavaria, low low rates, daily, weekly, monthly. Kitchenettes available. Call 250347-3315.

Windermere, furnished, 1-bdrm home, lovely yard, N/S, pets considered, references required. $730/mo plus Hydro. 403-6191540.

Pine Firewood, pine and mixes available. Call 250-342-1586.

Wanted 2 F/T Restaurant Cooks, Rocky River Grill, 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C. Permanent, F/T shifts, overtime, weekends, days and evenings, $16/hour for 40 hours per week. Overtime after 40 hours. Minimum several years experience and completion of Secondary School. DUTIES: Prepare and cook full course meals, prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food portions, work with minimal supervision, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Inspect Kitchens and Food service areas. Please forward resume to Justin Atterbury by fax 250-342-8889 or email justatterbury@hotmail.com.

Must see, 3-bdrm, 2 bath, modern, energy efficient, newly built suite for rent, walking distance to downtown. W/D, dishwasher, N/S. $1,500/mo utilities included. 250688-0708. Rustic log cabin. Partly furnished, references please, mature tenants only. Call 250-342-9636, leave message. Radium: Downtown bachelor suite, N/S, $360/mo + D.D. Includes utilities. Call 250-342-6904. 1-bdrm furnished basement suite for single $775/mo or couple $825/ mo. Gas range, shared laundry, utilities included, available Dec. 15th. 250-342-9404.

3-bdrm mobile in Wilmer. New paint, new flooring, new wood stove. N/S, no parties, family, cat okay. $750/mo. 250-342-6904.

CONDO FOR RENT

MISC. FOR SALE Marantz Hi-Fi audio system with Harmankardon CD cutter, vinyl LP player and speakers. $100. 250342-9528.

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For rent in Radium, 2-bdrm, 4 bath, ground level condo. Beautiful views, backs on to The Springs golf course. All appliances, fireplace, fully furnished. 2 car garage. N/S, N/P, references please. $1,650/mo, call 250-342-3790.

FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Larch, fir, pine and poplar split and delivered. Call 250-342-6908.

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit www.heavensbest.ca.

Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Thank you for your votes! Best of Business Awards! We are grateful and appreciative of your support and loyalty. “Blinds, Drapery, retractable screen doors and more.” 250-342-5749.

HELP WANTED Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dragonfly Discovery Centre is looking for a BC Licensed ECE staff person. Part time to start. Could just cover Christmas Holidays and then one day per week ongoing. Must be physically fit. Fun, creative, learning environment and small class size with lots of space. Can lead to full time in Spring. Email resume to dragonflydiscoverycentre@ gmail.com. Radium Valley Vacation Resort is looking for a year round housekeeper to join our awesome team. Must be able to work weekends. Incentive plan and benefit package. Wage dependent on experience. Great working environment! A “can do” attitude and previous housekeeping experience required. Resumes accepted by fax 250 347-9808 and email at radval@shaw.ca.

WINDERMERE DISTRICT SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY The Governance Committee of the Windermere District Social Service Society (WDSSS) is currently seeking interested candidates for appointment to the Board of Directors including, but not limited to, candidates with the following experience:

JOIN OUR WINNING TEAM! Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is accepting applications for the position of:

LINE COOK—FULL TIME The line cook is responsible for preparing meals according to Resort recipe standard; keeping the line area clean, tidy and sanitary; and meeting all foodsafe standards. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary & benefits package with access to all Resort amenities. Please send your resume to David Sheedy at hr@fhsr.com or fax to 250.345.6616.

FairmontHotSprings.com 1.800.663.4979

LVL Press Operator Position Brisco Manufacturing Ltd., a privately held Canadian Company specializing in producing High-Quality Certified engineered beams and other products from Laminated Veneer Lumber, is seeking to hire a Press Operator for our plant in Brisco, BC. Our facility is located just north of Radium Hot Springs in the beautiful Columbia Valley in British Columbia. General Summary: The Press Operator is required to learn various tasks including Loading and unloading the Press using cranes, planning various configurations, finishing and packaging, counting inventory as well as general cleanup and other duties as required. Key Responsibilities: • Perform tasks efficiently focusing on Safety, Quality and Production while meeting deadlines. • Using a variety of equipment such as hydraulic press, planer, glue machine, cranes and hand tools. • Fill out paperwork accurately. • Work effectively together with assigned crew. • Following established procedures to safely produce high quality results. Qualifications: • Experience in manufacturing or equipment operation an asset. Willing to train the right candidate. • Safety Oriented • Ability to follow direction and work together with others to complete assigned tasks. • Ability to use simple mathematics. • Physically fit, Team player, able to work from heights. • Self reliant, organized, motivated and quality oriented. This is a full-time position, which offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits package. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Please address cover letter and resume to Ralph Tomlin – VP Operations and e-mail pdf file to: epetersen@briscowood.com or Fax to 250-346-3218 Deadline for application is 5 pm (MST) Monday, December 12, 2016.

• Previous service on non-profit board of directors • Knowledge and/or interest in board governance • Knowledge and/or interest in programs and services to persons with developmental disabilities • Passion for inclusion and willingness to commit to a working board Please direct all inquiries to Bob Littlejohns at bob.littlejohns@gmail.com

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Girls’ night out for a good cause Invermere Home Hardware hosted their most successful Ladies Night yet, with numbers well exceeding last year’s. Shoppers showed up to take advantage of great prizes, special discounts, photos with Santa, live entertainment that included a performance by the local belly dancing troupe Arabian Spice (left) and to donate gifts to the Christmas Bureau’s Angel Tree program (below). Photos by Ruth Fast/  Painted Sun Photography

HELP WANTED

JOIN OUR WINNING TEAM! Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is accepting applications for the position of:

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with strong communication skills and the ability to work well with others. Familiarity with Great Plains accounting software & systems experience would be an asset. Duties & responsibilities include, but are not limited to, payroll, accounts receivable & payable, reporting and other accounting functions. Reporting to the Finance Manager, the successful applicant will have a post-secondary degree in finance/accounting, a solid understanding of accounting principles & procedures and a minimum of 2 years experience. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary & benefits package with access to all Resort amenities. Please send your resume to David Sheedy at hr@fhsr.com or fax to 250.345.6616.

Didja know? After 6 months, you & your family can have health coverage and we pay the

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. . . ‘Liberal’ from page 3 candidate Gerry Taft, who openly supported Jumbo during his early years as an Invermere councillor, but then later opposed it as mayor. Mr. Taft conceded to The Pioneer that he did support Jumbo once upon a time, but added his current opposition has been constant for more than a decade. “When I was in high school, and for a brief time after, I did support the concept of Jumbo. Once I got elected (as a councillor at age 20) and started learning more about how developers operate and about the community concern about the project, I did change my opinion,” said Mr. Taft. “It was not long after getting elected that I changed my stance. My position on the project and its governance has been quite clear and quite consistent for a long time ever since.” Mr. Taft emphasized his particular concern for the method the provincial government used to push the project forward (by creating a mountain resort municipality), suggesting that if instead it had gone through

the regular Regional District of East Kootenay zoning process for new developments, this would have provided an outlet for meaningful local public input. “It would have been a much cleaner and more fair process, although they would have been obliged to consider local opinions and — to speculate — the project probably would have been rejected,” he said, adding he’s confused by Mr. Clovechok’s new position on the issue. “If Mr. Clovechok feels the Jumbo project is dead, why is he not advocating or pushing to have the (Jumbo) municipality dissolved?” asked Mr. Taft. “Not that long ago, he and his supporters were pretty adamant that Jumbo was the best thing for the valley. I think it’s fair to say that (Glacier Resorts Ltd. vice president) Grant Costello was quite involved in the last election and in managing Mr. Clovechok’s (2013) campaign. So to now say that Jumbo’s not important, it does seems like he’s taking a different tack.” As of press deadline, just how long the Ktunaxa’s Supreme Court case hearing would last, or when a verdict would be reached, was unclear.


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NOTICE TO VENDORS IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY: The administration of the Akisqnuk First Nation will not pay the costs of any unauthorized products or services purchased by individual Band members of the Akisqnuk First Nation. Only products and services purchased by authorized Band personnel will be paid for.

DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS INVERMERE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEMBERS Are you an avid reader? Would you like to see a new library? Would you like to be a part of your library’s future? In accordance with the Library Act, the District of Invermere is inviting applications for membership on the Invermere Public Library Board. Membership on the Board will be for a two-year term, commencing January 1st, 2017. To be eligible, you must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere. Members of the Invermere District Council, employees of the District of Invermere and employees of the existing Library Board are not eligible. Members of the Invermere Public Library Board are guardians of a “public trust”. They have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the public library provides relevant and efficient service to the community that it supports. Successful candidates must possess a strong sense of community service, willingness to work respectfully as part of a team and have good communication skills. Normal Board activities include: • • • • •

Assuring that adequate funding is available; Assessing the needs of the community and advocating for the library; The development and revision of library policy; The development and implementation of a vision and strategic plan; Assisting the Library Director in implementation of the strategic plan in accordance with Policy.

New brand available to use By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Collaborative work on marketing the Upper Columbia Valley continues, with the valley’s Co-op Marketing Project team working hard to formally launch the new Columbia Valley destination brand that was developed earlier this year. The team announced a few weeks ago that brand guidelines and logos are now ready for Columbia Valley tourism industry stakeholders to use. The new brand was unveiled this summer, after several months of consultation with help from branding specialists CULT Collective. Although the official launch won’t begin until the new year, the brand’s eye-catching logo design and catchy phrase — Columbia Valley: It’s time to unwind. — has already won plaudits from many in the valley’s tourism industry. “The guidelines and logo are now available for any tourism-related business in the valley to use in their marketing advertising, posters, brochures, social media and other promotional material. It’s the first step in rolling out the Columbia Valley destination brand, and comes in advance of a paid advertising campaign starting in Janu. . . ‘ Valley-born’ from page 10

New board members must be willing to attend training and information sessions designed to assist them in the work they undertake on behalf of the Invermere Library Board. Interested persons are invited to submit written applications on or before December 2nd, 2016 at 4 p.m. to: Kindry Luyendyk Corporate Officer Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 or to corporateservices@invermere.net

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the past four years, serving in a full-time role as president. During his time as association president, Mr. Burns has accomplished much, including the construction of a new 28,000-square foot (2,600-square metre) building for the association (“it was a big endeavour”), and negotiating a new contract for Calgary police (“the 2,100 members we have are actually now the highest paid in Canada, and quite deserving of it”). The role of president also frequently involves dealing with lethal forces incidences (“any time somebody is shot, you are woken up in the middle of the night and you need to get on the scene and make sure the police members involved are represented legally”). Mr. Burns plans to retire from policing altogether next month and take some well-deserved time off before pursuing another career, possibly in insurance or

ary,” said Co-op Marketing Project team member Andrea Tubbs. “It’s meant for stakeholders to partner with and use in conjunction with their own existing brand. The reason we are asking stakeholders to partner is to raise awareness of who, what and where the Columbia Valley is.” Research conducted earlier during 2016 showed that there is awareness of individual destinations within the Columbia Valley, “but the area as a whole doesn’t really have a resonating name with our target market,” explained Ms. Tubbs. As the Co-op Marketing Project team outlined in a letter to stakeholders, the brand has been developed to help the valley reach its full potential as a tourist destination, to bolster growth in visitor numbers and the revenue generated from visitors, and to give the tourism industry (and the revenue it generates) a boost during the winter and shoulder seasons. The team will hold a Town Hall session in order to provide a progress update on January 25th, although details such as the exact time and location have not yet been determined. To access the brand and logos, and for more information, visit www.cvchamber.ca/columbia-valley-brandguidelines/. finance. “Policing is definitely a young person’s job and it’s time to move on,” he said. “One of the perks of policing is that if you start young, you can retire relatively young.” Part of the reason Mr. Burns wants to step back from policing is to spend more time with his wife (the couple celebrated their 29th anniversary earlier this week), his two kids and his grandkids. “As a parent, you’re often so busy with your own work and career. As a grandparent, you can have a bit more time to spend with them in those toddler years. They go by quick,” he said. Aside from the Order of Merit, Mr. Burns has earned several service medals as well as the Chief Lifesaving Award for his role in helping stop a wouldbe killer from stabbing his mother-in-law, estranged wife and daughter.

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. . . ‘So’ from page 16 Rhododendrons and other wind-sensitive evergreens like taxus (yews) and boxwood, are best protected with one application of Wilt-Pruf. It prevents the drying effects of wind and extraordinarily low humidity during a Canadian winter. Save what is left in the bottle to apply to your fresh cut Christmas tree. It works better than ANY preservative.

Done? Now relax. You have effectively battened down the gardening hatches for another season. Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, member of the Order of Canada, author and broadcaster. Get his free monthly newsletter at markcullen.com. Look for his new best seller, The New Canadian Garden, published by Dundurn Press. Follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 and Facebook.


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FAITH

Jesus the Peacemaker By Pastor Trevor Hagan, Lake Windermere Alliance Church Our world is not always a peaceful world. People hurt other people. Countries are at war today. People don’t take care of the world. People yell and scream at other people. But God promises peace. During Advent, we pray that we, as well as all people, will seek God’s peace. At this time of the year, I would like to remind us all of God’s promise of peace. We recall the words of Jesus in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” In times of war and hatred, it’s hard to remember that Jesus is the one who brings peace. As we approach Christmas, let’s remember that God’s intention is a place of peace where people shake hands instead of harm one another. In one of my favourite Christmas Bible stories (Luke

2:8-20), the shepherds were just out in the fields minding their own business (and the sheep), when all of a sudden there are angels all around them and one of them speaks… “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”(Luke 2:14) I am not sure the shepherds felt very peaceful when they heard the words of the angel. The Bible tells us they were scared and confused. Yet they followed the instructions the angels gave them, trusting in God. Sometimes all we see around us gives a different message from the message of peace. Yet we, like the shepherds, can follow God’s words and trust in God’s promises. This story reminds us that when we are fearful, we are often not thinking of peace. The angels calm the shepherds and send them forward with a task. There are some good questions we can ask ourselves this Christmas season. Who are the people in our world who need God’s peace? What are our hopes for peace in our world today? How do we help others know God’s desire for peace in our world? Dear God: Thank you for your son, Jesus. Thank you for those in our world today who seek to act for peace. Help us look for ways to be peacemakers at home, at church and in our community. AMEN.

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, December 4th 10:30 a.m. — Second Sunday of Advent

Worship And Life Instruction, “God Speaks – Angels: Peace” … Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for children Age 3 to Grade 1; and Grades 2-7, during the Morning Service.

Lead Pastor Trevor Hagan • Associate Pastor Matt Moore 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lakewindermerealliance.org WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Worship every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Children & Youth Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 1st and 3rd Sunday, March - Dec. 9 a.m.: All Saint’s, Edgewater 2nd Sunday, 7 p.m.: June - October at St. Peter’s Windermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Services. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: 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. Father Gabriel • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 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. David Morton • 250-417-5017 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 Adam Pasowisty • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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32 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

December 2, 2016

YOUR MONEY Where’s the inflation?

Many people consider inflation a dirty word. After all, inflation is the reason why goods and services cost progressively more over time. But inflation can really be thought of as another word for growth. It’s very difficult to achieve one without the other. For the past six years, the U.S. inflation rate has sat below two per cent, a far cry from the desired two to three per cent necessary for healthy economic growth. Why is this the case, and what will it take to create inflation? Basic economic state The U.S. has recovered very well from the depths of the 2008 economic crisis. Unemployment sits around five per cent, which is considered low for an industrialized nation. However, many Americans report they are only working part-time, or are underemployed. As a result, consumers are still not spending like they were precrisis. New home construction starts, which have long been considered a barometer of economic sentiment, currently sit about 30 per cent lower than historical norms. Lots of cash Despite low inflation and less spending, the global economy is awash with liquidity thanks to successive rounds of easing measures by major central banks. But simply creating money is not enough to create inflation;

that money must be circulating through the economy. The faster money changes hands, the more inflation is created. Therefore, the same dollar must be spent, earned and re-spent at a rate fast enough to cause inflation. So with all the extra liquidity in the economy, why hasn’t it been causing inflation? Cash hoarding Due to uncertainty about the prospects of future economic growth, corporations have been hoarding cash rather than reinvesting it into their companies. Further, instead of focusing on expansion, some corporations have instead been using financial engineering strategies to make money. For example, Apple has been issuing very low coupon and very long-term debt that they don’t need to fund share buybacks and dividends. Why? Because reducing the number of shares outstanding raises the value of the remaining shares. This is by no means a small task: by the time they are finished issuing bonds, their share repurchase program is expected to reach $175 billion. While there is a lot of money changing hands, this type of activity doesn’t really help the economy. Apple is not borrowing to fund investment in physical and human capital. What they are doing does not help anyone but their shareholders. However, they are not the only corporation using this strategy. So what will it take to create inflation?

New government While the exact recipe for creating inflation remains a mystery, President-Elect Donald Trump and the Republican Party have made no secret of their plans to cut taxes and increase spending. Indeed, over time, these tactics could aid in creating inflation, as they increase not only the monetary supply in the economy as a whole, but also the amount each American has in their pockets. As discussed above, money needs to circulate in the economy to create inflation, but prices tend to be higher if more dollar bills are involved in economic transactions. Final thoughts Though developed economies around the world have been trying with little success to create inflation, it remains to be seen how it will happen, and what the consequences might be. As those who lived through the 1970s know, inflation can take off like a freight train and be very hard to slow down. Some economists even argue that inflation is an entity all its own, virtually uncontrollable by economic policy. One thing is certain, however: inflation is a necessary component of economic growth, and it’s hard for economies to move forward without it. Next week’s article will discuss how an inflationary environment in the U.S. might affect Canadians, and their investment portfolios.

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