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Fentanyl concerns continue in the Valley By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff Questions to Columbia Valley RCMP Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck about the ongoing fentanyl crisis continued to surface at the recent Radium Hot Springs town council meeting held on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. Councillor Mike Gray was the second councillor from a Columbia Valley council to bring the issue to Sgt. Vatamaniuck’s attention after Coun. Al Miller of the District of Invermere brought it up to him during their council meeting on January 24th. “My nightmare scenario for us as a village is that we have people in the summer time, piling in from out of town, that don’t always come prepared and take a dumb action while they’re here and we just don’t have that training prep,” said Mr. Gray, who is also the owner of the Horsethief Pub in Radium. “If this trend has been going up all year, this summer is going to be a rough one on us and I’d hate to see body bags as a result.” Sgt. Vatamaniuck agreed with Mr. Gray in his wish for a safe summer in Radium Hot Springs, one Mr.

Gray expects to be busier than usual because of Canada’s 150th anniversary. “We’re worried,” Sgt. Vatamaniuck said. “Statistically, I think we’re reflective of just about anywhere else. We’re certainly not immune, is what I’m trying to say. There is fentanyl in the valley, there are fentanyl users in the Valley and some of them have succumbed to the drug itself and there has been a loss of life and near-losses of life.” Similar to his answers to Invermere council, Sgt. Vatamaniuck reminded council that the best way to deal with the drug crisis is for those with information to come forward and assist the police with their investigations, whether they do it anonymously or directly. “There are certain investigative steps that need to be taken to solidify prosecutorial success,” Sgt. Vatamaniuck said. “That’s one thing coming from the background that I have, I think it’s important that if we’re going to take enforcement initiatives that we do it right. It’s not going to help anyone if I hear a rumour and I go kick a door and seize a few tabs off of someone’s dresser.” As an owner of a bar, Mr. Gray questioned whether

local businesses should be investing in injection kits or other safety measures such as NARCAN Nasal Spray kits to help prevent another fentanyl fatality in the future. Sgt. Vatamaniuck said the Columbia Valley isn’t in the situation currently where he would recommend gas stations getting NARCAN kits, but mentioned that bar and nightclub owners may be interested in getting the training and kits required to deal with an overdose in the event of an emergency. According to Sgt. Vatamaniuck, NARCAN kits can cost $100 per container and work for one overdose. “That’s really where we’re losing people, because they know their sons or daughters are using fentanyl… and if they do find them in a comatose state, they don’t have the NARCAN or treatment needed to deal with it,” he said. Radium Hot Springs fire chief Dave Dixon also brought up the issue of his firefighters not being trained to use NARCAN or injection kits despite being first responders. According to the BC Coroners Service, 914 people died in 2016 due to illicit drug use but it is still unclear what exact number are directly related to fentanyl usage.

Independent candidate enters Columbia River-Revelstoke race By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The upcoming provincial election taking place this spring just got a little more interesting on a local level, with the entry of a new independent candidate into the race here in Columbia River-Revelstoke. Longtime Kimberley resident Justin Hooles had been eyeing up the possibility of running as an independent since the start of the new year, and formally announced his candidacy last week, citing his distaste for party politics as the reason he’s choosing to run on his own. “I’d thought about politics as a long-term future plan for a while, but the more I got involved (Mr. Hooles volunteered with the federal Liberal party during

the 2015 election), the more I saw the need for an independent candidate,” Mr. Hooles told The Pioneer. “The big problem is the parties do a pretty decent job with large scale policies, but when it comes to the local level, they really fail. Local scale issues are just not a high priority for them.” Mr. Hooles said he’s stepped away from any involvement with the federal Liberals (“they’re far from perfect,” he said) and has no immediate plans to go back, adding “I would way sooner work with an independent candidate of any stripe than with any of the federal parties.” He said that during the past four years, B.C. MLAs have only voted against party lines twice. “What you get are elected officials representing their parties to their constituents, Continued on page 8 . . .

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Submitted by Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck Columbia Valley RCMP The past week saw the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment receive about 55 calls for service. The following is a small sample of those calls. • On Wednesday, February 8th at about 9:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a request to assist the Windermere Fire Department in regards to a house fire on Upper Lakeview Road in Windermere. RCMP members attended and noted the house fire had engulfed the entire building (Editor’s note: See the Feb. 15th Valley Echo for the full story). The fire was large enough to attract attention from many of the area residents so the RCMP tried to set up a perimeter allowing the Fire Service to do their job. Police are reminding community members that in order for the emergency services to do their jobs effectively, we all need room and accessibility to the area. When you come to satisfy your curiosity and block roads, driveways and hydrants, our manoeuverability is greatly reduced consequently limiting our capabilities. • During the mid-afternoon hours of Saturday, February 11th, Columbia Valley RCMP was contacted by the staff at Panorama Ski Resort to report a missing snowboarder who went into an out-of-bounds area on Panorama. Ski Patrol called RCMP after learning that a 22-year-old Alberta resident had snowboarded in an out-of-bounds area and was last seen around 10 a.m. The Provincial Emergency Program was initiated by the RCMP who, in turn, solicited the assistance of Search and Rescue. They were able to quickly locate and extract the young man from the deep snow. This is a good reminder that although backcountry skiing is alluring,

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it is tremendously dangerous right now with the deep heavy snow. Please stay inbounds. • During the evening hours of Saturday, February 11th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident between a vehicle and a moose on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park near the Simpson River. The resulting collision rendered the vehicle inoperable so the only occupant had hitched a ride to a residence in Windermere. Park Service was notified and the moose and vehicle were removed from the area. • Just after the moose versus vehicle call, RCMP received another call of a vehicle versus animal on Highway 93/95 near Fairmont Hot Springs. A bystander reported that a small car hit an elk, killing it. RCMP attended along with EHS and Fire Services. Once on scene, police noted the grey car in the northbound snowy ditch; the hood, roof, front and rear windows were severely damaged. The deceased elk was also in the ditch. The driver was immediately taken to the Invermere Hospital. The highway was cleaned shortly thereafter. • On Monday, February 13th at 3:45 p.m., an Invermere resident had contacted the RCMP to report that he had been bitten by a dog near the downtown core. Although the owner of the dog was still on site, they refused to provide any contact information until police arrived on scene. An RCMP member attended, spoke to both parties and determined the dog was offleash at the time of the bite. The pedestrian was bit as he walked past the dog and owner. The victim was given a ride to the hospital for medical assessment. The investigation has been handed over to District of Invermere Bylaw. This proves a good reminder to leash your pets while you walk them.

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Fatal collision on Highway 93/95 Submitted by the Columbia Valley RCMP The Columbia Valley RCMP, RCMP Southeast Traffic Services and the BC Coroners Service are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving two SUVs, which occurred Saturday morning along Hwy 93/95. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on February 11th, Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle incident involving two vehicles on Highway 93/95, approximately two kilometres south of the Invermere intersection. When police arrived they noted that there had been a significant motor vehicle collision between two sport utility vehicles. Unfortunately one of the occupants, a 78-year-old female, did not survive the collision and was

pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation suggests one of the SUVs crossed the centre line and was struck by the other SUV travelling in the opposite direction. At the time of the collision, the road conditions were covered with black ice, which may have contributed to the collision. There was no indication that anyone involved was impaired. The Columbia Valley RCMP along with the RCMP branch of the Southeast District Traffic Services and BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigations into the collision and the woman’s death. A traffic reconstructionist is engaged and will assist with the investigation. The highway was closed for a large portion of the morning and afternoon hours and reopened once the scene was cleaned and deemed safe for travel.

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RDEK board votes down proposal By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted against the application to amend two bylaws in order to move forward on a new development along Westside Road on the west side of Lake Windermere in Area F during its monthly board meeting held on Friday, February 10th. “The board felt that the proposed development was not sufficiently supported by the public and was contrary to current planning policy,” said Loree Duczek, communications manager for the RDEK. “Also, a planning process to revisit and update the Lake Windermere OCP (Official Community Plan) will likely be initiated by the RDEK in the coming months.” All 15 members of the board voted against the proposed amendment, she said. The bylaw amendment, submitted by Haworth Development Consulting on behalf of their client 1129759 Alberta Ltd., requests to amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP) designation from rural resource to small holdings, and amend the Columbia Valley Zoning bylaw designation from rural resource zone to small holding semirural zone. According to Richard Haworth, the owner of Haworth Development Consulting, the plan was to subdivide the 23 acres of land for six smaller acreage lots if the bylaw was approved. After passing first and second readings through the

RDEK, the RDEK held a public hearing on January 25th with as many as 31 people attending and 21 letters being received by the RDEK. Concerned residents, such as Colleen Roberts who was on the advisory planning commission for Area F, spoke out in opposition of the proposal as it directly contradicted the Lake Windermere OCP and were unhappy with the District of Invermere’s request of $1,000 from the developer for each new property for their new boat launch. During The Pioneer’s story last week covering the discussion leading up to the vote, it was erroneously reported that the District of Invermere unanimously supported the proposed development. In fact, councillor Paul Denchuk was in direct opposition of both the proposed development and asking for the voluntary contribution of $1,000, which he voted against during the Invermere council meeting on November 9th. “I opposed it on two fronts,” he said in an email. “I do not support urban sprawl within our community or around it, nor do I support the arrangement of a $1,000 per parcel ‘developer contribution’ to a boat launch as a sort of condition for garnering council support for this type of land use development (or any other type).” Local rancher Dave Zehnder has also spoken up at the public hearing in opposition to the proposed amendments, citing environmental concerns for why he did not want to see the application approved. RDEK staff had also recommended that the RDEK board of directors not approve the proposed development.


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Saying goodbye

Historical Lens

By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff When I first arrived in the Columbia Valley, the only intention on my mind was that my stay would be a pit stop in my life. I was a cocky—not to be confused with confident—22 year old kid fresh out of journalism school that thought of my move from Ontario to small town Invermere B.C. as more of a couple lines on a future resume than a life changing experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It started with my first story in May 2016, covering the relief efforts by people throughout the Columbia Valley going towards the fire in Fort McMurray Alberta. As an outsider quickly turned insider, I vaguely understood the connection the Valley had to the people living in Fort McMurray, but was still shocked at the amount of support for a tragedy over 1,000 km away. That became a reccurring theme amongst nearly every story I did while writing for both the Invermere Valley Echo and the Columbia Valley Pioneer. Whether it was a fundraiser—trivia night for local Heather Bibby raising nearly $10,000 to help her fight cancer—or watching hundreds file into the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena to watch a struggling Columbia Valley Rockies team from puck drop to the buzzer, it didn’t matter; the community engagement within the Columbia Valley is second to absolute none. Continued on page 30 . . .

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B.C. is part of a greater whole Dear Editor:

In the article titled ‘Proposed residential development sparks debate’ in the February 10th Pioneer, the developer was incorrectly referred to as Richard Haworth with Haworth Development Consulting. The correct developer is 1129759 Alberta Ltd., for which Mr. Haworth is providing development consulting services. The development was erroneously referred to (in the story and editorial) as being located on Westside Road on the east side of Lake Windermere, when it’s located on the west side of Lake Windermere. And Invermere councillor Paul Denchuk voted against supporting the development. See page 5 for the clarification.

Thank you to Gerry Taft for his service to this community and for his stated goal of taking the valley’s concerns to Victoria. Nonetheless, I think we need to remember that our community is also part of a wider province and a greater country. Yes, our tourism and forestry industries are important locally and across the province. There are other communities and industries, all of equal importance. The province of British Columbia is a beautiful and vastly diversified place. Energy, mining, agricultural and hydro-electric projects flourish all across B.C.,

providing jobs and tax revenues. Those communities, too, have needs for accommodation, schools and healthcare. Northeastern British Columbia is a major natural gas producing area, which needs LNG projects and product access to the coast. Our province is also a part of Canada and it would surely be self-centred, subject to proper regulation, not to allow passage of goods through our ports. Hopefully we can all strive together for a better community, province and country. Walter Benstead Panorama

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Keep a good thing going Dear Editor: The Columbia Valley is a great place to live. I believe what helps make our communities thrive is up to us, the residents — full-time and part-time citizens. Invermere is very fortunate to have a wide selection of quality, locally-owned businesses. My husband and I relocated to the Valley four years ago because we like what the area has to offer, such as year-round outdoor recreation, varied events, and quality amenities and services. We are permanent full-time residents, we built a house here, and we enjoy supporting and getting to know the local merchants. We appreciate the quality products and the friendly service. In fact, there are many businesses that provide consistently excel-

lent service. I enjoy part-time work downtown and I frequently hear from visitors and part-time residents how fortunate the Valley is to have varied and distinct locally-owned businesses. I sometimes wonder if other residents appreciate what is here, particularly in Invermere. I fear that we may lose this special element. We sometimes don’t realize the value of something until it’s gone, and in this case, replaced with vacant stores or worse, generic chain stores. I encourage all residents to make an effort to regularly explore what our local businesses have to offer — you may be pleasantly surprised.

You could say that Proportional Representation, for Justin especially, is bad PR! I know exactly what his father would say! In just one word... unconstitutional! Nowhere, in fact, does the Constitution Act 1982, including The BNA Act 1867, mention the word “Party” or “Political Party” even once! Insert here, Trudeau the Elder’s classic, charismatic, intellectual indignation. Talk about “alternate facts”... our democracy is founded on individual representation by population. Only a Canadian citizen can stand for election to any legislature in all the

land! If you want to change it to say that a “political party” can just appoint (from some changeable backroom list) an MP or MPP, then you must change the constitution to say that exactly. This is why we have a constitution! As King Hammurabi (circa 1750 BC) first said, “It is written in stone!” As Pierre Trudeau said and entrenched in our very constitution, you must have “seven provinces representing over 50 per cent of the population” signed on and then, and only then, is it done and done perfectly legal. Otherwise, it’s unconstitutional! Michael John Charette Oakville (regular Valley visitor)

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February 17, 2017 work with the federal Liberals) and I think people are realizing the need rather than the other way around. for independent candidates is greatThey’re putting party first. We need er and greater.” somebody to put Columbia RiverMr. Hooles currently works Revelstoke first. If elected, I can walk as a commercial roofer and, in the the middle ground between the parpast, has been a behavioural interties, support policies if they makes ventionist, a Wal-Mart department sense for Columbia River-Revelstoke manager and has worked in the local residents, or call out policies that restaurant industry, as well as at lohurt us,” said Mr. Hooles. “I want cal gas stations and 7-11. to make sure Columbia River-RevHis entry not only adds a new elstoke voices are heard throughout element to what so far has been a the four years (between elections), two-horse race, but also brings a instead of just once every four years, fresh approach in terms of campaign when they come around to collect style, with one prominent photo on your vote. Instead of focussing on his website depicting him in a full Justin Hooles left wing or right wing, I want to fosuit of armour, along with a vow to cus on the constituents.” fight for the constituents of ColumFor months, the local political race has been domi- bia River-Revelstoke. nated by NDP nominee and Invermere mayor Gerry Mr. Hooles chuckled when The Pioneer brought up Taft and Liberal nominee and Invermere College of the the armour, saying he owns it because he is a member Rockies campus manager Doug Clovechok (the Green of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a group Party and B.C. Conservative Party have not yet nominat- that aims to recreate medieval culture and often hosts ed candidates or even made clear if they intend to do so), Crown tournaments. and Mr. Hooles acknowledged that he’s up against some “I was hoping it would attract some attention and at big party machinery, but added that he truly believes he least get people to give me a chance, but when I say I’m can win the riding. ready to fight for you, I mean it,” he said. “I really think I do have a shot,” he said. “I’ve To learn more about Mr. Hooles and his platform, learned how to connect with local residents (during his visit his campaign website at . . . ‘Independent’ from page 3


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By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Avalanche Canada issued a special public avalanche warning last week that covers much of the southeastern part of the Kootenay region. The warning was issued on Thursday, February 9th and applies to a large swath of roughly triangle-shaped territory running from west of Nelson to just south of Canal Flats, and diagonally up, in eastward direction, from there to the Alberta border, stretching to encompass Kananaskis country and Waterton Lakes National Park and the mountainous areas between those two spots on the other side of the provincial border. The massive snowstorm that slammed the Kootenay region earlier last week (with snow falling from Friday, February 3rd through to Monday, February 6th) had, according to the warning, doubled the depth of the snowpack in many places, and created dense slabs lying on top of a weak base of sugary, facetted snow. “Clearing skies and good riding conditions after a long drought are expected to entice people into the mountains,” Avalanche Canada forecasting program supervisor James Floyer said in a press release, adding that while natural avalanches were tapering off, he remained concerned about human triggering of large avalanches. When The Pioneer went to press on Wednesday, February 15th, Avalanche Canada had updated danger ratings that remained ominous for the Upper Columbia Valley and surrounding areas, with the organization giving a “considerable” avalanche danger rating for the Invermere area in the alpine — at treeline and even below treeline — for both Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th. The warnings for the Banff-Kootenay-Yoho National Park area were similar, with a “considerable” avalanche danger rating in the alpine, at treeline and below treeline, for Wednesday, February 15th and then a “considerable” rating in the alpine and at treeline, and a “moderate” avalanche rating below treeline for Thursday, February 16th. Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada emphasized in the warning that recreational backcountry users with little or no avalanche training or experience should avoid avalanche terrain, or stick to areas such as ski resorts or guided backcountry lodges, where avalanche risk is managed by professionals. Experienced backcountry recreationists were urged to travel “on simple terrain such as small, low angle, well-supported features with no large steep slopes or cornices above.” The organization also reminded backcountry users that everybody in a backcountry party needs to have an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, and that a two-day Avalanche Skills Training One course is the minimum training recommended for travelling in avalanche terrain. For updates on current avalanche observations or near misses, visit the Avalanche Canada and Parks Mountian Safety Facebook pages as well as notableavalanches2017janfeb.




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MUSIC • VISUAL ARTS • DINING • BAR SCENE • ENTERTAINMENT • PERFORMANCE ARTS Local talent Bryce Huston has recorded his first album which he’ll be performing at Shakman’s Bar and Grill in Invermere on Friday, February 24th. It will be his first live performance and the cost of entry will get you a copy of his album. See page 14 for details. Photo submitted

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Panorama music festival is around the corner By James Rose Special to The Pioneer Music lovers take note: Panorama Mountain Resort’s High Notes Music Festival is just around the corner. The festival’s organizing team has packed the lineup with some of Canada’s best independent artists that will fill the resort with two days and nights of blues, folk, rock and pop. Over the next few weeks, The Pioneer is going to shine a spotlight on some of the artists who are set to play March 17th and 18th. This week it is all about Edmonton-based folk duo 100 Mile House, and Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox. 100 Mile House are going to play twice through the course of the festival. “We’re really excited to be playing the first High Notes Music Festival,” said Peter Stone (who is one half of the husband-wife duo). “The winters are so long in Canada; it’s great that there are more and more winter festivals popping up as they have a different feel to summer festivals and I think everyone is just excited to get out and do something in the colder months. It’s also beautiful to get to play in the mountains, Denise (the other half ) used to visit Panorama as a kid so it will be fun for her to go back.” The first live performance will companion a four-

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course dinner at Panorama’s Monticola restaurant on Friday, March 17th. The second performance will feature the duo playing the following afternoon during one of the free Apres Sessions. Festival goers should take note, though, that tickets for the Monticola performance and dining experience are almost sold out. At press time, there were just 10 seats left. “Prices are $100 per person and the dinner is a set four-course menu crafted by Head Chef Michael Payne, with wine pairing by Andrew Peller wines. We have interwoven the influence of England and Alberta into the menu to match with the themes in 100 Mile House’s music,” said festival organizer Clarissa Amaro. “We normally like to create a conversation with the audience and move between quieter more reflective songs to more upbeat moments,” said Mr. Stone. “It sounds like it will be a really lovely evening with some great food and wine. Our Saturday show will be more concise, but it will be fun to play outside on the mountain!” The duo’s latest album, Hiraeth, went No. 1 on CKUA radio and has received stellar reviews across the globe including the front page of the Canadian folk magazine Penguin Eggs. Continued on page 14 . . .

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Friday, February 17th • Invermere Caregiver’s Support Group monthly meeting on the 3rd Friday of each month. Contact facilitator Leanne Brooks at 250-341-5683 for information. • 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors Hall, $2. Everyone welcome. Every Friday. • 1 p.m.: Canasta at Canal Flats Seniors Hall every Friday. • 6 p.m.: Bingo at Shuswap Band Hall every Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m., Bingo starts at 7 p.m. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Fairmont Ski Hill 34th Annual Starlight Challenge every Friday in February (17th and 24th); a fun recreational racing series. For more info visit • 8 p.m. - close: Live music at Bear’s Paw Bar & Grill in Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with Dean Ray. Also February 18th and 19th.

Saturday, February 18th • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: The Artym Gallery is opening an exhibition entitled “Winter Magic” featuring a variety of artists. Exhibition runs thru February 24th. • 10 a.m.: Lego for all ages at the Radium Public Library every Saturday. • 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Drop-in LEGO Club at Invermere Public Library. All ages welcome (under 8 accompanied by an adult please). Activity is free. • 5:30 p.m.: Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club hosts the annual Wild Game Banquet at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $45 for adults and $25 for youth and include appetizers, dinner, trophy awards, a dance and midnight snack. Tickets are available at RONA, Kootenay Coffee, Home Hardware, and the Horsethief Creek Pub. • 6:30 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Saturday. • 7 - 10 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre Fresh Film Nights - newly released films or crowd favorites every Saturday. • 7 p.m.: The Steamboat Mountain Music Society is holding their AGM at the Edgewater Legion. Meeting includes refreshments and live music.

• 7 - 10 p.m.: Pynelogs Love it Live Concert series presents Johnny P. Johnson. Tickets $25 per show or choose 3 concerts for $60. Visit

Sunday, February 19th • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Radium Hot Springs Community Hall every Sunday. • 5:30 - 8 p.m.: Chili Dinner at the Edgewater Legion, $12 includes chili, bun, caesar salad, dessert and a beverage. Cocktails 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m.

Monday, February 20th • 10 a.m.: Senior Singalong Group meets every Monday at Garden Village. • 1 - 3 p.m.: Brain Injury Support Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at Columbia Garden Village. Contact Debbie for more info 250-344-5674. • 7 p.m.: Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

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Thursday, February 23rd • 1 p.m.: Play Cribbage at Invermere Seniors Hall every Thursday. • 1:15 p.m.: Play Cribbage at Canal Flats Seniors Hall every Thursday. • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Radium Hot Springs Community Hall every Thursday. • 2 p.m.: Seniors Tea at the Invermere Library the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Tea and a light snack is provided over friendly conversation. If you would like to attend but do not have transportation, please contact the library at 250-342-6416. • 4:30 - 6 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre Chef-It-Up. Every Thursday. Learn to make delicious food on a budget. Call 250-342-3033 or visit their Facebook page for more information. • 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. Everyone welcome. $15 per person or $25 for two. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in.

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Wednesday, February 22nd • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets every Wednesday at the Curling Rink. • 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2. Everyone welcome. Every Wednesday. • 7 p.m.: Card night at Canal Flats Seniors Hall every Wednesday.

• 12 p.m.: Seniors soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6. Last Friday of each month. • 6 - 9:30 p.m.: Bryce Huston makes his live music debut at Shakman’s Bar and Grill. Tickets are $20 which covers entry, one album and a drink voucher and are available at Do Nothing Floatation and Om Organics. • 7 p.m.: GhostBoy is bringing their unique brand of music to Strand’s Old House Restaurant. A $10 cover charge will be added to each guest’s bill.

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14 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer . . . ‘Panorama’ from page 12 “This will be the first festival we play with the new set of songs so we’re really looking forward to seeing how they are received,” said Mr. Stone. Lion Bear Fox (Christopher Arruda, Cory Woodward and Ryan McMahon), who derived their name from connection with each band member’s spirit animal, craft compelling, honest stories that they convey with passionate commitment. The band is set to play the Pepsi Mainstage the first night of the festival ($40 tickets and plenty still available). Described by some music critics as a “musical force of nature that’s sure to be around for a lifetime”, the three men, known initially for their own solo careers, joined forces in 2012 and were soon after selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands in British Columbia. In the fall of 2013, the band released their self-produced breakthrough EP We’d Be Good Men. The band’s latest record, Lion Bear Fox (self-titled), was released today (Friday, February 17th) in fact, and the three musicians are looking forward to showcasing it to the High Notes festival goers. “One part folk, one part rock, with a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, their self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters,” said the band’s manager Cathleen McMahon. For more information on each artist playing and the festival’s performance schedule, visit www.panorama

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Bryce Huston makes live music debut

By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff

Bryce Huston will be making his live music debut at Shakman’s Bar and Grill on Friday, February 24th, premiering his first album, Best I Can Be, at 6 p.m. For 22-year-old Mr. Huston, creating and producing an album on his own has been a large endeavour and one that’s been years in the making. “It definitely feels good,” he said of seeing his first album come to fruition. “I also thought maybe this album wouldn’t turn out 100 per cent, but it’s a stepping stone and a foundation. I’m already halfway through my second album so when I go to produce that, I already know the steps that I’ve had to take and all the other stuff that maybe I’d like to do differently the second time.” As a young recording artist, one of the difficulties he found in producing an album was the perfectionism it can entail with having to constantly edit each song to produce the tracklist. “It was definitely a lot to learn and a lot of discipline. You sometimes think that you have to get it perfect on the first run. Sometimes you’ll do like 20 takes thinking that’s not good enough so you try it again and again.” The album comes just five years after picking up




the guitar for the first time as a teenager before falling in love with writing and playing his own music. He said he receives the inspiration for his music from everyday problems and life experiences, which he hopes the audience and listeners of all ages are able to enjoy. “A lot of stuff you can relate to, a lot of everyday kind of stuff that I think everyone deals with that people can relate to and if they can’t, they know someone who can relate to it,” he said. “They’re really uplifting, motivational where if you’re having a hard day or are feeling down, you can throw on a track and feel a little better.” Despite recording his album, Mr. Huston said that he’s never performed in front of a live audience before that’s larger than his friends and family, something he said he’s looking forward to coming up at Shakman’s. “It’s good,” Mr. Huston said. “It’s your body telling you that you’re stepping out of your comfort zones and saying, ‘Are you sure you want to do this,’ so you have to sometimes take your nerves as a blessing, not something scary.” Those looking to purchase tickets for the event can pick them up at Do Nothing Floatation or Om Organics in Invermere or visit his website at www. — the price is $20. Each ticket covers the cost of one entry, one album and a $5 drink voucher at the event.

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Magic on the walls at Artym

Family Dance Theme: Outer Space Friday, March 3rd, 6 pm – 8 pm Invermere Community Hall

By Candice Blakley Artym Gallery On Saturday, February 18th, the Artym Gallery is opening an exhibition entitled “Winter Magic”. The doors open at 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It is a group showing of favourite gallery artists ranging from Angela Morgan’s winter ski scenes to Alex Fong’s totem poles dusted in snow. A wide range of works from all different artists will be showcased on the walls for all winter admirers to adore. The exhibition will include artists like Katerina Mertikas, Pauline Paquin and Rod Charlesworth with their depictions of children partaking in winter activities. Skating, tobogganing and skiing are just a few of the fun, carefree images portrayed. Rick Bond and Steve Tracy’s paintings of epic skiers are a great addition to any outdoor enthusiast’s art collection. Bright colours and bold strokes capture the action of this beloved winter sport. Neil Patterson, Andrew Kiss, Maya Eventov, Min Ma, David Langevin, and Rodger Arndt are just a few of our great Canadian artists who have contributed originals to this exhibition with winter landscapes. Each artist uses their own technique and wide array of colours to create a very realistic rendition of snow. Finally, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up into a cozy cabin in the woods, blanketed in snow? Neil Swanson captures the essence of a winter night’s stay and the animals that prowl in the evening all in one. Everyone will be able to find a favourite painting in this exhibition! We hope to see you at the gallery. If you are unable to make it in person, you can view the show online at The exhibition continues until Friday, February 24th.

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Wildly successful Coffee Fest grows even bigger said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. “It’s positive. To have a relatively new event, created out of nothing, grow as quickly as Coffee Fest has is fantastic. Often events here take many years to get going, but this one has been one of The Invermere Coffee Fest is just around the corner, the most successful and has really gotten traction quickly.” having burgeoned into an even-larger event this year. This year’s version of Coffee Fest offers plenty of new The fourth annual edition of the festival will be held workshops mixed in among the old favourites. The new over the first weekend of March, from Friday, March 3rd workshops include one all about black tea by Calgaryto Sunday, March 5th, and this year comprises 16 workbased Naked Tea Leaf owner Jonathan Kane, another by shops — explosive growth when compared with the three Mr. Kane on pairing tea and chocolate, one on making workshops held during the first-ever Coffee Fest in 2013. coffee and tea cocktails, a kombucha and tapas night at “It has really grown since we started, especially for Circle Cafe, a workshop by Arrowhead Brewing Comvisitors. So far only one-third of the registrations are lopany on how it incorporates flavours and makes its own cal. So second homeowners or people who are otherwise honey (for its honey brown ale), and a honey and bees from outside the valley have really embraced it,” Coffee workshop (with honey and honeycomb tasting) put on Fest organizer and Invermere events co-ordinator Theresa Jonathan Kane with Naked Leaf Tea by Weaver Bees. There will also be a coffee cupping workWood told The Pioneer, adding that if the festival was to shop (and bake sale) by David Thompson Secondary School culinary class students, add more workshops next year, it might need to expand beyond one weekend. Space in each of the 16 workshops ranges from eight to 12 people, and the Coffee with all proceeds going to help the class buy a new bread oven. Old favourites coming back again include the milk steaming and latte art workand Tea Expo, typically held on the Saturday that falls in the middle of the three-day shop with 2012 Canadian barista champion Jeremy Ho (which is already sold out), as festival, drew 160 people last year. “I think it comes down to people just really loving coffee and tea. And people well as the Coffee and Tea Expo, held Saturday, March 4th from 1 to 4 p.m. and, of want more out of coffee now than just a morning wake-up. They want to know where course, the ever popular tour of Kicking Horse Coffee. The highly-competitive Kootenay AeroPress Championship is also once again part it comes from, how it’s made and all the steps along the way. People are interested to of the event, drawing skilled baristas from up and down the valley and beyond. The learn about coffee, tea, food and are looking for quality,” said Ms. Wood. “Locally in Invermere there is a really strong coffee culture. People are passionate winner of the competition will get a free entry and free accommodation for the Canaabout it, and it’s great to have an event that not only celebrates that, but draws people dian AeroPress Championships in Calgary later this year. To learn more or sign up for the workshops, visit out to town at a time that typically tends to be quieter in terms of visitor numbers,” By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff


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GhostBoy’s talent gracing Strand’s a skilled side musician), we really wanted to test the limits on how we approached writing and recording our original music,” said Mr. Young. “But even with our cover tunes, we look for songs Aaron Young and Denis Dufresne of Ghostthat have certain elements that lend themselves Boy are bringing their unique brand of music to well to creating, in a sense, our own version of Strand’s Old House Restaurant on Friday, Februthe song.” ary 24th. For all those who missed the show last The two musicians strongly identify with September, now is the time to make your reservathe current movement in several genres (most tion as you really don’t want to miss this incrednotably country music), aiming to sidestep the ibly talented Alberta-based duo. commercial cookie cutter sound that seemingly GhostBoy is the official new group of former forever has permeated the charts and airwaves. PEAR frontman, Denis Dufresne, and equally ac“Sturgill Simpson’s recent Grammy Award complished friend and collaborator Aaron Young (formerly involved with the Polyjesters). The for Best Country Album just goes to show that there is a mainstream taste for more experimental band skillfully combines traditional roots music sounding music in traditional genres like counwith bluegrass, and a dash of rock and pop. try music,” commented Mr. Young. “For GhostBoth musicians are classically trained and Boy, it is in that same line of thinking that we former members of the world-famous fiddle senapproach our craft and I am really excited for the sation, Barrage. In the late 1990s, the ensemble GhostBoy next 10 years in music.” toured the world, making headlines for five years Currently, the band is in the process of recording their debut record which will be and was watched by close to 80 million people on their live debut concert for PBS. After leaving the ensemble, the two friends for a time went their separate ways released later this year. For now, the duo is focused on playing live shows and continumusically, but nevertheless stayed in touch. Mr. Young went back to school (Berkley ing to write and hone the GhostBoy sound. “We can’t wait to come back and play Strand’s,” said Mr. Young. “I’ve known Tony College of Music) to study jazz among other genres, and Mr. Dufresne focused his efforts on the country-bluegrass scene (winning multiple national level awards for his for years and he has always been a great supporter of our music through thick and thin.” fiddle and mandolin work). The show starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover charge added to each guest’s bill. “When we decided to come together and form GhostBoy (the musician term for By James Rose Special to The Pioneer

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YOUR MONEY Annual tax slips

If they haven’t already, Canadians will soon begin receiving tax slips from their employers, financial institutions and other sources for the 2016 tax year. The following are some of the most common tax slips that you can expect to receive for your investment accounts. RRSP contribution receipts Canadians who contributed to their RRSP can expect to receive one or more RRSP contribution receipts. If contributions were made during the previous calendar year (2016), a receipt should arrive in January for all the contributions made to the same RRSP account during the calendar year. Contributions made in the first 60 days of the current year (2017) usually produce one contribution receipt per transaction, rather than combining them into one. It’s important to add up all of your contribution receipts to ensure they have all been received before filing your taxes. T4RSP slips People who withdrew money from their RRSP in 2016 can expect to receive a T4RSP slip. This is not unlike a regular T4 from an employer, as withdrawals made from an RRSP are taxed as regular income. Therefore, the amount on the T4RSP will be added to one’s taxable income. These slips are usually mailed out towards the end of February.

T4RIF slips Those who have RRIF accounts will likely receive a T4RIF slip, which lists the income an investor took from their RRIF account during the previous calendar year. The amount on the slip will be added to one’s taxable income as pension income. Like the T4RSP, these slips usually arrive around the beginning of March.

endar year. The federal government gives income trusts until the end of March to report their figures, and so these slips are usually not received by unit holders until early April. Even if investors hold income trusts in accounts with other investments that appear on their consolidated T5 slip, the income trusts will not be included.

T5 slips Those who own interest-bearing investments such as bonds or GICs, or dividend-paying investments such as stocks, will receive corresponding T5 slips. These slips are generated at the institution that handles the investment such as a brokerage, trustee or the Government of Canada, and mailed to investors who received interest or dividends throughout the year. Investors who have brokerage accounts with multiple stocks, bonds or GICs receive one consolidated slip per account, usually accompanied by a list of how the amount was determined. Brokerage firms must mail these slips by the end of February, so they are usually received by clients sometime in early March.

Mutual Funds Mutual funds may be structured as either a corporation or a trust. For this reason, they can issue either a T5 or T3 slip, which will report the total income, dividends, capital gains, foreign income and return of capital earned by unit holders during the year. T5 slips are issued by mutual fund corporations, and will be mailed out by the end of February. Mutual fund trusts, like income trusts mentioned above, issue T3 slips which are mailed out by the end of March and received in early April.

Income Trusts Income trusts such as the A&W Royalty Income Fund, or the H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) issue T3 slips. These slips report all income, dividends or return of capital paid out to unit holders during the cal-

Final thoughts If you are unsure of which tax slips to expect for the 2016 tax year, contact your financial advisor. He or she can tell you what to expect, and arrange for duplicate receipts to be generated, if necessary. If you use an accountant, give him or her your December 31st, 2016 statements along with your other tax information so that he or she knows what to expect.

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Going paperless will save your business time and money By Boni and John Wagner-Stafford Troy Media If you’re not using technology to look after your business’ money, you’re wasting time, spending too much on bookkeeping and probably missing some customers. “Paper is becoming less and less relevant in our increasingly digital world. We just don’t need it,” says Dara Sklat of Paper Zero. Paper Zero is where “digital clutter gets kicked to the curb”. The business launched earlier in 2016. It provides online video training and support to help businesses get rid of paper processes and organize digitally. Paper Zero is the result of Sklar’s experience doing books for her previous business. “I was taking eight to 10 hours for my month end. That’s a day or two of not doing billable work for clients! I would find myself a week or two into the following month, and I hadn’t sent invoices or collected any money. Not good.” Imagine if your bookkeeping was already organized. Then it wouldn’t be a big job when it comes time to file taxes or produce reports. There are four areas you need to tackle to successfully go paperless: Cloud-based storage The objective is to set up so that you can always find things quickly. One of the key pieces of advice from Paper Zero is to use a cloud-based storage system. Dropbox is one great example but there’s also Google Drive, Microsoft’s One Drive and more. Reasons to choose cloudbased rather than local computer storage include: • Search functions and security are better in the cloud than they are locally based. • Automatic backups in the cloud mean you don’t lose anything from virus attacks, crashes or theft. • You’re not using your computer’s memory and no matter how much you have filed on the cloud, it will not slow you down. • It offers the ultimate in flexibility, giving you access from anywhere, anytime. Organizing files Once you have your cloud-based system chosen, and have set up separate personal and business bank accounts, the next step is to organize your electronic folder structure to mirror a well-setup physical filing cabinet. • Create separate folders for each bank account and credit card associated with your business. If you don’t have a business credit card, consider getting one that you use only for business pur-

chases. It could be a separate card or an additional card on the same account. The purpose is to be sure you can completely separate business and personal expenditures, • Within each account folder, create sub-folders for each monthly statement. • Inside that monthly folder, save receipts for all purchases made that month using that account and the statement for that month. The behaviour that will really put the cherry on top of your new approach is to adopt a touch-it-once philosophy. When mail arrives, it gets scanned and saved in the appropriate folder right away. A few minutes each day will save you days of work at month end. Ditch cash There’s not really any need for cash in most businesses today. Sure, if your business is a pizza delivery service, you’ll want to accept payment in cash. But to pay the business bills, track expenses, invoice customers and budget? Not needed. Go digital. Paying with a bank or credit card rather than cash means fewer manual entries when you reconcile your expenses. And go mobile. Businesses today are expected to enable anytime, anywhere payment methods. It’s a clear benefit for customers and you. The result is less paperwork, more time building your business and generating sales. Make it easy for customers to pay Complement your digital move to mobile by making it easy for your customers to pay. Yes, credit card fees can be outrageous, but the easier you make it for people to pay you, the fewer barriers there are doing business with you. Use today’s technology tools and watch what happens when you’re not buried in paperwork. The world is your oyster when you’re digitally organized.

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Protecting your privacy

By Rhiannon Tutty, Advisor Stu Tutty Financial Services At Sun Life Financial, protecting your privacy is a priority. We have collected your information to establish a relationship and help evaluate and assist you with your financial needs and objectives. We will keep this information in a confidential file in our offices. Access to your personal information is restricted to those employees, representatives (such as corporate and individual advisors and their staff), distribution partners and third party service providers who are responsible for managing your personal information and providing service to you, or any other person whom you authorize. In some instances, these persons may be located outside Canada, and your personal information may be subject to the laws of those foreign jurisdictions. We may occasionally inform you of other financial products and services that are available to you. If you do not wish to receive these offers, please let us know by calling 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-7865433). You are entitled to consult the information contained in our file and, if applicable, to have it corrected by sending a written request to us. To find out about our Privacy Policy, visit our website at, or to obtain information about our privacy practices, send a written request by email to, or by mail to Privacy Officer, Sun Life Financial, 225 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 3C5. Rhiannon Tutty is an advisor with Stuart Tutty Financial Services and can be contacted at 250341-7171 or

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Long-standing conservation officer retires By Greg Kruger, Conservation Officer Ministry of Environment - Columbia-Kootenay Zone After serving the Columbia Valley for 31 years, Lawrence Umsonst will conduct his last patrol as a Conservation Officer on February 22nd, 2017. Lawrence was hired by the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service on February 14th, 1986. As a new recruit, he was very fortunate that a posting was open in the Invermere District. Before landing this full-time position, he had worked several seasons in various locations with the Fish & Wildlife Division in Alberta. Given that he is one of very few within the CO Service who spends their entire career in one location truly shows his love and dedication towards the community of Invermere and the Columbia Valley. For a Game Warden’s career, the Invermere District is hard to beat with the vast diversity of natural resources and beautiful mountain landscapes. For the opportunity to be out patrolling the Rocky and Purcell mountain trenches to ensure the fish and wildlife would thrive for future generations was the passion that drove Lawrence to get out and ensure everyone was following the rules. CO Umsonst spent the majority of his career as a field officer. If you talk with any local who hunts, fishes, traps or spends any time in the backwoods, they will know “Lawrence”. He has been an invaluable member of the Conservation Officer Service, with countless crimes against wildlife and fish solved with those responsible held accountable. Lawrence was always up for the call of duty when it came to protecting the public, their property or domestic animals with wildlife conflicts. CO Sgt. Lawrence Umsonst Since 2014, when Lawrence was promoted to the Sergeant position, he has been

100 days of school Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere marked 100 days of school on Tuesday, February 14th with an amazing display of imagination and creativity in the school gym. Every student at the K to Grade 3 school was asked to come up with a project that represented 100 days of school (Valentine’s Day being the hundredth day of the school year), and the results ranged from Pokemon card collections to 100 Rice Krispie squares.   Photos by Eric Elliott

WILDLIFE PATROL — Conservation Officer Sgt. Lawrence Umsonst with a tranquilized mountain sheep that was wrapped in barbed wire and set free. Sgt. Umsonst is retiring after spending 31 years in the Columbia Valley as a Conservation Officer. Photo submitted the officer in charge of field operations for the Columbia-Kootenay Zone from Invermere to Revelstoke. Throughout his career, Sgt. Umsonst was always honest, respectful, and very professional with everyone and every task he dealt with. His legacy will forever be remembered in this valley, as he forged lasting relationships with the resource community, Rod & Gun Clubs, partner compliance and enforcement agencies, and the local First Nations. 2017-02-22, Conservation Officer Sergeant Lawrence Umsonst is 10-35 [Off Duty].

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Enjoying family weekend! Residents from around the Valley got out and enjoyed events such as the Rod and Gun Club’s Fishing Derby, the 6th annual Puppy Love fundraiser and the Whiteway during their long weekend thanks to BC Family Day. (Clockwise from top left): Danica Richards and Dahlia Laflamme; Chris Silvester; Mike Raven (right middle); Owen Brown; Brian Bourbonnais, Nigel Bourbonnais, Jayda Bourbonnais and Naomi Bourbonnais; Jax Turnbull and Sierra Franklin, Debbie and Glenn Casey and Jake Sutherland. Photos by Eric Elliott

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Cheers to the Radium Rotary for the excellent community dinner they put on at the community hall on Saturday night. Not only was the food and company excellent, but they raised over $500 in cash and food for the Columbia Valley Food Bank!

Cheers to Owen for letting us plow out with your machine! You’re awesome!


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. 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. Here’s some good news...... EVOLVE, the furniture store where you can shop SMART, is adding Wednesday to its days open. Now we are open Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come in for the hunt!

CHEERS & JEERS HUGE Cheers to Scott from Toby Creek Adventures for making his way down to Windermere Saturday morning to plow the most incredible path, parking lot and rink for our son’s birthday bash. Cheers to Dave for coordinating it all. A wonderful time was had by many. The kindness and generosity of you both was appreciated by all. Cheers to Al Neil for clearing the snow off of many of his neighbours driveways. A HUGE CHEERS to Ken, Rick and Daryl and everyone else who was busy helping plow out driveways and roads in Edgewater after the big snowfall. You all rock!



The BIGGEST Cheers ever to the Cheers to Toby Creek Nordic for Toby Creek Nordic Club volunteers clearing the Whiteway and setting Penny and Jasminka! We had such skate/classic ski tracks so quickly a blast cross country skiing with after the storm BUT JEERS to you. Cheers to a great class for everyone walking all over the track doing a phenomenal job, parent for with your boots on!!!! CHEERS to volunteering and Mrs. Hickey for those who have chosen to use making it so memorable! Looking snowshoes off to the side of the forward to next year. CHEERS &track and or walk on the ice. JEERS Sponsored by

A big Cheers to Ken and Rick Ruault for keeping our street and driveways clear of snow in Edgwater. Big Cheers to Alexis at Lambert Insurance, your outstanding service is truly appreciated! Big Cheers to Kevin Ruault of Edgewater for keeping Cordillera Ave. plowed out after these mega dumps of snow. So much appreciated! Big Cheers to Dean Ingram of Edgewater for all your help snow shoveling and numerous other kindnesses. Much appreciated! Cheers to Don my neighbour for helping the old man with the firewood. Much appreciated! Cheers to Ivan and Steve for working so hard to keep our roads clear in the trailer court. Well done!! Cheers to the District of Invermere for doing such a great job of plowing the roads. Cheers to Sarah at Fire Vixen Tattoos, not only are your tattoos amazing but you have a heart of gold and have had such a positive influence on the community. Also Cheers to Puppy Love 6!

Cheers to the DOI Maintenance Crews for the great job clearing the endless amounts of snow accumulated on our roads and sidewalks. The residents of Lakeview and Mount Nelson Place sincerely appreciate the snow clearing adjacent to their facilities. Cheers to Dave from Purolator! You rock! Big Cheers to the Radium Rotary Club for a fantastic spaghetti dinner. Food was great and the company even greater! Cheers to Mainroads for saving us up on Toby Benches. Huge Jeers to Canada Post between Calgary and Fairmont Hot Springs for opening my birthday card and taking the $50.00 that was taped inside that my mother sent me. Just a reminder don’t send cash in the mail. Cheers to Mother Nature for providing us with winter once again. It’s been a few years. Huge Cheers to the District of Invermere maintenance staff for dealing with it. Cheers to Dave O, Keegan and Grant Kelley for growing winter on the lake, Love you man.

Cheers and more Cheers to Bucky for not only removing all the heavy snow from the front of my driveway, but for doing the same, and more, for my neighbours’ as well. Such a good person you are! Super big JEERS right back to the super big JEERS a few weeks ago regarding the lack of year round rental accommodation. I agree that there is not much - but don’t you think that the people who have spent their hard earned money on a home in the valley, should be allowed to do whatever they want with it? Since it is, after all, theirs? Unfortunately just because you “live and work in the valley for years and years” doesn’t mean you “deserve the right” to other peoples properties. Cheers to our good neighbor Al. Cheers to the DOI and the hardworking road crew who came so quickly to get us “old folks” plowed out at The Manor!!

Jeers to the Jeers to those sending in letters in opposition to the Barbour Rock trails. If you were at all literate enough to read you would know we are not opposing anyone using the area. We are only opposing the destruction of this small, quiet, peaceful, environmentally sensitive piece of crown land by the 40 to 50 kms. of new trails that are proposed. Yes everybody keep sending them in!

LOST AND FOUND Found: Sports bag at James Chabot Beach (Athalmer Beach). Call 250270-0142 to identify and claim.


Various sizes available. Now with climatecontrolled 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.

Cheers to Windermere Valley Ski Club for hosting “bring a friend day”. It was so much fun - gates, powder skiing, and lots of laughs. A great day.

For Rent: Storage space. Sizes vary, 218 - 7th Ave. Inquire at 250-3425797.

Massive Cheers to John and Balance Bobcat for the amazing job moving the snow on our driveway. It was a wonderful surprise to come home to.

1490 sq. ft. of shop/retail space in Athalmer, 2 large overhead doors!, $1272/mo, all utilities included. Newhouse Multi Storage, 250-3423637,

A chorus of Cheers for Rick on Ruault Road for clearing the huge snow pile-ups on driveways for those of us who were snowed in.

For lease: 2,000 sq.ft. office and warehouse space. Located at #5 108 Industrial Road #2. Phone Leo at 250-342-1177.


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. For Lease: Upper unit, 218 - 7th Ave. 1629 sq. ft. commercial/office space. Inquire at 250-342-5797.

SUITE FOR RENT For rent in Radium: Modern 2-bdrm, lower level suite. W/D, D/W, N/S, N/P. $850/mo, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Radium: Motel Bavaria, low low rates, daily, weekly, monthly. Kitchenettes available. Call 250347-9915. Invermere: 1-bdrm furnished basement suite. Utilities and cable included. $850/mo, laundry available. No-pets. Call 250-3421587 after 5 p.m. Roomy walkout basement suite within walking distance to downtown. N/P, N/S. Single $650/ mo, double $850/mo. 250-3423474.

CONDO FOR RENT 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. $1650/mo, call 250-342-3790.

MISC FOR SALE Two electric furnaces: #1) New 10 kw installed but not hooked up, $600. #2) New - 18 kw - never installed, $675. 403-333-3475.

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

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

The Columere Park Community Association (5 kms south of Fairmont Hot Springs) is looking for an individual or company that is interested in bidding for the 2017 Beach Maintenance Contract. The contract starts May 1st and ends September 30th, 2017. If interested please contact Glenn at for details.

Winderberry/Edibles Farm is looking for a strong, fit, self motivated individual to join our team for the 2017 season. Must love getting dirty and easily able to lift 100 lbs. Jobs would include soil preparation for greenhouses, handling and care of nursery stock, and varied field work for the farm. Tractor operation an asset. For more information, please contact Lin Egan at or call 250-342-7472.

Pine Firewood for sale. Call 250342-1586.

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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. Seeking painting/renovation work. Please call Curtis 250-341-2154. SOLÉ DECOR N’ MORE Hunter Douglas, Graber, ShadeO-Matic, Vertican and Maxxmar Blinds, custom drapery, bedding, upholstery, flooring and more. Serving Calgary and The Columbia Valley area. Free design/space planning/paint color consultation with purchase. Up to 60% off blinds and fabric sale until Apr. 30th Call Brenda at 403-861-8782 or email at: www.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Beautiful gift and souvenir business for sale located on Main Street in Radium Hot Springs. For more information contact Angie 778527-0027 or 250-341-2013.

Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a full time Server. Previous experience required in a busy, upscale restaurant. Email, call or drop off resume. 250-342-9417, careers@blackforestrestaurant. com.

Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting applications for a Saucer Sous Chef, three to five years experience in casual fine dining preferred. Evenings and weekends. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344. Short order cook wanted, preferable over five ft. tall. Able to leap a heaped plate of burger and fries in a single bound. Caped crusader attitude definitely helpful. Fly over with your resume to John or Jane at the Skookum Inn.

Please call 250-341-6299 to place your classified ad.

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.


Full-time Early Childhood Assistant

Join your locally owned and operated grocery store. We are hiring in various positions both part-time and full-time.

• Store Supervisor • Bakery / Deli •Produce Department • Meat • Cashier / Clerk Compensation depending on experience and position being applied for. Hand deliver or email resumes to: Fairmont Mountainside Market Attn: Wayne Haynes 8 - 4992 Frontage Rd Fairmont Hot Springs

Radium Mountainside Market Attn: Ryan Haynes 7546 Main Street East Radium Hot Springs

Sonshine Children’s Centre is currently accepting applications for a permanent full-time ECE Assistant. All applicants are required to have/be the following: • • • • • •

Licenced ECE Assistant Certificate Valid First Aid Clear Criminal Record Check A team participant Experienced in program planning and implementation Strong Communicator

Wage is dependent on education and experience. Please email resumes to by March 3, 2016



Imagine waking up to this view everyday!

Edibles Cafe + Catering is looking for full and part time staff for the 2017 season. Must love preparing good food (and eating it too!) and have above average customer service skills, barista experience an asset. If you’re interested, please contact or call Anna Steedman at 250-3411813.

Call 250-342-8662 to book a showing or visit id#266659 for more photos and information.

Custom Baltac beach front home built in 2011. Includes boat moorage, private beach, 3,400 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms plus den, 4 bath, triple garage.

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

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Become part of the new centre Village Arts Society is looking to fill the position of

Store Manager

This part-time position starts immediately and wage begins at $17/hr. The Manager will work in cooperation with Assistant Manager and the Board of Directors to oversee the daily operation of the store. This retail position requires: • excellent customer service and communication skills • liaison between artists, board members, and customers • management of inventory, supplies, and reporting • knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and POS systems (ACE) Please submit resume to attention Jasminka Stich.

Career Opportunity Columbia Basin Trust is looking for a Chief Operating Officer for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation. Be our leader in broadband development in the Columbia Basin. Step into a senior leadership role where you can make a meaningful impact to the quality of life, well-being and prosperity of Columbia Basin residents and communities. If you have a track record of successful large scale, complex projects, senior business management experience and financial management acumen we want to hear from you.

All about our

CENTRE Welcome back to the Valley and Happy Alberta Family Day weekend As our new Columbia Valley Centre takes shape, everyone is watching the construction site. Each time you go past, something new is happening. Excitement is growing as the project takes shape. There are several opportunities to take part in creating a showcase building that will serve our community for generations. Many of the “extras” were not included in the “base price” of the building so the Fundraising Committee for the Centre created ways to contribute that fit many budgets and interests. We have raised $710,000 to date and are still looking to raise $285,000. For anyone interested in concerts, movies, presentations or ceremonies, the Buy a Seat campaign is a perfect fit. For $1,000, a silver

Learn more this opportunity at


Columbia Valley Arts Council

JOIN OUR WINNING TEAM! The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary is looking for an energetic, organized, customer service oriented individual to fill the position of

Thrift Store Operations Manager IAHA is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of health services in Invermere and region. This position will provide leadership and support to our thriving Thrift Store. For the complete job advertisement, and instructions on how to apply for this opportunity, please visit:

Career Opportunity COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Regular Full-time In this fast-paced, high volume position, you’ll support the Communications Department to deliver and implement a wide range of communication activities.

GOLF SHOP SUPERVISOR & OUTSIDE SERVICES SUPERVISOR These are both seasonal full-time positions and recur yearover-year for those who are interested. Job duties include: • Scheduling • Shift supervision • Some hiring • Dealing with guest concerns

Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 9th, 5 p.m. at Pynelogs Cultural Centre

Come and find out what CV Arts is up to and help support your community Arts Council

Everyone Welcome! What does Art mean to you?


• Competitive wage • Teammate pass for access to amenities and discounts • Lunch on shift

Interested candidates can contact David Sheedy by sending a resumé to, or faxing resumé to 250.345.6515

Didja know? We can employ you year round!

the of our teammates who work in golf, stay for

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February 17, 2017

Endeavour Fitness athletes excel during Okanagan competition By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff

of the weekend, a finish he said he’s happy with, being that it was his first time competing. Competing in the ages 39-44 masters division, Mr. Nyuli said he exceeded his expectation on the weekend, finishing third in the 750 meter rowing event, which pushed him into a sixth place finish in his division by the end of the weekend. Despite finishing in seventh in the over 45 men’s category, Mr. Newman was able to set a personal record (PR) during the snatch event, lifting 110 pounds, which is an event he considers a weakness. “It was pretty awesome PR’ing, I didn’t think I was going to,” Mr. Newman said. “The snatch is my weakest lift and I wasn’t expecting to be able to do that much that day. It was just the right day.” With the competition in the history books now, the group continues to wake up at 5 a.m., to get ready for the CrossFit Open—a five-week international workout competition that begins February 23rd. For some this training may seem ludicrous, but for the Invermere CrossFit athletes, it’s a practice of solidarity that just happens to be focused on improving their health. “I think that’s probably why we choose to workout with those people at crazy hours of the morning and why we choose to keep our friendships the way we do because they’re super supportive,” Ms. Wilson said. “So to have that support carry from the gym to competition and then to smile with each other as we succeeded and competed and travelled together, it just brings us closer. It gives even more reason to train together.”

For many, fitness is something focused on for an hour a day at the gym as a standard practice of staying healthy. But for five members of Endeavour Fitness in Invermere, it’s a lifestyle culminating in a competition that keeps them going everyday. Coach and owner Jolaine Undershute, Stephen McIntosh, Lainey Wilson, Greg Nyuli and Kris Newman all traveled to Penticton, B.C. to compete in the Okanagan Valley Throwdown on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th. Ms. Undershute, a four-time CrossFit Games competitor herself, entered the event in November of last year, hoping to find a fun competition to participate in and one she would be able to enjoy with several of the more advanced athletes she trains everyday. “The reason I registered was because I thought if we went down as a team, even though we didn’t compete as a team, that if I approached competition from that standpoint where I’m going with my students and friends, there to have fun (rather) than be so serious about it that maybe I might actually have fun and be able to relax a little more and perhaps even perform better,” she said. Competing with Ms. Undershute in her division was Ms. Wilson who was returning to the Throwdown only a year after competing in the recreational division, which scales the workouts down to an easier level for the average competitor. Ms. Undershute said that Ms. Wilson was apprehensive about doing this year’s competition in the “RX” division but was pleasantly surprised once the workouts were released a week before. “I think it was just having a huge sense of accomplishment being able to compete in the RX, just because I found the first time around as a recreational athlete trying to see if I wanted to pursue it more,” Ms. Wilson said. “The first time I did I learned that I loved it and it was really satisfying to know that I had trained hard and was able to compete kind of in the top category.” Not only did Ms. Wilson compete in the RX division, she did so against her coach and in their 750-meter row event, she defeated her coach by three seconds. The master did end up getting the better of the apprentice by the end of the weekend though as Ms. Undershute finished tied for second in the competition withMs. Wilson finishing in 11th place. The space on the podium was Ms. Undershute’s highest finish in a CrossFit event of her career despite finishing in fourth at the Games once before. Still, she thinks about what could have been if she improved her rowing event. “I think that just competitively I could have been a little bit smarter with the row and held myself back at the beginning of the row,” she said. “Sometimes you make those decisions and sometimes it’s a good decision and a good judgment call and other times it’s not. That’s all part of the competition.” While the others had been to the competition before, Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Nyuli were making their first appearances in the world of functional fitness as competitors. “The reasons for the competition for me was to find out where I’m at with everything and all the training we’ve been doing and see how I stack up against other people within the sport,” Mr. McIntosh said. After finishing the first event, the Snatch, in last place, he found himself COMPETING HARD— Five of Endeavour Fitness’ top athletes made their way to Penticton B.C. to in the Chipper event, which featured several movements like double-unders compete in the Okanagan Throwdown held on January 28th and 29th. (From left to right): Stephen and deadlifts that he was able to excel in. From there, Mr. Mcintosh fought McIntosh, Jolaine Undershute, Kris Newman, Lainey Wilson and Greg Nyuli. to rid himself of the pressure and was able to finish in 21st place at the end Photo by Eric Elliott

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Glow in the Dark curling night returns for third year offers people of all abilities the chance to get out, For the third learn about curlyear in a row, The ing and have some Station Neighborfun. hood Pub will be “There will be partnering with volunteers from the Invermere the curling rink Curling Club to there teaching host the “Glow in people how to curl the Dark Curling” properly so if anyon Saturday, Febone has not had ruary 25th. curling experiWith a sellence before, don’t out event last year, BRIGHT AND TIGHT — Curling will take on a whole new look on Febru- feel afraid or inthey will be bring- ary 25th when the third annual Glow in the Dark Curling night takes over timidated by any ing in DJ Will C Invermere’s Curling Centre.  Photo submitted means,” she said. to blast the music If you are inunder the black lights hoping curlers and spectators in terested in signing up for the event with a team, visit attendance will be dressing bright and tight for an excit- The Station Pub to register with your team of four for ing evening of curling and fun. the price of $20 per person. The cost includes everything “It’s honestly a lot of fun, Will C has some awe- that you will need to curl. At 7 p.m., meet at the Station some music, the prizes are awesome, some of the cos- Pub before heading to the Curling Club. There will also tumes people get are really creative,” said event organizer be prizes during the night for best dressed and team uniBrooke Kelly. “I’ve heard a few ideas that people have ty, sponsored by Syndicate Boardshop and Arrowhead come up with this year so I’m really looking forward to Brewery. seeing what people have to show up with.” Whether or not you’re registered to curl, Ms. Kelly This will be the first year that Ms. Kelly is going to said it’s going to be a great night for everyone to attend. be a part of the event, but she said she heard great things “It’s going to be a great night full of locals and peofrom people who attended the event last year as well as ple just getting out, learning how to curl and having a the inaugural night two years ago. She said the benefits few drinks,” she said. “It’s a great social event so I don’t of the Glow in the Dark curling night offers are that it think there’s any reason not to go.” By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff

Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to Cranbrook By Eric Elliott Pioneer Staff Hockey fans from across the Columbia Valley and British Columbia will be migrating to Cranbrook this weekend as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet. The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is advertised as the ultimate hockey fan experience, making stops in 24 different communities across Canada. This weekend’s festivities will kick off on Baker Street at noon on Saturday, February 18th, featuring family friendly programming and activities for everyone to participate in. People will be able to watch

the on-air broadcast on Sunday featuring hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone as well as former NHLers Kirk McLean, Theo Fluery and Scott and Rob Niedermayer with the festival opening at noon. Throughout the broadcast on Sunday afternoon of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes game at 4:30 p.m. on Sportsnet, features such as the Ktunaxa hockey program, Fort Steele’s history and Tom Renney will highlight Cranbrook and the local area for its rich hockey history. Following Cranbrook, the tour will visit Nanaimo, B.C., for the 18th of 24 stops. For more information on the tour, please visit www.hometown

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LAZY LAKE, MITTEN LAKE and WHITETAIL LAKE RECREATION SITES The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Recreation Sites and Trails BC invites proposals from parties interested in managing and maintaining fee for service recreation sites (campgrounds) under a multi-year partnership agreement. The purpose of the partnership agreement is to retain the recreation site in the public ownership, provide a safe, sanitary and rustic public recreation opportunity for visitors and to recover operational costs through campsite fee collection. The ministry will arrange for General Comprehensive Liability insurance for successful proponents at no cost. RFP packages are available on BC BID or by contacting the ministry’s Recreation Sites and Trails Branch in Cranbrook or Invermere at the address below. Interested parties or a representative must attend a mandatory information meeting on the RFP being held on: Tuesday, March 7th 2017 at 2 pm local time at: MFLNRO office at 1902 Theatre Road in Cranbrook, BC and, the Golden Service BC at 837 Park Drive, Golden BC and Wednesday March 8th , 2017 at 2 pm local time at: Service BC 625-4ht Street, Invermere, BC. Proposals will be received until 2 pm local time, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the ministry’s Invermere office at 625-4th Street, Box 189, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0, or the Cranbrook MFLNRO office at 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G1. For more information on the Mitten Lake or Whitetail Lake RFP contact: Aina Cernenoks, 250-342-4222, For information on the Lazy Lake RFP contact: Lisa Cox, 250-426-1763, email:

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

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February 17, 2017

Judgement is self-explanatory etaphysical usings By Tammy Stehr Pioneer Columnist

Have you ever noticed in discussion that the one you are having the discussion with projects their judgements upon you or others? No matter whether you are in a heated discussion or it is a joke, the judgement can feel unwarranted. Especially when it is something you have noticed in the person judging. More often than not, judgements from people who accuse or project their judgements on others are actually the ones who display that behaviour. How about that person you know who has something to say about what everyone is doing? Perhaps they have suggestions about how to do it better? Chances are we all know one

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of those people, and maybe we kind of shy away from them for that reason. In looking at and pointing out other people’s flaws, the focus is taken away from them. There is a really good chance, though, that those things they find intolerable in others are actually traits they possess themselves and cannot forgive themselves for. Or they may have the opposite trait and wish they had what they are judging you for. It is a bit hard to remember in the midst of things that it really is about them than it is about you. The discomfort of the person who has judgements on everyone and everything is apparent. It may be that they are unable to accept and love themselves. They may find any behaviour that they cannot manage to do in support of themselves inappropriate. Or perhaps they were judged harshly as a child and they have repeated the pattern in their lives. Judgement speaks of intolerance and

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the inability to practice empathy. Perhaps more than that, it speaks of fear — fear of being judged themselves, and so they rate themselves against others with the false sense of coming out on top. Judgement is part of the ego, because ego wants you to stay safe. Not going outside of the “acceptable behaviour” box will keep you “safe”, in the eyes of the ego. It seems evident that these things boil down to the self-worth of the individual. Those who are the ones judging others are not usually the ones who have healthy self-esteem; they are the ones who need to cultivate it. Judgements have more to do

with the judge, and where that person is on their journey. Life is about love and allowing people to be who they are, with all their beautiful differences. So laugh it off, take no offense, because it is up to you how you take it or don’t take it. Be kind, and think the best of people instead of the alternative. Tammy does spiritual counselling and healing through Reiki, transformational and Alchemic techniques. She has completed her Bachelor of Metaphysical Sciences and is working towards completing her Master’s degree in the near future. Contact her at tammy

. . . ‘Saying’ from page 6 Over the weeks that turned into months, it became contagious too. I went from being a person who thought of my time here as more of a job to someone who cared about local issues as if I’d lived here all my life. It became a commonality throughout stories in the newsroom where I said to my colleagues, “I can’t believe how much everyone cares about issue X or story Y” As a journalist it made the job much more challenging but also more exciting. When I made a mistake the community held me accountable because they cared about the issues I was reporting on. Having lived in other small communities before, I know all too well the reverse relationship where locals don’t care about local issues or the newspaper that produces stories about them. As great as that is, if you ask anyone what they like most about living in the Columbia Valley, the quick and probably obvious answer should be the people. Starting with my own newsroom, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of colleagues to work with—even after having my ear talked off on the drive into the Valley by my publisher last April. Few in the Columbia Valley understand the amount of work that Steve and Nicole put into the production of two newspapers on a weekly basis and without the backbone of the advertising, publishing and front office help, I’m not sure either paper would get off the ground. It’s this passion in the Valley that’s changed me as a journalist and as a person. Despite thinking it was just a way for me to move up in my career, it became something more. Through stories and events like Ball Fest, Rockies’ games, pond hockey, bonspiel, Canada Day parade, I found a second home here in the Columbia Valley. It’s this that makes it incredibly bittersweet to say goodbye. As cliché as that probably is, it’s true. I’m moving onto another job across the country (again) in Saint John, but I’m leaving events, stories and most important, people that I’ve established relationships with over the last 10 months that will hopefully last a lifetime. That’s a tough one to swallow. It’s why I know someday I’ll return to the Valley even if it’s just for vacation. So, in sticking with clichés, it’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later.

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Preserve unity! By Father Gabriel St. Joseph’s Catholic Church “Preserving the unity” of all humans seems to be a timely plea that the scripture extends from Ephesians 4:3 at this most crucial time of our history. We are proud to uphold the unity of all humans despite our differences, which come in all sizes and shapes. Unity in diversity can be achieved provided we develop that mindset and work towards that goal in all spheres of our interactions. In the modern world, we face so many hurdles to realize this high standard and ideal of human unity due to the divisive forces like discrimination of humans on the basis of their colour, race, ethnicity, religion, region, ideology and so on. We will be in a slippery slope if we give in to these vices that rip us apart one from another. Therefore, I invite all people of goodwill to consider the call “to preserve the unity” through our positive outlook. The social media is indeed a vital force to preserve the unity of humans. In order to promote our unity at a broader and wider level, media could help us propagate the salient features of human unity, limiting its coverage focusing on the divisive forces elaborately. As a goodwill

Spirit bird Kaylene Earl was on her way into Invermere on February 11th when she spotted this eagle and took her time snapping some photos of it against the azure blue sky. When she returned to her car and headed into town, she discovered there had been a fatal car accident and the traffic was detoured. “If I hadn’t have stopped... would I have been in the middle of that accident? Those messages we receive and sometimes don’t listen to really hit me that morning. I try to listen to those messages,” she told The Pioneer.  Photo by Kaylene Earl

gesture, the media can popularise those events that unite us more often like that of the “Canadian multicultural heritage and building bridges of solidarity with opening our hearts and homes to those who are stranded as refugees”. Certainly, it will have a great impact in the modern world and might inspire at least a few to do the same in the course of time. These days, people travel far and wide to explore the world. Some of the travels are for recreational, economic, employment, educational and institutional purposes. Whatever be their purpose of travel, they connect and interact with people. These positive human interactions indeed help build a healthy outlook of life and lead to a lasting friendship in the passage of time. People develop lasting memories of their friends and places they visit and become goodwill ambassadors when there is a need. Strangers become friends through human mobility and develop an innate desire to explore more about people’s culture, history, customs, and dietary habits and begin to appreciate the richness of their experience. We need to preserve the unity of humans because this unity has its source in God himself. God is the single source of unity that continually moves all members of the human family toward what promotes peace and harmony. But due to selfishness, party spirit, personality allegiance, humans develop factions and divisions that disrupt our unity and lead to disunity with war, violence and arms race. We need to reinforce ourselves that we are all children of God and the Creator has called us all to live in unity.

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, February 19th 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction, “Practical Faith – True Wisdom” … Pastor Trevor Hagan 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 Ave, Invermere • 250-342-9535 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 Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6644 • VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Services. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere. Sunday, 11 a.m.: at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. 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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Probabilities: a look at lottery tickets Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist Achieving personal goals is strongly dependent on the probability for success. As a teenager, I wanted to marry Debbie Reynolds and my imagined chance was high since I knew exactly what I would say to her. In reality, the probability was far below absolute zero (Marilyn Monroe was also a consideration, but I thought Mother might not approve). It is not wise to take risks based on hope, yet when the prize is highly desired, some persons substitute fairy dust for logic (see previous paragraph). Recently, there were news reports about a person who had wire from a barbecue brush stuck in their esophagus. The wire from the brush was embedded in a hamburger. This was a serious incident and it was newsworthy. This should encourage us to carefully check the grill. It should not stop us from using a brush. Of the millions of Canadians who barbecue multiple times every year, those minute few who did not inspect their


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grill should not be a reason to stop brushing away the yuck. News reports are a bothersome source for scaring the wits out of us for a .001 per cent chance that we might come to some harm. If that were the measure for safety, no one would ever enter a highway. Measured risk is a part of living. The better we measure and the more appropriately we respond, the more likely we will continue to be safe and successful. One of the common activities with virtually no chance of success is the purchase of lottery tickets. When a lottery is supporting a respected charity, one might rationalize the terrible odds. When purchasing a Lotto Max ticket, there is a one in 28.6 million chance of winning. Some people try to elevate their winning probabilities by buying multiple tickets. Every ticket buyer is among 28.6 million losers and one winner. If you bought one million tickets, you would have one million chances of winning against 27.6 million chances of losing. To put lottery purchases in perspective, put 28,600,000 white beans in a rotating container along with a winning black bean. Each morning reach in and pull out one bean until you draw the black one. If the black bean is drawn last, you will be 75,000 years old before you become a winner. If, on average, the black bean was drawn mid-way through the process, you Pick up the Pioneer’s sister paper ~ The Invermere Valley Echo ~ every Wednesday.

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Rockies promote local midgets to close out season (page 9)

Windermere home totally lost in raging fire (page 16) MLA candidates to attend wildlife forum: (page 3) RCMP commit to more Rising tech sector presents visibility in Radium (page 4) opportunity for valley Ace reporter Eric Elliott leaves Columbia Valley (page 6)

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would only be 37,000 years old. We think we can win because we saw an ecstatic person with a three-metre long cheque claiming: “This $50 million will never change me.” (They all say that.) If all the losers took 10 seconds on TV to say, “I bought a Lotto Max ticket and I didn’t win.” Then you would need to sit and stare at your TV for eight uninterrupted hours for 993 days to view all the losers, followed by one person who would say, “I bought a ticket and I won.” Long before you finished viewing, you would likely smash the screen and return to a life of better odds. I should never buy a lottery ticket. I can’t ever get my luggage to arrive first after an air flight. One time, I flew with 11 others; seven other suitcases arrived before mine. Judgment should be based on probability. Some persons are excellent at doing such while others bet on hope. Hope is never enough. However, a long time ago, I won the lottery twice. Out of seven billion persons, only 36 million got to live in Canada and I was one of them. Also, I had the good fortune to arrive in the mid-20th century rather than in a time long ago when the lovers of lottery-chances would have dragged me off to a local torture chamber. Arnold Malone served as MP for Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings from 1974 through 1993. He retired to Invermere in 2007.


Spring Employment Feature The Pioneer is excited to announce our Employment feature on February 24th. This feature is designed to help employers as they gear up for their busy spring season. Help Wanted ads placed by local employers in the feature section will be complemented by articles written by human resource specialists and employment professionals. Deadline for booking: Monday, February 20th at noon Publication Date: Friday, February 24th.

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