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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 3/Issue 3

The Upper



January 20, 2006



Serving The Upper Columbia Valley including Spillimacheen, Brisco, Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats

Contents News




Road to Gold




Knit one, purl two

2 Snow show

10 Small world


Les Kaszai floods the ice at Kinsmen Beach. The cool weather hit in the knick of time for the On The Lake Bonspiel, set to go this weekend. Photo by Bob Ede

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January 20, 2006

Valley News

Fiona brings back knitting By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

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Fiona Bradford at the local high school has started two knitting groups for students.

About 30 high school girls have signed up to spend one or two lunch hours each week learning to knit. Since September they have created some beautiful belts and scarves and are rapidly progressing to more difficult projects. The program was started by school social worker Fiona Bradford, who didn’t know how to knit until she was taught by her mother Rosemary Bradford. “I’m keeping one step ahead of the girls,” Fiona said. She spent part of her Christmas holidays practicing with her eight-year-old daughter Emily and five-year-old daughter Marcia - both of whom are also knitting. Fiona began by ordering 280 balls of yarn from Ebay and since she published a notice in The Pioneer asking for donations, she has received boxes of yarn and knitting needles donated by the community. “Thank you very much to everyone who donated,” she said. The free supplies mean the girls don’t have to spend their own money. She said she would love to have guests from the community drop in and give the girls a few tips, or show off their own handmade knitted items. Fiona said the program appeals especially to girls in the younger grades, but she has a few girls in the older grades as well. “No boys yet, but I’m hoping.” Knitting has become popular again across North America, she said. She said studies show that people who knit have lower stress levels. “I have a vision of the whole school knitting.”

Lake bonspiel planned for weekend Invermere’s annual Bonspiel on the Lake is a go. Beginning today and running throughout Saturday and Sunday, the bonspiel is the world’s only outdoor curling event. This year’s edition of the lake spiel was in doubt after some unseasonably warm weather descended on Invermere and took the sting out of winter’s bite. But the weekend forecast is good. Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing throughout the event.

The frigid weather is excellent news to event organizer Jim Galloway and the many volunteers who worked throughout the week. It was not until Wednesday morning that the final decision was made to hold the event outdoors. Sixty-four curling teams from all over British Columbia and southern Alberta will hit the ice during the bonspiel. Last year’s event was moved indoors to the Joe Peters Curling Club due to warm weather.

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January 20, 2006

PST under microscope By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff The Minister of Small Business and Revenue Rick Thorpe told The Pioneer in an interview this week that his government wants to crack down on people who avoid the provincial sales tax by shopping in Alberta. The province has asked Costco for its sales records dating back to 1998 including names and addresses of B.C. shoppers. Legally, all B.C. residents who purchase taxable items outside the province are required to submit their seven-percent sales tax to the provincial government. But Mr. Thorpe said it’s only the expensive items that the government is concerned about, such as boats, snowmobiles, appliances and entertainment centres. Losing the sales tax on those “big-ticket items” costs the province millions in lost revenue, he said. “We are not going after people who are going to Costco and buying cheese,” he said. He said he could not comment further on the Costco request since it is before the courts. Costco is seeking an injunction against the move, citing its corporate privacy laws. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald wasted no time in criticizing the government’s request. “It’s the wrong way to go, completely,” Mr. Macdonald said in Invermere this week. “It’s punitive and it’s intrusive. Whose business is it where I shop?” he asked, hastening to add that he shops locally. The seven-per-cent provincial sales tax has always been a bone of contention between the two provinces

and lately the issue has been coming under scrutiny. Last week the province rejected a proposal to allow shoppers in the Columbia Valley and other border communities to pay a reduced PST of four percent in an effort to prevent them from shopping in Alberta. The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce immediately made the PST issue the focus of its annual general meeting, to be held at noon Wednesday, January 25 at the Invermere Inn. “We are urging everyone to come out and discuss what our next step should be,” said chamber president Dee Conklin. Al Miller, owner of the local Home Hardware, said the economic loss to valley retailers from crossborder shopping is huge. “Just go and sit at the crossroads on a sunny afternoon and watch the truck loads coming in,” he said. However, he said he doesn’t agree with the request to Costco. “I don’t expect when I sign up for something that my name will be passed around,” he said, adding that he appreciates that the province is trying to avoid losing any more revenue. However, Small Business Minister Rick Thorpe said cutting the sales tax isn’t the answer. He said surveys show only 10 to 14 percent of people living in border communities said they were going to Alberta specifically to saves taxes, while more than 75 percent said they were visiting Alberta for other reasons and shopped while they were there. Mr. Thorpe said his ministry is responsible for enforcing the tax laws. “When someone gives us a tip or information about someone who is avoiding paying sales tax, then we will act,” he said.

Abbott will win: Pioneer poll By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff If it was up to valley voters, the Conservatives would steamroll to victory in Monday’s federal election. In an unofficial poll conducted Monday morning in Invermere, long-time incumbent Ko o t e n a y - C o l u m b i a Member of Parliament Jim Abbott received more support among decided voters than candidates from all other parties combined. Eleven of 25 respondents said they’d vote for Mr. Abbott’s Conservatives, compared with four each for the Liberals and the Green Party. Five respondents said they were undecided and one does not plan to vote at all. Not one person said they planned to vote for New Democratic Party candidate Brent Bush. Many of those who will vote for Mr. Abbott said they appreciated the job he’s done since being elected as a member of the Reform Party back in 1993. “I believe Jim has done a terrific job in the riding working for his constituents,” said one Conservative supporter. “He’s been very conscientious of representing the people here in Ottawa.” “I like Abbott’s style,” said another supporter. “He seems like a very down-to-earth man. I think he could do a lot for the valley as a member of the government.” Among some supporters Mr. Abbott was even more popular than Stephen Harper, the leader of the federal Conservative Party. “I’m not voting for Harper,

I’m voting for Abbott,” said one respondent. A strong sense of discontent with government was expressed by many of those polled. “They can all go fly a kite,” said one man, who said he would be voting for Green Party candidate Clements Verhoeven. The Green party was a popular choice, attracting as much support as the Liberals. “I’m voting Green because I believe in the legalization of marijuana,” said one man. If elected to power, the Green Party has promised to regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol and tobacco. “Mulroney’s Conservatives screwed us over and so did the Liberals,” said one man, who said he will vote Green in protest. The informal poll showed Liberal candidate Jhim Burwell lagging behind the Conservatives and tied with the Green party in second place with four supporters. Some of those supporting the Liberals said they believed current Prime Minister Paul Martin inherited a flawed government from former prime minister Jean Chretien. Mr. Martin was sworn in as Canada’s 21st Prime Minister in December 2003. “I’m going for Paul Martin,” said one. “I think he got shafted by the ones before.” Another said he trusted the Liberals to maintain Canada’s strong economy. “I think the Canadian economy depends on a party like the Liberals,” he said. Some of those who had not yet decided on their vote said they were jaded by Canada’s political process. “Even the party that I usually vote for has pissed me off,” said one woman. The one person polled who said she would not vote expressed apathy. “I don’t usually vote, but then I don’t complain about anything,” she said.

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District of Invermere PRESS RELEASE All property owners within the District of Invermere have recently received their assessment notice from the B.C. Assessment Authority. Residential assessments in Invermere have increased by a total of 32% over 2005 and commercial by 19%. This growth reflects changing market values for all properties within the community. The District of Invermere has no control over these increases, and does not control the assessment process. Your property assessment, in combination with the municipal tax rates, generate the revenue required to provide services and fund municipal operations. You may or may not see an increase in your municipal portion of property taxes this year. For example: • If the municipality was to collect the same amount of revenue from taxes as last year and your assessment went up exactly the average, you would see no increase in your municipal taxes. • If your assessment went up greater than the average assessment, you would see an increase, if it went up lower than the average, you would see a decrease. The municipality is commencing its budget deliberations and the municipal tax rate will not be set until May 2006. It is important to note that municipal taxes only make up 49% of your tax bill. The other 51% we collect on behalf of other agencies (School, R.D.E.K., Hospital, B.C. Assessment Authority and Municipal Finance Authority). Again, we have no control over the other agency’s tax rates. Property owners who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2005 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact the B.C. Assessment office at 1-800556-9229 on their notice prior to January 31, 2006.

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Snowmobiler might lose fingers on right hand By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff A snowmobiler who crashed into the boardwalk at James Chabot Provincial Park last month is still recovering at Foothills Hospital in Calgary after undergoing three surgeries on his broken left leg. Marc LaFramboise, who was riding his snowmobile across the lake in the darkness in the early morning of December 18th, broke his leg in nine places, fractured his left hip and suffered severe hypothermia after he spent the night outside following his crash. “All I can remember is dragging myself up to my sled and seeing if I could get back on it to go and get some help,” he told The Pioneer. Because of the damage done to Marc’s right hand by the intense cold, two of his fingers may have to be removed. “It’s a waiting game right now,” he said from Foothills Hospital in Calgary this week. The temperature fell to -14 degrees Celsius the morning of Marc’s accident. Marc, 29, a construction worker, lay in the snow for several hours until he was finally found by passerby Kemp Hastewell around 9 a.m. “I believe I was passed out,” said Marc, who said he remembers nothing leading up to the accident. Kemp said he was shocked when he found Marc as he lay in the snow. A former search and rescue volunteer in Prince George, the 58-year-old man was returning to his 12th Avenue home in Invermere from the A&W restaurant in Athalmer via the Dragonfly Boardwalk at James Chabot Park when he came across the wreck. Initially Kemp didn’t see anything but broken boards and pieces of the wreckage, but then he spotted a helmet lying about ten feet away from the demolished snowmobile. “I thought somebody had vandalized the boardwalk,” he said. “It didn’t make sense.”

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Then he spotted someone lying on the ground and waving his arm. Kemp said it was obvious Marc was suffering from a broken leg. “They’re not supposed to bend at 90 degrees like that,” he said. Kemp returned to the A&W and called Kemp Hastewell found 911 before he went to the injured man. the parking lot at James Chabot Park to wait for the paramedics. About five minutes later an ambulance arrived and Kemp showed the emergency workers to the scene. He then climbed up to the Laurier Street railway overpass and watched as the ambulance crew took Marc away. From the hospital in Calgary, Marc expressed his gratitude to Kemp. “A big thanks to him,” said Marc. “If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I’d be alive.” With his parents by his bedside, Marc has begun physiotherapy in Calgary. When he is released from hospital he will return with his parents to his hometown of Welland, Ontario. “There’s just more options for physio,” he said. When Mr. LaFramboise does get back on his feet, he may be a bit poorer. District of Invermere staff don’t yet have an estimate on how much repairs to the boardwalk will cost, but it is likely Mr. LaFramboise will be held responsible. If repairs are less than the district’s $2,500 insurance deductible, they will be paid for from the municipal parks fund. “It is likely we will try to recoup that money,” said director of municipal works Brian Nickurak. If repairs are over $2,500, the district’s insurance will pay. Police said no charges will be laid in the accident.


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January 20, 2006


‘Beware of Trojan Horse’ Dear Editor: In response to Councillor Gerry Taft’s letter: I rest my case! Your comment about using your gavel to “keep them in order” speaks volumes. The people who attended the meeting were not some unruly rabble you needed to “gavel” into silence. They were interested, intelligent, reasonable citizens and taxpayers who asked insightful questions and offered thoughtful suggestions. The only time the meeting was out-of-hand was when the developer’s spokesperson offered to reduce the number of marina slips so that they would not be increasing motorized water traffic. We laughed! Even two slips will increase traffic on the lake. I agree that any property owner has a right to apply for an Official Community Plan amendment or bylaw variance. I agree that some developers do a poor job of communicating. I disagree that the district has a responsibility to “help guide them” in any way. That is the job of private consultants paid for by the developer. District staff should not be acting as consultants for the proponent to find ways that the district would be willing to “push the envelope” when it comes to height and density issues. Quite simply, the developer should propose and district staff should review and comment. Anything more is a conflict of interest. The committee and staff should not be pre-negotiating the terms of the amendment. We further disagree on the qualifications of members of the general public to make “technical comments.” I think you underestimate the collective intelligence of your constituents. The only reason that we are unable to make reasoned decisions is because you, your fellow members of council and district staff, do not provide us with the information we need. Collectively, the citizens of Invermere are an intelligent lot. Please do not degrade us by telling us we are not qualified. After nearly two weeks of contemplating the information gleaned from the planning committee meeting, I am more concerned now than before. I am concerned that committee members, together with district staff, seem to wish to narrow the examination to the proposed OCP amendment and to limit, or avoid, public discussion of the greater impact. In order to make the proposal more palatable, members seem to want to defer the more important considerations to the future. If this proposal slides through, they will have full authorization to issue permits and keep the public from a discussion of the major issues. I suggest that this process is clearly designed to favour the developer and restrict public input.

The proposed amendment to the OCP is a Trojan Horse. It appears simple and unassuming on the outside, but may result in unwelcome consequences. Remember, the proposed amendment simply requests variances to zoning, height and density. It bears no relationship to what will be built. Once the changes are approved, the developer can modify the proposal at any time prior to the issuance of building permits, so long as he complies with the “new” OCP. To approve these amendments, without binding contractual agreements, would be irresponsible. Do we want to set this precedent without these agreements and without full knowledge of the total cost? The committee and staff seem quite prepared to do that on our behalf. In his submission to the planning committee, the Director of Public Works addressed the issues of water supply, sewage treatment and traffic. He noted that the proposed amendment did not address the needs for additional downstream sewage treatment nor the obvious need for additional road access to the downtown core. He stated that there “is no shortage of water” but said that it would require additional financial resources to bring it on stream. There seems to be a reluctance to include these issues, and costs, in the process of considering the proposed bylaw. There seems also to be a reluctance to consider the other impacts of such a massive development. It is my firm belief that council, the planning committee, district staff and the developer need to immediately start a series of information meetings whereby all of these issues can be discussed with the public. To bring this proposal to first reading without a firm costing of associated infrastructure needs would be irresponsible on the part of council. The added cost of downstream sewage treatment, water supply and new road systems is just the tip of the iceberg. It is also time for the developer to show us exactly what the project will look like. Where are the final plans, what amenities will be included and when? Why not build the amenities first, then the rest? The boardwalk will make the Hotel/Convention Center more attractive; if the developer cannot build the amenities first, what financial guarantees will he provide to the district to be sure they are built? What time constraints will be placed upon completing the development? What sort of a performance bond will council require? Now is the time to ensure that we do not end up with one more unfinished development in town. Micheal Meehan, Invermere

‘Public qualified to comment, too’ Dear Editor: It is amusing or distressing to discover that Invermere is blessed with a councillor who does not yet comprehend that “general public” can comment on any matter, be it technical or not. The word “professional” is a somewhat loose term in this context. It can be in one sense refer to a person who is mainly engaged in a paid activity. More so, it is used to decribe someone in a branch of advanced learning - hence we have a Professional

Engineer, Medical Doctor, etc. To which sort of professional does the councillor rely on? If the latter, more power to him. It may come as a shock to councillor Taft that in this valley there many professionals very well qualified to understand, and there are many who were serving on the Invermere council before he was born. John Spellman, Invermere

Out & About The Pioneer is pleased to offer this free weekly feature for coming events around the valley. Please call 341-6299 or Email with your events.

Toby Theatre • Jan. 18/19/20/21 - Walk the Line • Jan. 25/26/27/28 - Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

January 20/21/22 • Curling on the Lake Bonspiel. Kinsmen Beach and Joe Peters Curling Club.

January 21 • Used furniture and appliances for sale January 21, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the garage behind the yellow house next door to the Alliance Church on Tenth Avenue in Invermere. • Lions and Kinsmen host Smart Growth seminar. DTSS - 7 pm. Open to the public, FREE. • Fairmont Volunteer Fire Protection Society, AGM - 11 am, Open House 12 - 2 pm. Fairmont Fire Hall. rmere.

January 25

• Chamber of Commerce AGM, discussion of PST, Invermere Inn, noon, call 342-2844 for info. rmere. January 27 • Deadline for nominations for Rotary Club’s citizen of the Year. Mail letter to Box 877, Invermere, V0A 1K0. For info contact any Rotary member. e. January 28 • 6 p.m. Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, Chilli Night, antlers scored, Invermere Legion. • Windermere Valley Saddle Club Social Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 pm at Edgewater Community Hall. $5 each or $10 for a family. Bring pot luck and a “pirate” gift. Everyone welcome.

January 29 • Sunday, Jan. 29 - 2 pm, Symphonie of the Kootenays performing Mozart’s Symphony #39 and his Requiem at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets from Dave’s Book Bar, Stober’s and Pynelogs.

OTHER • Sundays, 5:45-6:45 pm, public skating for all ages. • Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club - archery every Wednesday at 7pm, Invermere Community Hall. • Thursdays, 7:00 pm, Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Education Centre at Panorama. Interpretive program, hot chocolate, small bonfire. 1-877-377-WOLF. • Fridays, 11am-noon, adult skating at the arena. • Senior Men’s Hockey League (55 and over), Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:15am to 10:45am. • Fridays noon-1 pm, parent/tot skating at the arena. • Climbing Wall, J.A. Laird Elementary School gym. Fridays, 3-6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 5-8 pm, $5 drop-in fee. Call 342-6232 for info. Sponsored by

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Federal politicians sprint to the finish By Bob Ede Pioneer Staff With only a few days left before the federal election, the leaders and their respective parties show no sign of winding down or slowing the rhetoric to ease us gently out of this winter election campaign. It’s a sprint to the finish with all the leaders declaring victory or at least a level of victory. Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at our valiant leaders and some of the personality changes they have experienced since the start of the election. Jack Layton has dogsledded his way into our hearts and what he hopes will be a position of hanging onto the balance of power. Out of all the leaders he is the most at ease in front of the camera, basking in the limelight. His Clark Gable moustache shapes his words of compassion while he warns all within earshot that a vote for any other party is a vote for evil and corruption. The truth is he can afford to promise increased health care and education spending, bigger pensions starting with the politicians, of course - and lower taxes for all except the largest businesses. He can be as warm and fuzzy as he can dream of; he ain’t going to have to back it up. Stephen Harper, meanwhile, continues his exercise of perpetrating the demeanor of Prime Minister in waiting. The same image consultants that tried valiantly but failed with Preston Manning look like they may have a

winner with Mr. Harper. It is possible that if he becomes Prime Minister, he will go one step further and hire Stacey and Clinton from What Not to Wear and really turn up the heat - first Canada and then the World. Whether he is throwing ill-timed punches at a heavy bag or sparring with his political foes he is having an increasingly hard time keeping the smile from creeping onto the corners of his mouth. Rising IpsosReid polls have a way of doing that to politicians. While Harper looks like the cat who swallowed the canary, Paul Martin’s face has aged a decade in the last couple of months. And who can blame him? It’s a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions without the swordplay, or the comedy, for that matter. He waited patiently for years for the old boss to step down, and was finally forced to nudge him towards retirement. What does his predecessor do but leave a mess that could have brought down Rome? Paul Martin has been an apologist ever since. If there is one thing he should have learned from John Chretien, it was his two-part defence strategy - never admit you’re wrong and never, never say sorry. Hey, it worked for him for ten years. Regardless of your political leaning, vote on Monday, and take heart that you do not have to cast a vote for any of the above-mentioned leaders. Besides, there is always Green. But remember what another great leader used to say: “It’s not easy being green!”

Historical Lens Jack Taynton and his wife Lydia are pictured here with their son Sinclair and the family dog. Jack came to the valley from England in 1885. He panned gold in Toby Creek and operated a pack train with his brother Billy before starting his own ranch. In 1902 the Tayntons moved to Invermere (then called Canterbury) and built their home near what is now Kinsmen Beach. Jack started a brick and lime yard there. The small bay in front of Kinsmen Beach is named Taynton Bay after him. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

‘Ban smoking in all public places’ Dear Editor: It’s National Non-Smoking Week (January 15-21) and the perfect time to bring attention to tobacco control in British Columbia. Presently, seven provinces (New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland/Labrador) and two territories (Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territory) have adopted 100 percent smoke-free legislation with no allowances for smoking rooms. British Columbia, which was once Canada’s leader in

tobacco control, has fallen far behind. Tobacco use is responsible for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and more than 85 percent of lung cancers. Second-hand smoke is linked to the deaths of at least 1,100 Canadians each year. Strong non-smoking legislation is an effective way to protect people from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. It also reduces smoking rates by helping smokers quit or smoke less. Through the cost-recovery lawsuit, the B.C. government has shown leadership and determination in

holding the tobacco industry accountable for hiding the truth about the harm of using tobacco products. The Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, urges the B.C. government to demonstrate similar resolve in fully protecting all British Columbians from second-hand smoke by enacting smoke-free legislation in 100 percent of public places, with no allowances for designated smoking rooms. Dave Chisholm and Patti Moore Canadian Cancer Society

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January 20, 2006


“Where are the federal candidates?’

Dear Editor:

I am frightened by the way that this federal election is shaping up. Not the fact that the leaders of the major parties are resorting to mudslinging and thinly veiled slanderous attacks at opposing parties and their leaders. In fact, I take an almost childlike delight in guessing which promises loosely and hastily made will be broken, forgotten, or even (gasp!) fulfilled. I am not even frightened by the rising levels of apathy and disillusionment in this country that seem to loom larger at every election, especially in the young demographics (which I am a member of ). OK, I lied - that scares me a little, but is (mostly) beside the point. But what I find really frightening is the fact that - brace yourself - there will be no candidates forum held in Invermere this election . . . pause for gasps of shock and surprise. OK, maybe it is a little late for me to be noticing this, let alone complaining about it, but I am really disappointed. The closest forum was held in Cranbrook, and there will not be one held in Invermere this election. I have attempted to contact the Rotary Club regarding this but have not heard from them at the time that this letter was completed. I have known from the beginning that I am voting

‘Gun law in Australia didn’t work’ Dear Editor: Here’s a thought from Ed Chenel, a police officer in Australia. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australian taxpayers more than $500 million. The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent, assault are up 8.6 percent, and armed robberies are up 44 percent. While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically in the past 12 months since the criminals are now guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly. The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. Dave Lewis, Invermere

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for the Green Party. I do, however, have a slightly uncomfortable feeling that I am voting ‘blind.’ I have not met Clements Verhoeven, nor have I heard him speak. I do believe that Green is the party that I would most like to support; however, it is important to attend a forum that will help confirm my belief that a Green vote is the right vote for me. This same lack of intimacy with the candidates is a particular problem for anyone planning to vote Liberal, as Jhim Burwell is also a brand new candidate. We know Jim Abbott, and Brent Bush, but it is nice to remind oneself about candidates that one has supported (or opposed) in previous elections. It is much easier to judge individuals in person, when they are responding to questions that your voting peers have put to them. Candidate forums allow you to see aspects of each candidate that you simply cannot divine from carefully calculated letters, biographies or pamphlets. The good, the bad, the scary and the misinformed are laid out unmercifully in front of you, to judge and condemn to whatever fate, you, the voter, deem appropriate. This may sound a little melodramatic, but essentially it is true. When you vote, you are not voting for a party leader, you are voting for an individual who will represent you in Ottawa to whichever of those

leaders happens to win. Although they will (usually) follow their party line, there is no guarantee of this. If you haven’t met these people and heard them speak about issues that are important to you, how can you trust them enough to give them your vote? That said - look on the websites, inform yourself, then VOTE!!! If nothing else, you will have no right to complain about the government if you don’t. If you can’t, in good conscience, vote for a major party (and really, who could blame you?), vote for a minor one, or even go to the poll and register an official vote of no confidence. No ballot is a ‘wasted’ vote. Because we, the residents of Invermere, do not have the resource of a candidate forum this year, it is important that we take it upon ourselves to glean what knowledge we can in order to vote well. Remember to consider the source of that forwarded e-mail from Vancouver, or that speech writer’s blog - the odds are pretty good that someone is trying to change your mind, or at least help you make it. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is not the way to elect a government. Deanna Berrington, Invermere

‘Let the locals decide Jumbo’ Dear Editor: Having given the decision re: Jumbo to the Regional District of East Kootenay, the provincial government should butt out and let democracy take its course. The provincial government, via Bill Bennett, insults local intelligence by stating that judicious decisions about local issues cannot be made here.

Past Minister Abbot stated, prior to being elected of course, that the Jumbo decision would remain in local hands. This entire issue could be called “The Jumbo Tea Party.” It is entirely about democracy now, and since when has Victoria ever legitimately been in tune with our local issues anyway?

Victoria Page, Windermere

‘Jumbo resort asset to the valley’ Dear Editor: I was fortunate enough to attend the Jumbo Glacier Resort public presentation on Jan 4, 2006. A huge amount of information was being absorbed by numerous residents of the Columbia Valley. It was great to see this participation and see this presentation. Jumbo Wild, the negative group regarding JGR, was good enough to hire a bus to bring concerned citizens from Cranbrook and Kimberley to view this excellent presentation. One of the participants was Mr. Dave Quinn, I understand. He did not introduce himself to me; however, another person recognized him and explained to me who I was speaking with at the time. While I was speaking with someone else about the tertiary sewage system proposed for JGR, a lovely topic would you not say, Mr. Quinn interjected himself into the conversation with some interesting observations. I must thank him for pushing me to expand my knowledge of this excellent system even further than previously absorbed. Mr. Quinn criticized the tertiary systems in general in that he stated that Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorous (P) are not removed from the downstream product leaving tertiary systems. After doing some further

research as he suggested, I found that in fact nitrogen and phosphorous are removed from the waste water that would be leaving the Jumbo Resort and this tertiary system. This extremely clean water is then injected back into the ground through the use of ground sinks. Therefore, I do want to thank Mr. Quinn publicly for his excellent suggestion. I also want to express my appreciation to both Mr. Quinn and to Jumbo Wild for helping to make this resort proposal, one of the most environmentally exceptional resorts in all of North America. Your input has helped many residents of the valley understand just how good this project really is and what an asset this will be for our valley. Thank you, Mr. Quinn, and thank you, Jumbo Wild. Back to you, Mr. Quinn, here is the web address for you to research this excellent process: http://www. This is truly is an impressive system for our valley. The cities of Cranbrook, Nelson, Kimberley, Invermere and Kaslo as well as any mountain community might do well to consider this process. David R. Pacey Radium Hot Springs

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RCMP Report • January 11: An Invermere man was arrested two days after being released on bail from jail. The man was at large on probation with a no contact condition. He was observed writing on the dirt of the person’s vehicle while it was parked in downtown Invermere. The man appeared in Provincial Court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody and may lose his cash bail. • January 11: Police received report of a theft from a vehicle in the Fairmont area. Stolen were a wallet, credit cards and driver’s license, a backpack, a small set of binoculars, and possibly a couple of CDs. The vehicle was not locked. • January 9: Police received report of a downed hydro pole. Investigation found the exhaust stacks from a large truck had caught the lines. • January 7: RCMP were called to possible impaired driver attempting to drive away from a local pub. The vehicle was located nearby making wide turns and driving on the wrong side of the road. The suspect vehicle was pulled over and the driver showed obvious signs of impairment. He was detained and brought back to the detachment where he provided two breath samples of 240 mg percent. The driver was issued with a 24-hour suspension and a 90-day Adminis-

trative Driving Prohibition. Charges have been recommended for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operating with alcohol level over 80 mg percent. Further investigation found the man to be at large with a warrant for his arrest from Vancouver Island. The man was released on a court date for those charges. • January 7: Police were at the Invermere Esso about 12:36 a.m. when they heard a vehicle slam into pole at The Petro-Can. Police found the male driver displaying several signs of impairment. The man was detained, and escorted to provide breath samples of 230 mg percent. • January 1: A 29-year-old Invermere woman’s driving privileges were suspended for 24 hours after she was stopped in a police roadcheck in Invermere. The woman failed a roadside breath test which lead to the suspension and her vehicle being impounded for 24 hours. • December 30: A 43-year-old Invermere man found his driving privileges suspended for 24 hours after being stopped in a police roadcheck. Police demanded a roadside breath sample which resulted in a breath sample in excess of the Motor Vehicle Act standard. The driver was also under medication at the time of driving.

A Day in Court The following people were convicted and sentenced in adult court held in Invermere on January 17. Presiding was circuit judge Ron Webb of Cranbrook. • Aaron D. Bradshaw pled guilty to operating a vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol. The court heard that Mr. Bradshaw was stopped at a road check and gave two breath samples, reading .200 and .180 respectively. The court heard Mr. Bradshaw had four previous alcohol-related convictions. He was sentenced to 45 days intermittent jail time, probation until April 30, 2006 and a three-year driving prohibition. • Robert P. Guenther pled guilty to operating a vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol. The court heard that on September 24, 2005 Mr. Guenther was pulled over by RCMP and provided two breath samples, both .130. Mr. Guenther was

sentenced to a one-year driving prohibition and a $600 fine. • Kevin R. Moore pled guilty to operating a vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol. The court heard that Mr. Moore was stopped at a road check and gave two breath samples, both .110. Mr. Moore was sentenced to a one-year driving prohibition and a $600 fine. • A Canal Flats woman pled guilty to one count of assault. The court heard on May 20, 2004 RCMP responded to a domestic complaint. The court heard investigation revealed the woman spit at and threw gravel in the face of one of two men, aged 20 and 19, who had arrived to pick up her 14-year-old daughter. The court heard that the gravel had broken the tooth of one of the men. The court heard that she had one previous conviction for assault. She was sentenced to a $75 fine.

Taking his best shot Budding archers and would-be Robin Hoods are welcome to test their skills at the Invermere Community Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Here Leland Davidson of Invermere steadies his arm before he lets the arrow fly.

The Rotary Club of Invermere’s

Christmas Tree Committee would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Walter Verge, Steven Verge & Ian Nittel for their donation of the trees & Randy Brash & his staff at IGA for the space and assistance with our customers & most especially the people who purchased a tree. Proceeds from the tree sales will go to community support programs, including student exchanges, scholarships, bursaries and student vocational information programs.


CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Nominations are now open for the Invermere Rotary Club’s annual Citizen of the Year Award. Anyone who wants to nominate a person they feel has made a significant contribution to the community is asked to write a letter outlining their reasons. All nominations are to be mailed to the Rotary Club of Invermere, Box 877, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. Anyone can be nominated. Contributions to the community can mean many things. It does not have to mean someone in the public eye. Many contributions to the community are accomplished in quiet unassuming ways. Take the time....write a letter of nomination. It’s an honour just to be nominated. Deadline for nominations is Friday January 27, 2006. More information concerning the Citizen of the Year Award can be obtained from any Rotary member.

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Friendship leads to Olympic Games ing just short themselves of qualifying for the Olympics in 1997. Thanks to a friendship Christine returned to Calmade as a junior player in gary and to curling in the fall Calgary nearly ten years ago, of 2002. She remained a good Invermere’s Christine Keshen friend of Amy’s - now an artiis on the precipice of Olymcling law student at Field Law pic glory. of Calgary, one of the sponsors Christine met Amy Nixof Team Kleibrink - and when on, 28, immediately after she a spot playing lead came availmoved to the big city in 1996 able in September 2004, Amy to pursue her education in suggested her former junior international commerce. The teammate. small town girl, who didn’t The team enjoyed immediknow anyone in Calgary, was ate success. Last March, with living in a condo owned by Christine playing lead, the her parents, Jack and Carol team won the Strauss Canada Amy Nixon, second from left, met Christine Keshen, second from right, on her first day in Calgary. Keshen of Invermere. Cup in Kamloops. Other team members are Shannon Kleibrink, left; Glenys Bakker, centre; and Sandra Jenkins, right. Wondering how to make The win assured Christine’s new friends, she hit upon the place on the team. “When we timately losing the final of the 1998 Alberta women’s perfect solution - the curling rink. won the Canada Cup, I really felt like I’d earned my junior championship. “I went to the rink my first day there,” Christine That loss demoralized Christine. For three years spot on the team,” said Christine. “A lot of people said recalled. she lived abroad and left curling behind. “The junior ‘Who’s this girl?’ But that win was a huge thing for Christine let people at the Calgary Curling Club loss devastated me,” said Christine. “It really kind of me.” know that she wanted to play with other competitive pounded me down.” With her role on the team clinched, Christine has junior women curlers and met current Team Kleibrink While Christine was away from the game, Amy let her personality come out. member Amy Nixon. “I met Amy the first day there,” got a chance to play with skip Shannon Kleibrink and “I’m the young one on the team,” she says. “If says Christine. second Glenys Bakker. It was a big jump. The more someone in the media needs a wild quote, they’ll call The young women hit it off. They curled together experienced curlers had been together for years, fall- me.” for three years on a team skipped by Ms. Nixon, ulBy Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff


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orama since ‘97-’98,” said Jeremy Donald, co-owner of Syndicate Boardshop in Invermere. As of Wednesday afternoon, Panorama had reWeeks of fresh snowfall have covered the slopes ceived 54 centimetres of snow in seven days. at Panorama Mountain Village in snow - the likes of “It’s phenomenal . . . we’re so stoked,” said Aidan which haven’t been seen in years. Hinschberger, a snowboard tuner at Columbia Cycle. “This is probably the best snow we’ve had at Pan“It’s all everyone is talking about.” Mr. Donald said the Email: snow has increased sales at his shop. “Customers have been happy and that’s

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she says. Mrs. Halik advises those who insist on going into the back country to take precautions. “They should take a beacon, shovel, a probe and some knowledge,” she said. Mrs. Halik says skiers and snowboarders should stay off very steep terrain, limiting runs to those under 35 degrees. “If someone ventures on an open steep slope, they have a death wish,” she said. Over the past two weeks avalanches have claimed lives in Fernie and Golden. For more information on avalanche conditions go to

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EYES ON THE PRIZE - RCMP Constable Darin Underhill throws a rock at the B.C. Police Curling Zone Playdowns held last weekend at the Invermere Curling Club. Darin’s team won the bonspiel and is off to Penticton for curling provincials.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS VOLUNTEERS WANTED The Invermere Public Library is looking for more volunteers. Shelf readers are needed weekdays for two hours each. Qualifications: able to accurately arrange items in alphabetical and numerical order; able to bend, stoop, reach, stretch and lift; attention to detail; able to work independently.

PUBLIC SERVICE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. If alcohol is causing problems in your life, call 342-2424 for info. All meetings at 8pm: Monday; Invermere Group, Christ Church Trinity, Wednesday; Windermere Group, Valley Christian Assembly Church, Friday; Radium Group, Radium Catholic Church, Saturday; Invermere First Step, Family Resource Centre, 625 4th Street; Sunday; Columbia Lake Band Hall, off Highway 93/95 south of Windermere. All meetings are open. ALCOHOLISM SHATTERS LIVES. To help the alcoholic, you must help yourself first. Al Anon meets 10am Tuesdays at the Catholic Church, 1210 - 9th Street, Invermere. For info call Carol, 347-9841.

NOTICES Windermere Valley Saddle Club Social Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 pm at Edgewater Community Hall. Club provides turkey, buns and potatoes. $5 each or $10 for a family. Bring pot luck and a “pirate” gift (recycle from tack room, a re-gift, or a purchase under $10). Feel free to bring trophies, pictures, displays or items for sale. Everyone welcome. Kootenay Region Métis Association is calling for nominations for the position of North Local President. Contact Mike Paradis at (250) 342-6359 or par342@telus. net. Election date is January 28, 2006.

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ROOM FOR RENT Room for rent. Must be quiet and like kids. Please call 688-0056.

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE Clean 14x70 manufactured home, F/S, W/D, Windermere, close to school, $43,000 OBO. 342-9646.

Meat Grinder, No. 12 head, 3/4 horsepower, 110 volts, 400 lbs/ hour, dipped tin, permanently lubricated steel gears, like new, $1100, comes with tubs, hooks, paper holder, 342-5856. Konica Minolta Dimage A200 digital camera, comes with telephoto and wide-angle lens, 1 GB card, 512 mb card, remote, AV cable, charge and Lowe pro case, like new, $1100, 342-5856.

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January 20, 2006

It’s a small world, say two doctors

By Sandra Kelly Special to The Pioneer

“Do I know you?” That was the question Alison Shaw and Jodene Eldstrom were asking each other last November. The women, both of whom attended David Thompson Secondary School in the late 1980s, came face to face at the convocation ceremony where each received a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia. Each graduate seemed familiar to the other, but neither knew why. “We met while making our entrance to the ceremony,” says Ms. Shaw. “Jody looked very familiar to me, but we had to chat for a while before we figured out our connection.” “I was surprised and pleased to see Alison again,” says Ms. Eldstrom. “I hadn’t known she was at UBC, and then to have her graduate on the same day . . . how unlikely, given the number of students from David Thompson who have pursued graduate degrees!” Ms. Shaw hails from Spillamacheen, and Ms. Eldstrom comes from Windermere. They weren’t childhood friends, but they knew one another’s siblings and had many other mutual acquaintances. Both women have since distinguished themselves academically. In 1988 Ms. Eldstrom graduated with honors from David Thompson, and then went on to earn a B.Sc.

Former locals Jodene Eldstrom, left, and Alison Shaw, right, received their doctoral degrees from UBC on the same day. from UBC and an honors diploma in biotechnology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She planned to pursue a master’s degree at UBC, but was talked into doing a Ph.D. in Physiology instead. Still at UBC, she is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences. She works in the same lab where she conducted, and will continue, the research begun with her Ph.D.

Her career goal is to work as a research associate. “Doing research will enable me to stay in Vancouver, and to have a life outside the lab. Besides, I just generally prefer research to teaching.” Ms. Shaw attended DTSS from 1987 to 1991, but finished high school in Calgary. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Honors Environmental Studies from UBC. Her thesis (completed at the University of Cape Town in South Africa), examined the UN international climate science assessment. She then went straight into the Ph.D. program at UBC. Her doctoral degree is in Resource Management: Environmental Studies. “It’s an interesting program,” she says. “It attracts students from all over the world, so there’s a lot of exchange and learning. People are working to ensure that the environment is as important as the economy and politics. They are trying to make the world a better place.” Ms. Shaw currently has three contract positions at UBC. As for the future, she is “very interested” in international development work, particularly in the field of reducing human and ecological vulnerability to climate change in developing countries. Will the graduates stay in touch? “I hope so,” says Ms. Eldstrom. “Perhaps one day Alison and I can team up to help graduates from DTSS navigate their way through UBC. It’s an exciting place to be, but it can be intimidating for a smalltown kid.”

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 15

January 20, 2006 Book Review by Sheila Bonny

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manslaughter that he is unlikely to have committed. The Coynes’ investigation earns them enemies and upsets the stability of Damian’s powerful Chicago family. Throughout the narrative, Greeley weaves excerpts from the melancholy nineteenth-century journal of a West Ireland priest attempting to teach charity in a community troubled by an unsolved murder, ancient pagan superstitions and harsh English occupation. As Dermont and Nuala read the journal, Nuala’s second sight enables her to divine the murderer. Irish Cream is as much a romance as

a mystery. Despite dealing with two highprofile careers, three precocious children, two enormous Irish wolfhounds and assorted household staff, Nuala and Dermont’s relationship remains unfailingly tender and filled with prodigious physical passion. The outcome of the manslaughter investigation stretches credibility, Nuala’s insights are magical, and Greeley’s portrayal of marriage is idealized. Despite its fairytale-like qualities, Irish Cream will delight romantics. Rarely is a mystery so filled with humour, compassion and love.

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Pioneer Briefs Identification kits distributed Schools across the Upper Columbia Valley will distribute personal identification kits to kindergarten students. The kits, prepared by the Lake Windermere District Lions Club, are to be used as a reference to provide information to parents and investigators in the event of a kidnapping or an abduction. The kit includes spaces for photos, fingerprints and hair samples as well as information like eye colour, birth date and height. The kits will be sent home with valley kindergarten students over the next few weeks, says organizer and Lions Club member Don Critchley.

Rotary Club seeks Citizen of the Year The Rotary Club of Invermere wants nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year. Anyone who wants to nominate a person they feel has made a significant contribution to the community is asked to write a let-

ter outlining their reasons. Please mail your letter to the Rotary Club, Box 877, Invermere, V0A 1K0. The deadline is January 27, 2006. Contributions to the community can mean many things. The successful recipient does not have to have a high public profile. Many contributions to the community are made in quiet, unassuming ways. For information, contact any Rotary Club member. Last year’s recipients were Bob and Leona Gadsby.

Region seeks Volunteer of the Year The Regional District of East Kootenay is also searching for its Volunteer of the Year. Nominations are now being accepted for Electoral Area Volunteer Appreciation Awards. The regional district will honour one volunteer from each of its six electoral districts. In the Columbia Valley, that means one volunteer will be chosen from Area F, including the area from Invermere north to Spillimacheen; and Area G, including the area from Invermere south to Canal Flats. Nominees must be residents of an Electoral Area and make voluntary contributions to the spirit, culture or people of the community, either as individuals

or as part of a larger non-profit group. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Columbia Valley regional office. Deadline is February 27, 2006. For information call Raeleen Manjak at 1-888478-7335.

Fish and wildlife positions open The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is looking for new public representatives to sit on its steering committee to help guide the organization over the next three years. The program, which recently celebrated 10 years of operation, is a joint initiative between B.C. Hydro, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Its purpose is to enhance fish and wildlife populations affected by the construction of B.C. Hydro dams in the Columbia Basin. Individuals can nominate themselves or conservation groups can put names forward. The positions are for a three-year term starting April 1, 2006 with the deadline for nominations being February 1, 2006. For more information please visit or call (250) 352-6874, or email angus.


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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 17

January 20, 2006

Loading dock shortage temporarily resolved By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Quiniscoe Homes has received a temporary permit for loading and unloading supplies near its new Parkside Place development on 7th Avenue in Invermere. Invermere council made the decision at its January 10th meeting. The situation arose because the town’s bylaws call for two loading stalls to be placed within the development. However, apparently because of some confusion over the wording of the parking requirements, no loading stalls were included in Quiniscoe’s original plan. “It fell through the cracks both with our designers and with the district,” said Quiniscoe project manager Bob Hawes. Quiniscoe requested that council amend the bylaw to reduce the required number of loading stalls from two to one. That was approved by council.

The second proposal was to allow Quiniscoe a temporary permit to park on the opposite side of the street, next to Pot Hole Park. Councillor Bob Campsall spoke against that suggestion, saying that because of the busy traffic on that section of the street, this would put people at risk for accidents. He proposed that a temporary loading dock be allowed on the side of the street in front of Parkside Place. He said because this would occupy some of the developer’s parking spots in front of the development, it would spur Quiniscoe to resolve the problem quickly by creating a loading stall on their own property. That proposal was voted on and passed by council. Quiniscoe now has six months to create a permanent loading stall. Mr. Hawes said a site has already been selected for the on-site loading stall to be accessed from the rear of the project but the ground has to thaw out first because some digging needs to be done.

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GREAT PRIZE - Invermere’s Saan Store Manager Patty Seymour watches while Mayor Mark Shmigelsky draws for $1,000 worth of free gas, part of a promotion that took place at all Saan stores in Canada. The local winner was Lana Banham of Invermere. REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY 19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENTS - FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Dutch Creek Developments Ltd. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will rezone part of the subject property to accommodate expansion of the existing RV resort. The property is located at 5478 Highway 93/95 in the Fairmont Hot Springs area, as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 1872 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay - Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 177, 2006 (Fairmont / Dutch Creek Developments Ltd.)” will amend the zoning designation for part of Sublot 9, District Lot 344, Kootenay District from RES-2, Resort Recreation Zone to RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is preparing a new community plan for Area G, north of Radium Hot Springs, including the communities of Edgewater, Brisco and Spillimacheen. The plan will address major land use and development issues in the plan area for the next ten years.

The public hearing will be held at: COLUMBIA RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE 6890 Hwy 93/95 Fairmont BC WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2006 at 7:00 pm

The public is invited to participate in community workshops regarding the official community plan. These workshops will be a hands-on opportunity to provide input on the vision of the community for the future development of the plan area. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing.

WORKSHOP 1 Residents/Owners in the Brisco, Spillimacheen, Spur Valley/Luxor and Surrounding Areas JANUARY 24, 2005 – 6:30 PM BRISCO COMMUNITY HALL 4919 Nelson Road Brisco BC WORKSHOP 2 Residents/Owners in Edgewater and Surrounding Areas JANUARY 31, 2005 – 6:30 PM EDGEWATER COMMUNITY HALL Selkirk Avenue Edgewater BC If you have questions about the meeting or the planning process, please contact Laurie Cordell, Planner, at (250) 489-0306 or toll free at 1-888-4787335,

SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information contact Rob Veg, Planning Technician at 250 4890314 or toll free at 888-478-7335. Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services January 6, 2006


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Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, January 22nd, 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction. Guest Speaker: Rev. Blaine Sylvester from Alliance University College in Calgary. Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 3, during the morning service. Senior Pastor Rev. Dieter Magnus Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Sunday, January 22nd • United Communion 8:30 - Edgewater - All Saints 10:30 a.m. Invermere - Christ Church Trinity (includes Sunday School) Rev. Sandy Ferguson 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10:00 am Children’s church during the message part of the service. Children 4 - 12 years. • Sunday, 7:00 pm Prayer Meeting Senior Pastor Rev. John Cuyler Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511

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ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere 342 4406 Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Mass • Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Mass

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ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Regular weekly worship services every Sunday at 1:30 pm Sr. Pastor Rev. Bryan K. Schindel 342 4406 Assoc. Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10:00 am Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633

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Each day is a gift from God By Jared Enns Youth Pastor Lake Windermere Alliance Church I am and will always be the most valuable commodity in the world. I can only be used once. Once used I am gone forever. I am desired by everyone but ruled by no one. With me, everyone is on equal ground. I recognize heads of state, kings and queens the same as I do the laborers. I cannot be bought. Each person receives me in the amount that God has allotted. Wisdom and foolishness are revealed in my use, and yet there are times when foolishness is the wisest use of me. I have been broken down and categorized by every civilization under the sun. Some cultures revered me, while others treated me with reckless disdain. But I have surpassed them all for I am still here and they are gone. All that is left are the memories. History itself is the record of how I have been used. To some I am freedom itself and to others I am a prison. To some I blow by like the wind, while for others I seem to stand still. You cannot hoard me, control me, store me, but you do have the choice as to how you will spend me. What will you do with me? Will you make the most of me or will you waste me? I am TIME. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: - a time to be born and a time to die, - a time to plant and a time to uproot, - a time to kill and a time to heal, - a time to tear down and a time to build, - a time to weep and a time to laugh,

- a time to mourn and a time to dance, - a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, - a time to embrace and a time to refrain, - a time to search and a time to give up, - a time to keep and a time to throw away, - a time to tear and a time to mend, - a time to be silent and a time to speak, - a time to love and a time to hate, - a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) With this new year upon us, almost three weeks of which have already passed, have you thought about what you are doing with your allotment of time? New Year’s Resolutions are made with the intent of how to use the time we are given, often to better ourselves or those around us, but looking back at year’s end too often we see goals unrealized and another year gone by. Why not try something a little different this year? Set out each day with the intent to do something of value with the time that you have, and at the end of each day evaluate by asking yourself, “What did I do of value today?” - Was I the husband and father that I needed to be today? - Did I build into the lives of my kids? Spend quality time with them? - Did I give my best effort at work today? - Did I honor God with my words and actions? - Did my being alive make the difference in someone else’s life? - Did I use my time to build into my life? Take a moment and look at what is of true lasting value to you. Are you spending your most valuable possession on what really matters? Set your VCR to tape that show, and the dishes will wait. Each day that you have to live is a gift from God. Spend your time wisely.

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From my house to yours, I would like to thank all of my friends and customers for their generous support this year, and I would like to remind you that I’ll be here for you throughout all seasons!

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TIP OF THE WEEK Last week’s unseasonable warm weather has brought out the buds on the lilac bushes. Photo by Bob Ede

Irene says, “When leaving the wood yard remember to check in at the gate and we’ll make sure you have everything you came for.”

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Perry Horning, (left) multi-time winner of the On The Lake Bonspiel was seen getting the inside scoop on ice conditions from ice maker Fred Christensen. The On The Lake Bonspiel is set to start tonight and go through the weekend. Photo by Bob Ede.

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One of the Best

Situated on five lots with panoramic views, this home features all wood finishing, cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. An original church, this home is a charmer! MLS#114663


Enjoy all this beautiful home has to offer! 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms including master with ensuite & steam shower. Open, spacious design, large country kitchen. Big, private back yard with lake views and partially treed. Deck off the master suite for morning coffee! Double garage, low maintenance exterior and access to the lake and community centre with swimming pool. MLS#112340



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