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Vol. 7/Issue 20

The Columbia

May 14, 2010



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Deb Neault loses battle with cancer By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A beloved community leader and humanitarian, Debbie Neault was best known for her dedication to helping those in need. The long-time valley resident worked tirelessly as a volunteer, supporting numerous causes including the Columbia Valley Victim Services and Meals on Wheels. She passed away on Friday May 7th, following an intense battle with breast cancer. “It’s a real loss to the community,” said Dave Broadfoot, who had known Debbie since high school. “She was an absolutely wonderful woman, so caring, so kind. She will be missed.” Debbie was diagnosed in January with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a rare form of the disease which is particularly fast-acting and difficult to detect. By the time it was discovered by doctors, the cancer had spread to her lungs, abdomen and ovaries. “I’d never heard of IBC,” said Jan Maslaniec, one of the founding members of Friends For Deb, a group organized to raise funds to help cover her expenses. “Nor had my friends, or anyone I spoke to. It’s virtually impossible to detect, only an MRI can pick it up.” Community support for Debbie was immediate, with collection boxes around Invermere filling quickly.

She underwent an unsuccessful five-week course of daily chemotherapy before switching to alternative tri-weekly treatments. A month before she passed away more than 150 friends, family and supporters came together for the Debbie Neault Benefit. “Even at the benefit, when you could see she was suffering, she still wanted to help others,” said Ms. Maslaniec. “She would do anything for anyone. She was the most amazing woman I have ever met in my life.” In the time following her diagnosis Debbie worked hard to help to raise awareness of IBC. Local doctors commented on an increase in the number of women coming in for breast screenings, said Ms. Maslaniec. Debbie passed away peacefully on Friday in Invermere and District Hospital, with her loved ones by her side. “It was a real pleasure knowing her,” said Al Miller, Debbie’s friend and former employer at Invermere Home Hardware. “She worked and played hard and was incredibly driven and community minded — a lovely woman.” A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held on Saturday, May 15th, from 12-3 p.m. at the Black Forest Restaurant in Invermere. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the B.C. Cancer Society.

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Developers want a break on fees By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Valley developers are upset with the high cost of building in the District of Invermere and want the fees charged by the district lowered to reflect today’s economic climate. On Tuesday, May 4th, Invermere council met to hear developers’ concerns about Development Cost Charges (DCCs), fees charged to pay for amenities like sidewalks, sewer service and curbing. A crowd of 40 developers, subcontractors and their families squeezed into council chambers for the afternoon meeting which Mayor Gerry Taft called “emotional and political.” CastleRock Estates President Dave Behan said it’s a “pivotal time” for Invermere and that he thinks lots of people might leave if the situation does not change. “Things are declining rapidly,” he said. Currently, DCCs are $16,349.85 per single family house and $12,262.38 per unit in high-density

projects, four times higher than they were in 2006. In 2007, in a booming economy and red-hot real estate market, Invermere raised its rates to cover the cost of rapid expansion. Developers now say those prices are not sustainable. “You cannot finance a project; the lenders will laugh at you,” Mr. Behan said. “This is a drastic situation.” Mayor Taft said he understands the concerns of the developers but isn’t sure what his council can do, especially in the face of Canada’s surging dollar, the market and construction costs. “The role of local government is relatively limited when it comes to economic issues,” he said. “We don’t have that much power.” The districts’ office made it clear that money collected from DCCs are not spent on current items on its public works list, including road upgrades. Even though the charges have nearly quadrupled since 2007, Mayor Taft believes the costs make sense. “There is still some benefit to being on a quality

water and sewer system and being on a quality road network,” the mayor commented. Council has taken a hard line, saying development pays for itself. The four current DCCs help pay for water, sewer systems, the Westside Parkway project and parks. Approximately $45 million is tied up in these four areas. Completed projects will save approximately $6 million once they are removed from the DCCs list, Mayor Taft said. Developers want to see more transparency in how DCC funds are allocated. Mr. Behan said the time is now for a decision to be made, calling the current situation “beyond punitive.” “We can continue putting dollars into the community or we can go elsewhere,” he said. The five-figure fees for Invermere were established in 2008 and the province of British Columbia reviews such bylaws every five to seven years. Mayor Taft said another meeting to discuss the issue is scheduled in about six weeks’ time.

Parks ban booze on May long weekend By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff A new liquor ban in three national parks means no alcohol for campers looking to kick back with a few cold ones this May long weekend. The alcohol ban applies to Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park, Kicking Horse Campground in Yoho National Park and Lake Louise in Banff National Park from 7 a.m., May 21st, until noon on May 24th. The ban, implemented for the first time, is the result of visitor complaints received by park employees,

Parks Canada spokesperson Heidi Perren explained. She called the three parks “premier camping destinations” and said Parks Canada wants to keep them enjoyable for families. Although last year was not the worst on record for alcohol related incidents, she said, the alcohol ban is based on recent visitor feedback. Banff National Park faces even tougher sanctions than the others, she said, including liquor bans on July, August and September long weekends as well as fire bans from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. until October 31st. Ms. Perren said Banff Park has more “unique challenges” than other parks and the punitive mea-

sures are supposed to ensure a quality experience for everyone. Penalties for violating the liquor ban include the seizure of alcohol, campground permit revocation, eviction from the campground and possibly being charged under the National Park Act or provincial regulations. If charged under the National Park Act, a mandatory court appearance will result and a judge will set a fine, Ms. Perren said. Park wardens and RCMP will be enforcing the new rules for campers and Ms. Perren said they are hoping word spreads before the long weekend since no literature is being circulated.

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RCMP Report Submitted by Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On May 8th, members of the RCMP’s Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a complaint of an assault involving roommates in Edgewater. The investigation is continuing. • On May 8th, the detachment received a complaint of theft of a set of Callaway X-Tour golf clubs that were stolen from an employee’s vehicle at Eagle Ranch. Detachment is looking at some video of the area. • On May 8th, police received a report of a stolen yellow, 2008 Ski-Doo that was left at the 35-kilometre mark of Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road. The Ski-Doo had Alberta plates CA843 attached to it. • On May 9th, the Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a two-vehicle accident two kilometres east of Kootenay Crossing in Kootenay National Park. A 2003 Honda driven by a 40-year-old man from Calgary was passing a 2004 Acura on wet pavement when it lost control and hit the Acura driven by a 53-yearold Calgary man. The Honda went into the ditch and flipped while the Acura spun out on the highway. All parties were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda was charged with excess speed relative to road conditions. • On May 9th, the Columbia Valley Detachment received a report of a damaged fence on Old Mine

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Road on the Shuswap Band Reserve. Horses in the area were located and secured. • On May 9th at 2:52 a.m., a group of youths were seen on the roof of the Quality Bakery on 7th Avenue in Invermere. Damage was done to a sign and electric service was cut off. Some youths were found in the area later were determined to be involved. The youths have been identified and police are following up on the incident. • On May 9th, police responded to a single vehicle accident involving a deer on Highway 95 near Edgewater. A 2003 Ford Explorer was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. • On May 10th, some clothes and an iPod were stolen from a vehicle parked at the Eagle Ranch golf course. • On May 10th, the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of a 2006 Specialized Hardrock Mountain bicycle in the 7,000 block of Columbia Avenue in Radium. • On May 10th, a 41-year old Invermere man was checked operating a vehicle on Highway 93/95. The man displayed signs of impairment and failed a breath test. The man is currently charged with impaired driving and driving with more than .08 blood alcohol content. • On May 11th, a vehicle was discovered to have been broken into on May 8th while parked at the Copper Point golf course. An iPod and sunglasses were stolen. It appears with the good weather and numerous vehicles in one spot, thieves are targeting our local golf courses. Ensure your vehicle is locked and valuables are secured out of sight. Staff at the golf courses are aware of the thefts and will be keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity in their lots.

It is with great sadness that I have to report that the DTSS students defeated the RCMP floor hockey team in the semi-finals with the final score, something to 1, and they move on to the finals. The impact of this defeat is that we will not be repeating champions as we expected. Really, it’s just a floor hockey game and it’s not as if it was real hockey. We, the RCMP, felt it was more important to provide our youths with an opportunity to feel

like winners, and, as adults felt good about throwing the game. I want to publicly apologize to my team as I was not able to be there for them. My leadership and athletic abilities were, no doubt, truly missed. We know what some of these kids drive and it would be fair to advise them that until the hurt of letting the championship slip (give it four months) from our fingers, they signal every turn, come to a full stop at every stop sign and not speed at more than three kilometres per hour over the limit — our new tolerance with these particular kids.

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Regional district ban on sale of fireworks ignites controversy

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Valley stores have been forbidden from selling fireworks when open fire bans are in place. A new bylaw, created by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), prevents businesses and individuals in Wendy Booth the district from selling, gifting or giving away fireworks during a fire ban. “It’ll put firework sales right down,” said Mariena Hassett, owner of Brisco General Store, one of those affected by the new restrictions. “Just because one or two people are being careless, stores are getting penalized for it and we don’t appreciate that.” The new rules, effective from June 1st, are designed to minimize the chance of forest and grass fires during the driest parts of the year. The regional district said it is only responding to local demand for firework restrictions. “The District proposed this bylaw based on input from concerned residents within the region,” said Wendy Booth, RDEK director for Region F, which includes Fairmont Hot Springs and Windermere. “This has been in the works for several months

and we wanted to have it completed prior to the 2010 summer season.” But there are also locals who say that the restrictions have not gone far enough. “It’s a start,” said Fairmont and Windermere Fire Chief, Jim Miller. “It’ll certainly deter some of the firework incidents, but there’s no way to stop people coming in from somewhere else and shooting fireworks off.” Mr. Miller is calling for an outright ban on selling fireworks to individuals, while still allowing licensed companies to carry out public displays. “A full ban might actually affect people coming to the valley,” said Cory Stanbury, owner of Windermere Foods, another store whose firework sales will be restricted. “In a very hot, dry summer I could lose out on $10,000 of sales - now that would hurt.” But opinion is divided among stores in the district about the effect the bylaw will have. Some have said they are expecting reduced firework sales over the summer, others that they won’t be affected as they already had a policy not to sell during open fire bans. The RDEK said it will monitor the effectiveness of the new law. They hope to expand the regulations in the future, making it illegal to set off fireworks during a ban. “We regulate firearms, but we don’t regulate explosives, which is what fireworks are,” said Mr. Miller. “This new law is just a little step towards what we’re trying to do.”

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Economy needs diversification By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor

The diversification of our valley economy has been a tough nut to crack. Despite efforts over the last 15-20 years by organizations like the Columbia Basin Trust and Western Economic Diversification Canada (both of which are mandated to help diversify our economy) only the tourism sector has developed to augment our resource-based economy in a significant way. All that is about to change. The sweeping change that will bring new economic opportunity and diversified prosperity to our valley is beginning in — of all places — Edgewater. Crucial work has been completed and key milestones have been achieved to both protect our environment and build our infrastructure. The resource and tourism sectors, however, often confront and challenge our environmental initiatives and built infrastructure, creating a tension that challenges sustainability. The key to real, sustainable economic diversification lies in developing a light, industrial manufacturing base along the highway (think Kicking Horse Coffee) and attracting the amenities migration of location-neutral professional services firms (like software developers). Nowhere is this more evident than in Edgewater — a one-store, saw mill town whose foothold in paradise was attracting enough residential growth to tax its pioneer infrastructure. This spring, the Columbia Basin Trust showed up at the regional district board table to announce they are shifting focus from their social and environmental mandates to concentrate on economic diversification. When the CBT offered the support of their economic advisors, one hand went up. Area G Director and Edgewater Trustee Gerry Wilkie is now engaged in an economic revitalization of the north valley hamlet. Other valley communities would be wise to follow suit.

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Pictured here are members of Invermere School’s Class of 1939. The front row includes, from left, Kathleen McGuiness, Anna Bartman, Helen Pietrosky, and Frances Ashworth. Pictured in the back

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Fran inspires poetic response Dear Editor: An Ode to Fran Ryan: You go to church here, you go to church there / Actually, you are a church going everywhere / With love, laughter, cookies and cards. God, surely, is near as you show without fear / How to give and receive both to strangers and ones we hold dear. / You tell us about each other, how lovely we are / Making us believe we are each a star. And who but you could so perfectly appear / In a coat of many colours / And arrive dancing,

decked out in bling for every occasion of the year. To Victoria, we say, as you go on God’s way / “You are so lucky, Capitol City. Fran is coming there. / You will be loved, inspired and shown you are dear.” Safe travels and grand adventures as your life shifts to a new gear / Hugs, blessings, love and thanks from the hearts of each of us here. We love you, Fran, from your Valley Family. Crisanna MacLeod Windermere

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Human spirit reflected on faces of dancers Dear Editor: Often, in our local papers, I find stories of human spirit and rare talents. How fortunate to have local media place these positive reminders front and centre. Most often these stories focus on adult accomplishments or adult situations. I found it necessary to relate to the valley what strength and purity of heart I witnessed in our children this past week. The dancers in Colleen Wagner’s ballet and jazz classes, some as young as six, could teach seminars on team spirit. The gymnasium was full of dancers aged three to 18. Many moments were spent gazing in wonder at the camaraderie between bright-eyed little girls and their adored elder helpers. Maybe it was just stage makeup application or maybe it was a something more, but the feeling was palpable. At one point on the first night a little girl

had a nasty bout of stage fright. Instead of disdain or frustration, a chorus of “you can do it!” and “we need you out there!” married with hugs and sweet little patting hands erupted from the girls, young and old. Tears were dispelled, nerves steeled, and the show went on, as it must. A powerful display of very mature support given from very immature and fresh hearts. This is a great testament to the teachers — music teachers and dance instructors who foster environments of acceptance and teamwork are rare gems of humanity — the parents, and the valley community. It was a greater testament to a grander theme of support that I have discovered in very few places. The people of the Columbia Valley, specifically Invermere, should be so very proud of their youth. Michaelle Stetsko Radium Hot Springs

Cycling society working on official map of area bike trails Dear Editor: There is an “outlaw mountain biking trail map” being presented to local businesses in the valley. This trail map is an unapproved document with which the Columbia Valley Cycling Society has no affiliation. The Cycling Society has been working with local user groups, a wildlife biologist, First Nations, B.C.’s Ministry of Tourism, Sport, and the Arts, Ministry

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of Forests and Range, and the Ministry of Environment for five years to produce a map which everyone fully supports. This “outlaw” map book goes against what the Columbia Valley Cycling Society believes in and we thought valley residents and businesses should know it.

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Invermere council HST is Liberal betrayal impeached for greenwashing Dear Editor:

Dear Editor: Beware of greenwashing: when people hear words like "solar", "sustainable" or "green", they tend to jump to "good" without thinking. This is not always the case. When I saw the new solar trash compactors on Main Street in Invermere, I did not jump to this conclusion. I find them ridiculous. They cost our town $7,000 each, to spare us some overflowing garbage cans on a couple of extra-busy days per year? Could this problem not be solved by having someone empty these gar-

bage cans more often at these times? Working on a weekend, oh no! I am glad to finally see recycling cans at these locations, but this could have been done in a much more cost efficient way. There are many other truly green initiatives in this town where this money could have been spent. Do not be blinded by green washing. Think for yourself and concentrate on things that actually make a difference. Fraser Smith Invermere

An open letter to Premier Campbell and Minister Hansen: I am a 59-yearold self employed business owner in the East Kootenays. Until recent years, I have always chosen to vote right of centre. This had given me few alternatives in B.C. politics except to support the Liberals. Last election, I tallied up the broken promises, lies, abuses of power, and outright evasions of the truth handed out to the public like we were mushrooms — totally in the dark and being fed B.S. My conclusion was that I could not vote Liberal. You can’t imagine how that felt after all the years of defending your party philosophies to my left-wing brother! My instincts turned out to be correct when, shortly after the election, it was announced that the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) was to be introduced.

This, after your party had always and repeatedly said the HST would be bad for our province. If you were an honourable party you couldn’t say this then immediately after the election change your stance 180 degrees. This tax is regressive and only good for big businesses. It hurts all consumers. You need only look at how it hurts the new housing market to see this. I ask you respectfully to support removal of the tax immediately. There are many, many more like me who have been politically moderate all of our lives who are fed up with this government and are willing to put in the time and effort to participate in vigorous protest to rid ourselves of hypocrites and tyrants. I hope you will not forget the power of the electorate to correct the errors we have made. Scott Wallace, Invermere

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Money for jails should be spent on reducing class size Dear Editor: Anybody who knows me knows I oppose the Conservative government with a fire rivaled only by those allegedly located in hell. In my fury, I’ve called our Prime Minister a great number of things: senile buffoon, maniac, mentally deficient, batty, and at one point compared him with Czar Nicholas I. I’ve decided to add “groomer” to my rather long list. Allow me to explain. Currently, our federal government is plotting to pump a few billion dollars into Canadian prisons because they are overflowing and need renovations. As Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said, “Our government is prepared to pay the cost to keep dangerous offenders in prison.” The same government also wants a national crack down on crime by implementing a no-tolerance policy on crimes which currently do not require prison sentences, including crimes involving juveniles. This new plan would place on average 6,000 new people in our prison systems per year — at a cost of $52,000 per inmate. That comes to $312 million per year. This new program does not include rehabilitation programs for current prisoners. Our American neighbours have a no-tolerance policy which is a complete

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failure in every way. The executive of the Howard Jones Society said. “The cost of so-called crime agendas are staggeringly large and disproportionate to the amount of crime reduction they actually purchase ... It seems like the government has cast its crime agenda on the American model and there is no reason to think they are going to be any more successful at reducing crime.” Meanwhile, in our own province, 176 schools have been closed since 2002 and 50 schools are expected to close this year. Like the lowly tuna, thousands of students have been jammed into oversized classes leaving no room to learn and grow. As a student in a 32-student classroom staffed by only one teacher, I can tell you it was one of the most miserable, disheartening experiences of my high school career. Questions don’t get answered, students are ignored, the poor teacher is, more or less, drowning. Such crammed classrooms are depressing. Yet, the government feels that money is better spent on jails instead of creating educational programs. The crammed classroom is where young kids are groomed for the jammed jailhouse Mr. Harper seems so keen on. Karlie Banville Invermere

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Let the games begin! Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Mount Nelson Athletic Park on Monday, May 10th. Fitness instructor Tracy Gadsby, who helped organize the event is holding the ribbon.





Out & About Photo by Kate Irwin

Kazuri Bead Sale at Pynelogs

Proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation May 22 from 1 – 4 pm.

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Thur. May 13 & Sat. May 15, 7:30 at Christ Church Trinity.

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Movie Review: Daybreakers By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff It is refreshing to find a vampire movie with bite. After a resurgence of films of the fanged kind, you could be excused for thinking Daybreakers is jumping on the bloodsucking bandwagon. But writers/directors Michael and Peter Spierig seem to be breaking the rules by providing a mostly fresh take on the genre. Set in a futuristic society run by vampires, the few surviving humans are either on the run or being farmed like cattle for blood - with supplies running low. A corporation run by vampire businessman Charles Bromley (the deliciously evil Sam Neill), is

pushing scientist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) to find a blood substitute and prevent the starvation of their race. The vampire world is mostly familiar; undead politicians bicker on TV, businessmen going to work queue for coffee (still serving 20 percent real blood) and tramps beg for...well, blood. In fact, if you get past the glowing, yellow eyes and pointy teeth, this could be us. But the Spierig brothers’ message on the dangers of depleting natural resources, although present, doesn’t dominate. The enjoyability of Daybreakers comes from the thoughtfulness of the storytelling. The bleak vampire world is carefully constructed and the mythology dealt with respectfully, but with an extra twist. The story centres around Dalton the vampire who

sympathizes with the humans’ plight, and won’t drink their blood. When circumstances fling him together with humans Audrey (Claudia Karvan) and Lionel (Willem Dafoe), they set out to save the human race. Daybreakers is refreshingly cliche free, minus the inevitable romantic angle, which serves to advance the plot more than entertain the viewer. The film caters to horror fans, with thick, deepred blood spurting more and more as the plot advances, but don’t dismiss this as just another horror film.



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

Toby Theatre •May 14th-15th, 7:30 p.m.: Percy Jackson & Olympians: The Lightning Thief •May 19th-22nd, 7:30 p.m.: The Bounty Hunter •May 26th-29th, 7:30 p.m.: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Thursday, May 13th: •3:45-5 p.m.: The David Thompson Secondary School track team is hosting a mini track meet with Golden at the David Thompson Secondary School Field. This will be a warm up meet to get the athletes ready for the East Kootenay’s being held the last week in May in Cranbrook.

Friday, May 14th: •6:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Classics Car Club’s meeting at Prestige Inn, Radium. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 15th: •May 15th, 9:30 a.m.-May 16th, 10 a.m.: Kootenay Baton Konnection will host the B.C. Provincial Baton Championships at David Thompson Secondary School. Saturday’s schedule begins with the “Twirling in the Rockies” open competition followed by the Provincial Championship individual and duet events. Later in the day, the pre-competitive events will take place and then the groups will compete in the early evening. Sunday’s team trial events begin approximately 10:00 a.m. at DTSS and feature the freestyle and pairs events. For info: 250-342-0002. •10 a.m.: East Kootenay ATV Club meeting at Windermere Community Hall. •10-11 a.m.: The Invermere Tennis Club, Spring Tennis Camp begins. For info: 250-342-9082. •1 p.m.: Windermere Valley Saddle Club is having a membership drive, free barbeque lunch for joining. Fat and Frenzy Spring Fun Day at the Invermere Crossroads. For info: 250-347-6499. •7 p.m.: Meet on Higher Ground hosts “Supper and Sounds” evening. Enjoy Hawaiian Luau Cuisine while listening to the sounds of Ric Proctor and special guest Joan Voyce. $25 per person and $60 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine. Reservations required. Hawaiian shirts optional. For info: 250347-6567.

Monday, May 17th: •5:30-8:30 p.m.: Invermere and Radium Area Roaring Women Business Meeting at Bud’s Lounge. $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Join us and make business and social connections with fellow female entrepreneurs. Enjoy a wonderful gourmet meal and a night off! RSVP by May 13th to 250-347-9199 or

Tuesday, May 18th: •7-9 p.m.: Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet at Edgewater Community Hall.

Wednesday, May 19th: •6:30 p.m.: Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association Annual General Meeting, 914 8th Avenue, District of Invermere, Council Chambers. •7-9 p.m.: Opening reception for Impasto art exhibition by Karla Pearce at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Exhibition until May 30th. For info: 250342-4423. • Allison Lickley performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965. •7:30 p.m.: The Radium Public Library will be hosting an instruction program on techniques using CPR and other life saving methods. A certified instructor will be using a “hands on” approach. Register before Saturday, May 15th at the library or call 250-347-2434.

Saturday, May 22nd: •8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Radium Public Library is holding a book sale on Radium’s main street. •May 22nd, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and May 23rd, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Victoria Day Weekend antique, collectable sale and show at Wasa Community Hall. Admission $2. •9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Spring Fair at Invermere Community Hall with home-based businesses, direct sale, crafts, and many other services and products from the Columbia Valley. Exhibitors info: 250-342-0822. •10 a.m.: Effusion Art Gallery celebrates May long weekend with a stunning exhibition entitled “An Unrestrained Expression of Emotion”. •1-4 p.m.: Valley GoGo Sisters host a sale of handmade Kazuri Jewellery from Africa in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-8392 or 250-342-6688. .

Sunday, May 23rd: •10 a.m.: Windermere Lakeshore Clean-up, everyone is to meet at the Hidden Bay Marina, please bring trucks, trailers, rakes, and tools.

Tuesday, May 25th: •7-8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living’s Annual General Meeting at the Community Greenhouse by David Thompson Secondary School. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 29th: •2 p.m.: The Invermere Museum opens for the season. Come and join us for tea, explore the 10 buildings, enjoy our salute to the Arts of the First Nations and try your hand at our Museum Quiz! Everyone welcome, no charge!

Wednesday, June 2nd: •Literacy Charity Golf Tournament at Radium Resort. Registration $125. For info: 250-347-6266. •Tim Hortons Annual Camp Day, every penny from coffee sales during the 24 hour period, as well as money raised through special events and activities, is donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. This year, more than 14,000 children will attend one of the six Foundation camps.

Saturday, June 12th: •7 p.m.-7 a.m.: Columbia Valley Relay for Life at David Thompson Secondary School. Survivor’s Reception at 5 p.m. at the Survivor’s tent. Register at

Invermere Library hours: • Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Wednesday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. • Thursday: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Radium Library hours: • Tuesday: 6-8 p.m. • Wednesday: 2-4 p.m. • Thursday: 1-5 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-noon. • Sunday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Canal Flats Community Library hours: • Tuesday: 7-8:30 p.m. For info: 250-349-5360.

Invermere Thrift Store hours: • Thursday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday: 1-4 p.m.

Radium Blessings Thrift Store hours: • Thursday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday: Noon-4 p.m.

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N O R T h

Fairmont Lions turn 10

P R E S E N T s

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff




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The Fairmont and District Lions Club celebrated their 10th anniversary this weekend, with coffee, cake and chat on the green beside the Fairmont Hot Springs sign. The club, founded a decade ago by Norbert Schab, fundraises and does voluntary work to benefit communities in the valley. They have donated more than $250,000 to local causes. “We’re always looking for the next thing to donate to,” said Marge Cadger, a past-President of the Fairmont Lions Club. “We’ve been the first to donate to a few local groups and we’re proud to have got the ball rolling on some really worthy causes.” The group was set up in 2000 with 40 charter members from the local area. Of those original members 17 remain,

with another 20 having joined in the last decade. The group’s fundraising efforts include the annual Coy’s Fun Day golf tournament, a charity hole-in-one event, and a large garage sale, held each year during July. “With our organization everything goes back to the community, one hundred percent,” said Ms. Cadger. “We’re all volunteers and donate our time more than willingly to help out others in our area.” The club’s latest causes included sponsoring a local child to visit Camp Winfield for disabled children, donations for medical equipment for Invermere Hospital’s new E.R. and a mobile MRI machine. “We’d like to say thank you to our community for all their help over the years,” said Ms. Cadger. “People in this local area are very supportive and we really appreciate all they do to help us.”

Junior Swingers is back Beginning May 2nd for four consecutive Sundays, one hour of instruction with our CPGA Golf Professionals. Please call the Golf Shop for details and registration.

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Annual General Meeting at the Community Greenhouse (by DTSS) Tuesday May 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All welcome “Cultivating Community”

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PIECE OF CAKE - The Fairmont and District Lions Club members enjoy their 10th anniversary celebrations with a variety of cakes in Fairmont Hot Springs last week. Photo by Kate Irwin

MAY 22 TO JUNE 7 RECEPTION MAY 22 6-9 PM Artists in attendance Join us May 22nd featuring Murray Phillips, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Heather Cuell, Galen Davison and Fraser McGurk. Come watch and listen as they talk about and demonstrate their individual techniques. Visit our on-line gallery at

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Radium Hot Springs Public Library invite you to the launch of our book

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Do you have weeds? Help is here! The East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC) and its partners are introducing a new program to assist landowners manage invasive plants on private lands. The Private Land Invasive Plant Assistance Program (PLIPAP) offers residents of the East Kootenay:

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Backpack sprayer loan out New invader species cash rebate Cost sharing cash rebate Herbicide cash rebate An information session will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 7 pm - Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Centre hosted by the Windermere District Farmer’s Institute For more information on the program, call EKIPC at 1-888-55-EKIPC or visit their website at

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Boogie Bash exhumed for May long By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff It’s been a while — a long while — but it’s finally back. The Boogie Bash makes its return to the valley after 15 years on hiatus. Calgary promotions mogul Jeff Parry, who was the brain behind the event for years, said that it was good for a long time before disintegrating into a “bit of a nightmare.” “I got older and said ‘the heck with it,’” Mr. Parry commented. Difficulty securing permits from local goverment, Mr. Parry said, was another reason the weekend party lost traction. Mr. Parry’s connections with the valley run back to the 1970s, he said. He lived here for six months in 1978 while operating a water skiing and parasailing business in Windermere, and in 1990 he purchased

property in the Akiskinook complex. “I spend the whole summer in the valley,” he said. Jeff Parry Promotions has delivered bands including Blue Rodeo, Harlequin, the Good Brothers, Trooper and Barney Bentall for past Boogie Bashes. Although early posters marketing the event indicated The Dudes would headline, Mr. Parry said, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will make his Invermere debut instead. The Boogie Bash, according to Phyllis Dubliewicz, manager of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, staged its last show in 1995. The arena used to be home to the event, something Ms. Dubliewicz doesn’t like to remember. She said by the time people arrived at the concert they were “well lubricated” and called the whole weekend a drunken mess. As many as 5,000 people would invade the valley during the infamous May long weekends of the 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Parry said conversations with Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft over gelati gave him pause to reconsider the event. After “shooting the breeze,” Mr. Parry said, detailed discussions over the prospect of a revival of the event developed.

“I think it’s really important that when the music stops, the liquor service stops,” Mayor Taft commented. He hopes people will migrate to local businesses and bars after the show instead of hanging around the venue, the Invermere Curling Club. “It’s about the entertainment, not just about the bar,” he said. The mayor called the Calgary promoter an “outgoing guy” who is “passionate” about wanting to put on successful shows. The Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team will be operating the bar and proceeds will benefit the team. “We made sure the community got a piece back,” said Mr. Parry. Now, with a new concert weekend dawning, Mr. Parry is hopeful all the “cobwebs” of the past have been shaken loose. “This council is more proactive, less resistant than the previous one,” he said. “We’ll see what happens this time.” Mrs. Dubliewicz is no longer worried about the Boogie Bash getting out of hand, claiming that no valley events have been a success in the past decade. “Times are different,” she said. “Kids don’t have any money to party anymore.”

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May 15th, 2010 • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come help us celebrate the grand opening of the NEW Pothole Park. Learn the history of David Thompson and how Pothole Park was created.


With the recent resignation of one of our Directors, Invermere Council is looking for a dedicated and engaged citizen with a desire to commit to an opportunity to be involved within the development of our Housing Corporation. The opportunity to become a Director in this new and exciting Corporation involves partnering with the community to sustain a range and supply of perpetually attainable housing options for Invermere’s permanent residents.


Be a Director in the Invermere Housing Corporation. The Invermere Housing Corporation oversees the creation, administration and management of resident restricted housing, for long term success as a vibrant resort community and its contingency upon retaining a stable resident workforce. It is an interim position with the possibility of a long term commitment to the community.


Citizens interested in becoming a Director are invited to submit a resume to: Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Any questions can be directed to Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer, at 250-342-9281 or The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is May 21st, 2010.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT COUNCIL AGENDA REVIEW for the April 27th Council Meeting VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY the regular meeting of Council on April 27th, 2010, the following items were TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY? During adopted: Invermere Council is looking for citizens with a history of community involvement and a desire to participate within the community development process. Three excellent opportunities are available to serve your community for a three-year term.


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The Board of Variance is a citizen appeal body consisting of three appointed members who hear and then decide upon variances to the Zoning Bylaws of the District of Invermere that cannot be considered by Council. The Board of Variance provides citizens with an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and the strict application of local government Zoning Bylaws and regulations in specific circumstances as defined in the legislation. The Board of Variance functions independently from District Council and has its own authority under the Local Government Act.


Citizens interested in participating on this Board are invited to submit a resume to: Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is May 21st, 2010. A copy of the bylaw can be picked up at the municipal office or found on our website at for more information.

Council has adopted a Memorial Tree Policy, to remember loved ones by placing a plaque at the base of a tree within a municipal park or green space. The 11th Avenue south water & sewer upgrade was awarded to Max Helmer Construction. The road line & pedestrian crossing painting was awarded to G & D Line Marking The Tangible Capital Assets Policy was adopted. The Kinsmen Beach concession was awarded to John Dobson and Ryan Karl. Council is supporting the Columbia Valley Arts Council in an application for a Gaming Commission Grant.

2010 SEMIANNUAL CLEANUP MAY 18th, 19th AND 20th!

The municipal truck will pick up free of charge your “yard debris” (NOT tree stumps, appliances or construction material). Trees or brush should be cut into lengths of 1.2m (4’) and bundled no larger than 150 mm (6”). Scattered refuse, old tires, tree stumps, residential garbage and construction/ renovation waste will not be picked up. Council encourages home composting where applicable for all wastes. Burning permits may be obtained from the municipal office and must be approved by Roger Ekman, the Fire Chief.

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Contagion and the crisis in Greece such as Greece’s will be able to pay them back they any length of time will cause the Greek government to stop buying bonds. The same investors who bought default on this bank held-debt, and many citizens of previously issued bonds also try to sell their bonds to Greece will be forced to walk away from their homes someone else. Both of these occurrences cause inter- and other financed assets. est rates to skyrocket as bond prices plummet. When Contagion and the PIGS interest rates skyrocket, the government is crippled as The second reason that a bailout is being proposed they can’t afford to raise any more capital. Further, individual citizens are negatively impacted by the same for Greece is what is referred to as “contagion”. Conskyrocketing interest rates. Those who owe money on tagion is a condition where investors become scared Manulife Securities Incorporated = IDA assets such as their houses or want to borrow money of a situation in one country such as Greece and start Manulife Securities Investment inc.such = MFDA off bonds in otherServices countries as Portugal, feel the financial squeeze. An economic crisis can en- selling Manulife Securities Insurance Inc. = INSURANCE sue as the economy slows down significantly and the Spain, Ireland and Italy. While these countries might not be as bad off financially as Greece, bond holders government is powerless to stimulate it. of these countries might not want to take any chances. French By witnessing what can happen to bond holders of a European Banks English So why does anyone in the European Union care? country like Greece, investors stop buying and start Bond Market To understand why the International Monetary Why not just teach Greece a lesson and let them col- selling bonds of countries that might be next and their Fund and the European Union are stepping in to at- lapse? There are two main reasons why the Interna- interest rates can start to soar. 3/16" Minimum size to be used on business cards tempt to diffuse the situation in Greece, it is important tional Monetary Fund and the European Union are Speak to your financial advisor to understand how the bond market works and how frantically trying to defuse the situation. If you are concerned about your investments and The first reason is that the big banks in Europe it can impact the economy. When governments overspend they must finance the amount of money they have lent an estimated $300-$500 billion Euros to the how the crises in Europe might affect your portfolio, are spending above and beyond what they are collect- government and citizens of Greece. Interest rates have call your financial advisor. He or she should be able to ing in taxes by issuing bonds. Bonds issued by govern- already skyrocketed and if they stay extremely high for explain to you how your investments may be impacted ments are loans that the government promises to pay an indefinite period time these banks will have mas- by another financial crisis and whether or not your sive write-offs similar to what happened to U.S. banks investments are suitable for your age, objectives and back in the future with interest being paid each year. 1/4" Minimum be used that on the standard sized brochures during the housing collapse. High interest rates for risk tolerances. When investorssize stoptobelieving a government

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CVCC would like to give special recognition to the following businesses / individuals for all their assistance, expertise, and for going the “extra mile”: S/Sgt Marko Shehovac – Emcee David Dupont - Grace Brian Hoffos Wood Designs – Trophies Canterbury Flowers – Joanne Broadfoot & Sandra Clark – Table Centrepieces DR Sports – Engraving Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – Management & Staff – Venue & Buffet The Stem Floral Design & Giftware Ltd – Shandrea & Norma O’Brien – Table Centrepieces Glen Foster, That Canadian Guy – Guest Entertainer

Concrete placers and finishers from Skandia Concrete spent May 11th pouring the new slab at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Renovations on the arena are expected to be completed by the end of August. Photo by Trevor Bacque

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The CVCC would like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate all the winners at the 12th Annual Business Excellence Awards – very well deserved! At the same time, the CVCC would like to recognize and congratulate ALL the businesses / individuals who were nominated throughout the voting process: Abbey Carpets Abel Alema Adam Reiter AG Valley Foods Al Semple All Things Beautiful Andrea Prentice Anne Riches Catering Anne Cox Apple Tree Inn Aquair Water Company Ltd. Artym Gallery Astrid Arnsby Autowyze Services Inc. BC Liquor Store Agency Barb Longair Balanced Health Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Be Gifted Ben Gagne, Lucky Strike Gas Best Paints Beth Young BigHorn Meadows Resort Bistro Restaurant BJS Accounting Black Forest Restaurant Blue Dog Café BMO Bob Campsall Bob Kelly Brenda Campbell Brenda Dohlen Brenda Holden Brendan Donahue Brian Daviduke Brian Daviduke Excavating Brian Schaal Brisco General Store Canal Flats Family Pantry Canal Flats Post Office Canterbury Flowers Canyon Campground & RV Canyon Hobby

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Thor, the wonder dog: the dramatic conclusion By Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP In my younger days, when I was slimmer and more athletic, I thought I would like to be a dog handler. In order to work my way into the section, I decided to go out and work with the handlers and their dogs. I met my buddy, Thor, a dog with a strong bite. Dogs today are trained to stop in the middle of an attack on command. This was not the case 30 years ago. On this training day, Thor was going to continue with his lesson. The dog handler said he would put the arm guard on me, I would run, and he would give the attack command and then call him off in the middle of the attack. It sounded so simple, what could go wrong? As he put the arm guard on me, I decided not to inform the handler or Thor that I would prefer not to do this -can’t show fear. I asked the handler if Thor had learned the halt command yet. His answer, an immediate “no,” was more cause for concern. Thor had the look on his face that said, “I can, but I won’t.” You have to remember, Thor and I have history. We don’t like each other. While the arm guard is being put on me, I could see Thor getting excited and wagging his tail. If dogs can grin, he had a grin. The dog handler assured me Thor was only getting antsy, recognizing the arm guard and realizing he’s about to go play. I liked his use of the word “play” and asked the handler, “Thor knows it is play right?”

All I got was another grin, this time from the handler. So, the arm guard is attached and now the instructions. The handler explains to run at a normal speed and ensure that my right arm with the guard stays out and away from my body. Thor will go for the guard. Once he grabs my arm I’m to swing him around and try to get him off my arm. I thought he was supposed to stop in the middle of the run. This dog is not going to stop. The other important instruction given to me was, “at no time, bring your arm down. If he doesn’t have your arm to grab he’ll go for your crotch and upper thigh.” So, I go to the line and pass by Thor. “Nice dog Thor, nice dog, cookie later, OK.” No acknowledgement from Thor. I walked to the start line. Off I go, running at a normal speed with my right arm way out there so Thor can focus well. Fifty yards away I hear the dog handler give the attack command, “hag him up.” Now, just hearing how the command was given made my neck hair rise. It almost sounded like my friend the handler didn’t like me. Within seconds I could hear the handler calling off the attack. I looked behind and as I thought, not only is Thor colour blind he’s deaf and all I see is 120 pounds of hair, teeth and evil eyes coming at me and there is no grin on Mr. Hyde, now he’s smiling. Meanwhile the command to stop is louder. No need to look back, I know Thor is getting a big fat F on this report. I then decided I didn’t want to play and I made the decision to be the first human being to outrun a police dog and make him tired enough that he would stop


chasing. I gave it all I got with my right arm still out there. Motivation was the little pitter-patter of paws getting louder. All I could see was a flash of black hair at shoulder height, in the air, go screaming by my head and Thor was on my arm. Immediate pain. Now, because I was going all out and Thor even faster, the physics of what was about to happen was quite clear. I may have dozed off in math and slept through English but I remember the topic of kinetic energy in physics. I was not going to remain standing. Thor and I, for a nanosecond were going to fly in formation, and we did. So graceful. I hit the ground tumbling. Instinct and stupidity caused me to bring in both arms to break my fall and as I was tumbling my eyes opened up to see both my hands in front of me without Thor. My first thought was that I had not sired an heir to my vast fortune yet and instinctively got that arm back out there for Thor to reengage. Thankfully he did. Meanwhile while chomping at the arm the dog handler, probably taking his sweet time, came up yelling at Thor, “Out, out.” Thor released his grip. Thor probably thinking, “OK, I stopped. I pass. Give me my diploma.” Once I got up and dusted myself off the dog handler asked how I was. I said I didn’t want to play any more. Once the arm guard was off, Thor’s demeanour instantly changed to a nice loving pet. Allowed me to pet him and it’s as if we had been friends forever. This confirmed my belief that Thor was not only color blind and deaf he had mental issues. Hence today, I am not a dog handler.

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Music society preparing for summer season painting has been going on we’ve not been able to perform.” In the 10 years since the society The Columbia Valley Music Society formed and began using the hall, they is encouraging local performers to get have built a stage and installed sound involved in their summer shows at the panels, high-tech lighting and folding newly renovated Edgewater Commu- screens used during performances. “When we first came into this space nity Hall. The group works with musicians, years ago it was impossible to use for singers, actors and artists from across performing,” said Mr. Moore. “Now the valley to stage music and variety it can be quite breathtaking when all shows. the technical and sounds and lights are “There are so many talented people working together to enhance what’s here in this valley,” said Barry Moore, happening on stage.” Said to have some of the best acoushead of the Music Society. “There’s often no need to bring performers in ­­­—­ tics in the Kootenays, the hall’s techniit’s nice to discover the talent within in cal upgrades have been bought using our own community.” admission fees from the society’s various But the group’s meetings have been shows. But Mr. Moore says the work is interrupted recently by renovation not over yet and they hope to continue work to the community hall. Special improving the space with better storage, sound panels used to improve acoustics upgraded lighting and a bigger stage. The Music Society’s first summer for performances have been removed to performance is pencilled in for June allow for repainting. “We’re pretty cutting edge with our 6th. They usually meet at Edgewater treatment of sound,” Mr. Moore said. community hall on Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, or to get “Our musicians are that good that we need to have the best setup possible. involved, call Barry Moore at 250-347While the panels have been down and 9668 or Anne Jardine at 250-347-9860.

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and not waste time doing leg work. “They [community members] can devote their energies to getting stuff done as opposed to knocking on doors and sending out grant applications,” he said. Water use is one big issue the CBT is working on. Mr. Deck said water must be monitored and not used too wastefully. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” he said, adding the best way to ensure people are smart with their water is to charge them as they use it. He said some people will never get the message until water runs out. He hopes local decision-makers will help ease water usage. “We just have to work as closely as we can with the communities’ leaders who make decisions about these things,” he said. The CBT’s support for the Lake Windermere Project has been “tremendous,” according to Wildsight spokesperson and project manager Heather Leschied. “It’s not just a financial supporter: it provides moral and advisory type support as well,” she said. “Truly, we have something special with the Trust.” The CBT will continue to be involved in its many projects such as water conservation, economic initiatives, climate change, youth engagement and affordable housing.



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Renovation of Edgewater Community Hall at centre of village revitalization By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Edgewater is undergoing a facelift, with a revitalization plan for key public spaces, including the town square, community hall and the main street. Already underway is the renovation of the town’s community hall, a Gerry Willkie popular venue for events and local groups’ meetings. The work so far, led by the Edgewater Recreation Society, has seen a new floor installed, an $8,000 kitchen renovation and a new outdoor deck. “We wanted to make the hall more usable,” said Elke Bennett, head of the Recreation Society. “When

things are falling apart or aren’t working you can’t have large events. We’d like to be more creative with functions we can hold there.” The community-driven project has relied on grants, fundraising events and the work of volunteers. The next step will be to revamp the town’s playground. “The community hall helps to bring people closer together,” Ms. Bennett said. “This is a nice, quiet community and it’s good for people to have a place to come together and enjoy themselves.” Now other areas of the town could soon be upgraded thanks to plans from the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). They propose to redevelop much of Selkirk Avenue, the town’s main street, and to try and encourage small businesses back into the area. “The idea started when the Credit Union moved to Cranbrook and donated the land and building to Edgewater,” said Gerry Wilkie, RDEK’s director of Electoral Area G, which includes Edgewater, Brisco and Spillimacheen.

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Public works department restructured By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff The District of Invermere has been conducting internal reviews of its departments and one job has been cut so far with the potential of more to come. Chris Prosser, the districts’ Chief Administrative Officer, said internal department reviews led to the position of manager of utilities becoming obsolete on March 26th. “We’ve decided to restructure all the supervision aspects of that department,” Mr. Prosser said,

who added that internal shuffling of the district’s 23 current employees will provide coverage of dayto-day duties, with the possibility of more changes on the way. “We’re not finished yet, it’s a full re-structure of that department,” he said. Mr. Prosser also stated an engineering technologist could “potentially” shoulder some of the duties of the utilities manager job. Other potential jobs are at risk of being cut by the district have not been released. Brian Nickurak, the former director of munic-

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Parks’ staff meet in Radium for firearms training By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Parks Canada staff from across the country spent the last two weeks in Radium for a shotgun and rifle instructor training course. More than 20 resource conservation and public safety technicians (R.C.P.S.T.s, formerly known as park wardens) from Nunavut to Newfoundland have been learning about long-gun handling, care and maintenance. “Safety is the utmost priority,” said John Niddrie, Parks Canada’s R.C.P.S.T. and firearms instructor for the Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Park Field Unit. “We are teaching our staff to shoot competently and handle a firearm safely and these people are going to be training others when they get back to their park.” All park staff using guns must take a five-day training course and qualify anually with their firearms. The firearms-instructor training, held every five years, teaches participants marksmanship, gun maintenance and care of various long-guns, such as pump action shotguns and centre-fire rifles.

It also covers handling dangerous wildlife and how to deal with challenging shooting conditions, such as reduced light and stress. “Many of our staff work in remote environments,” Mr. Niddrie said. “They are required to carry firearms in the backcountry where there are bear issues or other problem wildlife.” The training has been hosted by the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club’s shooting range west of Radium Hot Springs. “At the national meeting this past winter, I volunteered Radium to host the training,” Mr. Niddrie explained. “Our local rod and gun club have been excellent. We’re really happy to be able to host it here and show everyone what the west is all about.” It was just over a year ago when Parks Canada made the decision to strip three quarters of its park wardens of their titles, renaming them resource conservation and public safety technicians. The name “park warden” now only refers to a 100-member law enforcement branch of Parks Canada. While many R.C.P.S.T.s are permitted to use long-guns for work, park wardens are the only ones allowed to carry sidearms.

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New firm seeks to market Kootenays to German-speaking tourists By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff While it may be a mouthful, Kanada Sportregion-Kootenays will hopefully provide a large range of services for hundreds, if not thousands, of Austrian, German and Swiss tourists visiting the valley for summer and winter sports. The first step for the Andrea Meadus, founder new start-up company is a of Kanada Sportregionmagazine, written entirely Kootenays in German, to promote tourism in the valley. “My goal is to market the Kootenay region as a ‘sportregion’ since guests like to be active during their holidays,” said the company’s founder, Andrea

Meadus. Along with running Canadian Alpine Adventures, a company specializing in ski safaris in B.C., Ms. Meadus is really hoping her tourism background will give her the inside edge to be a chief liaison for foreign tourists coming to hit the slopes. A recent, chance occurrence at Panorama cemented the idea in her mind that her new business would be necessary for tourists. A group of Germans behind her were waiting to catch a chair lift to begin their fun on the slopes. The group had the wrong lift tags and were confused by the attendant who was trying to tell them they couldn’t go up. Ms. Meadus, frustrated and empathetic, relayed in her first language of German, the proper steps to get the right lift ticket. “They were here for skiing,” said the 41-year-old. “It could mess up their holiday and they [may] never want to come back here.” Ms. Meadus said it is incidents like the one at

Panorama that can dog a region’s reputation. She plans to make sure her company never has its patrons finding themselves in such an annoying predicament. Her company will be launching its magazine for August and plans to stock it in every tourist location in the valley. “They will feel more comfortable when there is a Canadian company there that speaks their language.” The native of Austria said that people in European countries enjoy holidays that are exciting and would travel to the Kootenays for skiing. “They want holidays with activities so they can reenergize,” she said. “They definitely want to spend money to get to a region like this.” Ms. Meadus said she is confident of her business succeeding in an industry where you generally get only one shot to make a connection. “If guests come all the way to the Kootenays and are not happy, they will go back and tell others; so the pressure is on to make a good impression.”







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Hospital renovations nearing completion By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The $4.3 million renovation of Invermere and District Hospital is on schedule, with the first phase due for completion by the end of May. The rebuild includes doubling the size of the hospital’s emergency department, increasing the number of treatment bays from six to 12, and constructing a new ambulance entrance. “The work has been going ahead well,� said Erica Phillips, Invermere’s healthcare administrator. “We’ve finished the redevelopment under Columbia House and our new trauma area is due to be complete by mid-May. We hope to be in there by June 1st, all going well.� The first phase of the project, a total renovation of the original 2,600-square-foot emergency department, is almost complete. The remainder of the work, to double the size of the emergency department, should take until the end of the year, she said. “The benefit to residents with all of this work will be an improvement in healthcare services,� Ms. Phillips said. “There will be a greater capacity for emergency healthcare, and better equipment, which will improve quality of care.�

ALMOST COMPLETE — A room in the newly-renovated Invermere and District Hospital’s emergency department is ready for inspection. Hospital administrators will begin conducting hard-hat tours next week. Still left to complete is the installation of medical equipment, safety inspections and staff training. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Colin 250-688-1229 • Hope 250-688-2229

Dunlop Contracting Bruce Dunlop

Residential Jesse Vader 250.341.5426


Commercial Ken Johnson 250.341.5427


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Excavator • Mini-Excavator • Bobcats • Dump Truck • Compaction Equipment • Snow Removal & Sanding • Street Sweeping • Underground Services • Site Prep • Road Building • Land Clearing • Landscaping • Basements

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

Trevor Hayward (Owner/Operator)


Hourly or Contract Rates Available

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Located in Invermere’s Industrial Park Peter Pankovitch • 1321 Industrial Road #3 Phone: 250-342-0665 • Cell: 250-342-1073 Fax: 250-342-0666 • Email:

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(250) 341-6888

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Phone: 250-341-8009

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• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Call for your FREE conultation and estimate

Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential • Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Sun Rooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Gutters • Siding • Soffit • Facia • Window Capping • Renovations

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Complete Automotive Repairs

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(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

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DCS Plumbing & Heating • Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks 24 hour emergency service

250-341-8501 Senior Discount

VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Complete sewer/drain repairs • Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount • Speedy service – 7 days a week

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations


• Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile Pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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HERE TO SERVE YOU INVERMERE GLASS LTD. •Shower Doors•Mirrors •Auto•Home•Commercial

Telephone: 250-342-3659

Jeff Watson

Serving the Valley since 1995• #3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere



BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 250-347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 250-347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031


Cell: 250.341.7227 Toll Free: 1.877.342.4426 Fax: 250.342.4427 1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1 next to Skookum Inn

• Structural Timbers and Posts • KD Tongue & Groove (Pine, Cedar and Fir)

• KD Bevel & Channel Sidings • Radius Edge Cedar Decking 5/4 and 2” • Wide Plank F/L Flooring

Box 80 SKOOKUMCHUCK, BC V0B 2E0 PHONE (250) 422-9229 FAX (250 422-9227) Email:

Saunders Irrigation Installation and maintenance Owner/Operators Tanner Saunders • Brodie Smith

1-250-270-2703 - Tanner Free 1-250-342-5673 - Brodie Estimate s 4825 Dell Rd, Windermere, V0B 2L2

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Tel. 250-427-0565 Cell. 250-427-1176 Email.

Custom Home Design • FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: (250) 342-7100 PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax: (250) 342-7103

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Millwork Cabinets Stairs Custom Framing • Renovations

Interior World

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Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406


MARY KAY enriching the lives of men & women

Margit Szekely Independent Beauty Consultant

TEL: 403-272-5237 email:

Mike Cope Journeyman Carpenters


skin care • makeup • spa & body • fragrance • charity • business

Smitty’s Tree Service

25+ Years Experience

7 days a week

“Serving the Columbia Valley”

• Dangerous Tree Removal • Tree Topping & Disposal • Pruning • Hedge Trimming • Lot Clearing

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7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

Al Smith

(250) 347-9726

(250) 342-2611


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• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:

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Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron lters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning Specialists Time to Clean the Winter Sludge Out of Your Eavestroughs!

After Hours Call: 250-342-3830 Email:

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

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Green Zone: Literacy Golf Tourney By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist A few weeks ago, I told you I would be promoting all the charity golf tournaments around our valley this summer. Well the first one up is the 17th annual Literacy Golf Tournament, hosted by the Radium Resort on Wednesday, June 2nd. “We’re really trying to make it a fun and relaxed event,” said Joe Evanoff, Radium Resort manager. Your $125 entry fee will be donated to support literacy programs such as Baby Goose and Play & Learn along with services for families, children, youth and adults throughout the valley.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will also be allotted to community groups who support literacy initiatives including the Parent Advisory Councils. Organizers are encouraging you to become a corporate sponsor, register to participate or donate prizes. The tournament historically is very popular and only the first 144 players will be eligible to compete and will be treated to a complimentary breakfast, live entertainment, and possibly a large cash gift for scoring an elusive hole-in-one. This year I am going to get Joe to change it to a different hole and not use #4! “I’ve never had somebody win it,” said Mr. Evanoff, who hopes this year they can award the money to someone for hitting the perfect shot.

To get involved contact Joe Evanoff of Radium Resort at 250-347-6266 or Nicole Pawlak of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy at 250-342-9576. My goal is to actually learn how to read this year! That way I don’t need to burn out the “spell check” key every week. I hope to see all three of my faithful readers there. You know who you are. Come on, sign up now! The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by sportswriter Jim Murray: “I’m gambling that when we get into the next life, Saint Peter will look at us and ask, ‘Golfer?’ And when we nod, he will step aside and say, ‘go right in; you’ve suffered enough.’ “One warning, if you do go in and the first thing you see is a par 3 surrounded by water, it ain’t heaven.”

HERE TO SERVE YOU Quality Hand-crafted Steel


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• SANDING/ SWEEPING • Landscaping

• Decks • Fences

• SNOW REMOVAL • Trucking • Property • All Grading Maintenance • Mini Track Hoe

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Call Judy: (250) 341-1903


Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

3D Modeling and Virtual Rendering Home Automation and Green Technology Computer Sales and Support

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thank you



Te Papa Nui is having a warehouse sale, making room for a new shipment. Take advantage of clearance sale pricing on one-of-a-kind antiques at Te Papa Nui in the Invermere Industrial Park, sale until May 16th, 250-342-0707.

Saturday, May 15th at 9 a.m. Massive multi-family garage sale at Mickey’s Autobody, furniture, electronics, housewares, children’s items, jewelry, bamboo, clothes, clothes, clothes, tablesaw, welder, steamer, stroller, etc. Parking around back.

786 Westridge Drive, Saturday, May 15th, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 250-341-6963. Dirt biking equipment, mountain biking equipment, woodworker’s work bench, dust collector, generator, computer equipment, “Space Kap” truck topper, camera equipment, office chair, downdraft for countertop stove, tools, some construction materials, ornate outdoor lamps, outdoor/patio light sconces, desk, lamp, entry door with side lights, antique bird cage, garden items, hiking/ski touring boots, custom doghouse for small dog, brand name clothing and shoes (new and lightly used), kitchen, bathroom and household items (all in nearly new condition), and much more! Come and check it out…something for everyone!

We would like to thank our amazing community who walked alongside of us during this time. We are grateful for the cards, flowers, delicious food, and loving kindness. Thank you to the merchants for your help with organizing Erwin’s memorial and for the lovely speech; all of our friends who have done so much for us especially in the past few weeks; George Oliver for being a special friend to Erwin and for the beautiful words you shared at his memorial; and Gordon Comer for his reflections on Erwin’s life, you nailed it. We are especially grateful to Bruce Childs and Mike and Fraser Smith for taking the time to play Erwin’s favorite songs so well. It was a special gift and so meaningful. Pastor Trevor who led us, we will never forget what you did for us, you are a wonderful man and we thank you. We were overwhelmed at the presence of people who joined us in saying goodbye to Erwin and celebrating his life at his memorial. Once again, for the high level of care and concern from all the health care professionals we encountered, thank you. We are blessed by the support we’ve had during this difficult time. Barb, Nicole, Blair and the entire Kloos family.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info.

Cheers to Colleen Wagner for putting the FUN back into dance. The kids had a fabulous fun year, you are an amazing person and you put on an amazing show for a really great cause.

We can all make a difference. Show support for anti-violence campaigns. Become aware of the issues, speak out. We all own a piece of the issue. WISH can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling the emergency help line at 1-800-200-3003 and/or during the day at 250342-4242.

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

Moving sale on Friday and Saturday, May 14th and 15th, at HENRI’S WOODWORKING. Household and woodworking items, yard, garden, deck, patio items, household effects, and tools. All priced to clear. 29 Westside Road, 1km North of Toby Bridge on the Wilmer Road. Moving Sale, 5264 Columbia River Road in Fairmont, Saturday, May 22nd, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, May 23rd , 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, May 24th 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Motel Tyrol in Radium, 5016 Hwy 93, starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15th, numerous items, beds, tvs, stereo, etc. Multi-family yard sale, May 15th, 9a.m., 111 7th Ave, across from Trinity Church. Weather permitting. Moving sale, 1004 11th Ave, across from Columbia House, Saturday, May 15th 9a.m.

s obituary s In Loving Memory of

Roy & Barbara Andrew Roy passed on March 4, 2010 at his wife’s, Barbara’s, bedside & Barbara passed May 10, 2010. Roy and Barbara met in Grad School in Victoria, B.C. and later married, August 10, 1951. They shared the kind of life most would only ever dream of having. They lived in Chiliwack until 1 ½ years ago when they moved to Invermere, B.C. to be closer to family where they were residences of Columbia Garden Village until health issues had Barbara move into Columbia House. Ray loved Columbia Garden Village and one person in particular, Margaret, whom he always spoke very highly of. Roy made daily walks to visit Barbara at Columbia House, he was very appreciative of all the staff who took such loving care of his beloved Barbara. We, Linda & Dennis Head, Deanna & George McElderry, Allen & Sandy Head of Golden, and Tammy Head of Cranbrook, would like to express our sincere thanks to all the nurses at Columbia House who took such good care of our mother and grandma, Barbara, and especially to Vivian Bond who has helped us through the death of both Mom & Dad/Grandma & Grandpa. May time ease our pain but may our fondest memories remain.

Huge Garage Sale and Fabric Blowout, 1201 Hilltop Road, Saturday, May 22nd, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., household and home decorating items, furniture, sewing supplies, yards and yards of fabric, craft supplies, books and much much more. Garage salers and people who love to sew should not miss this sale.

thank you The family of Kay Frater would like to express our gratitude to this wonderful community for all the love showered on us during our difficult journey, for your visits, hugs, phone calls, beautiful flowers, cards, food, honoring Mom at her service, and the wonderful stories. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We truly live in a community that cares. Bless you all! The Frater, Koop, and Feldmann Families.

The family of Olga Roesch would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Invermere District Hospital for their wonderful care of our mother/grandmother, and the support given to the family. A heartfelt thank you is also extended to all of her friends for their kind words and encouragement to help us through this difficult time. Thank you all so very, very much.

Lovely community centre available at Bella Vista Estates (Fairmont), for weddings, clubs, reunions, up to 60 people. Call Bob 250-345-6668. Options for Sexual Health Clinic is open the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Invermere Health Centre.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the ladies at Canterbury Flowers for supplying my yellow ribbon while my son is in Afghanistan. Cheers to Andrea, Kathy and Toni at BMO for luvin’ on my kiddos until I could get in to pick them up. Jeers to the people who keep bringing the elk fence up. Let it go!!!!!

LOST & FOUND Found on 13th Ave. prescription glasses. 250-342-6154.


STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. 864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250342-3637.

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house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR sale

Office space available. Rent 1 room in a natural health practitioner’s office. Available May 1st . Ideal for an acupuncturist, homeopath or any other natural health practitioner. Email radmarg@

1000 sq.ft. lower level, 2 bdrm suite, W/D, jetted tub, all utilities included + satellite TV, $900/month, N/P, N/S, 250-3423368.


Condo for rent in Aspen building in Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, available June 1st, $1,000/month, 403-690-3166.

Large, bright, furnished,1 bdrm suite, N/S, N/P, utilities included, $750/month, 250-341-5027.

Castlerock, spacious, clean, 1 bdrm + loft bdrm condo with double garage, W/D, available June 1st , $1350/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, 250-3421314.

Radium Sable Ridge condo, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, Den, A/C, F/P, Granite counter tops, heated parking stall, swimming pool, hot tubs, club house, asking $269,900 OBO. Contact Roger at 403-256-0694.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION $400/month, includes utilities, cable and internet, 250-3412068.

SUITE FOR RENT CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781. Hillcrest furnished apartments utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. Radium, 1 bdrm furnished apartment, $650 including cable & utilities. Bachelor efficiency, $550, available immediately. DD, N/S, N/P, references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250347-7775. Bright 2 bdrm basement suite, available June 1st , N/S, separate entrance, includes 4 appliances, cable, and utilities, close to beach, $850/month, DD required, 403-819-8121. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, in Radium, stove, fridge, D/W, W/D, $1000 + utilities, 250-347-9345.

Upper level of house, 2 bdrm, fully furnished, sunny, large deck, 5 min. to town and beach, couple preferred, long term, references, no partiers, $1,095 including utilities, June 1st , cat lovers (no dogs). Also 1 bdrm shared. 250 342-8651. 2 bdrm, 1 ½ baths, private entrance, shared laundry, references required, $800/ month + DD + Hydro, 250-3479970. Radium, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, bsmt suite, $900/month including utilities, N/S, Donna 250-3426010. Invermere, large 1 bdrm, partially-furnished lower-level walk-out in Wilder subdivision. Clean, bright, large windows, lots of storage, close to beach and downtown, D/W, W/D, N/S, N/P, available immediately, references required, $650/ month including utilities, 403287-7630. Large 2 bdrm main floor unit in Windermere, five appliances incl., W/D, walk to beach, $900/ month + utilities, term incentive offered, 403-239-2017.

house FOR RENT Windermere lovely 1 bdrm bungalow, N/S, pets considered, great yard, 403-851-2043.


250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

Newer 1 bdrm house in Radium, beside ballpark, $550/month + utilities. Available May 15th. Contact Wes, 250-341-1525. 1 bdrm cabin for rent in Edgewater, $550/month + Hydro, looking for a long term renter, N/S, N/P, references, DD, 250-342-5912. 3 bdrm plus bonus room duplex,1 1/2 bath, quiet street close to downtown and Kinsmen beach, renovated kitchen and bathroom. Available June 1st, N/S, N/P, $925/month, 250342-3948.

condo FOR RENT Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/P, N/S, available immediately, $1,100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-4728992. 2 bdrm + den condo in Radium. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, granite, cast iron fireplace, hot tub, pool, underground parking, long or short term rental, 403861-7754. Black Forest Village unit available for rent immediately. 2 bdrm with garage, N/S, $1,100/ month. Call Keith for more info, 250-341-1400.

Brand New 3 bdrm, single garage, townhouse with insuit laundry, in Borrego Ridge, Radium. 1,400 sq. ft. Available June 1st . $1,300 + Utilities. Call 403-875-0214. Panorama 1 bdrm condo in Horsethief, available June 1st , furnished, recently renovated, $900/month, 403-256-9099 or 250-409-9230, rossgreen@ Panorama, 1 bdrm condo in Horsethief. This unit has been completely renovated and comes with all the furnishings. Please email Brand new 2 bdrm townhouse on 3rd floor, D/T Radium, 2 full baths, F/P, $1,000/month, includes utilities + DD, Available immediately, 403-828-1678. New 3 bdrm Invermere Townhouse for rent; hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, 3.5 baths, fully developed bsmt, single car garage, ideal quiet location close to downtown and the beach; $1,475/month including utilities, references appreciated; 403-536-8953. New, renovated, 2 bdrm condo, close to all amenities, N/P, N/S, $850/month, 250-341-1575.

3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, townhouse in Riverstone Villas, Radium, 5 appliances, gas F/P, air conditioning, single car garage, N/S, N/P, excellent condition, $1150/month + utilities, Sean 403-688-6869.

house FOR SALE Duplex, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, detached 24’ new garage, renovated kitchen, new windows, hardwood floors up, immaculate condition, $350,000, 250-342-7077. Spur Valley cabin/home for sale by owner, cozy, 1471 sq.ft., A-frame, completely renovated, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, F/P, new/no maintenance huge deck, 12’x 20’ shed, lot size 100’x 200’, quiet serene area across from golf course, $389,900, 403-6873296 or 403-816-5035.

condo FOR sale Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182.

Brand new 1,600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST, 250-341-1182. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo at the Peaks in Radium. Swimming pool, hot tubs, underground heated parking, a/c, fireplace, appliances and window coverings. Great view! Like new! $234,900, No agents please. 250-341-5170.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Must sell, 3 bdrm mobile on pad in Juniper Heights. Only $30,000 OBO, 250-342-6813.

Timeshare for sale Radium Valley Vacation Resort, RV Site, Lot #100, weeks 28 & 29, peak time, $4,500 for each week. Call 403-948-2625.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE 2 fully serviced lots, 82’ X 100’ each, north end of Invermere. Call 250-342-6157.

House For Sale 1757 Fort Point Close, Invermere on the Lake


Located in a cul-de-sac at the end of Fort Point, with public access to the beach just feet from your door. 3 bdr/3bth home features mountain and lake views, sun room, fully developed lower floor, A/C, and cozy wood burning fireplaces. MLS# K193080

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Misc. For Sale


VEHICLES for sale



8 acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, on town water, near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road. Price reduced $395,000. Call 250-342-2802.

Fertilizer, Money’s sterile mushroom compost, $60/cubic yard, 250-342-5224.

1990 Travelmate 5th Wheel, 22’, fridge, stove, oven, furnace, sleeps 6, excellent condition, $8,500, 250-342-9079.

2003 Pontiac Montana, 198,000 kms, runs well, $4,500 OBO, 250342-3442 or 250-341-7387.

Mei Mei’s Asian Market FOR SALE

Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

View lot close to schools, 211 Pinetree Lane, Invermere, .220 acres, $135,000. Phone 250341-3521.

WANTED Wanted, good used aluminum canoe, 250-341-7362. Wanted, truck Cap for 2001 Tundra, 78” x 68”, 250-3416287. Wanted, boat slip on Lake Windermere for the summer. Call Brad, 403-512-1754 or 403241-2669.

misc. for sale Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call, 250-342-1268. Architectural Shingles, 3,000 sq.ft., dark green, used 16”x36” panels, $3,650 OBO. Bob, 250345-6668, Fairmont. Three electronic golf caddy carts; two Lectronic Kaddy, $125 each; one Wildcat, $70. 250342-9703. 14.8 cu.ft. chest freezer, 48”W x 29.5”D, $150, 250-341-6043. Large collection of Pink Cabbage Rose depression glass, $2,500; Haida argillite box, $1,000; Haida 14K ring, size 9.5, never worn, $500; button blanket & vest (Native West Coast), $1,100 firm. 250-342-6178.

Truck canopy for 2008 GMC Sierra 1500, 6’6” box, stealth grey, mint condition, no scratches, tinted glass sliders, new $1,700, asking $1,200 OBO. 250-342-9207. 1980 JD690B, 2 buckets and rigid thumb, low hours, second owner, good condition, perfect acreage machine, $14,000, 250341-1960. 1979 CAT931 crawler loader, very good condition, perfect acreage machine, $14,000, 250-341-1960. Juniors’ full set of left handed golf clubs and bag, 250-3456576.

VEHICLES for sale 2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT., fully loaded, black, well maintained, 219,000 km, REDUCED TO SELL!! $6,500 OBO call 250-342-5440 2003 Chevy Silverado LT., fully loaded + extras, black, comes with custom canopy, great truck, 266,000 km MUST SELL!! $7,000 OBO Call 250-342-5440. GM/Chev, ¾ ton crew cab, 8 lug flat black, brushed aluminum rims, nerf bars, billet grill, all for new body style, $6,000, 250342-6178.

2000 Chrysler Neon, excellent Saris 4-bike hitch rack for 2” condition, clean car, very well receiver, only used twice, $120, maintained, awesome on gas, $3,000, 250-342-0644. 250-342-3595. HP Laptop, 6715B, 2GHz, 1G Ram, $250, 250-409-9230 or


Palomino fold down camper, fits 6’ box, 570kg, propane, electric fridge, stove, one double bed, new price $12,000, asking $5,500, (truck not included), 250-341-3442. 2006 Polaris Sportsman AWD quad, 960 kms, mint condition, $5,500 firm, 250-421-9201 or 250-342-8766.

1994 and 2000 Dodge Caravans for sale, as is or for parts, phone 250-688-1172 or 250-3425262. 1994 Ford F250, 4x4, extended cab, turbo diesel, long box, standard, new clutch etc., $7,500 OBO, 250-688-0143. 2007 Ford Focus Wagon, 58,000 kms, fully loaded, 4 winter tires on rims, $12,500, 250-3415740. 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty 3/4 ton Lariat Diesel, fully loaded, leather interior, roll cap, box liner, keyless entry, tow package (5th wheel equipped), 4 studded winter tires (one season use), 200,000kms, $16,900, 250-341-2943.

boat for sale

SAILBOAT for sale, MacGregor 26, purchased new in 1995 and in excellent condition. Four sails, including spinnaker and furling genoa, easy to transport with water ballast system, full cabin with head, sink, and sleeping accommodation, interior lighting and exterior navigation lights, Nissan 8HP motor and trailer with surge brakes. Comes complete with cushions, swim ladder and GPS and orange float ball. Located in Windermere. Price $16,500, 250-342-9436. 13’ Aluminum fishing boat, swivel seats and oars, holds up to 15hp motor, 250-342-9079. Tournament Tow Boat, 1997 MB Sports Boss 210 direct drive, 5.7 litre/310 hp/approx 500hr, open bow, heater and shower, bare foot boom, 2 tarps, always stored inside, $19,500 OBO, 403510-0875 (Cochrane AB). See Kijiji Calgary.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Barber Shop for sale in Invermere, B.C., nice sized clientele, for inquiries phone 250-341-3240 before 6pm or 250-342-0655 after 6pm.

services Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

Excellent business for a couple or family to run together and share responsibilities. Great location, in the new Parkside place development on 7th Ave. downtown Invermere. With our unique and health friendly sushi we have a consistent well established clientele at the store and a great contract with AG Valley Foods keeping us busy in the on and off season. Mei Mei’s also has two rooms which have been used as treatment rooms, and are great for someone to start a new practice, or to contract practioners to work for the store (i.e. Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Reiki etc.) or rooms can be used for different purpose (ie. expansion, additional storage, office). Mei Mei’s is currently licensed with BC Interior Health and the District of Invermere as a grocery store, food service and alternative medicine facility. Current owner will provide training for all aspects of the business; ordering and receiving supplies, how to operate all equipment, will train how to make Mei Mei’s specific kind of sushi, labeling and distributing. Over $120,000 worth of building improvements, equipment, fridges, freezers, sushi equipment, office equipment, current stock and merchandise, cash register and debit machine (Interac, Visa, Mastercard) and contract with AG Valley Foods all included in asking price. 3 yr. lease left on space @ $1,580/ month. Owner Asking $19,900. Summer is just around the corner so act now and get a great start! 250-688-0364.

Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Budget Blinds Customized to fit any window “No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty!” Commercial or residential Call a professional covering the Kootenays Free In-Home Consultations 250-342-5749 “We have a blind for any budget” New nail technician wanting to enhance skills and clientele. Get pampered in a clean and casual atmosphere. Call Tracy at First Hand Nails, 250-688-0286. Red Rock Contracting, Custom installations of interlocking pavingstones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems. For estimate call 250-341-6869. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

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36” wide Ditchwitch SK500 for hire w/ stump grinder, Auger (6”, 10”, 24”) 6 way blade, 2 buckets, 14’ dump trailer for clean-up or moving needs, call Dean at 250347-9678.

Dog Grooming, bathing, nails, ears. Call now to make your appointment, 250-342-6178. Leave message.

Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent p/t evening kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250347-0047 or email mail@

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush, and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 250342-3569.

help wanted

LEGAL – MacDonald Thomas Law Office requires receptionist/ legal assistant for immediate start, permanent, full-time position (4 to 5 days/wk). Experience preferred BUT will train; salary DoE. Submit resume by fax: 250-342-3237, by mail: Box 2400, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0, or by email: reception@

College Student with a truck is back! Book now for your spring yard clean, trash hauling, furniture moving, exterior painting, or the extra hands you need to complete any household job. 250-342-9446.

Casual work wanted, odd jobs, call Douglas, 250-342-6068.

Peppi’s Pizza is hiring summer positions, send or drop resume off, 250-342-3421, p.fuel@ .

careers Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work at Citadella Restaurant in Radium, BC. $15/hour, May to October, accommodation available. Email


Windermere Zone School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) is now accepting applications for a temporary, part-time Noon Hour Supervisor at Eileen Madson Primary School working 1 hour per day, (5 hrs/wk) Monday to Friday, on days that school is in session effective as soon as possible until June 30, 2010. The successful candidate will: • have the ability to work well with others; • be able to work with little supervision; • have experience working with youths; and, • be physically able to perform the duties of a Noon Hour Supervisor. First aid training would be an asset. For further information regarding this position, please contact Carolynne Muncer, Principal, Eileen Madson Primary School (250) 342-9315. If you are interested in this position or if you are interested in being considered for our casual list, please submit a resume, with references, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 to: Mr. Paul Carriere Assistant Superintendent School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 70 Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5 Phone: 427-2245 Fax: 427-2044 e-mail: Successful applicant will be subject to Criminal Records Review Check. We would like to thank all applicants, but only those short-listed will be contacted.

Part-time help wanted for Toad’s Hole Café in Invermere, B.C., seasonal, Food Safe required, salary negotiable, contact Erin Elliot at 250-341-5370. Part and full-time work available at Radium Petro Canada, please call 250-347-9988 or drop off resume.

Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery is now accepting applications for a FT/PT experienced line cook, must be available for all shifts. Apply in person with resume, email horsethiefpub@ or fax (250) 347-9987. Farside Inn in Fairmont is accepting applications for experienced servers/ bartenders. Fax resumes to 250342-8884.

Administrative/Logistics Assistant Eagle-Eye Tours is based in Windermere and is Canada’s largest birding tour operator, offering 40+ tours worldwide each year. To keep the show on the road, we need someone who can handle correspondence with our clients and help pull these tours off without a hitch. This is a long-term position of 30 to 40 hours/ week (flexible to meet your needs). You will have a variety of tasks to keep you busy from researching hotels in Australia to sending out packages for our trips to the Arctic. Core responsibilities include: • Client correspondence (inquiries, invoicing, etc.) • Database management • Researching and handling tour logistics (hotel, vehicle, and flight bookings) Requirements include: • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, email) • Ability to work independently • Excellent customer service skills • Excellent communication skills (written & oral) • Attention to detail • Ability to manage competing priorities • An interest in travel

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Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, May 20th, 1:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Employment Centre 1313 – 7th Avenue, Invermere

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Medical Office Assistant Chisel Peak Medical Clinic is currently looking to hire a part-time Medical Office Assistant. The clinic is a full Electronic Medical Records operation. The successful candidate should possess solid computer skills, and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP. Chisel Peak Medical Clinic requires the successful candidate to have excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to work in a fast paced high pressure environment. You should be a proven team player with the necessary skills to handle multiple tasks on an ongoing basis. Submit resume, cover letter and references by 4:00 p.m., May 14th, 2010. Chisel Peak Medical Clinic PO Box 4000, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Attn: Shelley Hopkins Preference will be given to those that have experience in the medical field.

Resort Villa Management currently has an opening for:

Payroll/Administrative Clerk As a key contact within the resort, the incumbent is expected to exercise considerable tact, discretion and judgment, often dealing with issues of a sensitive or confidential nature. In addition, but not limited to, the Payroll/ Administrative Clerk is responsible for:

Additional beneficial skills or experience could include: • Graphic design • Website design or maintenance • Marketing (web or print) • Bookkeeping • An interest in birds and birding

• processing payroll, including source deductions and preparing Record of Employment; • understanding of employee benefits; • working closely with Resort Manager and Personnel Manager; • general office duties that may include, but not limited to, writing formal letters, internal documents, basic accounting skills, computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office.

We offer a competitive wage, flexibility, interesting work, and a collegial positive work environment. Work will commence June 15th.

* Courses in accounting, bookkeeping or payroll administration are an asset

Please submit your resume and a brief story about a personal travel experience by May 15th to Ph: (250) 342-8640

Eagle-Eye Tours

Interested applicants can forward their resume with references to Cherrie Burke, (preferably by email). Deadline: May 14, 2010 E-mail: or fax (250) 345-6250

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Part-time help needed immediately at the Whitehouse Pub, apply in person, 250-342-9540.

Firlands Ranch, located in Radium Hot Springs, is looking for a suitable candidate to assist full time on the Ranch this summer. Qualifications: University student returning to University in the fall, a valid driver’s license, ability to handle general repairs, comfortable around animals, knowledge of a working ranch and luxury resort is an asset. Please e-mail resume to dahlia@ or call 1-403-831-3290

Lakeside Pub is looking for a cook, prep cook, and servers. Please apply in person and drop off resume. 250342-6866. Summit Youth Centre is currently looking for a treasurer to join our board of directors, please contact Betty Knight, 250-346-3248.


Ferrier’s Waterscapes has a rare opportunity for an experienced landscaper in the Invermere area. If you have equipment experience, a positive attitude, good communication skills, along with related industry and safety courses, we would like to talk to you. Some travel may be involved. Wage dependent upon attitude and experience. Fax resume to: 250-342-8860. Call 250341-1589.

Deli Clerk

VILLAGE OF RADIUM HOT SPRINGS The Village of Radium Hot Springs invites applications for the position of Utility Maintenance Operator. Under the supervision of the Public Works Superintendent, this individual will assist in the administration, operation and maintenance of the water treatment and distribution system, the wastewater collection and treatment system and all other municipal infrastructure (buildings, parks, roads, et cetera). This is a wide spectrum position with diverse responsibilities ranging from administrative tasks to physical labour. A complete job description can be obtained from the municipal office in Radium (250) 347-6455 or via email by contacting The successful candidate will have completed grade 12 (or equivalent) and hold a valid class 5 BC driver’s license with air endorsement. The preferred candidate will be certified by the BC Environmental Operator Certification Program or hold equivalent A.B.C. certification. The system classification is: WT-II, WD-I, WWC-I, WWT-I. Applications must be received by the undersigned at the Village office no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday May 20th, 2010. The Village thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Mark Read, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Radium Hot Springs, 4836 Radium Blvd, PO Box 340, Radium Hot Springs, BC. V0A 1M0

BAKER, SHAKER, SANDWICH MAKER (F/T or P/T) Early to bed, early to rise, will find you making sandwiches, baking muffins and pies… to be showcased daily in the Kicking Horse Café! Your ability to work independently, be organized and efficient while creating delectable sensations will be what fires your oven. The ideal BSSM will have some volume based cooking/baking experience. BARISTA (F/T) Pulling the perfect shot, sharing your latte art with the masses, and providing a level of service that is second to none will not so much be a job as it will be a vocation. The only requirement… ya gotta be crazy about coffee; think it, drink it, love it, dream it! Shifts may vary, but coverage for both opportunities is primarily required on weekends. Along with offering the chance to work in other departments, Kicking Horse Coffee provides a stable work environment, lots of great benefits, competitive wages, and the chance to work with an exceptional, dedicated group of people! If you think you’ve got what it tastes… drop us a line: jobs@kickinghorse or fax 250-342-4450.

We are looking for a full-time Deli Clerk for our busy retail and wholesale Meat & Delicatessen store in Invermere, B.C. If serving customers in a fast paced environment, letting your inner chef come out, helping in production and keeping the workplace clean, sounds like the thing for you to do, we would like to meet you! The successful applicant must be able to work independently and as a member of our team; to multi-task and prioritize; and work in an organized, timely and efficient manner. Position available immediately. Wage to be negotiated. Apply by fax to: 250-342-9651, By Email to: By Mail to: Box 68, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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Village of Radium Hot Springs Youth Camp Employment Opportunities The Village is seeking creative and outgoing individuals to fill the Coordinator (one) and Leader (two) positions for the 2010 summer youth camp program. Submissions by contractors to deliver the program will be considered. To receive details about these positions and the program, please pick up an information package at the Village office 347-6455 or via email request to Applications will be received up to May 20th at 4:30 pm.

Public Relations Specialist If you are a pleasant, energetic and reliable team player, then feel free to submit your resume to True Key Resort’s Call Center. The position is a part-time position that could work into fulltime and includes booking reservations for Bighorn Meadows Resort in Radium and Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort in Parksville, Vancouver Island. Computer and friendly customer service phone skills are necessary. Please email resume to or call Valerie direct at 250-347-6907.

Parks Canada Agency Employment Opportunity - 1 Year Term

Agence Parcs Canada Occasion d’emploi d’une durée d’un an

What is the Job? Reporting to the Manager, Finance & Administration, this position is responsible for developing cooperative working relationships, negotiating and/or coordinating agreements or contracts with the Motorcoach industry, conducting revenue facility audits, reviewing financial documents, and providing advice to management. The successful candidate will work in Canada’s most visited National Park. The work environment is fast-paced, constantly changing and very challenging.

En quoi le travail consiste-t-il? Le titulaire du poste relève du directeur, Finance et administration, et est chargé d’établir des relations de travail axées sur la collaboration, de négocier et (ou) de coordonner des ententes ou des contrats avec l’industrie des circuits en autobus, d’effectuer des vérifications des recettes, d’examiner des documents financiers et de donner des conseils à la direction. Le candidat retenu travaillera dans le parc national le plus visité au Canada. Les activités se déroulent à un rythme rapide et l’environnement de travail change constamment et est très exigeant.

AS 02-Group & Commercial Tour Coordinator Banff, Alberta Salary $51,012. – $54,960. Per Annum


Successful completion of two years of an acceptable post-secondary educational program in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics. Proof of education must be submitted with application.

Closing Date: Applications must be received on or before 4 PM, June 04, 2010 Selection Process Number: 10-PKS-BNP-OC-026 For further information and to apply on this position please visit Parks Canada is committed to Employment Equity and building strength through diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage members of the designated groups to apply and to self-identify.

Coordonnateur de groupes AS 02 Banff, Alberta Salaire de 51 012 $ à 54 960 $ par année

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Achèvement de deux ans d’un programme d’études postsecondaires acceptable en comptabilité, finance, administration des affaires, commerce ou économie. Une preuve des études doit accompagner la demande.

Date de clôture: Les demandes doivent être reçues au plus tard le 4 juin 2010 à 16 h Numéro de processus de sélection 10-PKS-BNP-OC-026 Pour obtenir plus d’information et pour présenter votre candidature, veuillez visiter le Parcs Canada respecte le principe d’équité en matière d’emploi et construit sur l’acquis de la diversité. Nous acceptons les demandes de tous les candidats qualifiés et nous encourageons les membres des groupes désignés à présenter une demande et à s’identifier.

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Call to exhibitors: home-based business fair coming By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

Anicka Blais

Anicka Blais, the owner of Invermere’s Divine Insight, is calling all house-bound entrepreneurs to exhibit at the valley’s first Spring Fair for Home-Based Businesses. “The idea is to provide much-needed exposure to all those entrepreneurs — the whole valley from Golden to Cranbrook —

who don’t have a store front,” she said. Ms. Blais is offering exhibit space for up to 30 home-based businesses for a one-dayonly show in Invermere on the busy long weekend in May. “There are some great products out there — from massage to green products to life coaches — that customers want to know about,” she said. “This is a way for people to discover all of the hidden talent out there.”

The Spring Fair for Home-based Businesses will take place inside Invermere Community Hall in downtown Invermere on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you are the owner of a home-based business and are looking for additional exposure and a great networking opportunity, you are encouraged to call Anicka at 250352-0822.

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Stop and see God’s wonder By Sandy Ferguson Christ Church Trinity At a church conference I recently attended in Victoria, one of the presenters showed a video of an experiment. A musical student is playing solo violin pieces by J.S. Bach at a busy transit station in New York. Out of the hundreds who walk by, only a couple of people pause to share in this moment of beauty. Everyone else seems so wrapped up in following the rules and expectations of this world that they rush by, ignoring the music. Sometimes I wonder if this is one of the challenges faced by the Christian faith. We have something wonderful to share, but in a world shaped by so many demands, people are worried if they have the time to stop and listen to something different? Is there the possibility of a different way of life from the reality that surrounds us? Perhaps it is the reality of the world around us, yet it doesn’t mean that we have to be trapped by it. Especially if what we can share with the world is something wonderful that will allow people to pause for a moment and see the wonder of God all around us, and

see the world anew filled with the promise of God’s love. Maybe the question we should be asking is what are we doing to persuade people to pause? In the past, too often the church was so focused on its version of what we should be, that it forgot we are called to serve God’s vision of what we will be, a community that welcomes everyone who is willing to be part of a journey of faith fulfilling the hope of the Kingdom of God. So can we now, as an institution, let go of our own expectations of who is expected to be part of the Body of Christ, and embrace the reality that God is speaking to all of humanity? Especially that God speaks to those people who the church has, in the past, ignored. And possibly the future of the church can be found in the voices of those who have been ignored, as they challenge us to leave our comfortable pews within the church and explore the realities of the world around us. Perhaps we are the ones who need to pause for a moment and listen to the music of their lives, and in doing so, encounter the presence of God in their lives, and see the world anew. And maybe together we will create a choir of such diverse voices that others will join, to add their voice to the ongoing song that is creation, and then the whole world will pause to listen.

Tim Hortons Camp Day fundraiser coming By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Tim Hortons’ Camp Day, June 2nd, is approaching and the annual event will raise money for children in communities all across Canada to go on camping adventures. All money received from coffee sales during Camp Day will go towards the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Special guests, staff and the community helped

raise last years’ funding of over $9.4 million. Since 1974, more than 130,000 children have enjoyed the coffee shop’s camp experience and this summer over 14,000 kids will attend one of the six camps across the country. The funds raised on Camp Day and throughout the year will help send children to camp at no cost to families. Tim Hortons has camps set up in Parry Sound, Ont., Tatamagouche, N.S., Kananaskis, Alta., Quyon, Que., Campbellsville, KY, and St. George, Ont.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, May 16th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Public Relations: JOY” K.I.D.S. church for children aged 3 to 12 during the service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sharing Truth, Showing Love Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats Father Jim McHugh 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. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God 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. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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VACATION AT COLUMBIA LAKE Impressive contemporary vacation home only one block to the private marina, big sprawling beach, tennis courts and playground.


• Radium • Invermere • Panorama • Windermere • Fairmont Call 250-341-6151 or 1-888-341-6155

MLS# K192398

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purchase now and receive the:

1455 SqFt 1/16 ownerSHip *

2 BeDroom / 2.5 BatH SHoulDer Summer +

1861 SqFt 1/16 ownerSHip*

3 BeDroom / 3.5 BatH peak Summer+


2550 SqFt 1/16 ownerSHip*

3 BeDroom / 3.5 BatH SHoulDer Summer+



*1/16 ownerSHip = 3-4 weekS oF titleD + DeeDeD ownerSHip per year


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show suite #17, 5150 Fairway Drive, Fairmont Hot SpringS, BC www.FairmontriDge.Ca 250.345.6095


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