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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff After 10 months at a brain injury centre in Alberta, former-firefighter Norm Gagatek is finally home. His journey to return to the valley and regain his health has been a long and challenging one. Norm suffered a severe brain-stem stroke twoand-a-half years ago, at the age of 39. With no brain injury rehabilitation centre in the province, Norm and his family had a extended and difficult wait for the treatment he needed. “Norman arrived back in Invermere on November 19th after spending 10 months in rehab out of his own province,” said his spouse, Kim Harris. “Previous to that he was given up for dead, or at best, in a ‘locked

in’ state ... He was living a life in a bed. No eating, toiletting, sitting, standing, and minimal speech — very minimal.” After treatment at the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury in Ponoka, Alberta, Norm has regained many vital parts of his life; he is eating, speaking, self-propelling in a wheelchair, using a sit-to-stand to transfer. He has regained about 60 percent of the functionality lost due to his stroke and is improving all the time, Kim said. The family has been working tirelessly since Norm’s stroke to bring brain injury rehabilitation services to B.C. They are hopeful after Health Minister Kevin Falcon’s announcement this fall that the Provincial government has earmarked 25 million dollars for a treatment facility in the province.

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600 bears near Jumbo, says biologist By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Members of the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society, along with interested members of the public, filled the David Thompson Secondary School theatre earlier this week to hear guest speakers from the Ktunaxa Nation and bear biologist Dr. Michael Proctor discuss the importance of bear populations in the area proposed for the Jumbo Glacier Resort. The meeting began with an address from Ray Warden, Director of Lands and Resources for the Ktunaxa Nation Council. Mr. Warden discussed the Ktunaxa’s opposition to the proposed resort, and spoke of a 2009 meeting they had with Ministers Kevin Kruger and Peter Walters to discuss the Ktunaxa’s stance. “We believed they understood and heard us,” Mr. Warden said. “However, later on it became apparent they didn’t.” About 50 members of the Ktunaxa Nation marched to the legislature in Victoria earlier this month to deliver a declaration of opposition and proposals, named the Qat’Muk Declaration. “We have now decided to use all possible means to stop the project,” Mr. Warden said.

Herman Alpine, Elder in Residence for the Ktunaxa Nation, followed Mr. Warden’s address, and tried to explain to the audience how he felt about the spirit of the grizzly bear. “The grizzly bear is one of the spirits we most rely on,” he said. “I spoke to the spirit of the grizzly and asked him to help us — to help us help him,” Mr. Alpine said. Mr. Alpine also spoke of the role of the Creator in relation to Jumbo. “You look at that range around Jumbo. There’s only one person, one being, that can make that,” Mr. Alpine said. “That doesn’t give us the right to change what it looks like to suit our purposes. Any time you do anything to the Creator’s work, you have to answer for it.” The final guest speaker of the evening was bear biologist Dr. Michael Proctor. Dr. Proctor has studied bear populations in the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains for the past 15 years, and is the lead researcher for the Western Canada/USA Trans-Border Grizzly Bear Project. He comes from an independent research position, he said, “Everybody gets the same story.” In July, Dr. Proctor sent a letter to the B.C. Min-

isters of Environment that suggested Jumbo Glacier Resort would be detrimental to the “relatively healthy 600-bear subpopulation in and around the Jumbo Creek area,” an area that extends south of Highway 1 and north of Highways 3 (Purcells), 31, and 6 (Selkirks). Dr. Proctor estimates bear numbers in the Central Purcells to be 87. Previously, the government believed the numbers to be 152. “Generally across B.C., the government does a pretty good job of estimating its numbers,” he said, explaining that the incorrect government numbers for this area were complicated by large overlaps of human populations. At the meeting, Dr. Proctor discussed how his findings using GPS telemetry, DNA samples, and mapping suggest back country roads, highways, and human developments sever connectivity corridors that allow bear populations to intermingle, mate, and grow. “The Purcells have a low population of bears,” he said. “To solve the problem and improve the Purcell population so it can actually be that 600-strong subpopulation, we need to do some access management, or manage our back country in a better way.”

260 grams of marijuana seized at traffic stop By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Two men from Invermere are facing criminal charges for marijuana possession following a traffic stop near Revelstoke at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, November 19th. Members of the Revelstoke traffic services stopped a green Subaru Legacy that was travelling

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• On November 26th, at 11:58 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment attended the scene of a two vehicle accident at the junction of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road. A 2009 Toyota driven by a 72-year-old man from Montrose turned left into Athalmer and collided with a 2011 Nissan that was northbound, being driven by a 39-year-old man from Calgary. Neither driver received any injuries in the crash. • On November 27th, at 1 a.m., a 45-year-old man from Radium was found highly intoxicated on 13th Street near the Bargain Store. As the male was unable to care for himself, he was lodged in cells until sober. The male was charged under the Liquor Control act for being drunk in public. • On November 27th, at 2:53 p.m., the above man was again arrested for being drunk in public and causing a disturbance at the hospital. He was brought back to his same room at the detachment. Criminal record check changes There are many instances where a person is asked to have a criminal record check done. Some need them for employment reasons, others for working as a volunteer with youth groups, seniors and clients who are unable to protect themselves. Any volunteer or worker with these identified groups is required to have a vulnerable sector check. As the law now stands, a person with a criminal record can — in all but two Canadian provinces — apply for a legal name change without their criminal record attaching to the new name. That person is now free to apply anywhere as a volunteer and a record check would not reveal an issue. Steps are now being taken to change the law so that a criminal record goes

with your a name. As a result, individuals may be asked to provide fingerprints, meaning the whole vulnerable sector check can take up to four months. A fee of $25.00 will be charged for all vulnerable sector checks for employment purposes that require prints. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact our office and we would be happy to explain further Being a paramedic is not my calling Back — way back — when I worked in Maple Ridge I got a call about a possible suicide. When I arrived at the house with my partner, we found a man lying in bed with his left arm sticking out from under the blanket, bleeding badly from the left wrist. The police hat came off and on went the ambulance hat as I applied pressure and bandaged up the wrist. I was very proud of the professional job I did. I just might have saved a life. I took off the ambulance hat and put on my minister’s hat and attempted to console the man and discuss his depression. I convinced him that things would get better. In my head I was a hero for saving this guy’s life. Give me my medal; send me to Ottawa for the Governor General’s award — I’m going to Disneyland! The ambulance crew arrived and did their examination. “Who bandaged up the left wrist?” asked the attendant. No doubt they wanted to pat me on the back for a great job. I proudly stepped forward to accept his praise and congratulations. I believe it went something like this: “Marko, hell of a good job with the left wrist, but what about the right wrist?” The right wrist was under the blanket and when it was lifted, he was bleeding (read: gushing). I was stripped of my hero status, no trip to Ottawa, and more damaging, the Disney trip was canceled. I vowed the next time to conduct a full strip search.

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World-class racers train at Panorama

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Panorama Mountain Village has opened its slopes to ski and snowboard racers from across the world as pre-season race training gets underway. Hundreds of athletes from Canada, the United States and Eurasia have been using the mountain since November 18th to prepare for the upcoming season of races, from slalom to super-G. Among the teams represented at the resort will be riders and skiers from Canada, Russia, Japan, and England, who will enjoy exclusive access to Panorama’s slopes until they open to the public on December 10th. “Before the mountain opens we can use all the runs to get different levels of training for young children to World Cup teams,” said Mark Sharp, Head Coach for Team Panorama Ski Club. “The more elite levels do speed training, but most teams are here to get gate training.” The 110 racers from Team Panorama range in ages from five to 17, with a mixture of valley residents and Calgarians. They share the mountain throughout the season with about 15 members of another local ski group, the Windermere Valley Ski Club. Early snowfall combined with snow making ef-

forts from the mountain operations crew have given the local and visiting teams top pre-season race training conditions. The World Cup and elite teams making use of the mountain also have access to the icy conditions they favour, as the mountain operations crew can inject snow with water, which freezes overnight, forming a more consistent, weather resistant surface. “This hill is notoriously loved by most ski teams because of its rolling slopes and quality snow,” Coach Sharp added. “The weather is always good and the snow making teams are happy to accommodate us and create the hard snow conditions teams favour.” Panorama Mountain Village has been providing early season race training since 1992 and has hosted a range of high profile events including Fédération Internationale de Ski races and eleven World Cup races. First up at the mountain this season will be the Northwest Mutual FIS NorAm, from December 12th16th, followed by the Mealie Cup from the 18th-21st. “These events and the pre-season training are important to the local area to get people coming in,” said Bruce Hamstead, Race Training and On Mountain Events Manager. “There’s an economic spin-off, with more people shopping locally and eating out; it raises the profile of the ski hill and the valley.”

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Yule log returns By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

This week we flipped another page on our calendars and bid adieu to November. Now, with the arrival of a snowy December, the holiday season is ushered in. I’ll admit, I always feel a bit Scrooge-like when Christmas jingles and holiday advertisements appear midway through the final month of autumn. But with the December calendar page now hanging on my wall, the festive spirit that comes with the holiday season is catching on. One of my favourite holiday gimmicks, the television Yule log, has re-appeared on Shaw TV, so it must be time for Christmas. For me, watching the flames flicker across the TV screen and hearing the snap and crackle of the heatless fire (and giggling when the occasional fire poker or plaid-clad arm edges in from the side to readjust the logs) gives the holidays a sense of humour and makes me thankful for my own, live fireplace. While the Yule log is entertaining, I am truly thankful for more important things, like living in this valley. I know year-round this is a wonderful place to call home, but the holiday season has a way of reminding me of the fact. Last week I went to a mall in Calgary, where I held open a door for a string of Christmas shoppers. I smiled at about eight people who passed me, but not one smiled back or thanked me for holding the door. Everyone was ploughing through the mall, looking stressed after jostling for the elusive few parking stalls outside. By contrast, I meandered the festively-lit streets of Invermere during last week’s Spirit of Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, smiling at my fellow shoppers and receiving heartfelt holiday greetings in return. The atmosphere in each store I entered was relaxed and welcoming, and by the end of the evening my holiday heart felt like it had sipped a warm mug of hot chocolate. Thank goodness for small towns.

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Broomball babes In this image from the 1920s, employees of Columbia Valley Irrigation dress as lavish lasses for a game of broomball on an ice rink near what is now Angus McToogle’s. Left to right: Mr. I.C. Wedd dresses as “Dora,” while Mr. B. Monk, in costume as “Kate,” hitches up his knickers. If you have any more information, e-mail us at Photo courtesy of Audrey Osterloh

Correction: Active Release Chiropractor Karen Fahrni of Columbia Chiropractic practices the Active Release technique, not the Active Relief technique as was reported in the November 26th edition of the paper.

Clarification: Windermere Water and Sewer

As was reported in the November 26th edition, the total cost of Windermere Water and Sewer’s bulk water option for Windermere is $5 million, all inclusive, and the community plant is estimated at $12.1 million. However, these figures do not take into account available government grant funding and capital contribution fees paid to Parr Utilities, which would make the total cost to the community of the bulk water option $2.2 million, and the community plant $10.8 million.

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LETTERS Hats off to the Royals Dear Editor: Thirty years ago on a perfect summer’s day in England, our family sat and watched the fairy-tale wedding of Charles and Diana. We toasted their health with sparkling apple cider. Later in the day we dressed up in weddingday fashion, hats included, and attended a party at “The Manor House“in the village, along with the rest of the village. Despite the unhappy ending of their relationship, the memories of that perfect day remain warm inside of me. Other than peoples’ fascination with the lives and fashions of royalty, which I believe has prevailed since we first had chiefs, a constitutional monarchy does have political advantages. A common feature of governments based on the UK system is that the head of state is separated from the head of government. The monarch can therefore serve as a head of state and represent the country while the day-to-day running of the country is carried out by the government, with the head of government being the prime minister. Another good reason is that having a monarchy can stop collapse of the country. In 1981, the Spanish govern-

ment was taken hostage in a coup. King Juan Carlos responded with a televised speech denouncing the coup and urging people to stand up for their democratic government; soon it was restored. Thailand avoided two similar attempts around that time thanks to their monarchy. I also believe that we are weary of bad news and to read or watch a good news story lightens the collective mood. McLean’s magazine (November 29th, 2010) devoted 52 pages to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement. I quote, “Prince William seems ideally suited to defend Canada’s important tradition of constitutional monarchy against cynics and continue the good work of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.” I will be following the wedding news with great interest, and I suspect many people around the world will do the same (including our neighbours to the south, despite the fact that they are in a Republic). I may even buy a hat for the big day in April.

I am a third-generation Canadian and a five-year veteran of the Second World War, but I am not a royalist. I am a very proud Canadian. Some of our regiments have the honour of having a royal name and are proud of it, and so they should be, but always remember that they earned it. When royals visit our country to pay their respects, they should

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Jumbo deserves to be built Dear Editor: The proponent has for 17 years continuously jumped through hoops to obtain approval — and did. These 17 years were an incredible opportunity for opponents to amass evidence of opposition and evidence to support their views on Jumbo. They failed completely. Opponents were involved every step of the way in all of the reviews, and failed to make a case against the proposal; they failed to produce anything to support their claims of environmental and social doom. The fact is, Jumbo was proven to be in the public’s interest and will have huge environmental benefits; it is a way to create more and more jobs with a fixed amount of natural resources. Every year the revenues created by Jumbo will replace the need to log truly pristine valleys — every year more Grizzly habitat saved! There are consequences of building Jumbo Resort and there will be consequences of not building it as well. If it is not built, who will be accountable for our continued heavy reliance on natural resource industries to sustain our economy? If it is not built, every logging truck you see from then on should have the

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Wildsight logo on it — or Norm MacDonald Trucking. Opponents cannot kill economic opportunities without providing alternatives. All over B.C. there is true wilderness. All of it is ignored while immense environmental resources were expended fighting for a fully exploited valley. The East Kootenays has protected over 16% of its land base, which is far more than even the 12 % the World Wildlife Fund recommends. More importantly, that 16% is already of the same type as Jumbo. The WWF says that we should now be focusing on local areas of the Columbia Valley - where development has been rampant – not fighting over a fully exploited area like Jumbo. Jumbo is being battled over due to its history as a playground for a fortunate few humans, not because of wildlife. Thankfully, locals ignored the continually repeated rhetoric of opponents and waited for a science-based review. This review considered everything the opponents could throw at it, and found the Jumbo Resort proposal was in the public’s interest. Ian McKenzie Regina, Saskatchewan, formerly of Panorama

Dear Editor: I writing in response to the article by Kelsey Verboom, “ Ktunaxa demonstrate against Jumbo” in the November 19th edition. How inspiring and encouraging it is to see a First Nation People stand in their Power.

It is with gratitude that I say, we honour you, for leading the way and showing the people how to care for our sacred Mother Earth and respect our brother the Grizzly Bear. Thank you. Allison Bowen Windermere, BC

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World AIDS Day shines a light on human rights By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff World AIDS Day on December 1st drew attention to the ongoing fight people living with HIV/ AIDS have for human rights. Around the world, 33 million people live with HIV/AIDS, while Canada has 68,000 sufferers. British Columbia has one of the highest rates of HIV per capita at 13.6 per cent of the infections in the country. In B.C., two thirds of the cases come from highrisk activities, men who have sex with men or people who use illicit drugs. The remaining third is heterosexual couples who have HIV/AIDS. The best way to avoid contracting the disease is to take precautions, such as wearing a condom and not sharing needles. “Everyone is at risk if they have risky behavior,” said Doctor Robert Parker, medical health officer with Interior Health. “There’s probably no place in Canada that doesn’t have HIV.” People living with HIV/AIDS often have difficulty obtaining health care services due to substance use, mental illness, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity and other social barriers, explained Gary Dalton, a care team member for the East Kootenay Regional Office of the AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society (ANKORS). Located in Cranbrook, ANKORS provides support for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Columbia Valley. The society provides services in a non-judgemental way to ensure anonymity and confidential access. According to the Canadian AIDS Society, human rights for people living with HIV/AIDS sits right at the centre of the epidemic. Equitable access to health care and treatment, personal privacy, discrimination and education shape the evolution of HIV in Canada. The limited resources available to HIV/AIDS patients, a lack of accessible health care and the stigma

attached to accessing available services, Mr. Dalton said, causes people to relocate often. “We call it Greyhound Bus Therapy. They get help and then move on. They’re looking for a doctor or healthcare and jobs,” Mr. Dalton said. “There is a population [in the Columbia Valley] who are HIV positive and we get about six new cases per year who are newly diagnosed with HIV.” The current treatment for people with HIV/AIDS is called triple therapy. It’s three types of anti-viral medication that boosts the immune system by reducing the number of HIV particles in the blood. The treatment is available only at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/ AIDS in Vancouver. Although this treatment is free through Pharmacare, people living with HIV/AIDS in B.C. face barriers to access it. The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has launched a pilot project to help marginalized individuals to HIV testing, treatment and support services. For people in the Columbia Valley, the lack of funding for organizations like ANKORS boils down to a numbers game. The communities tend to have transient, tourist populations and because people return to their home to get tested, the communities lack the resources to treat the people left behind. “Invermere, for example, doesn’t have a high enough visible population to participate in the health care system,” Mr. Dalton said. “HIV numbers get tallied where they are tested, and for Invermere, people are tested in Calgary.” In Cranbrook, Mr. Dalton is seeing a change, though, of more HIV/AIDS positive people staying in the community, which he believes is due to changing attitudes. “The issues are becoming more visible and it’s acceptable to talk about them among younger people,” he said. “The schools are doing a good job of educating. People are more sensitive and it’s safer for people to come forward for services.”

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Meet The Pioneer’s newest reporter By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Well, hello Columbia Valley. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m the latest addition to The Columbia Valley Pioneer, Samantha Stokell: reporter and, I like to think, story-teller. I’ve always loved stories, whether they’re in movies, books or newspapers. I feel extremely lucky to have a job where I meet people and hear their stories first-hand. And sometimes I get free plane and helicopter rides, too, so you know, it’s not so bad. I’ve been in Invermere about a week and so far am pretty pleased with the town. I’ve wanted to move to British Columbia since 2002, when the IOC announced that Vancouver would host the 2010 Winter Olympics. I’ll admit, I got a little sidetracked, but I’m finally here. I moved to Invermere from Fort Smith, North-

west Territories where I worked at the Slave River Journal. Compared to Fort Smith, Invermere is a huge city, full of people, restaurants, stores and traffic lights. I haven’t seen a traffic light in months! Despite the –40 temperatures, though, Fort Smith is an amazing community. It has to be, considering that the next town over is a three-hour drive through the forest. What with the nine-month long winters, I figured I should probably take up hockey. I’d played street hockey, but never ice hockey. The women’s team had been around for four years, and had some serious players. Unfortunately they lacked a goalie .... Somehow I got roped into the position and now I love it. So, if you’ve got a team that’s looking for a small, but fast goalie let me know. What I loved about Smith, besides the people,

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was that living there was kind of like camping. You had immediate access to hiking, biking, camping, canoeing and kayaking, but could come home to a hot shower and comfortable bed. I hope Invermere is kind of like that. I loved Smith, but eventually the lack of Tim Horton’s and the 18-hour drives to an international airport pushed me to move south. Before the two years in the Northwest Territories, I went to journalism school in Toronto. Before that I spent two years teaching English in Japan, teaching kids how to sing the alphabet and talk about the weather. I learned to love karaoke and sushi, joined a taiko (drum) team, did a home-stay, worked briefly in a restaurant, traveled all over south- and northeast Asia and wrote emails home. Japan is where I learned how to tell stories and decided to go into journalism. Before all that, I grew up in a suburb of Toronto, yearning for nature and adventures, but settling for shopping malls and hour-long commutes. So, I’m happy to be here and writing for all of you. I look forward to hearing your stories and hope you’ll have patience for all of my questions.



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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS MOVIE REVIEW



Holiday shopper Charlotte Jablanczy browses the shelves of The Book Bar during the Spirit of Christmas Shopping Extravanganza put on by the Invermere Business Committee on November 29th. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Concert at Pynelogs

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Movie Review: Knight and Day Action fans can breathe easy this week with the release of the latest Tom Cruise epic, Knight and Day. When car-restorer Julie Havens, played by Cameron Diaz, literally bumps into rogue secret agent Roy Miller (Cruise) at a Wichita airport, her life takes a sharp left turn. Roy, it seems, is in possession of a Zephyr, a prototype compact, powerful, perpetual energy source — essentially it’s a flashlight battery that never runs down; every handyman’s dream. And there are at least three different teams of bad guys who will do anything to get their hands on it. With the bad guys never far behind, the duo find themselves engaged in an almost relentless, exciting,

Davis, as Roy’s CIA Director boss, who has an agenda of her own. Knight and Day’s plot is as light as air — the dining equivalent would be Chinese food, momentarily sating your appetite, but leaving you hungry for more a couple of hours later. But that won’t detract from your enjoyment of this movie. It really is a lot of fun, and director James Mangold has crafted a funny, breakneck-paced and exhilarating diversion, that will keep you glued to the screen for every one of its 109 minutes.


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and often humourous round-the-world pursuit. The action takes them from Wichita to Boston, New York, the Azores, Salzbourg, and finally, Spain. While engaging in a deadly cat and mouse game to ensure that the Zephyr’s power is used only for good, Julie and Roy learn a little about each other, and develop a grudging respect for, and — you guessed it — a profound attraction to one another. Cruise and Diaz are great together, but the combined wattage of their brilliant smiles may have you reaching for your shades. They’re joined by a great supporting cast, including Peter Sarsgaard as Fitzgerald, a sleazy agent who wants to sell the Zephyr to the highest bidder. They are also joined by Paul Dano as Simon, the nerdy boy-genius inventor of the device, and Viola

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

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely.

Toby Theatre Closed until after Christmas.

Sunday, December 5th:

Sunday, December 12th:

• 10:30 a.m.: Registration and practice opens for Charity Shoot in aid of Columbia Valley Food bank sponsored by Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club at Rauch Homestead Range. Subject to weather. If -11C or colder at 9 a.m. will cancel. For info: 250-341-3254. • 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.: 4th Annual Pet Photos with Santa at Bow-Wow Meow. Cat food, litter and toy donations welcome. For info: 250-341-7888. • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Super Sunday - The Shopping Event of the Year at participating stores in Invermere. Brought to you by the Invermere Business Committee.

• 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.: 4th Annual Pet Photos with Santa at Bow-Wow Meow. Cat food, litter and toy donations welcome. For info: 250-341-7888. • 12 noon- 3 p.m.: 3rd Annual Santa and Sleigh Ride event at Smoking Water Cafe in Fairmont. Santa will be available for photos. All proceeds go to the Food Bank. For info: 250-341-7774. • 5:30 p.m.: Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Dinner at the Invermere Inn. For reservations: 250-342-5566 or 250-342-4242 Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Live Nativity Presentation at the Catholic Church.

Tuesday, December 7th:

Friday, December 3rd: • 4 - 8 p.m.: The 17th Annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. • 4 - 8 p.m.: Art Alive Craft Sale at Bliss. Fundraiser for David Thompson Secondary School Food Bank. For info call Sandra: 250-342-6507 or Kelly 250342-9394. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Revelstoke Grizzlies at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: Saturday, December 4th: • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Art Alive Craft Sale at Bliss. Fundraiser for David Thompson Secondary School Food Bank. For info call Sandra: 250-342-6507 or Kelly 250-342-9394. • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: The 17th Annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. • 10 a.m.- 12noon: 4th Annual Pet Photos with Santa at Bow-Wow Meow. Cat food, litter and toy donations welcome. For info: 250-341-7888. • 10 a.m. - 12noon: Free Curling Clinic at the Invermere Curling Club. Lunch to follow. Open to all ages. • 1st Annual Whitefish Montana versus Invermere Curling Challenge at the Invermere Curling Club. For info: 250-342-3315. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Golden Rockets at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

• 6:15 p.m. Doors open to Cinefest @ Pynelogs and The Independent Film Series showing Cooking with Stella. Tickets at the door. For info: 250-342-4423. • 6:30 p.m.: Drug and alcohol awareness presentation in the David Thompson Secondary School theatre. Donna and Greg Gylander and Staff Sergeant Marko Schehovac. Hosted by DTSS Parent Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, December 8th: • 1:00 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at Invermere Public Library. Free bus transportation to and from Lakeview Manor and Columbia Garden Village. For info: 250-342-6416.

Thursday, December 9th:

Tuesday, December 14th: • 7 p.m.: Bands in Concert at the David Thompson Secondary School gym.

Wednesday, December 15th: • 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Techology Today and Tomorrow at Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Member $12, non-members $15. For info: 250-342-2844 • 6 p.m.: Christmas Cookie Exchange at the Invermere Public Library. Please call: 250-342-6416 to register or visit

Friday, December 17th: • Opening Day for downhill skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Lift ticket includes a free visit to the hot pools. For info: 250-345-6000.

Saturday, December 18th:

• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Akisqnuknik Development Corporation’s Annual General Meeting at Akisqnuk Health Centre Boardroom in Windermere. For info: 250-342-4409.

Friday, December 10th: • Opening Day for downhill skiing at Panorama Resort. For info: 250-342-6941. • R.K. Heliski and Heliplex opening. For info: 250342-3889.

Saturday, December 11th: • 10 .m. - 4 p.m.: The Legion Christmas Tea ‘N’ A Fair. Christmas Tea, Cookie Walk, Square Walk and Craft Tables. For info: 250-688-0640.

• 9 a.m.: Classic Learn to Ski Clinic at Greywolf Nordic Centre or Nipika Mountain Resort. To register e-mail: • Jumps and Bumps and Youth Freestyle programs start with Panorama Mountain Freeride Club. For info: 250-342-9082. • 7 p.m.: Christmas Concert at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. A Sister Girl Country Christmas. Tickets available at Dave’s Book Bar and One-Hour Photo. For info: 250-342-4423. • Sunday, December 19th: • 9 a.m.: Skate Ski Learn to Ski Clinic at Greywolf Nordic Centre or Nipika Mountain Resort. To register e-mail:

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The Columbia Valley chapter of Weight Watchers donated almost 100 pounds of dried goods to the local food bank as part of a national campaign to lose weight for a good cause. The “Lose for Good” campaign asks Weight Watchers to donate a pound of food for every pound of weight lost between October 9th and November 20th. The local branch ended the month and a half with 98 pounds donated by their 30 members. “It’s motivational,” said Columbia Valley team leader Debbie Fry. “It’s good for you and the community.” Since Weight Watchers focuses on healthy eating, living and exercising, their donations included nutritious foods such as whole-grain pasta, granola and canned vegetables. The amount of food donated did not necessarily represent the amount of weight lost by the members. Some members simply brought in a bag full of nonperishable food items. Weight Watchers, Ms. Fry emphasizes, does en-

LOSE FOR GOOD - Debbie Fry, front right, and members of the Columbia Valley Chapter of Weight Watchers donated their weight loss in food to the local food bank. Photo submitted by Debbie Fry courage healthy weight loss of approximately half to two pounds per week. Weight Watchers meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lion’s Hall in Invermere.

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Feeding the town a Christmas feast By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Copper Point will host its seventh annual Feed the Town Christmas dinner, which helps raise funds and food for the local food bank. The golf club expects one thousand people to partake in the festivities to be held on Sunday December 5th. “2009 was our busiest year by far, when we had about 950 people,” said Brian Schaal, general manager of Copper Point. “In the first couple of years there was a stigma that the dinner was just for people in need, but word is spreading that everyone is welcome.” The dinner started in 2004, not as a promotional tool but as a response to the many donation requests the club received. “Then-president Ron Mason commented on how many donations were requested and said, ‘Why don’t we feed the town?” Mr. Schaal said. “And we thought, that’s a good idea. Let’s feed the town.”

With the help of local sponsors and approximately 20 volunteers, the resort will serve 30 large turkeys, 1200 cans of cranberry sauce, 20 gallons of gravy, more than 50 pounds of stuffing, 500 pounds of veggies, 500 pounds of potatoes and 1000 slices of cake and pie. Anne Riches, food master extraordinaire at Copper Point, will make sure everyone who comes for the dinner gets a Christmas dinner. “I’ll get up at two in the morning, put the turkeys in the oven and then start peeling potatoes,” Ms. Riches said. “I love doing it. It’s nice to help people.” The dinner is also an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items or money for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, though it’s not a requirement to enjoy the food. Santa will also make an appearance at the dinner, with photos printed off during the meal for people to take home with them. Doors are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Library Christmas Silent Auction opens Submitted by Lynda Tutty Friends of Invermere Public Library The Christmas season at Invermere Library traditionally starts with the annual Silent Auction. Many people in the ColumbiaValley start their Christmas shopping by browsing through the variety of auction items collected by the Friends of Invermere Library. Bidding opened on this years’ Silent Auction on Saturday, November 27th at noon. The Friends of the Library invite everyone to come discover what treasures are displayed in all available corners of the library. This year the Friends of the Library added a new event to the Silent Auction. The Friends invite the community to the first Holiday Dessert Party on Thursday, December 16th from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. A variety of traditional, homemade goodies will be featured. “The Friends of the Library plan to create a festive event for everyone who enjoys the excitement of auction bidding,” explained Sheryl

Thomas, president of the Friends of the Library. The Holiday Dessert Party is the final opportunity to bid on the Silent Auction items. Bids will be welcomed at the party until 7:30 p.m. when the auction closes. The auction features almost 100 items: artwork, household items, books, jewellery, children’s items, and gift certificates for golf and dining are among the unique offerings. “The community is so supportive of the Library. Many businesses and individuals donate auction items every year,” Ms. Thomas said. The variety of auction items means there is something to interest almost everyone. The Holiday Dessert Party will feature live Christmas music, festive decorations and an opportunity to socialize and enjoy the Christmas spirit at the Invermere Library. Everyone is welcome to join the Friends of the Library to celebrate the holiday season with dessert and coffee. All funds raised at the Silent Auction support the programs of Invermere Public Library.

Library Lego play date Dozens of local children enjoyed playtime at Invermere Public Library last week, with an arts and crafts evening, followed by a Lego afternoon on Friaay, November 26th. A range of different themed Lego-related games kept everyone entertained. Pictured is Carolyn McCleary, 8, from Invermere, whose parents are Kris and Rich McCleary. Upcoming special events at the library are a Seniors’ Day on December 8th and a Christmas Cookie Exchange on December 15th. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Counselling practice offers support If you want to give back to your community this holiday season, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation has gift cards available at Kootenay Savings in Invermere and Full View Curtains in Radium.

“Building a Legacy for our Valley Communities” Columbia Valley Community Foundation, Box 991, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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Tuesday, Dec 7th 7pm @ Pynelogs.

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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A former David Thompson Secondary School social worker has opened a new counselling service in Invermere, offering assistance to individuals, couples, families Fiona Bradford and groups. Fiona Bradford, who has most recently been working with the local Child and Youth Mental Health program, started her company, Bradford Counselling, in the fall. An Invermere resident since childhood, Ms. Bradford is delighted to have the chance to live in the community she loves, while pursuing her counselling career. “It is very exciting to open a private practice. It feels professionally fulfilling as I can practice holistically and work with people with many different needs,” Ms. Bradford said. “I wanted to remain in Invermere and challenge myself professionally … I think this is an amazing community to live and work in.” There are many reasons why someone seeks counselling, Ms. Bradford explained. Sometimes people are facing a challenging transition in their life, or a relationship may be having difficulty, or life can just feel overwhelming. Ms. Bradford takes a systems-based approach to her work which incorporates all aspects of a client’s life, including physical, psychological, social and environmental factors. “Some people have specific issues they want to work on,” she said. “Clients may be experiencing a particular concern like anxiety, depression or grief, or

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some people are in challenging relationships and need support … I also work with families who are experiencing a crisis.” For Ms. Bradford one of the most important features of her counselling practice is providing a confidential and safe environment where people feel comfortable; whether they are there for one session, or returning for continuing support. She brings a variety of counselling experience to her practice. After returning to the University of British Columbia to complete a Masters in Social Work in 2008, Ms. Bradford worked as a mental health clinician with the provincial government in Invermere. This work focused on many aspects of youth and family counselling; from the initial consultation through to therapy and follow-up assistance. This adds to her experience gained while working locally as a school social worker, with Health Canada, and as a safe home support worker. Ms. Bradford also completed a number of extended work placements in Vancouver; specializing in medical social work including organ transplants, spinal cord injuries and eating disorders. “I think anyone can benefit from talking to someone who truly listens, and has understanding about possible ways to move forward,” Ms. Bradford explained.“When people are hurting emotionally they need safety: they need to feel as though they are being helped in a secure environment — a place where they feel calm and peaceful. They also deserve to feel like someone truly cares, which I do, I wouldn’t be a counsellor if I didn’t truly care.” Bradford Counselling is located downtown, with evening and weekend appointments available. For more information, call 250-688-0612, or e-mail

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Valley Voices fill the air with upcoming concert By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff The melodious voices of the Valley Voices choir will once again resound during their upcoming annual Christmas concerts. The 40-person choir has been practicing since earlier this fall for their holiday performances, which will be held on December 10th and 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Trinity Church in Invermere. “We’ve been working hard, and we’re looking forward to it,” said choir director Paul Carriere. “In this community, Valley Voices is one of the key ways to usher in the Christmas season for people. “I guarantee the performances will get people in the Christmas spirit. Not just what the choir is doing, but the opportunity to sing carols with the choir as well.” This year, the choir will be performing a few songs alongside the Voices of Eileen Madson Primary School children’s choir in addition to their regular program.

A jazz trio will also join the choir on stage to add an instrumental element to their voices. In addition to well-known holiday melodies, Valley Voices will be debuting an assortment of non-traditional tunes with Swahili and Brazilian influences. “We have a varied program, including a Christmas carol sing-along,” Mr. Carriere said. The choir will also be performing during Christ Trinity Church’s morning service on December 5th as a warm-up before their concerts. Following the morning service on December 5th, the choir will travel to Columbia Garden Village and then Columbia House to entertain residents. “It’s a great community feeling in the choir, and it’s nice to pass that along,” Mr. Carriere said. Tickets for the December 10th and 11th performances are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available in advance from Essentials and One Hour Photo in Invermere, N’Deco in Radium, and Smoking Waters Cafe in Fairmont.

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hristmas arols Pictured above, members of the Valley Voices choir rehearse for their annual Christmas concerts, which will be held on December 10th and 11th. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know, Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write.

May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.

May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.

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December 3, 2010



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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling, and everyone telling you, "Be of good cheer," It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Silver Bells City sidewalks, busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday style In the air there's a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing Meeting smile after smile And on ev'ry street corner you'll hear Silver bells, silver bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear them sing Soon it will be Christmas day Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush home with their treasures Hear the snow crunch See the kids bunch This is Santa's big scene And above all this bustle You'll hear silver bells, silver bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear them sing Soon it will be Christmas day.

Go Tell It

On the Mountain Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere, Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born. When I was a seeker I sought both night and day, I asked the Lord to help me, And he showed me the way.

There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow. there'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.


It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year.


Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Ev'rybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa's on his way He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And ev'ry mother's child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways, "Merry Christmas to you."

He made me a watchman, Upon a city wall, And if I am a Christian, I am the least of all.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o'er the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria... Chorus: Gloria, In Excelsius Deo Shepherd why this jubilee, Why your joyous strains prolong What the gladsome tidings be, Which inspire your heavenly song? Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord the newborn king. See him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise.

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December 3, 2010

We Wish You

a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year, Good tidings we bring To you and your kin, Good tidings for Christmas And a Happy New Year Now bring us some figgy pudding Oh bring us some figgy pudding Oh, bring us some figgy pudding And a cup of good cheer Good tidings we bring To you and your kin Good tidings for Christmas And a Happy New Year We won't go until we get some We won't go until we get some We won't go until we get some So bring some out here Good tidings we bring To you and your kin Good tidings for Christmas And a Happy New Year We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year Good tidings we bring To you and your kin Good tidings for Christmas And a Happy New Year



hristmas arols The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay In fields where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East beyond them far And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! And by the light of that same star Three Wise men came from country far To seek for a King was their intent And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! This star drew nigh to the northwest O'er Bethlehem it took its rest And there it did both pause and stay Right o'er the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! Then entered in those Wise men three Full reverently upon their knee And offered there in His presence Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord That hath made Heaven and earth of nought And with his blood mankind has bought. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!

It’s Beginning to Look

a Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Ev'rywhere you go; Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again With candy canes and silver lanes aglow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Toys in ev'ry store, But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be On your own front door. A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben; Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk Is the hope of Janice and Jen; And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Ev'rywhere you go; There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well, The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start, And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing Right within your heart.

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Up on the Housetop

Have Yourself A

Merry Little Christmas Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light, From now on our troubles Will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on our troubles Will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore, Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more. Through the years We all will be together If the Fates allow, Hang a shining star On the highest bough, And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause Out jumps good ol' Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa, fill it well Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop Mistletoe hung where you can see every couple tries to stop Rocking around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring Later we'll have some pumpkin pie and we'll do some caroling.

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear Voices singing let's be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly Rocking around the Christmas tree, have a happy holiday Everyone dancing merrily in the new old-fashioned way.

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December 3, 2010

Invermere working to keep employment centre services By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The District of Invermere is working to save some of the valley’s employment services, in collaboration with local businesses and the town of Golden. The Columbia Valley Employment Centre in Invermere, which helps around 500 people each month, faces closure as the provincial government brings in drastic changes to employment services. The proposed changes would see 300 employment centres across B.C. shut down by early 2012, with their services centralized to 120 regional offices. “Invermere, Golden and Kimberley are all on the list to have our employment centres closed and to be serviced out of a regional office in Cranbrook,” said Invermere’s Mayor, Gerry Taft, in a letter read to the town’s council meeting on November 23rd. “It is clear ... that the employment services offered presently through the Columbia Valley Employment Centre are well used and benefit those who directly use them, as well as benefitting the overall Columbia

Valley Community.” Since the issue was raised at a council meeting on October 12th, the District of Invermere has been working to ensure that a satellite office is installed in Invermere. This would help to keep a limited range of local services, with all additional services provided out of the regional centre in Cranbrook. The problem faced is that currently there is no clear idea of which businesses or non-profit organizations will be bidding for the employment centre contract. The current provider, Steele O’Neil has announced they will not bid. “Attention needs to be paid to these agencies that do step forward to bid,” said Barbara O’Neil, a Managing Partner of Steele O’Neil. “The point is to make sure that any agency that bids knows to include the satellite office in their bid, otherwise the valley won’t necessarily get one.” Rural areas such as this area are the top priority for satellite centres; however, it is important for community groups to unite and lobby to ensure a satellite office is installed in the valley, Ms. O’Neil added.


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Regional District of East Kootenay Public HEaRing noticEs Bylaw Amendment - Luxor Spur Valley

bylaw 2270

bylaw 2271 Bylaw Amendment - Panorama

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Erla Mottram to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the text of Section 7.16, A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone, by adding as a permitted accessory use an auxiliary dwelling unit on Lot 1, District Lot 351, Kootenay District, Plan NEP66484 only. The subject property is located at 3774 Highway 95 in the Luxor / Spur Valley area as shown on the attached map.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Philip Marshall to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the text of Section 7.20(A), Resort Tourist Pension Zone, subsection (4)(b) by increasing the maximum square metres and floor area ratio of a building to permit an addition to the Earl Grey Lodge pension. The property is located at 2069 Summit Drive in Panorama as shown on the attached map.

Bylaw No. 2270 is cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 254, 2010 (Luxor Spur Valley / Mottram).”

If this bylaw amendment advances to adoption, the RDEK will discharge the restrictive covenant registered on the title of this property limiting the size of the pension.

A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere BC Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Bylaw No. 2271 is cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 255, 2010 (Panorama / Marshall).”

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F and Electoral Area G. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/ numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaws. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

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The Americans are coming – to learn curling By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Montana’s first curling club will soon visit Invermere for a curling clinic and friendship games. The Whitefish Curling Club, established only last year, is Montana’s only operational curling club. Two other communities have clubs in various stages of progress, so Whitefish has to come north for some competition. On December 4th, the Invermere Curling Club will host the Americans in a clinic that’s also open to the public, as well as two games. Invermere president Jim Jenkinson explained that this is a great opportunity for the club from south of the border. “There are very few curling facilities in the United States and most are in Wisconsin and Minnesota,” Mr. Jenkinson said. “Some use hockey arenas at two in the morning. This will be the first time they get to go curling [in a dedicated curling rink].” That’s exactly the case for the Whitefish club. After hockey has finished, the curlers have to run the Zamboni, pebble the ice and melt the hacks into the surface before they can play. Playing on ice dedicated to curling will be a luxury the club isn’t used to. Three teams, for a total of 12 curlers, will make the five-hour drive to Invermere for the weekend. Whitefish’s curling vice-president and “Canadian ambassador” Dennis Dortch helped bring curling to the state and helped Invermere with its ice at the start of the season. The team visited Canada earlier this season to get some experience on a real sheet. “For those of us who went to Lethbridge, we’re excited to do it again,” Mr. Dortch said. “Those who didn’t are happy to be coming to Invermere.” For Mr. Dortch, one lesson was all he needed. “Last year I was visiting Invermere, saw the curling rink and walked in,” he said. “I had a 15-minute lesson and I was hooked on the sport.” The Whitefish club, now in its second year, has almost 60 members, while the Invermere club runs strong at 250 members. The Invermere Curling Club hopes the American curlers and locals alike will learn from the clinic. Beginners and experienced curlers can participate in the clinic on December 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

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December 3, 2010

Young curlers will represent East Kootenay in division finals

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By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Invermere’s only juvenile curling team could go to the provincial championships if they beat one more team. In January Ian Redeker, 15, Sam Gaspar, 13, Garrett Kashuba, 13 and Logan Powell, 13, will compete at the Boys’ and Girls’ Curling Playdowns in Grand Forks where they will play one other team to determine who represents the Kootenays at the provincials. The team won the title of East Kootenay champs by default because no other teams signed up for the competition, scheduled for this weekend. Finding competition and games for the boys poses the biggest challenge for the team. To compensate for the lack of other teams their age, the boys compete against adults. They even competed at the Grey Cup Bonspiel in Invermere on Nov. 26 to 27, where they finished fourth out of 10 teams. “They’re always the littlest guys in the bonspiel,” said Dave Gaspar, one of the team’s coaches. “But they’re doing well and sticking to a formula that’s BOYS WITH BROOMS - Logan Powell, Garrett Kashuba, Sam Gaspar, and Ian Redeker, will go to the proven.” Mr. Gaspar hopes to use the boys as an example for Kootenay Regional Playdowns in January. Photo by Samantha Stokell people of all ages to start curling. He wants to start a girls’ team and then go for younger players, too. With the house and then just protect it.” co-coach and former Olympian Christine Dubois (KesNot having curlers their own age to play against hen), Mr. Gaspar hopes to create a group of young curl- has actually helped improve their game. ers. “It’s good competition because there’s a variety While Ms. Dubois provides the strategies and tech- to play against,” Ian Redeker said. “Some adults are nical skills, Mr. Gaspar imparts wisdom on sportsman- beginners and some play competitively. It’s a good ship and etiquette rules of curling. After almost three or thing.” four years of curling, the boys have a good grasp on the The team will play as many games as possible begame. fore the playdowns. With a season record of six wins “We can play against adults because we use proper and one loss, Dave Gaspar thinks the team needs exstrategy,” said Mr. Gaspar’s son, Sam. “Get a rock in perience in losing as well.



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A Reminder from the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley Submit your request for a hamper by calling (250) 342-6752 or (250) 342-6789 by December 10th. Phone in your hamper sponsorship to (250) 342-6752 or (250) 342-6789, or email hghoff@ or by December 6th. Donate an Angel gift for a child (0-12) at Dairy Queen or a gift for a child (0-12) or senior (65+) at The Book Bar by December 12th. Sponsors, please remember to deliver your hampers to the Invermere Community Hall on Friday, December 17, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Applicants, pick up hampers and gifts on Friday, December 17, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Remember, if you are unable to come to the Community Hall, write a note to authorize someone else to pick up your hamper. Volunteers will not be available for next day pick up.

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Seeking Members for The Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee Do you feel that the urban deer have become a problem in town? Do you want to find a solution? The District of Invermere is looking for four (4) members of the public to be a part of this new Committee. Membership on the Board will be for a one year term, commencing January, 14th 2011. To be eligible, you must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere. Successful candidates must possess a strong sense of community service, willingness to work respectfully as part of a team and have good communication skills. The Urban Deer Management Committee shall: • Assess the results of the public survey on urban deer population; • Coordinate a count of the urban deer population within the boundaries of the District; • Identify acceptable options for the management of the urban deer population; • Identify strategies for the prevention and management human-deer conflicts; • Present final report to Council with recommendations on management of the urban deer population. Interested persons are invited to submit written applications on or before December 10th, 2010 @ 4:30 p.m. to: Kindry Luyendyk, Corporate Officer Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 or to

A snowy, blowy day The valley’s sidewalks were blanketed with fluffy white snow this past week as December arrived in full force. Pictured, Dave Maki of Cranbrook clears the path near the Athalmer bridge. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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THE PIONEER WANTS YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS We want to hear about your family’s favourite holiday traditions. We would also love to see your old Christmas photographs. Give us a call or drop into The Pioneer office before December 6th.

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December 3, 2010

Test your craft skills for the Pioneer Christmas Ornament Contest By Pioneer Staff The festive season is upon us and as snowflakes swirl through the air, the twinkling lights of Christmas trees appear in windows across the valley. The Pioneer is calling out to all our readers to help us with an important festive task — decorating our Christmas tree. Entries are now open for the first Pioneer Christmas Ornament Contest. The contest is simple: flex your arts and crafts skills by making a decoration to go on or under our Pioneer Christmas tree. The only rule is that you must use Pioneer newspaper pages as part of your design. Whether you simply use a newsprint pattern or get really crafty with papier mache, we’re excited to see the results from our talented local artisans of all ages.

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Gather together some friends, tell your school class or have a family arts and crafts session and then bring your fabulous designs to our office. We’ll be here to give your decorations pride of place on our Christmas tree. You have until December 20th to bring in your entries to 8 1008 8th Avenue in Invermere. All of the artists’ names will be put into a draw for our fabulous prize — tickets for a family of four to a movie of your choice courtesy of our contest sponsors, Invermere’s Toby Theatre, which will re-open shortly after Christmas. And of course all of your entries will be featured when we show off a picture of our wonderfully decorated tree in the December 31st edition. Get creative and have fun!

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More offense needed for Rockies Submitted by Steve Mantyka Columbia Valley Rockies The Columbia Valley Rockies faced some tough competition over the weekend, playing the Fernie Ghostriders twice in a home-and-home series and hosting the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Sunday, but just three goals over the weekend weren’t enough as the Rockies dropped three straight games. Friday saw the Ghostriders visit Invermere and the fans saw a pretty display of gamesmanship as Fernie edged out a 4-1 win, outshooting the hosts 42-23. The ‘Rider’s Scott Morriseau showed why he’s a leading scorer in this league, as he drilled one in the top corner with only enough room for a puck and a slice of bread to go through. Saturday’s tilt in Fernie was equally impressive, Fernie held a 3-2 advantage until the final minute when they popped in two goals to win 5-2. The Rockies offence sputtered, going 0-for-8 on the power play and mustering just 21 shots to high-


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powered Fernie’s 38. Sunday the Nitehawks swooped early and often, notching the first goal of the game just eighteen seconds in — the fans didn’t even get the seats warm yet! Two more goals in the second and a final one in the third led to a 4-0 win, with the Nighthawk’s Zach Perehudoff stopping 18 shots for the shutout. The Rockies’ goalie Bruce Corrigal played well despite getting pulled after the fourth goal, Tyler Stamler came on in relief and stopped 8 shots. From the fan’s perspective the game was dominated by Beaver Valley for the first 17 minutes. After that the Rockies mounted a bit of pressure, but couldn’t generate enough sustained attack to score. Jacob Halderman and Brantley Schapansky dropped the mitts and traded blows, showing respect for each other following the scrap by slapping hands, they spent the rest of the game warming the bench. The Rockies host the Revelstoke Grizzlies Friday, December 3rd and Golden Rockets on Saturday, December 4th. See you at the rink!

Rockies help Family Resource Centre move Members of the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team were on hand on Thursday, November 25th to help staff at the Family Resource Centre with their move to a new downtown location. The resource centre completed their move on Saturday to their new home, the former Maria Dibb Medical Clinic on Invermere’s 7th Avenue. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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

250-341-8501 Senior Discount

Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available. Environmentally-friendly integrated pest management. Ask about our maintenance programs PEST QUESTIONS? Visit our website:





Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • NEW SEWER • CAMERA •

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

Intuitive Readings, Guidance and Healing Allison Bowen 250.341.5788

• PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Trucking • Mini Excavator • Residential/Commercial

Kari & John Mason

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama


1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.

Call Al at

Confidential Counselling and Consulting • Individual • Couple • Family • Relationships • Depression • Anxiety • Parent-Teen Mediation • Grief • Stress

Fiona Bradford BSc BSW MSW RSW 250-688-6012 • #202A 926 7th Avenue, PO Box 414, Invermere BC V0A 1K0

250-341-5096 We Do It All!

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron filters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089


From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Tel: (250) 349-7586

Cell: (250) 489-8685 • Fax: (250) 349-7586

Serving The Valley for over 15 Years


Allan Gauthier

Complete Automotive Repairs

at Renaissance Wellness Centre, Invermere. Advanced bookings required. Certified AEP™ Certified Usui Reiki Master Business Administration Diploma

LUMBIA ROOFING COQuality Roofing and Repairs

385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists Call for pre-winter eavestrough, and chimney cleaning Fully Insured & WCB Covered

• Pruning and Removal of All Trees and Shrubs • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured & WCB Covered

Time for Fall Pruning!




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

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Wood Blinds

December 3, 2010

Interior World

HERE TO SERVE YOU window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

Interior / Exterior / working locally

Top Quality


Interior World



Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008

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

INVERMERE GLASS LTD. Your Full-Service Glazier

• Auto • Home • Commercial • Shower Doors • Mirrors • Windshields


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

Need Blinds?

Kyle Moll

Interior World

HTH Contracting Ltd. 250-341-5603

window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406





1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Fine Homeservices


Sales • Repairs • Warranty Phone: 250-342-9207


Jesse Vader 250.341.5426


Ken Johnson 250.341.5427


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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


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

Dared Cash Register Box 80 Edgewater, BC, V0A 1E0

• Cash Registers • Touch Screen Systems • DVR Systems • Restaurant Pagers • Computers

Sales & Service

(250) 347-9933


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

1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

• 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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Septic Systems Installed ~ Pumped ~ Repaired Prefab Cement Tanks Installed Water Lines Dug Installed Basements Dug

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

Kimberley Rae Sanderson Portrait & Commercial Photography Digital Retouching & Restoration Instructional Courses Private or Group, on:

Digital Photography and Image Editing Gift Certificates Available! 250.342.5102 •

ROSS‛S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Darren Ross 4890 Stoddart Creek RR#2 Invermere, BC V0A 1K2

Cell: 250-341-7727 • Fax: 250-347-6363 •

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


Freight & Passenger Depot

(250) 341-6888

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

Delicious Sushi

for a Healthy Lifestyle - and always fresh!

• Brown Rice Sushi • Wild Caught Salmon • Naturally Pickled Sushi Ginger

Located in Parkside Place Downtown Invermere

• Millwork • Cabinets • Stairs • Custom Framing • Renovations

Mike Cope Journeyman Carpenters


Lake Auto Services

250-342-9310 Same great team, same great service.

Radium Hot Springs Esso

250-347-9726 7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

Open Monday - Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Our freshly made Sushi also available at AG Valley Foods 7 am - 10 pm

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3


P H A R M A C Y LT D . J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, 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

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

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

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No aquatic invaders found

December 3, 2010

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake are free from invasive aquatic plant species, a new survey conducted by Wildsight has revealed. The survey is designed to help keep an eye on the biggest threats to the sensitive Columbia Wetlands — invasive species.

Over the summer 14 lakes in the Columbia Valley were studied and the aquatic plants in the lake systems identified. This is to prevent invaders like Eurasian watermilfoil and yellow flag iris, which can take over watery ecosystems, choke out native species and degrade sensitive wetlands. “We need to keep them out,” said Robin Darvill, head of the Columbia Headwaters

Invasive Plant Species Program. “Infestations can lead to reduced water flow and quality, a reduction in biodiversity and disrupted activities such as boating and fishing,” The best way to help protect your local lakes is to clean and dry your boat and fishing gear before entering a new body of water. You can also any report weed infestations seen to Wildsight at, 250-344-4961.


Our vacation rental inquires out number the homes we have available. Let us introduce you to our “Boutique” style management services and show you how your vacation home can pay for itself.


Call or visit online

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■ Lockout Service ■ Lake Recovery ■ 24 Hour Towing ■ Prompt Service

Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

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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LIFE’S BRIGHTER under the sun. Pierre E. Trudel Bus 250-270-0363 Fax 250-347-6948

• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Call for your FREE consultation and estimate 4798 Selkirk Ave. Box 108 Edgewater BC V0A 1E0

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR ADVERTISING DEADLINES For both the December 24th and 31st issues, ad bookings and copy must be provided by 12 noon, Monday, December 20th. N E W S PA P E R

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Dave Sutherland Sales Associate VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

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

#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue Invermere, BC 250-341-6299 •

• 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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Pioneer Classifieds s In Memoriam s Omer J. St. Amour “Papa” April 26, 1940 – December 4, 2007 We knew that morning, God was going to call your name, In life, we loved you dearly; in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love Always & Forever, Yvette, Dan, Carole, Emil, Mike, & Nicole.

Rob Daniels 1965 – 2004 We will always love you. Gone but not forgotten. Mom, Dad, Brothers, & Sisters.

ANNOUNCEMENT 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, 6254th 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.

10% off at The Windy Café! Once again, enjoy a 10% discount off your bill! 250-342-6001.

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email:






Wings Over the Rockies AGM, Thursday, December 16, 4:00 p.m. at Pynelogs. All are welcome!

Cheers to Ron Davidson for his considerable generosity with his time and instruction in the repair of my garage door. He is a true “Good Samaritan.”

864 sq.ft. Warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/ month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250-342-3637.

CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781.

For Rent in Edgewater, 2 bdrm apartment with yard, heat included, $550/month; 1 bdrm apartment, $450/month; 2 bdrm, $600/month, heat included. 250342-2898.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. AlAnon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841. Table Top Christmas Trees available December 1st at Home Hardware and AG Foods, price $20, all proceeds go to the Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Brandon who came to my rescue when I was a helpless woman with a flat tire! Cheers to Rick and his staff at OK Tire for providing outstanding customer service and squeezing me into their already overbooked schedule. Cheers on behalf of all the recipients of warmth, thanks to everyone donating winter gear to the Coats for Families program. Between temperature and economy, demand has been huge this year. We are warming hearts and bodies. Cheers to the Fairmont Volunteer Firefighters. Go team go! You are the best. Jeers to the student at Laird who removed various objects from my daughter’s backpack. Cheers to all the awesome staff at St. Eugene Resort. A special thank you to those that helped me with my dead Ford Diesel on November 24th. It needed to be plugged in and boosted. Muchly appreciated.

Jeers to the folks who are using cheers as a way of advertising, whether you are doing it for yourself or a friend. Cheers to all those who supported us during my 3 month recovery from heart failure. What should have been a 2 week vacation became a serious medical situation which was capably and compassionately handled by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Fleet. We are also grateful to Judy’s many friends and co-workers for helping with transportation, etc. To all of you a (healthy) heartfelt thank you. Doug, Ellen, and Susan.

LOST AND FOUND Money found November 26, 250342-6135.

STORAGE Secure self storage, call Suzanne, 403-390-4513.


Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. 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 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

New, commercial office, and/or retail space for rent. Prime location, D/T Invermere, excellent monthly rates, furnished, kitchen, available now. 250-341-5788. 2nd floor commercial space in Radium, 800 to 3200 sq.ft., 403559-9625.

ACCOMMODATION Motel Bavaria is offering offseason low room rates, daily, weekly, and monthly. Please call 250-347-9915.

SHARed ACCOMMODATION Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/P, 250-342-4020. Room in Invermere with own bathroom, shared kitchen and laundry, $500/month, includes all utilities, 250-342-0358, leave message. Rooms available for rent in elegantly designed home in Westside Park, Invermere. Friendly neighbors. Suitable for quiet, single female. Kitchen and living room furnished. Includes storage space and laundry. Within walking distance to D/T Invermere. No smokers please, $500/month, including utilities. 250-341-5192.

SUITE FOR RENT Radium, furnished apartments available Oct 1. 1-2 bdrm, 1-1 bdrm, and 2 –bachelors. Includes all utilities, parking and cable. N/S, pet possible, DD required. 2 bdrm - $800/month, 1 bdrm - $650/ month, Bachelor - $550/month. Contact Joan at 250-342-7517 for viewing.

2 bdrm apartments, D/T Invermere, clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything, Start at $725/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-3426912. Apartment for rent, 1800 sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, huge balcony with view, utilities included, $1250/ month, 403-519-0447. HILLCREST Furnished Apartments, utilities included, 1 bdrm units $600/month, 2 bdrm units $800/ month, 250-341-1182. Invermere, spacious, 3 bdrm apartment, laundry, close to D/T, 1 ½ baths, utilities included, $900/ month, N/S, N/P, DD and references required, available December 1st, 250-342-7100. Large 1 bdrm furnished suite in quiet, private home, utilities and cable included, $725/month + DD, 250-342-9404. Invermere, 2 furnished, 1 bdrm apartments, laundry, cable TV, utilities included, N/S, N/P, DD, 250341-6096. Walkout basement suite, Fort Point, Invermere, 1420 sq.ft., fully furnished, 2 bdrm, W/D, D/W, cable, utilities all included, very clean, lots of light, modern, $1000/ month, private driveway, N/S, available December 1. 250-3415211 or 250-688-3746.

Radium, large, bright 1 bdrm apartment, $650/month, includes utilities, DD, call 250-342-3790 to view. Radium, top level, 3 bdrm apartment with 5 appliances, $600/month, DD required, 250342-3790 or 250-342-5159. Walk to D/T and Kinsmen Beach, spacious, clean 2 bdrm basement suite, separate entrance, 4 appliances, backyard amenities, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references/ deposit required, rent negotiable, water, hydro, heat included, available January 1 or earlier, 250342-7590. Radium, totally redone, 2 bdrm upper suite, $1100/month, includes utilities or 4 bdrm, 2 bath, basement suite, $1200/month including utilities. Reduced rent for good long term tenants, N/S, N/P, no partiers! Donna or Verna, 250342-6010. Radium, very nice, bright, 2 bdrm suite with in-floor heating, $950/ month, utilities, TV, and internet, 250-342-5159. 1 bdrm apartment in Radium, $550/month, includes utilities, available January 15, 250-3425159. 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, walking distance to D/T Invermere, $985/month + DD, F/S, W/D, D/W, and utilities included, 250-342-1584 or 250342-8679. 2 bdrm main floor suite, clean and bright, large windows, D/T location, D/W, W/D, N/S, carport, $1000/month, 250-342-3790.

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condo FOR RENT

house FOR sale


Windermere walkout, 2 bdrm, spacious, newly renovated, 5 minutes to beach, N/S, N/P, W/D, utilities + cable, $600/month + DD, 250-342-6162.


Fairmont, 4 bdrm home, fully furnished, 2 bath, F/P, 5 appliances, sauna, available immediately, N/S, N/P, references and DD required, $1200/month, 250-345-6644.

Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, pool and spa, $675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991.

For sale in Edgwater, revenue/ income property. Renovated fourplex plus separate 2 bdrm house with yard and workshop, $350,000, 250-342-2898.

Skis for sale, 2009 Vokal Gotama, 183 cm, FRITSCHI bindings, climbing skins, used 5 times, 1 season. New skis on order. New cost $1400, asking $725, 250-3415187.

Fairmont, available immediately, great central location near the Columbia River and all 3 golf courses, bright & spacious, 1100 sq.ft., 2 bdrm, lower level walkout suite, fully equipped with 5 appliances, tile, and laminate throughout. A steal at $895/month, including utilities, Wi-Fi available, N/S & mature, references and DD required. To view or for more info call 250-270-0710. Furnished studio suite in newer home, utilities, laundry, cable, internet included, N/S, N/P, $600/ month, 250-688-0965 or 250-6881048. Walkout, large, bright 1 bdrm basement suite in newer home, available January 1 (negotiable), in private location near Kinsmen Beach and D/T Invermere, $650/ month, includes utilities, 403-8624957 or 250-341-3370. Invermere, bright walkout in newer home, $650/month + utilities, close to D/T, N/S, references required, available immediately, 250-341-7472. Fairmont, 2 bdrm suite, 1 full bath, W/D, fully furnished, excellent location, wireless internet, water, power, and cable included, $950/ month, N/S, N/P, 250-270-0043.

HOUSE FOR RENT Black Forest Heights, totally renovated, 2 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, upper floor, 6 new appliances, large deck, yard, N/S, N/P, $1050/month, includes water and Satellite T.V., available December 1, 780-7184922 or In Radium, cozy 2 bdrm trailer on large private lot, 2 out buildings for lots of storage, $950/month + utilities. In Invermere, bright, partially furnished 2 bdrm house, great location for Panorama bus, W/D included, $1250/month, includes all utilities. N/S, DD, 250342-3841.



for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

½ Duplex in Radium Hot Springs, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, beautiful patio, BBQ, patio furniture, available immediately. Contact 403-2883743 or email for information and pictures. Mobile Home located in Radium on private lot, 1 bdrm, 2 appliances, long term renter, N/S, DD, for info 250-347-9788. Lochend Lane house, near Sobeys in Invermere, 3 big bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, A/C, soft water, wood burning stove, all appliances, no yard work, pets negotiable, quiet area, N/S, DD and references required, $1400/month + utilities. 250-342-5229. Invermere, 2 bdrm bright walkout, all inclusive: electricity, Hydro, utilities, high speed internet, W/D, new appliances, large windows, slate tile floors, yard maintenance, beautiful yard facing south down Lake Windermere, parking, garbage removal, cat or dog possible, N/S, no partiers, available December 15. Perfect for quiet single or working couple. Long/short term. Close to all amenities and Panorama Ski/ Staff bus stop. $950/month, 250342-6899 or 250-688-7798. Available now, 3 bdrm , 2 bath, furnished, F/S, D/W, W/D, $1100/ month, DD + utilities, pets negotiable, 250-341-1099. Home with breath taking view in central Radium, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, garage, and fenced yard, for sale or rent, available immediately, $1100/month + utilities, 250-3426760. Invermere, 3 bdrm house, 2 bath, wood stove, garage, large fenced yard and productive garden, green house, 2 blocks to D/T, $1100/ month, negotiable, 250-342-3790.

Invermere, incredible lake and mountain view, 3 minute walk to D/T, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, with all major appliances, $1100/month + utilities, 250-342-3688. Canal Flats 2 bdrm home: new W/D and laminate floors, beautiful yard, very clean, dog or cat possible? Long or short term. Wonderful neighbors, $795/month + Hydro. Available February 1st, 250-342-6899 or 250-688-7798.

condo FOR RENT Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious luxury, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 2 storey, premium finishing, large decks, bright, open views, major appliances, elevator access, secured underground double parking and storage, recreation centre w/indoor pools, fitness, games rooms, private beach, boat dock, sports courts, playgrounds N/S, N/P, DD, references, $1800/ month, includes Heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent to own options. Avail immediately, 250-688-0512. New townhome for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, in Cedarwood Glen Estates, D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $1100/month, available October 1, 250-341-1182.

Fully furnished, 2 bdrm condo, 2 blocks from D/T and beach, $900/ month, includes utilities, cable and high speed internet, available December 1, 250-833-0196 or 250341-5855.

Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250-341-1182.

Sable Ridge Condos for rent, 1 bdrm, top floor, fully furnished, $825/month; 3 bdrms + Den, top floor, fully furnished, $1995/ month. Please call, 403-630-7464.

Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, $299,900 +HST, reduced to $259,900, www.cedarwoodglen. com, 250-341-1182.

3 bdrm + den, townhouse on 10th Avenue with spacious kitchen and living room, 1 ½ bath, attached single car garage, 5 appliances, close to Panorama bus pickup and grocery store, N/S, N/P, DD, $1400/ month, including utilities, available December 1st, 250-342-9097.

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, includes 2 person infrared sauna and deluxe massage chair. Great view! Like new! $204,999, No agents please. 250-341-5170.

The Peaks in Radium, 1 bdrm + Den, 800 sq.ft., $825/month, includes all utilities, F/P, underground parking, storage, long term lease, 403-8166007. Radium, Pinewood condo, 2 bdrm with loft, 2 bath, F/P, $1100/ month, includes underground parking, utilities, N/P, N/S, 403615-9989.

house FOR sale

1 bdrm near Sobeys, N/S, N/P, $600/month, 250-342-6255.

420 4th Ave., Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, newly renovated, shop/shed, deck, fenced yard, all appliances, 3 blocks to beach, $320,000, 250342-1698, house. Reduced!! Newer 4 bdrm home with fenced yard, large deck, and shed, asking $215,000. Can be viewed on, ID# 166007 or cal 250-347-9989 or 250-409-9226.

Polaris quad snow plow for sale, almost new, $300, 250-270-0117. Two Woodstoves, cast iron, air tight, pedestal standing, glass door fronts, $550 and $400, 250-3418755 after 6 p.m. Firewood, cut, split, and delivered. Birch, half cord $275, full cord $400. Larch, half cord $240, full cord $350. Fir and Pine, half cord $180, full cord $275. 250-6880143.


MISC. FOR SALE Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908. Floor Model Blowout!! 2 person hot tub, regular $5500, sale $4500. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922. Ibanez Guitar, includes 15 watt amp, headphones, extra strings, tuner, case, and picks. $350 OBO, 250-347-2288. Top Quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.

2 bdrm, 2 bath in The Point, underground parking, W/D, $1000/ month, 403-519-0447. Radium Resort, 1 bdrm furnished villa with rec centre, includes cable TV, W/D, D/W, 1 month free with 6 month lease, N/S, N/P, $725/month + Hydro. Also, 3 bdrm, Akiskinook Resort furnished condo, recreation centre, for 2 tenants, N/S, N/P, $950/month + utilities. 403-2935659.

condo FOR sale

White, 15 cu.ft. Crosley Fridge, perfect working order, $100 OBO, 250-342-2611. 4 winter tires and rims, Chrysler Intrepid, P205 70R15, $100 OBO, 250-347-9968. Firewood for sale, split pine and fir, $220/cord, split birch, $350/cord. 250-346-3247 or 250-342-1509. Frigidaire Gallery, commercial, heavy-duty washer and dryer, white, 250-347-2426 to view.

2008 Summit XP800, 154” track, 2 ½ paddles, less than 600 km, comes with cover, two up-seats, hand guards, and quick disconnects on torsion bar, asking $10,500. 250-347-6981.

VEHICLES for sale 2006 Hyundai Accent, excellent condition, low mileage, includes 4 new winter tires, $7500 OBO, 250342-0020. 2002 Explorer XLT, 4L, 283,535 km, $4700 OBO, call 250-342-9636 to view. 2002 Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, 182,000 km, TRD, extended cab, good condition, $14,000, 250-342-0187.

business for sale

Busy seasonal café for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-341-5370.

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services Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers, Floors, and Cultured Stone. All work Guaranteed. Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645.




Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in 1 hour! Serving the Valley since 2006. Call 250-688-0213.

Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254.

Subway in Gasplus Gas Station in Fairmont, looking to hire a good counter attendant and cash register clerk, full-time position, $11.50/ hour for 40 hours/week + benefits. Apply in person or by fax or phone at 250-342-5055, parth_ca@

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Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models. Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

Free In-Home Consultation, Customized, high quality BLINDS with lifetime warranty, Commercial or residential. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs, Call a professional today; 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” Offer expires December 15th, 2010

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Auto detailing, power polishing, rock chip repair, and more… Prepare your boat for storage with an interior detail and exterior polish. Call Shawn or Jodi at 250342-9696.

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089.

Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

recreational vehicles

SNOWMOBILE SERVICE SPECIAL All makes and Models - Snow Plows, Klim Clothing, Avalanche Gear • SERVICE • PARTS • SALES • RENTALS

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250-342-3350 •

We supply parts and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads

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HELP WANTED Want to set your own schedule? Then selling .925 sterling silver jewellery is for you! Work parttime or full-time selling beautiful jewellery and having fun! Work as little or as much as you like. Earn 30% on your sales along with opportunities for trips and free jewellery. Fastest-growing sterling silver jewellery company. Interested? Call 250-342-0399. New Nail Salon Opening Soon! Looking for upbeat, professional, certified staff. Services will include manicures, pedicures, and gel nails. If any of those fall into your area of expertise, I would love to hear from you! Contact me at nubar_bc@ or 250-341-5022 for more information. All applicants will remain confidential. Part-time massage therapist, minimum 1000 hours. Pure Massage at Panorama Mountain Village, email resume to jody@ or call 250-341-6977.

Experienced Tire Person needed, fax resumes to 250-342-4412 or email: Hotel Front Desk Clerk, Fulltime, duties include maintaining inventories of vacancies, reservations, rooms: registering and checking-out guests; prepare daily records, receipts and vouchers; promptly answering all inquiries; provide information about hotel & community. Must be mature, reliable, highly organized and professional. Must be able to work weekends & nights. Previous experience preferred. Wage is $12.13/hour. Email resumes to, or drop off at 1310 7th Ave. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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250-341-6299 •

1 Year Assistant Manager Maternity Leave -Valley Fitness Centre, a non-profit organization. In this position you will provide enthusiastic and attentive front line customer service. We are looking for a positive self-motivated individual, you should have a passion for working in a customer service and sports/recreation role. Flexible part time or full time - potential to work both daytime and evening shifts. In addition to amazing customer service, other job roles include office administration, including scheduling, filing, ordering supplies, accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking and daily bookkeeping – no experience required – training provided! This job requires a high attention to detail and responsibility to manage the VFC during the manager’s absence. PS This job involves cleaning, as we work very hard to keep our centre clean and tidy. If you are not a fan of cleaning - this is not the job for you! Please apply to Helen Breau at by December 20, 2010

0763792 BC Ltd. O/A Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95, Invermere BC, V0A 1K2

Food Service Attendant

Permanent Full-time Graveyard (11p.m.- 7 a.m.; 12 a.m. -8 a.m.) and weekends. Rate $11.05 per hour + benefits Start Date: ASAP No Experience required Education: N/A, not required Apply in person at the above address BY fax: 250 341- 3177, Email:

Invermere Medical Clinic

Part-time Medical Office Assistant

Job description: Answering multi line phone, booking appointments, electronic filing, faxing, call backs, sterilizing equipment and rooms, escorting patients, other clerical duties as necessary. Skills: Previous office experience necessary. Previous Medical office experience a plus. Excellent computer and keyboarding skills, experience with multi-line phones, ability to prioritize tasks, take direction, work well with others, work independently and to learn and adapt to a new and challenging environment. Wage: Depending on experience and ability. Please send resume to e-mail or Fax: (250) 342-6669

ASSISTANT CONTROLLER Radium Resort is an established company in the process of improving its recreational assets and examining various land development options for its land inventory. The Assistant Controller must be a high energy self starter with leadership potential looking to move his/her career further. Responsibilities include: • • • • •

Preparing financial statements Establishing and maintaining internal controls Providing monthly, quarterly and year end analysis Assisting with the budget process Supervising accounting staff

The ideal candidate will have an accounting designation and several years experience in the resort industry. Experience with Great Plains Accounting Software will be an asset. Radium Resort offers a competitive compensation package which includes an excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates are requested to submit their resume by January 4, 2011 to Mike Gagne, Controller at

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

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December 3, 2010 PARKS CANADA AGENCY

Part-time (0.75) Public Relations & Communications Officer III Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit January 2011 – September 2011 $55,496 to $59,796 per year

Parks Canada is seeking a Public Relations & Communications Officer III for the Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit. This position plans, develops and delivers field unit public relations and communications activities and services to engage the public, partners and stakeholders in the understanding, appreciation and support of the natural and cultural heritage places managed by Parks Canada. The language requirement is Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB) with demonstrated experience in: • • • • •

Planning Providing communications and media relations analysis and services; The development and delivery of strategies and plans related to communication and media relations; Dealing with the media; Organizing special events such as news conferences and media briefings; Contributing to communications products such as news releases, media lines and analytical background material.

You must have successfully graduated with a degree from a recognized college or university with specialization in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or other discipline relevant to the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Send your application to: Human Resources by email: Please quote selection process number 10-PKS-LLYK-OC-037 on your application. Applications must be received by December 13, 2010. For a complete copy of the job poster and statement of qualifications or for further information on working for Parks Canada or on living in the Field Unit visit: AGENCE PARCS CANADA

Possibilité d’emploi à temps partiel (0,75) Agent ou agente des relations publiques et des communications Unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay De janvier 2011 à septembre 2011 |De 55 496 $ à 59 796 $ par année

Fournir une aide technique pour l’administration et l’exécution du programme d’évaluations environnementales; examiner des évaluations environnementales; fournir des services de surveillance pendant la réalisation de projets et surveiller la réaction des indicateurs environnementaux aux mesures d’atténuation et aux activités de gestion; rédiger des rapports d’examen préalable ou d’évaluation environnementale stratégique. Au besoin, assurer la délivrance des permis d’aménagement et en superviser le processus. Vous devez avoir une bonne maîtrise de l’anglais et posséder une expérience avérée dans les domaines suivants :

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

• •

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act and strives to ensure our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian Society. Parks Canada encourages members of Aboriginal, disabled, visible minority groups and women in non-traditional occupations to please self identify on your application.

• •

Vous devez détenir un grade d’une université reconnue avec spécialisation acceptable en sciences biologiques, en études environnementales, en géographie ou dans une autre discipline liée au poste (c.-à-d. géologie, chimie, physique, gestion des ressources). Vous devez également joindre une preuve de scolarité à votre demande.

Parcs Canada souscrit aux principes de diversité et d’équité en matière d’emploi de la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, et il cherche à se doter d’un effectif qui reflète la diversité de la société canadienne. C’est pourquoi il encourage les Autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les membres de minorités visibles et les femmes exerçant des métiers non traditionnels à s’identifier dans leur demande.

Faites un choix de carrière inspiré!

PARKS CANADA AGENCY Environmental Assessment Scientist I

AGENCE PARCS CANADA Scientifique, évaluations environnementales I

You must be proficient in English with demonstrated experience in:

• •

L’Agence Parcs Canada prendra en considération les candidatures des personnes habilitées par la loi à travailler au Canada. Veuillez préciser dans votre demande ce qui vous autorise à travailler au Canada : citoyenneté canadienne, statut de résident permanent ou permis de travail.

Make an Inspired Career Choice!

This position will provide technical assistance for the administration and delivery of the environmental assessment program; review environmental assessments; provide surveillance during project implementation and monitor the response of environmental indicators to mitigations and/or management activities; and prepare environmental screening reports or strategic environmental assessments. This position may also oversee and issue development permits.

Pour obtenir l’avis de concours et l’énoncé de qualités, en savoir davantage sur les possibilités de carrière à Parcs Canada ou obtenir des détails sur la vie dans les parcs des montagnes, consultez notre site Web sur les carrières :

Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit Location: Field, BC $54,775 to $63,828 per year

• •

Gestion des ressources et évaluations environnementales; Recherche, rédaction et examen de documents techniques ou scientifiques; Collecte, analyse et évaluation de données environnementales; Prestation de conseils et d’aide aux intervenants; Utilisation de bases de données électroniques.

Envoyez votre demande par courriel aux Ressources humaines : Veuillez inscrire le numéro de processus de sélection 10-PKS-LLYK-OC-036 sur votre demande. Les candidatures doivent avoir été reçues au plus tard le vendredi 10 décembre 2010.

Resource management or environmental assessment activities; Researching, writing and reviewing of technical or scientific documents; In collecting, analyzing and evaluating environmental data; Providing advice and guidance to stakeholders; Use of electronic databases.

You must have graduated with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in biological sciences, environmental studies, geography or some other discipline relevant to the position (i.e. geology, chemistry, physics, resource management). Proof of education must be submitted with your application.

Send your application to: Human Resources by email: Please quote selection process number 10-PKS-LLYK-OC-036 on your application. Applications must be received by Friday, December 10, 2010. For a complete copy of the job poster and statement of qualifications and for further information on working for Parks Canada or on living in the mountain parks, please visit our Career site: -

Unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay Lieu : Field (Colombie-Britannique) De 54 775 $ à 63 828 $ par année

Fournir une aide technique pour l’administration et l’exécution du programme d’évaluations environnementales; examiner des évaluations environnementales; fournir des services de surveillance pendant la réalisation de projets et surveiller la réaction des indicateurs environnementaux aux mesures d’atténuation et aux activités de gestion; rédiger des rapports d’examen préalable ou d’évaluation environnementale stratégique. Au besoin, assurer la délivrance des permis d’aménagement et en superviser le processus. Vous devez avoir une bonne maîtrise de l’anglais et posséder une expérience avérée dans les domaines suivants :

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

• •

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act and strives to ensure our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian Society. Parks Canada encourages members of Aboriginal, disabled, visible minority groups and women in non-traditional occupations to please self identify on your application.

• •

Gestion des ressources et évaluations environnementales; Recherche, rédaction et examen de documents techniques ou scientifiques; Collecte, analyse et évaluation de données environnementales; Prestation de conseils et d’aide aux intervenants; Utilisation de bases de données électroniques.

Vous devez détenir un grade d’une université reconnue avec spécialisation acceptable en sciences biologiques, en études environnementales, en géographie ou dans une autre discipline liée au poste (c.-à-d. géologie, chimie, physique, gestion des ressources). Vous devez également joindre une preuve de scolarité à votre demande.

Envoyez votre demande par courriel aux Ressources humaines : Veuillez inscrire le numéro de processus de sélection 10-PKS-LLYK-OC-036 sur votre demande. Les candidatures doivent avoir été reçues au plus tard le vendredi 10 décembre 2010. Pour obtenir l’avis de concours et l’énoncé de qualités, en savoir davantage sur les possibilités de carrière à Parcs Canada ou obtenir des détails sur la vie dans les parcs des montagnes, consultez notre site Web sur les carrières : L’Agence Parcs Canada prendra en considération les candidatures des personnes habilitées par la loi à travailler au Canada. Veuillez préciser dans votre demande ce qui vous autorise à travailler au Canada  : citoyenneté canadienne, statut de résident permanent ou permis de travail. Parcs Canada souscrit aux principes de diversité et d’équité en matière d’emploi de la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, et il cherche à se doter d’un effectif qui reflète la diversité de la société canadienne. C’est pourquoi il encourage les Autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les membres de minorités visibles et les femmes exerçant des métiers non traditionnels à s’identifier dans leur demande.

December 3, 2010

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 37

Travel Contest fun in the sun Copies of the Pioneer have been soaking up the rays as our loyal readers took the newspaper far and wide for our Travel Photo Contest. Send in your photos to by December 31st. Clockwise from top left: Travis and Jen Tagg in the Riviera Maya, Mexico; Tammie and Jordan Dendy in the trenches at the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France; (left to right) Terri Desantis, Cindy Hopper, Ricardo Pimentel, Carol Dobson and Alin Padilla in Cancun, Mexico, where Terri, Cindy and Carol volunteered at a spay/ neuter clinic; Lisa Bowler at the high school in Forks, Washington.

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 39

December 3, 2010

Valley Churches


The artistry of the Columbia Valley By Pastor Joe Martinsen Valley Christian Assembly What a beautiful valley in which we live. The majestic mountains, lakes and rivers all fit together to become one of the grandest pieces of art ever created. A piece of art always reflects the character of the artist. The art piece known as the Columbia Valley certainly tells of the character of the artist who made it. This artist has an eye for greatness: the fascinating Hoodoos, crystal clear Lake Windermere and the soft brushing of snow settling over the Rockies and Purcells. This artist is full of life. One can see a collection of life in each water droplet, and in the trees that bow to the wind; in each creature that passes through driveways or runs through open fields. Yes, I would have to say life is what the artist of this valley is about. With all

its diverse landscape and ever-present creatures, this valley radiates life. This artist is full of warmth. We see warmth in the hot springs and fine weather, but overwhelmingly we see warmth in the peace that this valley emanates. As people soak in all of the warmth and beauty of this valley they begin to experience the peace that the artist intended for those who view his artwork. This creator cares about the state of people’s inner being by creating a place of rest for the weary traveler and giving a sense of peace for living in a world full of turmoil. The creator of the Columbia Valley is an artist who cares. Think of the energy and the time it took to create this masterpiece. It’s more energy than I have! But this artist went to great lengths to create a place full of greatness, life and peace for his own pleasure and for the pleasure of those who live and visit here. Artwork can be appreciated so much more when one knows the artist and the story behind the masterpiece. I encourage you to get to know the artist of the Columbia Valley….Jesus. To know him is to not only enjoy His artwork now, but forever.

Table for one A snowmobile made an impromptu appearance at the Picnic Deli at Panorama Mountain Resort on Friday, November 26th. The snowmobile went off course at around 2 p.m., smashing into a window of the eatery. Nobody was injured by the crash, which happened close to the base of the Mile 1 chair lift. It is not known why the snowmobile lost control. Photo submitted

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 5th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Do You See What I See (Through God’s Eyes)?... Wonderful Counselor”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for Children ages 3 to 12 during the Morning 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 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Interim Pastor Joe Martinsen 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Mission in Canal Flats and 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James 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 Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night 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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Knights of Columbus Live Nativity Presentation

Sunday, December 12th 6:30 p.m. 712 12th Avenue Catholic Church Refreshments served. Thanks to the Mckeen, Downey and Tuft families for providing the animals. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and CWL.

Everybody Welcome

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MEET Santa Claus and get a FREE photograph! Santa Claus is taking a break from toy making in the North Pole and is visiting his very own Santa’s Cabin at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Saturday December 4th • 11th • 18th 11:00am to 1:00pm Santa’s Cabin is located in between the Main Lodge and Hot Pools. While you’re here, be sure to visit Brewer’s Christmas Market, located beside the Hot Pools.



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