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A local animal society will be dishing out the scares on Monday, October 31st, with their first annual Halloween Howler, a fun-filled night of costumes, candy and spooky-themed games. The event, a fundraiser for the Global Animal Lovers Society, will include a Headless Horseman, pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, warm cider from a witch’s cauldron, a hay maze, and the chance to a get professional photograph of your little ghouls and goblins in exchange for a donation. “We’re planning fun for the whole family,” said Amber Brooks-Schick, one of the GALS founders. “I hope everyone comes along in costumes ready to enjoy themselves ... we wanted to put on a Halloween event

here because we don’t really have much locally.” The eerie evening will help raise money for the group to hold free vaccination and spay/neuter clinics in the local area, which are vital to help control the pet population, Amber explained. The group is also fundraising to help build an animal shelter in Nunavut. “If you really love animals then come along and enjoy yourself and show your support,” she added. “We help to take in abandoned dogs and animals with nowhere else to go, so it’s a very worthy cause.” Donations are not required to attend the Howler, but even a small item like a can of pet food will go towards helping the non-profit society in their rescue work. The Halloween Howler will be held on October 31st from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 4950 Stoddart Creek Road. For more on GALS visit or call 250-347-9933.

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Students explore public policy in Vancouver By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Two high school teenagers from Invermere have just returned from a weekend of public policy discussions after becoming the first ever students from the area selected to attend the Vancouver-based Fraser Valley Institute Seminar. Kate Godlien and Caoimhe Anderson, both in Grade 12, joined a group of 25 youths from around the province to attend the public policy and affairs seminar on October 22nd, which included presentations from leading policy experts, a question and answer session and informal discussions on a variety of topics. There the duo explored the subjects of HST, Canada’s Medicare system, B.C. halibut fisheries, and hate speech versus free speech. “The weekend was great, very informative,” Kate said. “We stayed two nights in Vancouver and as well as attending the conference we got to see a bit of the city.” After being awarded a travel bursary to cover the cost of attending, on Friday, October 22nd the young women stepped off their plane in Vancouver ready for their twonight stay in the city. As the only participants from the B.C. Interior, and two of only three high school students in attendance, Kate and Caoimhe hoped to be able to bring a different

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perspective to the discussions. “When Ms. McEwan told us that nobody from the Interior had previously been selected I thought it would be interesting to apply,” Caoimhe explained. “It was a good opportunity just to learn about some new topics and hear all the different perspectives offered.” Using their knowledge and experience gained at Debate Camp Canada over the summer break, the pair had no trouble holding their own among the other college-aged attendees. “In the discussion groups there were so many unique opinions and voices it really opened us up to what is out there and we got to input our own perspective as well,” Kate added. Kate Godlien (left) and Caoimhe Anderson, two of the high school’s “It was a very rewarding experience.” But Kate and Caoimhe aren’t the only leadership students, have just returned from an educational seminar in Photo by Kate Irwin students from the David Thompson Second- Vancouver. ary School leadership class who are keeping will thrash them out during three back-to back debates. busy this fall. This weekend, Kate and Blake Beggs will “It’s really interesting to approach a topic and to be be heading to Rossland to take part in a debate tour- able to argue both sides and do it well,” Kate said. “We’re nament, debating the subject: “Be it resolved that this the only school which has debate class in the entire East house would run B.C. schools on a year round calendar.” Kootenay area ... it’s a great way to find more confidence To prepare, the pair have been thinking up all the pos- as a public speaker. I’m not afraid to go and voice my sible supporting and opposing statements on the topic, and opinions because I feel I can do so fairly eloquently now.” By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Invermere’s incredibly popular Farmer’s Market wrapped up its 11th season at the end of summer, and for Julia Oaks, the new manager, it was another successful run for both the vendors and customers alike. This year the market was extended for two weeks, beginning one week earlier and ending one week later than past seasons. Ms. Oaks is still waiting for all of the vendor surveys to be returned, but initial reactions to the extended time line have been positive, she said.

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The market society remains non-profit, said Ms. Oaks, so once all of the costs of renting the space from the District of Invermere, obtaining insurance and creating signage were covered, they were still able to donate between between $7,000 or $8,000 back to the community. “This year we donated to the Relay for Life and we bought some bikes for the daycare,” Ms. Oaks said. On any given weekend, 50-60 vendors take part in the market, and the society is looking to create a website, and brainstorm some ideas for more events throughout the year as they move forward, she added.

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The detachment received 58 calls for service between October 18th and 25th. Included were 15 traffic incidents, three miscellaneous, three lost and found complaints, one break and enter, seven false alarms, five drug files, one theft, and one bylaw infraction. • On October 18th, the Columbia Valley detachment was notified through Invermere Fire Rescue of a false report that was made to the fire department earlier that morning at 2:27 a.m. Firefighters responded to a reported grass fire on 12th Avenue, Invermere at what proved to be a false address. The fire crew made attempts to locate the reported grass fire with no success. This call caused numerous members of the Volunteer Fire Department to be called out, with valuable resources wasted. The name provided was also false. The Fire Department made numerous attempts to contact the phone number provided but no one would answer. The dispatcher who took the fire complaint provided some clues as to the voice used, coupled with the telephone number that the call was made from. The Columbia Valley Detachment has undertaken a Public Mischief investigation and a suspect has been brought forward. If anyone else has any information as well, please contact the detachment, quoting file number 2011-2368. • On October 21st at 8:46 p.m., police were notified of a theft from a vehicle on Revelstoke Drive in Radium Hot Springs. The theft occurred sometime overnight between 11:30 p.m. on the 20th and 7 a.m. on the 21st. An unknown culprit, or culprits, pried open the passenger side door of the vehicle. Several items were taken, including a MacBook laptop, wallet with identification, SIN card, debit/credit cards, Blackberry cellphone, JVC video camera, and truck keys. The vehicle received minor damage as a result of the forced entry. If anyone has any information with regards to this theft, or has in their possession items that are suspicious, contact the detachment and quote file 2011-2646. • On October 21st, police received a report of vandalism to the mailboxes at Pineridge Mountain Gate

subdivision in Invermere. The complainant reported that paint had been thrown all over the new post office boxes at the above location. The paint was still wet at 10 a.m. when mail delivery was occurring, and appeared to have occurred sometime overnight. • On October 22nd, the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of mischief to a vehicle on Highway 93/95 near Invermere. The complainant reported that one of his employees was driving their work vehicle on Highway 93/95 when an oncoming vehicle threw two eggs at the driver. The eggs struck the window of the car and temporarily blinded him. Fortunately the driver was able to stay in control of the vehicle and no damages occurred to the car. The suspect vehicle is described as an older-style blue van. Presently there are no suspects. If there is anyone out there with any information, please call the Columbia Valley RCMP. • During the evening of October 22nd, a combined road check was conducted with the Columbia Valley RCMP, BC Conservation, and Rural Range Patrol along West side Road. Five warnings were issued under the motor vehicle act and two tickets were issued under the liquor control act. Please keep in mind that having open liquor in an operated vehicle is prohibited in the Province of British Columbia, and can result in a $230 fine. Also keep in mind that once liquor is noted in a vehicle then that vehicle can be searched. Conservation also issued a fine for an underage hunter. Anybody under the age of 18 must be with a hunter over the age of 18, otherwise a hefty fine is issued and firearms are seized for the interim. A total of 27 vehicles were checked with an estimated total of 51 people. Thanks to the majority of outdoor enthusiasts who stopped through the road check and everything was in order. • On October 24th, police were dispatched to a hit and run suspected to have taken place sometime between Friday, October 21st, and Monday, October 24th. The complainant's 2010 red Ford F-150 was struck while parked on Glacier Road in Invermere. It appears that something went through the grill and hit the radiator, bending it. As of this time there are no suspects and no witnesses. Any information would be helpful.

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Local group keeps trails in top shape on the road leading to the Brewer Creek Trailhead, but a freak snowstorm postponed their efforts until spring. For Mr. Schab, keeping the many trails in the area in good repair is not only a matter of keeping things safe for residents, but also a way to encourage and increase tourism, as properly maintained trails make for more pleasant backcountry experiences. “We started the society so we could also have a voice on what goes on with the trails in the area. We have a lot of members who don’t even hike, but they are interested in orderly maintenance on the trails. People like the idea that someone is looking after the trails.” The Trail Makers have worked, and are willing to work, with any and all backcountry groups who would like to collaborate their efforts with them, Mr. Schab said. The group has set up a mass e-mail list so all members can receive updates on hikes and work projects, and to allow them to have a unified voice when discussing local trails. Currently, the Summit Trail Makers Society is funded through grants from the Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of East Kootenay and the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, as well as membership fees. To learn more, or sign up, e-mail

By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Over the past 11 years, a local group of backcountry enthusiasts has been looking after a number of popular hiking trails in the Columbia Valley. This year has been their most successful year yet, with more members and funding than ever before. The Summit Trail Makers Society started as a small group of dedicated hikers over a decade ago, explained current president, Norbert Schab, but has now become an army of over 150 volunteers, fully equipped with chainsaws, brush saws and the desire to keep our local trails in tip top shape. The group has a contract with the Ministry of Forests to maintain and manage the Lake of the Hanging Glacier Trail, Chalice Creek Trail, Welsh Creek Trail and McLean Creek Trail. As well, they are providing assistance in planning and officially establishing Assiniboine Lake Trail, Bugaboo Pass Trail, Jumbo Point Trail, Farnham/ Commander Glacier Trail, Silver Basin Trail and Brewer Creek Trail, by gathering GPS coordinates so they can be officially entered into the ministry’s inventory. Every year, the Trail Makers install and remove the bridge over Hellroaring Creek on the Lake of the Hang-

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Quench a thirst for knowledge By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

This week the world’s oldest scientific academy, the London Royal Society announced that they would be making all of their 60,000 historical scientific papers permanently available online, free of charge. Isaac Newton’s first published paper, Faraday’s original research into electricity, and geological explorations by a young Charles Darwin are just some of the treasures to be uncovered while browsing through 350 years of scientific progress. The journey of humankind documented in the Society’s historical journal Philosophical Transactions is utterly absorbing to make. Through plague, the Great Fire of London, even the imprisonment of its editor, the publication, which first appeared in 1665, survived and continued publishing under the title: Philosophical Transactions, giving some accompt of the present undertakings, studies and labours of the ingenious in many considerable parts of the world. Nestled among the illustrious names of the most celebrated scientific minds in history are also some wonderful curiosities to leave you scratching your heads. Thomas Coxe’s experiments on blood transfusions in canines from 1666 set out to discover the results of transfusing blood from a healthy dog into “an old mongrel cur, all over-run with the mange”. Based on intuition and a little blind luck the mangy dog was “perfectly cured” in 10 days. Then there are the notorious Benjamin Franklin kite experiments with lightning — a subject also explored, although in a very different way, by a Dr. Wallis from Oxford, England, who wrote about the results of a grisly boating accident during a thunderstorm. The “stinking, sulphurous smell in the air” after two students were struck by lightning and his postmortem findings make for fascinating, if slightly squirm-worthy, reading. I encourage you to take a few moments to peruse the progress of the human race over the centuries on the Royal Society website. While some of the crazy scientific notions will astound with their silliness, it’s even more amazing to see how much scientists of the time got right.

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Cruising through the canyon In this image, thought to have been taken in the early 1920s, a vehicle makes its way along the newly-finished road through Sinclair Canyon. At the bottom of the picture the wooden retaining structure for the road can be spotted. The Banff-Windermere highway, the first road through the Rockies, was officially opened in 1923 making Sinclair Canyon the western entrance to the newly-created Kootenay National Park. If you have any more information about this or any Historical Lens photograph, e-mail us at

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Welcome news about Lot 4616 Dear Editor: I would like to congratulate Invermere’s Mayor, Gerry Taft, and council on their persistence on Lot 4616. Thanks to their hard work, it looks as though one year from now, Invermere will have a very large park within our boundaries. I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect our public lands for all to enjoy. My hope is

that future councils will continue to represent this community in the same manner. Although developing the land may have provided short term gain for some individuals, protection of this public asset will do much more to help this community prosper now and into the future. Paul Denchuk Invermere

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Lake meeting debated Dear Editor: I am interested in the statement that “many communities on the east side of [Lake Windermere] hold their annual general meetings in Calgary and they are well attended,” made by Dave McGrath of the Lake Windermere Watersports Association (LWWA) in a letter to The Pioneer in your October 14th edition. Would Mr. McGrath please name these communities as I was unable to find anyone local who could do so? I am surprised that Gerry Taft, Wendy Booth and Dee Conklin would support a meeting held at considerable expense outside the Regional District to deal with valley matters. The “lack of engagement” can only be due to the failure of responsible participation by “lakefront property owners and the boaters from Calgary,” over the past

several years. The human nature of these persons is such that they do not wish to spend their valuable family/vacation time at meetings! Are we to understand that “avid boaters” are only interested in motor-based watersports? To most people watersports include at least swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and rowing. Please clarify the sports the LWWA includes. I am also still curious as to how many of the shoreline cleanups and water testing projects LWWA members have participated in over the past five years. Personally I am grateful to Director McKerracher, Director Ogilvie, Director Juras and Director Wilkie for their balanced views and support at the Regional District of East Kootenay meetings. S.M. Campbell Invermere

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The province’s tax system works Dear Editor: Norm Macdonald and the New Democratic Party continue to try and fool people into believing that the tax system in B.C. is not fair, which clearly shows that neither he nor his party have any understanding of the tax facts achieved by the BC Liberals in this province, and furthermore demonstrates a disturbing and growing trend on his part to omit the truth in his rhetoric. Since forming government, the BC Liberal policy has been clear. We believe in putting money where it belongs — back in people’s pockets — and to this end we have achieved undisputable success. As a result of our tax cuts, over 325,000 low income British Columbians now pay no provincial income tax while other low income earners have seen reductions of more than 70 per cent. British Columbians now have the lowest income tax burden in Canada for everyone earning up to $118,000, which means that for a family of four earning $30,000 a year they receive nearly $1,000 a year in savings. The BC Liberal Low Income Action Credit provides British Columbian families earning up to $35,000 or less with an annual payment of $105 per adult and $31.50 per child. Our party created the Rental Assistance Program providing low working families with children whose combined income is less than $35,000 assistance with their rent. We increased the Home Owners Grant by $100 and eliminated the threshold for low-income seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities. We have reduced MSP premiums for 180,000 people, while Fair Pharmacare resulted in 300,00 people paying less in drug costs than they did in 2001. The Healthy Kids



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Dear Editor: Here is what Christy Clark and the media haven’t told you about Smart Meters. Gordon Campbell campaigned that he would not privatize BC Hydro, but a few months after taking power in 2001, he split departments of BC Hydro into separate companies — these he began privatizing. Billing, human resources, office management, payroll, purchasing and IT, along with 1600 employees, were “outsourced” to a newly-created company under the parent Accenture. Accenture is a US “global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.” They peddle Smart Grid Solutions. Accenture has headquarters in Ireland after moving from Bermuda. Both places are tax havens. “My kind of people,” Campbell must have reasoned, because he signed a 10-year contract that paid Accenture $1.45 billion — yes, “billion” — in order to save $250 million. As the 2013 contract expiration date nears, cost overruns indicate Accenture won’t meet its target. Taxpayers will likely “bail out” the contract. They need to sell meters. Smart Meters will get rid of about 498 meter-readers, you know, the ones in BC Hydro uniforms driving BC Hydro trucks. That’s to fool you — they don’t work for hydro, they work for Accenture, and their jobs will soon be electronically “outsourced.” The wages they would have made and spent in B.C. get whizzed off to Ireland. Smart Meters transmit electromagnetic radiation intermittently for minutes per day, at a frequency near 1 gigahertz — the same as cell phones. Christy Clark’s experts tell us the meters are safe. Yet, the United Nations’ World Health Organization rates cell phones as class 2B — a potential carcinogen; same as asbestos, tobacco and DDT, which, incidentally was “safe” for over 30 years before it was banned. Today, children are not exposed to routine doses of cell phone radiation. Christy Clark’s meters will change that. Studies of long-term exposure of electromagnetic radiation on kids don’t exist yet — your kids will be that study. If Christy Clark is “for families” as she claims, let’s not experiment on our kids. This government must be reminded once again that they work for the people of this province. We’re tired of the sneaky deals that — while great for Christy Clark’s corporate sponsors — are bad for the people of B.C. The meter deal is shady, cost jobs, is a health hazard, and the billion dollars could be better spent. Stop the Smart Meter!

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 • 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, November 17th, 2011 • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the District of Invermere that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor, four Councillors, and one School Trustee for a three-year term commencing December 2011 and terminating December 2014, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:

Elector Registration (for voting day only registration) There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older • Canadian citizen • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day • Resident of OR registered owner of real property in the District of Invermere for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

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Resident electors will also be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the majority of the property owners. Advance Voting Opportunities Advance voting will be open at the Municipal Office, 914 - 8th Avenue on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm and Thursday, November 17, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


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Out & About Danilo ‘Sudtiroler’ Terra entertains the crowds with his accordion playing at Old Salzburg Restaurant’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations on Wednesday, October 19th.  Photo by Kate Irwin

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Movie Review: Captain America Reviewed by Joshua Estabrooks Watching a movie based on a comic book is a lot like watching a slide show of your family vacation. You know what’s going to happen, you know how the story ends, but hopefully the way the overall presentation is made is interesting enough to keep you paying attention. For Marvel, the famous comic book company, this fifth film based on one of their legendary characters, Captain America, pulled out all the stops, including epic battle scenes, a love story, evil Nazis, and Tommy Lee Jones as an angry army Colonel. Oh, and of course Samuel L. Jackson for about ten seconds right before the credits roll. Set in the midst of the Second World War, the story of Captain America is universal; as quintessential everyman, and skinny little punk, Steve Rodgers (played by

Chris Evans) is rejected numerous times from military service, only to prove himself to be worthy of an experimental treatment by exhibiting a good heart and strong mind. The treatment instantly makes him super strong and incredibly confident, which not only attracts sexy British agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell), but also gives him the gusto to head deep behind enemy lines to try and destroy an insanely evil wing of Hitler’s war machine, led by the insanely evil Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving). I don’t have to spend much time talking about the plot, as we all know what happens, or the special effects, as they are top notch as expected. But I did find myself wanting a bit more action and fewer attempts at character development though, as the majority of it failed due to stiff dialogue, overacting and a barrage of

intense crisis of character scenes. How many epic moments of self-discovery can a superhero have in a day, I wonder? So even though the stale Hollywood formula is all over this film, it still satisfied my desire to watch a superhero beat the snot out of a bunch of bad guys, even if the ending left me unsatisfied. I guess that’s where Samuel L. Jackson comes in. For many fans of Captain America, or superheroes in general, this movie sure beats reading the comic book, because really, who likes to read anything any more?


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

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Toby Theatre • November 4th - 5th, 7th - 12th, 7:30 p.m.: Real Steel. Due to a restructuring of movie film distribution in Canada, the Toby Theatre will only be open for one movie per month this fall and winter. For info:

Friday, October 28th: • 10:30 a.m.: Drop-in Story Time for preschoolers at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 7 p.m.: Live music with Oso Simple at Angus McToogle’s. For info: 250-342-6868. • 7 p.m.: Pumpkin Palooza — Groundswell’s fall celebration at Winderberry Greenhouses. Dinner by local chefs and live music. Includes free shuttle to the event and a Groundswell membership. Tickets $30 at Circle Health Foods. Pay by cash or cheque only. For info: 250-342-3337 or greenhouse@ •7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Castlegar Rebels at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: • 9 p.m.: Halloween karaoke party at the Whitehouse Pub. Costumes optional. For info: 250-342-9540.

Saturday, October 29th: • 2 p.m.: Edgewater/Radium Health Care Halloween Tea and Bake Sale at the Edgewater Legion Hall. $5 per person. • 2 - 4 p.m.: Halloween party at the Windermere Community Hall. Costume judging at 3 p.m. sharp. Entry by Food Bank donation. Haunted house, face painting, concession and games. For info: 250-3413383.

• 4 - 8 p.m.: Eaton House Halloween Howler presented by the Radium Events Committee. Kids’ Zone, pumpkin hunt and carving competition. House haunting and bonfire. Wear your costume and receive a goodie bag. For info: 250-347-9331. • 5 p.m.: Halloween costume run around town in Invermere. Kids, adults, runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy. Meet at Crazy Soles store. Free event. For info: 250-342-2074. • 6 p.m.: Hillbilly Wedding Murder Mystery at Radium Resort. $45 per person. For info: 250-347-9311. • 6 - 9:30 p.m.: Pothole Park Ghostly Get Together hosted by the District of Invermere. Outdoor movies; Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Bring a chair. Pumpkin carving contest, costume parade and concession. For info: • 7 p.m.: Live music with Angus aka Mike Smith at Angus McToogle’s. For info: 250-342-6868. • 7:30 p.m.: Concert with Mary Murphy at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Celtic songstress. Features guitarist Paul Keim. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20 per person. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Creston Valley Thunder Cats at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Sunday, October 30th: • 1 p.m.: Cheer on your local football team. Bighorns vs. Cranbrook at Bighorns football field in Invermere.

Monday, October 31st: • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.: A Halloween Howler hosted by Global Animal Lovers Society at 4950 Stoddart Creek Road. Fun filled fundraising evening with costumes, candy and spooky-themed games. For info: 250-3479933. • Beware of trick or treating ghouls and goblins! Stock up on Halloween treats to keep them at bay!

Tuesday, November 1st: • 6 p.m.: Drop-in adult volleyball recreational league at Edgewater school gym. $30 per person for the season or $5 drop-in. For info: 250-270-0340. • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Free Bear Aware Workshop. Interactive and fun for the whole family. Includes ways to reduce human-bear conflicts. Register at College of The Rockies: 250-342-3210.

Wednesday, November 2nd: • 6 - 8 p.m.: Scrabble night at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 7 p.m.: All candidates election forum at Radium Seniors Centre. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Radium. Join the six candidates vying for four councillor spots and ask them your questions.

Thursday, November 3rd: • 6 p.m.: Dinner, dance and silent auction at Invermere Community Hall. Benefit for Edgewater resident Pierre Collin. $30 per person, tickets presold only at All Dolled Up, Rona, Radium Prestige and Pips Country Store. For info contact Danielle at: 250-688-6615 or e-mail • 7 p.m.: Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club Open House and Membership Registration at Crazy Soles Running and Yoga Store. For info: 250-347-6111.

Friday, November 4th: • 6:30 p.m. Fall Supper at Invermere Community Hall. $15 Adults, $6 Children 5 - 12 . Children 1 - 4 years of age free. Hosted by Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, November 5th: • 12 noon - 3 p.m.: Ski Swap hosted by Windermere Valley Ski Club at the Invermere Community Hall. Check-in equipment between 9 - 11:30 a.m. Club Concession and registration. • 5 - 6:30 p.m.: Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. Hosted by Windermere Valley Shared Ministry Outreach Committee. $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds go to House of Grace Orphanage in Northern Uganda. For info call: 250-342-9860 or visit • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.: 10th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. $49 per person. For tickets and info: 250-345-6070. Sunday, November 6th: • 10 a.m.: 3rd Annual Mini Ekiden Relay Race for the Library at Pot Hole Park. Three person teams, or individual runners and walkers. Kids welcome. Distances are 4.1 km, 10 km, or 7 km. $5 per person or open donations to the Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-8737 or

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Members of the Invermere Fire Rescue service hosted a very successful Fireman’s Ball on Saturday October 22nd at the Invermere Community Hall. Over 185 people attended the event, which included an address from Mayor Gerry Taft, a silent auction, delicious dinner and toe-tapping musical entertainment. The organizing committee are still tallying up the final numbers, but Fire Chief Roger Ekman pronounced it another successful fundraiser for the department.  Photo by Ed Jones

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With Joshua Estabrooks Discovering good hip hop these days is like finding a clean needle in a haystack of used syringes. That may be a strong analogy, but it’s an accurate one, as a lot of recent examples of the genre are toxic and dangerous in their blingin’ ballin’ blangin’ Bentley treatment of subjects like money, race, women and even fellow rappers. Suffice to say there is a lot of rubbish clogging up the urban airwaves, but every once in a while something truly intelligent, unique and in the case of Brooklyn based hip hop act, Das Racist, cleverly humorous, rises to the surface and shines like a guiding light in an otherwise unimpressive mush of generic MCs and DJs. Das Racist is a refreshing new presence in the hip hop world. Made up of MCs Himanshu Suri (aka Heems), Victor Vazquez (aka Kool A.D.) and hype man Ashok Kondabolu (aka Dap), the group has set a new standard in terms of fresh beats, intelligent lyrics and an uncanny ability to humorously point out the shortcomings of most stereotypically superficial rappers, not to mention “the game” itself. Their sound is laid back, yet energetic, and their lyrics sarcastic and silly, yet serious and intelligent. This dynamic is not only incredibly difficult to accomplish, but almost impossible to achieve while maintaining the replayability most comedic artists fail miserably at (see Weird Al Yankovic or 2 Live Crew). Not so with Das Racist, as they have proven with three incredibly well made albums. Their latest album, Relax, is their first to be released commercially. Their first two albums, Shut Up, Dude, and Sit Down, Man, were

considered mix tapes, and released for free online, to be found at These first two albums gained the group instant attention from across the music industry, not just the hip hop world, and had many critics hailing them as some of the best new artists in the genre. They were noticed so quickly, and received so positively because of their seemingly contradictory style, which is both subtle and in-your-face. Their first release, Shut Up, Dude, was described as “a fascinating album that attempts to write an impossibly new blueprint for rap: funny without trying to impress; proficient without having anything to prove; relevant without taking any particular scene seriously; imbued with a soulful sense of place—urban, disaffected, ethnic—but more interested in how that serves as fodder for jokes than in any big grab for meaning,” by Chris Molnar in by an online album review on popular music website But in that same nonchalant style that makes them so accessible, there is a definite message — one that doesn’t have time for celebrity ego, racism, sexism, socioeconomic divides, and all the other garbage that comes with existing in mainstream North American society today. So if you’re looking for something to dance to, without sacrificing your intelligence or subjecting yourself to brain numbing lines about “biatches and bling”, make your way to the lighter, yet ironically more serious, side of the hip hop universe, and have a listen to the literate and poignant rhymes of Das Racist.

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Columbia River Treaty Learn about our past. Think about our future.

Local woman supporting cancer campaign Submitted by Sheila Tutty

Learn About the Columbia River Treaty

YOU’RE invited

Columbia Basin Trust, in partnership with the Town of Golden and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, is hosting an information session to build awareness about the 1964 Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States. Learn more about how this international agreement relates to Kinbasket Reservoir and why it’s important to your community, the entire Columbia Basin and all of BC.


WHAT: Open House 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free Light Dinner 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Presentation 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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First, the facts: one out of every nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime; one of 29 will die from the disease. Women in the Kootenays are not exempt from that statistic, and the unfortunate reality is that beating the disease once is no guarantee that a SURVIVOR — Two-time cancer survivor Sheila Tutty, woman won’t have to face with husband Stuart.  Photo by Kyla Brown the dragon again. this without the loving support of both Sheila Tutty is a survivor who has battled breast cancer twice. the community and my friends and famSheila was first diagnosed with the dis- ily,” said Sheila. “While I spent the five weeks in ease in May 2007. The first indications showed up following a regular mammo- Kelowna for my radiation in 2007, I stayed gram performed in Invermere in the trav- with my oldest sister. Then again, when I had to spend three weeks there for my surelling mammography unit. Once detected, a diagnostic mam- gery, I had her loving support. “Another of my sisters came out from mogram and ultrasound were scheduled at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Calgary every time I had a chemo treatCranbrook, but for the more precise ste- ment and stayed with me while I recuperreotactic biopsy, Sheila and her husband ated. Another sister came out to take care Stuart had to travel to Calgary. This was of me when I had my surgeries. And my more than an inconvenience — it was a husband, Stuart, was there every day— not only giving me physical support but, frightening and emotional time. “This added weeks to the horrible more importantly, emotional support.” Sheila’s experiences have made her a waiting time, further delayed because of the mailing of test results,” Sheila said. strong supporter and advocate for region“Fortunately my cancer was detected in al breast cancer research initiatives, such the very early stages, and after having ra- as Relay for Life, and particularly for the diation treatments in Kelowna, and two East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s surgeries — both performed at the Cran- upcoming $1-million campaign, A Clear brook Regional Hospital — my cancer View. The Foundation will be raising money and awareness in order to purwas considered gone by late 2007. “I felt extremely lucky that this can- chase a digital mammography machine cer had been detected as early as it was, for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. The new machine will replace the and so was so much easier to cure.” Sheila’s relief was short lived. In outdated technology that currently exists March 2010, she was diagnosed with at the hospital, and will give radiologists the much more aggressive inflammatory and surgeons a more accurate view of abbreast cancer (IBC), which, because she normalities in the breast tissue — and give had already had the disease, moved more patients a quicker diagnosis and chance to quickly than before. She began the har- be treated close to home. “Cancer can be beaten,” said Sheila rowing chemotherapy treatments that would shrink the tumour to an operable “Early detection is the key. We need to size, and in August of that year, she had a have equipment available to us to help detect cancer in its early stages in order to double mastectomy. She is grateful to have had a strong sup- cure it before it kills.” To learn more about A Clear View, port system at such a difficult time and that visit or call 250-489she was close to home for her treatments. “I could not have made it through 6481. Toll free: 1-877-489-6481.

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Invermere woman gives birth beside highway

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff An Invermere couple are delighted to be home safely with their healthy baby son after his impromptu delivery by the side of the highway in Canal Flats earlier this month. Tom and Melissa Altmann were expecting baby Logan, their second child, to be born around November 11th. But when Melissa went into labour five weeks early, on the couple’s October 8th wedding anniversary, they discovered that their son was impatient to join the world. “We were camping in Fairmont when the contractions started,” Melissa said. “We weren’t really very concerned at first. I was still five weeks away from my due date so we HAPPY FAMILY — Myles, Tom and Melissa Altmann (left to right) are weren’t certain if the contractions were real or happy to be safely home with baby Logan, who was born in the parking false.” lot of a Canal Flats restaurant earlier this month. Photo by Kate Irwin While Tom and four-year-old Myles went “I had just got her back into the truck and she gave off to find dinner, Melissa casually tracked her contractions using an iPhone app. But as the minutes one more good push and Logan joined our lives,” Tom ticked by and her labour continued, she decided to head explained. “One of the first things I saw was that he was breathing, I checked him over and he cried very quickly, for the hospital in Invermere to get checked over. “I still wasn’t thinking it was the real deal at that point,” which was a huge relief. I checked his airway and patted Tom explained. “But when I walked into the hospital and him on the back and I remember looking at Melissa and was told that we needed to head to Cranbrook hospital sud- saying ‘we’ve got a happy, healthy boy.’” With their new baby squirming in his arms, Tom denly it was real and the excitement kicked in.” Scarcely believing what was happening, the couple reached into the back seat to grab something to keep headed for their Ford pickup truck, swiftly arranged a Logan warm. Finding only a clean pair of boxer shorts, babysitter and were soon cruising down Westside Road. he had just managed to wrap him up snugly when the After discovering in Invermere that Melissa’s labour ambulance arrived. “There was a tranquil, peaceful moment when it was had not progressed far, the mood was still fairly relaxed, Tom explained. But as they passed the Hoodoos just south just the three of us under the stars,” Tom recalled. “We of Fairmont and the contractions became faster and more were the only people in the world at that moment. Then Kyle walked up and asked “What have we here then?” intense, Melissa started to feel something was wrong. “I’d had the experience of a long delivery with Myles and I turned to show him and said ‘It’s a boy’.” Melissa and the couple’s newborn son were checked and suddenly everything just started speeding up, so I told Tom to call 911,” Melissa said. Their call was swiftly over by the paramedics and placed in the back of the put through to an ambulance which had been working ambulance heading for Cranbrook, where both mother and baby were given a clean bill of health. As the flashing its way north from Cranbrook to collect a patient. As they were minutes away from each other, Tom lights pulled away, Tom was left by the side of the road and Melissa arranged to meet the paramedics, Kyle Lo- to heave a sigh of relief, astounded by the day’s events. “That first night we were definitely in shock,” Memon and Olivia Roche in the parking lot of the Fire Vallissa said. “I’m so proud of Tom and proud that we did ley Restaurant. “We arrived first, at about 10 p.m. and I remem- it.” “I think any parent would do the same though,” Tom ber thinking ‘where do I park?’” Tom said with a smile. added, “You do what your child needs you to do … We “There wasn’t a vehicle in sight, just a bunch of logging are just so grateful to the 911 operator and the paramedics and hospital staff in Cranbrook for helping us equipment and rows and rows of timber.” Melissa clambered out to stretch her legs in the through it.” And the cause of all the fuss, little Logan, will be left chilly darkness, but within moments, after two of the strongest contractions yet, she realized that there was with a lifelong reminder of his entry into the world. Tom no more waiting, the baby was coming right away. Tom and Melissa have decided to commemorate his birth in barely had time to help her back into the front seat of the the front seat of the family pickup, by naming him Logan Ford Altmann. truck before Melissa gave birth.

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Are monthly income mutual funds being unrealistic? Is income the whole story? principal investment may occur. Due to general misunAs beneficial as indirect ownership of securities is to derstanding, this can often happen without the investor some investors, this isn’t what usually attracts them to realizing what’s going on. Having said that, return of capital is not necessarily monthly-income funds. Investors are usually drawn to these types of funds due to their advertised monthly dis- a bad thing. There may be certain tax advantages when tributions. For instance, one of the major bank’s month- used in non-registered accounts. It should also be noted ly-income funds has an annualized monthly-income that if an investor needs to take from their investments to fund their lifestyle, they might have to erode their payout of 9.5 per cent. Sounds good, right? It would be, if that were the own capital to do so anyway. Manulife Securities = IDA Investors Incorporated who use monthly-income funds also have whole story. What many investors don’t realize is that for the five years ended September 30th, 2011, this income theSecurities option to Investment reinvest their Services distributions the fund Manulife inc.within = MFDA than take them as income. This means there is no fund’s average annual return was 3.1 per cent. Now, 3.1 rather Manulife Securities Insurance Inc. = INSURANCE per cent isn’t as terrible as it sounds. The Toronto Stock return of capital and their investments are generating reExchange has returned zero per cent over the past five turns or losses in line with the fund’s underlying investyears; therefore, any fund with a positive return over the ments. In the case of the fund in our example, over the French past five years has essentially ‘beaten the market’. How- past five years that return would be averaging 3.1 per cent. ever, it’s a far cry from the 9.5 per cent advertised. Going Forward But what happens if the fund doesn’t earn as much How do they work? As mentioned, the Toronto Stock Exchange has been When investorsize purchases a monthly-income fund, as it distributes? Where does the money come from to 3/16"an Minimum to be used on business cards flat for the past five years. Currently, our investment clithey buy units of the fund itself. The fund then takes the pay investors their monthly-income? mate includes approximate annual yields of 2.93 per cent investors’ money and buys income-producing stocks and for 30-year Government of Canada bonds and three to Return of capital bonds, which become the underlying investments. When a mutual fund’s distributions exceed its divi- six per cent for blue chip Canadian stocks. Coupled with These investments earn either interest or dividends which are paid to the fund. The fund in turn makes a dends, interest and realized capital gains generated by slow growth in the economy, it’s hard to imagine 9.5 per monthly distribution to the investor, after management its underlying investments, it must pay the difference in cent after-fees being an attainable return. Make use of your financial advisor’s expertise when fees. This arrangement means that the investor can ben- the form of return of capital. This means giving investors efit from monthly-income distributions without directly back their own money. If a monthly-income fund needs buying monthly-income funds, or any other product and 1/4" size to be used on the standard sized brochures to tap into return of capital, erosion of an investor’s ensure any investment is suitable for your circumstances. having toMinimum own individual stocks and bonds. With an ageing population in Canada and baby boomers nearing or at retirement age, the desire for income-producing investments is greater than ever. One of the most popular investment products used to generate income are monthly-income mutual funds. In fact, monthly-income funds are so popular that Canadians have invested over 25 billion dollars into the big five banks’ versions of these. Bank-owned and other mutual fund companies’ monthly-income mutual funds are, by and large, good investments. They are prudently managed and well diversified, usually investing in Canadian government and investment-grade bonds and large-cap stocks. However, many of these products advertise unrealistic monthly distributions, and can often be incorrectly sold to unsoEnglish phisticated investors.

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Valley business beats By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Editor’s note: Business Beats is a new section of The Columbia Valley Pioneer focusing on local business news. If your business has moved, is having a celebration or you’ve got something important to share with the community, give us a call at 250-341-6299 or e-mail • Scrappy Do’s Scrapbook Supplies: The Invermere-based scrapbooking store is celebrating four years in business with their annual Scrapbook Retreat birthday celebration held last weekend in Invermere. Along with the retreat, owner Trudi Wells also hosted a birthday raffle, with the grand prize of a digital scrapbooking machine won by Susan Kelly. “It has been a wonderful four years: I’ve been very blessed,” said Trudi. “It’s the kind of store where every one comes in and out smiling.” It was four-and-a-half years ago when scrapbooking enthusiast Trudi returned to the valley from the United States, saw a gap in the market for a scrapbook supply store and created Scrappy Do’s. Along with supplies, the store is also a hub of the scrapbooking community, offering regular workshops and classes. For more information about Scrappy Do’s Scrapbook Supplies, contact 250-342-7238. • BJS Accounting: Barb Smith and the team at BJS Accounting have moved to a new location at 1022A-7th Avenue, Invermere. With double the space of their previous offices, the new location offers a client seating area, multiple private offices and increased accessibility, with a wheelchair accessible back entrance. “Before, we used up every inch of our last office,” said Ms. Smith. “Now we are more spread out, have more private offices for clients to make use of during confidential meetings and a beautifully decorated space and client seating area.” The team has also welcomed a new full-time member, accountant Murray Davidson, who has been helping to run the business in recent months. To find out more about BJS Accounting, contact 250-342-8304. • Smoking Water Coffee Company: With new menu items, delectable specials, and catering services now available, Smoking Water Coffee Company in Fairmont has more on offer than ever before under new owner Cindy Levagood. While keeping the same warm, welcoming atmosphere and homemade flavours, Cindy and her team will be introducing new items like freshly-


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October 28, 2011


Ute Juras

Gilbert Delorme

Marie Delorme

Paul Marcil

Evence Blanchard

Acclaimed as: Mayor Valley resident for: 25 years Experience: On Council since 2004.

Acclaimed as: Councillor Valley resident for: 25 years Experience: Owned and operated general store. Worked at Skandia Concrete/Kootenay Paving for last seven years.

Acclaimed as: Councillor Valley resident for: 25 years Experience: Registered Nurse. Owned and operated general store. Currently works as an admitting clerk at Invermere Hospital.

Acclaimed as: Councillor Valley resident for: Retired to area Experience: Marketing Planning Analyst. Service Station Operator. Home Finishing Subcontractor. Home Warranty Manager.

Mr. Blanchard was unable to provide answers or a photograph by the time the newspaper went to press.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Getting young families to move here, which helps keep our school open. A larger population base will attract more businesses to our town. 2) Establishing development cost charges. 3) Arena upgrades.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Positioning Canal Flats to be receptive and attractive to entrepreneurs and families so that we will grow and prosper as a community. Canal Flats has light industrial, commercial and residential property available for development – we need to promote our village but maintain our character and special qualities. 2) Arena upgrade and recreational pathway development. I would like to see a pathway from Canal Flats to Fairmont. 3) Update bylaws to reflect the needs of the village.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Economic development 2) Arena upgrades 3) Balancing development and the environment Why do you feel you will continue to be an effective representative for your community? “First and foremost I would say it would be my experience on council for the past seven and a half years. I have learned a lot, especially having had the opportunity to sit at the Regional District of East Kootenay table as well for the last six years. “I am a strong believer that you should spend some time as a councillor before taking the next step to mayor. I have done that and feel that I’m ready to take the reigns. Although we did not have an election this time around I feel we have a good group and I look forward to getting a lot of work done.”

Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “I have been on council these past three years and I want to remain involved in making decisions for our village.”

Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “I have been involved with community committees and issues for a long time. I like to sort through all the facts, opinions and possibilities before making a decision.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Attracting new investment to Canal Flats. 2) Making the community a more attractive destination visually and environmentally while maintaining an investment friendly atmosphere. Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “My experience as a condo board member and my volunteerism over many years taught me a lot about involving people in decision making, collaboration and building consensus. I think my past business and community experience, my work ethic, and a desire to help make Canal Flats be all it can be, will be a positive for the village.”

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Amber Byklum Acclaimed as: Trustee – Area 4 Valley resident for: 13 years Experience: PAC Chair for five years, member of the Martin Morigeau Elementary School Planning Council.

Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “I look forward to being part of a team that is focused on student achievement and hope that my contributions to the board will help our district achieve its goals. “I embrace the opportunity to be part of a solution to the issues that we may be facing as a district and I hope that I can be a voice for the community members of Canal Flats and Windermere.”

Jim Jenkinson Acclaimed as: Trustee – Area 3 Valley resident for: 14 years Experience: Taught elementary school in Ontario, contract teacher and teacher on call locally., regular volunteer.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Negotiating a contract to end the teachers’ strike. 2) Improving student achievement. Utilizing technological advances to improve learning. Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “My work and volunteer activities have connected me to our schools and community. My wife and I have also been involved as directors or coaches with a number of sports clubs. “I am a former Kinsmen, former volunteer on the Tiger Open Golf Tournament committee (fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital), former executive member on the Wings Over the Rockies committee, helped to establish Wild Voices for Kids, and am the current president of the swim club. “I listen to comments and suggestions, as well as participate in discussions about educational issues wherever I go. I look forward to working with some returning and new trustees, so that SD6 (Rocky Mountain School Board) can continue to successfully focus on student achievement.”


Rosemary Oaks Acclaimed as: Trustee – Area 5 Valley resident for: 20 years Experience: Volunteered on a variety of committees.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Need to increase school enrollment. 2) Improving course selection at the high schools. 3) Meeting the needs of all students within budget and staff constraints. Why do you feel you will be an effective representative for your community? “Having sat on a number of PACs and various school committees as well as having children with differing school experiences, I feel able to see differing views and approach matters with an open mind.”

Roberta Hall

Gerry Wilkie

Running for: Director – Area G Resident for: Born and raised Experience: Small business owner for 12 years, Director of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, 9 years on Board of Education.

Running for: Director – Area G Valley resident for: 36 years Experience: Regional District Director since 2008, former Chairman of the Banff Municipal Planning Commission and the Edgewater Improvement District.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Connecting communities: “I strongly believe that by connecting our communities we will build a strong sense of pride and belonging among the residents of the Columbia Valley.” 2) Economic Development: “With an economic development plan and implementation I am sure we will see very positive spin-offs, such as opportunities for our youth and young families.” 3) Water preservation and usage: “I want to make sure that all of our communities have safe and sustainable water sources. We have to protect the water we have for generations to come.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) The general welfare of our seniors, and affordable housing for permanent residents. 2) The need to encourage creative small scale economic diversity given employment instability in our core industries. 3) The impact of growth and development on our environment and our rural way of life.

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am ready to take on the role of director with energy and enthusiasm. My years on the School Board and community involvement through my business has made me very aware of some of the challenges we face.”

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have learned a lot about how important regional government can be in determining future land use and its social and economic consequences. I have been able to support a number of projects underway for Area G: water systems, improvements to community halls and local recreation, an economic feasibility study, a valley wide community forest proposal, improving the local bus service, important agricultural planning and planning in general. I would like to complete these projects and continue to work on your behalf over the next three years.”

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Wendy Booth Acclaimed as: Director – Area F Valley resident for: 18 years Experience: Director since 2008. Studied Business Administration. Co-founder of Columbia Rafting Adventures and Granite River Gear.

Dee Conklin Acclaimed as: Mayor Valley resident for: 8 years Experience: Mayor since 2008. Owner of two local businesses.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) The community of Fairmont has long desired to have lake access at the north end of Columbia Lake, and while there is lots of uncertainty about an exact location, it is something that I intend to work towards. 2) Lake Windermere is a huge asset to the region and I feel that we need to continue engaging the community as to how we should move forward with proposed water zoning. 3) One of the greatest threats to the valley is wildfire. We are working on a wildfire protection plan for the region, which will identify priority areas. We then need to start work on the ground.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Sustainability: we must continue to promote, encourage and support a diverse economy through creating an economic development strategy for Radium Hot Springs. 2) Sense of community: I will continue to strengthen and build a sense of community which encompasses elements such as image, spirit, character and pride, along with processes such as communication, events, inter-group relations, and networking. 3) Parks, recreation and culture: We must continue to provide a diverse range of recreational and cultural services, facilities and amenities that cater to a wide range of age groups.

Why do you feel you will continue to be an effective representative for your community? “I’ve been able to develop strong relationships with my fellow directors, staff, community leaders and other levels of government. These relationships have provided me the opportunity to achieve results and get things accomplished. I intend to continue to foster these relationships and create new ones.”

Why do you feel you will continue to be an effective representative for your community? “Owning two successful businesses has helped me look at running the village as a business. Less than 10 years ago my husband and I very consciously chose Radium Hot Springs to be our home. I have both passion and pride in my new home - I don’t go anywhere without bringing Radium with me!”

Don Devlin

Deborah Fischer

Karen Larsen

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 10 years Experience: Councillor since 2008. Small business owner.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 27 years Experience: Retired from Financial Services industry. Director of Radium Chamber. Small business owner/operator.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 4 years Experience: Event Coordinator. Member of the Radium Events Committee.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Economic sustainability. 2) The need to work with Canfor to reopen the Radium Hot Springs mill. 3) Tax-friendly improvements are needed for recreational facilities.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) The high cost of living in the Columbia Valley. 2) The lack of living wage jobs in our community. 3) The lack of focus to bringing new business and jobs to the valley to create a balance between out visitors and residents.

What are the main issues facing your community?

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am hoping the people of Radium will vote for me as I have gained experience and knowledge in my term here as a councillor. “I have a hunger for knowledge and I always will take the time to listen and pursue answers to make the right decisions for our town. “I feel that I represent an important, yet fading, group in Radium as a younger family man who wants to live and play here. Vote for me as I have no agenda other than I love Radium and the opportunity to represent its citizens without bias or personal gain.”

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I would like to be part of the Radium council because I would enjoy being part of a team dedicated to improving our village. “I feel that owning and operating a business in this community allows me to provide a new perspective during our decision making process.”

1) Lack of employment, with no industry to attract full time residents. 2) Main street businesses shutting down due to high cost of living and lack of living wage jobs. 3) The need for a community hall that incorporates our youth, seniors and adults. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “Being relatively new to the community, living and working here, I have a voice and view on what needs to change to make it better. “If I could help in any way with attracting more families or helping in the decisions that would get more people to settle and stay here, that alone would benefit Radium. “It is extremely important to get involved in the communities you are planting roots in, get to know the people that were here before you and those that are new, find out why they choose to stay or choose to go, take part in the activities and what Radium has to offer. It’s amazing what you learn.”

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Todd Logan Running for: Councillor Valley resident: Since he was six. Experience: Worked for local propane company for 23 years. Volunteer firefighter.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Attracting more commercial businesses. We have many empty storefronts in the village and I would like to see more amenities and services brought in for the residents and visitors. 2) Attracting and keeping more full time residents. Unfortunately with the closure of the mill, many families have been forced to move away from not only Radium, but the Columbia Valley in general. 3) The hopeful reopening of the Canfor Saw Mill. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am proud to live in a community that actually feels like a community. I would like to take my volunteerism one step further and join council. The past councils have done a fantastic job in making Radium what it is today. “I can offer commitment, dependability and a desire to help Radium continue to grow and develop into a more rounded community.”


Clara Reinhardt

Ron Verboom

Al Miller

Gerry Taft

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 6 years Experience: Councillor since 2008. Works for Canadian Red Cross.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 30+ years Experience: Councillor since 1990. Race Director for the Headbanger Trail Challenge.

Running for: Mayor Valley resident for: 23 years Experience: Councillor since 2008. Past President of Chamber. President of Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Team. Owner of Home Hardware.

Running for: Mayor Valley resident: Born and raised. Experience: Councillor since 2002. Mayor since 2008. Owner of Gerry’s Gelati.

What are the main issues facing your community?

What are the main issues facing your community?

1) Sustainable economic development. 2) Focus on tourism as a driver of the economy during slow times. 3) Provide programs and services to enhance the quality of life to see a return of young families and business entrepreneurs.

Besides the standard issues of infrastructure upgrades, water, sewer and road issues, my three areas of concern are job creation, affordable living, and growing our population. We need to become more competitive with our other municipalities so as to attract new families to our region. We can’t simply sit back and watch our school enrollments decrease and families move away due to lack of good jobs. Our area has changed and we need to plan for the future. Economic development needs to happen.

We need continued and additional regional cooperation and collaboration. All of the other important issues (economic diversification, enhanced recreation and environmental protection) need a valley wide perspective and cooperation, to be successful.  There is a need for a plan and action items to achieve a greater level of economic diversification so that Invermere and the Valley can have a resilient economy with well paying jobs that support and encourage families to live here. We need to continue to protect our natural environment and decrease our negative impacts, while also encouraging and balancing recreational and economic realities and desires. 

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Shortage of living wage jobs. 2) Need for diversification of business and commercial enterprises. 3) Lack of clear vision for the future of Radium. This hinders our ability to focus any economic development initiatives, but is something that is a priority, which the current council has budgeted time and resources for. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have been actively engaged in the community through local and regional committee work; representing Radium at UBCM and local government training sessions, as well as volunteering locally at the library and for special events. “I was the lead in working with the staff and consultants to implement the community survey for the Official Community Plan. “I am very fortunate to be at a place in my life that my job allows me the flexibility to work for Radium whenever there is a need. I love Radium Hot Springs and very much look forward to being part of a team which works to making our village the greatest place for everyone.”

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “If re-elected, I will bring the experience and continuity of six terms on council and the commitment to provide the best for residents and businesses in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.”

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have a good understanding of some of the challenges and needs we need to act on. I believe I communicate well, listen well, and I understand the need for a leader to surround themself with the best people they can, to work through the different issues. “I have a great team running our business allowing me time to continue my public life in the role of mayor. Given the opportunity I will work hard for you all.”

What are the main issues facing your community?

Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am able to see all sides of the issues, and I work to achieve what is in the best interest of the community and the average citizen. I do not have a personal agenda, any direct financial gain, or any loyalty to an established political party. I am motivated by my love for the community I was born in, and a sincere desire to be part of the solution in making it the best place it can be.”

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October 28, 2011


Greg Anderson

Justin Atterbury

Ray Brydon

Paul Denchuk

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 19 years Experience: Masters degree in Forestry, former Operations Manager for Invermere Forest District, former Provincial Manager for Ecosystem Restoration Program, School Board Trustee for last 12 years, co-chair of Mt. Nelson Athletic park Development Committee.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 7 years Experience: Part-owner/Operator of Rocky River Grill, Dairy Queen and Zero Ice 93.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 23 years Experience: Councillor since 2005, School Board Trustee for six years, owned Stedmans V&S Variety Store., involved in Columbia Valley Rockies and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #71.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 9 years Experience: Red seal journeyman carpenter, civil engineering technologist, small business owner.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Community Expansion: thoughtfully weighing of the impacts and benefits for doing so against the desire for Invermere to remain a more concentrated urban centre. 2) Economic Development: we need to support it while also being mindful of maintaining and enhancing our quality of life. 3) Environmental Concerns: giving consideration to such aspects as future use and access to Lake Windermere and the wetlands in Athalmer, opportunities for land development within town limits, and implementing sustainable practices. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have familiarity with the local issues. I have significant experience in program and budget management and possess good communication, negotiation and collaboration skills.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) The social divide between economic growth and environmental sustainability. We have to stop picking sides as these two subjects are one in the same. 2) We need to create careers to entice more young families to move here as opposed to the feast and famine economy we have now. 3) The lack of tourist traffic in the shoulder seasons. We know our summers will be busy but it is crucial to focus on building up tourism traffic between November and March. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “Naming the problems is definitely a lot easier than solving them, but I do have some  great solutions. These past few years have dealt some terrible hands for a lot of small communities in this province and I think our council did a good job with the cards they were dealt. Moving forward I believe that my youthful energy, creative desire and my ability to get things done and never accept the first ‘No’ as the final answer will be an invaluable asset to the District of Invermere.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Affordable housing 2) Infrastructure upgrades 3) Balancing environmental issues with economic growth. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have the time. I am a good listener and I consider all sides of a topic before making a decision. I have six years experience on council and I have your community at heart.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Effective government: we need a council and staff that work together with the community in an effective and transparent way. Community members should be welcomed and encouraged to participate in the political process. 2) Prosperity: we need to identify and attract innovative businesses that will support development of a more diverse economy - an economy that can sustain this community into a future. Every member of this community should have safe affordable, housing. 3) Natural values: we need to protect what the rest of the world wishes they had: a healthy and beautiful landscape, clean water, and clean air. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am a strong team player. I am committed to making land use decisions with a multi-generational perspective. I am committed to supporting Invermere to become a leader in energy, food and land use sustainability.”

Rob Dunn Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 10 years Experience: Owner of The Valley Peak, past Curling Club Manager.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) I would like to see a new, multi-use recreation centre in Invermere. 2) A trend that I would like to see change is the number of empty storefronts and businesses that struggle or close in the valley. Incentive programs for businesses (new and established), wage subsidies for employers and education regarding successful business operations should be readily available. 3) Growth in our ‘off-season’ economy. Tourism is a major component of our economy during the summer but there is plenty of room for growth in the winter. A collective marketing strategy for the whole valley will help change that. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am an honest, good person who cares about Invermere, the Columbia Valley and all of the residents and businesses in the area. I have plenty of experience on various boards and committees where I have never been afraid of change. I am a bit of a ‘bleeding heart’, but I am also realistic.”

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Spring Hawes Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 13 years Experience: Councillor since 2008. Small business owner.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Economy: Control spending, limit tax increases, reduce red tape for desirable business, aggressively pursue money from other levels of government, spend locally and work together in the region. 2) Land use: Jumbo, Lake Windermere, and the lack of an official land use plan for the Grizzly Ridge properties. Clearly, these decisions are incredibly important, and very emotional. They must be made with community support in order to be successful in the long run. 3) Long term sustainability: economic, environmental, and social. Our new “Imagine Invermere Sustainability Plan” is a great guiding document to keep us moving in the right direction. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I am straightforward, honest, impartial, and available. I also have a vision — I think it’s time to think big. Let’s think outside the box. Let’s not be afraid of bold ideas and new ways of thinking about our community. While tourism is clearly not to be neglected, it’s time to expand our economic base for longterm sustainability.”

Dave McGrath

Stephanie Stevens

Richard Unger

Dale Wilker

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 9 years Experience: Former President of Lethbridge Downtown Business Revitalization Zone. Founding Director of the Lethbridge Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident: Born and raised Experience: Received BC Solicitor General’s award for community service and crime prevention. Former Journalist. Past Executive Director of the Summit Youth Centre.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 7 years Experience: Entrepreneur. Owner of Ski Home.

Running for: Councillor Valley resident for: 17 years Experience: Works for Quinscoe Homes. Volunteer for community greenhouse, Imagine Invermere, Community Energy and Emissions Plan.

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) We must recognize and stimulate our economic driver; visitor traffic. Maintaining and improving our existing infrastructure is also important. 2) Connect our lake and backcountry to our town, recognizing that they are economic drivers, and balance biodiversity with responsible use. 3) Cultural Investment - Promote and support growth of the CV Arts. Actively put the wheels in motion to build a regional multi-use recreational centre. Actively support youth athletics, recreational/ training facilities and increase/ legitimize our world class biking/hiking trails. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I support well balanced progress. I support recognition and attention to our economic driver for jobs, opportunities and to retain our best and brightest youth. I support and want to promote our mountain culture. I welcome challenges and will face them head-on.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Affordable housing for both renters and purchasers. 2) Social services - continued and increased support for youth, seniors and those struggling with mental health or substance addictions. 3) Economic growth balanced with environmental stewardship. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I have always made a point, particularly as a journalist, to learn, in depth, about the issues that concern our community members, to get to know not just those directly involved with my work, but people from all walks of life. “I believe strongly that being a good leader means listening, and understanding my point of view is not the only one that counts. I have considered running for council for several years, and now I am at a point in life where I can dedicate the time and energy it will need.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Business development 2) Marketing our resources 3) Growing our community Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I feel my experience in the building industry, owning & operating successful enterprises, volunteering my time to the community such as Groundswell, formerly Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens Society and four years to the national parks as part of the Citizens Advisory Development Board provide me with tools that are of value to the community of Invermere.”

What are the main issues facing your community? 1) Economy: direct attention to local businesses and organizations. Pursue employment diversification, encourage new industry. Prudent municipal budgeting. 2) Community: Affordable housing, support for community organizations and promotion of Invermere. 3) Sustainability: All decisions should consider the economy, the community and the environment. Why do you feel you would be an effective representative for your community? “I understand the building world, so I know how large developers think. I work well as a team member, I understand the importance of small business, and as a parent I am passionate about ensuring that Invermere’s future is a bright one. “This lifetime of experiences will make me an important team member on council. Within this team I will be the ‘Big Picture’ guy and I will make my decisions with the future in mind.”

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Village of Radium Hot Springs

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the Village of Radium Hot Springs that an election by voting is necessary to elect four Councillors for a three-year term commencing December 2011 and terminating December 2014, and that the persons for whom votes will be received are:

COUNCILLOR – Four (4) to be elected Surname

Usual Names


Devlin Fischer Larsen Logan Reinhardt Verboom

Don Deborah J. Karen Leslie Todd Clara Ann Ron

Jackson Avenue Sun Valley Place Stanley Street Rivercrest Road Sun Valley Place Kirk Street

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING: Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Radium Seniors Hall, 4863 Stanley Street.

ADVANCE VOTING: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Village Office, 4836 Radium Blvd.

Help a resident in need By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Family and friends of Edgewater resident, Pierre Collin, are planning a benefit dinner and dance on November 3rd at the Invermere Community Hall. Mr. Collin, a well known valley resident and owner of Bin-Dare Dun-Dat Excavating, received news in September of 2010 that he had stage four stomach cancer. He began travelling to Kelowna for chemotherapy in January, and after two different types of treatment, the cancer has spread to his liver, bones and spine. His daughter, Danielle, said that although the cancer has spread, it is slow-

ing down, but still requires her father to travel to Kelowna every two weeks for treatment. “Due to the severity of his condition he is no longer able to work,” she added. “Health care covers some of the costs but not all of the travel, accommodation or medication expenses.” The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a silent auction, dinner and dance. Tickets cost $30, and will be available in advance at Home Hardware, All Dolled Up, Rona, Radium’s Prestige Inn and Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater. Tickets are not available at the door. For more information contact Danielle at 250-688-6615 or by e-mail at

NOTICE OF POWER INTERRUPTION RADIUM HOT SPRINGS Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 NOON MST When: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Resident electors will be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Please protect all sensitive equipment. We recognize the inconvenience this may cause, and will restore service safely and as efficiently as possible.

Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the majority of the property owners. Only one person can vote per property.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING Qualified electors may vote by mail if they: • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at a voting opportunity, OR • expect to be absent from the Village of Radium Hot Springs on both the general voting day and the advance voting opportunity. REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Before 4 pm on November 17, 2011 you must submit an Application to Vote by Mail to the Village office in person or by mail (PO Box 340, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0), fax (250-347-9068) or email (Mark.Read@ Applications are available at the Village office, upon request, and on the Village website ( Mail ballot electors will be required to submit a completed Elector Registration Form and consent from the majority of the property owners if they are seeking to register as a non-resident property elector. Mail ballot packages will be available no later than November 1st. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Mark Read, Chief Election Officer (250) 347-6455

Shorten restoration time during a power outage by switching lights and electrical equipment off. Wait one hour after power is restored before switching on multiple appliances to allow the system time to stabilize. Prepare for outages and stay informed by visiting or from your handheld device. Please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) if you experience any electrical difficulties or for more information.

For 50 years, BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable electricity to our customers. Today we are planning for the next 50 years by investing in new projects, upgrading existing facilities and working with our customers to conserve energy through Power Smart. Learn more at


There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of electors (mail ballot voting excluded) will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older • Canadian citizen • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the Village of Radium Hot Springs for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

We will be making electrical system improvements in Radium on November 6. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately 4 hours, from 8:00 a.m. –12:00 Noon MST. The area affected are customers directly WEST of Radium Substation off Prospector Avenue; the Canyon Campground SOUTH of the Substation; Kootenay National Park (not including the entrance buildings), all Subdivisions WEST of Columbia Avenue off Foresters Landing Road and the Canfor Mill.


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914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 342-9281 • Fax: (250) 342-2934


Official Community Plan Amendment & Zoning Bylaw Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday November 1, 2011, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. Zoning Bylaw amendment No. 1440, 2011 and Official Community Plan Amendment No. 1439, 2011 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 as follows: By amending the Zoning designation of the following lands, Lot 57, District Lot 1008, Kootenay District, Plan 9968 except part included in Plan NEP23154, from R-1, Single Family Residential to P-1, Public Institutional and by amending the current Land use plan designation for the western half of the property under 3.2 and 3.3 of the OCP from Multi Family Residential (Low Density) to Public Institutional.

Closest to the button League Curler, Diane Colombo, is congratulated by Investors Group Consultants Milton Crawford, Liz Spence-Noble, Jason Stevens and Angela Krebs following one of five closest-to-the-button contests held during regular league play at the Invermere Curling Club. There was a contest for each of the five leagues, and the winners each received a pair of tickets to a draw of the Canada Cup of Curling in Cranbrook. The winners will also compete again at the Invermere Grey Cup Bonspiel winners where they will once again shoot for the button for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the men or women’s final at the Canada Cup of Curling. Congratulations to Tanis Wareham, Justin Pollard, Cindy Stevenson, Diane Colombo and Trevor Wareham.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

The intent of these bylaws is to amend the land use and zoning in order to make the Canadian Martyrs Parish Church located at 712, 12th Avenue a permitted land and zoning use at this location. Conformance with the current zoning and land use will allow for a desired future exterior renovation of the church. The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1440, 2011 or OCP Amendment Bylaw 1439, 2011”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from October 18, 2011 to November 1, 2011. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

WATER CONSERVATION Please be advised that

Water Conservation Measures are currently in effect for residents of

Panorama Mountain Village Corix Utilities has implemented

Level Four Water Restrictions:

All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1440, 2011” and / or OCP Amendment Bylaw # 1439, 2011 may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Development Services

All outdoor water use is prohibited

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We thank you for your cooperation.

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Kootenay Savings aids Resource Centre Kootenay Savings’ staff having been doing their part to help out local causes, donating $2 per paycheque throughout the year to the Family Resource Centre, with the money raised matched by Kootenay Savings for a total of almost $1,500. They also raised nearly $1,300 for Columbia House with a barbecue and by volunteering at Bullbusting in the Rockies. Pictured, left to right: Janice McGregor, Heather Fullerton, Charlene Diakiw, Michelle Wittman, Karl Conway (Family Resource Centre),Terri Lightfoot, Fiona Stockley, Christa Gubler, Pat Cope (Family Resource Centre), Brandi Schuit, Angel Bristow, Jodi Matsalla. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Public Notice of Smoke This public notice is to advise that as part of the right-of-way clearing for the Columbia Valley Transmission Line , slash piles will be burnt to deal with the waste wood material. The affected area will be from the Toby Creek Road near the existing Hydro Substation north to the Bugaboo FSR Road. Burning will commence October 24, 2011 and will continue until completed. Ignition of burn piles will only occur when venting is considered acceptable by the Ministry of Environment. We will monitor our burning and try to minimize the impact to the public while achieving the requirements of our contract. Thank you for your understanding. Any questions or concerns please contact Mark Dascher, Project Manager at (250) 344-0507. DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 342-9281 • Fax: (250) 342-2934


Pursuant to section 176 of the Local Government Act, the District of Invermere has authority to provide financial assistance to community groups. Council invites applications for financial assistance in preparation of its 2012 budget. The total budget allocation for grants is $10,000. Those groups or organizations wishing to apply for financial assistance are requested to make written application to the Council before November 10, 2011. Application forms are available at the Municipal Office or our website

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Putting the ‘riot’ in patriotism John Dunsworth, better known as his character, Mr. Lahey, from the hit Canadian television show, The Trailer Park Boys, leads a packed crowd at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub in some patriotic, and somewhat intoxicated sing-alongs during a performance on Tuesday, October 18th. He was joined on stage by Pat Roach, who plays his sidekick, Randy, on the show. 

Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Rozalia (Rose) DOBOS Ms. Dobos passed away on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at Swan Valley Lodge, Creston B. C. at the age of 77 years. Prayers will be recited at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Creston, B.C. on Tuesday November 01, 2011 at 7 P.M. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday November 02, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Gabriel celebrant. Interment will follow the mass at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, B.C.

Joanna Whiting

January 8th, 1941 – October 15th, 2011 Feminine, nice, kind, friendly and helpful. Joanna Vivian (Pepper) Whiting January 8th, 1941 – October 15th, 2011. Joanna is survived by her loving husband of 53 years. Their children Steven, Patricia, Peter & Angella; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Artistic, adventurous, a walker who loved the outdoors, gardening, animals, birds, and flowers. She is survived by one brother, and four sisters. Honest, fun, remarkably imaginative, open and pure. Joanna will live on, her spirit a part of her adoring family and in the fond memories of all who were touched by her.

s Memoriam s Barney Weismiller June 17, 1952 – October 30, 2009 No one knows how much we miss you. No one knows the bitter pain We have suffered since we lost you. Life has never been the same. In our hearts your memory lingers, sweetly tender, fond and true. There is not a day, dear Barney That we do not think of you. We will always love you & miss you. Love Kathy, Tristan, Derek, Tara (Shane), Amanda (Chad) Allison & grandchildren

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cheers & jeers


Sunday, October 30th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 4871 McKay Street, Radium. Everything must go!

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841.

Jeers to the driver of the logging truck and the water truck who both just about ran us off the road on October 19th. If you can’t make an inside corner on your own side of the road you are going too fast! Westside Road is a public road not a racetrack! Slow down before you kill someone!

Jeers to the dog owners who let their animals off leash thinking that they won’t attack. It is an animal, they are never 100% predictable!

Windy Café … is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner, as always, from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders.

Cheers to Mysterio. Way to take one for the team. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks from the rest of us!

CORE Course is going to be starting registration on November 1st at 7 p.m. At the Radium Fire Hall. $140. Contact 250-341-2116.

Cheers to the lovely young blonde lady walking past the refuse collection centre who helped me carry the easy chair to my car and to Joyce with the truck who noticed it wasn’t going to fit & delivered the chair to the Bug Eye. You ladies rock! Stephanie.

Cheers to Bianca, Marissa, Olivia, Holly, Leigh and Amber for taking on the responsibility of coaching the KBK Baton students while I am away. With much thanks and love, Karen.

Saturday October 29th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4725 Blakely Place, Radium. Electronics, household items, lots of great kid’s stuff: skis, skates, bikes, Columbia and MEC snowsuits and lots more Saturday, October 29th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 5697 Vermillion Street, Edgewater. Small girls’ clothes (NB2T), maternity clothes, toys, small appliances, and women’s clothing. Saturday, October 29th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1070 Baltac Road, Windermere. Household goods, skis, skates, snowboard and furniture.


Weekend Hours Trial at the Valley Fitness Centre NOW Open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until the end of December. (IF successful we will continue into the New Year) See you there! Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info. Edgewater/Radium Healthcare Halloween Tea & Bake Sale. At the Edgewater Legion Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011. $5.00/ per person.

thank you Edna & I would like to give Sharon & Doug a huge thank you for our birthday party. The food was great, the cake was delicious and the company was superb. Sharon, you’re one hell of a friend. Love you lots, Rocky & Edna. Thank you to everyone who has donated money, shared prayers or spoken kind words of support to Elna Mantyka’s family as her granddaughter Amadee continues to recover from a brain aneurysm suffered on September 2nd. Thanks to the caring folks who organized fundraising efforts and to the businesses that supported the efforts. A community that cares; that’s where we live and we are proud of it. Thank you. Amadee and her parents are still in Vancouver – though she may be transferred closer to her home in Williams Lake. While she has not yet woken up, she is no longer in a coma, but ‘in a zone’. Once she wakes, the decision will be made to send her for brain injury treatment and long-term plans made at that time. At this point, we are still hoping and praying for the best possible outcome. Thank you for the tremendous support. Elna Mantyka and family.

Happy Birthday, BM! A birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip! RM.

Cheers to the parents and students of the KBK Baton Club, you are all so wonderful and so special. With thanks and love, Karen.


Cheers to Rick Ferrier for being such a considerate contractor to the neighbors.

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

Cheers to the Arabian Mountain Spice dance troupe for putting on a good show for a good cause.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

Cheers to Rene, Christine, and Denise for donating their tips to the Juvenile Boys Curling Team. You Rock! Cheers to the SRL Property. We love riding our horses on your property and we really appreciate your generosity. Cheers to the Sonshine Children for your Halloween paintings on the window at the Bistro. We love it ! Jeers to the person who goes to the Food Bank and lies about their kids to receive food & vouchers. Jeers to all you drunk and high drivers. Stop putting yourself and other drivers in danger! Jeers to the District of Invermere for not paving the road by Pot Hole Park!

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.

commercial space Rent/Sell approx 2400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Centre and Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102. 864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637.

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suite for rent

suite for rent

suite for rent

For lease: Approx 3,000 sq. ft. 5037th Ave, below Gone Hollywood and Valley Spas — beside Back Door Wine Cellar. Overhead door/heated. $5.00/per sq. ft. triple net. Call 250342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

Radium, 2-bdrm apartment, D/T, bright. $850/month with hydro, 5 appliances, DD required. Call 250347-6420.

1-bdrm suite: private, walking distance to everything. N/S in suite. $575/month includes hydro. 250427-0762.

Radium, brand new, furnished lower level suite for rent. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, lots of windows, bright and clean. Available immediately, N/S, N/P. $750/month + utilities. 250342-3790.

1-bdrm lower level walkout suite. Lots of windows, close to D/T and beach includes W/D, N/S. $825/ month utilities included. 250-3423790.

Fairmont, 2-bdrm, 1-bath suite. W/D, fully furnished, excellent location, N/P, N/S. $750/month + utilities (wireless Internet, water & cable included). Call 250-2700043.

For lease or sale, 1200 sq. ft. 2-bay shop with fenced yard located Invermere Crossroads on Hwy 93/95. Excellent exposure & great lease options. Call 250-342-5667. For lease approximately 2800 sq. ft. Across from the Invermere Post Office. Contact Gordon at 250-3429271. Fairmont — 2 private office spaces for rent in Hot Springs Studio/Yoga/ Wellness Centre in the Fairmont Village Mall. Call Jan for more info: 250-342-1191. 2 private office spaces for rent in D/T Invermere. Approximately 500 sq. ft. each. Please call John at 250409-4117.

shared accommodation Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, Internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/P, 250-342-4020. Large 3-bdrm house on the lake in Invermere, furnished, sharing with one other, available with own bath, all appliances, $500/month, cable Internet, and utilities included. 250-342-1791.

suite for rent 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, NP. Utilities not included. $850/month. Available immediately. 250-3420838. 2-bdrm apartments in D/T Invermere. Clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything. Start at $775/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-342-6912.

RADIUM – Bachelor – 1-bdrm – 2-bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, and parking. DD required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-3427517 for more information and availability. Brand new, large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $800/month + utilities. 1 year lease preferred, references required, available immediately. 403-874-0483. Bright, furnished, 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. $550/ month includes utilities & cable, N/S. Single person preferred. 250342-0337.

Beautiful 1,200 sq. ft. luxury apartment 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 5 appliances. Must be seen. N/S, N/P $1,200/month + hydro. References required. Available immediately. E-mail or 250-342-5805. 1-bdrm, separate entrance, utilities included. Available immediately. Call 250-347-9719. Clean, new, 3-bdrm upper suite on 13th Ave. in Invermere. N/S, DD required, F/P, D/W, jacuzzi tub. $1,125/month includes utilities. Available immediately. 250-2700745.


INVERMERE: Lake Windermere Pointe starting at $900/month; furnished or not; pool, underground parking, elevator and much more. WINDERMERE: Furnished 2 bdrm. cottage for October 1. Nice yard! $900 plus utilities. INVERMERE: 2 bdrm. furnished condo, storage room, central location at $800 plus utilities. BLACK FOREST VILLAGE: 2 bdrm. unfurnished town home, long-term at $900 plus utilities. RADIUM: 4 bdrm. home, unfurnished long-term, no pets or smoking at $1350 plus utilities. CANAL FLATS: Newer 2 bdrm. town home $850 plus utilities.

Contact Dave or Eric


2-bdrm, 1.5-bath upper suite in Radium. Shared laundry, large back yard, garage included. $600/month + hydro. Call 250-347-9970.

Large 2 bdrm walkout suite in Fairmont. Fully updated, bright, shared laundry, $850/month + hydro, wireless included. Jenny Bueckert, Maxwell Realty Invermere: 250-342-5711 or info@

2 large, 2-bdrm suites in Invermere. Private entrances. Both very close to D/T and schools. Includes W/D, fridge and stove. $775/month + plus hydro, other suite is $825/ month includes hydro. Available immediately. Phone 250-6881105.

Bright 1-bdrm basement suite. Close to schools & D/T, W/D, wood stove with wood. Looking for mature tenant. $600/month includes hydro. N/S in suite. 250427-0762.

3-bdrm, 1-bath large upper suite in Black Forest Heights. $1,050/ month includes utilities W/D, D/W. DD and references required. N/S preferred. Available immediately. Call 250-342-9025.

Invermere – large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite with separate entrance. Appliances shared, W/D, central location, 2 blocks to D/T, school, hospital. 3 blocks to groceries & beach. Pets ok, N/S, available now. $675/month + utilities. Call Grant 403-493-1245.

2-bdrm basement suite in Canal Flats with private entrance, N/S, N/P. $700/month, utilities included. 250-349-7568.

Radium bachelor suite with laundry & kitchen. $350/month includes utilities. 250-347-6420.

homes for rent

1-bdrm suite for rent in Westridge Estates. Fully furnished with insuite laundry. Spacious, bright walkout with patio. Available December 1st, N/S, N/P. $650/ month includes utilities. 250-3428755.

Weekly vacation rental Sayulita Riviera Nayarit. Traditional 2-bdrm, 2-bath Mexican house. Very private, secure, large garden with pool. Contact Giselle, 250-688-1004. New Invermere 3-bdrm townhouse 3-full bath, 5 appliances, hardwood floors, large deck, developed basement. Beautiful views, near Sobeys. Available August 1st, N/P. $1,140/month + utilities. Call 403-703-0930 for more info. Open house every Saturday! 3-bdrm, 1-bath, 4 appliances, N/S, available immediately. $900/ month. Call 250-342-3195. Wilmer: 2-bdrm log home, large fenced yard and detached workshops, perfect for couple for 2 singles. Small pets welcome. Some furnishings. Wood heat on main + basement oil furnace and W/D. $1,000/month. Available immediately. Call to submit application with references. Ed English: 250-342-1194 or Jan Klimek: 250-342-1195. janklimek@ or

homes for rent In Radium, long-term, cozy & bright. 2-bdrm, 2-bath trailer on private lot. All appliances including W/D, large fenced lot with outbuildings for storage. $850/month + utilities. Call 250-342-3841. 2-year-old Invermere T/H for rent. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 5 appliances, developed basement, 2 f/p, large deck with spectacular views. Beautiful kitchen with h/w floors. $1050/month + utilities. Open house every Saturday. Call 403703-0930. 1-bdrm house on developed acreage. Quiet, great water, view of Purcells. 4 appliances, fireplace, greenhouse & garden. Affordable country living for $525/month/ 250-347-6575. Windermere 3-bdrm mobile home, 5 appliances, large deck in yard, quiet street close to schools & beach. $800/month + utilities. 403-286-1132. Purcell Point: 3-bdrm new T/H, sleeps 6. Includes BBQ, full kitchen. Close to D/T & 5 mins to lake. Available immediately. $1,500/ month, utilities included. 403-6306903. 3-bdrm, 1-bath home for rent in D/T Invermere with nice yard, N/S, N/P. Available immediately. $1,350/month + utilities. Call 250341-1182. Windermere house for rent. 2-bdrm, 2-bath. $1,200/month + $600 DD & references required. Available November 1st. Home is also available to buy: $290,000. For more info call 250-498-6298. 1,200 sq. ft. mobile home for rent in Juniper Heights. 3-bdrm, 1-bath. Security deposit & references required. Quiet, non-smoker, cats allowed but no dogs. $800/month. Available November 1st. Call 250427-2700. Fairmont Hot Springs 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 1,600 sq. ft. home. All appliances, some furnishings. Available immediately, references and DD required. $1,350/month. 250-764-9354.

homes for rent 3-bdrm 2-bath home in Dutch Creek near Fairmont. 5 appliances, unfurnished basement, gas fireplace, N/S, N/P, family preferred. $850/month + utilities. Call 250270-1400. Windermere: 4-bdrm, 3-bath home. Fully furnished, available Sept.-May. $920/month + utilities. Call 250-342-2135. 2-bdrm, 1-bath T/H in Edgewater. End unit with deck and yard. Available November 1st. $800/ month + utilities. 250-341-8775. Large 4-bdrm furnished house. 2 suites, rent separately or individual rooms. Walking distance to town of Invermere. Great for Panorama staff or workers. No partiers, N/P. 403-678-3087 or mjjbug88@ 2-bdrm + den T/H in Invermere. Fully-furnished, garage, gas F/P. $1,150/month + utilities. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. Ad ID 325061998. Radium 2-bdrm 1-bath villa. Furnished or unfurnished. Garage & storage space. Awesome deck & view. $950/month+ utilities. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. Ad ID 321267416. 4-bdrm + den furnished cabin in Fairmont (Dutch Creek) with amazing river views. Quiet location, large recreation room, wood F/P. $1100/month + utilities. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. Ad ID 324747855. 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 2000 sq.ft. unique home in Athalmer. Huge front yard and lots of storage for toys. End of road so total privacy. DD required. $1,250/month + utilities. Call 403-680-6999. collinroadwarrior@ 6-bdrm, 4-bath, suite overlooking lake in Wilder subdivision. 3000 sq. ft. plus all new granite bathrooms and kitchen. Very private with best view in Invermere. DD required. Available November-April. Call 403-680-6999. collinroadwarrior@

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condo for rent

condo for rent

2-bdrm farmhouse with wood stove for rent at Spur Valley. Available immediately. $500/ month + hydro. 250-347-9185.

1-bdrm condo near Sobeys, $600/ month. 2-bdrm condo, $625/ month. N/S, N/P. Call 250-3426255.

Log home on acreage and lake on Toby Bench. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 5 appliances, two F/P, woodstove. Some pets OK, smokers welcome. Available immediately. $1,000/ month + DD + utilities. 250-3420848.

3-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Pinewood Complex in Radium. $800/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, and available immediately. 403-4728992.

1-bdrm + den condo at Akiskinook. 10 minute drive to Invermere. Renovated, fully furnished & equipped. Indoor pool. $750/month includes hydro, cable & Internet. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. Ad ID 324745004.

condo for rent Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious, luxury, 3-bdrm, 2½-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, $1,800/ month, includes heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent-to-own options. Available immediately. 250-688-0512. Hillcrest Apartments has 2-bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in 250341-1182. Luxury living at Bighorn Meadows Resort overlooking the 18th green at the Radium Springs Golf Course. Rent as a 2-bdrm, 2-bath (approx. 1,300 sq. ft.) or add the lockout to rent as a 3-bdrm, 3-bath (1,694 sq. ft.) Fully furnished unit with well equipped kitchen. Includes living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 full bath, A/C, electric F/P, W/D, utilities, cable TV and WiFi. Lockout includes 1 king bed, full bath, kitchenette, A/C. Wraparound deck has a gas grill. Amenities include outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Sorry N/S, N/P. For photos & additional info visit 2 bdrm rental $1,550/month; 3 bdrm $1,750/month with 1 year lease + 1 month DD. Willing to negotiate rate for 55+ mature responsible couple. Call 403-880-7846 or info@

Fairmont: ground floor 1-bdrm in T/H style condo in quiet complex. Walk-in closet, full kitchen with 4 appliances in suite W/D, wraparound deck, laminate and ceramic flooring. Huge bay windows in dining room, eat-in bar with stools, large windows everywhere, very bright, very clean suite. Rent includes water/sewer, cable, and high speed Internet. Complex located just down the hill from the Resort in The Ridge Phase II. Call or text 780-945-0508 or e-mail Fully-furnished, ground floor 2-bdrm, 2-bath unit at Lake Windermere Point. Close to the beach & walking distance to D/T , access to heated pool, fitness room and hot tub included. $1,250/ month + utilities. Jenny Buekert, Maxwell Realty Invermere. Call 250-342-5711 or 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Radium. Beautifully furnished, only $850/month, hydro included. Jenny Bueckert, Maxwell Realty Invermere. Call 250-342-5711 or Invermere Parkside Condo: 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 6 appliances R2000 energy efficient. Walk anywhere. Available immediately. $900-$1000/ month + utilities, N/S, small pets negotiable, DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or info@ 1-bdrm, 1-bath condo furnished in Radium. N/S, kennelled dog OK. Nanofibre, storage, parking, play area. $550/month + utilities. References & DD required. 403870-2805. 1-bdrm, 1-bath condo with den in Pinewood, Radium. Amazing mountain views. Includes utilities, propane, and Internet. A/C, underground parking with storage locker, N/S, N/P. $600/month. Available immediately. 250-2029654.

1-bdrm, 1-bath + den in unfurnished condo at The Peaks in Radium. $750/month includes utilities. Hot tub access. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. Ad ID 324747105. Executive 2-bdrm, 2-bath, open concept R2000 Condo fully furnished downtown Invermere. Includes all appliances, heated floors in bathrooms, electric fireplace and top of the line BBQ. $1,300/month includes utilities. Available immediately. Please email or call 416-709-4590.


Central Radium, close to golf course, fully-renovated, 6-bdrm home — like new! Stunning kitchen, suite potential. For full details visit www.propertyguys. com ID#266165. 250-347-9399. Edgewater 1300 sq. ft. home with undeveloped basement 2-bath, 2-bdrm with attached deck & carport. $239,900. To view call 250347-9813.

condo FOR SALE Ski to your door, fully furnished 1-bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, and hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, BC, $115,000 firm. Call 250-3426858 after 6 p.m.



Quaint 1100 sq. ft. home for sale in Edgewater. Close to elementary school & river. Large 80 ft. x 200 ft. lot with mature trees. Excellent access with both side and back alleys. Fully renovated & new electrical. Asking $283,000. For full details and pictures visit www. ID#266210. 250-409-9130.

Cast iron wood stove. Asking $750 O.B.O. Call 250-342-9390.

250 US Gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal cage 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George 250347-9500. Hot Tub Rentals Week or Weekend Rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922. Queen size bdrm suite (natural solid oak) with headboard, footboard, frame, night table, & dresser. $375 O.B.O. Hexagon coffee table (dark solid oak) - $150 O.B.O. Call 250347-9171. Hot Tub Rentals Week or Weekend Rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922. Firewood! Birch, Larch, Fir & Pine cut, split, delivered. ½ cords & full cords starting at $150. Call 250-688-0143. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908. Top quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617.

2002 Winfield Mobile Home occupied for 4 years. Good condition. Must be moved! Porch and propane tank included. $50,000. 250-342-6188.

3-bdrm, 3-bath modern, open concept, architecturally designed, hardwood & tile floors, vaulted ceilings, garage and family room. Built in 2002, no updating required. 1800-15th Ave, Invermere. $359,000. Phone 250-342-7329.

Hankook winter tires on rims. Used 1 winter, 215/65R16 98T (used on Dodge caravan). $500. 250-3426491.

For Sale

For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566.


misc. for sale

Mountain Home

3-bdrm nearly new Radium Town Home. Fully developed with walkout basement, garage, heat pump, wood trim throughout, custom window coverings. Indoor/ outdoor pool and fitness center nearby. $299,900. Phone: 250342-0183.


misc. for sale

Leveling kit for 2003-2006 Dodge Ram. $300 O.B.O. 250-409-9130. Lost “Coco” on Windermere Beach. $50 REWARD Please call 250-341-6043.

wanted 4x4 pickup truck or SUV. Japanese and European makes preferred. Under $9,000. Call 250-341-2200. Renovating? I need used oil furnace Clare Bros or similar. 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 2 ft. 110,000 BTU. Call 250-347-9668.

4 Toyo Winter Tires 225/60R17 low mileage. $600. 250-688-1434. 2-year-old, 18 kw, direct drive electric furnace. $350 OBO. Call 403-889-0343 or 250-342-8851.

Moving must sell dining room table, 8 chairs, china cabinets, coffee table, end table. All in excellent condition. Call 250-3425184. White Kenmore Stove $200 OBO. Exterior door with side window contact for more info. Call 250-6880264. Baby & toddler gear for sale: carrier, play seat, booster seat, jolly jumper, stroller, portable playpen, toddler Halloween costumes and more. All items in great condition. Please call 250-342-2115. Sammy’s Garlic Farm! Organic hardneck garlic still available. $10/ per lb. Call 250-342-3921. 1974 Honda MT 124 Elsinore vintage bike. Only 919 miles. Asking $2,200 OBO. 250-345-6401.

vehicles for sale 1986 CHEVY ½ TON, no motor, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250-341-7393. Please bold 1st 4 words 1988 Ford F150 4x4, 4 inch lift, 285 75R16 Hankook 6-month old, truck came from Washington State. Body in great condition, no rust, 351 engine, 5-speed, 40,000 miles on rebuilt engine, 15,000 miles on Transmission. Solid truck very clean. $5,000. 250-427-0762.

recreation vehicles


misc. for sale Quality Top Soil and Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truckload, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268.

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

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help wanted

2003 Toyota Corolla Sport 50 MGP! 168,000 km, alloy wheels, A/C, new brakes, new windshield. 4 Toyo G02 winter tires on rims. $5,995. Call 250-342-6543 or 250342-5470.

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

Gel Nails, Pedicures, and Manicures! Competitive rates and professional service. Available days, evenings, and weekends. Ask about my fall specials! 250-341-7272.

What’s better than money? FREE JEWELLERY! Earn free jewellery as an independent Representative selling sterling silver jewellery. Along with trips and free jewellery, you also earn 30% commission on your sales. It’s fun and it pays! Call 341-5956 and start your jewellery collection now.

1993 Toyota SR5 pickup, 4x4, canopy, sunroof, 5-speed, manual transmission, new tires, clutch & battery. 297,000 kms. $3,500 OBO. Vehicle located in Invermere. 403801-9284.

services Renew & Restore Professional tile and grout cleaning, re-grouting, repair and sealing of tile, grout, slate, and stone. Commercial and residential. 35 years experience. New installations also available. 250-341-5645 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. 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, Red Rock Contracting Masonry Work, River rock Walls, Glass blocks Etc. . . Tile and Slate, Installations, Interlocking Paving Stones, Retaining Wall Systems, Repairs Etc. . . For Estimates Call 250-341-6869. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Huge Sale Call a professional today Free In-Home Consultation Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Drop in for a free estimate on paint and body work @ #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696.

help wanted We have an opening for a Certified Dental Assistant at our office in Invermere, BC. We are looking for a gentle, organized and motivated person to join our team. The position is 4 days/week and could move to 5 days/week in the future. We could also consider a 2 days/ week position. Please fax resume to Dr. Pat O’Sullivan at 250-342-3561 or Rare opportunity is available at Lake Auto for a F/T year round Mechanic or Mechanic’s Assistant. Apply in person with resume or fax resume to 250-342-6020.

Financial World Opportunity You must be teachable, flexible, self-starter and willing to take short course prior to starting work. Tuition of $448. Will be reimbursed upon successful completion of course. Final course mark will influence starting guaranteed. Call John 250-342-2509.

Invermere Sharpening Carbide and Steel Sharpening Services. Carbide Saw Re-Tipping. Saw-Blades Router-Bits, PlannerKnives, Hole-Saws, Ice Auger Blades, Knives, Scissors, and Much More. 250-341-5447, 345 Blair St. Athalmer. ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569 Chinook handyman services specializing in decks, garages and small renos. Please call Doug at 250-345-2164 or 250-341-1619. Local Website Design: Designer seeking new clients, specializing in small to medium websites, blogs or portfolios. Initial meeting and quotes are free. www.

The Village of Canal Flats has recently purchased a snow removal truck and is seeking proposals for an operator/driver. The successful candidate will be required to remove snow from streets, roads and municipal parking lots within the Village of Canal Flats. The operator will work on an “on-call basis” from November 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. Please submit a proposal including expected rate of pay, experience and availability to the address below. Closing date is November 1, 2011 at 4 PM. Proposals will be received at the Village office: Village of Canal Flats PO Box 159, 8853 Grainger Road Canal Flats, BC V0B 1B0

F/T or P/T hairstylist wanted at Valley Hairstyling. Call 250-3426355.

3.25 x 4.6”

We are hiring for the following position:

Events & Sales Coordinator Qualifications required:

Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235. Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254.


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Administration of sales and catering contracts Solicit, quote and negotiate new contracts Experience in food & beverage and Delphi Effective communication and organizational skills Ability to work mornings, evenings and weekends as required For a full job description please visit: view?jobAdId=26E843BF22615A89

Resumes can be emailed to, faxed to 250-341-4001 or dropped off to 760 Cooper Road.

CAREERS AT CBT MANAGER, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CBT has an opening for a Manager of Planning and Development. Qualified applicants should have familiarity and/or experience with local government and strong financial and economic analysis skills. A detailed description of duties, skills and qualifications can be viewed at or requested Twitter from Debra Stewart at 1.800.505.8998. Twitter Please forward resumes to by noon (Pacific) November 9, 2011 for consideration. • 1.800.505.8998

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The Council of the District of Invermere is seeking 2 more Representatives to the Columbia Valley Recreation Society Board. This volunteer position will work closely with other members of the board regarding the operation of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Interested persons are requested to submit letters of application and brief resumes including reasons for interest and related experience to Mayor and Council District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A1K0 Interested persons are asked to please have their letters submitted to the District of Invermere no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th, 2011.

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The District of Invermere is looking for people who are interested in helping with the local Municipal Election on Saturday November 19th, 2011 as poll clerks and counters.

Looking for a carpenter with finishing experience who is highly motivated, physically fit, punctual and organized. Duties include but are not limited to assisting with emergency clean-up, demolition and building at various job sites. Candidates must have a clean driver’s abstract and criminal record check. Wage based on experience and position responsibilities.

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Election Officials must be a minimum of 18 years of age and may not be a candidate or the spouse, sibling, parent or child, or grandparent or grandchild of a candidate running in the 2011 municipal election.

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full-time Finance Manager for its national office in Canmore, Alberta. As the senior finance and administrative manager in the organization, you will report directly to the Executive Director ensuring effective direction and implementation of the Club’s finance and accounting functions including: • • • • • • • •

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A professional designation would be a definite asset as would experience in fund accounting. Visit for the full job profile. Submit resume and cover letter prior to October 31, 2011 to:

Snow Removal from Visitor Walkway in Kootenay National Park of Canada Parks Canada requires the provision of a qualified contractor to provide snow removal services on the sidewalk in Kootenay National Park. This contract will run from November 10, 2011 until March 31, 2012. The proposed work involves snow removal and de-icing of the sidewalk from the West Gate of Kootenay National Park to the Radium Hot Pool in Kootenay National Park, a distance of approximately 1.75 kilometers. All materiel, equipment and labor required to complete the said works will be supplied by the successful bidder. INFORMATION PACKAGES, BID REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OUTLINING THE WORK TO BE DONE AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FROM: Eloise Meredith Administration and Contracts Officer Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit P.O. Box 220, Radium Hot Springs, B.C. VOA 1M0 Phone (250) 347-6622 Fax (250) 347-6621 All bids must be received no later than Wednesday November 09 , 2011 at 2: 00 P.M. M.S.T. The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.

Enlèvement de la neige du trottoir pour les visiteurs, dans le parc national du Canada Kootenay. Parcs Canada est à la recherche d‘un maître d‘œuvre qualifié pour enlever la neige du trottoir dans le parc national Kootenay. Le contrat entrera en vigueur le 10 novembre 2011 et prendra fin le 31 mars 2012. Le travail à exécuter comprend l‘enlèvement de la neige et le dégivrage du trottoir depuis le poste d‘entree ouest du parc national Kootenay jusqu`à la piscine d‘eau thermale dans le parc national Kootenay, sur une distance d‘environ 1,75 km. Le soumissionnaire retenu sera responsable de fournir tout l`équipement et la main-d`œuvre nécessaire a l‘exécution des travaux. ON PEUT OBTENIR LES TROUSSES D‘INFORMATION, LES CONDITIONS D`OFFRE ET LE CADRE DE RÉFÉRENCE AINSI QUE LES DÉTAILS POUR LE TRAVAIL À EXÉCUTER DE : Eloise Meredith Agent, administration et contrats Unité de gestion Lake Louise, Yoho et Kootenay B.P. 220 Radium Hot Springs (C.-B.) V0A 1M0 Tél. (250) 347-6622 Fax (250) 347-6621 Les offres doivent nous parvenir au plus tard le mercredi 9 novembre, 2011 à 14 h HNR. La Couronne se réserve le droit de négocier directement avec les fournisseurs pour tout besoin d`approvisionnement. with “Finance Manager” in subject area. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. We thank all applicants. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Children’s Literacy Program Needs Volunteers If you love to read and are interested in working with children in our local schools, please consider becoming a volunteer with the One to One Children’s Literacy Program in the Windermere Valley. The commitment is 90 minutes a week for about 12 weeks, schedule to be established by each participating school. During that time you will read with 3 children for 30 minutes each. You’ll follow the same 3 children each week and will see the progress they make as they become more confident readers. Children are in grades 1 to 6 and are selected by their teachers to receive this special reading help. One to One is managed by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy in partnership with each school. For more program information, check out our website:, or contact your local school to sign on for a free 3 hour training session (schedule to be announced). You can make a difference in a child’s life!

Get creative with new Light Up contest By Pioneer Staff Brand new to this year’s Christmas Light Up festivities is a decorating contest designed to flex your creative skills. The Window Display Decorating Competition, put on by the Invermere Business Committee, is open to all businesses in Invermere. Staff are invited to spruce up their front windows with a little festive cheer, with their displays then marked by a local judging panel for their uniqueness and creativity. “The decorating competition will add to an already awesome community event,” said Justin Atterbury, Acting Chair of the Invermere Business Committee. “The

Thank You!

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The Columbia Valley Food Bank wishes to thank all our volunteers, especially

IBC anticipates the contest will inspire Invermere business owners to add a little of their own sparkle to our amazing town. We are confident this contest will light up the town and attract locals and valley visitors to check out Invermere’s shops this holiday season.” All interested participants must register for the Window Display Decorating Competition and the Light Up’s star attraction, the Santa Claus Parade, by Thursday, November 24th. For more on the contest or to sign up. contact Jocelyn Brunner at or 250-341-7783. For more on the Santa Claus parade or to sign up, contact Alita Bentley at or 250-341-3775.


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The beautiful copper hearth, fireplace and mantle which grace the entrance hall of Copper Point Resort are fine examples of TXN’s expertise with copper.

TXN creates copper centrepiece TXN Installations has been operating in Invermere for 13 years, providing structural steel, steel components and architectural steel details including stairs and railings for the construction industry. Owner Shane McKay and his seven person team of trade qualified personnel recently constructed and installed the copper hearth and mantle which form the centrepiece of the impressive foyer at Copper Point Resort in Invermere. Working closely with members of the Rohit Group, TXN’s design team helped to create the ideal piece for the space, establishing the proper weight, texture, colour and design and producing samples for their clients to chose from. Once the final design was agreed upon, the team set to work to form, Tig weld, heat treat and finally install the hearth and el-

egant fireplace. Entirely custom made from start to finish, the piece now graces the entrance to the resort, with the warm tones welcoming guests in from the chilly autumn air. In addition to their craftsmanship with copper, TXN are also specialists in stainless steel, aluminum and brass, making custom pieces of any size, ranging from structural steel components to intricately designed staircases and railings. TXN are also the only Canadian Welding Bureau certified company in the valley, to CSA Standard W47.1, a requirement of the building code for steelwork in commercial, industrial and residential applications. Their work can be found in homes and businesses across the Kootenay-Columbia region, from Elkford to Golden and in Banff, Canmore and Calgary.

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My father’s gift to me By Pastor Murray Wittke Valley Christian Assembly Fathers everywhere hope something of themselves will live on in their sons. My dad gave me his heart and his passion for music. My earliest memories include the sound of him diligently practising. I have an old black and white photo of my father seated behind his pedal steel guitar, holding me in his hands and smiling. I’m perched on the strings looking serious. He’s 22 and I’m a couple of months old. From the beginning dad nurtured my appreciation for music and it has continued for over fifty years. As a child listening to dad practise Bach’s Preludes and Fugues on his Hammond organ, I discovered the joy, sadness and symmetry of classical music. Later he introduced me to the unique beauty of close vocal har-

mony by singing in gospel and barbershop quartets. He longed for his son to sing with him but I stubbornly refused. His commitment to the pedal steel guitar led me to country and blue grass music. I learned to enjoy its simplicity and honest raw emotion. I carry many Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson tunes in my heart. I was twelve when he unknowingly launched me on my own musical path with his purchase of The Beatles’ Abbey Road. I was hooked. Shortly after that I bought a bass guitar and began practising just like he did. I had a good ear and learned quickly. At first I made music with dad, but as with many sons, I wasn’t satisfied and left home to make music with my friends. Since then my life’s been filled with music, but I’ve rarely made any with dad. Looking back I regret all the missed opportunities. Over the years he continued playing alone at home and recorded several CDs of gospel music. Listening to them now I’m moved by their beauty. They are part of his musical legacy to me. Last year he sold his guitar and the music stopped. Now I’m a grandfather pondering God’s commandment to “Honour your Father.” I can’t change the past but I still have time to say thanks dad for all the music.

Get planting Don Miller, Invermere Home Hardware Manager, residents Frank Puskaric, Walter Gagatek, Ilona Boburczak, Dietrich Paul, Home Hardware Manager Susan Miller, Public Works Employees Doug Hagen and Wade Groman, Councillor Ray Brydon and Councillor and Home Hardware owner, Al Miller, plant one of ten trees around the historic CPR Lodge near Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere as part of an initiative between Tree Canada and Home Hardware, on Friday, October 21st. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, October 30th, 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY... “Celebrating The Saints”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S” Church, for ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 10, during the Morning Service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Interim Priest In Charge, Katherine Hough 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday, 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St.Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Father John Kellogg Saturday: 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 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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Online Edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer for October 28th, 2011


Online Edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer for October 28th, 2011