Vol. 4/Issue 13 Your Weekly Source for News and Events March 30, 2007
The Columbia Valley
Serving The Upper Columbia Valley including Spillimacheen, Brisco, Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats
women in business
You know spring is here when the daffodils arrive. Look for the festive flowers for sale by members of the Cana-
dian Cancer Society, including Geraldine Gibson, left; Kay Maras, centre; and Christine Vidalin.
Photo by Brian Geis
2 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Life Time Warranty on all Blinds
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Interior World (250) 342 4406 VALLEY NEWS
Pet food recall
Ken & Carol Cameron
Warner & Claire Crawford
in eﬀect here
are pleased to announce By Brian Geis
the wedding of Pioneer Staﬀ
Ben & Shilo Cameron
on January 27, 2007. So far no cases of pet poisoning have occurred
The couple resides in here, but Louise Platiel of the Invermere Veterinary
Clinic said it will be a few more weeks before she feels
conﬁdent that Columbia Valley pets are safe from poi-
Mississauga-based Menu Foods recalled an enor-
mous list of wet “cuts-and-gravy” style pet food this
month and then broadened the recall last week to in-
clude even more.
The recall applies only to wet dog and cat food
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rentals. Beautiful 2 master
bdrm townhome, with slate
need or want. 5 bdrms, 2
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home, cabin or a 2,3,4 plex on
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If your pet ingested the tainted food, Ms. Platiel
said, it will begin to show symptoms within a few
days. “The thing to look for,” she said, “is any change
in behavior, especially if your pet is drinking more wa-
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ft. lot! High traffic C-1 location walkout lower level, beautiful possible redevelopment of 20- kidney failure. “If your pet is sleeping more than usual
allowing for up to 3 stories of ensuite bath, open living, 25 lots, no rezoning necessary.
potential development. Walk family room with wet bar and Total living space of 3200 sq. or won’t eat, you might have a problem,” she said.
to Kinsmen Beach and all of so much more, plus views that ft., has 4 bdrms, 3 bath, games
the amenities in the heart of take you away. room. The Medi-Cal brand of pet foods carried by
$699,900 + partial GST mls#new $499,900 + GST mls#new $989,000 mls#151372 Invermere Veterinary Clinic was not involved in the
recall, she said.
Harry Schaﬀer of AG Valley Foods said the
Invermere supermarket was assured by the AG distrib-
utor in Calgary that none of their stock was tainted. A
BARRY ERIC PAUL BILL few brands were pulled, he said, but only as a precau-
342-5245 342-5914 341-5300 341-5168
“They swear up and down that we’re in the clear.
I’d hate to poison anyone’s pet, expecially my own,”
ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE - An Edgewater cat Mr. Schaﬀer said, “but as far as we know, we’re in the
BARRY MARLENE RON DIANA ﬁnds a comfortable log to drowse on during the recent clear.”
342-5809 341-5600 342-5704 341-5269
warm spring sunshine. The extensive list of pet foods recalled includes 40
Photo by Brian Geis diﬀerent brands of dog food and 48 diﬀerent brands
of cat food.
The recalled brands include Eukanuba, Iams, Sci-
DAVID CLARE BRENDA ence Diet, Mighty Dog and Ol’ Roy brands, among
342-1524 341-5644 342-1146
Strata Management others.
Fairmont Village Mall, Val Riddell at Sobey’s said her store removed a
Fairmont quantity of pet foods from their shelves, including
Phone: 345-4000 private • semi-private • reformer • cadillac • stability chairs
Compliments brand cat food in a pouch.
526 B – 13th St. , NEW GROUP SESSIONS Be sure to check with with store manager for the
www.rockymtnrealty.com Phone: 342-6911 Starting Monday, April 16th recall status before purchasing wet dog or cat food.
Valley Fitness Centre • (250) 342.2131 For more information on the recall, see http://
Call April at 341-6299 to place your classified. firstname.lastname@example.org • (250) 342.5979 www.menufoods.com/recall/ or dial 866-895-2708.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 3
Pictured here are 25
veterans who were guests of
honor at the 80th annni-
versary of the Royal Cana-
dian Legion Branch 71 in
Invermere. Front row, left
to right: Kay Frater, Fred
Chivers, Art Galbraith,
Roy Martin, Joe Fuller,
Kay Allan, Gordon Lake,
Richard Engel. Middle:
Malcolm Hughes, Ray
Neratko, Tony Luyendyk,
Alex Halliwell, Al Lynch,
Ray Case, Ed Kluczny,
Stan Rokosh, Phil Geiger,
Al Ostrander. Back row:
Jim Ashworth, John Wad-
dell, Frank Meadows, Pat
Lynch, Howie Williams,
Al Turner, Ken Berkley.
For more on the celebra-
tion, see Pages 20-21.
Photo by Brian Geis
CastleRock commercial zone considered
By Brian Geis • recreational facilities for durations not to exceed 28 continuous days, with
Pioneer Staﬀ Councillor Bob Campsall applauded the idea on not more than one kitchen and one washroom within
the basis that it would reduce car trips downtown for each unit, contained within one or more buildings
The District of Invermere will host a public hear- sundry items like a pack of cigarettes or a snack. on the site and having one central registration facility
ing to contemplate a commercial zone at CastleRock “This would allow people to have their needs met serving all the units.
Estates. right in their own neighborhood,” Councillor Camp- According to the site plan, four lodges with 18-24
In February, the developer asked district council sall said. suites per lodge with loft units above a full three sto-
to change the zoning of the south Invermere neigh- In his report to council on the matter, District of reys and 20 underground parking spaces under each
borhood to allow it to build a combination of neigh- Invermere Chief Administrative Oﬃcer Chris Prosser lodge.
borhood commercial, residential/lodging units and noted that the need for commercial amenities at Cas- Designed for the corner of Castlestone Drive and
community recreation facilities. tleRock Estates was identiﬁed in the neighborhood Castlestone Boulevard, the lodges will be clustered
The application, which was carried through its plan. around a central recreational space that includes a
ﬁrst and second readings, is scheduled for public input “The goal of designating a commercial site was to swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court and a two-sto-
Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m., in council chambers. reduce the amount of potential traﬃc that would have rey community center.
The proposal includes four three-storey buildings to commute to downtown for convenience items and Mr. Prosser noted that the development would
and a two-storey community building for the follow- to promote a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.” generate $264,986.13 in Development Cost Charges
ing purposes: The new C-4 zone would allow a variety of per- to pay for the installation of roads, water and sewer
• 6,000 square feet of commercial space mitted uses, including convenience stores, video rent- service.
• 65 residential/lodging units als, and “pensions” or multi-family dwelling units. The district would also collect an additional
• community centre A pension is a hostel or family-style guest house, $78,000 per year in taxes if the development is ap-
• outdoor swimming pool living and sleeping quarters for transient paying guests proved, Mr. Prosser noted.
4 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
For the week ending March 24th, percent respectively, which is over the
Columbia Valley RCMP responded to legal limit of 80 milligrams percent.
70 calls for service, with only two re- The injuries sustained by the 24-
Quality antique furniture and collectibles ported motor vehicle accidents. year-old driver were minor. Please, don’t
from Canada, Europe and Asia.
drink and drive!
Architectural items for home & garden. • March 18: Police stopped a red • March 22: Police received a report
Hours: Chevy Cavalier for a motor vehicle in- of a possible impaired driver operating a
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm vestigation and found the 22-year-old green Chev Monte Carlo near Radium
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Canal Flats driver to be prohibited from Hot Springs. Police attended to locate
Invermere Industrial Park (just off the road to Panorama)
driving. The man was charged and is to the vehicle and driver who displayed
appear in court, while his car was im- several signs of impairment.
pounded for 30 days. A 21-year-old female from Ed-
• March 19: Police received report monton was detained and escorted for
that vandals had broken into a pop ma- breath samples of 150 and 130 mg per-
chine in Canal Flats. cent. She will appear in court on May
Culprits made oﬀ with an unknown 22nd.
number of coins; however, no product • March 23: At approximately
Now taking bookings appeared to be stolen. 6:30 p.m., police received report of a
for cleaning and repairs! • March 19: Police received report
of three more stop signs broken in the
male and female in an altercation on
the highway between Windermere and
Invermere area. Fairmont Hot Springs. Witnesses re-
VERTICAL, VENETIANS, Police are looking for any informa- ported a dark SUV to be involved.
AND MORE tion related to who may be responsible Police located a similar vehicle driv-
for this ongoing vandalism. en by a male; however, no female was
Call now to book Aside for the ﬁnancial burden to- located.
wards the community, this vandalism Police are asking anyone who may
345-2164 creates a huge safety risk for the motor- know the identity of the female to please
ing public. contact police.
The Columbia Valley is visited daily • March 24: Police stopped a pick-
by persons who are not familiar with up near Fairmont Hot Springs. Inves-
local streets. If a motorist fails to stop tigation found the driver to have been
at a known intersection, resulting in a consuming liquor contrary to the di-
accident, someone could be seriously rections of his prescription medication.
injured or killed. The driver’s license was suspended for
In the case of either, anyone respon- 24 hours.
sible for mischief leading to these events, • May 24: Police stopped a Ford
could face lengthy jail sentences! Explorer for speeding in Invermere.
• March 22: At 9:17 a.m. RCMP Upon approaching the vehicle, police
responded to a Motor Vehicle Acci- detected a strong odour of liquor and
dent on Kootenay Road No. 3 where observed the driver displaying several
a northbound single vehicle had over- signs of impairment.
Imagine a job that puts turned after driving oﬀ road on a left- The driver was detained and escort-
hand corner. ed for breath samples of 180 mg per-
YOUR STUDIES FIRST. When police arrived the driver had cent. Further investigation found the
left; however, witnesses had conﬁrmed driver to be unlicensed and the vehicle
that the driver was still on Kootenay to have no valid insurance.
For a student such as yourself, it can be a challenge nding a job
that won’t interfere with your school or other commitments. Road No. 3 and provided a physical de- A 35-year-old Invermere man was
Luckily, there’s Tim Hortons. Visit your local Tim Hortons today scription and name. charged with the two Motor Vehicle Act
and ask for an application, or go to timhortons.com. And nd out A drive further south on Kootenay charges and will appear in court on May
why you’ll love being on the other side of the counter. Road No. 3 located the subject, who 22nd to face impaired driving charges.
started to run and was witnessed enter- • March 24: Police received report
Flexible Hours • Health Benets ing a residential trailer. of a motorhome being vandalized at a
Scholarship Program • Free Uniforms Police in fresh pursuit gained entry bush party near Radium Hot Springs.
into the residence to check on the well- The vandal smashed a window with a
being of the subject who had ﬂed the rock and slashed one of the tires.
accident. • March 24: Police received re-
Grounds were quickly obtained to port of four businesses in Radium Hot
read the breath demand. Two samples Springs that had their door locks dam-
were obtained at the Columbia Valley aged. No entry was gained to the prem-
detachment of 130 and 120 milligrams ises.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 5
Permanent population down,
housing units way up: 2006 census
By Brian Geis a great place to live,”
Population Population Per Cent Dwellings Dwellings Per Cent
Pioneer Staﬀ Mayor Shmigelsky said,
2006 2001 Change 2006 2001 Change
“and if people ﬁnd that
Early ﬁgures on Canada 31,612,897 30,007,094 5.4 13,576,855 11,562,975 17% it is a great place to do
population and housing British 4,113,487 3,907,738 5.3 1,788,474 1,534,335 17% business, raise a family,
from the 2006 census Columbia retire, or recreate then we
show housing is outpac- East 55,485 56,291 -1.4 29,767 22,950 30% are doing our job. How-
ing population growth Kootenay ever, as you can imagine,
up and down the valley. Area F 2,939 2,602 13 3,118 1,390 124% with this increased atten-
In some areas, the tion from Calgary it will
Area G 1,563 1,635 -4.4 798 680 17%
year-round popula- continue to be a great
tion has been declining. Invermere 3,002 2,858 5 1,420 1,130 26% challenge, but one I have
Overall, the permanent Radium Hot 735 583 26.1 631 225 180% complete conﬁdence in,
population in the East Springs that we and future coun-
Kootenays has declined Canal Flats 700 754 -7.2 345 n/a n/a cils will be successful in
by 1.4 percent. maintaining Invermere
There are some ex- miss all the second homeowners. Deck, who also serves as chair of the re- as a great place to live,
ceptions, however. Radium Hot Springs “As to your question about how gional district, said it shows the increase regardless of our population.”
clocked in as the fourth fastest-growing these numbers ﬁt with our vision, I in dwellings are second homes. Area F Director Lillian Rose said
community in B.C. with a 26.1-per- guess the most obvious answer would “As for the RDEK as a whole, it’s a the part-time population that the
cent increase, trailing Pemberton (33 be that the vision is successful if so large region and I don’t think it’s useful new homes will accommodate creates
percent), Anmore (32.8 percent) and many people have chosen to buy into to try to make generalizations across it, problems associated with the boom-
Tumbler Ridge (32.6 percent). it—literally. We wanted a form of de- because things vary so much from com- and-bust, seasonal swings in the head
Radium Mayor Greg Deck said velopment that was ﬁnancially eﬃcient, munity to community,” he said, “but count.
the housing numbers the municipal- respectful of the surrounding habitat, the numbers do conﬁrm some trends “Area F is certainly experiencing a
ity compiles based on building permits and that would encourage people to get that I think we all sensed intuitively: dramatic increase in property develop-
show an even more dramatic increase, out of their cars and onto our sidewalks. Area F continued to lead the other rural ment,” Ms. Rose said. “Area F is not
pushing it to the top of the chart. I believe we have achieved that, and areas in construction over that period, unique in the province, in the fact that a
The census data shows a 180-per- I’m particularly proud of the fact that but as in Radium, Invermere and Area good proportion of units being built are
cent increase in dwellings in the last this little village was able to create 709 G, the housing numbers are larger than owned by a non-resident population.
ﬁve years and a 26.1-percent increase in housing units without using up any of the population increases, which con- That creates a swell in population ﬁg-
year-round residents. Building permits the valley-bottom land around us. ﬁrms that much of the development is ures seasonally and impacts the service
show a whopping 304-percent increase “The new construction has also being driven by second homeowners.” industry and construction and trades.
in dwellings during the same period. meant that we have been able to share District of Invermere Mayor Mark “I think Area F will continue to
Mayor Deck also pointed out that our ﬁxed operating expenses over a much Shmigelsky said the numbers are a sign lead in development for at least another
municipal population estimates by B.C. larger assessment base, which keeps the of a job well-done, but that challenges ﬁve to ten years, and it is all the more
Stats show Radium was the fastest- tax bill down for all residents and allows lie ahead. Invermere saw a 30-percent germane that an Oﬃcial Community
growing municipality in B.C. last year us to improve services—such as the UV increase in dwellings and a ﬁve-percent Plan be put in place that can guide fu-
by an increase of 13.28 percent. disinfection of our already ﬁltered wa- increase in population. ture development in the area,” Ms. Rose
“A 304-percent increase in the num- ter—that we wouldn’t have been able to “Overall, it is good to see that some said.
ber of housing units in a community do otherwise. small towns, Invermere included, and Area G saw a 4.4-percent drop in
over ﬁve years is a daunting number,” Overall, the Regional District of the RDEK are bucking the national population while experiencing a 17-
Mr. Deck said, “and one that probably East Kootenay saw a net drop in popu- trend of people moving to the large percent increase in dwellings.
gives a better sense of the real activity lation of 1.4 percent, while the number cities. Every council that I have served
than census population numbers, which of dwellings grew by 30 percent. Mayor on has tried to maintain Invermere as Continued on Page 38
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6 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
By Elinor Florence
When you think about it, cancer is like something
dreamed up by the inventor of a horror movie. Rogue
cells gone wild, invading your body, multiplying out
of control, destroying your healthy tissue until you
succumb to a painful and ghastly death.
Yet for thousands of people each year in Canada,
this horror movie is projected onto our own bedroom
walls. Who among us has not experienced ﬁrst-hand
the agonizing death of a loved one to cancer? Who
among us hasn’t wondered if we will be next, and how
we will cope with the terrifying progress of the disease,
and how our families will go on without us?
A healthy lifestyle gives us some armour, but even
that can’t barricade our bodies against an enemy that is This is not a historical photo, but little has changed since this building was ﬁrst used as a store in Windermere.
Building returns to its roots
often more powerful than our greatest resistance.
I recall the words of Canadian author Carol
Shields when she learned that she had breast cancer.
“I never dreamed it would happen to me, because I Dear Editor: lovely mirror frames, etc. Best of luck, Mr. Stan-
thought that I wasn’t the ‘type’ to get cancer. Now I bury, and I’m sure you will do well at operating a
realize there is no type.” Carol fought the good ﬁght I was happy to read in your issue of March
genuine “Country Store.”
but was beaten by her illness a couple of years later. 16th an article written by Brian Geis that a second
Why my said nostalgia? Well, it was the ﬁrst
Medical research is working for us in two ways: it grocery store is to open in Windermere. My reason
store I ever remember going to and my ﬁrst visit to
can ﬁnd ways to treat the disease, giving more people is nostalgia and sense of history, because this old
it is as follows. My family lived about one-quarter
a chance of living longer. And ultimately, it will ﬁnd a building that was built as a general store will revert
mile away, which is close to the north entrance to
cure for this hideous aﬄiction. What researchers need to being one.
Windermere, on the right-hand side of the road.
to accomplish this is simple: time and money. Yesterday, Jenny Hoﬀos and I tried to chrono-
At that time the property was a small farm of near-
This week the local Canadian Cancer Society be- logically remember the previous owners, I being
ly 20 acres. I can remember wandering away from
gins its annual campaign in the form of daﬀodil sales. able to remember the ﬁrst ones, and she the later
home as far as the store, where Mr. Larmour gave
Every cent raised by these dedicated volunteers, many ones. I believe this sturdy old building was built
me some candies and sent me home. I can’t remem-
of them cancer survivors or relatives of family mem- by J.C. Pitts and later sold to Dave Larmour, who
ber my mother raising any fuss about my absence,
bers lost to cancer, will go towards medical research. before that had owned the Thunder Hill Ranch.
perhaps she hadn’t misssed me - also as I’d wet my
And this year The Pioneer is pleased and proud to Mr. Larmour then sold it to his brother-in-law, W.
pants just before getting home, she may have been
be the print sponsor for the annual Relay for Life, an Ray Ball, who in turn sold it to Gus Clement. Mr.
somewhat distracted by putting on dry clothes!
all-night marathon at the local high school on June Clement sold it to Leo and Winnie Richer, who
Two or three years ago, three of Dave Lar-
9th that is not only an eﬀective fundraiser, but also an sold it to John and Pat McGarva, who sold to Rog-
mour’s granddaughters visited with me and we vis-
aﬃrmation of love, life and community. er Madson. He was the last to operate a grocery
ited the Larmour family plot in the old cemetery at
Just as cures were eventually found for once-hope- store there.
less diseases like diabetes and polio, cancer can be beat- The present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Hoﬀos, have
en, perhaps in our lifetime. Please give generously. used the building as a woodworking shop, creating Ray Crook, Invermere
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March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 7
Don’t take it out
on the hired help
Dear Editor: you, we are amazed at how much things
cost around here compared to Alberta
I have been an employee for two lo- and even Ontario (where you can still
cal gas stations for over 10 years, and I get chicken wings for a nickel!)
would like to reply to all the complaints The cashiers and clerks should not
about “price-gouging.” be insulted for working in this town.
I am speaking on behalf of myself I have seen customers make 16-
and all employees of these stations who year-old girls cry and seen customers
suﬀer verbal abuse from customers. swearing at women old enough to be
No one likes to pay more for things their mothers. I personally have had to
than they have to, but I do not yell at deal with many of the same customers.
my waitress because it costs $5 for a Mr. Frater, I discussed with you, in
beer. person, as to why our prices are as they
I’m not rude to the guy mowing my are - just like I am willing to do with
lawn because his company charges more anyone.
than the two kids down the street. I am I know it isn’t your intention to
a Christian man and I don’t believe in get people riled up against the “big bad
pointing ﬁngers. company” but that’s what is happening.
In my tenure at both the stations I’m glad you enjoy using another gas
in Athalmer, I have my hand in most station.
of the day-to-day operations, including Nobody said you have to suﬀer our
pricing gas. I know what we pay. I know “horrible prices.” But people are follow-
what we have to make to keep the store ing your perception of the truth and “The Source” for Rural, Recreational, Resort,
running. I see what little proﬁt we make taking it out on all of us, who are just Development and Investment Real Estate in B.C.
while trying to keep the price low for
here to serve customers.
No one is living in a huge house be- James (“Crow”) Blair
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tioned, he needn’t look as far as Radium a line-up at any of the stations on the
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8 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Historic photo brings back happy memories
By Elinor Florence for Invermere. “No place was home, but
Pioneer Staﬀ Invermere means the most to me,” she
Doreen Lamond, the former Doreen She and her husband retired to Ca-
Sinclair, was surprised when she opened nal Flats and lived there for 15 years be-
an envelope last week and found a pho- fore relocating to Cranbrook, where her
tograph of herself that had been pub- husband died several years ago. Doreen
lished in The Pioneer on March 2nd. continues to belong to the Windermere
The photograph was of Doreen and District Historical Society.
four other girls playing hockey. Not only did she receive a copy of
Windermere District Historical the photograph, she got a telephone call
Society president Marg Christensen of from another member of the team.
Invermere cut out the photograph and Dorothy Blake, who lives in West
mailed it to Doreen in Cranbrook, ask- Bank, B.C. outside Kelowna, also re-
ing her if she knew when it had been ceived a copy of the photo from the
taken. newspaper from a friend, so she called
“I went through my whole collec- Doreen to talk about it. “We had a great
tion of stuﬀ and I found the photo- visit,” said Doreen.
graph but nothing had been written on Doreen Sinclair, left, with Dorothy Blake, Alice Jones, Allison Cleland, and Florence Doreen also telephoned her sister
the back,” Doreen said in a telephone McGuinness, in January, 1938. Marjorie, who lives in a seniors’ home in
interview with The Pioneer. Midway, B.C., and the two of them re-
16 years old. She has one sister, Marjo- said. “We never played anybody but
“That night I suddenly thought called their memories of playing hockey
rie, who is 15 months younger. each other.”
of my diary and I went and looked it and living in Invermere.
“We were the right age to be going After the war started, her father was
up and found an entry for January 27, She said she will mail us a photo-
out with boys, and we had a ball,” Do- transferred to Nelson. Doreen wound
1938 that said we had started a pickup graph of the other team, the one started
reen says. “I never missed a dance.” up marrying a member of the Royal
hockey team.” by her sister.
“Invermere was a wonderful place Air Force who was training at Medicine
Born on July 15, 1921, Doreen “I’ve been living back in the 1940s
back then, full of people from Eng- Hat.
moved all over the province when she for a whole week, thanks to that pic-
land and Scotland. There were so many After the war, the two lived at vari-
was a girl because her father was a police ture,” Doreen said.
things to do.” ous places around B.C. and the North-
oﬃcer and then a game warden. Doreen was also happy to learn
The two girls decided to start their west Territories. They had three boys
The Sinclair family moved to Canal that she can pick up The Pioneer in
own hockey teams - Doreen had one, and a girl.
Flats and spent seven years there before Cranbrook at two book stores - Pages
and sister Marjorie had the other. But Doreen said although she en-
moving to Invermere when Doreen was Book Emporium and Lotus Books.
“It was just a fun thing,” Doreen joyed moving, she always had a soft spot
Seven in Seven
DJ Miss Snow
IND- UP PARTY
$6.75 BUD & ‘BULL
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
7:00 pm DTSS Theatre Invermere, BC BUD’S - THE PLACE TO PARTY!
Cost $10 342-2965
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AT THE TOBY
Your Weekly Guide
Comedian and musician Todd Butler will appear in What’s Happening
Fairmont on Friday, April 13th. See Page 12. Around the
Art from the Heart Part 3 · Pynelogs Cultural Centre
Columbia Valley Elementary School Art Show, April 10 to 27, 11 - 4 pm
‘Laugh Your Ass Off’ Comedy Festival
Presented by Kicking Horse Coffee · Todd Butler – Friday April 13th.
Tickets available Call 342-4423
What does ART Pynelogs Cultural Centre · ‘07 Gallery Season Opening
mean to you? Thursday April 19, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Visit columbiavalleyarts.com for our current events calendar, or call 342-4423.
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Don't forget your daﬀodils!
Dear Editor: new grocery store in Windermere called
Windermere Family Pantry, Bigway in
A sure sign of spring every March Fairmont, the Market in Canal Flats,
is the arrival of daﬀodils in our Valley. Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater, and
This is a reminder that the annual sale the Esso, the Horsethief Pub and Moun-
of those cheery blooms by the Cana- tainside Foods in Radium. Take home a
dian Cancer Society takes place Friday, bunch or two to brighten up your kitch-
March 30th; and Saturday, March 31st. en table knowing your purchase aids the
Our volunteers will have tables set up cancer society in assisting those stricken
at AG Foods and Sobeys. Other stores with this disease.
throughout the region have also gra-
ciously agreed to sell our blooms such Rosemary Clark, President
as the service stations in Athalmer, the Canadian Cancer Society
HUGGABLE BABY - Vanessa Cortat, one-year-old daughter of Jean-Luc Cortat and
Stephanie Clerk of Invermere, smiles for the camera.
Photo by Dave Sutherland
ARTIST Review: Blood Diamond
DIRECT Reviewd by Melinda Drews diamond, Danny must ﬁrst help Solo-
Original Oil mon ﬁnd his family: a wife and two
Paintings I will never buy diamonds after daughters in a refugee camp, and a
by watching this truthful account of the young son who has been recruited into
suﬀering caused by diamond smug- the rebel forces, where boys are trained
250-342-9074 gling in Africa. to kill.
This movie is not for those who It’s an action-packed adventure
wish a happy, truer-than-life ending. that earned ﬁve Oscar nominations,
It portrays life in Sierra Leone during including two for both of the main
the 1999 civil war, and takes a look characters. Leonardo did a great job
at those lives that were unmercifully as the tortured former mercenary who
changed by the ﬁghting. turns out to have a heart after all, and
HOCKEY ACTION JAGER SHOTS Leonardo DiCaprio plays Danny Djimon played the heroic black father
ON NEW 60” Archer, a man who ﬁnds his calling by ﬁgure to the hilt.
PLASMA AND smuggling conﬂict diamonds. They are And it leaves you with a question
BIG SCREEN called conﬂict diamonds because their in your mind: where did your dia-
sale proceeds are subsidizing the war. monds come from?
PROJECTOR ALL WEEKEND LONG
Danny is joined by Solomon Van-
dy (Djimon Hounsou) a native ﬁsher-
man who knows the whereabouts of a RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 HEADS
BEST PIZZA huge, rare pink diamond.
In order to get his hands on the
(250) 341-3344 IN TOWN! 1310 7th Ave. Invermere
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Last Week’s Top 5 Rentals New Releases Mar. 27 New Releases Apr. 3
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HOLLYWOOD 2 Casino Royale 2 Happy Feet 2 Charlotte’s Web PS2 GQ
3 Holiday 3 Good Shepard, The 3 Volver 503 - 7th Ave., Invermere
I D E O 4 Aragon 4 Children of Men 4 Death of a President
5 Rocky Balboa 5 Van Wilder - The Rise of Taj 5 The King Maker 342-0057
March 30 , 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 11
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Sunday, April 8th Tuesday, April 17th:
Out & About • Noon: Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by
Windermere Community Association, in the ﬁeld
beside the Windermere Hall.
• 7-9 pm: Open House to review the proposed
increase in Development Cost Charges, at District of
Invermere Council Chambers. Everyone welcome.
Please call 341-6299 Monday, April 9th: Friday, April 20th
or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to enter your event in our FREE listings. • 7-8:30 pm: Windermere Valley Minor Baseball • 8:15 am-4:30 pm: Focused Marketing workshop,
registration, Alliance Church, for players aged 4 to presented by Women’s Enterprise Centre, sponsored
Toby Theatre 15. Registration deadline April 12th. For info: 342- by Columbia Valley Pioneer and Columbia Valley
• March 28 - 31: Freedom Writers 5588. Chamber of Commerce, Lions Hall. Cost $69
• April 4 - 7: Because I Said So includes lunch and study guide. To pre-register, call
Tuesday, April 10th 1-800-643-7014, ext. 112.
Friday, March 30th • Lorne Elliott, Canada’s top comedian, will NOT
perform at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere due Monday, April 23rd:
• 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay board
meeting. For more info: 1-888-478-7335. to illness. Comedian Todd Butler will perform as • 7:30 pm: The Peters Brothers - Unsupervised!
• 5-7 pm: Wine and cheese party for everyone who scheduled on April 13th, and The Peters Brothers - with original songs, comedy sketches, and old-time
advertised in the 2007 Columbia Valley Map Book, Unsupervised! will appear on April 23rd. For info: favourites. Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Tickets
Pynelogs Cultural Centre, hosted by The Pioneer. 342-8392. $20 each. Sponsored by Kicking Horse Coﬀee.
• Cranbrook SPCA hosts spay and neuter blitz for Tickets at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, Pynelogs,
low-income cats. For info: (250) 426-6751. Wednesday, April 11th - Wednesday, May 16th Trims&Treasures. For info: 342-8392.
• 9:30 am-noon: Chronic Disease Self-Management
Saturday, March 31st: Program, Akisqnuk Health Centre; 2 pm - 4:30 pm, Hot Springs Hours of Operation
• 9-11 am: NeighbourLink Garage Sale - furniture, Edgewater Legion Hall. For info: 1(866) 902-3767. • Radium Hot Pool, Sunday - Thursday 12 pm - 9
appliances, more. 320-10th Avenue. pm; Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm.
• 10 am-1 pm: Edgewater Fire Department Garage Friday, April 13th: • Radium Cool Pool, Friday 6 pm - 9 pm, Saturday
Sale. Concession by the Edgewater Recreation Society. - Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm. For info: 347-9485.
• 8 pm: College of the Rockies presents Todd Butler,
proceeds to the Deck Fund. Chili, homemade soup, • Fairmont Hot Springs Hot Pool Hours: 8 am - 10
Canada’s Master of Satire, at Mountainside Golf
buns, baking, etc. Edgewater Community Hall. pm daily. For info: 345-6311.
Clubhouse, Fairmont. Tickets are $50/each, available
at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, Pynelogs, Invermere;
Sunday, April 1st: Trims & Treasures, Fairmont. Sponsored by Kicking Student News
• 11:30 am: Potluck lunch at Christ Church Trinity, Horse Coﬀee. Includes barbecue buﬀet dinner, 7 pm. • Elkhorn College is now accepting applications
Invermere following the Palm Sunday service at 10:30 For info: 342-8392. of interest for September 2007. Apply to: Elkhorn
am. Everyone welcome. • Third Annual Living Life in the Balance weekend Ranch Ltd., Box 128, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0.
on April 13th and 14th at Fairmont Hot Springs MARCH 19th - 30th:
Wednesday, April 4th Resort, sponsored by the Investor’s Group, College of • March Break, no school.
the Rockies, and Community Futures Development
• 6 pm: Business Excellence Awards, Columbia Valley Corporation. The event will include marketing advice, Columbia Valley Food Bank
Chamber of Commerce, at Radium Resort, with guest motivational speakers, wellness advice, and time to
speaker Ken Fowler. Tickets at $50 each are SOLD Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 2 pm
enjoy the pool and spa. A dinner will be followed by
OUT. Call 342-2844 to be put on a waiting list. To donate, mail a cheque to: Box 2141, Invermere.
comedian Todd Butler. For info: (250) 489-4356.
• 7 pm: Meeting to discuss the formation of a Ducks
Unlimited Committee in Invermere. Brief meeting, New Video Releases Tuesday, April 3rd
Saturday, April 14th:
snacks provided. Angus McToogle’s Restaurant.
• Charlotte’s Web • Chestnut
• 8 pm: 24th Annual Big Band Dance, Invermere
• Come Early Morning • Jump In
Friday, April 6th Community Hall. Tickets $17.50 each at Majestic
• Copying Beethoven • Volver
U-Brew, Dave’s Book Bar, any senior band student,
• 2 pm: Outdoor Stations of the Cross (The Passion • Death of A President • The Good Shepherd
or by calling 342-9213, ext. 136.
of Jesus), St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. Everyone • How To Go On A Date In Queens
“Branding for the Small Business” Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
April 10-26, Invermere Campus.
The College of the Rockies is pleased to present this six-session workshop series. Get the most out of your Instructed by Harrison McKay, strategic marketing
marketing budget by integrating your advertising, image, customer service, web presence, and more! consultant and advertising agency owner.
To register, call the College at 342-3210. receive a 10%
This course is booking fast. Don’t miss out! discount.
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Chuck away your blues with a chuckle
Submitted by Chris Evans lambasting politicians in hilarious political parodies to Collectively known as the Yukon’s version of the
Columbia Valley Arts Council interpreting the latest news story with a twist. Then, Smothers Brothers, the Peters Brothers were always
Todd the storyteller takes over, enrapturing the audi- known more for their musicianship than their skill at
After a long winter, some laughter will help us ence with poignant tales of love, friendship, what it math in their hometown of Whitehorse. Multi-instru-
kick oﬀ spring in the right frame of mind. And here’s means to belong, to be an outsider, and to be search- mentalists all, a Peters Brothers concert is ﬁlled with
your chance with one week in April ﬁlled with two ing for something real in these crazy, virtual times. original songs, comedy and old-time favourites.
outstanding comedy events right here in our valley. The BBQ dinner will be at 7 p.m. with Todd’s per- This will be an event to remember with chuckles
The “Laugh Your Ass Oﬀ” Comedy Festival is formance at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $50 and guﬀaws! That’s Monday, April 23rd, 7:30 p.m., at
presented by CV Arts in partnership with the College including the banquet. Christ Church Trinity. Tickets are on sale for $20.
of the Rockies and the Community Futures Develop- A second event has been planned to replace co- Our sponsor, Kicking Horse Coﬀee is a wonderful
ment Corporation and we are most grateful for the median Lorne Elliott, after he had to cancel his tour example of creative entrepreneurship here in the valley
sponsorship of Kicking Horse Coﬀee. due to severe illness. Replacing Lorne are The Peters and we very much appreciate their “giving back” to
The ﬁrst event is Friday, April 13, includes a ban- Brothers - Unsupervised! Well-known to Invermere the community in this manner. Their sponsorship has
quet at the Fairmont Mountainside Club House and audiences through his performances with the Peters made it possible for us to oﬀer a “Laugh Your Ass Oﬀ”
features Todd Butler as the evening entertainment. Drury Trio, New Orleans North, and The Valley Voic- Festival Package price of $60 for both events.
Todd is “Canada’s Master of Satire.” With over 20 es, Graeme Peters will be joined by his brothers Jesse Tickets are available at Dave’s Book Bar, Essen-
years of live performance experience as both a musi- (also of Peters Drury fame and now an award-winning tials, Pynelogs (credit cards accepted), Trims & Trea-
cian/vocalist and a comedian, Todd’s skills are ﬁnely artist) and younger brother Jody, for an evening that is sures in Fairmont and at Max’s Place, and College of
tuned to an exquisite point and he swings easily from sure to bring you joy and laughter. the Rockies in Cranbrook.
“Canada’s Master of Satire”. He
is guaranteed to entertain you
with a stunning combination of
musical parody, whimsical whit,
outstanding musicianship and
outrageous political satire.
Mountainside Golf Clubhouse,
Fairmont. Includes a BBQ buffet
dinner (cash bar) at 7:00 pm, with
the show beginning at 8:00 pm.
Tickets $50. Call 342-3210.
Tickets are available at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials and Pynelogs in Invermere,
Trims & Treasures in Fairmont, and Max’s Place and COTR in Cranbrook.
Call The Pioneer at 341-6299 Presented by
to place your FREE coming events listing.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 13
Relay for Life hits the ground running
By Brian Geis will operate a play casino, and area golf courses have tume and campsite based on this year’s theme: “The
Pioneer Staﬀ donated golf packages as items for the silent auction. Power of the Flower.”
“We welcome everyone in the community,” she “We’re going to have fun. It’s a serious event, but
The Canadian Can- said, “not just the participating teams, to come out we’re going to celebrate life.”
cer Society’s Relay for and just have some fun and learn about work that is One of the most moving portions of the event is
Life Columbia Valley being done to prevent, manage and cure cancer.” the placing of luminaries - special candles inside bags
summer fundraiser kicks The Relay for Life event, an all-nighter scheduled - each carrying the name of a survivor or a loved one
oﬀ in April with a casino for June 9 and 10, will make encampment at David lost to cancer.
and silent auction at Ea- Thompson Secondary School track. In a moving ceremony after sunset, luminaries are
gle Ranch Golf Course At the event, she said, teams of up to 12 members lit and glow in the darkness in a circle around the pe-
Club House on April Adrienne Turner will walk a relay around the track that lasts all night rimeter of the high school track, moving many observ-
19th. long. ers to tears.
Relay for Life Coordinator Adrienne Turner said Last year, the event attracted more than 500 peo- The celebration will include a Cancer Survivors’
announced that this year’s honorary chair is 29-year- ple to the camp out and cheer on 360 participants. Victory Lap. Fifty-six survivors took the victory lap
old leukemia survivor Chris Miller. The group raised $72,000. This year’s fund-raising last year.
“A lot of people get the impression that cancer is goal for the event is $76,000, she said. Anyone interested in organizing or participating
an old person’s disease and, now that breast cancer is There are lots of diﬀerent ways that team members on a team can call Adrienne Turner at 342-0784, visit
so prevalent, that it’s a female thing,” Adrienne said. help raise funds. Some will create team websites and the Columbia Valley Relay for Life web site, http://
“Almost everybody knows somebody whose life use the Canadian Cancer Society’s web and e-mail- www.kintera.org/faf/home or pick up a brochure at
has been touched by cancer. It aﬀects the young and based fundraising tools. Some will sell hot dogs. Oth- the College of the Rockies.
the old alike from all walks of life. That’s why, this ers will have bake sales or car washes. Keep and eye out for announcements of team de-
year, we chose a young man as our honorary chair.” “Every team does something diﬀerent,” she said. velopment meetings that will be taking place at regu-
At the kick-oﬀ event, she said, the Kinsmen Club Prizes are awarded, including the best team cos- lar intervals between now and the event.
Take a step
This June 9th/10th, you’ll have an
opportunity to give hope to those
affected by cancer by running or
walking in the Columbia Valley Relay
for Life. Organize a team of your friends
and family for 12 hours of fun,
friendship, and fundraising.
For more information on
the Canadian Cancer
Society’s Relay For Life,
or to register your team,
call 250-342-0784, visit
www.cancer.ca. or pick up a
brochure at The College of
RELAY LOCATION: David Thompson
DATE: June 9th/10th, 5PM – 7AM
(Opening Ceremony 7PM)
N E W S PA P E R
Director’s Platinum Diamond Award National Chairman’s Top 10 in BC Club
Award 2006 2006 Club 2006 2006
February 23 , 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 11
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March 9th • Flatware for rent “For All Occasions”, Invermere
Health Care Auxiliary. $2.50/dozen, 300 place
• 4:30 pm: Application deadline, Columbia Basin
Out & About
settings available. For info: Karla Schager, 342-9981.
Trust’s Environmental Initiatives Program, for
community-initiated and supported environmental
Radium Library Hours
projects in the Columbia Basin, to address current
and future impacts of human communities on local • Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm
Please call 341-6299 • Tuesday & Thursday: 7 pm - 9 pm
and regional ecosystems. For info: 1-800-505-89998
or Email us at email@example.com • Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm
to enter your event in our FREE listings.
March 12th Student News
• Parry Pilates new group sessions, held at Valley • Elkhorn College is now accepting applications
• February 21 - 24: Night at the Museum
Fitness Centre. For info: 342-5979, or 342-2131. of interest for September 2007. Apply to: Elkhorn
• February 28 - March 3: The Pursuit of Happyness
Ranch Ltd., Box 128, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0.
March 17th • Ready, Set, Learn:
February 23rd • February 26, Windermere Elementary
• 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: J.A. Laird PAC Annual Spring • 1 pm - 4 pm: Blushing Bride Wedding Expo, held School, 8:30 am - 10 am. For info: 342-6640.
Carnival, Laird elementary school gym. Games, food, at Copper Point. For info: 270-0338. • February 27, Edgewater Elementary
and lots of fun, sponsored by J.A.Laird PAC. School, 1 pm - 2:30 pm. For info: 347-9543.
March 24th • March 1, Eileen Madson Primary School,
February 26th • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #71’s 80th 9:15 am - 10:45 am. For info: 342-9315.
Anniversary Dinner. Veterans and spouses must • March 5, Martin Morigeau Elementary
• 7 pm: Future of Food: Columbia Valley Film Series, School, 10 am - 11:30 am. For info: 349-5665.
“Slow Food Revolution”, DTSS Theatre. For info: preregister by calling Wendy at 342-4242. Tickets
available for Legion members and the general public, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd:
Alison Bell 342-9213, ext. 217. • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Spring Carnival, JA Laird
• Parry Pilates new group sessions, held at Valley please see ad on page 23 for more information.
Fitness Centre. For info: 342-5979, or 342-2131. MONDAY, MARCH 5th:
Hot Springs Hours of Operation
• 9 am: PAC meeting, Martin Morigeau.
March 1st • Radium Hot pool, Sunday - Thursday 12 pm - 9 MARCH 8th & 9th:
• Tri-Sports in the Valley presents running and pm; Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm. • Report Cards issued, Martin Morigeau.
triathlon clinics starting March 5th. Please call • Radium Cool Pool, Friday 6 pm - 9 pm, Saturday MARCH 19th - 30th:
Michelle to register and for more info, 342-8737. - Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm. For info: 347-9485. • March Break, no school.
Register in person between 6 pm - 8 pm at 1261 21st • Fairmont Hot Springs Hot Pool Hours: 8 am - 10
Street Invermere. pm daily. For info: 345-6311. OTHER
• 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Windermere Valley Child • Windermere Fire Department is seeking community
Care Society Family Fun Dance 2007, Invermere Columbia Valley Food Bank
minded volunteers. For info: Aaron at 342-3965.
Community Hall. $2 admission, $5/family. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 2 pm SATURDAYS:
Concession available. To donate, mail a cheque to: Box 2141, Invermere. • 5 pm - 8 pm: Public indoor rock climbing, JA Laird
March 2nd gym, $5 drop in. For info: 342-9413 or 342-6232.
• 7 pm: Laws of Spirit Circle - The Law of Process. New Video Releases Tuesday • 2 pm: Crib every Sunday at the Brisco Hall. For info:
Based on Dan Millman’s book, this circle, fecilitated • Stranger Than Fiction • A Good Year 346-3294.
b y Maria Kliavkoﬀ, explores The Laws of Spirit MONDAYS:
• Conversations With God • The Gathering • 7 pm: Duplicate Bridge, Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2,
month-by-month. For info: 347-2110 or visit • New Police Story • The Return visitors welcome. For info: Gerriann, 342-9893.
mkfacilitations.com. • Factotum • Push TUESDAYS:
• 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay board • Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny • 7 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday: ADHD Parent Support
meeting. Open to the public, for more info: 1-888- Group. Drop-ins welcome, School Board District
478-7335. Oﬃce. For info: Lynda, 342-9243, ext. 234.
Invermere Thrift Store WEDNESDAYS:
Thursdays, 10 am - 4 pm • 7 pm - 9 pm: The Purcell Painters Studio, College of
March 5th the Rockies. For info: Victoria, 342-9053.
Fridays and Saturdays, 1 pm - 4 pm THURSDAYS:
• 7:30 pm: Columbia Valley Search & Rescue AGM, Also: • 1:30 pm: Carpet Bowling, Radium Senior Centre.
The Windy Cafe. For info: Shannon, 342-0225.
Visit harrisonmckay.com/faq for more
“What is integrated marketing?”
answers to frequently asked questions about
marketing, advertising, and website design.
Ask Harrison your own question!
Integrated marketing is how you cific media a business purpose. For visit your website after seeing your
convey your look and message con- example, a website may serve vari- advertising or hearing your radio
sistently across media such as ous functions, including sales gate- spot, they should find a continua-
web, print and advertising. way, customer support and image tion of your message—and a rea-
It also gives each spe- reinforcement. When your clients son for going to your site.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 15
TEMPORARY ART GALLERY - To hide this construction zone from Invermere’s main street, the
owners put up a temporary fence and covered it with colourful children’s art works.
16 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
COLOURING CONTEST SPONSORED BY:
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March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 17
Life Time Warranty on all Blinds
Call The Blind Guy!
Interior World (250) 342 4406
AG Foods, Fairmont Bigway,
Mountainside Market or
Pip’s Country Store for a
EASTER EGG HUNT
Consession and prizes
Sunday April 8, 2007
Windermere Community Hall
least expect it?
Our knowledge of tax law
Signs of spring changes could make it possible
for you to get more this year.
We’ve been helping Canadians maximize their tax refunds
Nurseries around the valley are preparing thousands of bedding plants, in blooming good health and ready for for over 40 years. Please call or come by today.
the garden. These beautiful little purple petunias were found at Winderberry Nursery. This year, The Pioneer’s annual
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yard and your garden whipped into shape. If you are an advertiser and you would like to participate in this special
section, please call Dave Sutherland at 341-6299.
Photo by Dave Sutherland
Your last chance at aﬀordable Dog Control Officer
(Part-time Contract Position)
living in Invermere! THE OPPORTUNITY:
We have a vacancy for a Dog Control Officer to enforce dog control
bylaws within the District of Invermere boundaries. This is a part-time
contracted position working as required and on-call 7 days per week
Priced from only $145,000 to $165,000 and may include holidays.
for a limited time. THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT:
The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to apply bylaws
Finally, a place you can call home–or your home-away-from- and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved
home–in the heart of the beautiful Columbia Valley! Phase with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control. Completion of
One of Cedarwood Glen Estates is now selling. Eighteen two- related courses such as bylaw enforcement would be an asset. We also
require a Class 5 driver’s license, ability to meet the mobility and lifting
bedroom condominiums are now oﬀered for sale, from only
requirements of the position and ability to meet call-out requirements.
$145,000 to $165,000. You must also supply a kennel and a vehicle (compensation will be
provided for mileage).
Arrange a viewing or request more information by calling
(250) 341-1182, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons are invited to submit letters of application and
resumes including related experience by Friday, March 30th, 2007 to:
Act quickly - these units are selling fast!
Chris Prosser, CAO, District Of Invermere
P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue)
Invermere, BC V0A 1K0
When you’re home, you know it. cedarwoodglen.com Call April at 341-6299 to place your classified.
18 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Women’s weekend lined up
Submitted by College of the Rockies tor, is the second keynote speaker following lunch at
1 p.m. Saturday. Her topic is Moving Forward into
Two days of laughter and learning, keynote speak- Wellness: The body, mind, spirit connection.
ers, networking, soaking in the hot springs and great Dr. McArthur has been a student and advocate of JUMBO WILD BUMPER STICKERS
food are planned for this year’s two-day Life in Bal- human wellness for 20 years. She has had the opportu- It’s time to show you care
ance Women’s Show April 13 and 14 at the beautiful nity to study under many leaders in the evolving ﬁeld
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. of wellness, some of whom include Dr. Christiane 342-3147 • www.jumbowild.com
Marketing Mania with Matt Thompson of Driven Northrup, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. James Chestnut
Media kicks oﬀ the weekend at 2 p.m. on Friday. He is and Dr. Joel Pins.
followed by Pauline Daniel with advice on organizing A dance, stretch yoga class for all ﬁtness levels, led
Everyone Welcome to Attend
your workspace, an energy ﬁtness class and dinner at by Jane Ellison, precedes some free time to soak in the
A brief meeting to discuss the formation
the Mountainside Golf Club round oﬀ the afternoon. pools or get a spa treatment before dinner.
of a new Ducks Unlimited Committee in
Then the famous Canadian comedian Todd Butler Dinner and a dessert buﬀet, accompanied by live
Invermere. Snacks will be provided.
brings his pointed and hilarious wit to the event at 8 music, complete the weekend.
p.m. Friday evening. Participants can sign up for the Friday and Satur- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday morning starts oﬀ with What Women day sessions separately, or both. April 4th, 2007
Want: Sharing the secrets that smart, rich women You can also attend the dinner followed by Todd Angus McToogle’s
Restaurant & Bar
know by Valerie Melnick and Mary-Ann Jenkins of Butler without taking in any of the sessions. There is
Investors Group. a combination package for all the sessions plus Todd
The ﬁrst keynote speaker, Crystal Flaman, chal- Butler.
lenges you to Dare to Dream . . . and get what you Take this opportunity to feed your spirit, learn and
want. laugh at this popular event which sells out quickly.
She combines her positive, energetic and dynamic For more information call Nikki Fyfe at 250-489-
personality with her success as an entrepreneur and ex- 4356 or Tracey Whiting at 250-489-8235. To register The Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper
perience in business to inspire people to achieve their call 250-489-8237. The event is oﬀered by the College office will be closed on Friday, April 6th.
dreams, goals and potential. of the Rockies and Community Futures Development The office will re-open Monday, April 9th.
Dr. Donna McArthur, an Invermere chiroprac- Corporation and is sponsored by Investor’s Group. Advertising deadlines remain the same.
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It’s a SHORT DRIVE to…
Take your stuff
to the dump
FEATURE OF THE WEEK
Starting April 2nd, the Regional District of East
Kootenay will be waiving tipping fees of speciﬁed
items at all Landﬁlls and Municipal Transfer Stations
in the Columbia Valley. 2003 Dodge 3500
“In an eﬀort to address illegal dumping in this
region, the RDEK has established an illegal dumping offered at
strategy in which phase one is to waive tipping fees for Quad Cab Diesel • 4x4 • SWB
one year,” says Eric Sharpe, Manager of Engineering • diesel • leather • auto • loaded • levelling kit
and Environmental Services. “We want to encourage • new 315 tires • very nice
the public to properly dispose of waste rather than
dumping it at rural transfer stations or on Crown or AT CHALET GM THERE IS A HUGE SELECTION OF USED VEHICLES – ALWAYS
The tipping fees on the following items will be UNDER $10,000 $10,001 – $20,000
2004 FORD FOCUS ZX5
STK#11380 Now $12,935
2006 CHEV IMPALA LTZ
STK#11157 SO Now $23,995
2003 GMC SWB CREWCAB
STK#9536, Diesel, 4x4 Now $28,900
waived for all persons: 2004 DODGE/ Q/C HEMI
2001 PONTIAC GRAND AM 2002 BUICK RENDEZVOUS 2003 CHEV MALIBU SEDAN 2006 CHEV IMPALA LT
• White Goods (or major appliances) STK#7560 Now $6,995 STK#6941, AWD Now $16,885 STK#8307 Now $10,995 Now STK#9971 Now $27,500
• Freon-Containing white Goods 1998 CHEV SILVERADO 4X4 2003 PONTIAC GRAND AM 2006 CHEV IMPALA LT 2004 GMC SLE EXT CAB
2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE
STK#11484, Ext. Cab Now $12,995
STK#8296, 4x4 Now $25,985
• Mattresses or Box Springs STK#11479 Now $7,595 STK#9995, sedan Now $11,500 STK#11308 Now $22,495
2000 GMC EXT. CAB 4X2 2006 BUICK TERAZZA AWD
1995 DODGE AVENGER 2003 TOYOTA ECHO 2006 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
• Clean Wood Waste
STK#11423, Coupe Now $9,995 STK#11473 Now $11,992 STK#11034 Now $12,995 LD
STK#11308 SO Now $25,995
STK#11020 Now $27,888
• Scrap Metal 2004 CHEV VENTURE LS 2006 JEEP LIBERTY LIMITED
2002 CHEV MALIBU 2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM GT 2005 FORD MUSTANG GT Now $29,995
The $5 per load charge for loads subject to fees Now $9,995
STK#8060, Ext. Van Now $16,897
STK#7269 STK#10927 STK#10578, Convertible Now $29,995
will also be removed. 2007 DODGE CALIVER SXT $30,001 AND UP
2004 CAVALIER COUPE 2002 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2006 PONTIAC MONTANA
During the one-year period, the eﬀect of the tip- STK#7951 S
Now STK#7257 Now $10,993 Your choice of 2
2007 CHEV CORVETTE
2007 PONTIAC G6 SEDAN Now $19,888
ping fee waiver on illegal dumping will be monitored. 2003 SUNFIRE SEDAN 2001 CHEV IMPALA SEDAN STK#11318/11151
STK#11470, Convertible Now $85,385
STK#11465 Now $19,988 2006 PONTIAC MONTANA 2007 PONTIAC G6
At the end of the one-year period, a report will be pre- STK#6960 Now $7,500 2006 BUICK ALLURE CX
STK#5076 Now $10,900
Your choice of 2, all wheel drive
pared for review by the RDEK Board and a decision 2002 CAVALIER SEDAN 1998 PONTIAC SUNFIRE GT Now $25,888 STK#11469, Convertible Now $38,398
STK#11320 Now $19,696 STK#11001/10712
STK#10900, converrtible Now $10,995
2006 PONTIAC MONTANA 2006 CADILLAC STS SPORT
D OLD$23,995 STK#10713, Sedan Now $49,999
will be made on permanent elimination of the fees by Now $8,500
STK#6508 2006 CHEV HHR
STK#10694S STK#11151 S
2002 CAVALIER SEDAN 2004 FORD RANGER/C 4X4 Now
bylaw amendments. Now $19,995
STK#5949 Now $7,900 2005 CHEV MALIBU LS
2006 BUICK RENDEZVOUS 2007 CHEV AVALANCHE
2001 CHEV S10 E/C 4X2 Now $41,500
Now $21,999 STK#11211
1999 TAURUS WAGON STK#10573 Now $15,999 STK#11152, FWD
STK#4771 Now $13,995 2006 CHEV TRAILBLAZER 2007 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Now 2006 PONTIAC PURSUIT
1997 GRAND MARQUIS Now $14,998 D
2005 JEEP TJ DUAL TOPS STK#10636, Ext. Now $26,809 STK#11491, 4x4 Now $31,995
2006 CHEV TRAILBLAZER 2006 CADILLAC SRX AWD
Now $6,800 2005 BUICK CENTURY
Now $15,995 D
1998 GMC SLE E/C 4X4 Your choice of 2 STK#11466 Now $53,495
1996 NEON SEDAN STK#10409
STK#10639/11019 Now $24,888 2005 GMC YUKON LT
Now $3,500 2005 CHEV MALIBU LS
2001 DODGE 3/4 R/C 4X4 2006 GMC ENVOY STK#10571 Now $36,988
in recycling bins
1995 DODGE AVENGER ES STK#10573 Now $14,999 STK#11172 Now $26,888 2006 ESCALADE ESV
STK#11366 Now $16,847
STK#11423, low kms Now $9,995 2005 KIA RIO 2006 PONTIAC TORRENT STK#11000 Now $49,999
STK#10967 Now $10,995 $20,001 – $30,000 Now $27,500 2006 CADILLAC ESCALADE D
1994 FORD ESCORT D STK#11306
Used needles found in recycling bins have resulted SOL Now $2,800
STK#11324, 2 dr.
2005 PONTIAC GRAND AM
2005 CHEV CARGO VAN 2006 CHEV EQUINOX AWD Your choice of 2, 1 short, 1 extended
STK#10216 Now $21,853 STK#10763/110000 Now $49,999
Now $25,895 STK#11220
2000 DODGE CARAVAN STK#11402
in staﬀ having to go to the emergency department at STK#11174S
2005 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2003 JEEP LIBERTY RENEGADE 2006 YUKON XL SLT 4X4
hospitals. The Regional District of the East Kootenay
STK#10403, sedan Now $12,900
2007 CHEV CARGO VAN LD
STK#11363 SO Now $19,933 STK#11121 Now $44,999
2000 FORD WINDSTAR GL STK#11487 Now $29,395
2005 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2004 DODGE 3500 LARAMIE
is asking the public to put a stop to this improper dis- Now $6,500 2005 CHEV 1500 CREWCAB 2006 DODGE 3/4 TON Q/C
SO Now $40,995
STK#7427 Diesel, Quad Cab STK#11420
STK#9993, coupe Now $12,900 Now $29,995 Now $29,959
posal of hypodermic needles. 1996 MAZDA MPV AWD 2005 TOYOTA ECHO
STK#11455, 4x4 STK#11391
2003 CHEV 1500 HD 4X4 LT 2005 GMC SLE EXT CAB
“People need to be aware of the dangers of this STK#11066 Now $7,500 Now $14,500 2003 DODGE 3500 LARAMIE
STK#11289, 4x4, 3/4 Now $27,500 Diesel, Quad Cab, 4x4 STK#11431
STK#11375 STK#7217, Crewcab Now $26,995
unacceptable misuse of a public service. The recycling 1999 FORD EXPLORER XLT 2004 CHEV IMPALA 2004 CHEV AVALANCHE LT 2004 GMC SWB EXT CAB Now $36,956
bins are sorted by hand and this presents a signiﬁcant STK#11109 Now $7,995 STK#9199 Now $13,500 STK#8641 Now $29,995 STK#11288 Now $24,500 2006 CHEV EXT CAB 4X4
safety hazard to the people on the sorting line,” says 1993 CHEV EXT. CAB 4X4 2004 MAZDA 6 GT SEDAN 2007 BUICK ALLURE CX 2004 GMC SWB CREWCAB Your choice of 4, STK#11327/11328/11291/11442
Andy Pfeifer, Solid Waste Superintendent. STK#11081 Now $4,500 STK#10807 Now $16,950 STK#11489 Now $22,933 STK#8005, Diesel, 4x4 Now $28,900 Now $31,888
Needles should never be thrown in recycling bins.
The RDEK is asking that people speak to their phar-
macist about safe needle return programs and to dis-
pose of their needles safely and in the proper place.
The yellow recycling bins are for paper, cardboard, KIMBERLEY 427-4895 VISIT OUR PARTS & SERVICE DEPARTMENT
tin and aluminium cans and plastic milk jugs only. For more information contact: Peter Kleindienst, CRANBROOK 489-2525 MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
OUT OF TOWN SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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20 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Legion celebrates 80th anniversary
By Brian Geis
Windermere Branch 71 of the Royal Canadian
Legion celebrated its 80th anniversary in high style
Saturday in Invermere.
Despite a catering snafu that sent organizers
scrambling in the kitchen, guests were feted with a
beef and salmon banquet complete with a giant, 80th-
anniversary layer cake and a toast to the Queen.
The caterer contracted for the event went to hos-
pital the night before and wasn’t able to prepare the
meal. However, members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary
sprang into action under the leadership of Faye Almas
to prepare the feast.
The eight-hour event took a leisurely pace, un-
der the guidance of master of ceremonies Malcolm
Hughes, after the solemnity of the parade of veterans
and acts of remembrance that opened the event. Each
of the remaining veterans, all 25 of them, introduced
themselves, how and where they served.
Many special guests and dignitaries, including
Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald
and regional district board chair Greg Deck, attended
the event to help Branch 71 celebrate.
District of Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky
delivered an emotional address in the form of a sto-
ry about ﬁnding a spot of paint on the Cenotaph in
downtown Invermere. During the course of his per-
sonal investigation, he told those gathered, the mayor
discovered that even teenagers hanging around down-
town after dark knew what the Cenotaph represent-
“Those people died for us,” Mr. Shmigelsky said
he heard from the young people he questioned. You’re
in pretty good shape, he said, when teenagers hang-
ing around downtown after dark remember what the
In a moving dedication, Comrade Jim Ashworth
presented his father’s service medals, including a Royal
Canadian Legion president’s medal, to the branch for
safekeeping. Mr. Ashworth’s father, Arthur Ashworth,
was a charter member of the branch and its president
from 1926-1929. Happy
Guest of honor Harvey Truax, a Royal Canadian Anniversary
Legion BC/Yukon Command Executive Oﬃcer, con-
gratulated the branch on behalf of the BC/Yukon
Command and presented a plaque to Branch presi- Top, members cut into
dent Pat Cope in honor of the occasion. the giant cake that was
Pastor David Reeves, who delivered the benedic- prepared for the event.
tion, also read a congratulatory letter from the Cana- Above left, Invermere
dian Minister of Veterans Aﬀairs, Greg Thompson. Mayor Mark Shmigelsky
The “travelling gavel,” which members admit is congratulates the branch.
merely an excuse to visit neighboring branches, was Above right, branch presi-
presented by members of Fernie Branch 36 of the dent Pat Cope receives
Royal Canadian Legion. the service medals of the
Finally, the Kootenay Harmonic Chorus enter- branch’s charter president,
tained with a selection of period numbers from the Arthur Ashworth. At left,
war era in barbershop style. the Kootenay Harmonic
See Legion History, Page 21. Chorus entertains.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 21
History of Windermere Branch 71
Windermere Branch 71 of the Royal Canadian
Legion is still in possession of its original charter. It is
dated July 22, 1919, and was received from the Great
War Veterans Association, an earlier veterans’ associa-
tion which predates the Royal Canadian Legion by six
Harold Richardson served as the ﬁrst president
and Cecil Davidson served as the ﬁrst secretary of the
Prominent citizen and honorary president Robert
Randolph Bruce donated property, a club room and
the original cenotaph.
In 1925, the Great War Veterans Association be-
came the Royal Canadian Legion British Empire Ser-
The Windermere District Branch was chartered
with 15 members on December 1, 1926.
In 1929, the entertainment hall was separate from
the Legion facility and played host to dances, theat-
rical performances and musicals until the 1930s. At-
tending the functions was an integral part of the teen
years for area residents, and the Legion was an enter-
tainment center of the entire valley, even playing host
to the valley’s ﬁrst “talking” picture show in the valley
- “Rose Marie.”
Originally, the building was located in Athalmer.
After World War Two, the legion members talked
about moving the building up the hill to Invermere for
about a year and a half. Even in those days, members
admit, the Legion moved slowly toward its goals.
In April 1946, the building was, literally, cut in
half in order to be moved. Half made it up the hill,
the rest remained at the bottom. At the time, the fee to
the Branch for moving the facility was a costly $2,100.
The half that made it up is a part of today’s museum.
Community dances and smokers were organized
in order to raise funds for the move and the diﬀerence
was loaned to the Branch by its members. Over the
years, land was donated to the Branch as well, and was
sold or traded when funds were needed.
The present location of the Branch was donated to
the organization by Comrade Bud Cleland in 1955 with
the intention that a new facility be built on the site.
Meetings of the Royal Canadian Legion were
still taking place in the old club room, while the new
building served the entertainment functions only.
More money was needed to complete and maintain
the new Branch, so a Ladies’ Auxiliary was approved
on March 6, 1956.
The ﬁrst president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary was
Madam Young and the ﬁrst secretary was Madam Elsie
Lake. There were 18 charter members. BRANCH ORIGINS—Early photos of branch life depict the old club room, which now does duty at the Windermere
The ladies helped out with the increasingly-fre- Valley Museum; an early ceremony on the steps of the old club room; and the Cenotaph in its original location.
quent dances and events hosted by the Branch. Their
help and presence throughout the years boosted mem- members involved. Membership has dropped steadily since. In 2005,
bership, eventually outgrowing the facility. Growth, again, created the need for expansion. So, membership stood at 230 with 30 members in the La-
An addition was built in the 1970s, which soon the 1990s brought about the building as it exists today dies’ Auxiliary.
became the games room, housing the darts, shuﬄe- with our Veterans Hall. The branch hosts a very successful Canada Day
board and pool table. Card tables abounded at the In 1994, membership peaked at about 500 mem- Parade and barbecue, and its Remembrance Day ser-
branch with cribbage, whist, and poker keeping the bers, but as the times change, so does the Legion. vice and luncheon is the talk of the valley.
22 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE
P.O. Box 339, 914 8th Ave., Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0
NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE
Telephone: (250) 342-9281 Fax: (250) 342-2934 Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
Proposed Development Cost Charge Bylaw Review
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING (DCC’s)
Zoning Bylaw Amendment
District of Invermere Council invites the public and the development community to an
Notice is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday April 11th, 2007 in Open House:
the Council Chambers at 914, 8th Avenue, in the District of Invermere, to amend the Zoning
Bylaw No. 1145. When: Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bylaw No. 1325, 2007 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 by:
Where: Council Chambers (District of Invermere Office)
• Introducing a new zone entitled NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL (CASTLE ROCK):
C-4; 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere
• By re-designating Lot 59, DL 7158, Plan NEP 80168 from NEIGHBOURHOOD What: To review proposed Development Cost Charge Bylaw 1320
COMMERCIAL: C-3 to NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMERCIAL (CASTLE ROCK): C-4. (DCC’s). In response to the increased level of development, its
impact to infrastructure and the incremental increases in
The intent of this bylaw is to permit the development of 4 three storey buildings and a two construction costs, the District initiated a Development Cost
storey community center with the following uses: 6000 sq ft of main floor neighbourhood Charge review in June 2006. The review has been completed
commercial, 65 residential/lodging units; a community center building; and an outdoor
and Council is proposing an increase in DCC’s in order to ensure
swimming pool and recreational facilities.
that future infrastructure improvements are funded. The District
The subject property is legally described as: Lot 59, has also proposed a new DCC for Park Improvements.
DL 7158, Plan NEP 80168, and is shown on the map. Why? Council wishes to provide the public with:
The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should • an opportunity to view the proposed DCC Bylaw, and
it be interpreted as the full text and content of the • give an opportunity to speak to members of Council, and
proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1325, • listen to and obtain the public’s opinion on the proposed DCC Bylaw.
2007”. A copy of this proposed bylaw and relevant
background documents may be inspected at the
District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., This is an open meeting and we encourage all interested persons to attend and provide
Invermere from March 28th to April 11th, 2007. Office input on the proposed Development Cost Charge Bylaw 1320. Information packages are
hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, available at the municipal office and if you require additional information, please contact:
Karen Coté, Director of Finance
All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed “Zoning District Office, 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC
Amendment Bylaw No. 1325, 2007” may; 250 342-9281 or email@example.com
• 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 Please note this will be an informal drop-in format. There will be no formal presentation scheduled.
• present verbal or written briefs at the hearing.
NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations
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LETTER FROM AFRICA
So you think getting a passport is tough!
By Lisa M. Rohrick “Yes.” we have an equivalent in English, but my road tax receipt, paid another fee of
Correspondent in Africa “How old is he?” I’m not sure what it might be!). about $125, was ﬁngerprinted by a very
I answered his ques- There I handed in all my important tall policeman and that was it. Four
My team here in Ni- tion, and that was the red-ink-stamped papers only to ﬁnd out hours later, I picked up my temporary
ger has recently completed end of my rigorous medi- that I was missing one. I needed to go residence card.
the process of getting reg- cal exam! He signed and to city hall to pay a road tax. This one I realize one could question the in-
istered with the local gov- stamped the paper and makes complete sense. With all the run- tegrity of this process. But they’ve got
ernment. sent me out to the recep- ning around I’ve been doing to get all my money, I’ve got my residence card,
Now we can obtain tionist to pay my $12 fee. these forms, I have been using the roads and we’re all happy.
residence cards as opposed In the meantime he an awful lot! So I happily went oﬀ to
to continually renewing got the bottom half of the pay my $4 road tax. Lisa Rohrick grew up in Invermere
our visitor visas. In as paper signed by a second I returned to the Department of and has been working as a missionary
much as my visa had the doctor and voila! I am cer- Territorial Supervision, dropped oﬀ in Niger for several years.
earliest expiration date tiﬁed infectious-disease-
(February 31, 2007!), that free! The paper actually
made me the ﬁrst one to go through the says that I do not have TB, leprosy, or
process of getting the residence card. So any illness of the blood or the nervous
I’m either the team trailblazer or guinea system.
pig, depending on your perspective! How he discerned all that from my
This week’s project was to run father’s age is beyond me! The advances
around town getting the list of neces- in modern medicine are astounding!
sary items before applying for the card. My Canadian doctor colleague admits
First on the list was a “certiﬁcate of resi- that his diagnostic skills are not yet that
dence” to be obtained at the police sta- strong.
tion. The next step was to the courthouse
The policeman behind the counter to get a “judicial certiﬁcate” (which I
asked me if I live in Niger. I told him I think means that I have no criminal re-
do. He asked for no further information, cord). Someone else told me that they
but ﬁlled out the form and stamped it were asked if they’d done anything il-
all over with red ink. I paid him the $4 legal and that was all it took to get the
fee and oﬀ I went as a certiﬁed resident oﬃcial piece of paper.
of Niger. But I didn’t even get that question!
The next step was to visit a photog- I just chatted and joked around with
rapher to get four ID photos. Easy. the friendly courthouse ladies for a few
Then I psyched myself up for the minutes, told them my parents’ names
dreaded medical exam and went to a and the info on my passport.
clinic to get a “medical certiﬁcate.” This Oh yes, I also handed over the
step appears to be quite complicated be- obligatory $14 fee. Then the lady wrote
cause you have to have a “rigorous med- “NOTHING” across the big part of the
ical examination” followed by a repeat form listing my potential criminal of-
visit to a diﬀerent doctor for a second fences. I had to return to the courthouse
opinion. the next day to pick up my dutifully
Both doctors have to sign a form signed and red-ink decorated form and
declaring you are in good health. I made now I am certiﬁed criminal-record-free.
my request to the clinic receptionist who I also needed proof of my employ-
took me to see a doctor who was sitting ment. My team leader happily wrote me
at his desk playing with his cell phone. a letter saying that I do, in fact, have a
After we exchanged lengthy greet- job. He warned me that he wasn’t sure if
ings, he said, “Are you healthy?” he was saying the right thing in the let-
“Yes I am.” ter, but I assured him that if he pulled
“Have you ever been hospitalized?” out his stamp pad and decorated the let-
“Well, I had my gall bladder re- ter well, it would no doubt be ﬁne!
moved.” This morning I went to the “De-
“That’s nothing. Is your father still partment of Territorial Supervision”
alive?” (that’s the literal translation—I’m sure
26 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Jumbo land use WAS approved
Dear Editor: ronmental Assessment Act would start because of the Not only did the local and public CORE process
favourable land use decision. approve the land use speciﬁcally for the Jumbo Gla-
I was surprised by Ellen Zimmerman’s letter on What followed was a nine-year review under the cier Resort Project, subject only to the Environmental
behalf of Wildsight (formerly the East Kootenay En- Environmental Assessment Act based on the favour- Assessment review and to the exclusion of a Jumbo
vironmental Society), published in The Pioneer, be- able CORE decision, found under Recommenda- Pass road, but approvals were expected quickly: the
cause it makes it appear that the CORE (Commission tion 75 of the East Kootenay Land Use Plan issued Commissioner wrote to the two Ministers in charge
on Resources and the Environment) process did not by CORE and approved by the government: “The of the approval process, in a letter dated December
approve the land use for the Jumbo Glacier Resort commission recommends that: The approval process 13, 1994, emphasizing that he expected an eﬃcient,
Project. The fact is the land use WAS approved. for a resort development in Jumbo Creek include an timely and fair approval process. This was thirteen
I attended and participated in the CORE meet- environmental assessment under the provincial En- years ago.
ings and I have copies of the CORE reports. I was a vironmental Assessment Act. This assessment should Please note that I was a long-time resident of
witness to the deliberations of the CORE Table. Ms. identify potential impacts and mitigative measures to British Columbia, I have been the Dean of the UBC
Zimmerman did not report that the local stakeholders address impacts prior to development approval. The School of Community and Regional Planning for
at the East Kootenay CORE Table land use designa- process should also include public involvement to en- ﬁve years, and was an active participant in the CORE
tion voted 18 to 4 in support of a favourable land sure that all values and perspectives are fully consid- process. I was also involved as a land-use planning
use designation for the project and that the Commis- ered in the ﬁnal decision. If this development propos- consultant to the Jumbo Glacier Resort Project. Since
sioner speciﬁcally conﬁrmed the land use designation al is approved, it should include a condition that no relocating to Arizona, I have maintained an interest in
for Jumbo in the ﬁnal report. The equivocations on access linking the East and West Kootenays through B.C. and its future.
the words “settlement” are meaningless because the Jumbo pass will be permitted.”
ski resort land use was approved as a speciﬁc tourism There was no equivocation by CORE as if it tried Alan Artibise
project, not as an urban or rural settlement. to veto the project by opposing urban settlements, Chandler, Arizona
On April 10, 1995, a press release by the govern- and additionally the Jumbo Valley was given a special
ment conﬁrmed that the CORE land use decision management designation with tourism, including re-
had been made and that the review under the Envi- sorts, having the highest value.
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 27
Majority agreed with resort Let’s hope for
Dear Editor: Further: “The East Kootenay Land Use Plan in-
cludes the Jumbo Valley within the special resource
This letter is in response to the letter published last
management zone category - a designation which al- Dear Editor:
week regarding Jumbo Glacier Resort and the Com-
lows this type of development to be considered.”
mission on Resources and the Environment process.
In October 2004 an environmental certiﬁcate was After reading the article in the March 23rd
As a participant of that process I can say unreserv-
issued by the Ministry Of Environment after nine edition of The Pioneer “Province to take back
edly that there was a very clear and large majority of
years of review process, which included extensive pub- Jumbo decision,” I had to read it twice. I am
participants at the CORE table that did agree with the
lic and local government input. amazed with Mayor Greg Deck’s statements:
possibility of a resort in the Jumbo Valley, and agreed
It is unreasonable to think that the proponents of “since it now appears that the Jumbo Project
with a land use designation that would allow resort
the project, the public, local government, First Na- will go ahead,” and his suggestion of “Radium
development to be an acceptable use.
tions, and the province would have continued through Hot Springs as a possible amalgamation partner
That agreement was reﬂected in a CORE recom-
an environmental assessment process lasting nine years with a resort municipality in the Jumbo Valley,
mendation that said, in part, that any resort would
without a favourable land use decision from CORE. instead of Invermere.”
have to go through a process which included an en-
To imply at this stage of the process that there was These statements could be taken as a politi-
vironmental assessment through the Environmental
never a decision reached through CORE that support- cal horse before the cart. But then, I played the
ed the consideration of a resort in the Jumbo Valley is other option in my head - here is a man who has
On April 10, 1995 in a press release from the Min-
misinformed, unreasonable, given the lengthy process done a heck of a lot of things to help build and
istry of Environment, Lands and Parks and the Ministry
that has gone on, and a disservice to many of those mould the valley. He must have another mes-
of Employment and Investment stated, in part: “With
who participated in the CORE process. sage. Like many of us, he must also be really fed
the announcement of the East Kootenay Land Use Plan
up and tired of the Jumbo issue. Is it possible
on March 13, it’s time to continue with the consider-
David R. Bjarnason, Cranbrook he is making such undemocratic suggestions to
ation of the Jumbo Creek ski resort proposal.”
push for the only democratic option we have,
Mayor Deck should step down
which is a Referendum? I really hope so.
There is something much bigger than the
Jumbo issue that concerns me and it equally
Dear Editor: Deck’s eﬀorts to get this development approved aﬀects all of us. Whether you are pro or anti-
are extraordinary. Last year he was accused of going Jumbo, we are not living in a democratic soci-
I would like to comment on the article about Jum-
behind his fellow RDEK directors’ backs to try and get ety if the right to vote at referendum is totally
bo written by your staﬀ member Brian Geis in your
the provincial government to take away RDEK’s zon- controlled by Victoria. It’s not about what side
March 23rd edition.
ing authority on this issue. Now he is supporting the you’re on. It’s about having the personal right to
In this article Brian quotes Mayor Greg Deck who
provincial government’s proposed Section 15 of Bill vote to shape the future of where you eat, sleep,
suggests Radium Hot Springs as a possible amalgama-
11, that could give the Village of Radium Hot Springs work and grow your family roots. In the past big
tion partner with a resort/real estate development in
the ability to amalgamate with the Jumbo Valley, even local decisions were made by the voting public
the Jumbo Valley, 60 kilometres away. Has Deck for-
though it is 60 kilometers from Radium. in a referendum. Why have we let so few have so
gotten his 1996 opposition to the Wilﬂey family’s ap-
Mayor Deck’s behavior in the Jumbo issue is, to much power to shape our future? Is it something
plication to RDEK to build a golf course 15 kilometres
say the least, inappropriate. RDEK is a duly-elected re- in the water? I think many of us agree that it’s
from Radium near Horsethief Creek? His reasons for
gional government whose responsibilities include land time to empower the people to have the oppor-
opposition were as follows:
use issues, yet he appears to be continually trying to tunity to be part of an inexpensive, quick process
• development should be where development is.
undermine the RDEK, an organization of which he is (as we do in deciding our government represen-
• ensuing housing and development sprawl.
the chairman. tatives) by having the right to cast a vote.
• increased traﬃc.
Greg Deck has shown that he is unworthy to be Here is an idea:
• goes against RDEK planning.
chairman of RDEK. He should step down. What if we all take a two-inch piece of mask-
These are all good reasons that should be applied
ing tape and stick it on the windows of either of
to the proposed Jumbo project, yet Deck is ignoring
Jim Galloway, Brisco the District Oﬃces (Invermere or Radium Hot
Springs) or RDEK Oﬃces for Areas F & G as a
Campbell’s action despicable visual message that this is one of those critical is-
sues that qualiﬁes for our vote and NOT decid-
ed by politicians in Victoria. OR maybe there is
Dear Premier Gordon Campbell: I will feel ashamed and heartbroken if the Jumbo a better idea for a visual message that will show
Glacier Resort promoter is given real estate rights in that we want our rights to a referendum to come
I feel betrayed by you and your government be-
the Jumbo Valley! back home. Maybe after more than 15 years of
cause you promised that the Jumbo issue would be
In light of the growing awareness of global warm- debate with no decision, the government and
decided “locally” - to go back on your word is despi-
ing, it is hard to believe that your government will proponents would be interested in knowing how
ignore all the science and make decisions the go totally the local community stands.
Section 15 of Bill 11, if passed as is, will deﬁnitely
in the opposite direction. BUT Money Talks and who Thanks, Greg, for making me want to push
tell the voters of the East Kootenay - the whole prov-
cares about our grandchildren and future generations, for an age-old right of community spirit called
ince! - that you are not trustworthy. It also tells vot-
when rich tourists want to ski the glaciers and golf democracy.
ers that you and your government will support ANY
the wetlands? Please do the right thing. Thank you for
resort proposal, especially if the Resort is “High-End”
your time. Pat Bavin
and located in the Heartland! The East Kootenay is
available to whoever has the most money! Windermere
Marilyn Kraayvanger, Invermere
28 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
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Call The Blind Guy!
Interior World (250) 342 4406
Set limits on population
around Lake Windermere
Dear Editor: Greater Invermere Area Municipality” by amalgamat-
Following is a copy of a letter written by an area • The District of Invermere, currently governed
resident to the Regional District of East Kootenay by current town council. Invermere has diﬀerent zon-
regarding the proposed Lake Windermere Area Of- ing, bylaws and processes than the Regional District
ﬁcial Community Plan. of East Kootenay. It also has diﬀerent municipal fund-
My wife and I live part-time in Invermere (Larch • Village of Lake Windermere, governed by Re-
Point – Westside Road) and part-time in Calgary. We gional District of East Kootenay.
have maintained an Invermere area residence for 22 • Village of Fairmont, governed by Regional Dis-
years. trict of East Kootenay.
We are actively involved in numerous valley-based • All remaining lands around Lake Windermere but
philanthropic endeavours (Columbia Valley Arts, Mt. outside of Invermere, Windermere and Fairmont.
Nelson Athletic Park, Windermere Valley Ski Club, The advantages of creating ONE master commu-
Nature Trust, to name a portion only). nity are:
In addition, we are the owners of SRL–K2 Ranch, • Property tax revenues will generally be returned
which comprises 7,500 acres on the West Side Road. to the community for infrastructure (hospitals, roads,
Note that SRL-K2 Ranch makes up about 25 percent schools, etc.) Current system puts tax revenue into
of the area of the Oﬃcial Community Plan. General Funds within B.C. As I understand the pro-
The ranch is an active cattle ranch with about cess, it is a hit-and-miss system for returning funding
600 head in summer. The ranch is a valley historical to the various towns, villages and rural areas.
Windermere Valley site, dating back to approximately 1890. About 6,500 • Property tax revenues will be returned to the
Minor Baseball acres of the K2 Ranch was extensively logged from community to allow for professional administration,
2000 to 2002. allowing the hiring of professional town planners, full
Let’s Play Ball !! Since purchasing the property in 2003, we have
spent about $1.5 million in restoration and clean-up
time mayor, etc., versus part-time nature of the vari-
ous administrations currently involved.
Leagues available for children/youth ages 4-18
T-ball 4 – 5 years old (co-ed) costs, including cleaning up logging debris, rehabili- • Consistent and area-wide ﬁre response units.
Cal Ripken Rookies 6 – 8 years old (Coach Pitch)(co-ed) tating and decommissioning logging roads, improv- Much of the Oﬃcial Community Plan area has no ﬁre
Cal Ripken Majors 9 – 12 years old (guys) ing watershed (installed 75 culverts on recent logging department coverage (e.g. Rushmere, Larch Point).
Jr. Girls Softball 9 – 12 years old (girls)
Sr. Girls Softball 13 – 19 years old (girls) roads, ﬁsh stocking program, spawning channel con- • Consistent zoning bylaws. Invermere and the
struction), installing fences to allow controlled cattle Regional District currently have two distinct and of-
NEW THIS YEAR
Girls rep teams by tryouts once season starts
grazing, and restoring existing historical ranch build- ten contradictory or inconsistent zoning guidelines.
ings (e.g. barn circa 1895, ranch house circa 1910, • Consistent guidance on development issues.
Babe Ruth Baseball 13 – 15 years old (guys) etc.) • Consistent guidance on lake use issues.
Registration Day – Monday, April 9th – 7 – 8:30 PM We respectfully oﬀer the following recommen- • Consistent winter supply administration.
At Alliance Church dations for your consideration while developing the • Consistent approach to sewage issues.
Or by mail: Box 226, Invermere BC,V0A 1K0 much-needed Oﬃcial Community Plan: • Consistent (and planned) waste disposal.
Registration Deadline is April 12th - Late fee after April 12th
Forms distributed through SCHOOLS and available from 1. Set a 10-year growth limit of current dwelling 3. Focus residential/commercial development in
D. R. Sports and The Inside Edge Sports Store units within the area of the Oﬃcial Community Plan existing areas (e.g. on EAST side of Lake Windermere
Also via email: send an email requesting a form to
firstname.lastname@example.org (guesstimated at 4000 dwellings) plus 50 percent. and area, and Invermere and Fairmont areas.
Example: If there are currently 4,000 dwellings
Registration forms printed by Palliser Printing then the 10-year target for dwellings would be an ad- 4. Regarding the West Side of Lake Windermere:
If you would like to be a part of minor baseball
ditional 2,000 dwellings only = total of 6,000 dwell- • Enact a 10-year moratorium on any future land
ie. Coaching, Managing, Umping, etc. ings Note: if Invermere and Fairmont were included, exclusions from Agricultural Land Reserve.
Contact Jared Enns - 342-5588 estimated current dwellings would equal 6,000, and • Allow Invermere to expand to the south, but
the 10-year target would be an additional 3,000 dwell- limit residential development to north side of Little
ings only, for a total of 9,000 dwellings). Antler Ranch.
THE PIONEER 2. Consolidate the entire surrounding area of Lake Bob Shaunessy
Windermere into one master municipality. Calgary and Larch Point
The valley’s only locally owned, locally operated newspaper In other words, create one municipality “The
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 29
Regional District of East Kootenay
19 – 24 Avenue South
Cranbrook, BC B1C 3H8
Phone: (250) 489-2791
may see trails
Fax: (250) 489-3498
EDGEWATER FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS
referendum The Board of Directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is considering entering into a 15
year lease to nance the purchase of a new re truck which would hold 1700 imperial gallons of water for the
Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department at a cost not to exceed $245,395.32. This vehicle is required to provide
The newly-formed Fairmont Area Recreation and
re protection services to the “Edgewater Fire and Rescue Service Area” (as shown on the map below).
Trails Society has voted in favour of requesting the
regional district to hold a referendum, asking local Pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act and Community Charter, the RDEK Board may
residents whether they would agree to an extra tax to proceed with the lease as noted above if, after the deadline, less than 10% of the electors in the “Edgewater
Fire and Rescue Service Area” have signed and submitted Elector Response Forms. If after the deadline of
support trails and recreation in the Fairmont area. 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2007, at least 24 electors (10% of 236) in the “Edgewater Fire and Rescue Service Area”
About 75 people showed up at Tuesday’s meeting. have signed and submitted Elector Response Forms, the RDEK Board cannot proceed with a 15 year lease
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Norm without rst obtaining the assent of the electors by voting.
McDonnell, one of the board members.
ELECTOR RESPONSE FORMS
The Fairmont Area Recreation and Trails society
was set up last fall by the Fairmont Community Asso- Elector responses must be given in the form established by the RDEK. The Elector Response Forms are
available at the following locations:
ciation, with the support of the Fairmont Lions Club
and the Fairmont Business Association. RDEK Ofce, 19 – 24 Avenue South, Cranbrook
The purposes of the society are to promote the RDEK Ofce, 4956 Athalmer Road, Invermere
RDEK Website – www.rdek.bc.ca (follow the link from the home page)
acquisition of land, money and services for recreation
and trails in the Fairmont area. To receive a Response Form by mail, please call the RDEK ofce toll free at 1-888-478-7335 or email acharest@
Over the past year, the community association rdek.bc.ca. Accurate copies of the form will also be accepted.
had discussions with the regional district staﬀ about Only eligible electors in the Service Area are entitled to sign an Elector Response Form.
having new subdivisions contribute green space to the
community as well as having pathways to connect to Forms may be submitted in person or by mail to be received at the RDEK ofce in Cranbrook or Invermere
NO LATER THAN 4:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007. Postmarks WILL NOT be accepted as date of
other areas of Fairmont.
submission. Forms cannot be submitted by fax or email.
Though there is an opportunity in the local gov-
ernment act to have a minimum ﬁve percent contribu- ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS
tion to public green space, this has not been enforced
An elector is a person who meets the following qualications as dened by the Local Government Act:
in the past as there is no mechanism to administer the
land involved. RESIDENT ELECTORS:
Last spring the regional district, at the request of · age 18 or older; and
· a Canadian citizen; and
the Fairmont Community Association, proposed that · a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately
a bylaw be put in place to allow this to proceed. Those preceding signing the Elector Response Form; and
in attendance at the meeting voted overwhelmingly · a resident of the “Edgewater Fire and Rescue Service Area” in
Electoral Area G for at least 30 days immediately preceding
to proceed. The regional district proceeded with the signing the Elector Response Form; and
bylaw and advertised locally. However, 10 percent of · not disqualied by any enactment from being a registered
the eligible voters objected to this service. elector or otherwise disqualied by law.
At last spring’s open house the people in atten- NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS:
dance discussed various community projects, such as · age 18 or older; and
a community hall, green spaces, park areas, trails and · a Canadian citizen; and
· a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately
playing ﬁelds and generally agreed that these were de- preceding signing the Elector Response Form; and
sirable. A steering committee was organized with 16 · a registered owner of real property (land) in the “Edgewater Fire
interested persons volunteering. This committee has and Rescue Service Area” in Electoral Area G for at least 30
evolved into The Fairmont Area Recreation and Trails days immediately preceding signing the Elector Response
Society, a provincially registered corporation. One of · not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
the main activities of the society would be fund-rais- · not disqualied by any enactment from being a registered
ing. A designated service area would allow the society elector or otherwise disqualied by law; and
· if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written
to apply for various grants and other funds. consent of the majority of the owners, submit an Elector Response Form and the Non-Resident Property
Those in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting voted Elector Consent Form, found on the back of the Elector Response Form, must be completed.
to request the regional district to hold a referendum
so the local residents can vote on this matter. If this SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED PROJECT
initiative is successful, the regional district would set The Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department requires a new re truck which would hold 1700 imperial gallons of
up the service area and begin the planning process. water to provide re protection services to the Edgewater Fire and Rescue Service Area. Elector approval is
required if the RDEK Board is to enter into a nancing arrangement for a period of greater than ve (5) years.
All of the costs for administration, planning, in- If elector approval of the proposed 15 year lease is not received, the alternative will be a ve year lease, which
surance, and maintenance would come from a tax as- will result in higher annual lease payments and, therefore, higher taxation for the ve year period.
sessment. The society is recommending a maximum
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Shannon Moskal, Deputy Manager of Administration, or Shawn Tomlin,
rate of 15 cents per $1000 of assessment. In the ﬁrst Chief Financial Ofcer, at the RDEK ofce in Cranbrook.
several years it is estimated the actual rate would not
exceed seven cents, which would equate to $24.50 on Lee-Ann Crane
a $350,000 assessment. CAO
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Scaled-down pets with no muss, no fuss
By Louise Platiel alkaline. Simple test kits are available for
Invermere Veterinary Clinic determining if your tank conditions are
appropriate for your breeds, so be sure
This week we are praising the hum- to ask when purchasing your ﬁsh.
ble ﬁsh. The little unassuming pet is Flaked food has been a staple for
tops when it comes to easy care, yet has years, but just like the modernization
a high entertainment value and comes of lights and heaters, superior quality
in an endless array of shapes and sizes. food is now available in breed-speciﬁc
Our blue cichlids have entertained formulations. Pellets were introduced in
our son since we ﬁrst brought him the 1980s, and have become a staple of
home and set his bassinette in front of many stores with slow-sinking formula-
the tank, and they continue to amaze tions and improvements to nutritional
and interest him as he grows. content. Where the primary ingredients
Skeptics may dismiss the ﬁsh as a used to be ﬁshmeal and cereal, the latest
“real” pet, but aquarium hobbyists can trends are frozen and freeze-dried prod-
tell you that the subtle nuances of be- ucts that have added vitamins and sup-
havior and complexity of creating the plements, and a fresh, natural appeal.
optimum environment makes the ﬁsh a Pioneer reporter Brian Geis has two adorable pet ﬁsh - this is Moby, or is it Dick? Maintaining the aquarium has
highly interactive pet indeed. also become easier with products that
Fish love to eat. In fact, this is one control unwanted algae, remove phos-
time for both ﬁsh and owner that often or non-recognition of food also occur in
area where they surpass dogs and cats. phates, and eliminate excess waste.
they are fed too much! some cases.
While other pets demand their meal Fish are perfect pets for kids, peo-
In fact, although they can go for a PH, ammonia, and nitrates aﬀect
and consume it without so much as a ple who are out often, those with lim-
week without food, healthy ﬁsh will eat water quality. The initials “pH” stand
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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS OBITUARY
SUITES FOR RENT MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE GARAGE SALES MISC. FOR SALE
CONTRACTORS: self-contained 1972 Parkwood 12’ x 68’, new Garage Sale Large U-shaped dark-brown
Julian Tomanaski cabins by the week or month, roof, siding, some of the win- Saturday, March 31st, corner office desk, one year old,
Julian Passed away peacefully at the Invermere Hospital Mon- 250-345-6365, Fairmont dows, skirting. Recently painted 8 to 4 p.m. excellent condition. $250 OBO.
day, March 19th , 2007. He was born in Lodz, Alexsandrow, Bungalows. inside. 5 appliances. 3-bed- follow the balloons to 342-9625.
Poland on August 18th , 1921. During World War II, Julian was rooms, 1-bathroom, new porch 510 Industrial Road.
taken as a young man to work in a work camp in Germany. and a large deck with an amaz-
There he met Irene Meis his first love, and although later Ju- HOMES FOR RENT ing view. In excellent condition. “Movin’ on Out” Sale. Furniture,
WANTED TO BUY
lian left Rene in Germany to live in Canada, they always re- RED COTTAGE - 2 bedroom du- On a lot in Green Acres Mobile sporting goods, kitchen items, WANTED: Two wood-framed
mained good true friends. After the war Julian immigrated plexes, 1230-13th St. Invermere, Home Park. Sorry, No Dogs Al- carpet, decorative items & windows, 36 inches square, for
to Canada and lived in Edmonton until the Hot Pools drew 850 sq. ft., Gas FP, W/D, NS, NP, lowed. Asking $55,000. Please miscellaneous. Saturday, March use in a restored log cabin. Call
him here to Radium Hot Springs to start his own company, long-term tenant, $1100/mo call 342-4400 days 347-9242 31st, 9 am to 1 pm. 1716 – 2nd Elinor at 341-6299 (days) or 342-
J.T. Plumbing. In his retirement he spent many, many happy includes utilities, available now evenings. Avenue, Fort Point area. 0444 evenings.
hours sitting in the hot pools visiting with his friends in their & Aug 1, 342-2243.
“Locals Corner” of the pool. His other favourite pass time was 2006 Safeway 14’ x 80’, 2-bed-
room mobile home. 4 appli-
MISC. FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE
Carpet Bowling, competing in many tournaments throughout FAMILY HOME in Wilder subdivi-
BC and bringing home many medals and trophies. At Julian’s sion, Invermere. Excellent condi- ances, plumbed for dishwasher. Hay for sale. Small square bales 1994 Ford Aspire SE. 5-speed
request there will be no funeral service. He asked his good tion, unfurnished, 2-bedrooms Extra large deck, large wood under roof. $2.00/bale. 342- manual, 2-door hatchback,
friend Margaret to tell his friends to sit and enjoy a glass of up, 2 down, 2.5-bathrooms, 6 planters, has a yard. On lot 6670. Pioneer CD w/MP3. Excellent
Smirnoff and remember the good times they all shared while appliances, double attached ga- in Green Acres Mobile Park. gas mileage. 210,000km. $2,100
he was “still ticking.” NO FLOWERS PLEASE. If friends desire, a rage. 1 year minimum, N/P, N/S. Sorry, No Dogs Allowed. Asking Solid Maple Heritage Style obo. 347-9326.
donation can be made to The Invermere Hospital. $1350/mo + utilities, +DD. an- $105,000. Please call 342-4400 6-piece bedroom suite
firstname.lastname@example.org or (403)807-2380. days 347-9242 evenings. manufactured by Vilas. Excellent 1985 Chev 2500 truck w/350
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
Condolences for the family may be offered at: condition asking $4,995. Call engine, good shape runs well.
www.mcphersonfh.com LOTS FOR SALE John (403) 251-9378 or (403) 200,000km. $1,000. 342-6116
HOMES FOR SALE 804-1352.
Pine Ridge home with fantastic New lots along Crescentwood Nissan Pathfinder 1992 (blue).
CHEERS/JEERS BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT view of lake and mountains. coming. Commercial lots avail- HAY, top quality round bales, Excellent condition. 5drs, 4x4,
View at bchomesforsale.com in able NOW for less! Acreage West alfalfa grass. Call Elkhorn Ranch auto, A/C, cruise, CD/radio.
Jeers to the person/person’s Julie Michelle Barlow made her of town - Edgewater Develop- 342-0617.
Rocky section. Call 342-3842. Rebuilt trani., new suspension,
responsible for stealing The appearance on March 4, 2007 ments 347 9660, edgeh2o@
in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She 9 tires, new lights. All history
Pioneer box from Wilmer. We telus.net. Older model “Quickie” motorized available, $5,500 OBO. (250)
look forward to that paper each weighed in at 6 lb. 15 oz. and CONDOS FOR SALE wheelchair. Good condition.
cute as can be. Proud parents 342-9671.
week! Donna & Al. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, 1000sq.ft. In Edgewater, Riverview Drive, $1,000. 342-9702.
are Ashley & Ryan Barlow of beautiful view of the Rockies.
Bassano, Alberta and grandpar- townhouse in Edgewater. Com- 1996 Toyota Camrey Sedan, 2.2
Cheers to the street sweepers pletely renovated, new appli- $120,000. Call 347-9813 Glass topped table and four ltr, 5 speed, no rust or accidents.
who so diligently cleaned our ents Tony & Dianne Peterson of evenings after 6 p.m. chairs, $225, call (403) 650-
Wilmer, BC. ances, deck, low fees. $190,000 Local since new, senior owner.
roads of all the winter gravel 341-7068. 7848 or (403) 998-1197. $6,500. 342-4804.
in the past weeks – they look
great!!! STORAGE Edgewater Condo, 1000 sqft w/ Call April at 1998 Windstar 95,000 kms. New
new deck & siding. Low strata NeighbourLink Garage Sale: winter tires, locally bought and
Newhouse Multi-storage, vari- Apartment sized washer/dryers, 341-6299 to place
NOTICE fees, immediate possession your classified. maintained, leather. Very good
ous sizes available, now with various appliances, sofas, beds, condition. $6,000. 342-7339.
climate controlled units. Call available. $169,000. 341- bookshelves, kitchen suites,
Rural Range Patrol Annual 7068.
342-3637. ceiling fans, light fixtures, bifold
General Meeting door, pet cages. March 31. 9-11
April 11, 2007 at 7:30 pm. am. 320 – 10th Avenue.
Fenced storage in Canal Flats on
Windermere Community Hall We supply part
Hwy 93/95. RVs, boats, autos,
ski-doos, etc. 250-349-8212. Saturday, March 31st and service
10:00 am – 1:00 pm FOR ALL MAKES of:
EVENTS Edgewater Community Hall • snowmobiles
ATTENTION POOL PLAYERS: If OFFICE SPACE Fundraiser for the Edgewater • quads
you are interested in playing in Volunteer Fire Department
Professional office space for $199,900 NO GST Anyone wishing to donate
an 8 ball or 9 Ball Tournament, NEW CONDO/TOWNHOUSE
rent in Invermere. Large view items, call Mimi 347-9868
one weekend each month, Black Forest Heights/Invermere
office with negotiable services. Garage, 5 Appliances Tables can be rented for $10.
please call Bob Friesen at 341- View at: welist.com Listing #23877
Please call 342-9450 for more (250) 688-7798 Refreshments for purchase from
6018. Special handicap system
information. the Edgewater Hall Society
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 35
P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Blue Dog Café is looking for
VEHICLES FOR SALE SERVICES CAREERS CAREERS CAREERS fun, hardworking individuals
Decoy Landscaping Ltd. Invermere Drycleaners. Full or part for summer and year-round
employment. Apply in person
$10,000,000 TOTAL HEATING Dusk Construction, a local Class 1 Dump Truck Operator, time, must have own vehicle. Apply
& Air Conditioning framing company is cur- Equipment Operator and in person. with resume.
in vehicle inventory. New Home Construction rently seeking framers and Labourers. Wage DOE. 345-0090
labourers. We offer excellent
Go to 688-7899 wages and benefits package.
or email: email@example.com Employment Opportunity...
www.cranbrookdodge.com Simes Painting: interior and Please fax resume to (250) FULL-TIME POSITION at private
to view exterior, new homes and 345-2191 or email: kmose@
lodge starting in May. Maintenance,
The College of the Rockies is a learner-centered institution.
We invite all qualified applicants who value high quality program
existing, quality woodwork delivery and educational to apply for …
grounds-keeping, cleaning. Horse
complete inventory. finishing, laquers, staining, and experience a bonus. Leave message Auxiliary Bicycle Mechanics Instructor
clearcoating. Call Barry. 342- Customer Service 342-5299. (Nine-Week Position)
0572 Windermere. Duties: The successful candidate will instruct in the Bicycle Mechan-
Representative MUST LOVE DOGS. Bow-
ics Program being offered in Invermere. The instructor will provide
both theoretical and practical skills training in the eight-week program.
RV’S FOR SALE Full-time seasonal, possibility of The program is taught through regular lectures, demonstrations and
Flooring installations including Wow-Meow looking for part- practical hands-on training.
lino, carpet, vc tile, laminate, and turning into part-time position
1989 5th Wheel can be seen time grooming and boarding Qualications: An extensive background in the bike industry with
hardwood. Plus handyman work over the winter months for demonstrated skills in mechanics, shop operations, and a solid un-
at Dutch Creek Campground. assistant, please send resume to derstanding of the bike industry. Must be current on bike technology
including new decks, renovations, the right person. Wage $9.00/
$2,500. (403) 256-3334. firstname.lastname@example.org or call and innovations that drive the industry. Relevant teaching experi-
framing, and roofing. Call 347- hour with a bonus at the end ence is preferred.
Lana 342-5859. Salary: $30.94 per hour (includes 8% in lieu of vacation and benets)
9192, 341-1235. of the season. Duties include
1987 Slumber Queen, 21 ft, 5th Start Date: April 23, 2007
Front Desk/Reservations, guest
Wheel. Large fridge, furnace, Closing Date: 4:00 p.m., April 13, 2007
PAINT & FLOORS. Interior/ services and various general
stove w/oven, lots of storage, BC LIQUORSTORES Interested persons should submit their resume of qualications and
exterior painting, repaints, stain office duties. Please send resume experience to: The Human Resource Development Department,
bathroom w/shower, new College of the Rockies, Box 8500, Cranbrook BC V1C 5L7 Con-
& lacquer finish. Hardwood to Radium Valley Vacation Liquor Distribution Branch
battery, hitch included. $5,400. dential Fax #: (250) 489-8206
Floors. Basic & custom Resort, fax (250) 347-9808 or is looking for energetic in- Please quote Competition #07 FA 12.
(250) 282-3292. To view 342-
e-mail: email@example.com. dividuals for a fast paced, Your covering letter and resume should clearly demonstrate related
9589. installations. 20yrs exp. Reliable customer focused retail en- qualications and experience since selection for future consideration
service & quality craftsmanship. vironment with potential for
will be based on the information provided.
Call 341-7261. Landscape/ a long term career. Auxiliary
We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further
BOAT FOR SALE Grounds Support
consideration will be contacted.
14 ft. Runabout w/trailer, 45 hp BUSINESS FOR SALE Part-time seasonal (15-25
employees are needed on an
“as and when needed basis”. www.cotr.bc.ca/HRD
hours/week), possibility of Phone: 1-877-489-2687 • (250) 489-2751
motor. Runs good. $1,500. (250) leading to part-time year round Must be 19 years of age,
282-3292. To view 342-9589. HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING for the right applicant. Wage customer service oriented,
and put money in your pocket. $11.50/hour with a bonus at good physical condition,
12” Aluminum Boat $450. www.4planetearth.com/wolf the end of the season. Duties understand and communi-
Electric Boat Motor $300. 341- or call Wolf (250) 688-0044 cate effectively in English,
include watering & mowing
able to lift 25 kg boxes. Ap-
6043. of lawns, raking and general
plicants with experience in
upkeep of grounds. Occasionally
retail/warehouse or similar
SERVICES CAREERS may be asked to assist the
environment preferred. Sal-
maintenance department. ary starts at $15.41/hour. Come be part of the fabulous Radium Resort
FREE MOVIE RENTALS Join our Please send resume to Radium
Residential/Vacation team and receive a great wage, and Valley Vacation Resort, fax (250) Applications/resumes can Radium Resort is now accepting applications
Properties free movie rentals. Apply in person 347-9808 or e-mail: radval@ be submitted at Invermere for the following positions
at Gone Hollywood Video, #1, 503 shaw.ca Liquor Store, 510 – 13th
Maintenance & Repairs Street.
Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
– 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC Assistant Group Sales Seasonal
Dependable - Fully Insured
Bell Person: Full-time year round
JIM ROBERTSON Full-time year round employment in CAREERS Front Desk Agents: Full time year round
Windermere Radium. Cook/Cook’s Helper. Wage Hotel Maintenance: Full time year round
342-9022 DOE, full benefits provided. No late Room Attendants: Seasonal
nights. Cooking for construction Cleaning Super needed. Golf Course Grounds Maintenance: Seasonal
crews. Phone 341-5816 (Mary). Night Irrigation: Resort Course
SPECIAL 20% OFF Radium Vacation Rentals and Timberstone Pro Shop Cashiers: Seasonal
K.I.S.S. Landscaping Pamper Yourself Spa is now hiring Property Services are looking for a full-time Cart Attendants, Starters and Marshals
Angle Broom sweeping a qualified Massage/Spa Therapist. house keeping supervisor/cleaner starting Cooks and Wait Staﬀ for the Springs and the Resort
Previous experience is an asset. April 1st/07 for condo and homes in the
– parking lots, driveways Radium / Invermere area. Apply by sending resume to:
Please e-mail your resume to info@
and sidewalks. pamperyourselfspa.com or call 341- firstname.lastname@example.org
347–9385 or 342-5912. Please call 347-6900 for details. Fax 250-347-6298
6266 to set up an interview time.
36 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Jim McKay recalls his adventuresBy Dorothy Isted nette Stacey in 1954 in Cranbrook and they had three
Special to The Pioneer children: Bill, Sandra and Shane, all of whom still live
in the valley. Jeanette died of cancer in 1989 and Jim
Four traditional valley jobs have occupied the now lives in an apartment built to the side of Shane’s
McKay family since their arrival in 1886: mining, home on Coy Road.
ranching, guiding and forestry. In his earlier days Jim worked in mining but later
Jim McKay’s father was working at a mine in stuck to the bush in winter, usually falling trees, and
Princeton when Jim was born, but the family re- guiding-outﬁtting in summer. He and Jeanette pur-
turned here when Jim was a baby. Jim is now 77 chased the property on Coy Road in 1964. “Mostly
years old. Jeanette wanted this place more than I did. I was al-
His grandfather James Lorenzo McKay left ways renting a horse pasture somewhere.”
Prince Edward Island, tried farming in Manitoba, Because of severe arthritis, Jim hasn’t been on a
and then ended up here in 1886, where he ﬁrst put horse since the 1980s, also the decade he retired. How-
his hand to mining. He had good success with some ever, he had his ﬁrst ride on a horse as an infant and
claims and saved his money. Once he had enough, basically spent most of his life on one. Jeanette was
he purchased the land known for many years as the known as Jet, because she was seldom still. She worked
McKay ranch north of Radium, now owned by the at Invermere Hardware for many years and also came
Schickedanz family of Calgary. Passersby admire the along with Jim as camp cook several times.
old Eaton’s house which has recently been refur- In a tribute to her Jim wrote a poem, a part of
bished, sitting to the left of the highway driving which says:
north, gleaming white with green trim.
James Lorenzo met his wife An- Take time to break horses and look after her bees
nie, who was from Ontario, when Do some painting and prune the trees
they were both in Golden. He con- Do up the dishes and clean the ﬂoor
structed several of the buildings Mend all the clothes that have to be wore
in Athalmer. The McKay fam- Fix the fence when it needs repair
ily home later became the old Have a bath and do her hair…
Lakeside Pub. Lawyer Randy
McRoberts owns the Dawson Several years ago Jim self-published a collection of
home built by James McKay, stories and dedicated the book to his parents and to
which was moved up into Jeanette, pictured in front of one of their homes when
Invermere by Pat Bavin’s they lived on 10th Street in Invermere. There’s a story
father. The former home behind this house. It was once two cabins owned by
in downtown Invermere Western Gypsum “up Swansea.” The McKays pur-
now has three tenants: chased them and moved them onto a timber founda-
a used book store, a tion. When asked how he accomplished this, Jim said:
jewellery store and Mr. “I had two pretty good guys working with me: Reno
McRobert’s oﬃce. Goodwin and Hans Gierlich. We moved them in the
When a new butch- mid 50s. One cabin was insulated and one was not.”
er was transferred to When asked what he did about the cold, he quipped:
Invermere in the late “Moved!”
1920s from Alberta Jim’s book entitled Throw Another Log on the Fire
by his company, Burns contains 130 stories, most of them personal experienc-
Meats, he brought along es. After reading about how he was bucked oﬀ horses,
his teenaged daughter, El- jumped eight feet across a canyon from a goat ledge,
sie Thornton. She married got buried in mine cave-ins, was stalked by bears,
Gordon McKay and they walked away from car wrecks, got ﬂooded in bedrolls
became Jim’s parents, and tents, on horseback and in vehicles, had hunter’s
as well as parents to bullets whizzing past him, was charged by moose, gal-
Yvonne, Myrna, Bob loped over by horses, been lost, drank poisoned well
and Douglas. Doug- water, guided mobsters, went hungry for days in the
las, known to many bush, and fought forest ﬁres - it’s a small wonder he
as Butch, still lives in came out of it with only arthritis, considering the stress
Invermere. his body endured all those years.
Jim married Jea- Continued on Page 37
March 30, 2007 The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 37
Continued from Page 36
Just like his grandfather James Lorenzo McK-
ay, Jim worked in the four traditional valley jobs.
But his lifelong love was as a hunter guide. For 40
years he had his territory up Toby Creek and spent
a lot of time on a horse. He wrote a poem com-
memorating those years, part of which reads:
I’ve since hung up my saddle
And put away my pack
I know as much as I want to
I’ll never be going back.
I miss the sound of the Whiskey Jack
As he ﬂutters around in the trees
I miss the sight of the grizzly bear
In the land of the birds and the bees.
I miss the sound of those bubbling creeks
As they tumble through the rocks
I miss the howl of the timber wolf
And the sight of the silver fox.
When I sold my hunting outﬁt
And started raising cattle
I found I was up the creek again
This time without a paddle.
Top: Jim’s beloved wife Jean-
nette (Jet) McKay,; Jim’s grand-
father built the original farm
house north of Radium; Jim’s
book Throw Another Log on the
Fire recalls his adventures.
38 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer March 30, 2007
Continued from Page 5
“According to Stats
Canada, Area G did lose
72 people,” Area G Direc-
tor Klara Trescher said. “I
know of several folks who
moved to the Columbia
Gardens or closer to rela-
tives. Most of those homes
have been bought by Al-
bertans, who have their
primary residence some-
where else. This trend is
prevalent throughout the
Canal Flats showed
the biggest drop in popu-
lation, 7.2 percent, but
the data might be skewed,
since it became a munici-
pality in 2004.
“At ﬁrst glance, it does
look like we have lost resi-
dents,” said Councillor
Ute Juras. “I’m not sure
what the boundary was
in 2001 for the resident
count in Canal Flats. Also,
we did have some families
move away prior to in-
corporation. The ones I
knew said that they were
looking for more things
to do for the children or
a better opportunity for
a spouse, and making the
decision for the person
working at the mill to
commute rather than the
WHAT’S LIFE WITHOUT CHOICE? other one with the lower
Everyone likes to have a choice. Soon you’ll be able to choose who you buy your natural gas from. However, she said the
The BC Utilities Commission recently approved regulations that allow independent gas marketers to village did an enumera-
sell natural gas directly to customers. More competition equals more choice. tion in June 2004 prior
You can buy your natural gas from us at a variable rate as you do now. (We buy it on the open market to incorporation and the
and pass on the cost without markup. We only make a proﬁt on the delivery.) Or you can lock into count then was 684, so
a long-term, ﬁxed-rate contract with a gas marketer. (They may contact you starting May 1.) in fact the numbers have
No matter how you choose to purchase your natural gas, we’ll deliver it. And provide
“As for the regional
the customer services you expect, including billing and emergency response. Visit
www.terasengas.com for more information about CUSTOMER CHOICE, including district, it is clear to me
a video presentation and a list of licensed gas marketers. that we are all in a grow-
ing trend and it does not
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FAITH Valley Churches
The mystery of Easter
LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH
10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 1st – Palm Sunday.
Worship and Life Instruction: “Is Jesus God?”
Sunday School, for ages 3 to Grade 7 during Morning Service.
Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns
Sandy Ferguson world would have no choice but to accept that Jesus 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535
Windermere Valley was truly the Son of God, and worship him.
WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY
Shared Ministry But Jesus is not that kind of Messiah. The Good 10:30 a.m. - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity,
News he shares with us, is not something to be forced Worship & Sunday School.
Recently I was on the people. It’s not something that needs a grand Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644
watching the Colbert public appearance to impress everyone. The world VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
Report on TV. They had will not be saved by passing a decree or a law. Sunday • 10:00 a.m.
Children’s church during the message part of the service.
a segment called the war It’s a question of faith. Faith that God loves us. Sunday, 7:00 pm Prayer Meeting
on Easter, concerning the Faith that we will make a willing choice to proclaim Senior Pastor Rev. John Cuyler • www.vcassembly.com
threat to customs such as Christ the Messiah. Jesus saves the world by chang- Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511
celebrating Easter bun- ing our hearts. Jesus opens our hearts, so we feel the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
nies. As I laughed, I won- presence of God in our lives and are changed by the Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere
Saturday, 7 p.m. Mass • Sunday, 9 a.m. Mass
dered do we know what is experience.
St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Mass
the meaning of Easter? So as we are approaching Holy And so the mystery of Easter is at the heart of the St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats Sunday, 4:00 p.m. Mass
Week, I thought I should share some of my thoughts Christian faith. Through the events of Holy Week, we Father Jose Joaquin • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167
on the mystery and wonder that is Easter. share in the revelation of God amongst us. All that is ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE
In the Gospel of Mark, the ﬁrst Gospel to be familiar and tired is swept away by God’s love revealed Regular weekly worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
written, it is the women who are the ﬁrst to discover through the mystery of the cross and empty tomb. at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere
the Empty Tomb. And so they become the ﬁrst true We journey through Lent, with glimpses of what lies Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564
Christians to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s resur- ahead. We stood at the foot of the cross, watching Je- RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Every Sunday 10 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m.
rection and share their news with others. sus die in anguish. And now we are in front of the
Every Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible Study
These women, who in the time of Jesus could not tomb, standing in amazement as we listen to the an- Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633
testify in a court of law because they were considered gel proclaiming that, “He is not here; for he has been
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS
to be of little importance, are the people who God raised, as he said.” Sunday Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m.
calls to proclaim to the world, Jesus Christ is risen! So what does it mean for us, to stand in front Noon Sunday: Relief Society
So it’s clear that Jesus did not care about public of the empty tomb? Are we ready for our lives to be President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch
relations! If Jesus had been actually been interested changed by this revelation of God’s love? Are we ready 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079
in impressing the so-called ‘important people’ of the for the challenges that lie ahead for us? After all, Easter
world, he would have appeared to the leaders of the is only the beginning of the story. Now we are called
Temple, or Pontius Pilate, or maybe even the emperor to go beyond the empty tomb, to share with the world
of Rome himself. After all, such people could change the Good News that God is with us. As the angel says:
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