March 9th 2000
Two Small Parks with too Much Pressure Dave and Lillian Brummit "A Management Plan is a public document. BC Parks prepares a Management Plan with a high degree of public involvement" -Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks, BC Parks Division. Many of you may not even have heard about the work BC Parks & many groups & individuals have put in the last few months. In fact, there was a public forum on the 23rd of February regarding the plan proposals for the Granby & Gladstone Provincial Parks. Unfortunately, the BC Parks representatives were not aware that our local newspapers are not published daily. Because of this, they went in on Tuesday, only to find out they wouldn't be able to promote the meeting to the public until the day of the meeting. However, there was at least one announcement on our local radio station on Wednesday as well, and this is where many people found out about it. It was the opinion of many of the people who came to the meeting, that these ads were insufficient & the public should have been notified at least one week prior to the meeting in every media source available. Fortunately, Nadine Dechiron, president of the Granby Wilderness Society, had mentioned the meeting to the Bulletin's editor & the meeting was announced on Monday as well. All of the issues raised by the people present, were in themselves very solid arguments. A few people raised the issue that there is no complete official plan to protect the Granby grizzly, yet we are planning uses for the park anyway. We cannot possibly know the long-term effect our uses have until it is too late. We are putting pleasure and profit over the existence of our fellow creatures. The most important thing is to have wilderness areas left. BC Parks representatives stated that the parks are designated, not just for conservation, but also recreation. They have concluded that these uses are allowable activities, but with a conservative approach. One participant retaliated that it is sad that we can only preserve areas for personal greed. Another claimed "this is a pro-people plan, not a wildlife protection plan- with a total disregard for preservation. Others expressed concern on how the BC Parks intends to enforce the zoning within the parks' boundaries when access to them is not necessarily limited to the roads. They responded by saying there is no budget for enforcement, but they are letting people know about the restrictions & zonings. They are also hoping that people will report violators. Don Gough, from BC Parks, stated that "The parks are far enough away from large populations that access is not easy for people. We think that there are really not that many people who use the area because of this. I mean, they have a long drive to get them there, & even then, they have to leave motorized vehicles outside of the parks." Snowmobiles are allowed only in the recreation zoned areas & only between December - April 1st, when there is the least disturbance on hibernating bears. This actually deprives the snowmobile enthusiasts of some prime recreation in March & April. There also were conflicts of opinion, such as whether hunting should even be allowed in an area where these animals can have one of the last secluded, relatively safe areas to go to. Without the proper budgeting, how can we accept that hunters will comply with the new zoning laws? BC Parks have done their best to please everyone, & they have had a tough job in doing so. We must give them credit for not allowing timber harvesting, or mining, or motorized vehicles with in the parks. Would a better turnout at the meeting have affected the outcome of any decision making? BC Parks representatives claimed the public's comments do indeed have an impact on the assessment of the prepared draft. If so, would it not make sense to re-schedule the public meeting to a later date so that ample notice could be given? Not knowing what standard protocol is used for giving notice for a public forum, we decided to do some investigating, which led us on a 3 hour wild goose chase from one government office to another. Luckily we did it on the phone, with most of the numbers being toll free. From Inquiry BC, we were told they had no information regarding the issue and it was suggested that we phone the Ministry of Parks, Victoria. The receptionist there told us they have only general guidelines for the meetings and that it is up to the local city by-laws to determine public notice given. The City of Grand Forks said there is no such by-law, but their own in-house rule states a minimum of 72 hours of posted notice for their public meetings. They suggested that we contact the Ministry of Parks!! In frustration, we found a number for the BC Park Kootenay District Office and explained what we were looking for. They referred us to the Ombudsman, who then informed us that they were the department for filing formal complaints. A number of offices have yet to return our calls, and one even stated they were not even sure they would have time to return our call! After all this, we still did not really receive an answer to our question. This leads us to think that maybe in the confusion, some mis-communication has led to an improper public forum. Obviously, there are a lot of issues at stake in this very special wilderness area. There are a lot of questions still to be answered concerning the grizzly population, the sub-alpine flora & fauna, the old growth forests & the First Nations interests. In Canada, we have so much wildlife & forested land to enjoy. Is it not possible to put aside the needed areas to preserve the beauty rather than arrogantly feeling we have to put our footprints everywhere? We only have to look south of the border to see how over-used some backcountry areas have become. For those of you who would like to make your ideas, comments or questions known, you will need to do so before March 31st-the deadline for public input. Mail them to John Meeson, Senior Planner, Ministry of Parks, Box 399, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0 Fax: 250-494-9737
Personal Banking Winston Churchill Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed touse during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, every one has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,000 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing out against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today... To realize the value of ONE YEAR: Ask a student who has failed his final exam. To realize the value of ONE MONTH: Ask a mother who has biven birth to a pre-mature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE DAY: Ask a daily wage labourer who has ten kids to feed. To realize the value of ONE HOUR: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE: Ask a person who has missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND: Ask a person who has survived an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics. Treasure every moment that you have, and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special enough to have your time..... and remember time waits for no one. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
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fit for heart! Each year the Grand Forks Recreation Department sponsors "Fit for Heart", an energetic fundraiser for the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation. This year, the event is going to be a little different and a lot of fun! On Wednesday, March 15th you are invited to come out for two hours of "Foot Stompin' fun" from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Perley School Gym. Join dance instructors Roy and Jan McNeil who will teach you Line Dancing, Country Two Step, and East Coast Swing. You'll get your own heart rate up while you raise funds for this worthwhile cause. You don't need a partner and beginners of all ages are welcome. Admission is by pledge or donation to the Heart Fund and pledge forms are available at the Recreation Office and Aquatic Centre. Pledge earners are eligible for some fabulous prizes, which are on display now at the pool. There will also be several draw prizes for participants. For more information call Grand Forks Recreation office at 442-2202
Canada's largest Doukhobor organization, the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ recently concluded a successful AGM held February 26/27, 2000 at the USCC Community Centre in Grand Forks. Over 50 delegates representing member communities in the Kootenay Boundary region, numerous standing committees of the organization, and for the first time officially accredited delegates representing USCC members residing in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, the Thompson-Okanogan, and the Calgary area, gathered for two days to review an eventful year during which the Doukhobor community marked one hundred years of life in Canada. Delegates heard reports on the successful tours of USCC youth and women's choirs to Russia, Georgia, and the Ukraine, the establishment of a Peace and Human Rights Award available for the first time this spring to students enrolled at Selkirk College, the opening of a Heritage Retreat at Whatshan Lake, the construction of a training facility near the Brilliant Cultural Centre to teach traditional Doukhobor wood and textile handcrafts, and the placement of memorial plaques at Doukhobor cemeteries across western Canada. Also discussed were ongoing centennial projects including the restoration of the old Brilliant Bridge scheduled for completion and designation as a heritage site this fall, efforts to have the area in Georgia, where the Doukhobors burnt their weapons in 1895 designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and construction of a bakery-cafe at Yasnaya Polyana, the Tolstoy family estate museum complex, located 200 kilometers south of Moscow. These initiatives are close to the hearts of all Canadian Doukhobors, as they respectfully represent a tribute to the original Doukhobor settlers in Canada, form the basis of the Doukhobors' pacifist beliefs, and because the renowned Russian writer, philosopher and humanitarian assisted their migration to Canada in 1899. Delegates unanimously expressed their gratitude to friends and neighbours from other traditions and cultures, local institutions, agencies, and organizations, municipal, regional, provincial, and national levels of government, and to other Doukhobors across Canada, the United States, and in the former Soviet Union for their participation in, and support of the centennial program. They look forward to building on the community partnerships the USCC has entered into over the last few years, and unanimously endorsed the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation that has been taking place within the larger Doukhobor community. Delegates were pleased to hear that the organization is beginning the year debt free and approved a budget ensuring responsible fiscal management. They also heard progress reports on plans for the development of USCC properties for recreational, agricultural and other uses at Champion Creek, and for the construction of affordable housing for members around the USCC Community Centre in Grand Forks, and the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar. A highlight of the convention was a tribute paid to John J. Verigan, unanimously re-elected to the position of Honorary Chairman, for his sixty years of service to the USCC and wider Doukhobor community, In addition, outgoing ISKRA editor Jim Popoff was thanked by the convention for the USCC and read in over twelve countries. Jason Harshenin, a native of Grand Forks, was introduced and welcomed by delegates as the new editor, who will assume his responsibilities at the end of March, assisted by Lisa Poznikoff from Shoreacres. The AGM also acclaimed a new USCC Executive Committee, consisting of Andrew Even, Harry Vanjoff, Fred Bojey, Andy Ozeroff and Leonard Markin (all from the West Kootenays) and Lucille Faminoff and Michael Strukoff of Grand Forks. Outgoing members Cyril Woykin and Laura Makortoff were thanked for their valuable contribution to the work of the organization. Acclaimed to the 2000 Revisory Committee were Alex Ozeroff, Peter Perepolkin and Marcia Strelaeff served ably as secretaries. Delegates and observers enjoyed three delicious meals served by the Grand Forks USCC Ladies Organization.
Tax Tips -Did you know? Name Change! by Laverne Simpson Revenue Canada Tax Centre's name has changed to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency effective November 1 1999. Basic increase! Effective July 1, 1999 the basic personal amounts increased to $6,794 for the 1999 taxation year and will increase to $7,131 for the 2000 taxation year.
Ten Things That It Took Me Too Many Years To Learn: 1.Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance! 2.The most powerful force in the universe is gossip. 3.The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers. 4.There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven. 5.There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." 6.People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. 7.If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings." 8.The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them. 9.You should not confuse your career with your life. 10.No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. Castlegar Citzen As this publication is going to print, so is a new paper in Castlegar, called the Castlegar Citzen. Employees of the Castlegar Sun, a Sterling chain paper, while on strike, are putting themselves back to work, but this time, it is for them selves!
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