Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

What's Happening....

July 9 to 29

Cranbrook and District Arts Council
'New', an exhibit of
 new members and long time members new work

Roy Magee in the Gallery, 1013 Baker St.

Cranbrook Arts is excited to host Roy Magee of Canadian Classic Cowboy fame in the Gallery on July 22nd and 23rd.

Roy has become internationally known for his whimsical and imaginative horseshoe creations. 
Born in Sexsmith, Alberta, Roy learned to work with horseshoes, while turning the forge for Fred Holman, in Canal Flats.  He was eight years old at the time and horses were used in the lumber industry.  Fred Holman was the blacksmith.  Roy started at that young age to play with horseshoes and use his creative eye to put together one of a kind sculptures.  His imaginative eye has created over time, hundreds of different figures representing everyday people and their activities.  Roy is especially well known for his cowboy or rodeo figures including wheelchair cowboys, fiddlers, and pack horses but golfers, piano players and more help round out his diverse collection.
Roy’s first big show was at BC Place in 1966, where his work was recognized with awards, launching a career that has seen his work being shipped all over the world.  Roy is well known in some student circles for he has generously volunteered time at both Parkland Junior Secondary School and Mt. Baker Schools, igniting creativity in students and helping to inspire future hobbyists and artists.

We are fortunate to have Roy living in Cranbrook and look forward to having the public come and say hello to this one of a kind craftsman and artist.  Roy Magee will be in the Gallery July 22nd and 23rd 10:00 am to 5:00pm.

Saturday July 23rd

Cranbrook Farmers Market
9:00am to 1:00pm
Tenth Avenue South adjacent to Rotary Park

Rotary Park
Summer Sounds 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Music in the park
Bring your lawn chair , listen, dance and enjoy
performing tonight:
Missing Links and Tick Magnets

Wednesday July 27

Key City Theatre
Book Launch
'Stripped to the Bone'
short stories of Syrian women by Ghada Alatrash
also pianist Ivana Ferraro

Saturday July 30

Riverside campground meet 9:00am
Gateway to Nature

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Input sought for The Little Brick Building

From the City website:
Carl Schmideder volunteering his skills on the building
Cranbrook, BC (July 13, 2016) 
In order to tailor restoration work to meet the intended final use, the City of Cranbrook is seeking input from residents and local organizations for possible uses of the brick garage situated behind City Hall.
Situated at the southeast corner of Cranbrook City Hall the brick garage (the “garage”) is a municipally-owned building constructed in the early 1930s and used, at the time, as part of Cranbrook’ s Electrical & Waterworks department. 
To date the City has invested approximately $42,000 in restoration work on the garage, including asbestos abatement.  Additionally, the Cranbrook Heritage Association contributed roughly $30,000 in materials and labour to the restoration work.  The Cranbrook Heritage Association’s recent efforts focused on restoring the brick shell and roof of the garage.  Additionally, the interior of the garage was framed with dimension lumber to support the trusses and cladding of the new roof and strengthen the overall building structure. 
At this time, the garage’s interior is unfinished and lacks water, sewer, and electrical services as well as any form of heating / air conditioning.  Furthermore, there is no dedicated parking associated with the garage building.
The City is seeking input from residents and local organizations for possible uses of the brick garage.  A location map of the brick building and a full information backgrounder document are available by following the links provided.
You may submit your ideas in writing by email to, please refer to “Repurposing the Brick Garage” in your subject line, or by mail to:
40 – 10th Avenue South,
Cranbrook, BC  V1C 2M8.
ATTENTION: “Repurposing the Brick Garage”
All submissions must be received in City Hall no later than 4:30pm MDT, Friday August 12, 2016.
Please note that submission of your ideas to the City does not constitute any form of contractual agreement or understanding between the City and respondents to this invitation.  By submitting your ideas to the City you are giving the City an unrestricted right to use your ideas at the City’s discretion with no form of compensation from the City.
To help in formulating your ideas for repurposing of the garage, an open house of the garage will be held on Monday July 25, 2016 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm (MDT).  City staff will be in attendance at that time to answer your questions regarding repurposing of the garage.

Friday, July 15, 2016

What's Happening......

Saturday July 16th

Cranbrook Farmer's Market
Tenth Av. S
9:00am - 1;00pm

Is it safe to drive to Oregon? Gerry Warner

Is it safe to drive to Oregon?
Perceptions by Gerry Warner
So the good wife and I are going down to the Oregon coast next week for a little R&R and to refresh my memory of one of the most beautiful coast lines in the world and when I mention this to a friend his immediate response is “be careful down there.”
So has it come to this? A little holiday in the United States of America is cause for a dear friend to express concern for your personal safety??
I guess it has got that way when you have mass shootings almost every month, cops being mowed down five at-a-time and the possibility that the most vulgar man in politics could become president by the end of the year. That can only mean things are sliding into the sewer. 
But you know, it wasn’t always that way. Roll the tape back 60 years or so and the US was the great beacon of power and democracy in the world, standing like a colossus over the rest of us mere mortals. As a young lad, I can remember trips to Spokane with my parents and gaping in wonder at the incredible variety of goods on display at Penny’s and the Bon Marche. The Woolworth’s Five and Dime in Trail didn’t cut it after that.
I first saw TV in 1954 in Los Angeles where we drove to in our old, green, Chevy pickup with a crude camper on the back that my father built out of scrap lumber from Cominco. My sister was still a toddler then so in the days before Pampers my mother kept a diaper bucket in the camper and Lord how that camper stunk. Then,  after reaching a campsite, my mother would wash the diapers and hang them on various parts of our truck as we enjoyed dinner cooked on our trusty Coleman gas stove.
I’m sure we looked like something out of the Beverley Hillbillies!
I can also remember the adults talking politics and one of the biggest political items of discussion was should Canada join the United States as one country. Who would even raise that topic now? But back then it sounded like a pretty good idea to many naive Canadians and we were certainly some of them.
But you have to put yourself back in those halcyon times. Uncle Sam was clearly number one. In most people’s minds, the US had won World War II as long as you ignored what Stalin did to Hitler on the Eastern Front. President Eisenhower was a war hero and rightly so and the fear then was of communism despite what our Russian allies had done to help us win the war. And what was the only country on earth that could stand up to the Bolsheviks? The US, of course. They were the mightiest military force on earth, and of course, they had the bomb. No one was going to mess with them.
The American economy was also by far the biggest on earth. Europe was still in shambles recovering from the war, the Chinese were barely on bicycles and Russians could only dream of owning a car. It seemed nothing could go wrong for that generation of Americans which is often referred to as “the greatest generation.”
But oh how the mighty have fallen!
Today the US is clearly an empire in decline. It’s true they still have the world’s most powerful military, but when was the last time they won a war? The American economy is still the biggest in the world, but China will surpass it in less than a decade and wealth distribution is falling into fewer and fewer American hands with each passing year. In fact, according to a recent New York Times article, the average Canadian middle class family now has a higher income than its American counterpart though the one per cent of super-wealthy Americans are still the wealthiest in the world.
But what’s wealth, even super-wealth, if it’s not safe to walk down the street? But I hear that Oregon is still safe and its coastline is beautiful beyond mere words.
That’s enough for me.

Gerry Warner is a retired journalist and an eternal traveller.


Around Town and Looking Good

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Scouring for Good LNG News, Bureaucrats Came Up Mostly Empty, The Tyee

Scouring for Good LNG News, Bureaucrats Came Up Mostly Empty

Looking to hype industry near holidays, staffers couldn't find much to be jolly about.
By Bob Mackin, Yesterday, 

Bureaucrats in the BC Liberal government were hoping to wrap-up some good liquefied natural gas news last Christmas. But they apparently couldn't find much to be jolly about.

Documents released under freedom of information, after a request by the NDP, show how staff went looking for something, anything, about the slumping industry on which the BC Liberals have staked the province's future.

Darren Beaupre, the senior public affairs officer in the Natural Gas Development Ministry, encouraged his colleagues to find news release leads on Nov. 30, 2015.

"Are you able to canvas key people within LNG [task force] and see if any ministry projects/developments could warrant a public announcement (news release or otherwise) over next month or so?" Beaupre wrote in an email under the subject "Anything to Announce?" to Kursti Calder, the director of policy and decision support.

In a subsequent message, Beaupre explained in detail what types of information he sought.
"Project development agreements (likely none in December but hearing others we can announce)? LNG Conference 2016-we know we will announce the dates for this sometime in the near future... Power agreements? More/other sole proponent agreements? Anything that signifies completed work by ministry that helps LNG move forward..."
Wrote Calder to her colleagues: "I am not aware of any -- do you have anything."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Open Garden Day, 2016

Heading off to some great Cranbrook area gardens!

Thank you to all those generous gardeners who made their gardens available for viewing, to the Garden Club for organising the 20th Annual Open Garden Day and to all the artisans who brought their wares to the gardens. It was a great day.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Will history repeat itself in the next BC election? Gerry Warner

Will history repeat itself in the next BC election?
Perceptions,’ by Gerry Warner
The mists are beginning to lift and an image is starting to come into focus. What can it be? Oh, oh! It looks tumultuous and kind of ugly with a lot of rhetoric that can’t be trusted. Of course, it can only be one thing and it can’t be avoided. It’s the May 9, 1917 BC election in a province where politics is often called a blood sport.
I can hardly wait.
So once again pert and popular Christy Clark will dip into the electoral well and see what she can come up with. A larger majority? (By no means impossible.) Fewer members, but still government? (A more likely scenario.) But there’s one thing our telegenic Premier is very unlikely to come up with try as she might. And that, of course, is a brand, spanking, new LNG plant for the province.
Didn’t she promise at least a dozen of these giant, job-producing and polluting mega-projects during the last election? I believe the number got as high as 18 at one point and the “boom” they were suppose to create – along with a pipeline or two – was going to pay off the provincial debt and put us all on the gravy train as former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was so fond of saying.
But all Christy could do on that preposterous, political promise was produce a big fat zero and it will be interesting to see how she tries to spin that embarrassing shutout in the next electoral go-around.
But in spite of that fairy tale political promise that was never likely in the first place one would be very foolish to count Christy and her merry gang of Socreds out. For starters, Clark is a hell of a campaigner. Just ask Adrian Dix. Secondly, you’ve got to consider the most important dictum of BC politics that has stood the test of time going as far back as W.A.C. (“Wacky”) Bennett. Considering that Clark’s liberals are really hard-line conservatives (Socreds) in drag there’s an iron law of BC politics that’s never been broken. The NDP can never defeat the BC Socreds, but the Socreds can defeat themselves as they’ve done on a very few occasions.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at BC electoral history.
In 1972, the Socreds under W.A.C. Bennett had been in power for 20 years and were looking to cruise to another easy election victory when they were upset by Dave Barrett’s idealistic band of socialists. What happened? Bennett was getting long in the tooth and had lost his populist touch and his right-hand man and logical successor, “Flying Phil” Gaglardi antagonized a lot of voters with remarks in favour of greed and the role it played in building the BC boom and calling the pulp mill stench that hung over several BC mill towns the “smell of money.” Environmentalism was just beginning to become a major movement in BC and it was obvious the Socreds were out of touch.
However, the Socreds won four consecutive elections after defeating Barrett in 1975 and only lost again in 1991 when the controversial and scandal-plagued Bill Vander Zalm government fell hard in the 1991 election. In 1996, the NDP got lucky, winning a narrow, majority victory under Glen Clark even though their total of the popular vote was less than the Liberals, which the Socreds were now mischievously calling themselves. It also didn’t help when the NDP did, as the left so often does, ate one of their own when they forced former Premier Mike Harcourt from power even though he won a huge victory for them in 1991.
So now it’s John Horgan’s turn to try to win one for the gipper even though he leads a party that has a sheer genius for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as they showed so dramatically in the 2013 election debacle. But fortunately for the NDP, Horgan is personable and can give a good stump speech unlike Dix who was barely coherent in the last campaign.
With no LNG plants in the immediate offing and the Liberals clumsy and expedient handling of the school closure crisis in the province, Horgan may have a fighting chance to reverse NDP fortunes. But don’t bet the farm on it. Unlike Alberta, the right is united in BC while the Greens tend to steal precious votes from the NDP.organ  
United we stand; divided  . . . well you know the rest.organHorgan’s  

Gerry Warner is a retired journalist, whose political predictions haven’t been too accurate lately, but he’s not trying to jinx the Socreds, oops, the Liberals.