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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Harper's Rule Breaking Rush to Crush Unions, Bill Tieleman

Harper's Rule Breaking Rush to Crush Unions

'Suicidal excess': A Tory says his party will pay for ramming anti-labour Act through Senate.
By Bill Tieleman, Today, 

"There's nothing democratic about what's going on here. It's like watching the Roman Empire collapse." -- BC Liberal Senator Larry Campbell on Conservative senators imposing Bill C-377
Is there anything more undemocratic than Canada's most tainted organization -- the Conservative-controlled Senate -- breaking its rules and then overturning its own Conservative Speaker's ruling, all to hurriedly impose anti-union legislation before the federal election?

That's what happened last week with Bill C-377, an odious private members' bill shepherded from beginning to end by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's own office, passed by Parliament's Conservative majority and sent to the Senate for approval.

When Liberal, independent and even Conservative senators tried to delay passage of the legislation through extended debate, the Conservative Senate majority moved a motion to end debate.
And after Senate Speaker Leo Housakos -- a Conservative appointed by Harper only last month -- said their motion was "inconsistent with the basic principles of our rules and practices," they simply challenged Housakos' ruling and voted it down.

The rules of the Senate don't apply if inconvenient to Harper's political goals. ...............

So why are the Harper Conservatives so fixated on C-377?
And why do seven provinces, every union and labour organization in Canada, the National Hockey League Players' Association, the Canadian Bar Association, police associations and many others all strongly object to the legislation?
Bill C-377 is clearly intended to tie unions up with costly bureaucratic administrative costs, though Conservatives say it is about "transparency."
Every union expenditure over $5,000 must be publicly reported and posted online -- something no other group faces -- not organizations for lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers or indeed any professional association.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Art Camps

Get Outdoors - Camps for Kids

Education in the Wild from Wildsight on Vimeo.

EcoGarden Kids Camp, Fernie

Kids + Dirt = Fun. Open the gate, step through the willow fence and gather at the Big Mama tree. Allow your imagination run free. Get ready for an action-packed, outdoor, fun-filled program with days filled with gardening, science, art, music, games and a whole lot of fun. Each day we have special guests join us to build exciting projects or go on amazing adventures. Join us for this week-long day camp for 5 to 10 year-olds. Register now to reserve your spot.More information here.

GET WILD! Summer Fun Day Camp, Golden

All 6-12 year old Golden kids are welcome to join the energetic highly experienced team-oriented duo, Carmen and Jayden, for inclusive outdoor activities. From gardening to hiking to community art, there isn’t a more gleeful place to drop your kids off for the day. This camp prides itself in its inquiry-based environmental education and creative active play. Every child is made to feel part of the camp gang! More info here

Youth Backpacking Trip into the Purcells Wilderness Conservancy

This August 15-20, a group of Kootenay youth will head out to explore the wilds of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy (PWC). Southern Canada's largest protected wilderness area, the PWC recently celebrated its 40th birthday and we want to celebrate. We are taking a trip of youth on a backpack trip to experience the region's breathtaking wilderness landscape and develop their outdoor leadership skills. More information here

The Cranbrooks' Markets

Across the pond in Cranbrook, Devon....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Grand Grad Promenade 2015

Congratulations Grads on completing your High School Education!

Bird Paradise

Visit Elizabeth Lake before 9:00am and you will be sure to be immersed in the song and sights of many feathered friends - Catbirds, waxwings and warblers are just a few.

photos, Stewart Wilson, Jenny Humphrey

Truth –Telling: Painful and Essential Work

Truth -Telling: Painful and Essential Work

 by Rev. Yme Woensdregt

In 1879, the Government of Canada recommended that Residential Schools be established as a cost effective way of assimilating First Nations children. Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A MacDonald, wrote, “When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with its parents, who are savages, and though he may learn to read and write, his habits and training mode of thought are Indian. He is simply a savage who can read and write. It has been strongly impressed upon myself, as head of the Department, that Indian children should be withdrawn as much as possible from the parental influence, and the only way to do that would be to put them in central training industrial schools where they will acquire the habits and modes of thought of white men.”

Thus began a shameful episode in our history. The first school opened four years later in Saskatchewan, with others following quickly.

Jump ahead 130 years. In 2007, Parliament passed the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, providing compensation for former students of the schools and their families, and establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) with a mandate to “inform all Canadians of what happened in Indian Residential Schools” and to “guide and inspire Aboriginal peoples and Canadians in a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships that are based on mutual understanding and respect.”

On June 2, 2015 the TRC presented its final report after six years of work. They listened to the hard and painful stories of survivors of the Indian Residential Schools, which spoke of physical, sexual, emotional, cultural and psychological abuse.

Children at age five were taken from their homes, moved to a school far away and forbidden to speak their language or practice their culture. Whenever they spoke their language, students had their mouths washed out with soap. They were told that they were inferior, that they were no good, that they were an affront to the Creator. The purpose of the schools was, in the words of one survivor’s story, “to beat the Indian out of us and make us good little white people.”

One woman tells the story of arriving at the school and having her long beautiful braids, which represented her spirituality and her essence, cut off and thrown into the garbage. Another says that his relationship with his mother was forever damaged because she couldn’t tell him why she allowed him to be taken to the school.

There are stories about students who became alcoholics and other who committed suicide because they could no longer deal with the abuse they suffered at the schools.

Some of these stories can be found They break my heart. We see the residue of the agony of these survivors in their faces; we hear the pain in their voices. They are telling the truth: the truth about our society, our prejudices, our shameful behavior towards those who are different than us.

The opening sentences of the Final Report of the TRC set the stage for the damning report. “For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as ‘cultural genocide."

Many people believe that “I didn’t do anything; it’s not my fault! It was way before my time!” I have heard that sentiment too many times.

Trouble is, it’s not the truth. Our society did this. The TRC Report reminds us that this is not an aboriginal problem; it’s a Canadian problem. Those of us who are not aboriginal have all benefitted from the shameful treatment of First Nations people.

If we are to move forward, we must take responsibility for our past. The TRC Report gives us all a chance to do the right thing—to reach out to one another, apologize for our shameful past, and move into a new future marked by reconciliation and hope.

This moment in our history is a gift. We are being invited to invest ourselves in a new future marked by reconciliation and compassion, by an acceptance of the fact that our differences are not something to be wiped out, but to be celebrated and embraced.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Winner of the Portrait of a Cranbrook Historic Character Contest

This contest, sponsored by Cranbrook and District Arts Council and the Sam Steele Days Society was won by Glenda Winters with her painting of Doris Kershaw Ryckman, the first woman reported to climb Fisher Peak in 1918.

Sioban Staplin presents  Glenda Winters with a cheque. Below: Doris Kershaw Ryckman on top of Fisher Peak painted by Glenda Winters.

What's Happening.....

Saturday June 27th

Farmer's Market
Moves to Tenth Avenue South for regular summer hours
9:00am - 1:00pm
every Saturday

It’s Summer and it’s Market Season!

With growing season hitting its stride, both the Kimberley and  Cranbrook Farmer’s Markets kick off their market seasons this week.  Shoppers looking for  a taste of ‘locally made, baked and grown’ have the choice of attending the Thursday evening markets in Kimberley from 5-7:30 pm on Howard Street, operated by Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook, and the Cranbrook markets on Saturday mornings from 9 am – 1pm on 10th avenue S. , run by the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market Society.  More information about our local area markets is available at and

Outdoor Club Hike
Kiako Mountain
phone Lorne 250-426-8864

Cranbrook Curling Rink

Cranbrook Public Library Display
paintings of Bob Wardle

Wednesday July 1st

Market in Rotary Park
11:00am - 3:00pm
Vendors contact Beverlee Bullough
250- 426-6595

Moir Park
The line-up of incredible entertainment for this year's Canada Day Celebrations is confirmed.  It's not just the fireworks who will be stealing the show during July 1st at Moir Park.  Connect Cranbrook is bringing in a wide variety of highly talented acts from across Canada and right here at home.
Throw on something red or white as we want everyone to be part of a photo to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Canadian Flag.  It will be the shape and colour of our flag, but made up of all the amazing people in Cranbrook.  The photo will be at 7:30 p.m.  but come out to Moir Park at 5 p.m. to start taking in the fun.  Firework are set to go off about 11pm.
The headliner for the evening is Shred Kelly.  They will be rocking the park with their signature version of "Stoke-folk" music.  This band has been selling out shows across the country, performing at some of the nation's premier festivals and are receiving a growing list of awards.
Cranbrook's own, The Testers, will get the party started with their good time classic rock.  Also, back by popular demand, after high energy performances last year are the Good Ol Goats and the Connect Band.
Country singer/songwriter Dani Strong, will also be making an appearance.  She has an impressive array of accomplishments including making it to the top 50 for the hit series Nashville Star, and winning an episode of the Florida based TV show, Do I Have A Hit Song.
These entertainers are just part of the fun.  There will also be Glow Zumba, PT the Clown, Retro Aerobics, buskers, games, vendors, clowns, bouncy castles...Check out for all the fabulous details.

Fort Steele
now in full summer operation
Dominion Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Live theatre show - 1  pm:
"Pirate Queen of the Kootenays"
Birthday cake
Live music
Family games
Summer season in full swing . . . Open Daily !    10 am –5 pm
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides ~  Steam Train Rides ~  Riverside Photography Studio
Wildhorse Theatre Show - 1pm Daily
Live Street Theatre ~ Mrs. Mather’s Ice Cream Parlour ~ Heritage Trade Demonstrations