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, August 26, 2014

Oh, the tangled webs they weave

In an editorial a few posts back, the question was asked, "What happened to good old fashioned honesty?" This is a revealing post from MP Wilks and was picked up by the Huffington Post.  MP Wilks does not mention the spin that emanates from politicians or maybe the party to which they belong but what a twisted web is woven with all this spinning, a web that is difficult to see through at times but all too full of holes at other times.  It would seem honesty still might be the best policy for even the the most clever creatures can become entangled or be caught in that web sooner or later. Does more good honestly come out of the spinning manoeuvres, than telling the truth?

It is good to see the human side to a politician and good to see MP Wilks honesty in revealing his feelings.
david wilks

Teddy Bear Picnic Winners

 Visitors to Rotary Park were treated on Saturday August 23rd, to the sight of many well-dressed bears  picnicing for all to see. Several of these character bears have been donated  to Cranbrook and District Arts Council for silent auction.  The Art in the Park celebration was the culmination of a summer long Teddy Bear scavenger hunt involving many different Cranbrook businesses as well as a competition for the best-dressed bears. The bears for sale are on display at the Arts Council Gallery at 135 Tenth Av S. and will go to the final bidder on September 30th.  All proceeds will go towards Cranbrook and District Arts Council Projects.

Cranbrook and District Arts Council wishes to thank all those businesses who participated, Spring Honda for their sponsorship, Summer Sounds and their sponsors, the face painters and many others who contributed and volunteered for this fun day.

Sioban Staplin, President of Cranbrook and District Arts Council emceed the event
Abby Haarstad - winner of the Hide and Seek competition
Kyra Jackson, Runner up in the Hide and Seek competition

Pagey McBookins with both Abby and Christy Haarstad of Pages Book Emporium, winners of the Business category best dressed bear.   Pagey was displayed with her specially assembled beach paraphanalia.

The Dunn boys  hauled in the votes for a tie win for the People's Choice

Doug Mitchell ,who was part of the entertainment line-up
The crowd was treated to the music of Leather Britches, Angus MacDonald, Rod Wilson and Will Nicholsen.  Maddi Keiver and Audrey Jane also helped to entertain the crowd

Tamarack House with their 'Kustit' bear won the Over 14 years category. Jacob Dunn won in the Under 14 category with his bear Pronto.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Singer Barney Bentall entertaining at the Gran Fondo Sept. 7

Submitted by the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club

With the deadline to register for this year’s Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo counting down to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31, another entertainment headliner has been added to the big party taking place at the end of the event Sept. 7.
Singer-songwriter and Juno Award winner Barney Bentall will join the local group “The Testers” at the party, which takes place at the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, the starting and finishing point of the event.
“How cool is that,” says Al Davis of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, which is organizing the event along with major sponsor Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants.
Bentall last appeared at the Peterborough Music Festival Aug. 6 and rose to fame as a solo artist founding the Legendary Hearts in the mid-1980’s. He later became a rancher in B.C.’s Cariboo region recording hits such as  “Gift Horse” and “Flesh and Bones” and formed a new band The Bonaparte’s. orse Horse  
Some 300 riders are expected to register for the second annual fondo which consists of three courses;  the “Piccolo 57 km, the Medio 102 km and the Gran 152 km. All the routes run from St. Eugene to Kimberley along the Rails to Trails bike route with the longest also taking in Wasa and Fort Steele before returning to the St. Eugene Pavilion for the windup dinner and party.
In recent years Gran Fondos have become a world-wide phenomenon with some participants treating them as a race and others as fun recreational events. In addition to prizes awarded, Fondos are often used as fund-raisers, which is the case which is the case with Rotary, which will use the money raised for various Rotary charitable projects as well as donating some of the money raised to the Northstar Rails to Trails Society.
Registration can be completed online in less than five minutes at . Any other information registrants need can be found at the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo site on Facebook.
In addition to a continental breakfast, every rider in the event will get a swag bag with  a T-shirt, water bottle, mini-flashlight and a course map to help them through the route. There will also be prizes awarded for the Best Team Spirit and King and Queen of the Mountain Award  for the fastest time up the grueling, Fort Steel Hill.

The event is expected to give a major boost to the local economy with participants coming from all over the Kootenays as well as Alberta, other parts of Canada and the western US.

Humming along

There seem to be a lot of Humming Birds around this summer.  This one is after the Comfrey nectar.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Teddy Bear Picnic

The Teddy Bears gathered in Rotary Park on Saturday August 23rd for their picnic.  Although Kathy's Kitchen, 'Elinor' was too shy to join the party, the rest of the bears had a lovely time and were thrilled to have some of their own recognised for their style.  The judges choice of best dressed bears will be posted for all to see very soon.

Cranbrook and District Arts Council would like to thank Spring Honda for their sponsorship of this event as well as all the businesses that took part in both the Hide and Seek and the Teddy Bear Picnic.  More pictures and credits to follow.

Shakesbear, Jack and Jill, Gustav and Truffle all enjoying the picnic.  Poor Madison Bear Garden looks as though she is taking a nap.

An Artsy Deer from the Art in the Park 2013 and Raggedy Ann watch over the bears.

Bud Abbott, style judge having a very difficult time choosing the best dressed bear.  

Marg Skoberg and Mayor Stetski, having completed their task of picking a winner.

Kathy Simon reassures Elinor that being afraid of the attention is okay.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

From the Vancouver Sun, Stephen Hume: Political fallout from Mount Polley mine spill may come from U.S.

Heads-up, here comes the political fallout from that huge tailings dam spill at Mount Polley.
The provincial government still doesn't appear to grasp the gravity of what this accident means in terms of real politik and the albatross that ideologically-driven environmental deregulation may yet prove for its resource strategy.
But consider the toxic plume of disbelief wafting across the border from Alaska.
A coalition of prominent interests there is taking high profile umbrage at B.C.'s pedal-to-the-metal, slash-the-red-tape mining agenda. Thursday it asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty to prevent future downstream effects from accidents like the one at Mt. Polley.
While our premier was Tweeting touchy-feely stuff about how her thoughts were with those affected by the torrent of toxic waste, here's what the senator was telling the secretary of state:
"Failure of the Mount Polley tailings pond dam in British Columbia validates fears Alaska fishermen have regarding Canada's proposed development of large-scale hardrock mineral mines near transboundary rivers with Alaska," Begrich observed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Just suppose education woes took a different turn

Want a 10-Year School Deal, BC Liberals? Try These Terms
Europe's ambitious education strategy is no summer daydream.
By Crawford Kilian, Yesterday,
The Finns are comfortable with a shocking aspect of the Europe 2020 Strategy: "The Government will allocate special subsidies for the reduction of group size in education. Similarly, the provision of intensified and special support will be back by government subsidies. The realization of pupils' right to support will be monitored."
This is not some BCTF talking point, but hard government policy. Smaller classes are more effective classes, and if kids need extra help they are guaranteed to get it -- government auditors will police school spending to make sure.
On top of that, Finland offers its kids a youth guarantee: "that each person under 25 years of age, and recent graduates under 30 years of age, will be offered work, a work trial, or a study, workshop or labour market rehabilitation place within three months of registering as an unemployed jobseeker."

Suppose BC Liberal Education Minister Peter Fassbender sat down with the BCTF and dared the teachers to reject a 10-year contract based on the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Smaller class sizes? Absolutely. Special support for special needs? Yes, and we'll enforce it.
Not only that, but any kid who drops out before high school graduation gets a guaranteed shot at Grade 12 completion plus free post-secondary, whether academic or vocational.
And suppose Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk offered post-secondaries a similar deal: government covers tuition costs all the way to grad school, including international students. Yes, we know you're going to need huge capital spending; it's committed. Get out and hire the teachers you need.
Imagine the stunned silence that would fall on the trenches of the school wars. The BCTF would be shocked into acquiescence, quibbling only over the contract length: "How about 20 years?"

Michael's Musings

A duty to serve and participate as elections approach

By Michael J Morris

More than 25 years ago now I was discussing with my friend Frank the number of years he had served on the local school board. Frank told me he had been a member for 18 years.

"Why so long?, I asked him.

"Because Mr. Shoup told us we had a duty to serve," Frank replied. J. M. Shoup, a veteran of both World War 1 and World War 2 had been the elementary school principal and a long time member of the town council.

With a municipal election coming on November 15, where both council and board of education will be elected,  and a federal election slated for 2015, it might do us well to ponder our duty to serve participate in the political process.

Let me just clarify duty to serve as I see it before going any further. I came across a quote from Tim Fargo recently, the author of Alphabet Success: Keeping it Simple that seemed to sum it up: "Leadership is service not position".

The emphasis is on service! Today, at least at the national level it seems more like the maxim is more in tune with Lord Acton's dictum that "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

In recent municipal elections here, the turnout has been dismal, hovering at around no more than 30% of eligible voters turning out to exercise their right (duty) to vote, even though in the last election, there were a large number of candidates seeking office.

At the federal level in the riding of Kootenay-Columbia, it has been a Conservative (Reform, Canadian Alliance) stronghold for about 20 years, but hopefully this time around, the Liberals and New Democrats will field strong candidates.

What about us, who choose not to be a candidate? Are we going to become active and openly support a candidate  in the municipal, board of education and federal election? Are we even going to bother to vote?

When I was a boy, growing up in the Northern Ontario town of Chapleau, people took their politics seriously. And often they exposed themselves to great risk if they happened to support the party that lost. They could lose their jobs. And many did, not only in my own community, but in others across this vast and magnificent land.

However, they saw it as their duty to serve and participate, and they did. They accepted the sometimes high risks associated with political involvement. And you may think politics is brutal today. It is, no question and at the national level is permeated with "hate".

In Saskatchewan, as a young newspaper reporter in the 1960s, it seemed that everyone saw it as their sacred duty to be involved. At the time, the province was the home of two of the giants of Canadian politics, John Diefenbaker and T.C. 'Tommy' Douglas.

Mr. Diefenbaker, a Progressive Conservative, served as prime minister of Canada and Mr. Douglas as CCF-NDP premier of the province. Both were outstanding examples of persons who clearly saw it as their duty to serve and participate in the affairs of their nation.

And so, what about us in these times. As has been said by others including Tommy Douglas -- we have learned to fly through the air like a bird, swim under the sea like a fish, burrow beneath the earth like a mole. If only we could learn to walk  our nation as real people, seeing and accepting our duty to serve and to participate focused on things which bring us together rather than those which divide us, without hate and the politics of division -- what a paradise our nation would be!

My email is
Full disclosure: I am not now and never have been a member of the Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society; however, I did conduct a workshop for its members for which I was paid.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What's Happening...

Saturday August 23rd

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

Cranbrook and District's Arts Council
Rotary Park
Art in the Park Event
A Teddy Bear Picnic - Teddy Bear display, judging, prizes
Face Painting
The Art of Henna
Entertainment by Maddi Keiver, Doug Mitchell, Leather Britches and Audrey Jane
Twice Loved Art and art supplies in the Gallery
11:00 am - 2:30pm

Dancing in the Park
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rotary Park, Cranbrook

All weekend
The Cranbrook Dog Show
Moir Park

Start registering now for Fall Activities

Acrylics for True beginners
Weekend Workshop with
artist Mirja-Valhala
Friday September 26th to Sunday September 28th
$200 per person
To register and obtain supply list
phone Marisa at 250-426-4223 at The Cranbrook and District Arts Council

Funtastic Singing Just for Fun
begins September 23rd on every Tuesday 6:45 - 8:15pm
Phone Louise Selby 250-426- 5136

Community Registration for all sports and community groups at Western Financial Place
September 3rd

Key City Theatre Events and memberships at:!subscriptions/c10af


Robin's lunch  (photo Jenny Humphrey)
Sparrow's Lunch (photo Stewart Wilson)