Rethink What You Drink, with Namasthé Tea

I went to school with a girl whose parents were missionaries in Bangladesh. Whatever you might think of their faith or sense of mission, they were undoubtedly people who acted upon their convictions. But it was their beverage cupboard that impressed me most. They were so upset, Jo told me, by the inequities perpetrated in … Continue reading

Local Champions Wanted: Winds of Change Recognition Awards Seeks Nominees

Inspired by the current call for nominees for the 4th annual Winds of Change Recognition Awards, we asked Chair Sheldon Tetreault to give us the low-down on how a Drug and Alcohol harm reduction Task Force became the region’s biggest champions for wellness. For more background on the Winds of Change, check out last year’s … Continue reading

Help the Nairn Connector Trail counter find its way home

Yeah, so there are travelling gnomes and other such “liberation” pranks, but the Nairn Falls Connector Trail, recently dubbed the best family-friendly hike in Pemberton, has been “liberated” of its trail counter. Which is a bummer. Because: It’s useless without its docking station and accompanying software. (It’s a sad plight for a tool to go … Continue reading

Q+A with Em The Librarian

She’s the new girl in town, and only the third Library Director that Pemberton has had, following in the foot-steps of library founder Jan Naylor and her successor Shannon Didier Ellis. Given that the Library is, in many ways (my bookish biases might be coming into play here, but I’m happy to debate the case) … Continue reading

Blueberries: Q+A with Hare’s Family Farm

I doubt that there’s anything more exciting than the first harvest of berries, come summer. Except, maybe, the discovery that a young family have decided to throw everything into starting a farm to grow organic berries as a full-time commercial operation just around the corner from you. For some reason, those kind of revelations make … Continue reading

Vote today for Pemberton BMX

Here’s what you need to know: 1. You can vote as many times as you like, starting at 9am today, for the next 24 hours. Go to KraftCelebrationTour.ca. 2. Pemberton has a 50/50 chance of winning $25,000 for the Pemberton BMX track. All that is required is that Pemberton receive more votes than Invermere. (Yesterday, … Continue reading

A Local Take on Iron Man: Christine Cogger digs deep

My favourite local blogger proudly proclaims that she’s not a writer at all. But Christine Cogger, a coffee-drinking, multi-tasking, super athletic mom who lives in this incredible part of the world… just happens to hilariously capture what that entails in a way that keeps me coming back for more. (Makes her a great writer in … Continue reading

Betsy Linnell on Branding, Strategy and Making Smart Alliances

  Since 2007, Betsy Linnell has slung her expertise as a CMO-for-hire, providing an opportunity to tap executive level marketing smarts that small and medium sized businesses have leaped at. The next evolution of her business launched in 2012, bringing a gang of enterprising creatives together under the banner of B-Line Marketing Management, so clients … Continue reading

A Paddling Mecca in the Mountains

How to build a paddling Mecca in the mountains?  Start with a coach who cares. (A few Olympic medals in his top drawer helps.)  Find a place to paddle. (Doesn’t need to be as fancy, or as big, as you might think.) Fill a boat with kids. (Just 20 will do, at first.) Support them … Continue reading

Zombies Attack Without Warning: Emergency Preparedness Week Will Help You Out

Zombie attack. Solar flares. Chicken flu pandemics. Asteroid debris and nuclear winters. Nicola Jones runs us through a few dark disaster scenarios in a special “Emergency Preparedness” feature in the Pique. But if preparing for a one-in-ten-million event is hard to prioritise in your current life, then consider the much higher likelihood of seeing another … Continue reading