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The Rotary Park Auto Tourist Camp, circa 1923. Two years later, the camp was moved Pooley Avenue, and is now the Mount Baker RV Park. Courtesy Jim Cameron.

After 96 years, Cranbrook’s downtown RV park is facing its future

The “Cranbrook Auto Camp” — Mount Baker RV Park — has operated at that spot since 1925. That’s about to change

City hall. Black Press file photo.

OPINION: Cranbrook needs a homeless shelter

Whether at 209 16th Ave. N or in another location, the city is in desperate need of a year-round shelter

1914

It happened this week in 1914

Jan. 10 - 16: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

  • Jan 15, 2021
Wolf photo by Brian Hay

2020 hunting season review and wildlife update: Part III

This is Part III of a three-part series by F.J. Hurtak, looking at the issues of the 2020 hunting and wildlife management season

Wolf photo by Brian Hay
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2018

Pompeo: One Land-Mine a Day

Gwynne Dyer on the U.S. Secretary of State’s last days in office

  • Jan 14, 2021
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2018
Freikorps members in Berlin, during the Kapp Putsch against the Weimar Republic government, March, 1920. (alphahistory.com)

World O’ Words: Insurgency, Coup d’état, or putsch – which is best?

The events of Jan. 6 in Washington are best described by the word ‘Putsch.’ Here’s why

Freikorps members in Berlin, during the Kapp Putsch against the Weimar Republic government, March, 1920. (alphahistory.com)
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Police hunt for arsonist who lit sleeping homeless woman's blanket on fire in Vancouver
A proposed homeless shelter, on the same property as the Community Connection Society of B.C., will feature 39 beds for men and 10 for women, separated by a dining room and separate washrooms. The proposal is a partnership between property owner Terry Segarty and BC Housing.

Woensdregt: Measuring Cranbrook’s Greatness

There is still no homeless shelter, despite past attempts. It’s time to stop delaying and start acting

  • Jan 10, 2021
A proposed homeless shelter, on the same property as the Community Connection Society of B.C., will feature 39 beds for men and 10 for women, separated by a dining room and separate washrooms. The proposal is a partnership between property owner Terry Segarty and BC Housing.
1914

It happened this week in 1914

Jan. 3 - 9: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

  • Jan 8, 2021
1914
Wolf photo by Brian Hay

2020 hunting season review and wildlife update: Part II

This is Part II of a three-part series by F.J. Hurtak, looking at the issues of the 2020 hunting and wildlife management seasons, which will appear in the Cranbrook Townsman over the next issues

Wolf photo by Brian Hay
The Prayer of St. Francis

A Prayer for the New Year

Yme Woensdregt I have written before that I don’t usually make New…

  • Jan 8, 2021
The Prayer of St. Francis
Illustration: Mitch Blunt/The Guardian

Gwynne Dyer on “American” Democracy

Democracy as the default mode in the world will survive its current difficulties

  • Jan 7, 2021
Illustration: Mitch Blunt/The Guardian
There was passion — and in some quarters, panic — in the pyrotechnics New Year's Eve in Cranbrook.

There was passion in the pyrotechnics

In my view, dear people of Cranbrook, the irruption of fireworks around…

There was passion — and in some quarters, panic — in the pyrotechnics New Year's Eve in Cranbrook.
The Greek word translated “inn” in Luke 2:7 actually refers to a guest room like this one from a reconstructed Israelite house, which doubled as a storage room when not housing visitors. (ucg.org — Scott Ashley/Explorations in Antiquity Center, LaGrange, Georgia)

Away in a Manger? The Protoevangelium and the kataluma

Yme Woensdregt We all know what a nativity scene is supposed to…

  • Dec 31, 2020
The Greek word translated “inn” in Luke 2:7 actually refers to a guest room like this one from a reconstructed Israelite house, which doubled as a storage room when not housing visitors. (ucg.org — Scott Ashley/Explorations in Antiquity Center, LaGrange, Georgia)
RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.

Reflecting on the year that was in the RDEK

Board chair Rob Gay talks about the challenges faced and addressed by the regional district

  • Dec 31, 2020
RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.
A Turkish TB-2 drone: They’re dead cheap ($1-2 million per copy), and they are very good at killing tanks. (The Daily Sabah)

Military spending: Defending the indefensible

Gwynne Dyer The recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan made sense, in…

  • Dec 31, 2020
A Turkish TB-2 drone: They’re dead cheap ($1-2 million per copy), and they are very good at killing tanks. (The Daily Sabah)
1913

It happened this week in 1913/14

December 27 – January 2: Items compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

  • Dec 31, 2020
1913
Pictured are the travelling ladybugs of Ladybug Coffee that made headlines this year. Megan Rokeby-Thomas, owner of Ladybug Coffee at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal, had no choice but to close up shop this past spring. An art project that started out as just a few rocks turned into a province-wide sensation. (Submitted file)

Opinion: Coming together for the greater good

Despite a trying year, community spirit remains alive and well

Pictured are the travelling ladybugs of Ladybug Coffee that made headlines this year. Megan Rokeby-Thomas, owner of Ladybug Coffee at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal, had no choice but to close up shop this past spring. An art project that started out as just a few rocks turned into a province-wide sensation. (Submitted file)
Cranbrook firefighters responded to a fire at the former legion building on Sept. 1. Emergency services personnel battled the blaze in tough conditions, as heavy winds pushed the fire over to May May’s Restaurant, which was beside the property. Trevor Crawley photo.

Looking back on an unprecedented year

It’s difficult to quantify the events of 2020. Indeed, it’s hard to…

Cranbrook firefighters responded to a fire at the former legion building on Sept. 1. Emergency services personnel battled the blaze in tough conditions, as heavy winds pushed the fire over to May May’s Restaurant, which was beside the property. Trevor Crawley photo.
Alexei Navalny said he prank called some of his alleged poisoners.(AP: Pavel Golovkin)

Underpants, Beards and Consonants

Gwynne Dyer on Navalny’s poisoned underwear, new beard science, and ways of speaking to help prevent Covid

  • Dec 24, 2020
Alexei Navalny said he prank called some of his alleged poisoners.(AP: Pavel Golovkin)
The first Christmas was pretty simple

Woensdregt: The first Christmas was pretty simple

Yme Woensdregt I saw a meme on Facebook this season which says,…

  • Dec 24, 2020
The first Christmas was pretty simple