Looking back on 2014: Part IV

The year's top stories, seen day to day through the pages of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman

Country music star George Canyon played the Key City Theatre in October

Country music star George Canyon played the Key City Theatre in October

October 1

A new executive director took the helm of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook. Charlotte Murray took over in late August after the departure of former executive director Damon Colgan.

October 2

Cranbrook resident Lee Pratt announced he would be running for mayor against incumbent Wayne Stetski in the upcoming municipal election. So far, only Pratt and Stetski had announced their candidacy for the mayor’s seat.

October 3

The Cranbrook Boy and Girls Club received a new playhouse for their outdoor enclosure play area.

October 4

The Cops for Kids All Male Fashion Show was a huge success. Over $9,500 was raised through the 12th annual fashion show held at Tamarack Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

October 7

Fire season was all but over, but conditions were still dry enough to be a danger, according to a fire information officer for the Southeast Fire Centre.

October 8

The B.C. government sat for a rare fall legislative session to tackle the issue of liquid natural gas (LNG) and the taxation policy behind it, according to Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

Read by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, the speech laid out priorities for the Liberal government, which includes legislation on the tax structure and greenhouse gas emissions on LNG policy.

October 9

At the Monday, Oct. 6 city council meeting, CAO Wayne Staudt gave a rundown of some of the projects that the energy manager is working on to bring about those goals.

Last year the city entered into an agreement with BC Hydro to hire an energy manager and Jay Armstrong was hired for the role.

October 10

The city went through an alternate approval process to borrow up to $700,000 to replace the spray irrigation Motor Control Center.

October 14

Three years after the St. Mary’s Band (aq’am) first discussed their goal of having the Kootenays’ first biomass heating system, the Band broke ground on their District Heating Project. The system, which utilizes biomass waste and is carbon neutral, was the first of its kind in the Kootenays. The system would provide heat to the Community’s new school.

October 15

The investigation continued into an incident Sunday, where a Cranbrook man was attacked by a grizzly while hunting near Fernie. Wilf Lloyd was reported to be in stable condition in Calgary, where he was airlifted after the Sunday morning attack.  Lloyd also sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. His hunting partner — Lloyd’s son-in-law — shot the bear several times in an attempt to rescue Lloyd. One of the shots hit Lloyd in the leg. He underwent surgery on Sunday, and again on Tuesday.

October 16

The Oct. 12 deadline passed, and forward progress on Jumbo Glacier Resort was put on hold — at least for the time being. After the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) released their administrative audit the prior week, which found the Jumbo proponents to be in non-compliance of their commitments, the certificate will not be renewed pending decision by the Minister of Environment, Mary Polak. Some of the issues in question include streamflow, fish habitat and water quality monitoring.

October 17

The Cranbrook Women’s Shelter was in dire need of donations. Budget restraints and a severe decline in community donations have meant the centre is currently unable to offer food programs. A $300 donation from the city in the form of emergency funding went a small way to help, but donations from the community were needed.

October 23

Canada Post sent a letter to council that week talking about its planned conversion away from door to door and into community mailboxes over the next five years.

Canada Post wrote that they have “developed a process to help ensure Canadians with disabilities and seniors continue to have access to their mail after they transition to a (Community Mail Box).”

October 24

It was reported that after a year of intense training, a Cranbrook athlete’s ambition to make Canada’s Paralympic team for Brazil 2016 is making forward progress. Swimmer Jennifer Depippo competed in the Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Dec. 5-7.

October 27

Residents packed the Manual Training Centre Oct. 23 hoping to make up their minds about whether or not Cranbrook should continue with water fluoridation. Spectators showed up to watch a debate between Dr. Alastair Nicoll, an area dentist and a supporter of fluoride in the water supply, and Dr. James Beck, co-author of ‘The Case Against Fluoride’, and an advocate for ceasing fluoridation.

October 29

For the first time in Cranbrook’s history of municipal voting, a computer would be used to tabulate all the results. The new system would still involve paper ballots, but a machine would take the ballots and deposit them into a sealed box, tracking all the results in a memory card.

October 30

The Symphony of the Kootenays launched its new season with a dynamic concert at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, Saturday, Oct. 25.

October 31

The 16 candidates for city councillor and the three for mayor went before a large crowd at the Key City Theatre to debate the merits of their platforms for the public on Oct. 29. The JCI Kootenay all-candidates forum brought out 600 or so members of the public to the event.

2014: The Year in

Review concludes Monday, Jan. 5.