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September 19, 2014 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman

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  • Vol. 63, Issue 181 Proudly serving Cranbrook and area since 1951



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    We are having a wonderful and awesomely successful Tim Horton Smile Cookie Campaign this week. We, the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary, and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, together with both Tim Horton locations are hoping to raise $15,000 to purchase a Glidescope for our very own HART team here at the EKRH. Pictured above are: CHCA President Bonnie B. Close; Odette Rouse, Senior Convenor; Jean Motherwell, Treasurer; Ericka Phillips, E.K. Acute Health Services Administrato; Ann Sakowitz, CHCA Life Member; First Vice President Melanie Dodgson.

    A R N E P E T RYS H E NTownsman Staff

    Canada Posts decision to end door-to-door delivery and switch to community mailboxes could have bigger issues at stake, says one Cran-brook councillor.

    Coun. Sharon Cross said the Crown corporation maybe has not taken into consider-ation the direct impact to local governments in terms of land use policies, rights of way, in-frastructure for paving, light-ing, waste management and public safety.

    Then they go on to say in this letter from Canada Post: with respect to mail theft we work with local police to fully investigate any incident and we continually strengthen the security features of our CNBs

    to keep mail secure. Cross said at the Sept. 14 council meeting. Well, Canada Post doesnt pay for our police ser-vices. We do. And by going to these boxes I just think that keeping our mail secure is going to be a real issue.

    The letter from Canada Post talks about the conver-sion of community mailboxes as the cornerstone of the plan to develop its business.

    Stetski noted that original-ly the city had asked Canada Post representatives to come to council to address concerns and answer questions. Cana-da Post responded that they would come at the appropri-ate time. That likely would be when the actual phase out is occurring.

    Canada Post mentioned a

    package that is going out to for residents who request accom-modation in order to help the company ensure that those with disabilities and seniors can still access mail.

    Coun. Gerry Warner sug-gested that city staff should request copies for council.

    Id like to see whats in that package and know what their concept of providing us with a great new service, Warner said, adding: though I really dont think it will be anything of the kind.

    Canada Post has said that the move away from door-to-door is a necessity.

    Digital alternatives are re-placing traditional mail and that trend will accelerate, wrote Susan Margles, from Canada Post. We had to

    transform our business in the face of rapidly declining mail volumes that have put the na-tional postal service at risk.

    It is our aim that we re-main an efficient, modern postal service that protects taxpayers and is aligned with the choices consumers are making.

    Margles noted the con-cerns about access to the community mailboxes, saying the issue accessibility issue has been the subject of a great deal of consideration. She also noted a program to help individuals who may have dif-ficulties accessing the mail-boxes.

    Residents who need spe-cial accommodation to access the mailboxes can call Canada Post at 1-844-454-3009.

    Canada Post changes could have financial implications for city, councillor says

    TRE VOR CR AWLEYTownsman Staff

    B.C.s public school teachers have ratified a hard-bargained six-year contract, ending a bitter months-long strike and allowing the start of the school year for half a million students.

    Results of a province-wide vote were an-nounced late Thursday, with 86 per cent of the 31,741 teachers who cast ballots voting in fa-vour of the agreement.

    In Cranbrook, local teachers put the tenta-tive deal between their union and the provin-cial government to a vote on Thursday at the Heritage Inn.

    Closed to the public, they met during the af-ternoon to air out any last minute concerns with the contract that could potentially be in place for the next six years.

    The meeting went well, said Shelley Bal-four, president of the

    Cranbrook District Teachers Association. My teachers are very conscientious and had already reviewed the memorandum of agree-ment which we just got late in the [Wednesday] evening. The members asked a lot of good ques-tions, there was a lot of good discussions and theyre ready to move on.

    Teachers had the op-tion of an advance poll on Wednesday and voted in meet ins across the province on Thurs-day, the results of which will be tabulated by the British Columbia Teach-ers Federation (BCTF).

    I think the teachers will be excited to get back to work, said Bal-four. Weve been off for a long time, theyre missing their kids, theyre missing their jobs and I think that the mood in the room was very positive.

    Teachers vote on contract

    TRE VOR CR AWLEYThe B.C. Coroners

    Service has identified two men who died fol-lowing an industrial motor vehicle incident near Cranbrook on Tuesday.

    Murray Neil Fadden, 36, of Dryden, Ontario, and Larry John Chor-neyko, 58, of Arran, Sas-katchewan, were pro-nounced dead at an ac-cident scene 16 kilome-tres outside of the city after their Mini Mack truck crashed and over-

    turned.Fadden and Chor-

    neyko, employed by a Swansea Ridge Quarry, were driving on a mine site access road that ran parallel to a conveyor. With Fadden behind the wheel and Chorneyko as the passenger, the the truck lost control at the bottom of the track on a steep descent.

    The B.C. Coroners Service and the B.C. In-spector of Mines contin-ue to investigate these deaths.

    Two dead after industrial accident

    86 % of 31,741 teachers who cast ballots in favour of new agreement;

    Schools to open Monday

    See SCHOOL, Page 5

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