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2 days ago

Tom Shypitka

Tomorrow!! Monday, May 27 at the Jaffray hall. ...

2 days ago

Tom Shypitka

🌟 Volunteers Needed! 🌟

The A Night for NICU concert, featuring Canadian Country Music Stars including Meghan Patrick, JoJo Mason, Aaron Pritchett, Kelly Prescott, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, and other surprise guests, at the Fernie Demolition Derby Grounds on June 15th, 2024, is looking for volunteers to support this incredible night to help the East Kootenay’s tiniest patients!

Bartending, parking, set-up/clean-up, security, and stage assistance positions are available.

Contact [email protected] for volunteer details, schedules, and to sign-up.

If you’d like to attend the concert without volunteering, event packages can be viewed and purchased at www.thefestivalcompany.com/events/nicu/ .
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3 days ago

Tom Shypitka

A vigil was held on Saturday for another tragic loss of life to overdose. This time a child of 13 years of age. I know we are all hurting - my heart and soul goes to all those impacted. This can’t be our community. I refuse to believe or accept it. I was happy to provide some words to those many that attended. Thank you to those that brought this vigil of awareness and put forward difficult conversation.
Recovery is a multi-faceted process. Harm reduction, stigma, need to be part of that process but without the proper supports of prevention, treatment and enforcement we find ourselves with nowhere to go in a perpetual downward spiral. Drug diversion of what is referred to as”safe and clean” is now infiltrating our schools and street corners. Decriminalization has sent the wrong message to our youth and the public use of hard addictive drugs such as heroin, meth and fentanyl has normalized drug use.
This needs to be pulled back immediately. I know I will take some flack for these thoughts but it is what I truly believe. I will continue to listen and learn from those that are impacted and those professionals assisting.
If anyone is hurting, looking for support or just needs to talk, then myself and my staff can provide whatever it takes to get that help. We all need to pull together and help one another. I have talked to many mothers and fathers of those that have children lost in addiction. It breaks my heart almost daily. We must do better.
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This is sad and tragic. The solution isn't complicated. Those who sell death to children should be given similar. May the Lord watch over this young soul. May He provide strength to the family in the coming days/ years.

Nightmare. We desperately need Government funding for Mental health care. Back in the 70's and 80"s all Psychiatric Hospitals were closed. Giant mistake. Which contributes to our Homeless situation coast to coast. Thoughts?

Yes!!! I agree with you 100% Tom… totalling needs to be pulled back .. it’s so sad as to what’s happening 😞

Very sad what's happened and is happening to this province and country! The only thing thriving is political stupidity!! 🤬🤬

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5 days ago

Tom Shypitka

This is rather unfortunate. I can tell you that if their was genuine interest to truly unite like minded folks this could have gotten done. Egos have to be put aside for the best interest of the province. Right against right does not work for anyone. We heard from British Columbians and we tried to put our differences aside. I’m not going to point blame anywhere but I can honestly say that I am proud of the very reasonable compromise put forward which was ultimately rejected by the B.C. Cons. That said, I remain optimistic to bring the NDP down. There will be some interesting changes to the political landscape after the election. I am sure there will be post election mergers and it is imperative that the representative from Kootenay Rockies is well experienced and is shovel ready for these changes.Today, BC United Leader Kevin Falcon released the following statement on our attempts to work with the BC Conservatives to defeat the NDP. ...

This is rather unfortunate. I can tell you that if their was genuine interest to truly unite like minded folks this could have gotten done. Egos have to be put aside for the best interest of the province. Right against right does not work for anyone. We heard from British Columbians and we tried to put our differences aside. I’m not going to point blame anywhere but I can honestly say that I am proud of the very reasonable compromise put forward which was ultimately rejected by the B.C. Cons. That said, I remain optimistic to bring the NDP down. There will be some interesting changes to the political landscape after the election. I am sure there will be post election mergers and it is imperative that the representative from Kootenay Rockies is well experienced and is shovel ready for these changes.

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Sorry Tom Shypitka but sections 3 and 4 of the proposed framework were heavily in favor of the BC United Party. That was an unfair framework to begin with and no one on the BC United side should, in my opinion, be surprised it was rejected. As a novel test I uploaded that statement to ChatGpt and had it decide 😉 Here's what it came up with ChatGPT> Given the additional context regarding the current political landscape in British Columbia, here's a more detailed analysis of the fairness of the proposed non-competition framework between BC United and the BC Conservatives: Current Political Context - **NDP**: Currently holds 55 seats but support has significantly slipped. - **BC United**: Holds 26 seats but is now in a distant third in support. - **Greens**: Holds 2 seats, with no significant change in support. - **BC Conservatives**: Newly formed with no current seats but leading in the polls. Framework Proposal Analysis 1. **Non-Merger Clause** - **Proposal**: The parties will not merge and will remain responsible for their own campaigns and leadership. - **Impact**: Allows both parties to maintain their identities and control over their campaign strategies, which is generally fair and preserves party autonomy. 2. **Non-Aggression Pact** - **Proposal**: The parties agree not to attack each other during the campaign. - **Impact**: Beneficial for both parties to avoid negative campaigning that could split the vote and harm their collective chances against the NDP. 3. **Incumbent Protection** - **Proposal**: Parties will not run candidates against each other’s incumbents (2 BC Conservative seats and 15 BC United seats). - **Impact**: Disproportionately favors BC United. The Conservatives have no incumbents, so this clause effectively shields BC United’s existing seats from competition without offering a comparable advantage to the Conservatives, who are in a stronger polling position. 4. **Seat Distribution** - **Proposal**: BC Conservatives will run in 47 seats, BC United in 46, with BC United having more incumbents to protect. - **Impact**: This nearly equal seat distribution does not reflect the Conservatives' current polling advantage. Given that the Conservatives are leading, they might expect a larger share of the seats to capitalize on their support. The allocation seems skewed to maintain BC United’s existing power rather than adjusting for the Conservatives' new-found strength. 5. **Draft Format for Seat Division** - **Proposal**: Seats are divided in a draft format where each party alternates choices. - **Impact**: While seemingly fair in terms of process, this method still doesn't compensate for the Conservatives' leading position. It assumes parity between the two parties that the current polls do not support. 6. **Coalition Government Clause** - **Proposal**: In the event the NDP wins the most seats, the parties agree to form a coalition government, with leadership positions distributed based on the number of seats each party wins. - **Impact**: This is a strategic move to ensure both parties can influence the government if the NDP remains in power. The clause is relatively fair but its necessity highlights the expectation of neither party winning an outright majority, which may be less advantageous for the leading Conservatives. Conclusion The framework proposed by BC United does appear to disproportionately favor their party, especially given the current political context: - **Incumbent Protection**: Significantly benefits BC United as they have more incumbents, while the Conservatives have none to protect. - **Seat Distribution**: Does not adequately reflect the Conservatives' leading position in the polls. Nearly equal distribution is not aligned with their expected performance based on current support. - **Coalition Clause**: While fair, it indicates a defensive strategy that may be less appealing to the leading Conservatives who might aim for a more decisive victory. From the Conservatives' perspective, the proposed framework serves BC United's interests more by preserving their current seats and power base rather than offering a fair reflection of the new political reality where the Conservatives are leading in public support. Thus, it is understandable why John Rustad and the BC Conservatives would reject such an agreement.

Will still vote for you Tom and hope for the best.think ndp will get in because of split vote

Although many of us appreciate all your hard work Tom. The NDP have been a disaster, not sure if your party have held them accountable. Eg. hospitals not hiring back non vaxxed individuals after every other region in NorthAmerica.. have let individuals have control over their body autonomy. Is crazy IMO. Dix and Dr Bonnie still spewing their idiology… after their “science “ has proven to be wrong. There’s been zero pushback or accountability. It seems many of us feel the government ( who supposedly work for us) have ignored the citizens for far too long. Although you’ve done a great job representing your constituents… too many politicians have not. New blood, voices, ideas could be a welcome change

Kevin Falcon and John Rustad would be well advised to reconcile

Maybe you should declare independence, or jump ship...Bennet did it...but chose the wrong side after *chasing an appointment....be strong...represent us loudly, and many, is say MANY will support you...you only need about 3500 votes to win in Cbk...you would likely set a record by moving to a side ready to oppose and correct the liberal mess.

You guys need to try harder or BC is screwed. Rustad too. The parties need to merge.

Fk that. Let legacy parties die. That is what they deserve. Don't be so spineless.

Sadly this situation was created by Falcon himself when he booted John Rustad out of the caucus in an attempt to show that he rules and dissenting/differing opinions were unacceptable. That being said this shows: a) An attempt to bring the parties together to defeat the current NDP disaster and/or b) Concern by BC United that they will suffer at the polls. Either way a concentrated effort by both Conservatives and BC United to win is necessary if we hope that BC will become governed for all citizens and not select groups.

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5 days ago

Tom Shypitka

Remember when we did the Kootenay Classic Challenge a few years back?! Well we are bringing it back! More fun, more arrows to be shot, more prizes to be won! Check out the details below!
Taking place this weekend with our regular scheduled 3D Summer shoot! May 25&26th at the outdoor archery range!
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