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Temperatures rising



By Allen Best

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – The Columbia River Basin, which includes Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Panorama resort areas, has warmed 1.5 degrees Celsius during the past century, compared to the average global temperature increase of about 0.6 degrees Celsius, according to a new report.

The report, which was commissioned by the Columbia Basin Trust, found that the greatest increases in temperatures occurred during winter months, and particularly during nighttimes — as predicted by the theory of global warming.

“Summers are becoming a little warmer, but winters are becoming a lot warmer,” said the report. “In this sense, it could be said that the Basin has become less cold rather than warmer.”

Glaciers have diminished dramatically since 1985, by an average of 16 per cent — but with far more loss of ice in individual areas.

“Whether you are involved in building a house, a new water system, or constructing a new school or highway or considering a far-reaching change in land use, the possible implications of a different set of climate conditions in the future should be considered,” the report advised.


Canmore Hotel saved

CANMORE, Alberta – The 116-year-old Canmore Hotel, the oldest building in the town and also the oldest wooden hotel in Alberta, will be not razed, as some had feared. Instead, a Calgary-based firm, Heritage Property Corporation, which specializes in restoration, has purchased the structure.

“We look at all of our projects as children — special and endearing in different ways,” said Neil Richardson, president of the firm.

Why keep old buildings alive?

“It really is a landmark structure for Canmore and very much a symbol of a Canmore that is long since passed, and so it is very much of an icon for the long-term resident,” said Canmore Mayor Ron Casey, alluding to Canmore’s past as a coal-mining town. “If we were to see the Canmore Hotel removed from the landscape, it would be almost the last piece of our history going out of the door.”

Age alone makes the hotel significant, but use makes it meaningful, a local heritage activist, Cathy Jones, told the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Richardson, the developer, agreed: “The bricks and the mortar and the wood and the windows are interesting, but there is a whole history and stories behind them,” he said. “Everyone talks about the facade, as long as we preserve the face we’ll be happy. But that’s not enough.”