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Budget proposes 2.25% tax increase

February 22, 2018

Solid waste, sewer parcel fees also going up

Whistlerites can expect another small tax increase this year, along with rising solid waste and sewer parcel fees. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is proposing a 2.25-per-cent increase to property taxes, a 4.5-per-cent increase to solid waste user fees and a 1.1-per-cent increase to sewer parcel taxes.…


Childcare funding good news for Whistler

February 21, 2018

Daycare facilities remain challenged to find certified staff

For young Whistler families, finding daycare is a major challenge. At Mountain Minis Childcare, the vast majority of phone calls are from parents wondering where they sit on the daycare’s two-year waitlist.…


Council approves new transportation recommendations

Medium- and long-term actions to build on steps taken in 2017

Building on work done last year, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is moving forward with more transportation initiatives for 2018 and 2019. But whereas last year’s actions — which included things like pay parking in the day lots, free transit on summer weekends, bike valets and more — were largely under the control of the RMOW, moving forward will require more cooperation, said transportation demand management coordinator Emma DalSanto in a presentation to council on Feb. 20.…


Draft budget shows $40M in 2018 projects

Have your say at open house on Thursday, Feb. 22

Some early details regarding Whistler’s 2018 budget have been revealed ahead of the budget open house to be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Draft materials posted to www.whistler.ca/budget show an outline of spending over the coming years, though the Resort Municipality of Whistler said information about tax increases would have to wait until the open house Thursday night.…


Whistler Blackcomb ski instructors leading union push

Group has support of UFCW 1518, which represents over 20,000 members in a number of industries

A group of ski instructors is leading the push to organize workers at Whistler Blackcomb (WB) — and it has the support of one of the Lower Mainland’s largest unions behind it. For the past year, a small cadre of Snow School instructors have been working with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union 1518 (UFCW), based out of New Westminster.…


Re-jigging the jigsaw

You hear a lot these days about habitat destruction, the loss of forests, shorelines, and wetlands, and the long-term costs of these to everything from the ecosystem services we humans rely on, to the planetary carbon cycle that threads everything together. And while the pace of degradation shows no signs of slowing, there is at least one thing that’s speeding up to meet the challenge: eco-restoration.…


Local poet releases book to help address mental health issues

in the shade available now at Armchair Books, on Amazon and at the library

Dayna Gosselin drew inspiration for her poetry from an unlikely source: federal offenders who had recently served their time and were reintegrating into society. “I was completely inspired by how resilient these individuals are,” she says.…


LB Productions take positivity show on the road

Students to perform in Pemberton, Lillooet on March 2

Conversations around bullying in schools are good, but action is better. That was the inspiration behind The Positivity Tour, says Anita Burleson, who runs LB Productions, a Whistler children’s theatre company.…


Just for the thrill of it

What drives extreme athletes to keep pushing their limits in the face of repeated danger?

There’s a heart-pounding moment when Paul McSorley swings his axe into the last bit of cascading ice a few feet below the top of the Stawamus Chief. His breath hangs in the -4 Celsius air as he kicks his crampons into steps.…


Finding Olympic inspiration

A couple of years ago, I was cleaning out my childhood bedroom and found a project from elementary school. The task was to write an autobiography, including a list of ambitions.…


Erratic driving leads to drug charge

Police Briefs: RCMP helps lost skiers and boarders to safety

A local man is facing drug charges after police discovered suspected drugs in his vehicle on a routine traffic stop. Just after midnight on Saturday, Feb. 17, an officer on patrol noticed a man “driving erratically” at on Highway 99 near Nordic Drive.…


Doobie doobie do…

Canada is inching its way toward the legalization of marijuana, and while some are crying foul over the slow pace of this Liberal election promise, I, for one, am quite content with the time it is taking. The bills governing cannabis, C-45 (The Cannabis Act) and C-46 (to tighten the rules on impaired driving — you will not be allowed to use cannabis in a car) are sitting stuck in the Senate waiting for about 20 senators to weigh in on the issue.…


Cairns cracks Paralympic team

WMSC alum off to South Korea

Alex Cairns was a bit of a late starter in para-Alpine skiing, but he’s peaked at the right time. The 26-year-old Squamish resident and Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumnus, who started skiing at 16, was named to Canada’s Paralympic team in an announcement on Feb. 16.…


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While it was kicking ass and taking numbers this past weekend, Black Panther also officially ended the pre-Oscar cinematic doldrums with a massive box office haul accompanied by what almost resembles a social movement. Wakanda forever!…


Frustration evident at Nordic open house

Letters continue to pile up in response to Garibaldi Way rezoning

An information session on Monday, Feb. 19 regarding a contentious rezoning application in Whistler’s Nordic neighbourhood was standing room only. About 100 people showed up to the Whistler Conference Centre to learn more about the 74-unit employee-housing proposal on Garibaldi Way, and to ask questions of the proponents and municipal staff.…


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