Blog

Rick Desautel shot an elk to prove the Arrow Lakes Band—–unrecognized as a First Nation in Canada–still exists

November 21, 2019

In the early morning hours of an October day in 2010, Rick and Linda Desautel left their hunting camp on traditional Sinixt lands near Vallican, British Columbia, and drove to the steep, thickly forested hills a few miles away. After the road faded to gravel, they turned left at a blue Valhalla Provincial Park sign, and continued to climb.…


Bobcat in the Squamish Estuary [VIDEO]

Squamish’s Chris Dale captured this stunning footage of a bobcat (Lynx rufus) slinking through the grass in the estuary. “I expected it to wander out into the open but instead it decided to have a nap in the late afternoon sun,” Dale told The Chief.…


Whistler U14s top Burnaby tourney

Victory helps soccer squad gain confidence

The Whistler U14 girls’ soccer team has a bit of pep in its step after a big victory on Remembrance Day weekend. The squad, which boasts players from Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and Lil’wat Nation, came home from Burnaby with a tournament win after posting three wins and a draw in the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club’s annual one-day tournament on Nov. 11.…


Share your thoughts on the budget

It’s budget season again (was that a groan I heard?). Last week, we learned that the proposed budget comes with a 2.8 per cent property tax increase for 2020 (That’s down 0.1 per cent from last year) along with two-per-cent increases to sewer, water parcel and solid-waste fees.…


Seniors want reconsideration of new Whistler Housing Authority rental criteria

Main issue surrounds new $300K asset limit to rent restricted units

Members of Whistler’s senior community are hoping the municipality will reconsider the Whistler Housing Authority’s (WHA) new rental criteria, which they say does not accommodate seniors’ often distinct financial situations. In July, council adopted the new criteria, which set out to refine WHA eligibility and enforcement guidelines to ensure more equitable access to non-market housing.…


Rezoning for Whistler Blackcomb housing building moves ahead

Council gives first two readings, with public hearing to follow

A rezoning for a new 200-plus-bed Whistler Blackcomb (WB) staff-housing building is headed to a public hearing after receiving first two readings at the Nov. 19 Whistler council meeting. The proposed building is six storeys tall with 66, two-bedroom units each about 40 square metres in size.…


Letters to the Editor for the week of November 21

The elephant in the room As [Protect our Winter Canada board chair] Mike Douglas so succinctly stated: “It doesn’t matter if we’re perfect here in Whistler.…


Free will astrology for the week of November 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
“Beware of what disturbs the heart,” said Ibn Mas’ud, a companion of the prophet Mohammed. “If something unsettles your heart, then abandon it.”…


Flushing the details out of Whistler’s $4.5M bathrooms

RMOW confident increased spend is reasonable, mayor says

A tendering process for a project to build three public washroom facilities in Whistler Village attracted no bids within the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) originally budgeted amount of $3 million, forcing the municipality to rethink the project—which led to a new budget of $4.58 million, according to Mayor Jack Crompton. The original estimate of $3 million was low, and a new budget was built after an “extensive overview” that is in line with best practices, the mayor said, adding that the RMOW is confident the new total is reasonable.…


Under the wide brim of western reconciliation…

After the morning rain, in the brief interlude of afternoon sunshine, I sat on the Longhorn patio, nursing a local IPA, watching machines dismantle the last of Whistler’s bike park, wondering when the earth tones would be replaced by 50 shades of white, listening to a table full of Instant Locals agonize over the lack of snow and realizing I’ve finally been here long enough that I don’t agonize anymore—I’ll just take it whenever it finally comes. The sun had warmth but was playing hide and seek with increasingly threatening-looking clouds.…


Leading experts will talk electric-vehicle policy in Whistler

Saturday, Nov. 23 event will be held at the Fairmont, and is free to attend

While it’s now widely accepted that the future of personal transportation is likely electric, questions remain about how we can get to the point where electric vehicles (EVs) outnumber gasoline-powered ones in a timely manner. An upcoming panel discussion—which is set to take place at the…


Police seeking information on two recent canoe thefts

November 20, 2019

Police Briefs: Three-car crash; Pack the Cruiser fundraiser

In what is a thoroughly Canadian crime, two canoes were reportedly stolen over the past few weeks, and Whistler police are asking the public for help in getting them back. The first report came on Oct. 28, when investigators learned a five-metre, yellow Kevlar Clipper Solitude Solo canoe was stolen from the 3200 block of Archibald Way.…


Theo and the Thugs ready to take over Squamish Punk Night

Members from Canadian punk vets Gob headline the Knotty Burl Nov. 29

Just days out from the launch of his side project’s first-ever tour, Theo Goutzinakis—one of the founding members of Canadian punk veterans Gob—is cracking the whip. “I got the boys with me, they’re all in the background here changing back into their dry clothes from sweatin,'” the guitarist and vocalist says over the phone, in the direct aftermath of rehearsal.…


The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s executive director is stepping down

Brady Smith is set to leave his post on Jan. 1, 2020

Brady Smith is stepping down as executive director of Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), after nearly five years in the role. During his half-decade at the organization’s helm, Smith’s accomplishments have been “monumental in growing the SLCC’s business capacity and national reach,” the centre stated in a release on Wednesday.…


Poll-by-poll results reveal voting patterns in North Van, West Van ridings

While voters on the North Shore returned Liberal candidates to all three North Shore seats on election night, a look at poll-by-poll results showed distinct differences in how various areas of the North Shore’s three ridings cast their ballots. In North Vancouver, Liberal winner Jonathan Wilkinson’s support appeared to be distributed fairly evenly throughout the riding.…


Website by AboutWebsites.ca