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Time to demand proportional representation

October 27, 2019

Letters to the Editor for the week of Oct. 24

Once again, the farce we call our democratic system raises its ugly head with the simple fact that Canada’s popular vote does not reflect the seats in the house. A promise broken by the Liberals.…


Fungus Among Us adds more than 20 new mushroom species to Whistler’s record

Sold-out event could move to new venue for popular talks next year

According to the Whistler Naturalists’ Bob Brett, there’s a saying among mycologists that gets at mushrooms’ critical importance to our ecosystem: “No fungi, no forests.” For 17 years, the Naturalists’ Fungus Among Us festival has sought to drive home this point through a series of engaging mushroom tours, talks and culinary tastings.…


The prettiest of poisons

October 26, 2019

Celebrating ends of all sorts in the ‘spirits’ of Halloween

Ah, my little pretties. Your time of year is nigh, and this Halloween I’m happy to report that after far too many cutesy giraffes and merry mermaids in recent years you’ll see plenty of witches and scary “Its” this haunting season, at least that’s what Google predicts as it tracks the most popular costumes.…


Freestyle Whistler grad receives $10,000 grant

Slopestyler primed for exciting 2019-20 campaign

Freestyle Whistler alumnus Skye Clarke got a major boost in advance of her 2019-20 campaign. The 17-year-old slopestyler received a $10,000 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence grant, with $5,000 going to her and the other half going to her coach.…


Fraudsters denied driver’s licences under new rules

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James has announced the first “significant” updates to the Securities Act since 2011 to ensure better enforcement and collection tools for the province’s capital markets regulator. The B.C. Securities Commission, which regulates the buying and selling of securities, will have “the strongest enforcement and collection tools in the country to help crack down on white collar crime,” a government statement said.…


Rezoning application promises big changes to Nita Lake

Letters to the Editor for the week of Oct. 24

I am concerned that a major change to the visual landscape of our municipality is coming, with little-to-no notice for residents as many readers may not have seen the notices about the Public Open House concerning a proposed new rezoning application RZ1157, 5298 Alta Lake Road. However, G.D. Maxwell once again is on top of another controversial development and calls it exactly as it actually is (Oct. 17, Pique “Misguided proposal not what Whistler needs”).…


The election’s over; now let’s get to work

The election may be over, but there’s no time to be complacent. Canadian voters—and many people too young to vote—demanded that politicians take climate disruption seriously.…


Whistler Blackcomb leading the charge on Vail Resorts’ sustainability efforts

Last year, the resort diverted 71% of its waste and used less electricity than in 2005

when vail resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb (WB) in a whopping US$1.06-billion deal back in 2016, the Colorado-based ski giant had already been looking to other corporations for a sustainability model that worked. As it turned out, they needn’t look any further than Whistler.…


Pemberton council gets a look at Sea to Sky RCMP strategic plan

October 25, 2019

Council briefs: Request for speed limit review; ‘Aggressive dog’ bylaw amendment

Village of Pemberton (VOP) council learned more about the Sea to Sky RCMP’s priorities during its Oct. 22 regular council meeting. Insp.…


Phone scammer poses as Whistler police officer

Caller reportedly posed as a tax agent demanding payment; called back posing as RCMP officer

In what Whistler police are calling a “CRA scam with a twist,” a caller who reportedly posed as a tax agent demanding payment later called back posing as an RCMP officer, according to a release. At about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, the Whistler RCMP received a report from an individual who said they had been contacted by someone claiming to be a CRA agent who had a warrant for their arrest.…


New cable for Sea to Sky Gondola arrives in Squamish

The haul rope turned up earlier than expected

The new cable for the Sea to Sky Gondola has arrived, a significant step forward toward the tourist attraction’s re-opening after its previous haul rope was cut by a saboteur. On Oct. 24, the brand new cable completed its 8,275-kilometre journey from Switzerland to Squamish.…


Trans Mountain says it’s hired thousands of people

One of the reasons why the Trudeau government said it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline and supported the expansion project was jobs. Lots of jobs.…


Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals

A new study of seals and porpoises in the Salish Sea shows how antibiotic-resistant bacteria proliferate in coastal waterways.

One Friday afternoon in August, Stephanie Norman was performing a routine necropsy, hacking away at the remains of a large, pneumonia-stricken harbour seal, when she nicked herself with the scalpel. She thought nothing of it until she woke up Sunday morning.…


Whistler hockey player shining in Winnipeg

Puckster tallies three points in first game

While a resigned “Going to Winnipeg” has been a punchline in more than its share of travel advertisements, heading to the Manitoba capital has worked out just fine for Whistler hockey player Jackson Leppard. The 20-year-old was dealt from the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Prince George Cougars, where he’d played parts of the past five seasons and was their longest-tenured player, to the Winnipeg Ice on Oct. 19.…


It’s the spookiest time of the year

Celebrate with Whistler’s most haunting Halloween parties and family friendly events

It’s time to pull your scariest mask out of the costume bin—Halloween is just around the corner. Luckily for Whistler, Halloween is not a one-night-only ordeal in this community.…


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