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Travels over water—Part I

June 4, 2020

My very first canoe was handcrafted of birchbark and cedar, formed and decorated in the Algonquin style. Its squat, rounded ends, sharp at the root-laced stems and curving gracefully towards its passengers, opened gently amidships to form a spacious, perfectly apportioned lake traveller.…


The way forward

While we have yet to see how Phase 2 of B.C.’s post-COVID-19 re-opening plan will impact the number of people who come down with the virus, we have been given a glimpse of what lies in store for tourism. There is pent-up demand for getaways from B.C. residents, but there is also concern from destination resorts about how to handle the visitors.…


Ski groups voice ‘disappointment’ over lack of glacier access

Decision puts Canadian athletes at a disadvantage, groups say

As the cycle of COVID-19 cancellations continues, news on June 1 that Whistler Blackcomb (WB) will not be allowing glacier skiing or riding this summer wasn’t entirely unexpected—but that didn’t take the sting off the disappointment. “Devastating, all around, but I guess I can’t say I’m totally surprised,” said John Smart, director of Momentum Ski Camps, when asked for his reaction.…


Sea to Sky students head back to school

About a third of B.C. school kids returned to classrooms on June 1

About 60 per cent of eligible students in the Sea to Sky School District (SD48) returned to classes on Monday, June 1, the first day the province’s schools were re-opened on a part-time, voluntary basis. That equals about 21 per cent of the entire school population.…


Letters to the Editor for the week of June 3rd

Parenting in a pandemic: Tools from a child therapist Jimmy Fallon joked earlier in this pandemic that the Olympics were cancelled and the medals were given to the parents stuck at home 24/7 with young children.…


Free will astrology for the week of June 3rd

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Aries poet Paul Verlaine wrote “Autumn Song” in 1866. It became a well-known French poem, and eventually played a role in a historical turning point.…


School in fall likely to be mix of classroom and remote learning, minister says

June 3, 2020

The new school year starting in September is likely to be a hybrid model combining classroom and online learning, says Education Minister Rob Fleming. That would make it much like what students will be experiencing this month as they return to classes after an approximately six-week layoff.…


Horgan calls for national anti-racism program; will pitch idea to PM, premiers

VICTORIA – B.C. Premier John Horgan is calling on the federal government to lead an anti-racism program, saying fighting racism needs a nationwide plan to ensure the participation and support of Canadians. The premier said Wednesday he will lobby for a national anti-racism program during a conference call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow premiers Thursday.…


Two more COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. seniors’ homes have ended

Abbotsford’s Cottage-Worthington Pavilion and Mission’s The Cedars have not had new cases in 28 days

B.C. is down to having six active COVID-19 outbreaks at seniors’ long-term care facilities thanks to the provincial government on June 3 declaring that two outbreaks at those homes are over. Abbotsford’s Cottage-Worthington Pavilion and Mission’s The Cedars no longer have outbreaks because they have not had new cases in 28 days, or two incubation periods, said B.C. provincial health officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement.…


CRA snitch line now open to information about federal COVID-19 aid fraud

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has expanded its so-called snitch line to any tips and leads about suspected fraud in the federal government’s COVID-19 emergency aid programs. An update to the webpage for the agency’s National Leads Program Monday, states that the CRA is now accepting information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).…


Foreign cyberthreats to Canada persist: spy agency

Global Five Eyes alliance had Huawei concerns

The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) says it will continue to shine light into the dark corners of economic and technological threats by terrorists, foreign powers or companies associated with them. “Cyber-espionage, cyber-sabotage, cyber-foreign-influence, and cyberterrorism pose significant threats to Canada’s national security, its interests, as well as its economic stability,” CSIS’ newly released annual report said.…


RCMP needs your help identifying fraudster

Police Briefs: Motorcyclist involved in hit-and-run at Marketplace

Pemberton RCMP is asking the public for help identifying an unknown man who fraudulently attempted to take money out of an individual’s account at two separate banks. Police said the first incident took place at a Pemberton bank on Saturday, May 16 before a second attempt to get money at a bank in Whistler later that day.…


Vancouver council says no to legal drinking in public spaces

Chief medical health officer warns of ‘significant binge-drinking culture’ in B.C.

A Vancouver city councillor’s push to allow people to legally drink alcohol in select public spaces got shot down Tuesday after councillors opposed to the idea cited concerns about increasing alcoholism among British Columbians. Though the council vote ended in a 5-5 tie, Coun.…


Video of officer seen punching driver to be investigated: Kelowna RCMP

KELOWNA, B.C. — A video circulating on social media that appears to show a Mountie punching a combative driver doesn’t tell the full story, the Kelowna detachment’s top officer said Tuesday. The RCMP have launched an investigation into what happened, said RCMP Supt. Brent Mundle.…


Local teens organize Whistler anti-racism rally

‘We really all just need to break the silence,’ says First Nations organizer

For 15-year-old Charlize Littlelight, the discrimination she’s experienced growing up as a First Nations woman in the Sea to Sky hasn’t taken the form of the kind of overt, blatant acts of racism we often see splashed on the news. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t affected her.…


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