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Taxpayers paid $8m to keep St. Paul’s Hospital land buy off provincial books

February 17, 2019

$156.7m property vacant as NDP mulled business plan, spends billions on other hospitals

The process of buying Vancouver land to build a new St. Paul’s Hospital cost B.C. taxpayers about $8 million with the deal kept off the public accounts, and financing shuffled through the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care. Now, the $156.7 million piece of land has sat vacant, waiting for the BC NDP government – which has pledged more than $23 billion in other hospital spending since taking office – to mull the business case for the proposed billion-dollar hospital and research facility on Vancouver’s False Creek Flats.…


Idea pitched for upscale backcountry huts between Cypress and Squamish

Huts would be off the grid, powered by solar and heated by solar vacuum tubes

A Vancouver architect is floating plans for a series of staffed huts in the backcountry giving long-distance hikers a chic place to rest on a trek from Cypress Provincial Park to Squamish. Stephane Laroye said he is importing the idea for a High Alpine Hut Network from Switzerland where he has enjoyed many multi-day hikes.…


Park City patrollers reach labour deal with Vail Resorts

Agreement includes compensation for patrollers, safety personnel with specialized skills

Park City ski patrollers have reached a two-year labour agreement with Vail Resorts that will recognize workers with specialized skills and certification. Announced last week, the deal follows months of negotiations between the Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association, part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7781, and Vail Resorts, owner of Park City Mountain Resort (and Whistler Blackcomb).…


The people problem

“Even though people are capable of making decisions in a thorough and methodical way, it appears that most of the time they don’t.” So begins the abstract of a landmark 2002 paper by avalanche educator Ian McCammon.…


Party for a cause with the Mountain Top Gala

Two days of fun for a good cause are set to take place on March 1 and 2 as part of the annual Telus Winter Classic, which benefits the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. The first party is Whistler Winetastic where attendees can try a range of wine, beer, spirits and cheese, as well as appetizers from local restaurants, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on March 1 from 7:30 until 10 p.m.…


Whistler Mountain Ski Club pair off to Junior Worlds

February 16, 2019

Jordan and Alexander set to ski in Italy

Two Whistler Mountain Ski Club alums are off to Italy for the FIS Junior World Ski Championships. Asher Jordan and Kyle Alexander, both 19, were among 11 young skiers named to the team last week.…


Cozy up for the Community Book Club

Now into its fourth year, the program grows its ranks

The Whistler Public Library might host programs every weekday night, but for Jeanette Bruce, one monthly event is a highlight: the Community Book Club. “This is a bold statement, but I think it’s my favourite program—and we run a lot of programs,” says Bruce, program coordinator with the library.…


Mountain bikers conquer the epic Annapurna Circuit

Quartet to speak about their journey at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Elladee Brown embodies a freewheeling spirit. Have mountain bike, will travel – that’s the North Vancouver resident and world champion medallist’s mantra.…


Children should be seen and heard

Summer 2018 was Sweden’s hottest since record-keeping began more than 260 years ago—marked by drought, wildfires and extremely low reservoir levels. That was too much for 15-year-old Greta Thunberg.…


Whistler council hits the advocacy trail

Council brief: Ministerial meetings, conferences abound in council’s first early months

Whistler’s new mayor and council have been out and about in recent weeks, attending conferences and meetings in the hopes of building relationships and better advocating for local residents. Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton recently sat down with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz to talk about shared priorities moving forward, Crompton said in his mayor’s report at the Feb. 12 council meeting.…


Mountain News: Tahoe gets dumped on, but there will be far less by 2100

TRUCKEE, Calif.—Ski resorts of the Tahoe-Truckee area of the Sierra Nevada have been getting the kind of dumps for which they’ve long been known. One recent storm alone delivered more than 1.8 metres of snow, with another such storm over the weekend predicted to deliver 1.5 to two metres to areas above 2,134 metres.…


Pemberton students to build housing and learning opportunities

Sea to Sky school district proposes student construction project

Sitting on the edge of the Pemberton Secondary School property is a lot filled with learning potential. At the Feb. 13 School District 48 board meeting, assistant superintendent Chris Nicholson presented a draft to develop the lot into a residential housing project—with the help of Grade 10 to 12 students.…


Action in the age of apathy

At the height of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history earlier this year, a Twitter user made the astute observation that the French would never allow tens of thousands of federal workers to go weeks without pay—at least without taking to the streets first. It got me thinking about the cultural factors at play in different societies, and how those distinct norms either encourage or dissuade activism.…


New app aims to improve backcountry safety

AdventureSmart app comes with trip-planning feature

Looking for a tool to plan a safe ski tour or hiking trip? There’s an app for that now.…


Black looks back on Jr. Worlds

February 15, 2019

Biathlete rises to the occasion for Canada

At the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Youth/Junior World Championships, Whistler Nordic Development Centre biathlete Larissa Black held her own against a strong field that boasted many senior IBU Cup athletes. At the competition, which ran from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3 in Osrblie, Slovakia, Black helped the Canadian team to a ninth-place finish in the Junior Women 3×6-kilometre relay event with Nadia Moser and Emily Dickson.…


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