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In conversation with BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson

March 15, 2019

Wilkinson addresses legislature’s spending controversy, Squamish housing and gas prices

Squamish’s identity, the legislature’s spending controversy, the housing crisis and gas prices were among the topics broached by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson and local MLA Jordan Sturdy in a recent interview with Pique’s sister paper The Squamish Chief. The leader of the BC Liberals was in Squamish on Mar. 14 to discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting the town.…


Finalists for Whistler Excellence Awards announced

Annual event celebrating community leaders and trailblazers set for April 30

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the Whistler Excellence Awards. The black-tie event honouring community leaders is set to take place on April 30 at the Fairmont Chateau.…


Mounting orphan B.C. oil, gas wells pose environmental, financial risks: auditor

The number of inactive oil and gas wells that have not been properly decommissioned in British Columbia continues to rise despite legislation giving a regulatory agency more powers to ensure they are put out of service in a timely way, says the auditor general. Carol Bellringer says contamination from oil and gas activity can affect human health, ecosystems, water and air quality, and the timely restoration of non-operating well sites reduces environmental risk and financial liability.…


Government should heed Unist’ot’en message

I visited the Unist’ot’en camp near Kitimat, B.C., a year ago. The people, led by Chief Freda Huson, are trying to re-establish a sustainable relationship with territory that has enabled them to flourish for millennia.…


En tu Casa delivers a taste of the Mediterranean right to your door

Like an amateur artist who has finally built up the nerve to showcase their work publicly, Javier O’Dogherty had some anxiety before sharing his paella recipe with the world. Evidently those nerves were all for naught.…


Are you catching enough zzzzs?

Research has shown that 40 per cent of Canadians will experience a form of a sleep disorder

For overworked parents and tired skiers alike, March 15, World Sleep Day, offers a perfect excuse to take a break and consider how important sleep is to out lives. “Sleep is fundamental to long term good health,” said Dr. John Fleetham, founder and co-director, Leon Judah Blackmore Centre for Sleep Disorders, in a release.…


Shauna Hardy Mishaw honoured in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report

Whistler Film Festival executive director named alongside big names in show biz from around the globe

Whistler Film Festival (WFF) executive director Shauna Hardy Mishaw was honoured last week as one of 50 women from across the globe who are making an impact in the entertainment industry. Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8, Variety, a weekly, U.S.-based entertainment trade magazine, unveiled its International Women’s Impact Report 2019 featuring big names like actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt.…


Freestyler Howell qualifies for Jr. Worlds

Young skier eager to head to Sweden

Josephine Howell is getting set for Sweden. The 17-year-old Mount Currie slopestyler has cracked the Canadian contingent for the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Klappen, Sweden in April, which was not something she had in mind early in the season.…


Pet owners feeling rental market’s squeeze

Whistler Animals Galore says many forced to surrender pets over housing

Whistler Blackcomb ski instructor Antje Schiebel never imagined living in a travel trailer on a storage lot in Pemberton. But, with a Parson terrier named Bolt in tow, Schiebel has had to make certain sacrifices when it comes to housing.…


Whistler talks climate with minister

March 14, 2019

Three ‘asks’ to be formalized in coming weeks

Whistler Councillor Arthur De Jong had three asks during a recent meeting with provincial environment and climate change strategy minister George Heyman. “One was to assist in the funding for regional transit for Mount Currie to Vancouver, the other was (that) FireSmart funding become a multi-year commitment, and the one that I take somewhat personal, is the challenge we had with being unable to impose a bylaw for closing doors, on the premise that we have to prove economic consequences in order to pass such a bylaw,” De Jong said at the March 12 council meeting.…


Twenty communities asking fossil-fuel companies to pay up

A letter-writing campaign that sparked controversy in Whistler gains momentum

Twenty municipalities have signed onto a letter-writing campaign that sparked much controversy in the Sea to Sky corridor. West Coast Environmental Law announced that its letter-writing campaign that asks fossil fuel companies to pay for the cost of climate change has gained momentum.…


Cyberattacks against Canadian businesses on the rise: report

83 per cent of companies reported breaches in past year

Cybersecurity remains an ongoing and growing problem for Canadian businesses, with an estimated 83 per cent of companies having experienced a cybersecurity breach of some kind in the past year, a new survey indicates. In its first Canada Threat Report, Massachusetts-based cybersecurity firm Carbon Black said a January survey shows 76 per cent of companies reported an increase in cyberattacks in the past year, 25 per cent saying the volume has grown by half in that period.…


d’Artois captures Crystal Globe

Whistler halfpipe skier reflects on first career crown

Even though halfpipe skier Simon d’Artois won the FIS Crystal Globe just a couple days ago, the 27-year-old still knows there are ways he can improve in future seasons. On the heels of his first-ever overall win, clinched with a second-place performance at California’s Mammoth Mountain on March 9, d’Artois recalled that the overall title wasn’t necessarily on his radar at first.…


From illustrator to painter, Brent Lynch taps into Whistler culture

New exhibit Signs opens at Mountain Galleries on Saturday, March 16

Brent Lynch seems to be having an enviable winter. The Vancouver Island painter recently returned from a stint in Mexico—where he travels once a year and has gallery representation—and, on a snowy Tuesday, was heading up to ski at his local hill, Mount Washington.…


The annals of ignorance: Part 1

I was going to call this the You Can’t Fix Stupid Files, but a precocious six-year-old of my acquaintance insists I shouldn’t call people stupid. I don’t think he’s right but there is a line between stupid and ignorant.…


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