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Specialized approach helps expand BioBlitz species list

June 14, 2019

Ancient and old-growth tree map launched as field guide

Thirteen years into Whistler BioBlitz, the annual race to count as many plant, insect, fungi and mammal species as possible, and you’d think the initiative would have slowed down. But, according to organizer and Whistler Naturalists’ founder Bob Brett, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.…


Squamish council moving toward most restrictive short-term rental option

Staff will begin drafting a bylaw—that’s subject to change—for consideration

Squamish council is is leaning towards the most restrictive option when it comes to regulating short-term, or Airbnb-style, rentals in town—but with caveats. Earlier this year, the municipality’s staff offered council three different choices to regulate short-term rentals.…


Pot edibles, topicals and extracts to hit shelves no earlier than mid-December: Ottawa

OTTAWA — The federal government says a “limited selection” of edibles and other next-generation cannabis products will hit retail shelves no earlier than mid-December 2019. Ottawa today released details of the final version of its regulations governing these pot products, including topicals and extracts, and says the rules will come into force on Oct. 17.…


Mountain News: And now the snow has started to roar

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—And now the water roars, as the giant snowpack of winter—augmented by an uncommonly cold and wet spring—begins to melt. Parts of California got up to 400 per cent of average snowfall in “Mayuary.”…


Of oceans and plastic

In case you missed it, June 8 was World Oceans Day. The idea of an annual day to bring awareness to ocean issues was proposed in 1992 by Canadian organizations at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and readily adopted.…


SLCC celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Events take place at centre on Friday, June 21

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) has a jam-packed slate of activities, performances, and food planned in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21. “It’s something that’s meaningful to our team,” says Mandy Rousseau, manager of marketing and communications for the SLCC.…


Kristmanson second in North Van

Whistler Golf Club GM shines in Seniors’ Championship

Sometimes, it’s easier to come from behind. That’s Alan Kristmanson’s thinking after he pulled off a second-place finish at the PGA of BC Seniors’ Championship on June 6 and 7 at North Vancouver’s Seymour Golf and Country Club.…


The Pique Newsmagazine grab-and-go guide to getting out

Let’s get to the point. Sooner or later (at least according to the experts), another wildfire is going to hit Whistler.…


Whistler councillor wants plastic ban by summer’s end

Ottawa’s plans for countrywide ban should help municipalities clear potential legal hurdles

with ottawa laying the groundwork for a nationwide ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021, local Councillor Arthur De Jong wants Whistler to follow suit. Coming on the heels of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement this week, De Jong, who oversees Whistler’s environmental portfolio, said he expects a community ban to be formalized by the end of the summer.…


Hitch a ride on the Revue

June 13, 2019

Once again, the big film event this week happened on the small screen, as Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story dropped Wednesday on Netflix and it’s an incredible look at the most prolific songwriter of the last century (ever?) in his natural element.…


Return to Earth aims to live in the moment

New Anthill Films’ production screens in Whistler on Sunday, June 16

Even if you haven’t put foot to pedal in a while, chances are Anthill Films’ latest production, Return to Earth, is still going to make you nostalgic for your youth. The film is built around the theme of living in the moment—and who achieves that more wholly than a kid on a bike?…


Kranjc qualifies for Olympic trials

Seawolves excel at Kamloops meet

Kat Kranjc is a step closer to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. The 20-year-old local swimmer won the 50-metre freestyle eliminator at the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack Invitational in Kamloops from June 7 to 9, punching her ticket to the Olympic trials in Toronto next spring.…


Concert tour celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber

Hear the songs of the famed musical theatre producer at the Maury Young Arts Centre on June 28

New Zealand actor and singer Nic Kyle was looking for an opportunity in Vancouver when a friend sent him the audition callout for Music of the Night—The Concert Tour. The show, put on by BC Living Arts, showcases an array of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs in celebration of the famed musical theatre composer’s 70th birthday.…


Whistler’s May long weekend stats show police calls on par with last year

Community’s ‘balanced’ approach to holiday proving effective: Hayes

The police statistics from Whistler’s May long weekend are officially in, and show that police dealt with a similar number of calls as the 2018 holiday. Presenting to elected officials at the Tuesday, June 11 regular council meeting, Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes relayed that Whistler police received 92 calls for service between May 17 and 20, up slightly from 88 last year.…


Whistler council awards $1.4M contract for Meadow Park Sports Centre expansion

Decision divides council table—and prompts call for review of RMOW’s tender process

Whistler council voted to award a $1.4-million contract for the expansion of the Meadow Park Sports Centre’s (MPSC) fitness centre this week—a decision that prompted a call for a review of the RMOW’s tender process. At the regular meeting of council on Tuesday, June 11, the council table was divided on the decision to award the $1,419,291.27 contract to TM Builders Inc., the only firm to submit a bid.…


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