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Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

July 14, 2018

Public can comment on commercial tenure application until July 19

The area in and around Pemberton is becoming a mecca for downhill and cross-country mountain biking. But a new proposal by Blackcomb Helicopters is raising concerns about the growth of heli-biking in the area.…


Whitewater Rodeo raises $40,000 for Zero Ceiling

July 13, 2018

Funds from sold-out event are enough to cover two participants’ Work 2 Live programs

There’s not much the Whistler community enjoys more than dressing up in costumes, participating in extreme sports and partying for a good cause. That said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 21st annual Whitewater Rodeo, held last month in support of local charitable organization Zero Ceiling, was another huge success.…


The weekend rundown

Everything you need to know for July 13-15 in Whistler

Bust out your sunscreen and reusable water bottles, because this weekend’s forecast is calling for clear, sunny skies and scorching temperatures. Whether you plan on spending your weekend by the lake, in the backcountry or at one of the many events taking place in the resort over the next three days, here’s some useful information to keep in mind for this weekend in Whistler.…


CN freight train derails into Gates Lake

July 12, 2018

No injuries reported, freight poses no threat to the environment, says CN

A Canadian National Railway (CN) freight train has derailed into Gates Lake for the second time in a year. Gates Lake is located near Birken, which sits approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Pemberton.…


Sea to Sky leaders highlight need for regional transit after Greyhound cuts

July 11, 2018

Greyhound will cease operations in Western Canada effective Oct. 31

Sea to Sky elected officials are underscoring the need for a regional transportation system in light of Greyhound Canada’s Monday, July 9 announcement that it will effectively cease operations in Western Canada this fall. Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said that while there are a number of private carriers in the corridor, none offer the “commuter-type” services that Greyhound has traditionally been known for.…


Running on empty

I very clearly remember driving across Canada from Ontario to B.C. when my family moved here from Scotland when I was 11 years old. And one of the things I remember most was the number of Greyhound buses I would see on the highways and byways as we drove the 4,400 kilometres through every type of landscape I could imagine (my parents felt we should get to know this country if we were going to live here, and what better way than by driving the whole way across…sigh) to get to the Pacific Ocean.…


Olympic surfing hopeful coming to Whistler

Cody Young looking to represent Canada in Japan

Surfer Cody Young was born and raised in Hawaii, but despite the distance he feels in touch with his Canadian roots. The 19-year-old holds dual American-Canadian citizenship, but he will be wearing the maple leaf as he trains on some of the words best wave locations in preparation to compete at the highest level—surfing is set to make its Olympic debut in 2020 in Japan, and Young hopes to be one of the first 20 men to suit up.…


Free will astrology for the week of July 12

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your key theme right now is growth.…


Closing argument

In February 2016, the executive director of Clayoquot Action led a “Wild Salmon Delegation” to Norway, to reconnoiter where Canada’s West Coast Atlantic salmon-farming industry might be headed. It opened eyes.…


All aboard the Marrakech Express

With a psychedelic pop soundtrack playing in our heads, my wife and I board the train Marrakech from Casablanca. In three-and-a-half hour we’ll see if Morocco’s interior oasis city lives up to the melodic promises made famous by Crosby, Stills and Nash in the 1969 hit “Marrakech Express.”…


Across the divide

When I saw the book on Emma Gillis’ desk, I laughed so hard, I snorted. “Shall I put your name on it?” asked Pemberton’s Library Director, in her fantastic Irish brogue.…


No leeway for Nesters Crossing

Developers lose fight for more employee-restricted housing

Despite the objections of owners in the area, the RMOW will not allow more housing units or ease landscaping restrictions in Nesters Crossing. At a May 8 public hearing for the rezoning—to amend the permitted uses of the CTI1 zone to add “freight forwarder and shipping agent” as additional permitted uses and remove the restriction that indoor storage be only for businesses—proponents spent more than an hour pleading for the allowance of four housing units (rather than the currently permitted one) and less-restrictive landscaping requirements.…


Source Water Protection Plan endorsed

Document intended to protect Whistler’s biggest water supply

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is taking steps to protect the community’s biggest water source. At its July 10 meeting, council endorsed the 21 Mile Creek Watershed Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP)—a document intended to mitigate risks and minimize exposure to unacceptable concentrations of contaminants in the water supply.…


Questions remain around Gateway Loop budget

Estimated at $3.6M in 2015, total spend reached $6.7M; few details about landscaping, roof costs

After more than three years of deliberation and construction, the Gateway Loop project is now complete, but the $6.7 million price tag remains a sticking point for many. A cost breakdown of the spend provided by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) shows:…


RCMP caps year-long investigation with ‘significant’ drug bust in Lions Bay

Whistler Police Briefs: Suspects arrested in ‘distraction thefts’; vehicle rollover in Pemberton

A year-long investigation led Squamish RCMP to a home in Lions Bay last week, where officers uncovered a trove of suspected drugs, lab equipment, cash and vehicles. Led by the Sea to Sky RCMP General Investigation Section, the investigation culminated in a search warrant executed at a home on Upper Bayview Road.…


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