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Thermostat settings are hot-button issue in Canadian households

December 6, 2018

British Columbians most likely to change settings on the sly

As fall continues and temperatures drop across Canada, we may be in for a winter of increased home energy use. December has already brought record-breaking snowfalls to Alberta, and British Columbians are being asked to conserve on account of a natural gas shortage.…


Six biathletes heading to Europe

December 5, 2018

Whistler Nordic Development Centre makes up More than half of Canadian contingent

In its third year of operation, the Whistler Nordic Development Centre (WNDC) is well on its way to changing the face of Canadian biathlon. The centre has already established itself as a leader in attracting the country’s top young biathletes, which was demonstrated when Biathlon Canada announced its roster for two upcoming International Biathlon Union Junior World Cup races.…


Scene change, stream change

Remember right after the last Super Bowl when Netflix dropped The Cloverfield Paradox? Out of the blue a streaming platform suddenly premiered a tie-in flick (some call it a sequel) to a J.J. Abrams-produced franchise.…


Lands of Lost Borders digs into self-propelled journey on the Silk Road

Mountain culture book reviews for the local on your holiday list

Kate Harris’s 2018 debut, Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, distills personal recollection, historical geography and wonder-filled musings into an engaging read that extends well beyond the label of travel writing. In a log cabin near Atlin, a tiny community in northwestern B.C., Harris, 36, spent six years penning her memoir, which has already been called “a modern classic” by esteemed travel writer Pico Iyer.…


Free will astrology for the week of December 6

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
When I write a horoscope for you, I focus on one or two questions because I don’t have room to cover every single aspect of your life. The theme I’ve chosen this time may seem a bit impractical, but if you take it to heart, I guarantee you it will have practical benefits.…


Chamber votes in new board

The votes are in, and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce is set to welcome a new board come 2019. The local chamber had four board positions to fill for a three-year term.…


Cannibal! The Musical offers holiday season message wrapped in a comedy package

Pemberton Secondary School stages the production at the Maury Young Arts Centre from Dec. 12 to 15

A lot of students in Renata Zablotney’s Pemberton Secondary School theatre program really wanted to see Book of Mormon when the Broadway play made a tour stop in Vancouver. Unfortunately, the Tony-award-winning musical comedy—written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the masterminds behind South Park—was very not safe for work (or, in this case, school).…


A year of giving

Whistler non-profits recognize Community Foundation of Whistler support

A cross-section of Whistler non-profits recently gathered to discuss their projects and recognize the support of the Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW), which funds many of the organizations. “This past year, we gave out around $220,000, and it goes up a little bit each year,” explained Carol Coffey, executive director of the CFOW, adding that the organization has around $6.5 million in endowments and has given away some $2 million since 1999.…


Bear Smart launches neighbourhood watch program

Also, two bears relocated from Whistler

The Whistler Get Bear Smart Society is launching a neighbourhood watch program that aims to mitigate human-bear conflict and raise awareness of wildlife issues in the community. “The Get Bear Smart Society is receiving phone calls from residents who are concerned,” explained Bear Smart’s Nicole Fitzgerald.”We want to take that passion and that concern for our environment and our animals and feed it in a productive way that is going to be proactive.”…


RMOW named in civil injury claim

Briefs: Residents, businesses asked to conserve natural gas; winter programming ready to roll

A Vancouver resident has filed a notice of civil claim against the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and a local snow-clearing company stemming from a fall on an allegedly icy pedestrian bridge in Whistler Village in December 2016. Ioana Voermann was crossing the bridge over Village Gate Boulevard on Dec. 29, 2016, when she slipped and fell on snow and/or ice, according to the claim filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Nov. 28.…


Fundraiser launched for highway-accident victim

Bekah Mann remembered as an ‘artistic, creative, beautiful person’

Squamish resident Joy Pringle is remembering her younger sister Bekah Mann as an “artistic, creative, beautiful person who was loving and kind, and a hard worker.” Mann, who had a penchant for wearing colourful clothing and listening to old-school music, “was absolutely gorgeous inside and out,” Pringle told Pique through her tears.…


Climate action plan: Province promises tax breaks for consumers, companies

Nearly three-quarters of the energy used across the B.C. economy still comes from fossil fuels

The B.C. government will offer tax breaks to British Columbians who buy zero emissions vehicles and make their home more energy efficient, as part of its climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The government will use revenue from the carbon tax to create incentives for the oil and gas sector to move away from fossil fuels and transition to renewable hydro-electricity to power their plants.…


B.C. pharmacists urge people to carry naloxone kits

Latest statistics show 1,619 overdose reversals were reported in B.C. in June 2018 alone

Provincial pharmacists are urging more people to carry naloxone kits. The BC Pharmacy Association and the provincial government made Take Home Naloxone kits available at pharmacies free of charge last year – with the goal of supplying the kits and providing education to high-risk individuals and their support networks…


Kale recall across Canada after possible listeria contamination

While you may avoid kale because of its taste, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency advises that you should avoid one brand of the leaf cabbage altogether. Specifically, the agency put out a food recall warning for a possible listeria contamination on one of Eat Smart brand’s packaged salads, the Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Kale.…


Out-of-bounds skier leads to first search-and-rescue call of the season

Police Briefs: Teens ticketed following joyride; Police search for hit-and-run suspect

A skier who went beyond Whistler Blackcomb’s (WB) boundaries this week was airlifted to safety in the first search-and-rescue callout of the season. At about 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, Whistler RCMP was notified by WB ski patrol of a man who had skied out of bounds on Whistler Mountain in the area of Cakehole and had not been seen since.…


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