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Good Samaritans revive lifeless Lynn Canyon swimmer

July 16, 2019

A young man’s life was saved Monday afternoon when vacationing heroes pulled an unconscious swimmer out of the water at Lynn Canyon and performed CPR. After spotting a 24-year-old struggling in the swirling waters off Twin Falls, the tourists – including a medical student from Texas and a lifeguard from Chicago – dragged him out of the water and onto the shore.…


MLA’s gas survey shows Whistler pays less on average than Vancouver area

Jordan Sturdy monitored gas prices in SQuamish, Whistler and North Vancouver

If you believe that Squamish seems to be paying the same price as the Lower Mainland at the pump — despite the Vancouver area’s added TransLink tax — you may not like the results of this informal study. The results from MLA Jordan Sturdy’s recent survey suggest that over the first half of the year, Squamish, on average, paid 18 cents less than the Lower Mainland.…


Global AIDS response faltering, poor countries need help

Claims that HIV epidemic over are premature, World Bank official says

As HIV/AIDS hits 40, the global response has declined, resource mobilization is faltering and stigma against vulnerable populations is widespread, a World Bank official said says “We will be living with HIV into the next century,” global HIV/AIDS program director said David Wilson told the STI & HIV 2019 World Congress in Vancouver Tuesday.…


Squamish incident results in knife injuries and an arrest

A 36-year-old Squamish woman to appear in court

Squamish law enforcement continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding an altercation Sunday night that left a man and a woman with serious injuries. On July 14th, at approximately 9 p.m., Squamish RCMP was called to a reported domestic assault involving a knife in Valleycliffe, according to an RCMP news release.…


Updated air passenger rights protections now in effect

Airlines now have to reimburse passengers for flight bumping and damaged luggage as part of a package of new protections that took effect today. The regulations require prompt updates and clear communication with passengers about their rights if their flight is delayed or cancelled.…


Ironman Canada returning to Penticton

No race in 2020, though RMOW hopes to bring event back in the future

With the news that Subaru Ironman Canada is set to return to Penticton a year before its contract with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Tourism Whistler (TW) was set to expire, the RMOW is saying the resort and the event got what it wanted out of the partnership and now is a natural time for the race to return to its original host. Ironman confirmed on July 16 the months-long speculation that it was set to move back to the town that hosted the event from 1983 until 2012, when it moved to Whistler.…


Big, old B.C. trees produce mutations over time that could improve success: study

Research may provide insights into what part the mutations could play in how trees often adapt to local climates

Researchers collected DNA from the tops of some of Canada’s tallest trees to search for mutations that could provide evidence of how the ancient forest giants evolve to survive. It involved ascending 20 Sitka spruce trees on Vancouver Island, averaging 80 metres tall and ranging in age from 220 years to 500 years old, to reveal that the old-growth trees developed mutations to their genetic code as they grow and age.…


B.C. man dies of rare viral rabies infection after contact with a bat

VICTORIA — A British Columbia man has died of a rare viral rabies infection, the first such case in the province since 2003. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the man was in contact with a bat in mid-May and developed symptoms compatible with rabies six weeks later.…


B.C. allows imported wine on licensed grocery store shelves

Province revised its laws as part of an agreement hatched in Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade talks

Imported wine could soon be on participating grocery store shelves thanks to the B.C. government changing its laws to allow licensed grocery stores in the province to carry wines from around the world effective July 8. The news was expected given that the government in October said that it would end by November 1 its policy that restricts licensed grocery stores to only be allowed to carry British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) wines on shelves.…


Additional charging stations in B.C. add range for eco-friendly vehicles

VICTORIA — British Columbia is making it easier to explore the province in eco-friendly electric vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation says 12 vehicle charging sites have been completed and more are on the way.…


Presenting a ‘pure expression of the fruit’

Former Whistler councillor Eckhard Zeidler talks Cliff and Gorge Vineyards

As a Resort Municipality of Whistler councillor, Eckhard Zeidler didn’t suffer nonsense. Now, as he heads up Cliff and Gorge Vineyards, his family enterprise at Texas Creek Ranch in Lillooet, he’s taking a similar approach.…


Vancouver Coastal Health to train nurses in forensic sexual assault exams

Regional health authority commits to training three nurses to conduct examinations in whistler

after years of advocacy from sexual assault advocates, it appears that Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is seeking to train three experienced nurses on how to administer forensic sexual assault exams. In an online job advertisement, the regional health authority is seeking three nurses with a minimum of two years of experience in acute care or public health to undergo the training, which is to begin in late September and would largely be online.…


UBC, Amazon partner on tech giant’s first cloud technology centre for Canada

July 15, 2019

Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is expanding its expertise on campus at the University of B.C.…


Rewilding the world, ourselves

There are vans and tents everywhere—pitched along the side of the road, the highway, the highway pull-outs, behind the Welcome to Whistler sign, on the road to the Squamish dump. We drive past, befuddled: “Do they know this is the dump road?”…


A family llama was on the loose for a month in a B.C. town

Until Sunday, July 14, Coco the llama had been on the lam in a B.C. town for about a month. Clinton, B.C. is not the natural home to llamas, but Coco has decided the wilds outside of town suit her just fine.…


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