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Trans Mountain reaches ‘key milestone’ as pipeline construction begins in B.C.

June 1, 2020

Construction now underway in Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Trans Mountain says it has reached another “key milestone” in the project to triple capacity of a pipeline moving oil from the Edmonton area to port in Burnaby, B.C. A statement says construction on a seven-kilometre section of the line has begun in Kamloops.…


Big White Ski Resort offers passholders 20% rebate on season

After shutting down Big White Ski Resort before the official season’s end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the resort is now sharing the love with some of its most loyal visitors. Big White Ski Resort Ltd. CEO and president Peter Plimmer announced via email on Sunday morning the resort will be offering an instant 20 per cent rebate for 2019-20 season’s passholders who purchase a 2020-21 season pass.…


Keep that bubble small, says B.C.’s public health officer

Expanding social circles not happening any time soon: Dr. Henry

“Few faces, bigger spaces” is still the name of the game. During her COVID-19 update on May 30, B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said adding more people to one’s social circle likely won’t happen any time soon.…


Quest University’s financial protection is extended

The Squamish school will be shielded from bankruptcy or receivership until Aug. 10, with a possibility of a further extension until Sept. 30

A court ruling has bought Quest University more time to be safe from bankruptcy or receivership as it faces a $23.4-million debt from its biggest lender, the Vanchorverve Foundation. Court documents have identified Blake Bromley – a key figure in Quest’s founding – as the manager of the foundation.…


UN sets pandemic voting rules for Canada’s Security Council campaign

OTTAWA – The United Nations has confirmed that the election for non-permanent seats on the Security Council – which pits Canada against Norway and Ireland – will take place in June under unprecedented new rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The 193 ambassadors will cast their votes on behalf of their countries in a secret ballot with the three candidates vying for two available temporary seats on the UN’s most powerful body.…


Dennis Swartman – Virtual Food Drive

May 31, 2020

vfd.foodbank.bc.ca – Recently I signed up to host a Virtual Food Drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! Im super excited about the work the Food Bank is doing; providing access to healthy fresh food for its…

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Minimum wage goes up June 1 in B.C. as businesses face COVID-19 challenges

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s lowest paid workers get a pay increase Monday with a scheduled minimum wage hike at a crucial time for small businesses as they look for ways to continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase is part of the government’s pledge to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage by next year after a decade of no increases from 2001 to 2011.…


Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools set to reopen Monday

VANCOUVER – When students board the school bus on Monday in Williams Lake, B.C., they’ll be greeted by a bus driver wearing a protective visor and will take a seat by themselves unless they live with another student. Parents who take their kids to school will be asked to stay outside or make an appointment to reduce the number of adults who don’t need to be in the building.…


‘It’s a total bummer’: Young Sea to Sky riders feel Crankworx Whistler’s cancellation

Even though it felt inevitable, the official cancellation of Crankworx Whistler 2020 on May 26 hit young Sea to Sky riders hard. “It was kind of expected at this point, in a way, because almost every race has been cancelled at this point,” said downhiller Seth Sherlock.…


Whistler’s Canada Day festivities will take on a different format this year

Outdoor concert series cancelled; RMOW staff exploring ‘new ways to celebrate Canada Day in Whistler’

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Whistler’s Canada Day celebrations will look a lot different this year. The usual parade, street entertainment and evening concert will not happen this summer, according to a release.…


Bacuit Bay

Adventures on tropical reefs, sandy beaches all by sea kayak

Bacuit Bay, off the northwest end of Palawan Island, Philippines, boasts an archipelago dotted by a blend of tropical reefs, karst limestone outcroppings and sandy beaches, perfect for a sea kayak adventure. I was back in Corong-Corong, south of El Nido, flying solo as my paddling partner, Ian Taylor, had left due to an injury, assembling my Feathercraft collapsible under the watchful eyes of the same group of smiling kids as a few weeks earlier.…


Palliative care has been put on the backburner during pandemic, experts say

When Kathryn Butler Malette learned her younger sister was diagnosed with COVID-19, she was confronted with a waking nightmare: that her beloved sibling might die alone. While Ontario’s government has said facilities can allow end-of-life visits, Butler Malette said she was told the Ottawa-area long-term care home where her sister lives didn’t want to chance it, given the magnitude of the outbreak they were experiencing.…


Ottawa pledges millions to promote holiday travel in Canada during pandemic

Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars to promote holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds announced by Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday includes $30 million originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors through the federal tourism marketing agency, Destination Canada.…


Dirt Designations: Part 2

MORE stories behind the names of Whistler’s mountain bike trails

In this space last week, you read Jeff Slack’s 2015 story detailing the stories behind the naming of many of the mountain biking trails in the resort. Of course, five years is an eternity in the mountain biking world, and in that time, builders created and christened new trails, while others that flew under the radar were brought into the officially sanctioned fold.…


Ski area proposed for Kootenays will cater to backcountry skier

Expression of interest for Zincton Mountain Village submitted to province

There’s a prevailing mindset in the ski industry that says a resort needs to be within a two-hour drive from an international airport to be viable long-term.…


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