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Friends and family to celebrate Ken Anderson’s life

September 14, 2019

Honouring Squamish climber on Sept. 21

On Sept. 21, friends and family will gather at Pavilion Park in Squamish to honour Ken Anderson. At 33 years old, Anderson died on Aug. 4 after falling while climbing the Stawamus Chief.…


Vancouver library loans out dogs in poetry promotion for 15-minute outings

You can take out almost anything from libraries these days, but this one requires a leash. Eight therapy dogs will be available to borrow from the Canine Library on Saturday for 15-minute outings as part of the Vancouver’s Poetry in Parks initiative.…


E-bike policy announced for BC Parks near Whistler

Sports briefs: d’Artois sixth at Cardrona; Gayton, Wareham tops at Bars of Fury

Like many other landholders have recently announced before it, BC Parks is allowing some e-bike use on trails where mountain bikes are allowed. In a release on Aug. 27, BC Parks announced that Class 1 e-bikes are allowed on trails where mountain bikes or other cycling is already allowed.…


American War hits disturbingly close to home

Author Omar El Akkad to take part in the Whistler Writers Festival this fall

It feels impossible to write about Omar El Akkad’s prescient American War without acknowledging realities south of the border and climate change. His novel spans decades but starts in 2074 America.…


Fracked gas heats the planet, but supporters say it’s a solution

The best way to address climate disruption is… burn more fossil fuels? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s what industry, media and governments want us to believe.…


YVR to raise its airport improvement fee

Airport authority announces fee will rise to $25 from $20 starting January 1, 2020

The Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will rise for those flying outside B.C. to $25, from $20, starting January 1. Those flying within B.C. and the Yukon will continue to pay $5.Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA), announced the fee increase during a speech this afternoon (September 12) at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon.…


Upcoming Vital Café looks at Whistler’s role in Truth and Reconciliation

Free panel discussion will be led by First Nations activist and Whistlerite Linda Epp

When whistler’s Linda Epp tells people about surviving the Sixties Scoop, a time when Indigenous children around Canada were forcibly removed from their families to be put up for adoption or into foster homes, she often gets a similar response. “‘Oh, what’s that?’…


Olympic bob champ Kaillie Humphries says she’s forced to slide for U.S.

September 13, 2019

CALGARY — Kaillie Humphries says Canada’s governing body of bobsled has left her no other option than to compete for another country. The two-time Olympic champion is suing Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton in an effort to obtain her release and race for the United States.…


SLRD and District throw support behind UNESCO bid — again

Local approvals raise the profile of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative and increase the area’s ability to attract international tourism, says backer

The world’s next biosphere reserve reserve could be right in front of us. The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society has been working on an official application to have Howe Sound (Atl’ka7tsem) designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.…


Whistler actor making his mark on Vancouver theatre scene

Matt Paynter won EV Young Award for Most Outstanding Performance for his star turn in Newsies

Matt Paynter can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be an actor. Coming from a family of dedicated film junkies, Paynter says that, as a kid, he was “always really quick to jump up and try to entertain groups of people.”…


Feel the good vibrations at Sound Bath Sanctuary

Former rock drummer Mike Reed hosting 90-minute sound-healing session

Mike Reed wants to clarify one thing right off the bat. “I just want to be clear: I’m not a hippie,” he says with a laugh.…


Barefoot hiker takes on Wedge

Tommy Gaudet has been barefooting in and around Whistler for years

tommy gaudet has thick skin—on his feet, that is. After years of barefooting in and around Whistler, he recently hiked to Wedgemount Lake (arguably the most difficult hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park) in bare feet.…


Mountain news: Telluride to consider 2.5% tax on short-term rentals

TELLURIDE, Colo. – Telluride voters in November will decide whether to institute a 2.5 per cent special tax on short-term rentals. This is in addition to normal lodging taxes.…


How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison

The Devils Hole pupfish is nothing to mess with

They passed around a bottle of Malibu rum as gunshots bellowed into the desert night. A trio of young men had set up camp near the unincorporated town of Crystal, 130 kilometres outside of Las Vegas, Nev. As recently as 2005, the tiny town hosted two brothels, but by April 2016, it was pretty much empty, ideal for carefree camping on a moon-like stretch of desert, the perfect place to pass around a bottle and a shotgun for some bunny blasting.…


Village of Pemberton looks to expand daycare offerings

Council briefs: Potential OCP amendment for Sunstone Ridge; 2018 Annual Report

Village of Pemberton (VOP) council took an important step to help alleviate the community’s acute daycare shortage at its Sept. 10 regular council meeting. Council approved the application of a $3-million grant for an additional building that would be constructed on the same lot as the Pemberton Children’s Centre and be used to expand the number of spaces it offers.…


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