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Rent limits welcome, but more help needed in Whistler

October 5, 2018

New legislation limits rent hikes for 2019 to 2.5 per cent

A recent announcement from the province of B.C. will likely come as good news to Whistler renters, who pay well above the provincial average for their little slice of mountain paradise. Last week, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson said that the province would limit the annual allowable rent increase to the rate of inflation, which is set at 2.5 per cent for 2019.…


Gen X-ers could be the deciding factor for proportional representation in B.C.

At the end of this month, electoral packages will begin to arrive at households in British Columbia. The 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform will ask eligible voters two questions.…


Private housing plans still under review

Five proposals moving forward, but hurdles remain

While mayor and council authorized further review of five employee-housing proposals from private developers on Sept. 18, each project still has some hurdles to clear before shovels are in the ground. Proper rezoning processes will now take place for each, including public information sessions and public hearings, before any decisions are made.…


Virtual tree to nurture real empathy

October 4, 2018

Team shot VR test footage near Mount Seymour

In the shadow of Mount Seymour filmmakers and technicians and researchers ringed around their star: a massive western red cedar. They rolled sound and stereoscopic video, capturing the striations on each leaf, the strings of bark that have become more rope-like with each passing year and the trunk that – from a certain angle – looks like a pillar holding up the sky.…


Candidate profile: Ira Pettle

October 3, 2018

Advance voting Oct. 10 and 13; general voting on Oct. 20

During the two-minute introductions at Whistler’s first all-candidates meeting on Sept. 26, Ira Pettle took a bit of a different approach. Pettle stood up and asked the crowd to clap in unison if they care about different issues: Housing, transit, the environment and more.…


Long-term transportation plan endorsed

TAG tables more than 100 actions over 10 years

After two and a half years, Whistler’s re-formed Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) is ready to take a step back with the tabling of its Transportation Action Plan 2018-2028. “The long-term action plan has many different lead organizations, many different partners that are involved, and different timelines to move each of the actions forward,” said transportation demand management coordinator Emma DalSanto in a presentation to council.…


OCP bylaw gets first reading

Public hearing to follow

Whistler’s updated Official Community Plan (OCP) is one step closer to being finalized. Though the OCP bylaw received first reading at the Oct. 2 council meeting, it wasn’t a unanimous vote—Councillor Sue Maxwell moved to defer the reading, allowing the matter to be decided by the next council following the Oct. 20 election.…


Whistler Writers Festival returns for 17th year

Reading events and workshops to take place from Oct. 11 to 14

The Whistler Writers Festival has long outgrown founder Stella Harvey’s living room—where it first began—but somehow, the event has retained that same friendly, intimate feel. Set to mark its 17th installment this year, the annual fall event is running at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and in other venues around Whistler, from Oct. 11 to 14.…


Whistler Turkey Trot set for Oct. 7

Proceeds from the 5-km and 10-km runs to support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

This Thanksgiving, Whistlerites will have a new activity they can add to the list of holiday traditions. The Whistler Turkey Trot, presented by Smartwool, is being launched this year by the organizers of the Whistler Half Marathon.…


Village of Pemberton looks at cannabis retail policy

Council briefs: Liquor licence extended for new restaurant; frustration over failing to paint crosswalks

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) approved an amended draft policy for the sale of non-medicinal cannabis at its Tuesday, Oct. 2 regular council meeting. According to the policy, the sale of non-medicinal cannabis will be restricted to two outlets in the downtown area.…


The downside of deceleration

Most of my life, I’ve been in a hurry to get to the end of the task, the top of the heap, the other side. Then, somewhere approaching the midway point of life, I clued into the fact that racing to get to the end was not that smart, and I should start thinking about ways to savour the experience instead.…


Spice World: Feel the heat of Whistler’s newest line of signature hot sauces

Spcy Grls launched earlier this year and offers half a dozen varieties of hot sauce

Like any good entrepreneur, the women behind Spcy Grls made sure to do ample research before launching their line of hot sauces in Whistler. “We’ve eaten a lot of tacos and a lot of corn chips,” said Amie Comerford, one half of Spcy Grls Hot Sauce alongside Kirby Emmett.…


RMOW eyeing at least 550 rental units for next phase of Cheakamus Crossing

Move-in date could come as early as spring 2021

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) unveiled preliminary plans for the next phase of housing development in Cheakamus Crossing this week, with a target of adding at least 550 rental units to the neighbourhood. There was a strong turnout at the open house, held at the Westin Resort on Monday, Oct. 1, to learn more about the master-planning process for the municipally owned lands in Cheakamus Crossing.…


Poetry and thin places

Poetry reading event explores boldness, loss and the power of women at Whistler Writers Festival on Oct. 13

The autumn rains have arrived hard, lashing the trees. Fog is making the mornings muted, shadowy and inward.…


Joan Jett slays

“It’s like if there are people who are sent to this Earth just to show us all what Rock ‘n’ Roll is, Joan Jett is definitely one of those people.” – Billie Jo Armstrong, Green Day.…


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