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Climate change could open new land to farming, but caution needed: study

February 12, 2020

A newly published study says by 2060 climate change open up land equal to about 30 per cent of that now under cultivation

Climate change could open a whole different area in Canada to farming, says newly published research. But Evan Fraser of the University of Guelph, a co-author of the international study, warns that simply turning northern forests into waving wheat fields would sow disaster.…


NDP throne speech in B.C. highlights accomplishments at midway point of mandate

Provincial government touts funding for children and youth, expansion of commuter service and more

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s NDP government touted new funding supplements for children and youth in care, expansion of commuter service into the Fraser Valley and paid leave for people fleeing domestic violence in its throne speech on Tuesday. The speech, read by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, outlined the government’s political accomplishments during its time in power before promising a better future.…


Hereditary chiefs ask federal court to halt pipeline

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs argue Coastal GasLink violates Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments

Two houses of the Wet’suwet’en have launched a legal challenge of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, but their challenge is not based on aboriginal rights or title arguments. Two house chiefs have applied to the Federal Court of Canada to halt the $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline on the basis that it would violate Canada’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases.…


Pemberton moguls skier sets new career best in Utah

Kelly feeds off Deer Valley crowd during seventh-place finish

In front of easily the largest crowd he’s ever skied in front of, Pemberton moguls skier Brenden Kelly pulled off his best-ever FIS World Cup result. With an estimated 8,500 fans roaring at the dual moguls contest in Deer Valley, Utah on Feb. 8, the 29th-ranked Kelly bested sixth-seeded Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhstan and seventh-ranked Sacha Theocharis of France before his Cinderella run ended at the hands of No. 3 Benjamin Cavet of France, the eventual finalist as he finished seventh overall.…


Lieutenant-governor reads throne speech as protesters gather outside B.C. legislature

February 11, 2020

The traditional prorogation of the last session was delayed at the legislature today but the opening of the spring session went ahead despite protesters blocking the entrances to the building. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin arrived at the legislature about 12:30 p.m. and delivered the throne speech just after 2 p.m.…


Squamish woman goes into the wild — on horseback

Nichole Murray racing in the Gaucho Derby, a 10-day, 500-kilometre, multi-horse race in Argentina

Like many in Squamish, Nichole Murray has a hankering for extreme adventure. Unlike many, however, her adventures involve horses, plural.…


Coronavirus update: B.C. holds at four cases of the virus

The four people are recovering and remain in isolation at home somewhere in the VCH region

B.C. continues to have only four confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the province’s top medical health officer on Tuesday morning. All four cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are in stable condition and are still recovering in isolation at home, said Dr. Bonnie Henry.…


Documentary explores how Vancouver made 2010 Winter Olympic Games happen

Chasing the Dream airs tomorrow on CHEK TV

It was a game of “what if?” played with millions of people for billions of dollars. What if Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics?…


The sea meets the sky once more

Sea to Sky Gondola finally reopening after crippling August sabotage

When Doug Brubacher rides the Sea to Sky Gondola this upcoming Valentine’s Day, it will be for the 1,318th time. But it won’t be just another ride for Brubacher, who’s been getting on the lift just about every weekday for years.…


Health Canada recalls 23 products that “may contain dangerous ingredients”

The products are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers”.

Health Canada has issued a recall of 23 various unauthorized health products that may contain dangerous ingredients such as prescription drugs that are not listed on the labels. The department issued the recall on Feb. 10, noting that the products are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers”.…


Avon second in FWT debut

Junior Worlds wrap: Gascoigne sixth; Bulfone 13th

When Claudia Avon seriously injured her back in the finals of the Burton U.S. Open in 2010, she thought her contest career was over. Up until very recently, it was.…


Canada-wide peanut butter spread recall due to possible listeria contamination

Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

A popular brand of spreadable nut butter is being recalled from the marketplace across Canada due to possible Listeria species contamination. Nutrition Excellence Canada is recalling the Nuts ‘N More brand Peanut Spread (Plain) from the marketplace and the product is sold in numerous stores in British Columbia.…


Caller posing as police officer scams Whistlerite out of thousands of dollars

Like rest of Canada, Whistler has seen recent rise in phone scams

A caller posing as a local police officer scammed a Whistlerite out of “thousands of dollars” this month, according to the RCMP. In a release, Mounties said they were advised of the con on Feb. 4 after the victim reportedly received a call from a 1-800 number “falsely advising that a social insurance number had been compromised and someone was committing criminal acts using their name and number.” The victim was then told they needed to speak to a police officer, and the call was transferred to someone who falsely identified themselves as a member of the local detachment.…


Rating Whistler’s new ride-hailing service

February 10, 2020

Pique tested out Whistle! on its first day of operations

Ride hailing is officially up and running in Whistler. After becoming the first ride-hailing company to be approved in B.C., Whistle!…


Celebration of life for Georgian luger set for Wednesday in Whistler Village

Nodar Kumaritashvili to be honoured with march on Feb. 12

The opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games was set to be one of the best days of Besso Gotsadze’s life. As a volunteer with the Georgian delegation, Gotsadze sported his blue jacket, eagerly representing his homeland in his new country of Canada.…


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