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Danny Michel braves winter roads to headline Cypress Point Winter Carnival

February 13, 2019

Ontario indie-folk musician brings career-spanning set to The Point on Sunday

Danny Michel is driving through a blizzard to Saskatoon. “It’s been chilly, but that’s too be expected,” he says.…


Lawsuit claiming Liberal cabinet minister misused authority may proceed: B.C. Supreme Court

February 12, 2019

Case involves quarry quarrel that helped spur NDP-Green agreement

A lawsuit alleging wrongful exercise of lawful authority by former B.C. Liberal environment minister Mary Polak and the provincial government may proceed, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled. The case involves the contentious cancellation of a permit allowing a Cobble Hill Holdings quarry near Shawnigan Lake to accept contaminated materials.…


Bracing for IMPACT

Sustainability, Travel and Tourism conference sees big growth in second year

The most striking takeaway from the second annual IMPACT Sustainability, Travel and Tourism conference in Victoria, in Claire Ruddy’s eyes, was the sheer growth of the event. Having attended both years, Ruddy, the executive director of the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE), was encouraged to note that attendance had nearly doubled in year two.…


Poll finds broad support for Ottawa’s handling of Huawei dispute

For the past two months, the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver has captured headlines across Canada and the world. We have witnessed several statements from governments that cannot genuinely be described as “diplomatic,” as well as an (now former) ambassador appearing to issue legal advice on the fly – not just once, but twice.…


Plastic bottle at 2,000 metres inspires environmental children’s book

Squamish adventure guide pens his first story

He was 2,000 metres above sea level, touring in Squamish’s Tantalus Range when Jean-Francois Plouffe looked down on the glacier and spotted it: a discarded plastic water bottle. “That’s when I was like, ‘OK, we have to do something now,'” Plouffe said.…


Budget watchdog says federal deficit this year to be $16.1 billion

OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget watchdog is projecting the federal deficit this fiscal year will come in $2.1 billion lower than the Liberals have predicted. Yves Giroux’s office chalks up the change to higher-than-anticipated income-tax revenues that the government has collected this fiscal year, which closes in March.…


Odd couple of the deep: B.C. dolphins hang out with killer whales

VANCOUVER — Drone flights have revealed an odd couple of the deeps. Scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium have released video of dolphins hanging around pods of killer whales, two species that are usually more like predator and prey than Felix and Oscar.…


Vancouver Park Board unanimous on getting 4/20 out of Sunset Beach

Commissioners voted in favour of asking organizers, council to find a ‘more appropriate location’

Vancouver Park Board commissioners were unanimous Monday night — they want to see the annual 4/20 pot protest move out of Sunset Beach. “This motion for me is about respect,” said commissioner Tricia Barker, who introduced the motion directing staff to send a letter to city council, Mayor Kennedy Stewart and 4/20 organizers asking that they look into finding “a more appropriate location” for the event starting in 2020.…


Council preview for Tuesday, Feb. 12

First look: Governance committee, WORCA FFS on the agenda

Here’s a quick look at what to expect at Tuesday’s council meeting, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. at the Maury Young Arts Centre. GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS…


Kariya reflects on career during Whistler visit

Former Canucks goalie Kirk McLean also part of successful Hometown Hockey weekend

Growing up in North Vancouver, Paul Kariya had his fair share of time in Whistler. However, the 44-year-old hadn’t been up in years before coming up to appear as a guest during the Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast from Whistler Olympic Plaza on Feb. 10.…


Newly discovered insect in caves in B.C. could be a survivor from Ice Age

Insect’s name pays tribute to caver and study co-author Craig Wagnell

A newly discovered cave-dwelling species of insect found in British Columbia could be a survivor from the last ice age, scientists say. Haplocampa wagnelli, the arthropod found in a limestone cave near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, is about three to four millimetres long, with six legs, no eyes, and a whitish, almost transparent colour.…


Mountain New: Protect our Winters crowd advised to use voices, votes

February 11, 2019

DENVER, Colo.—Protect Our Winters, the climate advocacy group formed in 2007 by snowboarding pioneer Jeremy Jones, had a party in downtown Denver last week in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. There were tables of merchandise including a T-shirt with the message “Eat Fish Vote.” Also a billed hat with the message “Eat Ride Vote.” But a half-hour before Colorado’s new governor, Jared Polis, was scheduled to speak, just a handful of people had gathered.…


What does skiing say about us?

Quest Uni professor John Reid-Hresko’s to explore why we ski

Close your eyes and picture a typical skier. What do you envision?…


Pemberton council green lights parking in Fougberg Park

16-car parking lot will be accessed via John Currie Lane

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) council gave staff the go ahead to proceed with the development of a 16-car parking lot on a section of Fougberg Park at its Feb. 5 regular council meeting. “I never thought I would be taking away green space” from the downtown core, said Mayor Mike Richman, in an interview with Pique following the decision.…


An unsettling incident

LETTER: For the week of Feb. 7

A PSA to all young women out there: Last week, my daughter and her friend shared a taxi home from another friend’s house in the late evening. After dropping her friend off, my daughter (who is in high school) continued on.…


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