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Venturing into vineyards and villages of Northern France Part 2

September 8, 2019

fairy-tale towns hilltop castles and cremant abound in alsace

I feel like I’ve stumbled into a Brothers Grimm Hansel and Gretel fairy tale when I arrive in the tiny town of Ribeauvillé: half-timber medieval houses in pink, apricot and sea-green boast window boxes spilling geraniums and hug narrow cobblestone lanes. We crossed the Vosges Mountains to get here from Champagne.…


Sea to Sky School District breaks another French immersion record

SD48 has more than 1,080 students in the language program last year

For the last 21 years, enrolment in French immersion has been increasing across B.C. In the Sea to Sky School District, those numbers are even higher, with more than 21 per cent of all students learning in French. “This year we celebrated 50 years of French immersion in British Columbia.…


Armstrong helps Trek Red Truck to crown

Rathwell wins women’s race at RBC GranFondo

Brendan Armstrong captured both individual and team honours at the RBC GranFondo Whistler on Sept. 7.The Vancouver resident won the St. Regis Cup division of the 122-kilometre road cycling race from Stanley Park to Whistler Village, crossing the line two minutes and 16 seconds ahead of a pack of riders led by runners-up Alexander Murison and Nigel Kinney. In a race where the winners are in a tight pack more often than not, Armstrong was thrilled to be able to have the spotlight to himself coming in across the finish.…


Whistler rowers enjoyed excellent summer

Harriman, Ziff now set to take on Head of the Charles

Two Whistler rowers have been winning all over the world this summer. Maureen Harriman and Diane Ziff have taken gold at events in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.…


A question of growth

I read somewhere that your garden is a reflection of your personality. My garden has gone off-script.…


Province greenlights $60-million plan to stop ‘enormous, naturally occurring landslide’ near Lillooet

Affected section of Highway 99 has been single-lane and traffic controlled for past two years

The province is set to undertake a major construction project to stabilize a massive, active landslide that has impacted a treacherous section of Highway 99 for decades. Known as the Ten Mile Slide, the landslide area bisects the highway (as well as a Canadian National Railway line) approximately 17 kilometres northeast of Lillooet.…


The Homecoming: Terror in the family

September 7, 2019

A review of Andrew Pyper’s chilling thriller

The Homecoming by award-winning Canadian author Andrew Pyper is a wicked and weird blend of science-fiction, thriller, horror, and family drama that reads like a movie on the big screen. Or a nightmare you can’t wake up from.…


Cruz fourth at worlds

Sports briefs: Ricard, Spence top Valley to Peak; Second Aerothlon held

Lucas Cruz was a hundredth of a second from the podium at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Ste-Anne, Que. on Sept 1.…


Celebrating Whistler’s Beermas

A favourite addition to my backcountry kit in the last year has been—you guessed it—beer. Not a lot of beer mind you (that can wait until I safely return from the backcountry); I just wrap a single tall can in a couple of koozies.…


Council endorses rezoning for Whistler Blackcomb staff housing

New build could house more than 200; public information meeting to follow

A rezoning for a new Whistler Blackcomb (WB) staff building—that could end up housing more than 200 workers—is underway after receiving council’s endorsement on Sept. 3.A public information meeting will follow before the rezoning bylaws are brought back to council. The proposed building is six storeys tall with 60, two-bedroom units of about 40 square metres in size.…


Get ready, get set — eat, Squamish

September 6, 2019

Destroyed by fire in 2018, Fergie’s partially reopening on Friday

Squamish foodies will be heartened to hear that while it is a soft launch, it is a launch nonetheless. Fergie’s Café opens for lawn service on Friday, Sept. 6 in what the restaurant is calling a Fergie’s Warm Up, a spokeswoman for the popular eatery said.…


What we don’t know

As Snapping Turtles go, the one basking on a partially submerged log was a monster. Never mind that unlike the more gracile Painted Turtles cohabiting this near-north lake—shiny, hand-sized half-domes who happily stacked themselves atop the most tenuous platforms at the slightest hint of sun—hauling out was infrequent behaviour for the more aquatic snapper.…


Mountain News: Can e-bikes in Yellowstone make America great again?

MEEKER, Colo. – In his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to “Make America Great Again,” a slogan that supporters have distilled to MAGA when trumpeting his talking points on Facebook and other social media. But what made America great?…


Ramping Up

BC Hydro is killing too many fish at Sea to Sky facility: Squamish conservationists

It is a complicated issue, but it comes down to this: local conservationists say BC Hydro is consistently killing more fish than it needs to. They are also concerned less monitoring of the impact of BC Hydro’s operation is being done as the utility goes through a provincial review of its operations.…


Finally, it’s tofu-eaters’ time to shine

This morning, I drove by a white minivan with a bumper sticker on the back that read, “If animals could talk, we would all be vegan.” Curious to see what this devoted vegan looked like, I snuck a glance from the passing lane.…


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