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Squamish council urges further action to combat ‘climate emergency’

April 10, 2019

Lower Mainland Local Government Association resolution urges provincial and federal governments to ramp up response to climate change

As Squamish endures its first significant wildfire of the year, council is planning to put forth a resolution to tackle climate change at the Lower Mainland Local Government Association. Coun.…


Trudeau defends changes to asylum laws that have refugee workers alarmed

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending controversial changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week, saying his government wants to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone. The changes would prevent asylum-seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States — a move Border Security Minister Bill Blair says is aimed at preventing “asylum-shopping.”…


Vancouver man faces new money-laundering charge in college admissions scandal

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo faces an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his alleged role in a college admissions scandal in the United States. In a new indictment from the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Tuesday, Sidoo is accused of wiring about $100,000 in January 2013 from an account in Canada to an account in California.…


OPINION: Wildfires in spring — the new normal

We’ve experienced something unprecedented this year in Squamish. A wildfire has already broken out — and it’s not even close to summer.…


Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak on criminal justice at First Nations forum in Richmond

An intensive, two-day forum aiming to change the relationship between First Nations peoples and the criminal justice system is coming to Richmond later this month, with former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould as the keynote speaker. The event on April 24 and 25, hosted by the First Nations Justice Council at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, hopes to collect guidance from First Nations leaders on how to address overrepresentation of First Nations peoples in the correctional system.…


A summer evening of music planned for Squamish

Inaugural Backyard Après festival featuring Big Sugar at Norman Rudy’s on June 29

This summer is heating up to be music filled as new festivals and favourite acts announce Squamish performances. Included in that line-up is an inaugural Backyard Après series set for June at Norman Rudy’s.Music performances will include Dakota Pearl, duo Old Soul Rebel, septet She Stole My Beer, and Big Sugar.…


Schools struggle with phone bans: ‘These devices continue to cause major problems’

On Friday, March 29, St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, N.L., announced a ban on cellphones and other personal electronics for its students, who range from kindergarten through Grade 8. “These devices continue to cause major attention and behavioural problems for our students and they are interfering with student learning,” the school reportedly said on its Facebook page in a now-deleted post.…


Strong fields to throw down at WSSF

Big air events honouring First Nations

Though the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) takes up fewer days on the calendar than in years past, there are still some exciting athletic events filling the schedule. Leading the way is a refresh of the big air events, which have been renamed as the Halaw Snowboard Invitational and the Sp’akwus Ski Invitational and will run on April 12 and 13, respectively.…


Do revamped criminal driving laws go too far?

LETTER: For the week of April 11

In this week’s edition of the Pique is a story about the significant increase in impaired driving incidents. Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes is quoted as saying this is likely due to increased enforcement efforts, as opposed to an actual increase in people committing this offence.…


Two injured after vehicle tumbles down embankment, bursts into flames near D’Arcy

Police Briefs: Two local men arrested on drug charges in separate incidents

Two men were injured this week after their vehicle fell down an embankment near D’Arcy and then burst into flames, police said. At about 5:20 p.m. on Monday, April 8, Pemberton RCMP received a report that the vehicle had gone off the roadway in the 2600 block of Highline Road, tumbling roughly 60 feet (18 metres) before coming to a stop.…


OCP heads to public hearing

April 9, 2019

One last chance for residents to weigh in April 16

Whistlerites have one last chance to weigh in on the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Official Community Plan (OCP) at a public hearing on April 16. The public hearing will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Maury Young Arts Centre.…


More than half of Canadians would wait a year to buy a home: poll

As buyers continue to sit on the sidelines, poll uncovers reasons for waiting, plus other homebuyer trends

With home sales in major cities such as Metro Vancouver way down, a new poll has asked Canadians whether they are waiting to buy a home – and why. More than half (56 per cent) of respondents polled by Ipsos for the annual RBC Home Ownership Poll said they thought it would be better to wait a year or more before buying a home.…


B.C. fights ticket scalpers with consumer protection law, eliminates bots

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s government has introduced legislation that seeks to offer more protections for people who buy live-event tickets online or at the box office. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says the Ticket Sales Act will prevent mass-buying software that is able to purchase large amounts of tickets for live events, then resell them at inflated prices.…


Wilson-Raybould urges restraint after supportive graffiti at constituency office

Slogans were sprayed in huge red or white letters on the windows of Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office

Vancouver police have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly using several cans of spray paint to express support for former federal attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Officers responded early Monday after slogans such as “let Jody speak,” “Trudeau for treason,” and “make B.C. the best coast again,” were sprayed in huge red or white letters on the windows of Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office.…


Soaring gas prices set all-time record in Vancouver

Prices expected to climb into summer

Metro Vancouver gas prices have broken the all-time record high with a number of stations showing 164.9 cents per litre on Monday morning, April 8. Dan McTeague, a Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, tweeted about the rising prices on Sunday, noting that many stations would hit the record today.…


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