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Everything old is new again

July 7, 2019

And many ‘new’ food trends are ancient

“The second coming of cheesecake …” read a headline in the Globe and Mail not long ago, and I had to laugh. That header is on to something, but not in ways the writer intended.…


The distiller

When I finally catch up to Dominic Griffin, he’s the kind of busy that only a one-man operation can make you: up a ladder, phone to ear, monitoring the contents of a large steel mash tank draining through a hose into a similar-sized fermentation vessel. Nevertheless, he doesn’t miss a beat in explaining what he’s doing.…


North Vancouver’s Nomad Vanz coveted around the world

Couple creates custom vehicles to take travellers far off the grid

North Vancouver couple Christina Yau and John Syslak were used to getting special attention every time they crossed the Canada-U.S. border in the custom travel van they built for themselves more than 10 years ago. Border agents almost always pulled them aside to take a closer look.…


BC Oil and Gas Commission green lights Woodfibre LNG

Company has 35 conditions to meet

Woodfibre LNG has made it over another hurdle in its path to being operational. The BC Oil and Gas Commission has approved Woodfibre LNG’s application for a permit for its planned Squamish liquefied natural gas export facility.…


Woman describes terrifying ordeal of being trapped in tent by cougar at B.C. campsite

Princeton RCMP looking into incident

A woman camping in Princeton had the scariest experience of her life early Thursday morning when she found herself trapped inside her tent by a snarling cougar. Katyln Marion said that around 4 a.m., a large, aggressive cougar showed up near her camping spot by the Princeton KVR trestle bridge.…


Edney named high-performance director

Sports briefs: Forsyth sues Alpine Canada

After his retirement a year ago, Sam Edney is back with Luge Canada. The former racer was named as the organization’s high-performance director on June 24, and he is set to start in the role on Aug. 12.…


Is social media ruining political discourse at the municipal level?

Local leaders weigh in on the increasingly toxic dialogue online

It should come as no great surprise that social media can get ugly fast—just look at Twitter on any given day. Sitting behind the anonymity of a computer screen, some people seem to feel more comfortable spouting angry sentiments or accusations than they ever would in person.…


Yes, we can resolve the climate crisis

July 6, 2019

There’s no shortage of solutions to the climate crisis. Rapidly developing clean-energy technology, reducing energy consumption and waste, increasing efficiency, reforming agricultural practices and protecting and restoring forests and wetlands all put us on a path to cleaner air, water and soil, healthier biodiversity and lower climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.…


Canada Day thoughts

While I’m not blind to Canada’s many faults, past, present and probably future, I really do feel like I live in the best country in the world. That’s lucky, because I don’t know if I belong anywhere else.…


Trial by Fire

Pique tackles Fire Ops 101 with mayor, council and the Whistler Fire Rescue Service

Two days after participating in “Fire Ops 101” with the Whistler Fire Rescue Service (WFRS), my legs are still aching—a fact that does not at all surprise deputy fire chief Chris Nelson when I relay it to him over the phone. “Oh yeah, you’re pretty close to about 250 pounds with all the weight on,” he says.…


MAP: This interactive map shows all of the earthquakes in B.C. this year

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the B.C. coast Wednesday, July 3 followed by a second earthquake with a 4.0 magnitude. However, a multitude of earthquakes hit the coast every year – but not all of them make headlines.…


Hitting the bumps

Michigan skier, 72, makes strides at Momentum’s moguls camp

When she retired in 2012, Dr. Leslie Arwin’s main focus became fitness. Since then, she’s become a Pilates instructor, taken up golf, joined a weightlifting gym, and took dressage lessons on her horse.…


Parents opposed to three-way split classes

SD48 decision to do three-way splits at Spring Creek ‘purely educational’

Some parents with children in the French Immersion program at Spring Creek Community School are not at all impressed with a plan to implement three-way split classes next year, citing concerns around bullying, teacher burnout and the quality of education their children will receive. In an email to parents in mid June, Spring Creek principal Stuart Bent explained that, while the specific configurations won’t be finalized until September, the school is moving ahead with multi-age classrooms.…


Sea to Sky fire quiet and under control

July 5, 2019

Wildfire between Lions Bay and Horseshoe Bay 4.5 hectares in size

The Strip Creek fire, along the Sea to Sky Highway between Lions Bay and Horseshoe Bay, is at 4.5 hectares in size, according to Dorthe Jakobsen, fire Information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. It is under control and “quiet,” she said in an email to The Squamish Chief.…


Over 158,000 responses in first week of B.C. daylight saving time survey

Have you say until July 19

Turns out, gaining or losing that extra hour of sleep twice a year is a very hot topic in our province. According to the B.C. government, just one week into its Daylight Saving Time (DST) survey over 158,000 responses have come in from residents expressing how time should be observed.…


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