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Clear and unequivocal: Thousands of scientists sign letter on climate crisis

November 5, 2019

409 scientists from Canada sign letter

An open letter signed by thousands of scientists from around the world may be the clearest demonstration yet of their near-unanimous agreement over the globe’s emerging climate crisis. Published Tuesday in the journal BioScience, the letter includes 11,258 signatures from 153 countries-including 409 from Canada.…


Is your kombucha really non-alcoholic? Burnaby study looking into it

Researchers at BCIT in Burnaby are testing hundreds of kombucha samples to see if they are really the non-alcoholic beverages they’re labelled and marketed as. Kombucha, a fermented beverage made from sweetening black or green tea and then adding a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, is typically sold as a non-alcoholic beverage, meaning alcohol content should be below 1.1 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV) in Canada.…


California-like wildfire likelihood low for B.C.: BC Hydro

Plans ready to power down electricity system, avoid risks

B.C.’s chances of experiencing wildfires and electricity infrastructure damages are lower than California’s due to climatic and geographic differences, BC Hydro says. The state has been devastated with fires that swept through productive farmland, burned expensive Los Angeles residences, closed freeways and threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.…


Freestylers seek support for season

Anders and Chase Ujejski and Nick Suchy hosting fundraiser on Nov. 8

Anders and Chase Ujejski thought they were prepared to take a bit of a step back from freestyle skiing as they looked to move into their post-secondary academic careers. The Whistler twins had enrolled at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and were ready to delve into the next stage of their lives.…


Making enduro safer

Though injury rates are relatively low, Enduro World Series study has recommendations to drop them further

A study commissioned by the Enduro World Series (EWS) earlier this summer found that enduro has fewer injuries than comparable mountain bike sports such as cross-country. One part of the study followed more than 2,000 riders from 46 countries across 10 EWS events, while the second part used submitted data from nearly 2,000 riders from 60 countries in an attempt to discern injury trends.…


Whistler Transit System to expand as winter closes in

November 4, 2019

Early-winter service kicks off Nov. 16, full winter service begins Dec. 7

As Whistler Blackcomb prepares to open for another season of riding, Whistler transit is expanding its service to ensure you’ll always have a ride to the lift. Whistler’s early-winter transit schedule kicks in on Saturday, Nov. 16 with the seasonal return of the free route 4 Marketplace shuttle and additional service on other local routes.…


Canada-wide vegetable recall

Forty products have possible listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food recall of various fresh-cut vegetable products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. A vegetable recall was first issued on Nov.1, which was updated on Nov. 3 to include additional product information.…


Village of Pemberton council preview for Tuesday, Nov. 5

First look: Sunstone Ridge public hearing; Pemberton Airport development policy; third quarter updates

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect at the Tuesday, Nov. 5 Village of Pemberton (VOP) regular council meeting. The meeting kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers (7400 Prospect Street).…


Ride-hailing’s rough road ahead in B.C.

Riders likely facing long waits, higher-than-expected prices, say ride-hailing companies

Ride-hailing companies are cautioning British Columbians not to expect an experience on par with that of other cities across the globe when these long-awaited transportation services arrive. Photo iStock…


B.C. will need significantly more power for electric vehicles: study

Solar photovoltaic and wind power can complement hydro, research finds

B.C. needs to double its production of electricity to meet forecast load demands from electric vehicles, according to the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. A new institute study published in the November issue of the Applied Energy journal said by 2055, the province would need to increase production capacity from a 2015 baseline of 15.6 gigawatts (GW) to 23 GW to meet forecast economic and population growth.…


Elizabeth May steps down as Green Party leader

Deputy leader Jo-Ann Roberts appointed as her successor

Elizabeth May announced Monday she is stepping down as the leader of Canada’s Green Party. At a press conference held Nov.4, May indicated she is appointing deputy leader Jo-Ann Roberts as her successor.…


Veteran reflects on Remembrance Day and finding camaraderie in base jumping

Jamie Flynn’s journey from the British Parachute Regiment to Squamish base jumping

Editor’s note: This article mentions suicide, reader discretion is advised. The first time Jamie Flynn used a parachute, he was wearing 136 kilograms of gear and in a C-130 Hercules, flying around 305 metres in the air.…


Half of Canadian voters support changing federal electoral system, poll finds

The jokes and memes that have invaded social media following the Canadian federal election have included a bit of everything. For every disenchanted Conservative Party supporter who points to a victory in the “popular vote,” there is a counterpoint that outlines how its members were never fully behind the idea of electoral reform.…


Pemberton Valley governments seek significant funding for flood mitigation

November 3, 2019

Governments are taking coordinated approach to flooding risk

Pemberton Valley communities are working in coordination to address the threat of flooding in the area, applying to a government grant for several projects they see as critical to mitigating risk. The parties—the Village of Pemberton (VOP), Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), and the Lil’wat Nation—have each applied to the Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which offers grants of up to $750,000 in its flood-mitigation stream.…


Fascinating modern home emerges out of a steep rocky hillside in Whistler

onekindesign.com – McClean Design is responsible for this fascinating modern home located in the mountains of Whistler, a resort town in British Columbia, Canada. This project represents the architect’s first confronta…

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