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Talks break down between B.C.’s 911 operators, E-Comm but no job action planned

November 2, 2019

The union representing 911 operators across British Columbia says mediated talks broke down Friday with their employer, E-Comm. CUPE Local 873-02, the union representing emergency dispatchers and support staff, says E-Comm has been unwilling to address low wages, cost of living, overtime, missed breaks, poor working conditions, burnout and high attrition.…


Trans Mountain ‘on-water’ work to start in Burnaby soon

Construction started up again on land at Burnaby’s Westridge Marine Terminal during the summer – now it’s set to start soon on the water. That’s according to an update by Trans Mountain about what it calls “on-water construction activity” after the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued it a new Project Permit on Sept. 27.…


Daylight time ends Sunday morning when clocks roll back an hour

Most Canadians will be turning their clocks back by an hour this weekend as the country moves off daylight time. But there’s a growing push to abandon seasonal time changes and stick to one time zone year-round.…


Seniors’ cannabis use accelerating post-legalization

Older people more likely to target medicinal uses, but legally

Canadians older than 65 are less likely to use cannabis than younger people, but when they do, it’s more likely used for medicinal reasons and bought from legal sources. It’s estimated some five million Canadians have now used cannabis.…


Whistler pucksters get mental health message

WMHA hockey players use green stick tape in Buddy Check for Jesse mental health initiative

Young hockey players across the province, including those in the Sea to Sky, got a lesson in mental health over the weekend. This year, the Buddy Check for Jesse initiative was expanded to all teams with players aged 11 to 14 under BC Hockey’s purview.…


Cat Madden wins Whistler Music Search

Also in arts news: Spice Girls tribute show at the GLC; Refresh Market returns; and take coat-making lessons

Cat Madden earned first place in the 2019 Whistler Music Search at the Crystal Lounge last Thursday, Oct. 24. The Squamish singer went home with the $1,000 prize, as well as a Whistler Blackcomb season pass.…


Liberal minority ‘by and large’ good for B.C. tourism

Addressing labour shortage remains biggest challenge for industry

Canada’s new Liberal minority government is “by and large” good for tourism, according to the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), though it remains to be seen where funding levels will fall. The new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy released last spring included some “pretty aggressive targets,” said TIABC CEO Walt Judas, pointing to the stated goal of adding 54,000 new jobs and an additional 25 per cent in revenue (to $128 billion) by 2025.…


B.C. law would register 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballot when they’re 18

November 1, 2019

VICTORIA — Sixteen- and 17-year-olds would be on the voters registration list so they are ready to vote when they turn 18 under changes introduced to British Columbia’s election law on Thursday. It is one of several changes that include taking advantage of technology to count votes, print ballots and track those who cast their vote.…


Pemberton council talks electric-vehicle charging station policy

Council briefs: farmer survey, Tourism Pemberton to support Pemberton Creek Community Garden

With electric vehicles increasing in popularity, the Village of Pemberton (VOP) discussed what its policy should be when it comes to levying a fee at electric-vehicle-charging stations. The VOP currently only has one such station, near the Pemberton & District Community Centre, but is exploring options for adding more.…


Friday afternoon SeaBus sailings cancelled in Coast Mountain Bus strike

People who commute In September, TransLink introduced 10-minute SeaBus service during rush hour.…


Squamish Nation aims to bring 1,000 members home

Nation’s council has formed non-profit housing society with mandate to build below-market rental units on undeveloped reserve lands

The Squamish Nation is on its way to bringing home around 1,000 of its members who have been unable to live on their North Shore and Squamish Valley reserve lands. The nation’s council has formed a non-profit housing society with a mandate to build below-market rental units on undeveloped reserve lands for Squamish Nation members currently caught in the housing affordability crisis.…


Whistler legend Brandon Semenuk tops Red Bull Rampage

Sports briefs: No X Games for Calgary

Whistler’s Brandon Semenuk headed up an all-Canadian sweep of the Red Bull Rampage podium in Virgin, Utah on Oct. 25. The 28-year-old scored a 92.33 on his first run, which ended up being enough to hold off defending champion Brett Rheeder’s tally of 91.…


Vancouver comic Jane Stanton ditches her day job

Stand-up joins K.C. Novak and Patrik Maliha as part of Comedy Kitchen on Nov. 7

After nearly 15 years in the biz, Jane Stanton can officially call herself a full-time comedian. “So many people are always like, ‘It must be so hard to do stand-up.’…


Whistler has ‘high degree’ of confidence in recycling program

Mayor Crompton and Recycle BC defend recycling rates following controversial Marketplace report

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is throwing its support behind Recycle BC following a CBC Marketplace investigation that raised questions about whether or not the materials we throw in our blue bins are actually recycled. “We have a high degree of confidence in Recycle BC’s work, and we have a high degree of confidence in Recycle BC’s reporting,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.…


Halloween Stories

October 31, 2019

Halloween has always been a time of year that draws out the inner storyteller in all of us. As the shadows grow longer and the chill in the air crispens, we open ourselves up to the mystery of the world, the things we struggle to explain.…


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