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Re: “A season to remember

Max- HS closer to 350cm..

Posted by Steve Anderson on 04/27/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Desperately seeking Vertbag

Great story. Glad it was told.

Posted by Collin Tate Crowell on 04/25/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “The politics of movement in the Sea to Sky

So why is the NDP even running here when their candidate won't field media requests or visit the community? Would someone explain that to me?

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 04/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of April 20th

Excellent letter Michael Robinson wrote regarding action needed on slumlords.
Here is to Whister's future,Karen Howdle

Posted by Karen Morocutti Parco Howdle on 04/24/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Garibaldi at Squamish planning continues

Homeowners want Revelstoke Mountain Resort to deliver on original vision

Revelstoke, B.C. April 20, 2017 -The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association (RMHOA) says the Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is not living up to the vision of the original Master Development Plan and needs re-energizing. The resort opened in 2007 and has not significantly changed from improvements that were complete or already in hand at the time. The original three lifts are the only major ones operating and there is no publicly stated timeline to add any new lifts. In several other key areas such as accommodation and restaurant capacity there have been no significant upgrades and the resort is well behind in delivering on the vision outlined in the Master Plan as proposed by the developer and approved by the Province in 2004.

As home owners, our collective investment is approaching that of the developer. We, along with many other enthusiastic stakeholders and supporters, want to see the resort reach its full potential as a world class destination. The hill is second to none with the longest lift-accessed vertical descent in North America and some of the best snow and terrain on the continent but investment is minimal for the scale of the resort and there have been few new amenities and upgrades in the last 10 years, says RMHOA vice-president and full time resident, Peter Brown.

The RMHOA contends the current structure of destination ski resorts in BC may be inherently flawed. When the provincial government gives tenure of public lands to a private operator, it does not seem to follow through to ensure ongoing investments are made as envisioned in the master development plan. In addition, homeowners who have made significant investments have no place at the table to provide views in regulatory discussions or approvals that may impact the resort.

Homeowners are major stakeholders. We support the vision of a world-class resort at Revelstoke but there needs to be consistent slope side and accommodation improvements. It was understandable after the world financial crisis that plans were put on hold temporarily but that was nine years ago and the economy has fully recovered by almost every measure says Brown.

The Association notes that with an election underway and similar resorts proposed for Valemount and Garibaldi near Squamish, it is time to reassess how these projects are monitored for compliance and what can be done to ensure the province of BC and local communities like Revelstoke maximize the benefits, especially when it comes to employment and tax revenue.

RMHOA would like to see the Master Development Plan process include specific development timelines and five year plans, outlining a minimum of investment and expansion that will occur, along with a monitoring and enforcement regime should a resort not live up to those obligations.
Currently, resorts do not have an obligation to make annual investments which move a resort forward. In a recent letter to Peter Brown, the corporate counsel of Northland Properties which runs RMR, stated: The approved Master Development Plan for RMR did not include promises with respect to lifts, accommodations, food services, any other resort facilities or significant facilities and improvements.
On its website, Revelstoke Mountain Resort states that, on completion, the resort will have more than 20 lifts, 100 ski runs and 5,000 housing units. But there is no timetable for that to happen. (
Today the original three lifts are still the only major ones operating with 56 runs and fewer than 250 units of accommodation.
Ten years from opening and we are a long, long way from even starting to reach our full potential, says Brown. Installing more lifts, expanding runs and making more housing or lots available for owners or investors would give RMR a shot in the arm and would add badly needed jobs and taxes to the local community.

RMHOA members say homeowners should be recognized as an official resort stakeholder group. They recommend a resort advisory committee be created so that homeowners are included in discussions about development decisions and timelines.
We are not asking for authority over decisions. But we want to be part of the process of planning RMRs future along with the City of Revelstoke, First Nations and Northland Properties which holds the land tenure. We have valuable insights into what owners and future investors are looking for, says Brown. We have invested a similar amount of money but we have no standing and it is unreasonable to shut us out completely. We simply do not have a voice in the future of this amazing resort.
RMR is upgrading the capacity of two existing lifts by approximately 20%: adding 24 cars to the gondola and 21 chairs to a chairlift which will bring those lifts to full capacity, a move the RMHOA welcomes. However, there have been no publicly stated plans or timeline to add additional lifts in the future or address other homeowner and resort guest concerns.

That investment in adding capacity will make a positive difference. But now is the time to look beyond next winter to the future of the resort and develop a game plan that delivers on the original vision says Brown.

For more information, please contact:
Chris Olsen
Peak Communicators
Kelowna: 250-808-4910

Alyn Edwards
Peak Communicators
Vancouver: 604 689 5559

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Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston


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Re: “Financial matters: Have your say

It is good to have a community session to lay out all the possible doubts which the public might be facing. At times, not everyone has the necessary resources to seek professional advise from a finance company for all of their financial needs especially trivial matters that large firms do not handle or even bother to answer. To have a community platform where everybody can contribute and benefit from would really be able to lift a percentage of the community's financial doubt.

Posted by webbrowan on 04/21/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM

Okay. So how much are we willing to pay?

It's a complicated situation. BC is a leader in providing care to rural areas. The ambulance arrival time can be slow, but at least there's an ambulance station and paramedics available. Other provinces and states simple don't have stations in small communities because it's completely unreasonable to pay a 24-hour full time crew to respond to one call every few days or less. BC ambulance instead invests in the ambulance and the station and lets locals respond while on call ($2/hr). If all paramedics were to be fulltime, these remote stations would have to be closed.

A big problem, however, is that there's a theory that locals can be equipped with pagers while carrying on a normal life while responding to the odd ambulance call. The reality is that the pager is like a ball and chain, restricting many aspects of the paramedic's personal life. They are on duty, and must remain ready to go and close by at all times. That is the public's expectation. Even where the job description allows more flexibility in this area, paramedics as a whole are a very professional group who care to be as ready as possible for a 911 call when they're the ones on duty. The reality is that remote stations can't effectively be staffed by locals, who are unwilling to give up more than a handful of days per month to be attached to the ball and chain. Instead, paramedics who are new to the service travel in from the city, at their own expense, and loss, to cover the shifts until they rise enough in seniority to move elsewhere. This is a reason for shortages of paramedics in rural areas. It's just not worth it.

There is no easy solution to this. Everyone wants more from the service, so more money spent on it, but of course no one wants to pay more in taxes. So the obvious must be stated: if you're going to ask for better service and ambulance times, how much are you willing to pay for it out of your own pocket? $1/month? Or $100/month? Expect the service to improve by precisely the amount you and the rest of British Columbians are willing to pay.

Posted by a paramedic in a rural area on 04/20/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “And now there are two heavyweights in the ski industry

Not sure if one should describe the ski industry as "flat". (not even as a pun) Chris Diamond suggests in his book "Ski Inc." that the industry is mature, but quite healthy, pointing at the shift in season pass pricing and market capture as examples of a "dynamic" industry (his words).

As well, KSL/Aspen and Vail Associates may be the big players, but there are much more than just two heavyweights - Boyne Resorts and Powdr also enjoy significant market presence.

Bottom line: if the trend continues with season pass pricing, the core of the industry: the ski family or community - will be winners.

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Posted by Goldenaspen on 04/20/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Risk and snow sliding go hand in hand

Richard Kinar has made a career out of being chicken little. He somehow manages to extort money out of those who he is complaining about just by never going away. Definitely not a safety advocate. More like opportunist

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Posted by papa steve on 04/20/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Artificial turf debate turns to health impacts

Yup. Just what this planet needs. More plastic.

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 04/18/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Sale of staff housing may finance more employee beds

It sounds like a good idea especially if the current employee housing buildings cost too much or cause a negative impact on certain employees' finances. Rather than simply wasting ready resources as such, it would be much better to reorganize the housing system to a newly launched lease system which is more affordable and can sustain even more employees.

Posted by webbrowan on 04/16/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Re: “MLA Sturdy, RCMP support expanded sex-assault services in Sea to Sky

From stats. it reveals that both BC and Alberta have far more sexual harassment cases within the RCMP than any other region. Thus taking seriously assault cases in the public domain would be dealt with less concern, serious effort or thorough investigation. Another extremely under investigated matter is the extremely lack of proper investigating, charges, & outcome for the murdered/missing First Nations women and girls. Could it be an ingrained attitude? No accountability integrity compassion or professionalism shown or demonstrated by RCMP officers.
To RCMP it's 2017 get with the current attitudes, laws or perhaps just grow up!

Posted by Judith Harrower on 04/14/2017 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Snowpack changes signal potential danger

Unfortunately, judging from past stories in Lower Mainland media (including Pique) in which this "safety advocate" has weighed in, he has gained himself little credibility and sewn plenty of misplaced hysteria. Like the mountains that they are, things that are somewhat dangerous should remain so, and remain open after the more general mitigation takes place (of which Whistler Blackcomb does the best job in the world given the challenges that weather and the environment here pose). Take away all the risk and you take away everything that's great about this place, the sport, and the experience. Again, it's a high-mountain environment and whether we like it or not (I personally feel it's key to my enjoyment) that's what people come here to learn about and test themselves against. With so much altitudinal variation and complex terrain there will ALWAYS be inbound hazards that crop up unexpectedly. Also, let's not forget that terrain is RATED for a reason, that the hazards that exist out there in the mountain environment are dynamic and ongoing and cannot be erased or sanitized -- only educated about. Let's also not forget that people have a choice to ski/ride or not ski/ride certain areas under given hazard scenarios. When I choose to do so, I expect avalanches and other hazards are pontentially present and I govern myself and my movements accordingly.

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Posted by Leslie Anthony on 04/13/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Artificial turf debate turns to health impacts
study by the European Chemicals Agency finds very low level of concern

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Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Posted by Erin Cody on 04/13/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “RMOW cracks down on illegal nightly rental properties

One point that is being overlooked that needs to be a main focal issue is how significantly and negatively these nightly rentals are affecting the "Long Term Rental Market". So many people are removing their basement suites, condos, townhouses and detached homes from the Long Term market that it's creating a false shortage of rentals and making it very difficult to find housing which is also driving up rents for available places to unaffordable prices. Furthermore, since these Short Term Rentals are not regulated under the B.C. Residential Tenancy Act, rents are hideously expensive.
The impact on the Long Term Rental Market has a direct flow through to businesses in the community. When people are financially burdened by extremely high costs of living, they typically have less money to spend at businesses in their community. Stats show that 80% of the economy is driven by small business and if they fail, we are in big trouble. If people cannot afford to live in City's like Vancouver, Surrey, etc. they'll be forced to move away and thus taking their money out of the community with them.

I encourage you to read these 2 very well written studies regarding the impact of Short Term Rentals if you want to truly know how negatively they affect our communities.

Iain Majoribanks of UBC has done some great research and has given that research to the city to help them develop policy.

Karen Sawatzky of SFU has also presented some compelling data:

I encourage every to contact their Municipality regarding these rentals and have them shut them down before it gets worse.

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Posted by rickpd2005 on 04/12/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Whistler Blackcomb announces 2017-18 pass pricing

Loved skiing here, but the new pricing of the Edge card and loss of the Spring skiing add on means we will look elsewhere next season. Vail resorts is giving the shaft to its local and most important markets of Vancouver and Seattle. We have some ski friends that already are refusing to come up this Spring due to the new Edge card pricing and lack of Spring add on. Screw Vail Resorts, we've been coming here for over 10 years straight, but next year we are going somewhere else and it won't be owned by Vail either.

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Posted by Dave Johnson on 04/10/2017 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Dog Poo for Dummies

Well written and this is an issue that the Recreation and Leisure Advisory Committee ( a committee of council) discusses almost every meeting. Bylaws has been included in the discussion too. But the ultimate responsibility relies with the dog owner and the recognition of social responsibility. By the way I think Bear Creek Ridge next to Spring Creek school is the worst. They let their dogs run to the field (no supervision) and just poop there. School staff have to walk the field before children can play. And many of these dogs come from homes with children who go to that school. Also the almont of poo in that complex is sick. One property the lawn could not be mowed because of so much poo. Owner complained and landscapers refused to be poo picker uppers. The lawn stayed unmoved.

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Posted by An on 04/10/2017 at 8:39 AM

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