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Re: “'The national park system is under severe threat'

Very inaccurate article. Double the capacity of Lake Louise resort? Misleading. It will actually be smaller, because they returned one part of the resort back to the Parks Canada in exchange to use West Bowl for skiing. So, the resort shrank. Author should get all the facts before making such sweeping claims!

Posted by Jarka on 02/23/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Time to make yourself heard on RMOW budget

Soccer field? Ridiculous. Though then we'd have an indoor Ultimate venue as well... but still ridiculous. I'd like to see more money invested in municipal bylaw enforcement, which could not only be recouped through that activity, but also make the town a shitload of cash. Oh, and I think $3.5 million to help promote the natural values of Whistler--an ethos severely blunted by the events we've been holding, including bear-darting practice--would be a good start.

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Posted by Leslie Anthony on 02/23/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Time to make yourself heard on RMOW budget

Well said Max - there are so many high priority items that need to be addressed - a plastic soccer field is not in the offing!!
Oh! I am still fighting for our bench!!

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Posted by Alix Nicoll on 02/23/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Sharing Snow

Leslie Anthony. Your response to the comments needs to be sub-edited for literals and layout. Also, it's not a response that readers of any news publication would expect from an impartial journalist - too much bias. If you set out to write an opinion piece then that should be made clear close to the by-line. If not, and you did contact various snowmobile clubs, the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation or any other person or body considered an authority on the matter and you didn't receive a response from them, in the spirit of fairness and transparency, that should be noted at the end of the piece. I have to agree that this article reads like a lobby piece for the heli-ski/cat-ski industry. It's best not to publish a story if facts and opinions from both sides of the coin can't be collated.

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Posted by Stevee on 02/22/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Sharing Snow

From Leslie Anthony:
Before anyone else wastes more typing on why the piece seems unbalanced (read it a little closer) or why there are no "snowmobile" voices (good question), the reality is that they chose not to be heard. The industryvia the organizations contactedhad opportunity to comment, but did not return calls or emails and generally made themselves unavailable (and we're talking the highest-levels here as well). Governmentwhich is at the centre of the problemwouldn't let me talk to anyone either; instead, a spokesperson emailed a nice list of flowery-but-vacuous talking points.

In additionand this is keythe fact is that the specific conflict being reported on (snowmobiles vs. commercial mechanized backcountry) is itself totally unbalanced: a small rogue element within recreational snowmobiling is impacting the business and safety of operations that arecontrary to some of the above unfounded commentsemploying many and bringing a lot of money into local economies, as well as paying millions into provincial coffers in annual tenure licenses and fees. The converse, however, is not true: no hell-cat operation is threatening the safety or economics of recreational snowmobiling in any way, shape or form. At all. Anywhere. Ever.

Snowmobiling is a healthy, growing industry with a huge economic impact, but no apparent ability or will to police or regulate itself. Note that everyone who went on the record for this piece (and many would not) went out of their way to say they largely had good relationships with local snowmobile clubs, and that many have sat down and worked out sharing agreements. But since even those groups can't control either members or outsiders, and closures and signage are very often ignored as noted above, what's the fix? Well, that's why the suggestions reported in the articlenot advocated, dear writers, reported (you know what that is, right?)are being voiced by operators and some organizations.

Finally, shoot the messenger if you'd like, but leave the "elitist" arguments out of it. That's like saying golf courses or ski areas shouldn't exist because they cater to the wealthy, or that yachts take up too much space on the ocean. Some people are OK to pay $1,000/day for a week of skiing and that's their winter vacation; others buy a $15,000 sled and a pile of gasoline and spread their winter vacation out over a few weekends. So the question remains: why should one take it upon themselves to endanger and undermine the other when there is more than enough crown land to go around?

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Posted by Clare Ogilvie on 02/22/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Sharing Snow

Appalling article. I thought Leslie Anthony was a credible writer and editor. This is nothing more than a thinly vieled lobbying excercise for Mr Anthony's friends in the ski guiding business.

From reading the article Mr Anthony is basically suggesting crown land be dedicated to the interests of business over the individuals rights to access it.

A business that also offers next to zero employment for locals (most staff will only move to an area for the duration of a short winter season). The customer base comprising of 1%ers flying into an area, then staying for the most part in a lodge spending very little in the local economy.

On balance it is much more likely that snowmobiles bring in far more local revenue and are most likely used by locals living rurally in these communities. The fact that this is missing from the article probably speaks to the fact Mr Anthony is aware of this and wished to omit it from the article.

There is a tiny population of snowmobilers that are causing this conflict. This is best addressed by education on the matter and mutual respect. Inflammatory, badly written articles like this serve no good purpose other than to cause even more animosity.

Pique, please elevate your level of journalism, this article makes it hard to take your publication seriously. Considering how many full page ads you offer to heli/cat operations actually quoted in the article, it is very hard not to see this as paid lobbying.......

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Posted by Burt on 02/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Sharing Snow

On Sproatt and Rainbow Mountains, a popular area for self propelled backcountry skiing right beside Whistler, some snowmobilers are continuing to ride in the 21 mile creek watershed despite a legal closure, signage, and an education program by the local snowmobile club. As mentioned in the article, it only takes a few snowmobilers to trash an entire area and render it unsuitable for self-propelled backcountry, cat or heli skiing.

At Rainbow/Sproatt, there is a land use sharing plan in place, but in practice it's unenforceable because it has long, convoluted boundaries between snowmobiling and no-snowmobiling areas. The rules need to be simplified to make enforcement a practical, parking lot exercise.

I don't see how a CRA solution is going to work for the heli / cat industries, when that same solution is failing right before our eyes in 21 mile creek.

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Posted by Scott N on 02/19/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Sharing Snow

Agreed! ^^^ the 1% being able to afford access and have priority is unfair to the rest of the community. This article is extremely biased towards the heli ops and the cat skiing. We all need to get along out there, and I think especially in the Sea to Sky corridor the snowmobilers/skiers/snowboarders are extremely respectful of said terrain.

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Posted by Leanne Pelosi on 02/19/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Sharing Snow

Why is there not a single comment or input from any of the snowmobile organizations? Pretty biased piece and clear the author is against motorized sports aside from his chums in the heli and cat skiing world. Not all of us can afford $1000 a day to stay at a fancy lodge nor are we sent on trips from ski or snowboard magazines paying our way.

In the sea to sky alone, the majority of areas conducive to snowmobiling either have been closed(Black Tusk, Callaghan, Brohm is soon?) or have a commercial operator limiting the terrain that can be ridden(Powder Mountain Catskiing in the Chance creek area, Blacksnowmobiles in the Brandywine Drainage, and Backcountry Snowcats in the Hope Valley).

While snowmobiles can travel further and higher than before, a helicopter can still get to so many places and around physical barriers no snowmobiler can pass. If lodges and operators are wanting an unspoiled experience for their guests they should be prepared to travel further or base their operations so far that no snowmobiler can day trip there.

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Posted by nathank on 02/19/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “RCMP to review policies following Globe's sex-assault investigation

Another example of how sloppy policing becomes a major problem and the impact on officers but also on communities. The reality is that every time the RCMP are exposed to wrong doing, such as ignoring a growing trend involving a minority group becomes extremely costly and is dragged on for decades. Just like the denial of any form of harassment existed within the ranks of then RCMP likewise complete denial of poor policing methods in solving missing or murdered First Nations women.
Is it time that the RCMP be broken into manageable separate forces? Lack of adhering to solid policing practices such as complete reporting, conducting in-depth investigations, finalizing cases, investigating complaints - appears that the RCMP have failed yet again to fulfil solid policing practices. This one federal department has racked up millions if not billions, all at the expense of Canadian taxpayers, as direct result of lazy inaccurate unmotivated policing practices. To avoid the consequences that would be applied the Mounties drag the process out for years, in reality not accountability.
Simple means of reducing these behavioral/attitude problems would be that every Mountie be expected to implement their own Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Professionalism and Honesty.

Posted by Judith Harrower on 02/19/2017 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Food trucks make their triumphant return to Whistler’s parks this summer

I tried the burrito truck last year and I thought is was great!!!

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Posted by almacd1814 on 02/19/2017 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Are letter grades failing our kids?

I personally feel that grading system is somewhere pushing our kids back; reason parents cant identify the exact percentage. Along with the studies they should be trend in craft projects so that they can have more artistic ideas.

Arrange some special session to explore their creativities and for that you can use which has all art and craft related products for kids at best price. These all activities make them physically and mentally strong.

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Posted by AlecYeager on 02/17/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “The fraud in your fridge

It's a serious and widespread problem. There's a great book called "Extra Virginity" about the fraud and adulteration in the olive oil industry. Anecdotally I've heard from European farmers stories about mislabeling of regular produce as organic. Given much of our organic produce in Whistler comes from Mexico I wonder sometimes whether we're doing ourselves a favor or are we being fleeced of our hard earned money.

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Posted by Mark Steffens on 02/17/2017 at 3:21 AM

Re: “Chris Quinlan steps into Local Whistler venture

Good Luck Chris! You're onto something with this local site. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out.

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Posted by Troy Assaly on 02/16/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Pemberton approves restricting medical marijuana dispensaries

I'd prefer a dose of medication like marijuana for pain over any painkiller that directly effects my liver and my sleep patterns. I need to take pain meds four times daily. And I am tired of the ill efects. In the past I only used medical marijuan in the morning and at bed time. No illusionary dreams from the marijuana, dozens of hallucigenic dreams from pain medications. I get a restful sleep from cannibas inducement, restless tossing and turning from presribed drugs. In this day and age I as an adult who does not drink or do drugs should have a choice in medication. I am tired of having those unwanted dreams from Tylenol 3 and the sleep medications I am prescribed. TIRED of those white pills.

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Posted by Archie Silver Tip Peters on 02/16/2017 at 5:33 AM

Re: “Peter Alder comes full circle back to Whistler

As Russell Jordan's great-grandson, I'd never heard this story with the detail provided here. Thanks so much for authoring this.

Posted by Robert Peterson on 02/09/2017 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Driver raises issue over ticketing at Creekside parking lot

Same thing happend to me after Christmas! We were told we could not park on the outside as we intended, due to a contractor removing snow with an excavator and several dump trucks. He actually got out of his machine and yelled and waved.The vehicle in front and I parked over towards the starbucks(in a virtually empty lot) and went inside to grab our coffees.5 minutes later...boom...ticket. They sit in the lot and wait like vultures. Maybe come over and say can't park, there instead of making sure you get your quota. Funny thing...the guy giving the tickets was parked in the same area!!! Total BS. I just couldn't be bothered fighting this time....was I wrong; yes...but c'mon was 11am on a Wednesday after NY's and not a fire route and no one was in the lot...the optics are very bad.....

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Posted by HappyGilmore on 02/09/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Asphalt plant applies for 30-year lease extension

Last time the Ministry of Mining ignored Whistler's request I suspect the response will be similar....

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Posted by Laurie Vance on 02/08/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Are letter grades failing our kids?

There is no such things as a participation ribbon in the real world. This new method sets up our children to believe that there will be a ribbon waiting for them when they enter the real dog eat dog world. If this new design is about self assessment then I ask you this, do you really believe that a child can critically and accurately assess themselves without having a base line of fundamental skills to base their assessment on? Letter grades worked because it created that much needed base line. It addressed areas that required improvement. I'm sorry If your feelings are hurt, but this is the cold reality of the real world. Success is based on failure, it is what drives us to be better. If we do not fail (because this is what this new curriculum is basically telling us), then how do we succeed?

I have spoken to many parents from Myrtle Philip school who are already personally schooling their children to some degree because the core fundamentals are not being taught. God only knows what is going to happen when this pilot fails. The children will be the ones that suffer.

On February 9th, 6pm, there will be a meeting at Myrtle Philip school to discuss this pilot. I strongly ask all parents who are concerned about these changes to attend the meeting and voice their concern.

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Posted by Concerned parent on 02/06/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Man charged in 2015 Whistler cyclists' death pleads guilty

Hopefully we won't get some lame BC judge letting him off. Sentencing on this type of offense examples:…

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 02/04/2017 at 11:03 AM

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