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Re: “The foolishness of B.C.'s grocery store wine model

It looks like your indolent liquor administrators have just copied over the Ontario model, which was implemented for wine a few years ago and for beer just last year. Similar stupidity around hours and selection (Ontario only and most often only from one group of vintners). I actually long for the day I can go and pick up a bottle of (BC) Gehringer Brothers Late Harvest Cabernet Franc, or Ping, or one of the Ink'Mip bottlings here in an Ontario grocery store.

Posted by Neil Batchelor on 01/20/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

I can see why Steve and Whistler Heli-Ski doesn't want the Spearhead Huts project to go ahead. These backcountry huts may interfere with their lucrative 50 KM2 heli-ski tenure of which portions are situated within the conservation zone (the ecological zone you say is so important to respect) of Garibaldi Park and less than 50 meters from a wintering goat habitat (Ministry Policy state a 2KM is mandatory). It is indeed amazing to see how quickly and easily park rules and regulations can be ignored, violated and broken when you donate $50,000 to Christy Clark's last election campaign in 2014. I look forward to Election BC's posting of political donations this April. But hey, let's trumpet park policy regarding the Spearhead Huts; pointing out the toothpick in your opponents eye when you have a massive 2x4 in yours. Garibaldi Park 2020 says hello.

Posted by Chris Ludwig on 01/19/2017 at 12:02 AM

Re: “George Huxtable could teach us a thing or two...

By now is clear that I know your Dad has passed ....i have to say that I always had the impression he was my parents claimed ....a second father ....i apologize for not having kept up with him in his last few years ....but stuff happens and there is always fallout ....I loved him ....and I am better for having had him in my life ...All the best to you ,Diane and the family ...David Little

Posted by David Little 1 on 01/16/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Pemberton residents' Internet frustration continues

There is an alternative. Since 2010 Base Wireless delivers high speed Internet to the Upper Pemberton Meadows and now this service is available in the rest of Pemberton. Its faster.better.local but its not cheaper.

We provide high speed Internet to the people who need it most in rural and remote BC. With funding from the BC government we have built new wireless infrastructure that offers an alternative to large phone and cable companies and we deliver this service into these areas where it is not available from any other provider. We help people run their businesses, connect with their families, access education, health care and communicate with the rest of the world.

The robbery is indeed being done on the highway and our prices are not cheaper because our revenue goes directly to paying monopoly carriers for our monthly upstream fibre costs referred to as the 'Internet highway'

We work hard to provide a good service here in Pemberton and if you sign up with us you get what you pay for. Our networks are connected directly to the Internet fibre backbone independently from the "aging infrastructure" of cable and phone lines using the latest developments in wireless communications technology so if you want faster better service buy local. Base Wireless is a division of Base Technology Ltd. born and bred in BC.

Open global communications networks are essential for the evolution of our civilization.

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Posted by Davin on 01/15/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Real Canadians own snow shovels

So is Max still on the WB payroll?

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Posted by William Field on 01/15/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Pemberton residents' Internet frustration continues

Dear Sir.... ( Mr Jordan Sturdy MLA )
The BC government has set a target of getting 98 per cent of people in the province high-speed Internet access to a minimum of five Mbps.... All fine and dandy but the issue is we are already paying for 30 or more MBPS and receiving less MBPS than the 2%.
I pay close to $1000 a year for internet..... I receive spotty service at best, what about the other 500-750 accounts in town?
Starts smelling like highway robbery to me......

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Posted by Peter Wortman on 01/12/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Assessed property values in Whistler rose 20% last year

@EE The 20% is the overall increase across all residential homes in Whistler, it doesn't refer to individual properties. So if your assessment went up 32%, then yes, it's very likely your property taxes will also go up.

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Posted by Brandon Barrett on 01/07/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

My biggest concern about this project is the lack of a resident custodian to ensure people who stay in the huts don't destroy them, they clean up after themselves, don't leave their garbage behind. Also, that there is some mechanism to ensure that there is a last point of contact reporting in case they do venture out and get lost, that there will be a starting point for searching.

Since "There is also an agreement with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), where beds will be reserved for the guides in exchange for first response."

This will at least address one concern. That the ACMG guides will act as a point of safety for even their non clients? So if non-guided people are at the huts, the guides will be there to answer questions and give route advice?

Will the ACMG guides also act as Custodians? Ensuring the huts are respected? People aren't overstaying, or leaving their garbage behind and cleaning up after themselves?

I do think these huts will be popular, and their proximity to Whistler and the city will attract people who may not have the experience to navigate the area in the event of a white out.

At least the refurbished hut at Russet will prove a test case to see if there is enough oversight, and more needs to be done to ensure safety and care of the huts.

Posted by Sharon Bader on 01/07/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Assessed property values in Whistler rose 20% last year

My comment to your article. Just to rectify this:
My assessment went up 32% in 20I6....not 20%....and now again 14%.
I have checked around in the neighborhood and with friends, and many had the same increase
And taxes have gone up considerably also.
I live in a small old house built in 1976.

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Posted by EE on 01/06/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Kleenex, please


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Posted by Sheree Blanch on 01/05/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Assessed property values in Whistler rose 20% last year

You can be sure that if the muni raises taxes that there will be a revolt.

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 01/05/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Calling all builders to the Whistler Makerspace

Why such great initiative did not lead anywhere? It should be central space in Whistler, such as IGA market place building, or Library building.

Posted by Yuriy Shevchuk on 01/02/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

Apparently Bruce Kay could use a little education regarding BC Parks Mission and Mandate.

Mission Statement:

"As a public trust, BC Parks mission is to protect representative and special natural places within the provinces Protected Areas System for world-class conservation, outdoor recreation, education and scientific study.
BC Parks is committed to serving British Columbians and their visitors by:
protecting and managing for future generations a wide variety of outstanding park lands which represent the best natural features and diverse wilderness environments of the province.
providing province-wide opportunities for a diversity of high quality and safe outdoor recreation that is compatible with protecting the natural environment.
Inherent in this mandate is the requirement to maintain a balance between BC Parks goals for protecting natural environments and outdoor recreation.
BC Parks is also responsible for the management of the provincial system of ecological reserves, established under the authority of the Ecological Reserve Act. The purpose of the Ecological Reserves System is to:
maintain British Columbias ecological diversity through the preservation of representative, and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features and phenomena.
Ecological reserves offer long-term research and educational opportunities as well as limited, non-consumptive public uses, such as nature photography and bird watching.
BC Parks authority is drawn from three pieces of legislation, the Park Act, Ecological Reserve Act and the Environment and Land Use Act, and their associated regulations, policies and agreements.
BC Parks has also been assigned responsibility for regulations related to commercial river rafting (the Commercial River Rafting Safety Act) and regional parks, the Park (Regional) Act. In addition, BC Parks provides the lead in coordinating governments role in the BC and Canadian Heritage Rivers Systems."

While outdoor recreation is stated as part of Mission and Mandate , infrastructure construction is not.

Regarding the accusation of non disclosure you are wrong again. Braden Dupuis simply did not mention that in his article.

And yes there are conflict of interest guidelines for elected officials, not just RMOW. In my opinion accessing public money for a pet project while at the same time acting as an elected official may cross that line.

Another interesting factoid that you most likely unaware of is the conditions attached to BC Parks Commercial Use Permits. As a previous PUP holder I can tell you it was issued on condition of permitee being responsible for costs associated with rescue. Not sure how SHC will be able to avoid that language in their PUP.

I have always been a supporter of Russet Lk. hut replacement. But the rationale of needing additional huts to manage large amounts of garbage and human waste does not resonate with me. Implementing a permit process , limiting user numbers and establishing protocols regarding proper waste management would be the accepted norm when deciding on how to deal with wilderness places subjected to being "loved to death" by people.

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Posted by Steve Anderson on 01/02/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “A newcomer's story

Welcome to Canada Vendulka! I really hope you stay until folk festival season, and get some opportunities to appear in them! I am crossing my fingers for you and I will see a performance of yours, as soon as is possible.

Posted by Gordon Ashackersson on 01/01/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

I think the term "education" is insufficient. What we really need is "culture shift" toward self reliance and self responsibility. So long as it is clearly understood that the user is "leaving the controlled area", they are fundamentally responsible for their own fate.

WSAR and other SAR units,certainly if they feel overwhelmed by expectation or duty, need to emphasize this culture requirement more, perhaps by better triaging call outs. You know.... all hang nail and ruptured dear ducts get your own ass out or kindly request help from your fellow hiker citizen. You guys are volunteers, after all. I really don't see any need for the Alpine club to "provide" any sort of emergency response, other than the standard duty of care one expects of any neighbour.

If in the future there really is a high volume of demand, perhaps like other advanced societies it is time for a dedicated professional service, funded as they do elsewhere

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 12/31/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

Given Canadian law on the public use of Crown Land and the significantly large increase in public backcountry recreation,it is predictable that issues around liability will arise. From a Search and Rescue perspective, it would seem prudent that every person, organization and entity share the responsibility for education, maintenance and delivery of safety programs. Certainly, WSAR Society will continue to provide rescue services to the public in much the same way as it has done since its inception in1973. However, we ask that the proponents (SHC) of these three proposed venues to ensure that they have appropriately trained staff in place to assist WSAR in the determination of urgency and rendering of critical patient care when conditions are not conducive for extrication. This, in my opinion, is a social responsibility that comes with use of Crown Land and not necessarily that of liability

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Posted by Northair on 12/31/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Spearhead Huts Project aims to break ground this spring

Oh come on Steve! It is a commercial interest? You mean like any other Mountain club hut? Then you have the chutzpah to argue that "People who truly love the wilderness want to keep it that way" without disclosing your direct employment with Whistler Heliski that continues to operate in direct contravention of the stated mandate of BC Parks and contrary to the last public opinion poll?

Does RMOW city councillors have any kind of a conflict of interest ethical guidelines?

As per Jen Fords enquiry about liability, look no further than any ski hill adjacent to any crownland (like WB) or the Squamish Gondola to see how liability for untenured land is dealt with (survival of the fittest, don't even bother with a waiver). These are very much commercial interests deliberately introducing rank neophytes directly into serious alpine terrain by the thousands... yet only responsible for their tenure. If they are not liable rest assured any traditional alpine club hut certainly isn't. Sky pilot mountain produced 2 fatalities and one close one in its first two seasons, surpassing anything in previous decades. Thats the way it rolls in libertarian BC. Education is the route to decreasing that, like WB does with its Extremely Canadian education program. If they were forced to assume liability, there would be zero education and zero access, and who could blame them for fencing it off.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 12/30/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Coastal Bliss

Hi Patrick,

Glad to see you are also finding bliss on this amazing trail. We ARE coastal bliss-Coastal Bliss Adventures. My partner, Georgia, and I guide people on the trail, and on other coastal hikes on Vancouver Island and BC.

I hope you are still finding your bliss out there.

Gary Ward

Posted by Gary Ward on 12/29/2016 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Whistler Film Festival launches donation appeal

Before they start asking for donations, they should be issuing a detailed summary of what happened.

Posted by The Spangler on 12/29/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “A newcomer's story

Go you good thing! First saw you singing your Xfactor audition... It's hot as rocks on the Cooma-Monaro. Have a blast in Canada

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Posted by Kate Marshman Spears on 12/29/2016 at 2:27 PM

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