Grin and Bear Tax
Whistler hotel and property managers have agreed to participate in a unique fund-raising campaign on the weekend of Aug. 11-12. All Whistler properties will collect a $2 Bear Tax on each room for each night during that weekend. The money will go toward the Jennifer Jones Whistler Bear Foundation.
The foundation works to protect the lives of bears in the Whistler Valley and promote their well being. The foundation is developing an education and awareness program for the general public.
The municipality oversees the bear relocation program, which involves helicopter transfers of bears which could pose a threat to humans. Those bears are relocated to remote areas outside the Whistler Valley.
Hantavirus results delayed
Test results for the hantavirus, which is suspected in the death of a West Vancouver school teacher more than two weeks ago, are expected to be available today.
Ted Pelly died July 10 after visiting his Whistler cabin the previous week. Officials suspect he may have contacted the hantavirus, which is found in the droppings, urine and saliva of rodents, while at his cabin.
Test results, from laboratories in Vancouver and Ottawa, were supposed to have been available last week. However, the Ottawa lab had to send material to a lab in the United States for further testing.
Larco principal Shiraz Lalji has been charged with assault with a weapon and common assault following an incident in May with a CBC reporter and cameraman.
Lalji was shown on TV waving a rake at the cameraman and reporter. CBC says the two were not seriously injured but several thousand dollars damage was done to the camera.
Lalji will appear in court in Richmond in August.