Friday, February 3, 2012

Soane lands at Nita Lake Lodge

By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Roger Soane, former general manager of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and current chair of Tourism Whistler, has landed at the Nita Lake Lodge.

The Nita Lake Lodge announced Soane’s appointment as general manager on Thursday.

“Nita Lake Lodge is a true gem in Whistler and perfectly positioned to become the number one boutique hotel in Canada with a reputation for tailored experiences and leading hospitality,” Soane said in a release.

Soane left the Fairmont Chateau Whistler last year after nearly three years at the helm. He came to Whistler from Victoria, where he managed Fairmont’s Empress Hotel and was chair of Tourism Victoria.

Originally from London, England, Soane spent the first 16 years of his career as a chef, becoming an executive chef with Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts before moving into senior management. He has worked in the hotel industry in Europe, Asia, North America and the Caribbean.

Pique app is back

The Pique app for iPhones is working once again.

The app ceased to work when we moved to our new website in late November. Diligent work by Chris Armstrong in Whistler and the crew at Desert Net in Tucson have got the app working with the website again.

Look for further improvements in the months ahead.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The pdf version of Pique is back

By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Due to popular demand — and after having got a better handle on the new website and what it requires — a pdf version of Pique Newsmagazine is available once again.

Pdfs of the last three papers are available under the “Features & Images” tab at the top of the site. Click on “Features & Images” and scroll down to “Browse Issue Covers.” There you will find an archive of past issues. The December issues each have a box below the cover icon that says “Digital Edition.” Click on that and the pdf version will appear.

It’s not quite the same as our previous pdf version — there isn’t a page-turning feature; instead you scroll through the pages. However, it is a pdf of each page in the paper, so it includes all the ads, stories, images and any typos we happen to throw into a particular printed issue.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The iPhone app and a couple of plugs

By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The further adventures of the new website…
As many have discovered, the Pique iPhone app doesn’t work right now. It’s a compatibility issue with our new website/server. We are working on getting it back up but it will be a few days. Thank you for your patience.
A Pique iPad app is further down the road, likely sometime in 2012.
Sorry, but we can only juggle so many technical balls at once, and still produce a paper.
And thank you to all those who have taken the time to use the comment feature on the website, and for keeping your comments clean.
Now if you’ll indulge me, a couple of plugs.
Today is the last day to vote in the 2011 Best of Whistler contest. The Best of Whistler link was down briefly while our new site was being launched earlier this week but it’s back up and we have more entries than ever.
Results will be published in the Dec. 29 issue of Pique Newsmagazine.
Meanwhile, there are still four more opportunities to win a pair of Prior skis or snowboard in the SHARE Whistler campaign. To be eligible you have to donate $50, or five hours of volunteer time, to the Community Foundation of Whistler or one of the 13 charities that are part of the campaign. Pique will match donations up to a total of $10,000.
The aim of the campaign is to get new people involved in philanthropy, help out some worthy organizations and integrate newcomers into the community. And you earn a tax receipt for donations of $10 or more.
Click the SHARE Whistler link on the website to find out more and to make a donation.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A work in progress

By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Thank you for the positive feedback and your patience as we learn how to utilize our new website.
There are many things that need fixing and tweaking; it comes with the territory when you’re transferring 17 years worth of data. We are working on getting news stories in news holes and putting columnists in their place, so to speak, but it will take a little while. The priority is to make sure all the current data is in the right places and then work our way back.
While also adding new stuff.
Our new classified system is also likely going to take a week or two to iron out all the bugs. The system brings together two companies, one that produces ads for the web and one that produces ads for print. Melding the two systems is a bit of an experiment for all of us.
Kathryn Elder, founder of the Black Diamond Betties, Whistler’s roller derby team, is the Pique staffer who has led the experiment. Compliments can be directed to her.
The new classified system is designed for the advertiser. You can design your ad — including boxes, bold type, photos and other features — exactly the way you want it online. You then see a proof of the ad and an itemized bill before it is sent off to us. You also chose what day you want the ad to go live online.
The intent is that the new classified system will be easier to use, available 24 hours a day and lead to a more dynamic classified market in the Sea to Sky corridor.
Again, thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New website, new dynamics

By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Welcome to a new blog on the new Pique website.
The website has been a work in progress for the last five months and will continue to evolve as we learn to work with the site’s capabilities. It has been designed, with the help of Whistler’s Origin Design and the architecture of Tucson’s DesertNet, to offer a more dynamic interface with Whistler, rather than just a digital reproduction of what’s available in the printed edition of Pique Newsmagazine. Whether you are here in Whistler or interested in what’s going on here, the new Pique website is intended to keep you informed about what’s happening, what’s going to happen and to give you a better sense of what the people in this mountain town are feeling. We’ll do that in a variety of new ways, some of which will be introduced over the next weeks and months.
One of the new tools that is available now through the DesertNet system is the ability to blog. The number of bloggers we will have has yet to be determined — as I said, this website continues to be a work in progress, at the same time staff are also producing a weekly newspaper. But for the time being I will be blogging, periodically, on goings-on behind the scenes at Pique, on things that don’t quite fit the definition of “news”, and perhaps offering a perspective on matters political.
For this initial blog post I’d like to focus on another of the new opportunities that comes with the new website, the ability for readers to post comments online. That instantaneous feedback is one of the ways our new website is more dynamic. But I’d like everyone to remember one word when they comment: respect.
Last week the New York Times was the latest forum for a healthy debate on the virtues and vanity that come with anonymous posting. Christopher Wolf, an Internet and privacy attorney and leader of the Internet Task Force of the Anti-Defamation League, kicked off the discussion with the premise that “People who are able to post anonymously (or pseudonymously) are far more likely to say awful things, sometimes with awful consequences, such as the suicides of cyberbullied young people. The abuse extends to hate-filled and inflammatory comments appended to the online versions of newspaper articles — comments that hijack legitimate discussions of current events and discourage people from participating.”
We have all seen it. In fact, many of us ignore the online readers’ comments that follow news stories because so often they quickly descend into incivility, ideological name-calling and even hate. What should be a forum for open debate can quickly become a forum for intimidation by anonymous bullies.
The published counters to Wolf’s argument came from lawyers and writers who raised the virtues of anonymity online. Catherine Crump, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union cited the United States Supreme Court, which wrote that anonymity serves “to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation — and their ideas from suppression — at the hand of an intolerant society.”
These are the two ends of the spectrum that anonymous online posting, in its infancy, has led to. We are hoping much of the discussion takes place somewhere in between.
We have chosen to allow readers to post online comments in the hope that it will increase civil debate and add to the dynamic nature of the community. Readers will have to log into our site in order to post a comment. Comments will also be monitored. If the level of civility and respect declines we will add more filters before comments are published.
But our hope is that the new website, and some of its new features, will help advance discussion and understanding within the community.

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