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Wine festival returns to Whistler

Back by popular demand, the Whistler Public Library will host its 11 th annual Whistler International Wine Festival May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

This year, the selection will feature wines from Spain, Chile, France, Australia, the U.S. and Canada, presented by International Cellars. All proceeds from the event will go towards the library.

The popular book draw is also back, where each ticket entitles the purchaser to buy a page in the prize book. Your chances are better than one in two, and all prizes are provided by local merchants. Past gifts include everything from gift baskets to fleece jackets to ski goggles to bottles of wine.

Tickets to the festival are available at the library, adele-campbell Fine Art Gallery, the Activity Centre in the Whistler Conference Centre and at the door.

Taste the sun

Las Margaritas is celebrating Cinco de Mayo Saturday, with Double D and A Ton of Tequila supplying the tunes.

Spring specials

One of the best things about spring is fishing season – at the Rimrock Café.

The Rimrock is offering its annual off-season special for locals. During the month of May a three-course menu is only $39. And the Rimrock is open seven days a week.

Monsanto pulls biotech potatoes

Environmental groups opposed to genetically modified crops are calling it a victory. Monsanto is calling it a business decision. Either way, the biotechnology giant will no longer sell their Naturemark a brand biotech potatoes.

Environmentalists have opposed biotech crops for years, even though they were approved for consumption by government food agencies. Opponents believe that not enough is known about the long-term effects of the potatoes – on the environment and consumers.

In the past year, major french fry processors and fast food restaurants have answered public concern by agreeing to stop using biotech potatoes.

Monsanto says it has shifted away from biotech potatoes to concentrate on its key money-makers – corn, oil seeds and cotton.

The potatoes, sold under the brand name Naturemark, were modified to be more resistant to insects.

Farmers say that they will have to go back to using pesticides now that Monsanto has stopped selling the potatoes.