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Re: “Annual SOFI list reveals top muni earners and suppliers

The firefighters in whistler deserve every dollar that they earn. Here the expectation of the group is higher than other municipalities, in that our firefighters also deliver public education and fire prevention inspections to the local businesses. This story also makes no mention of the 50+ on call members that will make less than $10,000 and provide the nessissary support to deal with a wide variety of incidents. As a whole department the FD is accounts for less that 7% of the annual budget. A tremendous savings compared to most urban depatements that usually account for 10-12% of a city's annual budget. Thanks for all the hard work Whistler Fire Rescue Service. It is greatly appreciated!

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Posted by JasonRFPT on 06/26/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of June 22nd

Perhaps "Real Whistler" could have phrased it differently, but I agree. William comes across as someone who has no real first hand knowledge of what the municipality is trying to do and no knowledge of what the current bylaws in place actually restrict. The muni should not be looking to dictate how these buildings are managed and it is not in the best interest of our community.

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Posted by Gene Douglas on 06/25/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Squamish teen still missing

Maybe if crown council grew some, and the judges weren't so lenient in this province, thieves might think twice.

Posted by Patrick Smyth on 06/25/2017 at 4:07 AM

Re: “feature 219

Hi from Victoria
Thank you for a very informative account of the Prince George.
Victoria designer Earle Morrison designed some of the furniture in 1947/48.
He later went into partnership with Robin Bush (Morrison-Bush) and designed and manufactured furniture sold through Eaton's, some of which was exhibited at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and 57.
Any leads on period pictures of the furniture in the dining saloon and captain's quarters would be most appreciated. The Daily Colonist (Victoria paper, June 20,1948) has pictures, but they are hard to see.
Allan Collier, Victoria.

Posted by Allan Collier on 06/24/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of June 22nd

William Smith = you are officially the uninformed and under-educated idiot of the month

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Posted by Real Whistler on 06/23/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “A human-caused tragedy

You should put videos of the bears being shot online. If we (the people of Whistler) are responsible for these bears being shot because of our shortcomings, why not at least offer the opportunity for us to see what we caused.

People may say its barbaric or too violent, but shielding us from this have negative impacts on many levels. Sure it may hurt some peoples sensitivities, but by hiding it from us, you separate us from the act emotionally and morally. Pandering to peoples sensitivities will mean more bears will be killed. Which is more important?

Also, it would be interesting to know how much of this is caused by residents of Whistler vs. Tourists. I think the example of the overflowing garbage can in the village is more the latter. In which case 'pleading' to residents wont change that situation, maybe put in more garbage cans.
The bear "Olive", killed for repeatedly breaking into a building, they need better security! Unless she was picking the locks, I would have paid to see that.

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Posted by Chris Eyres on 06/23/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Unexpected species' extinction found in predator-prey study

This is really interesting - I am an avid math fan. However, differential equation is a big subject - which part of the diff eqn are we looking at here? Looking at a course example here are we looking at second order differential equations, or laplace transforms?

Posted by nono wa on 06/21/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Transit open house seeks input on proposed changes to bus routes

Once again. We are getting information with less than a week to review.

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 06/18/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Bike trails huge economic asset to Whistler, study shows

That comment is hilarious. I hope he realizes that a court decision in the US has no direct bearing on this issue. In addition, most of these trails are not in parks, and in any case our Parks have a mandate for recreational use. If he has an issue with that, so be it, but good luck arguing it. Does he drive a car? All of his arguments could easily be directed at any impact of land use, such as highway building.
Anyway, how obsessed do you need to be to find and comment so strongly on a story in a local paper IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Big Bill on 06/18/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Beloved volunteer and Whistler Coun. Andrée Janyk passes away

Andree - this is unfathomable to Chris and I. Chris grew up ski racing with Andree's younger brother Chris, but I knew Andree for her frank honesty, ready enthusiasm for anything kid-sport related and sincerity of purpose where education and community initiatives were concerned. She attended and helped at Whistler Reads events anytime I called. Becoming a grandmother and talk of the family always lit up her face. I remember how the media latched on to Andree during the 2010 Olympics featuring her repeatedly as a commentator who happily gave the perspective of a proud mom who affirmed the effort it takes to get (and keep) kids on the competitive world stage. This town and your many friends, colleagues, and clients will miss you! Hugs to your beautiful family. Paula & Chris Shackleton

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Posted by Paula Shackleton on 06/18/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Beloved volunteer and Whistler Coun. Andrée Janyk passes away

Something about this sad news changes everything about our view of the world. The strong ones, the leaders we've come to depend on, aren't supposed to leave. But you Andree, the hardest working, most generous hero among women, have earned the right to soar freely above the mountain peaks knowing you have given more than your share and are leaving the world a much better place. Your passion for all things fair and right will live on through your incredible children and beautiful grandbabies. It's been my pure honour and pleasure to know you and work with you, I'm in awe of you and your life's achievements, and I send my deepest condolences to the people who will miss you the most...Bill, Britt, Mike and Steph with love, Kathy Stahr xo

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Posted by Kathy Stahr on 06/18/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Beloved volunteer and Whistler Coun. Andrée Janyk passes away

As a family who has skied with Andree over the past few years, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Janyk family - she was much loved by us. We can say without reservation that we have been enriched, and our outlook in life immeasurably changed from learning from her the value of caring about everything, from the littlest things to the biggest picture. We wish everyone in the greater Whistler community all the best. A great loss. (The Chan Family from Australia)

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Posted by Gabriel Chan on 06/17/2017 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Beloved volunteer and Whistler Coun. Andrée Janyk passes away

Big loss for our community.

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Posted by Grant Lamont on 06/17/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Beloved volunteer and Whistler Coun. Andrée Janyk passes away

Andree - thanks for all you have done for this community on so many levels. Whistler wouldn't be what it is today without your significant and long term contributions, including so many thankless jobs. Let me be very late in saying Thank You for everything.

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Posted by Sea2SkyGuy on 06/17/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Bike trails huge economic asset to Whistler, study shows

I can't believe Vandeman is still around posting his false info that references himself!

Vandeman, don't you have some mountain bikers to slash with a saw where you live in California?

I know, I know, I shouldn't feed the troll. But Vandeman is THE MTB Hater Troll. I can't resist!

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Posted by Sporadic Commenter on 06/16/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Bike trails huge economic asset to Whistler, study shows

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video:

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: .

For more information: .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 06/15/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Bear killed after entering business through unlocked door

Aren't "lever-style handles" code now...or is that just Vancouver?

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Posted by Zinc64 on 06/15/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Study reveals there is almost $59 million in economic spin off in Whistler from mountain biking

What are the ticketed passes vs free trail passes? And, yes, the actual economic report would be helpful.


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Posted by Owen Torgerson on 06/09/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Study reveals there is almost $59 million in economic spin off in Whistler from mountain biking

Hi. Where can we get the actual report? Thx. Jim.

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Posted by Jim Noort on 06/09/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Whistler's Camp of Champions files for bankruptcy

Bullshit. Ken is a lying pos. Lots of snow up there

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Posted by lolatken on 06/08/2017 at 2:35 PM

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