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Comment Archives: stories: News: Sea to Sky

Re: “Province says no to dogs in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Make it like he Grand Canyon. Limit the users. So sad, I have hiked this trail many times when only a handful of hikers used it. Truly is beautiful but humans, not dogs, are ruining it.

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Posted by Scot Fennell on 05/21/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Relief coming for internet users

This is great though I heard Shaw is letting go of a bunch of their local technicians. So how and when would this be implemented?

Posted by James Dunnigan on 03/24/2018 at 9:00 PM

Re: “SLRD to explore housing options with WedgeWoods

Does the SLRD get 50% of the provincial tax revenues generated from alcohol?

No. This is a tax grab.

"The SLRD joined with other municipalities in requesting 50 per cent of provincial tax revenues generated from recreational cannabis, which is expected to be legalized this summer."

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 03/19/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Affordable housing proposal back with developer

Elementary math, kids. Nothing 'affordable' here. Equates to $2333/month per 1000 sq ft. That's $4,667 for 2000 sq ft.

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Posted by Tony Simon on 03/02/2018 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Image mix-up for proposed development by VOP staff causes problems for developer

Joel, I am dismayed by yet another inaccurate report. Get your facts right!

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Posted by No Comment on 02/22/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Federal Approval Next Step for Howe Sound Gravel Pit

Over the last 30 years, my family & I have watched as the eagles, the shore birds, otters, seals in Howe Sound. We have been awed by the return of dolphins, orca & humpbacks. Tourist have been flocking to Howe Sound in ever increasing numbers. This is my backyard & our boating/swimming/kayaking playground. We believe that this whole area should be protected & be a UNESCO site.

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Posted by Dawn Hope on 01/25/2018 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Federal Approval Next Step for Howe Sound Gravel Pit

The photo submitted for this article is very misleading if you read the actual project description. The fish compensation channels and tributaries that feed the estuary are missing. It is only showing a portion of the total footprint of this 60 hectare project and pit area. The barge loading area is missing tugs, water taxis and the one other barge as described in the application. Mysteriously missing are the residential houses on the other side of the creek. As with other proponent's renderings intended to downplay the impact of the project.

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Posted by Future of Howe Sound on 01/25/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Whistler, Squamish mayors split on tire designation

I think the whole province should have mandatory winter tires from October to April.

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Posted by Merrissa Lewis on 01/24/2018 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Government says no to Sunshine Coast to Squamish trail

Pretty hilarious when you think about it. Those drainages have been logged into oblivion for decades. Not sure if they ever bothered asking the Grizzlies about that little bit of trail work!

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 01/01/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “'New Nine' want to bring change to Squamish Nation

I want to thank Dustin and Deanna for their words to include community at a while. It's been a longtime coming that our Squamish Valley gets proper representation. In the past people from city get voted in and we never see them until the next four year term . I'm praying all council dedicate to visiting people in Valley area . I did see Chris Lewis a few times in the valley and would like to thank him for his presence . Yes our Chiyakmesh water is not good . Our pipes in most of our houses up here burst , do to corrosion ! This is costing monies to restore homes from floods . Question ; what can we put in our water system to make it drinkable ??? Also against LNG !!!! Xayiltenaat / Shirley Lewis Chiyakmesh resident ...

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Posted by shirley lewis on 12/20/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Pemberton to get community paramedic

Good, maybe they can perform CPR on all the seniors and women with kids who can't afford rental housing now due to liberal globalism!

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Posted by God Waxsmells on 11/30/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Mental health worker decries government cut

WHAT!? How can this possibly be something that's LOSING funding? You'd think with all of the awareness around mental health and well-being everywhere you look these days, there'd be even more initiative to support and encourage services like this. The close-knit community that we have in Mt Currie/Pemberton can be so massively affected by just one individual's health and well-being, that I find it not only neglectful but irresponsible, to cease this funding support network. They barely got the chance to get started. This is seriously disappointing.

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Posted by Amie Le Blanc on 11/01/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Pemberton councillors object to proposed communications policy

Always fun when bereaucrats and autocrats tell us, for our own good, just how democracy and freedom of speech works...
"war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength" G. Orwell

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Posted by bucks on 10/06/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Parents split on gradeless report cards

School grades are very important for educational assessment, especially the young. Grades need to remain in place, not taken away, and not offered to the parents as an "Option B". I've been to all of the meetings, I've queried the data, I've asked questions (have yet to receive an intelligent answer on any of them by the way), and most importantly listened to the sad story of the Superintendent who told us all that their A+ child was in a pickle because the Grade system had failed their child, that child no longer had anything left to aim for because the grade system had peaked at maximum. Sadly this is not the case for the rest of the remaining 95% of students. If the Grade system is moving to self-assessment then why aren't the Universities? I'll change when the Universities change. University admission in part, require Grade marks. See UBCs admission requirements below:

"While we do calculate an admission average, we dont always weigh your courses equally. Sometimes we need to ensure that you have high grades in certain critical courses. For example, the Faculty of Science requires students to be strong in Math and English, so you may not be admitted with low Math and English grades regardless of how high your overall average is."

I do not wish to wait until my child is in Grade 10 to find out that they are behind in their Grades and will now have to double down to catch up, or, finding out that they are not emotionally prepared for tests, or, that they are not readied for the real competitive dog eat dog world that awaits them when they enter it after graduation. How do I tell them that they are no longer self-entitled? How do I tell them that everything that was learned or self-assessed no longer counts, all those pats on the back?

Were you aware that the top three educational (public school) systems in the world still use grading as a means to assess the academic ability and readiness of its students?

South Korea: (Grading system provides for 9 ranks, aggregate percent calculation based on relative standing of others who took the same class)
Japan: (Grading system)
Singapore: (Grading system using bands and traditional grades)

As far as I am concerned this new system has now made the lives of the parents twice as hard.

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Posted by Concerned parent on 09/11/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Woodfibre LNG still a go

I am surprised the Woodfibre yet continues to mislead the community that the plant is a go. In fact they have no Sales Purchase agreements just an interest for half its production. Moreover Sukanto is looking to get the plant built at cheap price which is not possible given the cost of doing business here in Canada. This project will very quickly end up on the dung heap. The best way to see if a project will proceed is to follow the numbers. The employment numbers at Woodfibre LNG are a shadow of what they were in 2015.
I would be very cautious with the information from their spokesperson.

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Posted by TheTruthBeTold on 08/04/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Pemberton grapples with short-term rentals

Short-term rentals are a business and should be regulated as such. AirBnb has just made it easier to do the basics of running that business. Shouldn't this require a business license and be managed as such? Why does the Pemberton Valley Lodge have to pay all kinds of taxes (ie hotel taxes) when an AirBnb operator doesn't, aren't they both types of hotels? I believe it is regulated if someone wanted to run a welding business out of their garage, why is it any different if someone ones a hotel out of their house?

If you haven't noticed, there are next to no long term rentals units in Pemberton (without paying an arm or a leg), but a tonne of AirBnb rentals. As currently it's may more profitable to use your property for short term rentals as opposed to long term rentals. Governments need to find ways to balance that, and not only pass bylaws but enforce them.

Otherwise enjoy a bland boring town with businesses that can't operate due to not being able to find any good staff.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2198726/did-…

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Posted by The Spangler on 08/01/2017 at 8:30 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: “Pemby Fest not dead yet?

I'll wager live nation is trying to make a pemby comeback.

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Posted by esm on 06/01/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Whistler landscape architects win national award

CONGRATULATIONS! Tom & Your Team
Well done! 'Uncle' Bill

Posted by web80 on 05/09/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Garibaldi at Squamish planning continues

Homeowners want Revelstoke Mountain Resort to deliver on original vision

Revelstoke, B.C. April 20, 2017 -The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association (RMHOA) says the Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is not living up to the vision of the original Master Development Plan and needs re-energizing. The resort opened in 2007 and has not significantly changed from improvements that were complete or already in hand at the time. The original three lifts are the only major ones operating and there is no publicly stated timeline to add any new lifts. In several other key areas such as accommodation and restaurant capacity there have been no significant upgrades and the resort is well behind in delivering on the vision outlined in the Master Plan as proposed by the developer and approved by the Province in 2004.

As home owners, our collective investment is approaching that of the developer. We, along with many other enthusiastic stakeholders and supporters, want to see the resort reach its full potential as a world class destination. The hill is second to none with the longest lift-accessed vertical descent in North America and some of the best snow and terrain on the continent but investment is minimal for the scale of the resort and there have been few new amenities and upgrades in the last 10 years, says RMHOA vice-president and full time resident, Peter Brown.

The RMHOA contends the current structure of destination ski resorts in BC may be inherently flawed. When the provincial government gives tenure of public lands to a private operator, it does not seem to follow through to ensure ongoing investments are made as envisioned in the master development plan. In addition, homeowners who have made significant investments have no place at the table to provide views in regulatory discussions or approvals that may impact the resort.

Homeowners are major stakeholders. We support the vision of a world-class resort at Revelstoke but there needs to be consistent slope side and accommodation improvements. It was understandable after the world financial crisis that plans were put on hold temporarily but that was nine years ago and the economy has fully recovered by almost every measure says Brown.

The Association notes that with an election underway and similar resorts proposed for Valemount and Garibaldi near Squamish, it is time to reassess how these projects are monitored for compliance and what can be done to ensure the province of BC and local communities like Revelstoke maximize the benefits, especially when it comes to employment and tax revenue.

RMHOA would like to see the Master Development Plan process include specific development timelines and five year plans, outlining a minimum of investment and expansion that will occur, along with a monitoring and enforcement regime should a resort not live up to those obligations.
Currently, resorts do not have an obligation to make annual investments which move a resort forward. In a recent letter to Peter Brown, the corporate counsel of Northland Properties which runs RMR, stated: The approved Master Development Plan for RMR did not include promises with respect to lifts, accommodations, food services, any other resort facilities or significant facilities and improvements.
On its website, Revelstoke Mountain Resort states that, on completion, the resort will have more than 20 lifts, 100 ski runs and 5,000 housing units. But there is no timetable for that to happen. (http://www.revelstokemountainresort.com/resort/about-the-resort)
Today the original three lifts are still the only major ones operating with 56 runs and fewer than 250 units of accommodation.
Ten years from opening and we are a long, long way from even starting to reach our full potential, says Brown. Installing more lifts, expanding runs and making more housing or lots available for owners or investors would give RMR a shot in the arm and would add badly needed jobs and taxes to the local community.

RMHOA members say homeowners should be recognized as an official resort stakeholder group. They recommend a resort advisory committee be created so that homeowners are included in discussions about development decisions and timelines.
We are not asking for authority over decisions. But we want to be part of the process of planning RMRs future along with the City of Revelstoke, First Nations and Northland Properties which holds the land tenure. We have valuable insights into what owners and future investors are looking for, says Brown. We have invested a similar amount of money but we have no standing and it is unreasonable to shut us out completely. We simply do not have a voice in the future of this amazing resort.
RMR is upgrading the capacity of two existing lifts by approximately 20%: adding 24 cars to the gondola and 21 chairs to a chairlift which will bring those lifts to full capacity, a move the RMHOA welcomes. However, there have been no publicly stated plans or timeline to add additional lifts in the future or address other homeowner and resort guest concerns.

That investment in adding capacity will make a positive difference. But now is the time to look beyond next winter to the future of the resort and develop a game plan that delivers on the original vision says Brown.

For more information, please contact:
Chris Olsen
Peak Communicators
Kelowna: 250-808-4910
chris@peakco.com

Alyn Edwards
Peak Communicators
Vancouver: 604 689 5559
alyn@peakco.com

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Posted by Peterbr52 on 04/24/2017 at 5:18 AM

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