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Re: “Best of Pemberton 2019

Next year I'd like to see you include a category for favourite garage and/or mechanic.

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Posted by grannyD on 07/24/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Uphill Battle

The less brain cells the higher chance of success!

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Posted by Not Today Antifa on 07/17/2019 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Is social media ruining political discourse at the municipal level?

First on the list for The Pique should be the immediate dismissal of GD Maxwell. As a member of the PPC, I strongly believe in free speech, but the hate filled anti-Conservative and anti-Libertarian opinions of GD Maxwell, which come stamped with the approval of the editor of this newsmagazine, are dangerous and causing a rift in our community during a time when we NEED more unity. I call upon The Editor of The Pique to remove GD Maxwell along with his Far-Left Fringe Antifa-like opinions for the public good!

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Posted by Not Today Antifa on 07/07/2019 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Being Sober-curious

Alcohol is bad, it is a poison. You are poison yourself as you drink it. Drink water or another healthy alternative.

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Posted by Simba Roars on 06/07/2019 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Saving the spotted owls

I have just returned from the Fraser Canyon where I was checking out spotted owl habitat in the only area in Canada where they are still found in the wild. What I found was both shocking and sad. https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/news/l…

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Posted by Joe Foy on 06/05/2019 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Whistler Pushes for trauma room expansion

Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Another became quadriplegic at 13! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. Parents: If you do not allow your children to play football in school, why are you allowing them to mountain bike? For 600+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm.

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: http://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . 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 http://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). 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.

Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat.

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?

For more information: http://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 05/17/2019 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A brush with death

Morris Boghan, you are a twit, as evidenced by a look at all of your previous comments!

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Posted by evildewar67 on 04/15/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The cold reality of global human trafficking

I have learned so much more about the exploited people I work with daily.

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Posted by 10CRN on 04/13/2019 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Busted knees and broken legs

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Posted by illuminati on 04/07/2019 at 9:14 AM

Re: “A Year of Living Better

Exactly like my parents lived (and taught us--me, quite reluctantly). Unwritten in this context is that the gig economy, AI and other so-called technological 'improvements' will force people into having a short time-line ('when will this gig end?') and that creates huge issues on its own. In a place like Whistler, no, you certainly don't need much given the bounty of nature. But what if your housing situation forced you into a car, way out in the suburbs? Many people do not live Intentional Lives. Shit happens, and they deal.
Two other things stand out. You both work in fulfilling jobs/careers, and obviously have access to WiFi, which of course has done more to kill boredom than anything on the planet. (Frank Zappa concerts from 1976, maybe?). Imagine doing a mind numbing job that barely pays expenses (especially here in BC) and has zero chance of advancement. To stretch $$, you are doing a 'Costco run' and maybe you WILL buy that six pack of underwear. Hell, it's only $20. Finally, in Leisure Capitals like Whistler, one is often are surrounded by people, (OK, men... er, boys) for whom the t-shirt "He Who Dies With the Most Toys, Wins" informed a generation of mindless consumerism. (Just be around when they host a garage sale...) And another thing, locally produced food is REALLY expensive; I might want to put that dough into carbon offsets for a flight to the Baja.

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Posted by Steven C Threndyle on 02/12/2019 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Whistler's cultural tourism rising

According to this article... Today, there are so many different threads making up Whistler's cultural tourism tapestry that it can be difficult to unravel them. ... May I share some rather old news? How the many different threads making up Whistlers cultural tourism tapestry can be woven together as a unique, exportable tourism product was delineated in a detailed, 82-page report commissioned by the RMOW in the wake of the 2010 Olympics. Its entitled A Tapestry of Place - Whistlers Cultural Tourism Strategy. Ask RMOW for a copy.

Posted by Steven Thorne on 01/21/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

Harry Meow is an obvious troll account.
Never trust a random Rubiks cube analogy
when speaking upon mental health.
Laughter is best medicine.
PC culture to blame for mental numbing
and emotional turmoil.

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Posted by Global Kewling on 01/10/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

----The WCSS moved to its new location at 8000 Nesters Road last year, effectively making its outreach program more visible in a non-clinical setting. Normalising mental health as a wellness initiative is imperative to "reducing" the shame stigma that often "surrounds" mental illness.

Curious, is it not, how often we are told stigma and shame surround mental illnesses? Quietly sneaking in to that rubric today is the thought of "reducing" stigma and shame, as if we ought accept some. No thank you.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 01/10/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The hunt for gold

A rambling article that touches upon but does not fully explain what the step James Douglas took to insure that mainland BC remain under the British flag, that is, with the authority of Queen Victoria, to proclaim mainland BC to be a British Crown Colony ahead of treaties being signed as outlined by a previous Royal Proclamation in 1763 made before BC was even on the map.

This is the source of the current legalese nonsense du jour that BC is "unceded" land belonging to various Bands who warred, looted, enslaved and genocided each other out of territory with abandon before BC came into existence and British law was enforced.

Nor does it gives any credit where credit is due. For example, it was actually James Douglas that encouraged indigenous people to collect gold for trade when he began supplying them with hand tools and British ethnographer James Teit who wrote the letter the Chiefs from the Shuswap, Okanagan and Couteau tribes sent to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. Teit, who was married to N'lakapamux woman, also wrote the famous Lil'wat Declaration of 1911 but is never given credit for it by the various Bands that hold it and the 1763 Royal Proclamation to be sacrosanct while pretending Queen Victoria's 1858 Proclamation, of equal legal authority, doesn't exist.

This is something that all British Columbians need to pay attention to with the current NDP/Green plan to declare the racist UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) law of the land. Is there any one of us who isn't indigenous to Planet Earth? Further afield, in Ottawa, the Canadian Constitution is about to be changed by our status Minister of Justice so that the UNDRIP can legislate herself and her family members a vast "ownership" of BC that excludes 95% of the population.

And how convenient for the banks and multinational corporations who are waiting with bated breath so they can swoop in and cut loans and deals that just might be designed to eventually bankrupt the new "native nations." Who will own the public lands and resources of BC then?

Do the people of this province really want to be dictated to by the UN? With the UN migration pact about to be signed in Marrakesh, it may actually be too late but beware mixed-race status number holders of various unpronounceable "nations" and "owners" of BC - Grand Chief Justin Trudeau is about to open your borders to the world.

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Posted by KJC on 12/09/2018 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Making a Mountain (Wo)Man

Who wrote this tripe?

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Posted by Joseph Seiler on 11/24/2018 at 11:45 PM

Re: “On the mend

Great article.

My only quibble would be the subheading "grizzly hunt a contributing factor." It doesn't seem that the grizzly hunt was a problem; rather illegal/unreported conflict killing and poaching are.

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Posted by an.7 on 11/16/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The second wave

In all the current hype around legalizing marihuana there will be people getting hurt. There is no conclusive study that psychedelics help with depression, PTSD, etc. Some say it helps and some say it does not. Each study has its own limitations. And in fact it may well be that it helps some people and hurts others. But the fact is that psychedelics (even marihuana let alone LSD) could trigger psychotic episodes and I can say that is true from firsthand experience. So before you run to get the psychedelics keep in mind that you can end up in a worse place than you are now. The problem is even more complicated by the fact that there are people that have borderline mood disorders they are not aware of. Some of those people can get in serious trouble with the psychedelics. The worse thing is that once they are triggered they may not come back to the previous state. This is nasty stuff people. It is estimated that 5-10% of pollution is at risk of this. So although your friends and neighbors do psychedelics all day long no problems, you may not be in luck. Be careful especially if you suspect you may have some problems!

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Posted by John 1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:57 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

elyhim: True, but the presence of the bike increases a human's destructiveness a thousandfold. Mountain bikers don't like to talk about that fact. Because they are too lazy to walk, removing the bikes also removes those nature-hating idiots.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/06/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

The main argument now against ebikes is that people will spend more time on trails more often.

??

To Mike's point - in his world man should not be in the water, not explore space, in fact man himself should not be in the wilderness - man is too damaging.

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Posted by elyhim on 10/06/2018 at 3:56 AM
Posted by The Spangler on 10/05/2018 at 2:53 PM

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