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Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

I personally confronted people flicking thier butts in the village. Its just plain gross and a fire hassard. I also noticed that most public ashtrays have been removed from village. Whats the solution...

Posted by Bernie Duval on 08/17/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

I really think it would be a good idea to have a sign at the entrance to Whistler near Function and at the bus depot that educates people on proper disposing of butts. Many people come from other countries or cities where it seems acceptable to discard butts on the street and out car windows and it's become habit to toss them in the street. Maybe just a friendly sign that educates people on how butts are not okay anywhere on the ground in Whistler would also help.

Posted by LongSkis on 08/17/2018 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Whistler's prohibitive approach to smoking is dangerous

Intelligent comments

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Posted by Rick Clare on 08/16/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “A matter of principal?

*Andorra and Whistler.

Posted by adeuwhistler on 08/11/2018 at 12:08 AM

Re: “A matter of principal?

Andorra is no longer on the OECD blacklist, so not technically a tax haven. But being a low tax country, many do consider it to be.

More info here:

There are many parallels between Andorra and Canada, a few hours from an airport, lots of skiing, bike parks, loads of tourists buying crap they don't need, the list goes on.

But what Whistler lacks is the history. If the abandoned island of Liberland can't get independence, good luck getting it for a high income earning town in a high tax province of a high tax country!

Posted by adeuwhistler on 08/10/2018 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of August 9

Liberalism: find the cure.

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Posted by WhistlerProudBoy on 08/09/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “A matter of principal?

Youre a globalist and a liberal, Maxy. You have no principles.

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Posted by WhistlerProudBoy on 08/09/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Are we benefitting from a 'Trump Bump?'

Nope, sorry. You simply suffer from a bad case of TDS.

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Posted by WhistlerProudBoy on 08/09/2018 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of August 2

Hello Mr. BW Becker,
As a business owner in Pemberton, I feel that I am justified in offering my answer to your elitist question, "...was it really too much?" Much as I would have preferred to read, "Thank you for your cooperation and community participation in the event for 5 years," I have to say that in my opinion three more days of financial losses in our 150 day yearly high season was too much to ask. Nor do I accept any responsibility for the perforated and detached retinas, damaged cardiac valves and kidney nephrons and loss of lifespan of the participating poorly trained athletes. The ambient temperature, the route chosen and the registration requirements were not decisions of mine or within my power to influence. Much as I admire the endurance and dedication of these elite athletes, my admiration does not put food on our table during the lean winter months. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to publicly scold and attempt to shame me whether or not it is your place to do so.
Kind regards,
Evelyn Coggins
Pemberton BC

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Posted by Evelyn Coggins on 08/04/2018 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

I volunteered once for this event when I first moved out 4 years ago - never again - the Ironman organizers make you feel like they are doing you a favour not the other way around - there is little appreciation if any given. There are lots of other events and community initiatives in Whistler that are better deserving of your time.

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Posted by Jeremy on 07/31/2018 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

My apologies for double-posting this (originally in the lede story); it more properly belongs here:

As visitors to the area this past weekend, my group of 40+ outdoor enthusiasts was informed only at the last minute of the road closures, and even then, the information we got was conflicting and ever-changing. The closures completely disrupted our plans and led to more than half our participants curtailing their stay and departing for Vancouver at 6:15 Sunday morning. Our visit is an annual event, and we will certainly be checking for road closures and the like in the future and NOT visiting Whistler if/when they are likely to occur.

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Posted by soovalley on 07/30/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

I volunteered last year. Never again. Never seen so much abuse heaped onto well meaning volunteers at an event. LOL, it's only TRIATHLON, get over yourselves.

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Posted by CatGuy on 07/29/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

Let's make sure the event is not renewed in 2020. The idea of Whistler tax dollars being spent to sponsor a highly profitable event is frankly embarrassing, and so is the mentality that many of these self-obsessed athletes bring to town. For the third time in the last few days I just saw a cyclist warming up for this weekend throw a plastic bottle off onto the side of the road, as if we're here running clean-up crews for his training. The Ironman has nothing like the positive energy that Gran Fondo and other events bring to Whistler - just egotists ticking a box, at our expense. No thanks.

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Posted by DJR on 07/27/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “How much heli is too much heli?

Another question is, the trails bh are proposing to build, will they be accessible to the public? Or only via their tenure? if they are not accessible to the public without heli assist, why should the public support the proposal?

I too gave no problem with heli access, but there should be a public benefit to this proposal.

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Posted by Sharon Bader on 07/26/2018 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

Brilliant. Of note, the methodology for the economic impact is voodoo economics. In measuring the economic impact of IRONMAN Canada, an on-line follow up survey was emailed to event participants asking details as to their satisfaction, length of stay, party size, training and spending in Whistler.

A total of 908 participants completed the survey representing the 2,196 IRONMAN Canada participants.

Now pundits will point that The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance's (CSTA's) Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model, Professional version (STEAM PRO) was used to generate the economic impact estimates detailed in this report. STEAM PRO, which was developed in 2006, Is a model that has been designed to incorporate the results of primary data collected from event visitors and the budget/ capital expenditures of event organizers and others to prepare economic impact assessments. The model is based on the Canadian Tourism Research lnstltute's (CTRI - a branch of The Conference Board of Canada) TEAM model, which is the most widely used tourism economic impact model in Canada. The results of STEAM PRO are fully consistent with the CSTA's STEAM model.

This model is inherently skewed in favor of the tourism sector and doesn't reflect non participants economic impact, or any environmental one.

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 07/26/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Where did I come from?

According to Okanagan Salish storyteller Harry Robinson, the red man and the white man were created as the closest of brothers - twins - but there was only one land left for the two of them.The Creator set up a situation that the white man cheated at so he was sent far away across a great salt sea but with a prophecy that he would one day return and when he did, he would never leave again.

Part of the reason for that is because of interbreeding - they are us and we are them. The move to divide and separate us using the status number is just another corporate scam to gain control over lands and resources that actually belong to all of us.

Posted by KJC on 07/14/2018 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Running on empty

Two things spring to mind about Greyhound.
Firstly-how hard did they attempt to get gov't funding and subsidies similar to via rail agreements in quebec and ontario?.
Secondly-company was taken over by pirates who just simply wanted to loot the assets and move on to the next prize.Think Sears Canada.
Either way.The greyhound bus experience for western canada has left the terminal.

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Posted by Dave White on 07/13/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Let the sunshine shine

Highly offensive - "Though pillaging of the Sunshine Coast by the rapacious logging industry was worse than many places in B.C., the SCT has snatched outdoor-recreation victory from the jaws of wanton destruction. "

Could you not simply make a statement showing gratitude for the activities of forest industry for opening roads and trails that allow you access to this and many other locations.

Do you live in a house - Do you have your work printed on paper - Do you read books - do you read magazines - Do you play hockey with a hockey stick - Do you ski - or practice archery ? or is your whole world oil based and all those things are done with fiberglass forms --

Please stop being a hypocrite as you sip wine and denounce the grape

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Posted by TV ThatWorks on 07/08/2018 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Make Whistler B.C.'s natural high

Forgot to add to my above post: With all that I said being said, I would be remiss to mention that if you try to cross the CDN/US border wall with said substance, or facsimile thereof, on your person or cleverly hidden away in your vehicle (or dog), You very well can and may be arrested (at least for those who are unfortunate enough to live south of said wall, not sure what bringing it northbound will entail, but I can bet it will be highly discouraged. They want the tax revenue in BC). Remember, the US Customs and Border folk do not work for WA ST. They work for the "other Washington" i.e. the Federal Gubbmint. They don't give a rats a** what the law may be in our progressive state, even with medical dispensations (I'll bet they voted for the "Orange-Orangutan-in-Chief, too, the more bad joss to them).
Best advice, leave your stash at home, and score once you cross. If you have leftovers, i dunno, leave it for the maid who has to clean your room- the upside is you know you have some at home waiting for you. Also, I spelled heroin wrong. There is nothing heroic (in the female sense)

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Posted by markdartj on 07/06/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Make Whistler B.C.'s natural high

When the weed was legalized down here in WA St, I half expected to be confronted with it daily, people clearly stoned and wandering the streets. Well, after a while now, no "Pot Zombie Armageddon" has taken place. It's almost like the local populace said "meh". It didn't create a rush of "pot tourists", that I could see. I have yet to smell the tell tale skunky smell as I walk our dog along the sidewalks of our lively little town. We have bigger problems with meth and heroine, and I'm sure the police are relieved they don't have to arrest everyone who smells skunky (like I said, nobody smells skunky anyway). In other words, it's no big deal. More drunks visible than stoners. So even in Tiny Town I wouldn't expect to see much of a difference. Those who do will continue to do so, those that don't have already made that decision, and they're not going to rush out and partake now that it's legal; instead they'll just continue to "don't"

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Posted by markdartj on 07/06/2018 at 2:58 PM

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