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Comment Archives: stories: A&E

Re: “Improv-ing in the New Year

Suggestion: Atlas Shruggged

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Global Kewling on 01/10/2019 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Will cinema closure leave a void?

Still a great article to review after all these years! Business is still booming and the technology evolved, exactly as we thought.

Posted by Jeremy Bator on 10/23/2018 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Lozen and Angie Nolan let go of their baggage with concept for new music video

October 15-18 not May.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by DOFolker on 10/14/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Tennis, everyone?

I see you changed the picture!

Posted by Tony Whitley on 09/27/2018 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Tennis, everyone?

Er, they're playing *badminton* on a *badminton* court. The height of the net is a clue.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tony Whitley on 09/25/2018 at 4:06 AM

Re: “Third annual Fall for Arts highlights the diversity of Whistler's cultural offerings

Brandon loves the "diversity" of monolithic alt-left art. If I ever saw a piece of art in Whistler that wasn't a total cliche or trope I'd probably pass out!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by High IQ Individual on 08/30/2018 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Whistler Writers Festival unveils lineup

These are fake writers of dubious distinction.

Posted by Very Fake News on 08/25/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Doug and the Slugs front man dead at 53

Signature Canadian band no less!! RIP Doug. A band that had the rare talent to make people happy. Oh - and don't forget the big nod by Norm Macdonald using "Too Bad" for his TV sitcom.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by oats tao on 06/28/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Bon voyage, Chili Thom

I ordered 4 prints from the chilli thom website on April 13 and they still have not arrived. I've tried contacting them through website and through my confirmation email. Tried phone number on facebook page but out of service. Looks like it's a scam which is sad as he was a legend. Don't buy chilli thom prints on line from website

Posted by Dave Merrick on 06/03/2018 at 2:16 PM

Re: “105 Hikes offers lofty summer goals

Thanks for the interview, Alyssa!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by StephenHui on 05/17/2018 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Celebrate Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week

Keep banging that drum, Mike - you've only been at it for three decades, eventually someone might listen to you. Don't worry, if you get too frustrated you can always attack another mountain biker on the trail. https://www.outsideonline.com/1808171/trial-mike-vandeman

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Peter John Colapinto on 05/13/2018 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Celebrate Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week

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: https://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 https://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. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

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: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

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

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.

3 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Mike Vandeman on 05/12/2018 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Finding abstract inspiration in the mountains

Big love for Dans art, the circle one you submitted for A&S was a real stunner though <3

Posted by PaulaTheOlympian on 04/20/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Local poet releases book to help address mental health issues

have read Dayna's book. very enlightening and heart felt. She is amazingly insightful. So thought provoking. cheers.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jo-Anne Gillis on 02/23/2018 at 2:12 PM

Re: “The Meeks Duo brings four hands to one piano

Concert is on Sunday, March 4th at 5pm at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church

Posted by Jane Reid on 02/22/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Be our Valentine Contest

Dear Readers - Please note that the above is the 2011 contest NOT the contest for 2018.

Posted by Clare Ogilvie on 02/08/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Ordinary Days, three different ways at WFF Dec. 2

This is not "art" it is some sort of programming.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by God Waxsmells on 11/30/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Darcy Turenne's 'love letter' to freeride mountain biking

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.

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: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

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

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.

Now watch the mountain bikers lie and attack me for telling the truth about their selfish, destructive sport!

1 like, 10 dislikes
Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/27/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “A life of questions answered in new book

Congrats my friend. You are a true inspiration. I think about your words often, some make me laugh and some make cry, but they all make me feel. I Thank You and All My Relations. KK

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kandy Kennedy on 10/06/2017 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Carry a Canadian tune

Sorry, Veronica,

I've corrected the story.

- Cathryn

Posted by Cathryn Atkinson on 09/25/2017 at 7:39 AM

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