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Comment Archives: stories: Features & Images

Re: “Golden Dreams

Great article but what about the Whistler residents who happen not to be part of the Canada Olympic team (and representing their birth country) but who nonetheless call Whistler their home (and their training ground). Only a couple of weeks ago, a Pique article made reference to them and now nothing? Whistler is an international place and should be recognized even in its own representatives, irrespective of which country they hail from...

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Posted by Anie Chris on 02/09/2018 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Growing Up Is Hard

Very, very nice article. Really excellent and well-rounded perspectives.

A+

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Posted by Thomas Tutone on 02/02/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Whistler after dark

Hats off to you guys and girls :) i'll be sure to leave more tips. Thanks for making this trip what it is for me and the fam.

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Posted by Andrew Gray on 01/14/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The long, soft and creatively optimistic path of Amory Lovins

Once again, another 'somewhere-else and in-the-future' energy and eco-story without a single mention of the fact the BC is ALREADY 95% powered by clean, renewable hydro-electricity. Has been (reliably and efficiently) for about 100 years. Hydro is 'solar' energy essentially, because the sun still drives the hydrologic cycle that dumps loads of precipitation on our glorious mountains, but we just happen to call it 'hydro' in these parts. Speaking of 'local', don't we believe that 'local' solutions might just work better than southern USA solutions? After all, in coastal BC it's either cloudy, windless or dark for about 5 months of the year. But it sure does rain and snow! Not a very good solar and wind resource for sure.

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Posted by WhisterQuestion? on 12/14/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Can human judgment handle avalanches?

The avalanche at Stevens Pass (see Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, NYT 2012) Is really worth a read. A group of expert skiers where nobody wanted to speak up and be the buzzkill. Here is a link:
http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-…

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Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 11/17/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Can human judgment handle avalanches?

Excellent piece of writing on the subject, especially the bit about the rabbit hole of years spent looking at snow crystals assuming it will reveal the solution!
Good work. I do disagree with the suggestion to avoid examining accidents. Accidents are a gold mine of unambiguous feedback to actions, in a domain nearly absent of feedbacks and without unambiguous feedbacks acquisition of skill is often deceptive. Accurately (truthfully, that is) analyzing accidents informs the positive behaviours he suggests, which I do agree with.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 11/17/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Fraser Canyon Renaissance

Sad to report that the Might Fraser Motel and Fat Jack's Diner changed ownership in July and is now a shadow of its former status. Best to look elsewhere for accommodation and food.

Posted by Jack Christie on 10/03/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Learning beyond four walls

Great initiatives by all involved here and at BC AdventureSmart we couldn't agree more. We encourage outdoor learning, safety outdoor recreation and be prepared. If we can help in anyway with Whistler Secondary School, Coast Mountain Academy, SD 48, Wild About Vancouver, Quest University, PAC's or at Signal Hill please don't hesitate to ask.
We offer free outdoor safety programs to everyone in BC (and across the country) to increase awareness, helping us reduce the number and severity of search-and-rescue incidents.
Get informed & go outdoors!

Thanks,
Sandra Riches
BC Provincial Coordinator, AdventureSmart
www.adventuresmart.ca
bccoordinator@adventuresmart.ca
604.671.2241

Posted by BC__AS on 09/11/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Washout

Where is the memorial bench. Darly Stevenson is my Cousin.

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Posted by Richard MacRae on 08/26/2017 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Digging the dirty gold: Whistler's singletrack solitaire

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.nfshost.com/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.nfshost.com/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.nfshost.com/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/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.

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Posted by mjvande on 07/28/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Digging the dirty gold: Whistler's singletrack solitaire

My ultimate goals in life was to startup a family with a man who permanently wants me always as the only woman in his life, a man that only wants a future with me and his desires to be with and around me to be uncontrollable. A man that will turn a deaf ear to nothing or anyone trying to separate us.
My goals where achieved 2 years ago; I must confess that our marriage was fine until someone somewhere started interfering, pushing and putting negative thoughts in his head out of envy. As days goes by, the atmosphere around us looked fine and automatically did a complete 360, we went from living together, talking, texting and such all-day every-day to barely anything at all. We separated because of the rumor that I couldnt bear a child. It was a lie told by someone who envied our peaceful marriage.
I sought the help of Dr. Wakina via (dr.wakinalovetemple@gmail.com) according to reviews I read online and on radio about his work. I found total justice, redemption and restoration through his love spell after months of broken heart. Our enemies where proven wrong the moment my husband comeback to me. I believe there will also go blind after seeing me pregnant.
All hail Dr. Wakina for reinstituting my marriage.

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Posted by Zane Addison on 07/27/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Xwisten experience

A nice piece, Jack. Congrats on the SATW award.

Posted by Gary Crallé on 07/19/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Pemberton Music Festival: The bankruptcy line-up

Seems like Sunstone wanted the ticket buyers' money to develop their land. Very suspicious how they were removed from the festival company just one month before bankruptcy. What $$$ have they taken with them? Again, the little guy loses. Someone is making a hidden profit here.

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Posted by No Comment on 07/14/2017 at 10:02 AM
Posted by No Comment on 07/13/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Fraser Canyon Renaissance

The lodge isn't a junk store, it's a flea market!

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Posted by Diana Azevedo on 07/11/2017 at 11:10 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: “Party Town, B.C.

Marty was an amazing young man, he was fun to be around and always happy. My Boys are still very affected by the loss of Marty. I have been a neighbour of the Jansons for 12years this should not have happened there were no tell tail signs that anything was wrong. My boys are now teenagers and I still to this day drum the risks you take if you take any illicit drugs. And they reply with " I know mum, it scares me to end up like Marty, and I don't want to even try any of it." I hope they are true to themselves and to me and stick to their word.
Cherie xxxx

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Posted by Cherie Garnett Graves on 05/26/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Party Town, B.C.

It would be interesting to know how aware the managers and owners of the night clubs are of the drug use that is happening?
How much investigative work is really done to find the dealers?
If the DJ can see illicit drug use happening surely others in authority can too?
How much education is there in the night clubs, on the backs of toilet doors, to all the new nave arrivals about the potential risks of illicit drug use?

Martin arrived in Whistler 20th May 2014.
We have since learnt he became addicted to cocaine by June 2014, and was dead by the 2nd September 2014.
3 1/2 months!!!
A life wasted.
At no point, from what we can establish, did Martin, or any of his "friends" in Whistler try and get help, or inform people, that may of been able to help Martin.
As parents, if we had known, I feel we may of been able to make a difference.

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Posted by Jennifer Janson on 05/25/2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Washout

I write this now, I've told this story to many people over the years.

I was working at busterino's pizza that night, closed it 11:30 or so. I had gone to a friends house for a beer, I was going to stay longer but ended up leaving.

I drove from Pemberton to Whistler where I lived with my brother Marco and my good friend John.

After the s turn my car hit such a big pile of water that it almost stalled out, I looked ahead and there was a truck with a yellow siren and I didn't think much of it.

I drove on, hit a bump and kept going, was unusual bump I drove that road every day to get to my job to deliver pizza.

Anyway I must have passed the other party going the other way who died that day.

I've never publicly posted or talked about this. Just on nights with close friends .

I'll never forget the next day when my brother looked at my and said " you came home last night ? " assuming I was working in pemberton and he knew the news of the 4 souls who parishes:(

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Posted by Donny Doucette on 05/07/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Desperately seeking Vertbag

Great story. Glad it was told.

Posted by Collin Tate Crowell on 04/25/2017 at 12:43 PM

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