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Ali Milner really needs your votes…like, right now

Did you see Ali Milner on Cover Me Canada on Sunday? Did you see how the judges spared her from elimination? Did you see how she had to be spared because she didn't earn immunity?

Yeah. I did too. The CBC's talent competition is down to its top three and it's, like, way too stressful for fans as deeply invested in Milner's success as we at the Pique are. Competition is stiff. That Melanie Morgan finally delivered a balls-out performance and Whosearmy? has officially secured its own army of noisy female tweens who are the key to massive success (see: Justin Bieber; 'N Sync; New Kids on the Block). So, Whistler could be doing more to secure Milner's victory.

Her rendition of Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet," performed with Ms. Myles herself, was good... but not great. Look, it was a nice performance. Milner and Myles sounded great together. The band carried the veil of noir-ish mystery that made the original so compelling.

Both Jordan McKnight and guest judge George Stroumboulopoulos said it was their favourite performance of the night. Ron Fair must have his bets placed on Milner because, honestly , the performance wasn't her best, and yet he went and praised her without critiquing her performance the way he did the other three.

After praising her progress in the competition so far, Fair said, "Okay, so now put the nice girl back in the lunchbox. Go for it. Win this thing."

So basically, she needs to step up her "A" game. She needs to pull a diva, hit a high C# and hold it for three minutes or something ridiculous. She needs to bust out some fishnets and hairspray and set the stage on fire. She needs kick everyone in the throat so she leaves absolutely no question to the judges, and the people watching at home, that she is the best.

Listen Ali, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are resting on your shoulders! You must carry us, or if not us, then me, your fan club beneficiary, accountant, president and only member. I'm building the website today. You'll see it soon.

Vote! Send Milner to victory - it's time for Whistler to step up right alongside Milner.

WCSS wants your "healthy" expressions of stress and anxiety

When I'm racked with stress and/or anxiety, I tend to spend a few hours in the bathtub with a bottle of hot coco while rereading key passages of The Celestine Prophecy .

Others cope with it in healthier and productive ways, which is good for them. Now, the Whistler Community Services Society is making a call for submissions for artists who create "healthy" ways to express their feelings "around mood, stress, anxiety and overall mental health" to submit their work for display at the Rainbow Theatre lobby.

The exhibition is for the upcoming "Stand Up for Mental Health" Comedy Night. For the second year, the WCSS is inviting back the comedy troupe, which includes author and comic David Granier, who teaches to stand-up comedy to people with mental illnesses as a way of building their confidence and fighting public stigma, prejudice and discrimination.

Last year's event was very successful and now the WCSS wants to add a local element by inviting artists to submit their work. To do so, contact Jackie Dickinson at by Nov. 10.

For tickets or more information on the event, visit

Cinema Politica returns

These grey November skies are perfect brooding weather and with our world's population now over seven billion there's no better topic to brood over than food waste.

Thank the sweet heavens then for LUNA's Cinema Politica, which begins its new season this Friday, Nov. 4, with Jeremy Seifert's examination of America's food waste problem, Dive!: Living Off America's Waste . In the film, Seifer takes to the streets of Los Angles with his friends, dumpster diving to reveal the kilos of edible food wasted every day by business and consumers. Following the film will be a casual discussion on what can be done to achieve zero waste.

Between November and March, Cinema Politica will screen independent documentary films that cover important socio-economic, environmental, cultural and economic issues in across the world.

Doors for this week's feature open at 6:30 p.m.




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