Jay Wortman 
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Re: “Food for thought

Both the EAT-Lancet report and the recent new version of the Canada Food Guide are pushing the idea that we should all be eating a "plant-based" diet for our own health and that of the planet. Let's start with EAT-Lancet. This is the impetus of a virtue-signaling Norwegian billionaire couple who jet around the world in their own private Challenger while telling us to cut our red meat consumption to 7 gm per day to reduce our carbon footprint. Their wedding was the most expensive in Norwegian history when they flew 237 people to Marrakesh and had Bob Geldof for MC. Their proud contribution to saving the planet is that he had his Ferrari converted to burn E85. You can't make this stuff up! The report itself has 37 authors, only 3 of whom have a nutrition background. Meanwhile, 80% of them have a track record of promoting a vegan/vegetarian diet in the past. This is hardly an objective piece of scientific inquiry. If you look at the part of the report that justifies the reduction in red meat, it is riddled with ambiguous observational data of a type that has been thoroughly criticized for its inability to deliver actual cause and effect findings. In fact, these kinds of studies have been demonstrated to be more often wrong than right when actually tested in dietary trials. The argument for saving the planet is equally based on shaky evidence fraught with bias. Shortly after the release of the EAT-Lancet paper, Health Canada proudly released the new Food Guide. What a coincidence - it is virtually the same in terms of promoting a virtually meat-free, "plant-based" diet. Again, the evidence base to justify this is very weak. In fact, the authors cite other food guides and review papers rather than primary evidence to justify their outdated messaging. I find it remarkable that before any drug comes to market, it is subjected to rigorous scientific trials, yet, a sweeping diet prescription can be made with no trials whatsoever and a house-of-cards of weak, ambiguous evidence as justification. It is nothing more than opinion and represents a vast, uncontrolled experiment on an unsuspecting population. Canadians deserve better. Keep eating your red meat and dairy until these folks can produce some convincing evidence to do otherwise.

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Posted by Jay Wortman on 01/29/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Whistler Blackcomb saw lower-than-expected visitation over holiday period

We get season's passes and ski every weekend. Like virtually every other skier, we drive from Vancouver. I am of the impression that "destination" visitors book fairly far in advance. I don't see how short term problems like snow storms would deter their visits. From a local's perspective, IMHO there are two things that need improvement if Vail wants to get the numbers up.
1) Fix the road. It is ludicrous that, at the end of a busy ski day, one can sometimes take up to 30 minutes to get from the village to Function Junction. All those neighbourhoods, surface lots, hotels and parkades simultaneously dumping into a single, kilometres-long exit lane makes no sense. Now we find there are traffic jams getting into the community in the mornings! Twin the highway throughout the community. To not do this signals contempt for the visitors whose dollars make your community possible.
2) More base access to the mountains. People who drive up and who have to deal with traffic jams to get there and then pay $140 for a day ticket don't appreciate standing in 40 minute lines just to get to mid-mountain. I expect the new Blackcomb gondola will help but a bigger capacity at, or near, Creekside is sorely needed.
Get these two things done and I'm sure the visit numbers would increase accordingly.

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Posted by Jay Wortman on 01/12/2019 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Traffic troubles — they are everyone's fault

Why is nobody talking about the elephant in the room? All this hand-wringing over what to do and nobody states the obvious - the road needs to be twinned throughout the municipality. All the feeder routes, parking lots and neighbourhoods discharging volumes of vehicles at the end of the ski day into a one-lane exit route - of course there will be congestion. You don't need to be a traffic engineer to figure that out. Wake up folks, the people who pay the bills and make your life here possible are greatly inconvenienced by this willful blindness. How long can you show contempt to those folks without consequence?

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Posted by Jay Wortman on 12/16/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Transit solutions are needed now

When discussing the problems with traffic congestion why doesn't anybody address the elephant in the room - the ridiculously inadequate two lane highway that transits the RMOW? This road needs to be twinned. Whenever I am stuck in the all to frequent traffic jams trying to enter or exit the village I wonder why this was not done when the highway was being upgraded prior to the Olympics. Was it due to a misguided notion that cars should be discouraged, ignoring the fact that the entire local economy depends on the thousands of visitors who have virtually no other option than to arrive by car? I recall once taking longer to get from my hotel to the highway than it takes to drive to Squamish. Another time, it took longer to get out of the creekside parkade than it takes to drive to Vancouver. This problem is hugely inconvenient for the people who pay the bills. How long do you expect to bite the hand that feeds you before there are consequences?

Posted by Jay Wortman on 09/13/2016 at 7:15 AM

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