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In contrast to Whistler and Aspen, the primary motivation for paid parking in Banff is to make money. As such, the idea would seem to require a strong sales effort. Five years ago town voters rejected paid parking by a four-to-one margin.

Canary Initiative considered

ASPEN, Colo. — Aspen city officials are preparing something called the Canary Initiative, a three-prong strategy to respond to and publicize the threat of global warming.

The Aspen Daily News reported that a document it obtained outlined three strategies. First, it would aim to further reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, likely by requiring improved energy efficiencies of homes. A second goal would be to study the likely effect on the skiing economy of shorter and warmer winters. And third, the initiative proposes to link with national and international campaigns to bring more attention to the issue of global warming.

Although Aspen’s contribution of greenhouse gases is huge, as is the case with any resort that depends upon airplane flights to bring in the world’s wealthiest residents, city and county officials there have taken the lead in trying to rein in some of their impacts. For example, 57 per cent of the city’s power supply comes form wind and hydroelectric sources.

On becoming the next Banff

GOLDEN, B.C. — Golden, a town along the TransCanada Highway just west of the Continental Divide, needs to do a better job of telling the outside world of its considerable virtues, says a prominent tourism promoter there.

"We need someone who can get the word out to the world and market us properly," said Barbara Friedli. She also wants an expanded funding for tourism promotion. The Golden Transcript notes that an existing bed tax is levied, but only a minor amount is funnelled back to local promotional efforts, with the bulk instead going to regional and provincial promotions.

Can Golden be more like Banff and Canmore without becoming more like them? In response to that question, Friedli says yes – Golden won’t be like them, but just the same, she wants to make Golden one of Canada’s premier tourist destinations and put the town on the world map.

Door opens to base lodging

BANFF, Alberta — Parks Canada appears to have opened the door a crack for ski resorts such as Lake Louise, Norquay, and Sunshine Village to build base-area lodging, the better to compete with other ski resorts across North America.

A policy that is decades old precludes ski resorts from building such on-hill lodging, but high-ranking officials from Parks Canada now say policy exemptions could be considered if significant environmental gains are proven.

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