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Municipality gets new address

It’s taken two years of lobbying but the municipality can finally use www.whistler.ca as its Web address.

The RMOW was the first municipality to register its geographic place name after the regulations governing Internet registration in Canada changed on April 18.

Now local and regional governments can register their first level (.ca) and second level (.bc.ca) place names.

Whistler has been lobbying the Canadian Internet Registration Authority for two years to obtain the whistler.ca designation. The municipal site is still hosted by Whistler Networks and users who have bookmarked the old address will be redirected to the new one.

The changeover also means the municipality’s e-mail address has changed to the whistler.ca designation.

Local councillors will also have their own e-mail and voicemail to improve public access.

Expect minor traffic delays on Highway 99 north of Emerald Estates starting this week and continuing to Sept 20 as Telus places fibre optic cable.

The delays for single lane alternating traffic will take place 8 kilometres north of Emerald Drive to Pemberton and will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Campfire season is here again and with it comes the annual warning to attend to fires at all times.

There have already been two fires within the Coastal Fire Centre which includes Vancouver Island, the lower coast from Bella Coola Valley through to the Pemberton Valley to Boston bar and Hope and the Gulf islands northward to McInnis Island.

If you are planning to have a backyard fire check with the municipality about a permit. You must also by law obtain a burn reference number by calling 1-888-797-1717.

To report fires call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.

A recent fire in Brio was caused by a pot left on the stove to burn.

Thanks to a smoke alarm the residents of the home quickly realized there was a fire and put it out before firefighters arrived on the scene.

There were no injuries. The stove and kitchen cabinets were destroyed and smoke damage was limited to the first floor.

The May 13 fire could have been much worse, said Fire Chief Bruce Hall, who puts the lucky escape down to an operational smoke alarm.

He reminded everyone to check the batteries of their alarms and install alarms if you don’t already have them.

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