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Forsyth to run for council

Ralph Forsyth has announced his candidacy in the upcoming municipal elections.

This will be his first attempt to win a seat on council.

"I feel that this is the best way to contribute to the community I love so much," he said in a release.

The ski instructor and new entrepreneur has been living in Whistler for the past 11 years. He lives with his wife Stephanie and his two-year-old son Jack.

"I’m part of an evolving community of young families but I also have a solid connection to seniors, and my work keeps me involved with young people on a daily basis," he said.

In addition to his work as a ski instructor, Forsyth started a small human resources consulting business last year.

He is also co-chair on the Municipal Advisory Planning Commission, among other community organizations.

He plans to launch his policy platform and kick off his campaign at the end of September. For campaign information e-mail forsyth@direct.ca

Municipal elections will take place on Nov. 16.

Moe Joe’s honours emergency workers

On Sept. 11 Moe-Joe’s Bar will host an appreciation night for local fire, police and ambulance members. Teams will compete in a tug-of-war competition in the bar as well as other events. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

Partial proceeds will go to fallen members’ families in New York and partial proceeds will go the Vancouver Firefighter Combat Team to compete at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge event later this year.

Free yoga in the village

A new form of yoga is coming to town and the first week’s classes are free.

Van Powel of Mind-Body Fitness has developed a unique form of the popular exercise, calling it the Summit Yoga Workout.

"I’ve watched students closely for years to see what works and what doesn’t," he said.

"After a lot of experimentation I’m finally happy with this series and will offer it purely as a drop-in workout."

Powel describes his new workout as a shortened, heavily modified blend of ahstanga yoga, along with elements of T,ai Chi and Kalaripayat (a martial art from India.)

Initially classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday at the Summit Lodge, at 6 and 7:15 p.m. beginning on Sept. 9.

Each workout is an intense 45 minutes followed by a 10 minute guided visualization.

"Giving free classes for the first week is a way for us to say ‘thanks’ to all the locals who have worked with us over the years."

Classes will be $12 after Sept. 12.

Call 604-905-477 for more information or go to www.healingsearch.com

SLRD moving closer to referendum

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District board is moving ahead with plans for a proposed referendum which would combine SLRD Electoral Areas A and B and the District of Lillooet.

At its Aug. 26 regular meeting, the SLRD board learned that they must have an Order-In-Council from the provincial government in order to move ahead with the referendum.

The board then passed a resolution to get that Order-In-Council at the earliest possible opportunity.

The board is aiming for the referendum vote to take place in conjunction with local government elections on Nov. 16.

The referendum question would read as follows: Are you in favour of investigating the potential advantages/disadvantages of combining Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Areas A (Gold Bridge, Bralorne, Tyax Lake, Gun Lake, Gun Creek Road, Marshall Lake) and B (Fountain Valley, Seton/Shalalth, Texas Creek, Pavilion Lake) and the District of Lillooet? Yes/No.

Season of the Bear Sept. 11

Songs, poems, legends and stories are all a part of a unique bear presentation, coming to Whistler on Sept. 11.

Season of the Bear is made up of nearly 200 slide images set to original songs and instruments. The show is called a tribute to the wilderness, focusing on black bears, grizzlies, and other outdoor images.

The songs, written and performed by Glenys SnowDymond and Joseph Lehman, are full of bear messages and packed with bear facts.

The songs recognize the obstacles and opportunities that humans face as they try to live in harmony with bears.

The hope is that those who see the presentation will be inspired to be more conscientious in their actions and how those actions may have an adverse effect on bear populations.

Season of the Bear is brought to town by the J.J. Whistler Bear Society and will be at Millennium Place on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

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