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Proper care of dogs is now part of Whistler’s bylaws. Whistler’s new dog owner bylaw, adopted by council Tuesday night, gives bylaw officers the authority to enter vehicles, pens or property to seize a dog if an officer feels an animal is being improperly treated. Among other things, the bylaw specifies that dogs must have clean drinking water and sufficient food "of a recognized nutritional standard," the opportunity for periodic exercise, protection from heat, cold and wet appropriate to the animal’s weight and type of coat and sufficient shade to protect the animal from direct rays of the sun. It’s also now illegal to confine a dog in a closed space, including a car, without sufficient ventilation to prevent the animal from suffering discomfort and/or heat stroke. Councillor Thelma Johnstone opposed the bylaw. Four people have been nominated for two WRA directorships and George Koning will be the new commercial director by acclimation. Sandra McKellar and Paul Rankin have been nominated for the one non-hotel lodging directorship that will be voted on at the WRA annual general meeting June 17. Delta Whistler Resort manager Hank Stackhouse and Jim Allard have been nominated for the hotel lodging directorship.

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