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We finally managed to get a sit down with the owner of Gillespie's & Boozewitch, President of the Squamish Craft Beverage Association, and self professed troublemaker, Kelly Ann Woods, to chat about her industry and it's culture in Squamish - and who is none too pleased about the District's rezoning of the Business Park.
We had a coffee with Amy Liebenberg of the Squamish Arts Council and chatted about all the activities and programs they have put together for the community to enjoy the arts - Wind Festival, Summer Camp Scholarships, Amped in the Park, Squamish Art Walk, and many other youth programs...
We caught up with outgoing Executive Director of the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association, Anne Kadwell, to chat about what direction her organization may be taking in the future. The BIA is proud to put on many big events (especially Canada Day), for all residents of Squamish – but perhaps they have grown beyond their scope and now take away from what the BIA are needed to do – advocate for downtown merchants. We also dive into the issues the BIA are facing now and what they might be dealing with in the future. And, of course, this year’s Canada Day celebration downtown and at Brennan Park.
The Squamish Beer Festival returns for a 5th year, July 6th, showcasing 55+ different craft breweries and cideries. We had a chat with one of the organizers, Scott McQuade, on how over 2000 beer lovers will come together to celebrate their passion for great beer and mountain culture.
We visited Kirsten Andrews, one of the festival organizers, to chat about the big local event coming next month - including the artists, the activities, craft beverages, and even the first allowed cannabis consumption tent ever in BC! Get more info here... https://constellationfest.ca
We always strive to get the perspective of all sides of an issue - this time we've managed the unthinkable - an interview with the infamous Krampus.*
* We love good satire! Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!
Not everyone is full of cheer during the holidays, in fact, it can be quite the opposite. We sat down with Nicole Thomson of Sound Mind Counselling Centre to learn about the warning signs of those who might not be so merry and how to help. (http://www.squamishcounselling.ca/)
We caught up with former Squamish Mayoral Candidate Susan Chapelle to chat about her new gig of advocating for the cannabis industry to local governments across the province.
Check out the 53 Days of Legalized Marijuana this Saturday, December 15th - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/53-days-of-legalized-marijuana-tickets-53407141197
53 Days of Legalized Marijuana
What Can We Learn About Cannabis and it’s Effect on Local Economics, Health and Land Use?
About the Event:
It’s been 53 days since the federal government legalized cannabis. There are companies positioning themselves to take part in the economy, both large and small. What will happen to the small business owners who grew the cannabis industry into what it is today? How will municipalities adapt to accept or reject the new cannabiz economy? What do we know about cannabis and how will our knowledge grow now that it is no longer a controlled substance? Join us for an evening of presentations by people who have been working in areas that impact our everyday life, our community and our economy.
The event will also be followed by a Happy Holidays After Party either at Aligned or a nearby venue.
1) Dr. Aaron Shapiro, Forensic Toxicologist
Dr. Aaron Shapiro is a board-certified forensic toxicologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His current areas of research include drug-impaired driving and the impact of cannabis on fentanyl-related deaths.
2) Bron Hogan, Craft Specialist BC Craft Supply
Bron’s passion for community and the unique culture of Cannabis in BC led him to co-founding BC Craft Supply. This opportunity has allowed him to utilize his expertise and industry connections to advocate for the micro-producers of cannabis, allowing them to compete in a market that is at risk of being dominated by large-scale growers.
3) Brian Raiser, Owner of 99 North, the corridors first dispensary
Bron’s passion for community and the unique culture of Cannabis in BC led him to co-founding BC Craft Supply. This opportunity has allowed him to utilize his expertise and industry connections to advocate for the micro-producers of cannabis, allowing them to compete in a market that is at risk of being dominated by large-scale growers.
4) Susan Chapelle, Director of Government Relations, BC Craft Supply, Healthcare Researcher
Susan Chapelle has been active in local politics and changing the landscape for cannabis in Squamish. As a local advocate for healthcare and economy, her passion for helping small businesses enjoy access to the economy translates well into her advocacy for small enterprise micro-growers.
Preparations for the 38th annual Community Christmas Care project are already under way and they are counting on your support to provide Christmas hampers for families and individuals in Squamish. We caught up with Darcy Reimer to talk about how we can most effectively help them with this great cause - how and where to donate, where you can volunteer, and how local businesses have been stepping up this year.
Check out - https://communitychristmascare.com/
We sit down with filmmakers Ken Hegan and Natty Zanitz, as well as film score composer’s rep, Arri Wise to talk about the state of Canadian film, where it’s been, where it is and where it’s going. Is a politically correct culture killing innovation? Let’s hear what they have to say.
Goners trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF3k8J12wM0
Acquintance trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRHegL5uWH0
We are chatting with filmmakers at the Whistler Film Festival, and we caught up with Sean Patrick Shaul and Kayvon Saremi to ask them about their documentary about the infamous filmmaker Uwe Boll.
Synopsis: Behind the lens with the most hated man in Hollywood.
Links to check out…
We are chatting up with filmmakers at the Whistler Film Festival, and first up are Zack Bernbaum (Director & Producer) and Doug Nyback (Lead Actor) of the Canadian film, The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova.
Synopsis – An estranged sister and brother travel to Poland at the request of their dying grandmother to retrieve a rather odd thing from her past.
Links to check out…
We sat down with Matt Trotter of Ridehub to get the perspective of a short term rental owner, and Mike Young of Dynamic Property Management to discuss how they affect the Squamish market.
(Also, please note that we'll have to start confiscating mobile devices from our guests as you will hear periodic audio interference buzz in the recording)
We sat down with Co-Producers & Co-Directors Kathy Daniels and Amy Reid of the Between Shifts Theatre to chat about their non-profit society, and their latest production - A Christmas Story.
Get your tickets here...
Pod George is a twenty something ski instructor with a marketing degree from the U.K who is employed, but can't find a place to live.After having tried all the usual avenues, online and newspaper listings, Pod has, in desperation, even resorted to knocking on stranger's doors to see if they'll rent him a room. This is his story...
We had a chat with Josh Thome, a National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker, who has a film called “Hear the Call” showcasing in the Best of VIMFF screening at the Eagle Eye Theater on November 20th.
Hear The Call: Salmon Nation: https://vimeo.com/273028796
VIMFF FB Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/184651122432176/?active_tab=about
Synopsis: In Hear the Call: Salmon Nation, singer Ashleigh Ball of Hey Ocean! travels with filmmaker Josh Thome to BC’s remote coast to meet Alexandra Morton, one of the worlds most celebrated marine biologists for her work with BC’s keystone species, salmon. Exploring the coast with Alexandra, Ashleigh is amazed to learn about the elaborate role salmon play in weaving together the entire coastal ecosystem. She is equally disturbed to learn that the wild salmon are being decimated by disease and pollution introduced from Atlantic salmon farms.
Want to get in shape for the ski season and beyond? Then check out our interview with an Olympic strength and conditioning coach, Tai T. Tran, to find out how to get the most out of your ski season. Tell Altitude Fitness about this podcast and receive a free one hour personal training session!
Our pundit, Moe Freitag, has a wealth of experience working with all levels of government in the Sea to Sky region. In this edition, we chat about what the new council needs to be focusing on right out of the gate, working with Squamish Nation, building relationships, and ambushed him about election reform.
In our continuing real estate series, we talk with Pat Kelly, president of the Whistler Real Estate Company and a long time Whistler/Pemberton resident. We dive into the markets of the corridor, how they are different but all intrinsically linked with Vancouver, and other factors that may come into play (*cough* Garibaldi at Squamish *cough*). Curious about where the market is going? Have a listen and benefit from three decades plus of experience.
Just a few days until our newly elected council will be sworn in, so we had all of them swing by Happimess (at times it’s our unofficial studio) and reflect on the recent election. We talked about how to keep communication channels open, avoid the “Us vs. Them” mentality, and had a little fun. (www.happimess.net)
Tova Jamernik chose to run for council in Whistler in the most recent election, and although she did not get a seat, she vows to continue to be active in the community. Jamernik campaigned for affordable daycare/childcare and temporary employee housing. Both measures, she says, would help alleviate Whistler’s labour crunch. Find out why, as we sit down and talk with Jamernik and how she plans to hold local politicians accountable.
On Halloween, 80 years ago, Orson Welles awoke to a media frenzy after his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, to which it became perhaps the most notorious event in American broadcast history. Reputedly, listeners thought the broadcast was an actual martian invasion and so they called the police, newspapers, radio stations, and that led journalists to believe it caused over a million of people to panic across the country.
Just one problem though - it really didn't cause that much of a panic - and the blame lies upon America's newspapers. During the depression, radio was taking away advertising revenue from newspapers, and this was an opportunity for print to discredit radio as a source of news.
"The newspaper industry sensationalized the panic to prove to advertisers, and regulators, that radio management was irresponsible and not to be trusted... the myth persists because it so perfectly captures our unease with the media's power over our lives... we retell the story because we need a cautionary tale about the power of media. Just as radio was the new medium of the 1930s, opening up exciting new channels of communication, today the Internet provides us with both the promise of a dynamic communicative future and dystopian fears of a new form of mind control; lost privacy; and attacks from scary, mysterious forces. This is the fear that animates our fantasy of panicked hordes—both then and now."
"At the press conference the morning after the show, (23 year old) Welles repeatedly denied that he had ever intended to deceive his audience. But hardly anyone, then or since, has ever taken him at his word. His performance, captured by newsreel cameras, seems too remorseful and contrite, his words chosen much too carefully. Instead of ending his career, War of the Worlds catapulted Welles to Hollywood, where he would soon make Citizen Kane. Given the immense benefit Welles reaped from the broadcast, many have found it hard to believe that he harbored any regrets about his sudden celebrity."
We caught up with our local political science powerhouse team of Kaija Belfry Munroe Ph.D. and Doug Munoe Ph.D. (Chief Academic Officer) of Quest University, and discussed the nuances of the proposed voting systems that is up for referendum.
We learn a great deal information about this referendum, but we also learned not to keep our cell phone near our recording devices – apologies for any sound glitches, they are not throughout the podcast, but are noticeable but temporary.
Should you buy should you sell, should you wait? Sea2Sky Podcast sits down with the very informative Ron Mitchell of the Thornhill Real Estate Group (now Engels & Volkers Whistler) to talk about what the market is doing and where it might be headed in 2019.
Whistler Incumbent Council Candidate John Grills
Two-term incumbent Councillor John Grills noted accomplishments over his term in office include, work on wildfire, the new Nesters Waste Depot, the Whistler Community Services Society building and the Audain Art Museum. He was also among those pushing for increased transit and free transit weekends in the summer, as well as acquisitions like the Parkhurst and Prism lands. Grills first came to Whistler to ski in 1975, and his first foray into the local business community came when he opened The Keg at the Mountain in 1983.
Whistler Council Candidate Janice Lloyd
As a former captain with BC Ferries, Janice was tasked with massive responsibilities, gaining experience she now hopes to lend to the Whistler council table.Lloyd first arrived in Whistler in 1965, and has lived in the community since 1970. She was one of the original members of the arts council in the ‘80s, and is on the board of directors of the Mature Action Community and as well, she is heading into her 26th year as a mountain host. In preparing for this year’s council run, she has been a regular attendee at council meetings, on top of her regular and extensive volunteer work in the community.
Whistler Council Candidate Duane Jackson
After four years away from the council table, former councilor Duane is throwing his hat back in the ring. A designer, planner and builder by trade, Jackson has lived in Whistler for 26 years with his wife and three kids. During his last stint on council, he sat on the RMOW’s Finance and Audit Committee and Illegal Spaces Task Force (serving as chair of both), as well as being involved with the Whistler Public Library, Whistler Housing Authority, Whistler 2020 Development Corp., Cheakamus Community Forest and the Audain Art Museum.
Finally managed to corral 99 North Medical Cannabis Dispensary owner Bryan Raiser with Jacquie Menezes to discuss what happens next after the official legalization day. Where do we currently stand in terms of policy, education, tourism, and how do all levels of government benefit from cannabis.
Whistler Council Candidate Melanie Tardif
Melanie wants to be the ‘green’ seat on Whistler council. She advocates for better affordability for local residents, and wants to implement strategies to study and mitigate over tourism. She also proposes that as a Millennial she can play a strong part as a voice for that politically under represented demographic in Whistler.
Whistler Council Candidate Jeff Murl
Jeff has been visiting Whistler since childhood, and works as a ski instructor for the last 15 years. After earning a degree in finance from UBC, Murl ran a successful restaurant for many years in North Vancouver, but his heart always belonged in Whistler. Now he hopes to bring his years of experience in finance, accounting, and small business to the council table.
Whistler Council Candidate Brian Reid
Brian has lived in Whistler since 1992 and has worked at his current job at WRM Strata Management for the past 17 years. For him, Whistler is more than just a home, “This is where my family of friends is and this is the place most dear to my heart.”
Whistler Council Candidate Dawn Titus
Dawn is a retired local school teacher and former ski instructor. She says after living in Whistler for 35 years she wants to give back to the community. Her platform includes affordability for locals, financial responsibility and environmental stewardship. She regularly attends council meetings as a private citizen, and promises that if elected she will give municipal affairs her full time attention.
Our pundit, Moe Freitag, has a wealth of experience working with all levels of government in the Sea to Sky region. In this edition we talk about developments happening in the area (including Garibaldi Springs and Garibaldi at Squamish), demand for more transparency in terms of tenders or contracts, the need to plan for the future and building on what we currently have the right way.
The opinions expressed on Sea2SkyPodcast website, blogs, articles, podcasts, audio & video, and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial/production team.
Squamish Council Candidate Lee O’Callaghan
Lee has been a mortgage broker for nearly a decade and he understands the struggles families go through to be able to live here in Squamish. He loves that we are not Vancouver or Whistler and that Squamish is the best place in the world to live.
More info https://www.facebook.com/SquamishCouncil/
We caught up with acclaimed Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton to discuss his mandate for the next 4 years in Whistler, and what that could mean for the rest of the corridor – including his views on housing, transit, Garibaldi at Squamish, and more.
Check out http://jackcrompton.ca for more info.
Whistler Council Candidate Larry Falcon
Larry has spent 21 years running the popular Monday night rides program, and now launching a campaign to give back to the place he has called home for more than two decades. Falcon's platform is built on addressing some key issues: staff accommodation, transportation, fiscal responsibility, and environmental sustainability, and that Whistler keeps it's current feel.
Whistler Incumbent Council Candidate Jen Ford
Jen moved to Whistler in 2002 that includes 14 years at Whistler Blackcomb in Group Sales and Operations. She has managed small retail stores, and knows the challenges to find, retain and reward front line staff. Taking care of our front line is the most important task of our Tourism economy. They are the first encounter our guests have, and will help those guests decide to return and recommend Whistler to the world!
Jen believes she was elected to be critical, honest, and fair. Community leaders are expected to bring the needs of the people to the decision process. They are not and should not be experts in a narrow field of view, rather, they ought to have real world experiences and a circle of influence that is affected by the decisions made. More info https://www.jenford.ca
Whistler Council Candidate David Buzzard
Best known as the award winning photographer for the Whistler Question newspaper, and the founder and moderator of the Whistler Politico Facebook group. David is has also been a Whistler resident since 1973, with family business ties reaching back to the start of the Whistler resort. David Buzzard moved to South Africa in 1994 to cover the end of apartheid and was awarded the British IPD Best International Newspaper Award, and the Missouri Medal for Distinguished Journalism. In 2012, David returned to newspaper photography, working extensively for the Whistler Question, Pique NewsMagazine, and Squamish Chief newspapers and has won nine press awards, including two first-place gold medals from the Canadian Community Newspaper Association in 2015. More info http://votedavidbuzzard.com/
Whistler Council Candidate Ralph Forsyth
For over 25 years Ralph has called Whistler home and he has built a career in the ski and tourism industry. During his time in the ski business Ralph has followed a very unique career path and held various ski school, sales, and management positions - also been involved in the community as chair of the Whistler Advisory Planning Commission. A passionate advocate for the citizens of Whistler, Ralph was first elected to the Resort Municipality’s Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. More info https://ralphforsyth.com
We caught up with Tracey Saxby of My Sea to Sky and talked about how WLNG should still be a prevalent election issue, it's environmental impacts, and overall issues with project. http://www.myseatosky.org/
Squamish Council Candidate Armand Hurford
Armand is third generation Squamish and is a successful local business owner. He strives to make Squamish more liveable and allow current businesses to realize their full potential and make our district a more attractive home for future ones. More info armandhurford.com
Squamish Council Candidate Bianca Peters
Bianca has served as executive director of the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association, and recently stepped down from her role with the Squamish Chamber of Commerce for her council run. She also has her own communications and events company - that include projects like the Squamish Street Market and the Taste of Squamish publication. More info https://www.biancapeters.ca/
Squamish Council Candidate Janice MacLean
For over 25 years, Janice has been an advocate for Squamish long before it was a fashionable place to live. Her children are now adults and now she has the time to shift her energies and contribute in a more significant way to the community. More info at https://www.facebook.com/hardwiredforourcommunity/
Squamish Council Candidate Stephen Fryer
Stephen was raised in Squamish and is married with three children, lives in Brackendale in the home he grew up in as a child. He is the PAC president for Brakendale Elementary, sits on several boards, and is highly involved in youth sports. Also, as an insurance adjuster he is no stranger to policy, dealing with governments, mediation & negotiation, and working with people. He aims to engage the Citizens of Squamish in meaningful debate and consultation that will enact positive growth and change in our community.
Squamish Council Candidate Mike Young
Mike originally moved to Squamish in 2001, has a background in finance & marketing, and owns a local property management business. He is also actively involved in the community as Vice President of the Downtown BIA, a Board Member for Sea to Sky Community Services, and also volunteers with Big Brothers, mentoring young kids. His experience as a business owner coupled with community involvement has provided him with valuable insight and the confidence to quickly assess difficult issues and reach complex decisions at an executive level. More info https://ilikemike4squamish.ca
Squamish Council Candidate Phil Audet
Phil is an avid climber who is answering the call for service. He loves this community and the people that reside here, and he wants to be sure the lifestyle and quality of life remains inclusive for everyone in Squamish.
Council Candidate Eric Andersen
A long-time resident, Eric is a research & communications consultant and translator who has worked in the forestry, wood products and transportation industries around BC and internationally. He is a representative of the local umbrella organization Squamish & District Forestry Association, and has loads of ideas of how to make our environment marketable. Eric has been a busy volunteer in a number of community organizations and projects in environmental, cultural, recreational and other areas, and he is committed to fostering an inclusive, integrated vision of the community and local economy.
Council Candidate Jacquie Menezes
Jacquie is a lifelong advocate for social justice and economic development, using experience gained over 25 years in private industry, the public sector and the arts to build stronger, more vibrant communities and to influence public policy for a healthier, more prosperous future. She focused her skills on the GTA’s transportation challenges helping to create “the Big Move,” a transportation initiative for the province of Ontario.
Council Candidate Chris Pettingill
A former chair of the BC Green Party and no stranger to municipal politics, Chris has been involved with several committees (Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, SORCA, just to name a few), and volunteers an inordinate amount of his time
Mayoral Candidate Karen Elliott
Karen has served on Council for the last four years and currently is an organizational and leadership development specialist and helping clients with strategic planning, large group facilitation to support dialogue, and developing strategies to help them navigate change. She served as Quest University’s first Ombudsperson, from September 2016 to January 2018, advocating for fairness on campus. More info here https://imwithkaren.com/
Garibaldi Squamish is now on the forefront of election discussions, so we invited Rod Macleod, VP of Planning, to talk to us about their proposal to build an all season resort on Brohm Ridge – and what it can bring to the corridor. More info at http://garibaldiatsquamish.ca/
Council Candidate Alanna Gillis
Alanna has a Master of Public Policy from SFU and has loads of experience in the public service in health care and energy regulation in BC, senior leadership experience in regulatory services, compliance and operations. Alanna also has knowledge and familiarity with all levels of government, regulation, the energy industry, public consultation and fairness, budgeting, financial planning, facility and asset management and sustainable community development. More info here https://alannagillis.com/
Council Candidate Edward Archibald
Edward has been building home and working that industry since he was a teen. In the three years since moving to Squamish he has played a big part in the community as he currently sits on the Board of Directors of Squamish Helping Hands Society, Squamish Hospital Foundation, Squamish Community Foundation, and the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association. More info check out http://edwardarchibald2018.ca/
Council Candidate Jenna Stoner
Jenna moved to Squamish to live where she plays. She holds a degree in Ocean Studies from UVic and Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University, and has nearly a decade of experience working with business, government, and environmental conservation. Jenna is also on the board of the Squamish Climate Action Network. More info here http://www.jennastoner.ca/
Council Candidate Doug Race
A former lawyer for almost 37 years, Doug has served on council since 2008. He has decades of experience negotiating and dealing with representatives of all levels of government, First Nations, financial institutions and private sector corporations and individuals. This is his third election campaign and more info check out dougrace.com
Mayoral Candidate Susan Chapelle
Susan has lived in Squamish for nearly 20 years, and spent 7 years on Squamish Council, and has served on community and council committees for over 19 years. Susan has earned both an MBA and an Economic Development degree from Simon Fraser University. She is an entrepreneur whose work with local businesses was recognized by the community with the 2018 Chamber of Commerce award for “Business Person of the Year”.
Councillor Candidate Rajan Hans
Rajan was born and raised in Squamish, and at only 21 years of age, has been actively involved in the community volunteering with the Squamish Railway Heritage Park, Squamish Eagle Watch, Squamish Sikh Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Squamish Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and Hill Top House. Currently he is serving as a board member for the Squamish Sikh Society and Director for the SYSA.
Presently, he is working part time in the insurance industry, while finishing up final requirements of his BBA in Finance at SFU. More info http://rajanhans4squamish.com
Council Candidate Sacha Fabry
Sacha has been a member of numerous boards, councils, and committees, playing a leadership role in all aspects of the governance cycle: developing, approving, and budgeting. He is the co-founder of the Good Governance Group (G3 Consulting) that has successfully led organizations through lobbying government for increased access to post-secondary education for First Nations youth, for more affordable transportation for university and college students across the province, for the development of stricter policy respecting sexual violence and misconduct across the advanced education sector, and for substantive changes to the student loan framework.
More info here https://votesacha.ca
We look to feature all the candidates for the upcoming election and our second Mayoral Candidate is Paul Lalli. Paul has spent much of his adult life dedicated to the community volunteering and working as a public servant participating on numerous community boards and committees. At age 24 he was elected to the first of 4 successful terms on Council. He returns after a relatively short hiatus seeking the Mayoral chair and you can find more info here paullalli.com
(Disclaimer: We apologize for instances of poor sound quality due to technical issues.)
As the deadline for candidates submitting their papers is fast approaching, here are a few tips laid out by Quest University Chief Academic Officer, Doug Munroe, on how to win the election in Squamish. The district had asked Quest students how to increase voter turnout over 50% and so we break down the voter demographic in the district, turnout numbers, and tips on how/where to campaign. We also talk about why we vote and how to engage voters for all levels of government.
Mayoral Candidate Jeff Cooke
We look to feature all the candidates for the upcoming election and our first Mayoral Candidate is Jeff Cooke. Jeff is a relative newcomer in the realm of municipal elections, but he does have a wealth of business knowledge, and loads of time spent helping within the community. We go in depth into his platform and what he calls Squamish growing pains.
Council Candidate John French
We look to feature the candidates for the upcoming election and first up is longtime resident John French. He has finally come around to run for Council after many years of covering Municipal Hall as a journalist. Born and raised in Squamish, John has seen all the growth and transformation in the region and strives to help build it’s future. More info at JohnFrench.ca
Next up – Mayoral Candidate Jeff Cooke
(UPDATE: Councillor Doug Race has decided to run for re-election)
We'd like to introduce our new pundit, Moe Freitag, and his own editorial called Get Mo'ed! He has a wealth of experience working with all levels of government in the Sea to Sky region. In his first episode we discuss what it truly means to be on council, the mindset needed, skills required, and the necessary commitment. We also chat about the pros and cons of a potential inexperienced council, as hardly any incumbents are returning - plus just a small Jumar rant at the end there...
Finally caught up with Adrian in front of a couple of his businesses on Cleveland Avenue, to talk about the challenges of doing business in Squamish, and a few of the entrepreneurial tricks he's learned over the years. Also, we got into what he has planned for the future - spoiler alert - he's not running for council.
Three local media guys chatting and opining about the issues of the upcoming municipal election. The landscape has dramatically changed since Mayor Heintzman decided not to run for re-election. Squamish is rapidly growing, practically bursting at the seams, which one out of the current three mayoral candidates (with the possibility of two more) is up to the task - it's up to you to decide and vote! In the next couple of weeks, we'll have many of the mayoral and council candidates on the podcast to fully explain their vision for our district - so please tell us what issues are most important to you and give us your questions to ask those running for office.
We caught up with Sara from the Squamish Dance Centre as she preps for her upcoming season. Her business has seen meteoric growth in short time because her mantra is that dance should be accessible to everyone, and thanks to all her loyal dance families for their continued support. We chat about the challenges of dealing with rapid expansion and developing new and innovative programs.
Three local media guys chatting about local politics and what we expect to see in the forthcoming election - the first podcast of many we plan to extensively cover the elections. Please tell us what issues are most important to you, and what questions should we ask those running in our district.
UPDATE: Mayor Patricia Heintzman will not seek for re-election. Only two candidates, current Councillor Susan Chapelle and former SORCA president Jeff Cooke, have officially announced to run for mayor. John French and Brian Loverin have officially announced their candidacy for Council.
International elite runners praise Squamish - Sponsored by Canadian Coastal
The Squamish 50 is on again Aug. 18 – 19 and it’s one of most challenging trail runs ever.
On the first day, the 50 mile portion consists of over 90% single-track and more than 11,000 feet of climbing and descent. Day 2 features another 50 kilometers of more of the same grueling terrain.
We caught up with Dr. Victor Javeri, aka Typical Squamish Man, who is one of the few who will participate in both runs, and talked about his mental and physical preparation for this event.
Check out his YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/user/victorjaverirpsgt123
Sponsored by Canadian Coastal
View the breathtaking Sea to Sky in the majestic Howe Sound on a luxury sailing yacht. Canadian Coastal offers family adventures, corporate cruises, romantic outings, and al fresco multi-course meals with live music. Cruises can be combined with other excursions including the Sea to Sky Gondola - https://canadiancoastal.com/cast
We visited Mikael Mikkelsen, Owner of 99 Repairs, and talked about when is a device too far gone to repair, the issues he's had to face with Samsung and Apple phones, some of the miracle fixes they've done, the bag of rice myth, and how simply fixing your gadgets will save you loads of money. (Check them out in Squamish and Whistler.)
We visited Ryan Nerima, a head grower for the Whistler Marijuana Company, last week to chat about where the cannabis industry stands in terms of legalization, and the many obstacles that still needs to be weeded out.
Longtime resident and journalist in hiatus, John French, is kicking off our editorial section with his very own French Quarter segment. Things have changed over the years and John reminisces about old Squamish and it’s inevitable growth.
(Disclaimer – The opinions expressed on Sea2SkyPodcast website, blogs, articles, podcasts, audio & video, and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial/production team.)
In this edition of People In Your Neighbourhood, we talk with Doug Munroe, a volunteer and Provincial Coordinator of British Columbia for Alberta/BC Cave Rescue, about what’s happening with those kids trapped in Thailand (recorded July 2), the kind of caving that can be found in our neck of the woods, and how to properly venture into caves.
There have been loads of changes over the past decade in the Corridor. With Squamish being seemingly more affordable, as the cost of housing rises in the Lower Mainland, a new community is taking shape. We sit down with longtime residents Scott McQuade and Meghan Zuvulek to talk about the new identity in town – it’s definitely more than just the McDonalds on your way up to Whistler.
The communities in the corridor are continuing to grow and for years there’s been a push for regional transit. Today, we are paying much higher than average gas prices, practically the same amount as Vancouver, whom are paying a large transit excise tax, that is going into the coffers of corporations instead of funding a regional system in Sea to Sky Country. We asked Councillor Susan Chapelle and Squamish Connector‘s Felipe Angel to sit down and delve into what needs to be done to finally get a transit system in place.
More info on what the province requires to establish regional transit system here - https://bctransit.com/skeena/about/funding-and-governance/regional
More and more people are moving into the corridor, pushing real estate prices up, and development space is becoming an issue – resulting in skyrocketing rents and dwindling affordable housing. This time we sit down with Darren McCartney, a 10 year Squamish resident who specializes in commercial real estate and project sales, and loads of experience in several financial sectors including real estate development and management. We discuss if Squamish is on the right track for future development and where the market will lead us.
The craft beer scene is booming and it’s no different in the Sea to Sky Corridor. We sit down with Jeff of A-Frame, Ben of Night Owl, and Ben of Backcountry Brewing, and discuss the formula behind small local breweries. Their mindset is to encourage you to choose local businesses that solely focus on the quality of their products, rather than blindly follow the marketing hi-jinks of big industry that spend profits on more marketing.
There’s a huge industrial complex behind cannabis, and while Canada is set to legalize, is the government prepared to take on the massive task of creating and enforcing appropriate regulations? We sit down with Janis Correia, CEO of CBD Worldwide (cbdworldwideinc.com), to dive into the business side of cannabis, discuss what might the legalization process entail, and we discover that recreational use is just the tip of the iceberg.
Since 1972 The Brackendale Art Gallery (The BAG) has been host to more musical performances, theater, assorted gatherings and art exhibitions than can be counted. However, this unofficial community institution is on the verge of extinction. We talk with BAG proprietors Thor and Dorte Froslev and members of the BAG Society on the future of the BAG, how it might be saved, and what it could mean to the community in the years to come.
Check out the trailer mentioned in the podcast - https://youtu.be/ecgO4LIp9tk
Longtime resident, and journalist in hiatus, John French joins us to talk about the Official Community Plan for the ongoing development of Squamish. We discuss if the district’s OCP has a good strategy for strong growth, economic development & land use and if they can be integrated with our community needs.
Welcome to the second installment of the Sea to Sky Podcast, already the corridor’s number source for news and information on the issues of the day. This episode we talk with Matt Blackman on the future of alternative energy, for your home, your car and possibly your career.
More and more people are moving into the corridor, pushing real estate prices up, and development space is becoming an issue – resulting in skyrocketing rents and dwindling affordable housing. Do you want to own a home but don’t want to be owned by the bank? Want to rent a nice apartment that doesn’t cost $3000? Joining us are Squamish Councillors Ted Prior and Susan Chapelle as we try to get to the bottom of this housing crisis.
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