Tag: opinion

Update on Elliot Lake

An update on my previous post on Elliot Lake, which seemed to hit a nerve. I got hundreds of responses and feedback from various sources, broken into two groups; emergency responders, which largely agree that the political response was just that; political

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Projects in Provincial Parks

I’d like to preface this post by saying I’m not against either of the following projects, neither am I a proponent. I do however have some observations. Recently two projects have reached the”public input” stage. A Gondola! The first is

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On Blaming the Victim

I know I shouldn’t do this, but I read the comments in a lot of news articles. I know they are full of spiteful, ignorant and uninformed opinions, but I read them anyway. The only useful thing about them is that

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BC Changing laws regarding “Natural Resource Roads”

The Government of BC is planning on changing some of the laws governing “Natural Resource Roads” (logging, mining etc), and to bring them all under one act: the Natural Resource Road Act. They’ve posted a discussion paper and other resources,

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The ACC requires digital avalanche beacons

I’m a member of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), Vancouver Section, so I get their monthly “Alpine-E-r” newsletter. For the past several months I’ve noticed the following message in the newsletter: NEW BEACON POLICY The ACC has a new

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Why SAR members are tough on gear

What, do you think, is the primary difference between a SAR member on a task, and a person undertaking a hiking, backcountry skiing or mountaineering trip? On the surface they look to be the same thing. We use the same

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On Outdoor Responsibility

I found an interesting site the other day: Leave No Trace (there is a Canadian offshoot as well). It’s a site that promotes outdoor ethics and offers guidance on the best practises to preserve wilderness values, and reduce the impact

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VOC Group size: a response

Phil Tomlinson, the current president of the VOC, composed a detailed and thoughtful response to my previous post. He had some trouble getting it into the comments, so I thought I would reproduce it here. Hi Michael, As the current

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The UBC VOC and Group Sizes

This post is a bit of a rant, so please skip it if you’re not in the mood. A few years ago a friend and I travelled into the Cerise Creek area for some mountaineering. We were surprised to see

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On ski widths

I was out ski touring yesterday in a very popular area, one that I pretty much learned to ski in. I was musing about changes in skiing in the last 20 years. When I first visited this area, we would

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