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June 7, 2015, 7:05 p.m.
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Tri-cities 2015

Thanks for attending the event!

Yes, this positive info regarding mtb in the Park was shared at the TORCA AGM last November. We seem to be starting off with a good working relationship with BC Parks. Hopefully, the Draft Management Plan will be completed this fall.

April 24, 2015, 10:18 p.m.
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riding buddy (trail dogs)

Big and Small Rescue on Facebook has some nice dogs sometimes. There was a great looking Pitt cross the other day that made me think about a second dog briefly. But a 5 month old (the rescue) and a 8 month old would be a handful, lol.

April 17, 2015, 1:59 a.m.
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Squamish Terminal Fire

Tugs in squamish only have on board fire fighting capability. The big escort tugs in Van harbour have Fi-fi systems that can fight fires. The terminal fire is currently burning under the dock so it will eventually require a low water and a skiff to get under there to fully extinguish it.

April 10, 2015, 5:41 p.m.
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Oil spill in English Bay

I'm not denying that burning bunker offshore doesn't have an impact on air pollution locally or globally; I'm simply correcting some people's impression that bunker is being burned all the time.

And yes, there needs to be immediate response to any spill. Why was there a delay in this incident? We have spill response vessels in Vancouver Harbour.

April 10, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
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Oil spill in English Bay

16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world"

You realize that your article is from 2009 and that even in that article it states that IMO required ships to reduce sulphur content from 4.5% to 3.5% by 2012 and down to 0.5% after that. Yes, bunker is dirty but let's stick to the facts and not make grandiose statements based on half truths.

Assuming that burning LNG is going to be better for the environment (I don't know much about the ramifications of burning LNG), there seems to be a push for more ships, ferries, tugs etc to switch to burning LNG. In the meantime, like was said previously, the tugs, ships etc burn low-sulfur diesel within 200 miles of shore.

I'm definitely interested to see what caused this bunker fuel spill by the grain ship in English Bay. As I said before in another thread, when people were all concerned about increased tanker traffic, the tankers are way less of an issue and have so many safeguards for their transits in our waters than the single hulled cargo ships that travel around without tug escorts, and no one seems to pay any attention to that. People seem to grab onto a hot topic from the media and run with it as the next big problem, without having a real grasp on the entire scenario, and where the true problems lie.

March 30, 2015, 10:32 a.m.
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trailbuilder to strava user

Sometimes my iPhone and Garmin GPS give the same times; sometimes it is out by only a second. Other times either the iPhone or the Garmin are way wrong. There is inherent error in GPS as well as the way we are using it for trails expecting accuracy within seconds. Sometimes it may be there - other times, not so much. Time for a dGPS, lol.

March 30, 2015, 8:52 a.m.
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trailbuilder to strava user

Strava is great riding log and can be used as a training tool but in reality, the results don't mean a whole lot. You can get an idea of a general trend of your speed, which I feel is more helpful if you compare against your own results. Comparing against others may feed your ego but it's not an accurate comparison - you don't know whether the time was recorded accurately, whether the person was trying to go fast or whether they were only pumping the trail or stopped to chat; you also can't compare the trail conditions, wet, dry, in good shape, more worn and more technical, etc. Also, a QOM or KOM only means that you were recorded as going the fastest on that segment. There could be so many other people that don't even use strava that could crush your time (assuming your time was correct in the first place).

Even winning a race doesn't mean you're the fastest person out there, but at least it does let you know where you are compared to the other people that raced on that particular day. Strava results and racing results are not equivalent at all.

March 11, 2015, 8:16 a.m.
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Seymour 2015 Conditions

I sure hope anyone who climbs a descending trail is really listening for bikes. The dh rider on AA can be going really fast and there isn't always long sight lines giving one time or space to pull over. It's like climbing a narrow Aline.

If one wants a climbing trail, get involved with the NSMBA, go through the proper channels and put in labour building. I think it would be way safer than climbing AA.

March 2, 2015, 1:40 p.m.
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headed to Kihei for spring break and looking for things to

Drive to Hana but continue around and you will see some amazing coastline and end up in the high country. On the drive, be sure to check out oheo gulch (7 sacred pools); hike up to the 200' and 400' waterfalls if you have time; also stop at the pineapple winery once you get back around the south end of the loop.

Driving the North end of the island is worth it too. Different landscape altogether; check out the blowholes as well. You could stop at DT Fleming beach before you start the drive.

Great snorkelling at the mile 17 marker south of makena. La Perouse bay is great as well.

Shopping at Costco and Safeway as previously mentioned.

Have fun!!

Feb. 26, 2015, 4:21 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

Wow… $6million bucks to hold this plebiscite and another $4 million of municipal funds being spent to push the yes vote. I can think of better ways to spend $10 million of our tax dollars. Ugh.

Feb. 21, 2015, 1:11 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

What about all the extra gas taxes that we pay in the lower mainland? Isn't that supposed to go to roads, infrastructure and transit? If we were ever given a proper accounting of where our tax money goes (property, income, gas etc) and the expenses spent on our roads, infrastructure projects and transit (as well as the amount lost in running who knows how many boards to make these decisions), perhaps we could get on board with an increase. For now, blindly throwing money away doesn't appeal to me. Basically, show me how well my current tax contributions are being spent and I may be willing to contribute more.

Feb. 18, 2015, 1:10 p.m.
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Healthy At Work Meal Idea's

I package up any leftovers and put them in single portions in the freezer. It makes easy to grab lunch options for later, plus I don't have to eat the same thing for 3 days in a row.

Salads are also awesome. In your tupperware container, start with your dressing of choice on the bottom, then add carrots, celery, tomatoes, cuke etc, working your way up the container with "drier" ingredients. Top with lettuce and close the lid. Dump upside down at work and voila, not soggy salad. I like adding things like pear, avocado, dried cranberries, almonds, goat cheese to give the salad interesting flavour. Add leftover chicken, or tuna etc if you want more protein.

I also like making a quick breakfast sandwich. One egg in a bowl with a dribble of water in it - nuke for 10 seconds at a time; top with cheese of choice once its almost cooked. Toast bread of choice while egg cooks; throw it all together with ham, avocado, tomato, hot sauce etc for a super tasty and filling sandwich. (I like english muffins and if I want a healthier bread, I use sprouted grain, which is more filling and has a higher protein content, higher fibre etc.)

Snacks include fruit paired with cheese or nuts; veggies and often celery with cream cheese; sometimes dried fruit; also frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries) or fresh when in season, in the bottom of a tupperware container, top with greek yogurt, then granola and shredded coconut (the granola isn't crunchy this way but I'm often too lazy to bring an extra container with the granola separate; also the berries thaw out by the time they are ready to eat.)

With my shifts, I often have 3 or 4 meals plus several snacks with me per day. This makes for big lunch bags, lol.

Feb. 8, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
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Best compromise bike for AM + WBP (A-line) 2015

If you're doing 25-30 days at wbp, you can justify 2 bikes. Big bike for the bike park and am bike for everything else.

Jan. 31, 2015, 2:55 p.m.
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Squamish 2015 Trail Conditions

SDBA trails were in mint condition though! Some new ones out there to be found too.

I like the sounds of this. If you ever have room for an extra person, I'd love to get a tour!!

Jan. 26, 2015, 8:44 a.m.
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Squamish 2015 Trail Conditions

I heard that Angry Midget is getting troughed from people riding in the wet. Maybe remove that one from the wet weather riding list?

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