McCarthy runs for council seat in by-election

Also in news briefs: traffic delays set for Saturday, man dies in bike park accident

Former Whistler councillor Roger McCarthy has become the first person to announce his candidacy in October’s municipal by-election. 

McCarthy served on council from 2011 until 2014, but decided not to run in the last election. However, when Coun. Andree Janyk passed away earlier this year, he decided that he could help fill the role for a one-year term before the next election. 

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“For somebody new to go in for a year, it would take them a year to figure out how everything works,” McCarthy said. “There’s no learning curve for me. In terms of what needs to be done and how it works with people on council and the staff, I know who to talk to about certain stuff and they know where I’m coming from. For me, personally, it’s a simple thing for me to go and do.”

McCarthy said some of the major issues he’d like to tackle in the coming year, if elected, are the ongoing housing shortage, increased pressure on local parks and working with events like Ironman to make locals happier hosts. 

“I’m here, I have the flexibility and time,” he said. “I understand where (council is) in the process of what’s going on with anything major. Here’s the other thing; my business is consulting for resorts… I’ve seen a lot of places and I think that’s one of the things I bring to the table — a depth and insight.”

The municipality will accept nominations for candidates from Sept. 12 until Sept. 22. The election is set for Oct. 28. 

For more information visit whistler.ca. 

Traffic delays expected

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is reminding people that traffic delays are expected on Saturday (Sept. 9) with the GranFondo Whistler passing through town.

The annual event will see between 3,000 and 4,000 cyclists riding along the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. 

The highway will be open in both directions, but officials say traffic will be “significantly” delayed from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. south of the Village. Village Gate Boulevard will be closed eastbound from Northlands Blvd. to Blackcomb Way from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Drivers are asked to use Lorimer Road to get into the Village. 

Blackcomb Way West will also be closed from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. Officials suggest drivers use Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way East. 

Man dies in bike park 

A 51-year-old man from Burnaby is dead after an accident in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on Aug. 27. 

The man was riding one of the trails when he was thrown from his bike and landed between a rock and a tree, according to RCMP. 

“Emergency health personnel attended and provided him with the necessary assistance, but unfortunately, the rider succumbed to his injuries,” said Cpl. Diane Blain, in a release. 

In a statement, Whistler Blackcomb said its bike park patrol attended the scene and the man was transported to the Whistler Medical Clinic where he was pronounced dead. 

“Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Mountain Bike Park Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said Pete Sonntag, chief operating officer of WB, in a statement. 

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