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Chefs from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be leaving their aprons behind on Sunday, July 29, and getting their hands dirty.

The chefs will be washing cars at the Whistler PetroCanada station between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 29, to raise funds for the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Foundation.

For donations of $10 or more, participants may enter a draw to win a 9-inch cake from the Chateau’s pastry shop, a gift certificate for dinner at the Portobello restaurant, or a one-hour golf lesson with the Chateau Whistler Golf Club’s instructor, Jordan Ray.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Foundation supports charitable organizations within the categories of education, social services, environment, youth development and civic and community services.

Organic brew

Pacific Western Brewing of Prince George is celebrating the fourth anniversary of NatureLand, Canada’s first certified organic lager, with new packaging that features four scenes of SuperNatural B.C., illustrated by Steve Mostrenko.

Natureland is certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association, the largest organic certification association in North America, as well as by the Cariboo Organic Producers Association. The malted barley from Saskatchewan and the Bavarian hops are certified to ensure they contain no pesticides, herbicides, drying agents, chemical seed treatments or conventional nitrate or phosphate fertilizers.

Natureland is available in more than 100 B.C. liquor stores and is a feature beer at participating Keg restaurants.

Canadians drinking less, more or less

Statistics Canada compiles all kinds of data; some of it makes you wonder it those people don’t have too much time on their hands. A recent report that British Columbians are drinking less heavily (than sailors, than nuns?) is a case in point.

According to Stats Can, the proportion of people aged 12 and over in the province, who never imbibe five or more drinks on one occasion, has increased from 52.7 per cent in 1994-95 to 55.1 per cent in 1998-99. Both men and women are drinking less. In 1994-95, 41 per cent of men and 65 per cent of women had never had more than four drinks at a time. By 1998-99, these proportions had increased to 44 per cent and 67 per cent.

Or, it may be that people are using larger glasses now days.

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