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These users will now have composting toilets for their use. The technology sold by Clivus Multrum, a company that has been around since 1973, uses 95 per cent less water than even newer-generation toilets, which use 1.6 gallons per flush. Even water used for restroom sinks bypasses sewage treatment and is instead routed into a tank and then fed just below the surface of a flower garden.

Don Mills, sales director with Clivus Multrum, tells the Aspen Daily News that composting toilets allow the waste to dehydrate and become fertilizer.

He contends that water-based sewage treatment isn't benign to human health. "It is a great mistake to put our waste into water," he said. He explained that pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, are now commonly found in water supplies, even after sewage treatment. That danger posed by pharmaceuticals is greatly reduced with a composting toilet system.

These compostable toilets don't come cheap, however, at least in Aspen: $556,000 for the complex, although that's still less than the $763,000 restrooms provided at another Aspen park 12 years ago.

Contributing $100,000 says the Daily News, was Theater Aspen, which stages summer performances in a nearby pavilion.

Skiing and golfing on the same day

JASPER, Alberta — For one weekend, it was possible to ski and play golf on the same day in Jasper. As Marmot basin ski area ended its 50th season on May 4, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course was open for business.

Gregg Lown, the new director of golf, assured the Jasper Fitzhugh that the course was in prime condition. "This is the best golf resort in Canada, but it's still a hidden secret in a lot of ways," he went on to say. "The people who know golf — the people who rate golf courses across Canada — all agree on it, but we need to spread the word, not just throughout Canada, but to the U.S. as well."

Lown had previously been director of golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler before taking a job at a Fairmont resort in Mexico. After too many drippy, sweaty polo shirts, he returned to Canada, taking a job at a golf store in Canmore before the job at Jasper opened up.

Restaurateur heartburn about ruling on workers

BANFF, Alberta — The federal government has imposed a moratorium in hiring of temporary foreign workers by restaurants, and it's causing plenty of heartburn among restaurateurs in Banff and Jasper.

Among those aggrieved is Stavros Karlos, a Banff town councillor and co-owner of a family-owned Balkan restaurant. He told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that he was "shocked and dismayed" by the moratorium.