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Tipping fee all wet Rain has fallen on part of the municipality’s schedule of tipping fees. The tipping fee for gypsum/drywall board will go from $40 per cubic metre to $50 per cubic metre now that the municipality has discovered it is losing money at the old rate. The $40 rate was based on summer-time dry loads of waste gypsum. However, the gypsum was usually left in the outdoor collection site for some time before it was recycled. In that time it was often rained on or absorbed water runoff which increased the mass of the drywall. Consequently, the municipality was delivering a larger tonnage of drywall to the recyclers — and charged for the extra weight — than it was collecting tipping fees on. From March 1, 1995 to present the shortfall in tipping fees charged and what the municipality has been charged is $10,900, plus GST. Tree talk The Soo Coalition for Sustainable Forest is holding a round-up. The Squamish-based logging lobby group is hosting volunteer appreciation days in Squamish and Pemberton this week to express their gratitude to everyone who has given their time to the organization. The Soo Coalition is looking for all volunteers who helped out in 1995, whether it was with a raffle, loggers sports, the parade float, trade fair, office help, newsletter, phone calling or the noisy logging truck demonstration that drowned out Environment Minster Moe Sihota's announcement of the creation of the Squamish Chief Provincial Park. The Squamish event will take place Saturday at the Soo Coalition's Trailer on Cleveland Avenue from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pemberton supporters are invited to meet Dec. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Village Office in Pemberton. The winners in the Whistler Museum and Archives raffle, held at last weekend’s Bizarre Bazaar, are: Pierrette Walker, Stephen Henderson, Dale Mounsey, David Malaher, Laurin Kyle Boyle, Freda Cook, N. Mulla, Doug Forseth, T. Westover, Andy Petersen, Bruce Harrott, Dave Davenport, Echo Marie Fawkes and A Spricenieks. Prizes may be picked up at the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday.

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