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Canada and Yukon invest in better recreation for skiers and snowboarders

WHITEHORSE, YT, Nov. 27, 2020 /CNW/ – The safety and well-being of Northerners are top priorities of the governments of Canada and Yukon.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, as they adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and support the creation of good, middle-class jobs.

Yukoners need recreational facilities that are accessible, efficient and environmentally responsible.

The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and the Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Community Services, for the Government of Yukon, announced funding for recreational infrastructure at the Mount Sima ski hill in Whitehorse.

The Mt. Sima ski hill upgrades will include new electrical, pumping and stream flow control measures, as well as converting snow-making away from reliance on diesel power. These upgrades will facilitate snow-making opportunities during the low-snow parts of the season and protect natural surroundings, including Sima Creek.

The installation of LED lighting on the ski hill will help build increased capacity for training and special events on the ski hill.

The Government of Canada is investing over $3.7 million in this project through the Investing in Canada plan through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) and the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS). The Government of Yukon is providing more than $1.4 million.

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“Rural and Northern Canadians are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they also have unique opportunities for growth and innovation. We know that the travel and tourism sector is one of the most heavily impacted sectors by the pandemic. That is why the funding announced today for Mt. Sima – a popular winter destination for all Yukoners – will help improve the operations of this valued facility, which serves as an important winter activity and skill development venue for Yukon residents of all ages. The safety and well-being of Northerners are top priorities of our government and we will continue to support businesses and families as they adapt and move toward the post-COVID recovery.”

The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development,

“It’s more important than ever that Canadians have the opportunity to get outside to stay healthy and active while protecting our natural winter environment. The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.7 million in better winter sports infrastructure for Yukon skiers and snowboarders, including upgrades to electrical and pumping systems, improved snow-making operations and eco-friendly lighting on Mt. Sima. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Mount Sima has recently emerged as a destination training facility for

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Burton Team Snowboarders Reflect On Filming ‘One World,’ Missing Travel And Jake Burton Carpenter’s Legacy

There is little to no dialogue in the minute-and-a-half trailer for Burton’s new snowboarding film, One World, which released Tuesday. There doesn’t need to be.

Burton Team snowboarders hail from countries across the globe, from the U.S., Italy, Canada, Austria, Japan and more. They compete against each other on the World Cup circuit, in the Olympics and in contests like X Games, Dew Tour and Burton U.S. Open.

But when they’re together on their boards, with no medals at stake, none of that matters.

Burton developed and filmed One World to celebrate “the global connection we all share through our love of snowboarding, our respect for the environment and our desire to discover what’s next.”

But little could the 39 riders who filmed over 72 days have understood just how much that global connection would come to mean when the Covid-19 pandemic cut the competitive snowboarding season short and cut Burton Team riders around the world off from one another.

“In a normal year, it’s easy to take all these trips for granted,” says Canada’s Mark McMorris, who won back-to-back X Games gold medals in slopestyle and took bronze in slopestyle at both the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. “With winter ending early for many of us this year, I really missed the global snowboard community and all the friends I have around the world.”

Many Burton riders hail from the U.S. or Canada and can ride and train together regularly, whether it’s in California, British Columbia or Colorado. For those who live across the world, however, the lockdowns brought about by the spread of Covid-19 delivered a mountain of perspective.

“Being from New Zealand at a time like this has been a crazy thing,” says Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who won bronze in big air at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the women’s slopestyle title at the 2019 World Championships.

“It has really made me sit back and think about how lucky we are to be able to jump on a plane and get anywhere we like to see family and friends and go snowboarding,” she continued. One World has really made me appreciate the fact that no matter where you are from or where your local resort is, if you’re a snowboarder then you are one of us, part of this awesome community of like-minded people.”

Anna Gasser from Austria, who in 2018 became the first woman to land a cab triple underflip, feels similarly.

“Snowboarding unites us, no matter where we live” she says. “This shared passion makes us all a big family.”

In addition to celebrating the global bond they’ve forged through snowboarding, those involved in making One World also cherished the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter,

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