Keeping safe

WalkSafe

Whistler is a community that aims to keep light pollution at a minimum. This means there are not many streetlights in neighbourhoods or on the highway. As a result, it can be dangerous for pedestrians walking at night in these areas. The RMOW runs a campaign called WalkSafe. This program encourages everyone to be as visible as possible at night, by wearing reflective clothing, carrying a flashlight or wearing a reflector – available free from Whistler Public Library. Click here for more information about WalkSafe.

Liquor Laws in BC and alcohol

In B.C., you are not allowed to drink alcohol in a public place—such as a street or a park—unless it has been specially approved as a place where drinking may occur (during a community festival where there is a liquor licence in place, for example). You may drink alcohol outside at your home or at your campsite.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 604-905-5489 Tues, Thurs Sat & Sun at 8pm at the Whistler Health Care Centre

Alcohol & Drug Referral Line – 1-800-663-1441, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Drugs

Most drugs, including cannabis, are illegal in BC. It is also illegal to drive when under the influence of drugs. If you get caught using or carrying you will be charged with drug possession and end up in Canadian court. Not fun! Many other social drugs are available as well, all of which are illegal. Limit the risk, and stick to the natural high that the mountains provide.

Whistler has a reputation as a party town, unfortunately this sometimes means drugs are frequent in nightclubs. Please watch your drinks when you are in a club, also keep an eye on friends.

If you know someone who is suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction, go to www.heretohelp.ca

Violence in Relationships

Women are never to blame in situations of sexual assault. Call a sexual assault worker at Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), www.wavaw.ca. WAVAW 24hr Crisis Line 1-877-392-7583

VictimLink 1-800-563-0808 www.victimlinkbc.ca

Stopping the Violence – 1-877-894-6101. Counselling services for women in difficult relationships and/or survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or victims of sexual assault.

Human Rights

If you feel as if your Human Rights are being violated, that you have been discriminated against on the basis of sex, age, race or religion, or have been wrongfully dismissed from a job, contact the BC Human Rights Tribunal at 1-888-440-8844 or www.bchrt.gov.bc.ca

Legal help

People’s Law School has informative and free legal publications. They come in multiple languages. There are a number of brochures that are particularly interesting for seniors. Click on Resources to find out more, brochures are available to download or read online.

Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS)

WCSS works with community groups and other non-profit organizations to provide programs and services that support social sustainability in Whistler.  Check out the WCSS Welcome Guide for new arrivals from other countries, available at the Centre in Spring Creek. WCSS raises funds by operating the Re-Use It and Re-Build It Centres, and from donations.  For more detailed information on programs and services offered by WCSS, please see their website www.mywcss.org

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 900, Whistler B.C. V0N 1B0

Physical Address: 1519 Spring Creek Drive, Whistler B.C. V0N 1B1

Phone: 604-932-0113