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I have no idea how to respond off line to the manager at Chowhound who posted on this issue above...so I hav added my new post!

Separating the board might make sense, but connecting the territories with BC does not. I rarely if ever see posts for the Yukon and virtually the only posts on the NWT and Nunavut are from me...in Alberta. AS the name suggest, I move around the territories a lot. Yellowknife, in particular has some really good places to eat. The territories produce food now availbale in the south. The Yukon is a haven of good and slow food, but they seem not to get onto this board.

Maybe BC needs its own board. The rest of the soon to be former board needs to remain together because frankly the number of posts for the rest is smaller in number. I rarely go the Canada board becuase they have very few posts. I am concerned that the Territories with BC will kill the few posts there is related to the territores.

Do you really think there are so many posts on this board that it needs to be split? A non active board will be checked less and result in fewer posts and thedeath spiral will continue as people migrate to more active boards. I find the number of posts on this board easily managemabel especially if the topic line clearly indicates the city or region. Most of us westereners, I suspect, move freely beween the areas currently included (I for one read a lot of BC posts).

Can you reconsider?

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  1. I agree. Leave things as they are. The number of posts is very maneagable compared to other boards. There are often a number of interrelated elements discussed on this board between BC and AB especially, since there is a lot of physical movement between ABV and BC.

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    1. re: Scary Bill

      Also, I just noted that the Ontario board, incl Toronto will not change. If there ever was a board that needs change it is that one. Toronto and the GTA dominate that board to such an extent that the rest of Ontario is poorly served since it feels like it is a Toronto board exclusively. I'm certain that an Ontario board w/o Toronto would be well received.

        1. re: Scary Bill

          Agreed I'm in Alberta, but I spend a lot of time in BC too.

        2. I'll add my vote. I think we have a fairly manageable little area, and with the amount of travel and knowledge passed between Alberta/BC, it's quite helpful to have the two together. I understand, that these provinces are the strongest in the Western board (hence why you would break them apart to keep the new boards active) but I think it's counterproductive.

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            I for one like the change. Yes there is a lot of cross posting between AB & BC hounds, and I think that'll still continue. There are some days when checking in that the front page is dominated by Vancouver posts - which I read but I have to wade through to find new Calgary/area threads and I'm sure the same is true of the Vancouverites when Calgary is all abuzz about a new place. I'm hopeful the change will mean growth of both boards and attract more participation from new hounds who live outside of the major urban areas.

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            1. re: maplesugar

              It's a fait accompli - they are doing it - and chowhound is suggesting the new Prairies board is, in future, more likely to be subdivided than the new BC board. Perhaps an Alberta board. How far out in years is anybody s guess. I will now be visiting the new BC board often.

            2. This is off-topic, but I think they need to put Idaho in the Pacific NW board. I tried to post something about Sandpoint (30 minutes from Spokane), and it was moved to a no-man's-land "other" board with Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming. All the other posts were, of course, about Hawaii.

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              1. re: 23skidoo

                Idaho is moving to a new Mountain States board.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  I know you all are far away in NYC, and this will fall on deaf ears, but to those of us in the PNW, Idaho and Montana are considered part of our region.

                  1. re: bbqboy

                    Only Western Montana. But a "Mountain States" category is better than splitting the state.

                    1. re: GH1618

                      I originally put Western Montana, but I think the powers
                      that be are loathe to split states of little population.
                      A cultural/food map of CH would look somewhat different than the geographical maps used.

                      1. re: GH1618

                        Just where did you get your cultural to geography lesson? bbqboy is on and you ran off the road

                        1. re: lcool

                          Ever since Portland and Seattle got their own board, the
                          PNW one seems to be in the Maytag repair realm.
                          Tons of square miles and little population.
                          But we soldier on. :)

                      2. re: bbqboy

                        Isn't the CHOW office in San Francisco? Is the Chowhound office considered NY? If so, I never knew that.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          I don't understand the relevance, but CBS Interactive is headquartered in San Francisco.

                          1. re: carolinadawg

                            Relevance aside, bbqboy said NY, it's nice to have accurate information confirmed. carry on..

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Sorry, then. I always assumed from the lack of sensitivity
                              concerning geographic placement, they had to be on the East Coast. :)
                              Just for my knowledge, when originally conceived, CH was an East Coast/NY board, wasn't it?

                              1. re: bbqboy

                                Yes that was my understanding. But the current ownership is westcoast.

                        2. re: bbqboy

                          As a ties to Montana,Western Canada and Alaska

                          YOU GOT IT RIGHT

                    2. Have to respectfully disagree. The fact is, it's not easy to drive between Calgary or Edmonton and Vancouver.

                      There are lots of people who live in city 'A' and who frequently travel to city 'B' for work/lifestyle reasons, but those people should just check the board of the city they're interested in.

                      In my mind, if the cities aren't drivable, then they're not truly connected....yes Edmonton to Winnipeg isn't drivable either but clearly the Peg can't support its own board and culturally it makes sense to join in with the big Alberta cities.

                      1. Please note that my main concern is the inclusion of the Territories in the BC Board...makes no sense.

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                        1. re: foodiesnorth

                          Where would you rather they put the Territories? There are a handful of posts at best, and before now they had no home. If I'm reading things right the "Canada" board will cease to exist, AB/MB/SK might be split further in the future, and it is unlikely that BC will be split any futher since it's now got the same "space" as Ontario and Quebec. I think it's better to rehome the Territories once rather than repeatedly. At least now they have a defined home rather than the catch-all that was "Canada"... where misplaced posts relevant to BC/AB/MB seemed to languish because we were all busy over in Western Canada.

                          1. re: maplesugar

                            Alberta is the gateway to the Territories (not BC). It belongs with the Prairies...not rocket science. Try to fly from Vancouver to Yellowknife or Iqaluit...I will see you In Edmonton or Calgary. This is my point.

                            1. re: foodiesnorth

                              AND: and who the heck drives? I go to BC, Sask and Man all the time, but have not driven to them more than a handful of times by car! We travellers who have much to gain by broad based boards tend to fly. Airplane good; car bad.

                              Also the poster who can't find any posts on the Territories: look again. I typed in "Nunavut" and found many posts ...many of them mine...talking about Bullocks and Fuego in Yellowknife, Water's Edge in Iqaluit, Kivalliq and Kitikemot Foods in Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, posts on caribou, char, musk ox etc. I did not check othr key words.

                              1. re: foodiesnorth

                                i love to drive all over canada including the territories,it takes a bit longer but what do you get to see along the way in an airplane?clouds?boring.

                                1. re: foodiesnorth

                                  > Also the poster who can't find any posts on the Territories: look again.

                                  That was me, and I'd been searching the Canada board, which is currently the board that's supposed to cover the Territories, I thought. Good to know there are some posts about the Territories on the Western board - they can simply be moved to the BC board when the split happens.

                            2. re: foodiesnorth

                              It's basically a completely moot point anyway, as there are almost zero posts about the Territories currently on the boards.

                              I did a search on the Canada board for a dozen related keywords over the last 5 years (northwest territories, nwt, yellowknife, whitehorse, nunavut, etc.) and found a grand total of a *single* post asking about chow in any of the Territories. So I'm quite sure you won't be overwhelmed by Territories-related posts over on the BC board - I really wouldn't worry too much about it.

                            3. Here is the reply from Jacquilynne, the Community Manager, regarding the rationale behind this specific category, in case you did not see it on the other thread: