Name: Amar Varma
Campaign slogan: Affordability
Volunteerism: Whistler-Blackcomb Mountain Safety Volunteer 2001-02
Other hobbies: Hiking, Canoeing, Sailing
Web site: www.listen.to/amar
Last book read: Time is An Illusion by Chris Griscom
Why are you running for council?
I want to live here hopefully for the rest of my life and I want the community to grow in a good way so its affordable. It should be a place where people who work here can live here because thats what I want to do.
A lot of people have left Whistler because of the lack of affordability. They have to move to Pemberton. If they cash out on their houses, they cant buy back here.
If we keep going on this cycle basically most of the people that built the community, that are the heart and soul of the community, are going to be gone. All youre going to have is that transient workforce that comes here for two or three years, if that, and leaves and the soul will be gone.
To me, the soul encompasses the people that made Whistler from the early 80s, late 70s and 60s, all of those people are the soul. In the 90s a lot of people came up and they too are the soul. People in the service industry and the transient population also make up the colour and the soul. They are all part of the whole process. But if we keep going, those people will have to leave and only the people with lots of money can live here.
Im running because I want to create an atmosphere and find strategies to keep the soul of this community here.
What are the major accomplishments of council since the last election?
I personally think the council did a good job in getting all the Olympic legacies that they did get and I support them for doing that. I applaud them. Itll put Whistler on the world stage even better than it is now.
This is also the same council that basically started the WHA (Whistler Housing Authority) and thats a good start. I support that concept. They have created additional living spaces, which should bring down or hold down some prices.
Still, there is more to be done. Were not done yet.
What are the major failures of council since the last election?
I have very little negative to say about anybody.