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Best of Whistler 2011



Recent events show that democracy is a funny thing.

For example, Canada is majority ruled by a party that received only two out of five votes in the May 2 federal election, while almost four in 10 Canadians didn't bother to vote at all. Put another way, less than a quarter of eligible voters decided who would form government this time around.

In B.C., Christy Clark became the leader of the province through a party leadership election before she was even elected to the Legislature through a byelection — narrowly winning a supposedly "safe" seat. What would have happened if she lost? She may have had to ask another MLA to step down and run again or call a general election.

And in November, Whistler recently voted out our entire incumbent council, from the mayor on down — the first time that's happened in the history of this town.

Pique's annual Best of Whistler issue is a form of democracy of sorts — people vote, we tabulate and the winners are recognized in the community and feted in our paper. Readers get some ideas where to eat and shop, what to do, and learn a something about our mountain town.

Our intention was never to create a definitive ranking system for the resort, just a guide to let people know about what's out there. If it encourages people and businesses in town to raise their games to another level, so much the better for all of us.

This year might be our most democratic poll yet with over 1,700 people responding. Nobody answered every question on the survey, but in a lot of cases the winners were decided by some pretty large numbers. Some questions had almost 1,300 responses.

So congratulations to all the winners and back slaps to those that didn't win. There's always next year.


Best Example of Whistler Architecture

It may not be open every day like we hoped it was going to be — closed on Sunday's now due to — what else — budgetary pressures, but that doesn't mean we don't love our library . We were once very worried about this library. Is it too big for Whistler? Is it too grand? Did it need a living roof and massive timber framing? Did it need to be LEED gold? How much of a premium was that designation? But now that the $12 million is spent, the ever-rising library budget story, which was fodder for the Pique for years, is but a distant memory.

Just before the library opened, and at a request of another increase to the budget, then-mayor Ken Melamed said:

"There are a large number of people in the community that are looking forward to this project... It is a costly investment, but it is a significant investment."