A young 54
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Last book read:
John A. a biography of Canada's first prime minister and the genius on our $10
What music are you listening to these days?
Music that I sing and play on guitar. It includes:
The Searchers, The Band, Johnny Cash, The Turtles, The Stones, Tom Petty and
Favourite recreational pursuits:
Riding my ancient hard-tail around town, disc golf, reading, writing
and jamming on guitar with friends.
1. Why are you running for mayor?
The current mayor and council have lost the confidence of the
community to act in our best interest. I'm running for mayor to extend my
experience of organizing business leaders to direct municipal government into
actually being in municipal government.
2. Given that revenue from development is declining and the
municipality is more dependent on hotel tax revenue at a time of economic
uncertainty, how do you propose the municipality balance its budgets the next
The next council will have to cut expenses until the world
financial crisis becomes clearer. We cannot continue spending taxpayer money as
we have been. It's part of what led to the current lack of confidence. Whistler
needs a larger share of hotel tax revenue until the economy stabilizes. This
point needs to be driven home with the provincial government.
3. What other important issues does Whistler face in the
next three years?
1. Employee Accommodation is our #1 issue. On top of the collapse
of the Phoenix Project, which would have provided accommodation for seasonal
employees, many long-term residents are being blatantly evicted from their
apartments in advance of the Olympics.
2. Day care is a major issue for young families in Whistler who
are already struggling with the expense of living here.
3. In the opinion of many guests of Whistler, our arts and
culture do not meet with their expectations for the #1 alpine resort in North