Born in 1941
– do the math!
artist – what else with a name like mine. “Want to buy an original?”
Last book read:
Edge of Never
by William A. Kerig, the story of Trevor Petersen and
his son Kye, a must for every Whistler skier’s bookshelf — “Trevor would
What music are you listening to these days?
Chuck Berry — Riding along in my automobile…
Favorite recreational pursuits:
The menu of the day, be it hard plate snowboarding, downhill skiing,
cross country skate skiing, mountain biking, road biking, hiking and scouting
for new images to paint.
1. Why are you running for council?
This is my 40
year of living the “Whistler Dream”.
I have always tried to give back to this community, either as a volunteer or in
my profession as a broadcaster and teacher. Now I hope to be fortunate enough
to help others share that dream by improving upon local governance to ensure
that their dream and mine continues to improve. I have a unique skill set which
will stand me in very good stead around the council table — empirical
knowledge, the ability to think critically, strong communication and
motivational skills and a very good team player.
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
In order to balance a budget we must obviously not spend more
than the incoming revenues. This requires reviewing programs, setting
priorities and making tough decisions where necessary to cut or reduce those
programs deemed to be of lower priority. Setting priorities must be matched
with strong initiatives to ensure that we have a healthy business community
that attracts heads in beds, fills our restaurants, health spas, stores,
galleries and a vibrant night life — successful Whistler businesses means
healthy revenues to the resort.
3. What other important issues does Whistler face in the next
Paramount is the issue of short-term employee housing. Forty
years ago I slept on a floor my first night in Whistler and today that trend
continues for many seasonal employees. There is a fluctuating pool of front
line employees who every year are unable to meet one of the fundamental human
needs — shelter.
4. What needs to be done to address those issues?
Examine current zoning bylaws for possible changes to allow
more employee suites and in-fill construction.
Revisit the recent allocation of over 300 additional temporary
units at Cheakamus Crossing by VANOC and the province. They could be purchased
by local businesses (similar to the Phoenix proposal) and the money used to
purchase replacement buildings for the original distribution around the
province after the Olympics (this would eliminate many costs associated with
moving buildings in and out of Whistler and infrastructure construction).
Examine the use of land bank lands at Cheakamus Crossing or
other possible locations for creation of dormitory style accommodation for
Facilitate appropriate meetings with business leaders and developers to identify the impediments and formulate solutions to providing short-term employee housing.