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Safety and security, education and the environment are also very important issues that will require tighter management and innovative problem solving.
Sustainability post the 2010 Olympic Games is an issue I strongly believe has not been properly developed and will require immediate consideration.
4. What needs to be done to address those issues?
The cause and effect of these issues is well known, and I believe new leadership and a fresh perspective will bring innovative solutions to the table.
The somewhat cliché but ever so alive issues such as housing shortages, affordability and spending require the local government to take full responsibility for their resolution. It can no longer handoff this burden to local business.
Other proactive initiatives such as investment in crime prevention (neighbourhood watch, citizens on patrol); development of youth activities; and the implementation of post-secondary academic ambitions could have a dramatic effect on community safety, housing and labour shortages. Drastic changes in our environmental principles — a ban on plastic-bags as a current example — fit well within Whistler’s world-class aspirations.
The delivery of the 2010 Olympic Games and the opportunities it presents will need to be approached within the constraints of our community’s sustainable future. We need to manage the commitments made to date and fully evaluate additional demands made on the community.