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Although more than 50 per cent of British Columbia residents are opposed to the "gateway to global warming" pipeline, the pressure from the oil industry, the federal government, the Alberta government and other people who think this plan will provide lots of jobs and cash, is huge. Our own provincial government and the opposition are sitting on the fence. There is also resentment towards council's action in our own community, as was communicated by an editorial penned by a local lawyer in one of Whistler's newspapers this past week.
Make no mistake; transporting bitumen by pipeline or any other means is incredibly dangerous. Ask the people of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are experiencing a spill of almost a million gallons of diluted bitumen from an Enbridge pipeline into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Surprise, this stuff is extremely toxic and does not float. It has become part of the bottom sediment, killed the fish and the fumes have made the residents ill. The Kalamazoo community has no idea how to clean it up, neither does Calgary-based Enbridge or the EPA of the United States. One can only imagine the results of a spill of "dilBit" into a tributary of the Fraser River.
Let's stand up with our mayor and council Whistler and defend our environment.
It takes a community raise great kids
Students at Whistler Secondary enjoyed another great speaker last week. Sean Aiken presented his story "52 jobs in 52 weeks," (See story on pg.20) and captured the attention of the entire audience. The feedback from the students has been great, and his message about finding the passion in your life and turning it into to a career inspired many great questions. Sean was impressed with the articulate conversation he had with those who stayed behind to speak with him.
The Parent Advisory Council sponsored the event, but we would not have been able to bring Sean to Whistler without the generous support of Whistler Blackcomb, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Bearfoot Bistro. Thank you to these and other businesses that continue to support the students at the Whistler high school. We hear such great things about the students of Whistler Secondary as they make their way in the world, and this is due in part to the generous business community that continues to support our great school.
Caroline Jauvin and Stephanie Reesor
On behalf of the Whistler Secondary PAC
A big 'thank you' to the Whistler Adaptive Ski Program
I want to extend a huge thank you to the incredible staff and volunteers of the Whistler Adaptive Ski Program (WASP).