As summer approaches (really, look at the calendar) and we head into the July-August political vacuum where few major decisions are made and public interest in issues is limited to vacations, soft ball and what books to read, we’re left to contemplate what we have learned these past 10 months and the enormity of what we still don’t know.
September to June is not only a school year, it’s the period when legislatures sit, when corporations make strategic decisions and, generally, when things get done.
Summer is a time for contemplation. And in Whistler there is one thing that dominates any thoughts about the future: the 2010 Olympic Games.
The Games are still three winters away but families, businesses, full- and part-time residents are all quietly mulling over their plans for February and March 2010, and they still don’t have enough information to make sound decisions.
There will always be questions, and it’s not always possible to provide answers, particularly 32 months prior to an event. But we would all have a better feel for the Olympics if, after a summer of contemplation, VANOC, RMOW, RCMP, IOC and other officials in the alphabet soup could answer some basic questions. Questions such as:
Will Whistler residents be able to drive to the village during the Olympics, and if so, will they be able to park in the village?
How many parking spots will there be?
What will it cost to park?
Will there be increased and/or free bus service around Whistler during the Games?
During the Olympics, will Whistler get any revenue from the day skier parking lots it now owns?
Where will all the buses bringing people from Squamish and Vancouver park after they get to Whistler?
Will corridor residents be allowed to drive up and down Highway 99 at any time of the day or night during the Olympics?
Will there be security checks on the highway?
Will there be security checks on the highway within Whistler?
Will there be an alternative to the highway, such as a train service?
Presumably there will be restricted zones around the Olympic venues and the athletes’ village. How far from the venues will those secured areas extend?
What sort of security check points will there be in the village and the underground parking entrances?
Will there be any restrictions on suppliers delivering to business during the Games?