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Four names added to ballot


Eighteen names running for six council positions, and two candidates running for mayor on Nov. 16

By Clare Ogilvie and Alison Taylor

The final tally of candidates running in this year’s municipal election has been bumped up to 20 with the addition of four new candidates before the deadline for submissions on Oct. 11.

Now all those candidates will have less than a month to campaign for election before voters go to the polls on Nov. 16.

Thirteen new candidates are challenging the current mayor and council.

All seven incumbents however, have announced they are up to the challenge.

There will be one challenger for mayor and 12 for council.

Four new council candidates submitted their nominations before last Friday’s deadline.

They are Rick André, Shane Bennett, Robert Calladine and Shelley Phelan.

Hearing another tale from a friend about losing their accommodation as winter approaches was the last straw for Esquires owner Rick André.

Last Friday he threw his name into the ring to run for council.

"A friend of mine was living in the Intrawest housing up on Blackcomb and he just got notice that he has to move out of there on the 20th so they can make room for their new staff," he said.

"Well in my personal opinion if they are paying rent there they shouldn’t be able to be booted out especially as long as they are working in town and not just fooling around.

"This is part of the problem here, that Intrawest does this and it gives us a bad reputation as a municipality.

"We need more housing built and more housing built with a cap on it for locals that work and live in Whistler."

But André, 25, isn’t convinced that creating a satellite village in the Callaghan, one of the proposed legacies of the Olympic Games in 2010, is the answer either.

"I think by doing that we are moving toward a model like Aspen, Colorado," he said.

"In my personal opinion it should be closer to the village because this is where they work, this is where they play, this is where they service the tourists, which is what Whistler is set up to do. And the closer they are to work the more affordable it is for the employees."

André is also outraged by the recent move by the municipality to put pay parking on Main Street.

"I chose that location two-and-a-half years ago because there was no pay parking," he said, adding that he even went as far as approaching the municipality to make sure there were no plans for pay parking.