Opinion » Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for the week of August 8th


Valley Trail courtesy

Let me paint a picture for you — a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon, walking along the Valley Trail with my four-legged companion. Oh, what a beautiful town this is in the summer, and who wouldn't want to enjoy a bike ride along these shared pedestrian and bike trails.

But since when did the courtesy of announcing "on your left" depart this respectful town? With seven bikes coming towards me, and two bikes coming up behind me, when did it become expected that I, as the pedestrian, get into the bushes to make space for all you cyclists to use the trail, and get past me all at once?

I like my shoulders thank you, and even more so, I like my four-legged companion, and would like to keep them all.

Please remember these valley trails are shared, and please remember to respect other people using them.

Samantha Royle


BBQ, sunshine and playgrounds! 

At the Canadian National BBQ Championships last weekend thousands of people were treated to award-winning BBQ flavours and great entertainment.

And throughout this fun-filled weekend, enough funds were raised to help the team at Playground Builders build another playground in Afghanistan!

Thank you to the 26 competitive teams who managed to feed thousands, while, at the same time, also competing for the Canadian National BBQ Championship. That's no easy task! For each tasty BBQ sample they provided to the public, a dollar was donated to Playground Builders.

Thank you to Whistler Blackcomb and Dusty's Bar & Grill, who go above and beyond to create a wonderful event that, for years, has always supported a local charity. Paul Street, Mike Varrin and Josh Kearns and their wealth of experience and generosity have created a fantastic fundraising event.

Another big thank you to Scotiabank Whistler. With their unwavering commitment to the many charities in our community, the Scotiabank staff not only came out both days to volunteer for Playground Builders, the Scotiabank Whistler branch matched each donation to a total of $5,000!

The entire Playground Builders team is so very grateful for the ongoing support of the entire Whistler community.

The Canadian National BBQ Champs happens every year at Dusty's on the August long weekend and we hope to see you there next year!

Playground Builders has built 134 playgrounds for children living in some of the world's most difficult areas. For more information about Playground Builders and how to donate please visit us at www.PlaygroundBuilders.org.

Kelly Hand

Executive director, Olive Branch Playground Builders Foundation