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Letters to the editor for the week of June 6th


A request for corridor's new MLA

I'd like to congratulate my good friend Jordan Sturdy on his recent election to the legislature. I certainly didn't vote for him, but I know he won't take this personally, as he will know as much as anyone, that it wouldn't matter either way considering the huge electoral power block north of West Vancouver.

Regardless, what's done is done and I don't think you could ask for a better representative if you can for a moment ignore the albatross of the BC Liberal Party around his neck.

In fact, I understand and respect his integrity, motives and strategy for gaining his seat and look forward to his contribution. With this in mind I would like to request some immediate action on his part.

He may have noticed some concerns lately regarding run-of-river power projects. I think it would be timely to use the formidable communications apparatus now at his disposal to illustrate definitively — and in the Queen's English please — the precise rationale for the economic structuring of IPP power production in B.C.

As a guideline, seek to explain how it is to our benefit that we now purchase power at far greater rates than market price without putting BC Hydro at risk.

I find it strange that to date I cannot find a single statement to this effect from our provincial government.

There are, of course, many other issues surrounding these projects but for the sake of clarity and focus he should detail this first.

It should be noted that his predecessor Joan MacIntyre, and his federal compatriot John Weston, have tended to waste similar opportunities by inundating us with mountains of condescending unsubstantive hyperbolic propaganda.

I recommend that you avoid this tactic. If you were to demonstrate a degree of courage and respect for your constituents by actually providing useable information backed up by fact and logic you may find that your base of support will increase.

I look forward to your first mail out and each successive quarterly covering other pertinent topics in similar useful detail. Don't be afraid to take a few risks Jordan, unlike some.

Bruce Kay


Whistler's Dark Side

As an 11-year veteran working (overnight shift) at a village hotel, I wish to put my perspective on the happenings, after dark.

First and foremost, get some public all-night washrooms! The reputation of "Pisstler" is not solely based on the amount of rain we get. Night club restrooms are either inadequate or not available.

The town must create a safe, adequate environment for late-night patrons to relieve themselves.

It's time to stop turning a blind eye to this issue and face this problem head on. Once we can solve everyday issues then we can move onto bigger things.