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Letters to the Editor for the week of March 29th, 2012

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I am asking anyone who has an interest in the arts be it visual, literary, performance, fashion or any other medium please come out to an informal meet-and-great session on April 3 at the GLC (8 p.m.) to share your ideas on how to help the events we produce work better for you and for the community as a whole.

This is not a stuffy lecture or a boring sit down meeting. It will be a great opportunity to meet other artists in the community and to help us ensure that arts and culture in the Sea to Sky flourishes, not only locally, but also on the world stage as well.

I really hope to see you all there. Art is my life and the community of Whistler has always felt like home. Let's get together and build on the many years of the Whistler Arts Council's hard work and success.

P.S. Punch and Pie!

Chili Thom

Brackendale

A local's dream of fresh air

This letter is in response to Mike Roberts, yet another member of Whistler's community that doesn't seem to grasp the whole story of the asphalt situation at Cheakamus Crossing. (Pique March 22 Page 20 article 7.4c of my disclosure statement (dated Oct7, 2008) reads: "The development is adjacent to an operational asphalt and gravel facility which may create associated noise, dust, odours and activity. The Municipality is currently discussing the possibility of relocating the asphalt operation with the owner of the asphalt and gravel facility."

First and foremost, when buyers had an opportunity to visit the site it was under very strict circumstances (due to Olympic security) and coincidentally the plant was not operating during either open house visits. No one could really understand the level of toxic fumes belching into the neighbourhood.

"...Associated noise, dust, odours and activity," comes nowhere near close to describing how intense the smoke and toxic fumes are spewing into our neighbourhood. If my disclosure statement reflected reality and stated, "noise and fumes like a revving diesel 18-wheeler, three feet from your head," (no I'm not exaggerating) then I probably wouldn't have signed on the dotted line and paid my first deposit.

When the neighbourhood found out that, "discussing the possibility of relocating" was a muni euphuism for, "move a little bit over there so we can legally sell one lot and give the operator rights to more land," Cheakamus Crossing (led by Tim Koshul) felt compelled to call this injustice to light and tell everyone in the valley how wrong the municipality's approach was. No one can really understand why the plant could stay here when almost all of its staff commute here from Squamish, and all of the materials made into asphalt are actually trucked in from the other quarry, which Mr. Silveri has part ownership of, just north of the Green Lake turn-off.