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Letters to the Editor for the week of November 13th


In remembrance

For almost 20 years, I have had the great honour of helping to facilitate Whistler's Service of Remembrance.

Once again this year, the support, the emotion and the love for our armed services personnel was on display; it is beyond my ability to describe.

On behalf of the Whistler Remembrance Day Committee I want to thank the community of Whistler for its collective demonstration of commitment and understanding to the sacrifice made and the pain endured.

The outpouring of love and respect for those lost, and for our serving military members is beyond measure.

This years' Remembrance truly highlights the depth and power of the Whistler community spirit.

So many contribute so much to make this Remembrance possible.

Jacqui Tyler, Anne Townley, Jack Crompton and Rae McDonald offered such poignant, heartfelt letters from the front to family — thank you all.

Without the hard work and immeasurable support of Louise Buchholz, the service would not be possible.


Brian Buchholz

Facilitator, Whistler Service of Remembrance

Whistler economics 101

It's not my intention to insult the readers. For Dummies is a popular book series explaining different subjects and I wish to explain my view of the Whistler's economic model (using this idea).

I cannot claim any special scientific knowledge, but can claim credentials in graduating in macroeconomics and living in Whistler for eight years. This topic is an example what was not, but should have been vigorously discussed in this election.

Whistler's economic model is a monopolistic triumvirate of Whistler Blackcomb (WB) — with its monopoly of the ski hill, owners of the village retail spaces, and the RMOW, which with its restrictive policies protects this setup.

Another element is the semi-competitive, fairly high-priced (except for some off-season deals) tourist lodging capacities, for which it is trumpeted that Whistler has excessive capacity.

The RMOW is preventing full competitiveness with various restrictions on usage and bed limit.

This excessive capacity can be seen from two points. Suppliers and the RMOW maintain that there is too much supply and not enough demand — tourists.

But from the market view it means that prices are too high to find demand.

This does not necessarily mean that only lodging prices are too high. The lack of demand for lodging is caused by prices of WB ski passes, one of the highest in the world. Ski passes/tickets are one of the main components to be included in somebody's ski-vacation budget.

Also, there are no really cheap lodging options in Whistler. Businesses have to operate successfully to create profit. They can do this in two ways: They can maximize total overall profit, or they can maximize the profit rate.

In the first case, due to the force of the market, a business increases supply until the "last" unit sold brings no profit, marginal profit rate is zero but total profit is at maximum. An example could be Walmart.

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