This letter was addressed to mayor and council.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your acceptance of this addition to the petition which continues to express the convictions of the residents of Whistler in regards to the capital expenditure of $1.04 million on the municipal "portal".
I would also like to reiterate the point of my previous letter. It would be a shame if you only grasped the intention of the correspondence for a fleeting moment and then lost it.
The petition I am presenting and the concerns relayed to you in my previous letter are about a basic responsibility you, as an elected body, have to us as an electorate. That is to communicate the issues that are of substantial regard to the community in relation to spending and impact on quality of life to us in an honest and integral manner.
The last council meeting was rife with references to telephone surveys, which were conducted to quantify the views of the electorate on a variety of issues. I submit that the questions that were posed were extremely vague in both wording and intent. I make the observation because I was a participant in a survey that asked for opinions on municipal services and Internet services were discussed in this survey. At no point in the survey was the subject of budget or scope of the project discussed.
I can understand that the survey which was conducted in regards to the WEF could not specifically refer to the WEF itself, however I question whether the issues of the high security and the timing of the conference were presented to the participants in a manner that would allow them to make a valid answer to a posed question. This brings the integrity of the survey into question.
There have been comments made in letters to the editor and by council members referring to those who question the issues before us as nay sayers, fear mongers and Nimbyists. The reality is we are simply questioning issues that we have not been given any real information on. It is ignorance of the facts that creates and allows for fear and distrust. As councillor Wells stated in her comments, you have failed to communicate the facts with the people of Whistler. It is unfortunate that the motion to get input from the public via a public meeting was defeated immediately following this comment. If you give the people the information they need to make informed opinions then you will receive positive and constructive feedback from them.
Mayor OReilly had an excellent dissertation on the WEF conference in New York and the case for inviting the conference to Whistler. If this information had been available as soon as possible, instead of as a reaction to the letters and articles of opposition and a perceived preamble to the motion for an official invitation, the reaction to the news, and the motion, would have been much more informed.