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For example, here are some facts from the Whistler Housing Needs Assessment Survey 2002 Report:
FACT - The proportion of employees living outside municipal boundaries continues to increase. During the winters of 1998-1999 and 1999-2000, employers reported that 80 per cent and 79 per cent of their employees lived in Whistler. This proportion dropped to 77 per cent in 2000-2001 and further fell to 75 per cent in the 2001-2002 winter season.
FACT - According to employers, the unavailability of affordable housing continues to be the main reason for employee shortages in Whistler.
FACT - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation defines affordability as 30 per cent of an individual's monthly income. Last years survey indicated that 48 per cent of Whistler employees spend over 30 per cent of their income on rent, and 22 per cent of employees pay over 40 per cent of their income on rent. Over 44 per cent of employees claimed that their rent is unaffordable.
Meanwhile council actually contemplates an option of accepting $6.5 million in community cash benefits for the library/museum capital campaign and to pay off the Millennium Place debt both of which to my understanding were not intended to come from public coffers. Dont forget the additional $5 million council already has offered to match the museum fund raising efforts! Now imagine that $6.5 million going towards helping the WHA achieve its goal what a concept!
I would also like to clarify that Im not just whining and waiting for council to do something. I am involved in a small local business. Last year we rented a two-bedroom townhome for staff housing, this year we have added a four-bedroom house. Our ratio of staff to subsidized housing is probably pretty high, I know that the mountains and a number of other employers also take housing very seriously; Im curious how the municipality as an employer measures up with their employee housing needs.
Steve, Tim, and all the others at the Whistler Housing Authority keep up the good work. If a position on the board ever becomes available give me a call.
I am the Ruth who came across and then decided to do something about the little lost "Soul" who was broken and suffering on the side of the road in Mount Currie (WAG advertisement, Oct. 4).
I drove by that dog once and convinced myself she was OK. I made my mind believe that she wasn't badly hurt and her family had her checked out and her body would heal. Hours passed and I was returning from my appointment and realized that no, she wasn't OK. The dog was in horrible pain and no one was going to help her, euthanasia or otherwise.