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Stuart Smith

Via e-mail


The Alta Lake School would like to thank all of those who attended the Tango Paradiso concert at MY Place on Valentine's Day. The musicians and dancers were splendid and the audience was equally enthusiastic and appreciative.

An advertisement and article in last week's Pique suggested that the concert was part of the Celebration 2010 Festival. In fact, the concert was put on by the Alta Lake School in conjunction with Millennium Place and had no affiliation with the 2010 Olympic bid.

Again, thanks to all those who attended and helped make it such a great event.

Peggy Vogler

President, The Alta Lake School


It has been said that if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.

The meeting of Lions Bay "next-to-the-highway folks," Feb. 11, 2003, summed as an "ad hoc" group, never really happened. Instead, the session was orchestrated by members of the community advisory group, recently appointed by the village council, who engaged in tactics that obfuscated the announced intention and allowed for little more that the sharing of diverse opinions in an open forum. Moreover, the attention given immediate concerns all but eclipsed long-range considerations. Most, if not all, immediate concerns voiced (safety, noise, exhaust fumes, etc.), can be solved without building a four-lane highway; constructing a four-lane highway only adds a number of critical and largely intractable long-range problems.

Either we have wimps as leaders, or our leaders have, for political reasons, already sold out to the "powers that be" (read Victoria, Whistler and the Olympic Committees). Lions Bay is one blunder away from oblivion. Yet we are summoned to submit individual suggestions regarding proposed "improvements" – a procedure that inevitably obscures the ultimate carnage we face. Leadership demands vision, courage, passion and commitment. Leaders need to risk leading if they expect anyone to follow.

Is no one willing to stand up for the future destiny of our vulnerable village? Is no one willing to uphold the historic and scenic value of the Sea-to-Sky? Has the alternative inland route so desperately needed in our times, and for years touted as the best option, simply been deleted from the screen of possibility? Postponed only to be constructed later, after what we now have has been destroyed? Long-term considerations are as significant as immediate needs; ignored now they will only rise to haunt us later.