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Yellow, yellow (envelopes) everywhere and not a place to park. Sunday last the village was packed with people. The day parking lots were full, people were driving up and down waiting for someone to leave. The pay sites were full. The Marketplace lot was full and many, many cars had yellow violation envelopes on the windshields, slapped on the minute the two hours was up.

It is probably safe to assume that the owners were not in Squamish but out and about spending money in Whistler. We would like to call ourselves a destination resort but, at this time, on a holiday weekend there are thousands of day trippers here.

There is a two hour limit on parking; by the time they wander around the village, buy a couple of T-shirts, browse the book sale at IGA and have lunch two hours quickly speeds by. The memory they take home is of the $30 parking ticket. Thirty dollars they are not spending at Whistler shops.

It is not fair to the merchants to have the lot filled with day skiers, but two hour is way too little time. A little leniency would go a long way if the bylaw absolutely cannot be changed.

Sylvia Brandt

Whistler

 

This letter was in response to Brenda McLeod’s letter, published in Pique May 9.

The board has received your letter of April 30, 2003 concerning the proposed modified calendar. Thank you for taking the time to make your views known and providing suggestions to the board. The board has been struggling with the challenges of making decisions which result in improved student achievement. As you have pointed out in your letter, the financial resources provided to school districts have not kept pace with negotiated or legislated salary increases and inflationary pressures. This has meant that more than ever the budget process has been an exercise of attempting to establish the relative value of the various services provided both in and outside the classroom setting. Our process is still underway and has involved many considerations including:

• Reviewing the various programs and services offered in the district to ensure the board understands the scope of programs and services offered at each school and the support offered through the central office;

• Developing an understanding of the legal framework within which decisions have to be made (collective agreement requirements, School Act, Labour Code etc);

• Review of areas where service can be reduced with a view to keeping as many resources as possible in the classroom.;

• Review of areas where we could consider offering service in a different and more cost effective manner;

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