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Maybe it is time that the people of Whistler wake up and start asking questions.

Peter C. Alder



Over the past few months, teachers across the province have been engaged in a vigorous campaign to restore a democratic, representative College of Teachers. This campaign has received overwhelming support from public school teachers and has unified teachers in a way that few issues ever have before. Teachers believe that their fundamental legal rights and protections have been violated by the creation of this undemocratic institution, and as a result, asked the B.C. Supreme Court to rule on its legality. Regrettably, the Court dismissed our case in a terse ruling by Justice Stewart.

While this decision will be appealed, based on compelling legal reasons, it is important for members of the public to know that teachers would prefer to resolve this dispute through negotiation rather than litigation. Teachers will never accept an appointed, undemocratic College, particularly one which continues to pass bylaws that will profoundly affect teachers’ professional practice. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has made many attempts to settle this dispute, however, it remains unresolved. While the previous Minister of Education, Christy Clark, made a commitment in December to restore a democratic College, no legislation has been introduced to date, although the new Minister, Tom Christensen, has stated that he intends to honour this earlier commitment. We are hopeful that a scheduled meeting between Minister Christensen and BCTF leadership on March 30 th will result in meaningful progress on this issue.

We are urging members of the public, particularly parents, to write to your MLA, Ted Nebbeling, and Tom Christensen, Minister of Education, and encourage a resolution to this unnecessary dispute.

Carl Walker


Howe Sound Teachers’ Association


I have only recently discovered Whistler-Blackcomb and have been rapidly making up for all they wasted years ignoring her brilliance. I can strongly recommend that they retain their No.1 status, but for one experience.

At one of the larger eating establishments on Blackcomb Mountain, I was confronted by a badly misplaced vending apparatus in the men's washroom. What purpose does a male condom vending machine serve on this mountain? Is Intrawest trying to promote promiscuous intercourse on the slopes, in the trees or even in the washrooms?

I feel we are giving the youth of today the wrong message by making these devices so freely available. Clearly the days are gone when such things are only done in the sanctity of marriage, but who are we really trying to protect? Maybe I am just an old codger who should get with the times and also wear my ski pants down near my knees as seems to be the rage, but I feel this device is really misplaced and unwelcome.