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Get a grip, folks. The Muni is not the devil. Intrawest is not the devil. Let’s face it, there are lots of resorts with crappy amenities, dying or industrial towns, and average skiing out there. They are praying to get anyone to build anything, let alone the type of development we have here. But the cost of living is low (if you can get a job), the skiing will be great, that is if they ever develop it (but you can hike). Oh yeah, and the housing is affordable….

Laura Scully

Whistler, B.C./Mont-Tremblant, Québec

 

Re: "New business plan tackles challenging tourism environment, by Alison Taylor, Pique March 26 th , 2004

The dollar-driven mission of Tourism Whistler plans to drop "two traditional festivals," Oktoberfest and the Jazz and Blues Festival, while on the other hand, the word "sustainability" is on everyone's breath. If these festivals did not incur losses, they still provided jobs, entertained the locals as well as visitors, and upheld tradition and culture-based entertainment. What a pity to erase them in favour of events "to drive room nights." This is obviously important and most events must keep this is the forefront given the capacity of Whistler, but surely some room must be left in the calendar for tradition. Does this not chop at the heart of the Whistler community, and have an alienating effect? An exclusively dollar-driven mission may very well endanger that very sustainability.

Another buzz word is "balance," we seem too often to lack it.

Ruth Tubbesing

Whistler/Vancouver

 

Hydrogen… the saviour?

Congratulations for the work for the Hydrogen Highway! It is great to see more and more initiatives popping up all over town, such as the Speaker Series, Green Houses, and now the Hydrogen Highway.

Fuel cells and hydrogen are perhaps a very important step towards a more sustainable community and society. One hopes, however, that the amazing feats demonstrated in hydrogen fuel cells is able carry over to the other external costs borne on society by private automobile traffic; noise, accidents, land use for roads, salt, construction, traffic jams, material use, and reduction of community capital. For if the push for fuel cells doesn’t accompany other changes, we may end up witnessing increases in those other costs well into the future. Why?