I spent the recent long weekend touring Whistler's real estate open houses. I was looking for re-decorating ideas and was not a potential buyer, as I explained to all the agents.
Everyone was polite, helpful, friendly and enthusiastic until I got a to a large new complex on Monday afternoon.
I walked in the open door of the display home, looked around the ground floor for 10 minutes and signed the guest book in the hall.
When I got to the second floor living room there were two women sitting on sofas reading magazines, and a dog. The dog said hello. I explained that I was only looking so one woman suggested that I look upstairs too, then went back to her magazine.
When I came down I asked how the five-week timeshare worked one woman stood up and explained it briefly to me. The other woman never budged from her sofa or said a word.
I asked if it was possible to rent your five-week timeshare and was told you could only rent it to other owners "to keep out the riff raff".
I should have asked for a definition of "riff raff" but was too shocked.
Is this the impression we want visitors to get of Whistler? Are we to be so exclusive that no "riff raff" is allowed? And who gets to define "riff raff"? Are they Jews, blacks, Indo and Chinese Canadians, or just people who don't drive a Lexus?
Whistler is already over-priced. If we drive out the colourful minority and the long time locals well end up rich, homogenized and DULL.
Re: An invitation to talk (Pique letters Aug. 13)
Rob McSkimming, please dont take B. Dovers remarks personally, he does not know you.
B. Dover is one of the many. He played his part by raising an issue. The answers do not lie within him; the answers lie within all of us.
This means, we must respect diversity! Yes the, "key to sustainability is diversity." David Suzuki.
It follows that on the one hand we need to allow people the opportunity to act freely and provide for their families. And on the other hand we need to protect our own interests. There is a balance here.
This balance may involve a process with plenty of manipulation and propaganda. It was said by a man on PBS News Hour that during the campaign for votes and customers there is much gloss and glitter about benefits for all. But at the end of the day, the benefits are typically for the individuals and not for the whole.