Whistlers Natural Mis-step
Before the advent of the Re-Use-It Centre in Function Junction, recycling-minded folk would leave their reusable items outside the dumpster. This was done in hope that another could appreciate the gold in their garbage. Whether these items were claimed by a person or the weather was purely chance.
Albeit decades late, now we have the Re-Use-It Centre that gives our household possessions that last chance at eluding the landfill. Purchasing used items is not only good for the charities the centre represents, but it also frees us from big businesss circle of supply and demand.
The success of reusing household goods leads to another great need in our community and that is for a centre for used building supplies and used appliances. From the small renovation to the construction of one of the major hotels, trades people often have no recourse for the excesses of these items but to toss them in the dumpster.
When scavenging at the dump was banned we overlooked another method of recycling. And now that Whistler plans to ship its garbage out of this valley we will be inevitably dropping our problem onto another community. Dumping fully operative stoves, fridges, sinks, toilets, bath tubs along with left over building supplies is far from making good on our promise of sustainability.
Dumping goods elsewhere, Whistler's Natural Mis-Step.
The recent world championships weather meltdown has brought me to suggest a new way to promote Whistler Valley to its visitors. I believe the old cliché goes "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This should be taken quite literally and I for one would like to see a new promotional drink dispenser placed in the middle of Mountain Square so Whistler guests can stroll by after spending the day upon the ski hill and receive a free drink. However, instead of getting cups of lemonade, they can receive warm Tropical Punch and icy Slushies. Its what theyre getting anyway.
Voter apathy at the 2004 federal election was a hot topic why didnt young people head to the polls? Their cynicism, that there isnt any point, that the government doesnt listen to the people anyway, could be well founded. However, recent events have recharged my faith that our participatory democracy, at least at a local level, is working.
The SLRD board voted on Jan. 11 on the Ashlu IPP, and I commend them on making a difficult decision in the face of lobbying from Ledcor, Kiewit, the Squamish First Nation, and the Minister of Sustainable Resource Management.