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Can't be long now, can it?

Mark Grist

North Vancouver/Nelson

 

Enough with signs, negative opinions

I propose to my fellow whistler property owners that the municipality bylaws department ban "real estate for sale" signs in the valley. Subject say to a review in two years. Too many for sale signs is not in our best interest. Two of Whistler’s best selling subdivisions implementation of this rule has proven it successful. Whistler real estate is a better buy now than ever if you look at what’s happened to rest of the province. I would think it’s also a good draft free hedge for Americans faced with a prospect of sliding currency.

I also request of the press to refrain from publishing negative opinion pieces, be they letters or staff articles, regarding Americans. It is very bad style to verbally assault someone who is already under attack. There are many other Whistler issues I would rather read about. I am tired of being embarrassed by the negative opinion crap that is printed in the local papers nowadays. Public bad attitude is not good for the resort. Please clean up your act, Pique. Thanks very much from all of us.

Bruce MacDonald

Whistler

 

Do airports make sense?

I have operated an air service in Whistler for 20 years and during that time there have been several studies done regarding air service in this corridor. None of the consultants hired to do these studies have ever asked for my opinion so I guess I will just have to volunteer it.

A little history is in order. The Pemberton airport was started by a group of locals who liked to fly and had access to heavy equipment (i.e. loggers). They selected an area that was close to town, that had the only flat land not used as farm land and that worked for the small aircraft they used. It was an island sandwiched between the Green and Lillooet rivers at the base of Mount Currie. In the early to mid-80s, as Whistler was just beginning its growth spurt, a plan was hatched to make this local grass strip "Whistler's" airport. Local politicians convinced Ottawa politicians that Pemberton was a good location to showcase the newly created and government subsidized Dehavilland Dash 7 aircraft as well as the new Microwave Landing System developed by Micronav of Sydney, Nova Scotia, also a heavily subsidized entity. Air B.C. at the time was an initial purchaser of the Dash 7 and was brought into the plan. Five Million tax dollars later reality set in. After a few years of trying, they couldn't get the Microwave Landing System to operate properly in the mountains and in any event new satellite technology was making it obsolete even before it got started. About the same time Air B.C. decided the Dash 7 was a dog of an aircraft and switched to Dash 8s. The wheels came off the wagon.