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You people at Eva Lake have a responsibility too. Speak up more often and more loudly. Go face to face with everybody involved, from councillor, to builder, to developer, to engineer, to anyone who will start the ball rolling to make things right. Embarrass them, if need be, to get help. Remember: These people have been getting rich off the opportunities that Whistler has to offer for a very long time. They made money off the residents of Eva Lake who have now become unfortunate victims. And, they continue to make money... and for some… lots of money… while the poor employees struggle.
Personally, I do not want to see the Rainbow Lands final approval for development until the Eva Lake issue had been resolved. Thank you and good luck.
Global lessons for Whistler
While interviewed by World Chronicle (a program by the United Nations) Jamal Saghir, World Bank’s Director of the Energy and Water Department stated: "… we all came to the conclusion (that) at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who delivers the service – as long as you can deliver efficient, affordable, quality, low cost service…" Earlier though, he declared: "What we have seen during history, even from earlier days – is that those countries, those civilizations that were able to build infrastructure, were able to manage these infrastructures, were able to put some drainage system in, were able to create growth, and relative prosperity followed."
Though a basic human right, the delivery and treatment of water and wastewater must be cost-efficient. In developing societies, "importing" suppliers is sensible, so locals are trained – and eventually these communities can self-manage their plants. However, in Whistler, I doubt that suitable professionals can’t be found to work with the municipality. Consultants can be hired to improve efficiency. It beats partnering with a private (and perhaps international) corporation.
Veolia Water, Kinder-Morgan and Epcor Utilities (three of the corporations short-listed) are publicly traded companies. Rather than guaranteeing our well-being, their shareholders’ satisfaction will be their top priority.
RMOW, please keep public the management of our wastewater treatment plant. The transcript of the U.N. World Chronicle interview is available in the Sustainability News section of SustainableReview.com.
Should we withhold zoning?
I liked G.D. Maxwell’s image of Whistler and the Olympics as a dog chasing a bus and once catching it not knowing what to do with it. This image has stuck with me every time I think about our Olympic legacies. It was my understanding that we would participate in the bid process providing our original guiding principles were adhered to, and we were going to secure significant legacies if the bid was successful. We now have modified guiding principles and a multi-party agreement that spells out what the legacies might or might not be. Left out completely are financial tools and boundary expansion. The proposed Paralympics arena is anywhere between $15 and $35 million short on funding, the athletes village is $20 million short for servicing costs alone.