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• Why are financial tools and boundary expansion not part of the multi-party agreement if they were considered legacies at the time of the bid?
• Why is there any talk of a referendum to borrow money to pay for the Paralympics arena? Should it not be a paid for as a legacy with the operation costs funded?
• Should we withhold land zoning for Olympic venues until we have our legacies sorted out and see what additional funds the federal and provincial governments might be adding to the Olympic pot?
• What other measures might council take to insure the significant legacies are delivered and that Whistler is not debt burdened as promised in the original guiding principles?
I realize that some council members might question this harder line of thinking and the timing of it. I ask if not now when is it time to draw the line?
Oh how nice it would be to have had the foresight to accept the invitation to host the World Economic Forum every second January.
Unfortunately, the people in power at the time and many others in the community thought it was beneath Whistler to have such a meeting here. The arguments ranged from "They will take away skier hotel rooms during a very busy time" to "We don't need the capitalist scum here."
Well I bet that those same people would welcome the 1,000 international business leaders, heads of state and movie stars with open arms this week. Not to mention the international media that follow the show.
The television footage on BBC World could have showed Whistler in blue sky and sunshine with fresh powder, instead of Davos, Switzerland.
Whistler thought it was just too good and far too busy to accept the invitation. We had better not make the same kind of stupid mistake again. Pride and ego just won't pay the bills the same way a good business deal will, and collectively Whistler has a lot of bills to pay right now, and lots of empty hotel rooms.
Where will it end?
Since I haven't skied at Whistler for some time I was looking forward to a day on the slopes with my six-year-old son a week ago Saturday. Knowing that the mountain promoted a safe environment and that mountain safety personnel would be out and about, I felt a degree of confidence in taking my young son with me.
I've never been more wrong! Every run we chose, we were threatened by young boarders who seemed to think they owned the mountain. Slow zones, forget it. They could care less. Try Pony Trail, where a group of skiers froze as seven boarders peeled off Orange Peel, through a rope fence at an incredible speed, not once looking uphill to check for other skiers as they took hits up to the Tree Fort. Bear Cub, I felt, must be better, if for no other reason than its name. Don't try it, you risk someone landing on your head as the hits and jumps became higher and higher.