Wish I could help
There's at least one potential employee available this winter
that apparently no one will be able to hire. I'm a foreigner (from the U.S.)
who'd like to work in Whistler this winter — but I'm well past the upper
age limit for a working holiday permit. I'd like to apply for temporary work
visa but I need a job offer in hand in order to do that, and thus far no
employer is yet desperate enough to hazard that red-tape nightmare. What small
business could afford it?
To make it more difficult, I'm a skilled worker — but in
the semiconductor manufacturing industry, for which there is zero demand in
Do I mind washing dishes or making beds for $14 an hour? Not at
all. Will I work under the table? No. Make no mistake, I think Canada's
willingness to defend its jobs for its own people is admirable. If one can
judge, however, from the desperate clamor for employees all over Westerm
Canada, there are not enough Canadians to go around.
Sorry. Wish I could help. Just visiting, now.
A new perspective
Considering the time of year, it was great to see the village
really busy this past weekend, no doubt due in part to the free concert for the
2010 Paralympic Games Emblem. Whilst we couldn't make the concert, we heard
great feedback from those that did.
This Paralympic event was actually great timing as we had some
friends visiting from Vancouver and they wanted to do the typical thing —
dinner, drinks, clubbing.
We’ve lived in Whistler for many years, so doing the tour guide
thing is usually easy. But this time we couldn’t go to our favourite place as
there was no access for our friend who is a paraplegic. So we went to The Keg
for dinner (they have access via a round-about-way thru the hotel, back doors,
off the pool etc.). However, he couldn’t access the washroom, which is on a
middle level accessible by stairs only.
Then it was time for a few drinks after dinner, so we went to
Citta’s, which was easy to enter and the washroom was accessible. We wanted to
sit inside as the girls were cold, but that wasn’t an option because the
seating downstairs and inside is limited to high bar tables and chairs, not
conducive for someone in a wheelchair. So we went up to The Longhorn. Again
access was good, but it’d be impossible to wheel around the floor area to get a
table if they were busy and the washroom wasn’t an option.