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Please slow down and be considerate of our neighbourhood. Our animals and children play here and enjoy this usually quiet road for its safety as well as its beauty. Speeds of 60-100 km/h are unacceptable!

As summer arrives the road gets very dusty and at times there is no visibility, as well as a steady cloud of dust that engulfs our houses each time a vehicle flies by.

The next months are going to bring a lot more shuttlers and lake enthusiasts up our way so please drive safely and slowly, keep your eyes open for people and animals walking the road and enjoy your ride.

Victoria Downes

Pemberton

The world of possibilities

As we entered the new millennium, the modern world was marked by public expressions of uncertainty, insecurity and yearning for change. People no longer have confidence in the face of the future, and even the future itself has been brought into question. After a century in which capitalism, materialism, rationality, and globalization dominated modern lives, the new century before us presents an opportunity to consider new models for living and new visions of the future.

Imagine that our modern lives don’t come at the expense of our natural habitat and diversity of the creatures that live in it. Imagine that our resorts grew without limiting people’s access to the natural beauty. Imagine that we didn’t sacrifice the livability of many for the comfort of the few. Imagine that our law and politics are used to free people’s imagination instead of prohibiting it.

Whistler now has a chance to consider that alternative vision by getting involved in a Canadian Developmental Aid project in developing countries. It will be like a fresh start to build an ideal resort community in some foreign land. An ideal resort that is built by a legion of volunteers, who will be guided by a common vision of new world models. An ideal resort where public access to its natural beauty is not limited by expensive admission fees. An ideal resort where decisions on its marketing and growth strategy are not dominated by a big corporation’s agenda.

It is too late for us to do all of those things here, but it is not too late for the people in emerging resort communities. Our expertise and experience in developing a world resort should be used to improve the lives of the people who have guarded the lands for centuries, not to marginalize them. Call me Don Quixote or call me the village fool. I only try to see the world of possibilities through the eyes of our children.