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The price of a sustainable Canada Day

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The Canada Day Parade is going “green” with a theme of Sport, Culture and Sustainability. That means no motorized floats will be allowed in the parade.

To me, Canada Day is a birthday celebration and does not need a new theme or the ban on motorized floats. Historically July 1, has been celebrated across the nation with parades, social events, and entertainment venues. It is a celebration of the birth of this nation; Canadian accomplishments; the people who built it; and the diverse cultures of the citizens that make up Canada. Earth Day has already had its annual dedicated celebration and we are reminded and encouraged daily to practice the initiatives of going “green.” Our family participates in many of the initiatives and is committed to sustainability.

For the past 22 years our family has cycled into the village to participate and enjoy the Canada Day Parade. In its infancy the parade lasted only a few minutes, with very few floats and groups participating and even fewer viewing the celebration. It has now grown to include many local entries: boy scouts, sports organizations, equestrian clubs, service groups, local businesses, emergency services, and transit services — some motorized, some on foot. It has also attracted outside communities and organizations to participate and be part of this celebration. The parade has become a highlight, lasting 45 minutes, and enjoyed by many locals and visitors.

Now you want to ban the dreaded motorized vehicles that are showcased in our village one day a year. Our Whistler fire trucks, our WAVE transit buses, our citizens showing off their antique cars, and cool motorcycles, our local business vehicles, and of course the dressed up truck carrying the Longhorn dancers. All proud citizens celebrating Canadian heritage and having the opportunity to remind everyone how fortunate we are.

I don’t want to rain on your parade, but what ever happened to the saying “everything in moderation?” Let’s be practical and not destroy past traditions.

Maybe it’s just the kid in me, and we will likely car pool to Vancouver, where we can watch the Vancouver fire boats in action; the Mars water bombers; hovercrafts simulating rescues; and other amazing reasons to celebrate being Canadian. Likely they will still allow candles on the celebration cake and later, fireworks.

Glenn Bayliss

Whistler resident and proud Canadian

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