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Remember the little guys

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Please urge your colleagues to initiate a master-plan for these independent power projects; to consider protecting certain rivers and watersheds because of their high competing values (recreation, tourism, wilderness, habitat) from IPP development (and thereby, protecting the proponents from the risk of spending significant sums to develop a project that is unacceptable to the region's residents); to empower the Environmental Assessment Office to review individual projects in the context of multi-river development; and to keep future energy as an asset of the people of B.C., not as a commodity that has been divided up, like the spoils of a great pillage, amongst private sector developers.

Lisa Richardson

Pemberton

Thanks from Waldorf School

The Whistler Waldorf School held its ninth annual Christmas Fair this past Saturday and amidst the freezing temperatures and icy winds, the holiday cheer and festive craft-making was enjoyed by many local families.

Thanks to the following businesses who graciously contributed to the wonderful success of our school fair: Nesters Market, Mountain FM, Whistler-Blackcomb, Pique Newsmagazine, Windsor Plywood, Sachi Sushi, Ziptrek Tours, Charlie Doyle Sign and Design, Whistler Happy Pets, Armchair Books, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Whistler Clearance Centre and Aphrodite's Organic Cafe and Pie Shop (Vancouver).  Jenn Raffler

Whistler

Globalists have it wrong

Further to Andrew Mitchell’s perceptive piece, “Car companies in trouble,” (Pique N Yer Interest, Nov 27), I agree that the Big Three U.S. auto makers should be bailed out. They were done in not so much by their supposed unimaginative incompetence but by the same globalist government policies that have turned America — once the world’s biggest creditor nation — into its biggest debtor nation. These policies included the practically duty-free auto imports from countries with lower labour, social and environmental standards, and the lack of U.S.-wide labour standards that have enabled foreign car makers like Toyota to set up non-union shop in the deep South at lower wages and fewer benefits.   Such policies meant grossly unfair competition for Detroit.

Inexplicably, successive U.S. administrations have allowed manufacturing — the sector that can best take advantage of technological advance to increase productivity and wages — to contract. As a result, the middle class that used to maintain demand, save to form capital, and be a solid tax base has been shrinking. After 30 years of globalization, Americans find themselves working more or less in a moribund service economy and going deeper in debt.

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