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This is one commuter who is sadly throwing in the towel and heading off to the car dealers.
Council, shame on you.
Driven to apologize
Recently it came to my attention that some Whistler residents harbour considerable frustration, anger and possibly even fear towards the ignorant driving habits of non-locals in their communities. I admit that I have contributed to this problem in the past, and I would like to publicly and sincerely apologize to anyone who has been affected, and to assure him or her that I will not be conducting myself in any remotely similar manner in the future.
I hope that anyone subject to similar temptations who happens to read this letter might reconsider their driving habits and choose to conduct themselves with the same respect and consideration for Whistler and its neighbourhoods as they would if they were driving in their own hometowns.
More suggestions for dummies
Re: Dog Poo for Dummies ( Pique April 16)
Kudos to Michele for writing this piece in an environment where speaking against dogs is considered almost blasphemous. However, just admonishing people to pick up after their pets has and never will work, so I would propose more of a "tough love" approach to the problem.
Dog poos and you don't pick it up? $500 fine.
Dog off the leash and running through the neighbourhood unsupervised? First offense: $750 fine. Second offense; $1,500 fine. Third offense: you don't get your dog back as you have proved yourself to be an irresponsible owner.
The municipality could solve its cash flow problems and reduce the amount of their proposed tax increases and reduce wages on having people clean up after these animals and catch stray dogs. So far a win-win situation for all involved. Cleaner town, lower taxes and nobody's dog running loose where it shouldn't be.
Another way to raise municipal revenues, enforce the no bike riding bylaw in the village and make it stick. I figure if you can afford a $7,000-$8,000 bike, you can afford the $2,000 fine as well. From what I've seen personally, the bylaw officers let everyone off because they are their friends, roommates, etc. If you don't want to do your job, I am sure there are plenty of people who will take them and enforce the law like they are being paid for.