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Many thanks to Gary McDonnell for his letter last week pointing out that all buses from north of Whistler would terminate at Main Street during the Olympics.
I contacted B.C. Transit and RMOW to voice my concerns about this and B.C. Transit's response was that I could walk eight minutes to the gondolas or two minutes to a bus stop on Village Gate Boulevard. (I have not yet heard back from the Mayor's Office.) Obviously they have not based these times on someone wearing ski boots and carrying skis in order to go skiing! But that is what most people will be using the buses for... It is then more like 15 minutes and five minutes.
There is, however, an easy solution - lay on a shuttle service between Main Street and the gondolas! This should not take more than a couple of buses to run every couple of minutes, making transport much easier for those of us unfortunate enough to live north of Whistler!
I encourage you to write supporting this idea to Allison_Blythe@BCTransit.com and copy your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The spirit of Christmas
We would like to thank Richard Bastiaanson from Corix Corp. for helping us fix our flat last Tuesday night between Whistler and Pemberton.
He had just finished a late night shift at Green Lake Estates and was driving home when he saw our car pulled up at the Wedge turn-off with the flashers on. We had huge drifts of snow and it was quite impossible for my husband to fix the flat on his own.
Well, Richard pulled up, offered help to change the tire, politely chatted along, requested us to keep warm and within 30 minutes we were safely on our way home! What struck me about him was how carefully he conducted the change, and even waited till he was sure we had safely negotiated the icy turns on the spare tire.
Kudos to a good samaritan and a very mindful spirit, and a Merry Christmas.
Nidhi, Shankar, Ravi and Ram Raina
And a happy new year
What happens should Intrawest declare bankruptcy? Bloomberg news has reported that Intrawest was having difficulty making a half billion dollar loan payment due last week. Should bankruptcy be declared then the company's control moves to the creditors. In such a situation the lenders will seek to best secure Intrawest assets and grind as much cash out of the operation as possible.