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The hostel also raised important funds for many local charities including the Whistler Food Bank.
We would also like to thank our neighbours on Alta Lake Road. The building opened as a fishing lodge in the 1960s before officially opening as a hostel on July 20, 1973. When the hostel opened there were just three chairlifts, located at Creekside, and Whistler Village was just a dream.
Today, the new 188-bed hostel will become a flagship property for Hostelling International Canada and will feature a café, television room, dining area, lounge and large kitchen.
The last staff members at Alta Lake also wish the new team at Cheakamus Crossing the best of luck with their new operation.
Forgiveness granted and praise given
Top hat off to Max for accepting the fact that previous articles regarding the asphalt plant at Cheakamus did not accurately reflect either the gravity of the situation or what is, in my opinion, the immensely deplorable conduct of the municipal council.
This is neither the space nor the time to detail council's lack of sound judgment and failure to follow the simplest rules of, in my view, fair and honest conduct.
The only issue is the fact that the asphalt plant is not compatible with the existence of the new community. It must be moved. Moving it means a minimum of five kilometres, not metres. The agreement to shunt it metres behind a hill is not just absurd, it is an insult to intelligent voters. It has the appearance of a stinking, cooked deal and of pandering to the paving company.
The discontent of voters is growing and will soon spill over to environmental and public interest groups.
Each of the plethora of issues including conflicts of interest, failure to disclose, negligence, misrepresentation and more, will be scrutinized in detail by objective parties.
There are two reasons that Max's mea culpa is important. First, it takes a great man to admit his errors and seek forgiveness; it takes a greater man to do so in print, and especially so when that person is a journalist. That shows strength of character and indicates a person who puts truth before pride.
The second reason is that it sets an example for others to follow.
Council should do so.
They should do so of their own volition. The public will not only forgive them, but council will earn back respect for admitting their transgressions. Those include a cornucopia of failings, including but not restricted to false information, misleading statements, and lack of transparency used to enter into an agreement which overwhelmingly favours and will ultimately enrich a third party. All of these blunders and inappropriate actions are of Olympic proportions.