First off I need to state that I absolutely do not agree with the municipality's and the provincial government's plan to log old growth trees in Whistler. I agree that it does not make sense to do that in a destination like Whistler.
Now having said that I think Oly and the Fat Cats must be too fat indeed. I guess that they must be rich from some other means. It is a totally asinine idea to suggest a boycott on tourism in Whistler and I take offence to the idea of trying to damage my means of supporting myself. Every penny in the pocket of every man, woman and child living in Whistler comes from tourism in Whistler. Whistler does not even exist without tourism.
This plan hurts neither the municipality nor the provincial government but rather the hard working people of the town who rely on tourism as their way of life.
I suggest to Oly that you and your friends must be too fat to make such a suggestion and would urge you to find another means to fight this absurd idea of logging. Preferably in a way that affects the people who are responsible. It makes no sense to hurt people like Canadian ATV tours who are fighting the same fight as you. I assure you he relies on tourism to pay his bills and fight the fight.
An idea whose time has come
I am sure I'm not the first to think of this solution to our community forests, but after staring at the cut blocks around here for the last 30+ years I have often wondered why we couldn't cut long skinny slashes down the fall line!
As Michel Beaudry said last week, we need some new ideas to bring some life back into tiny town. Imagine human-powered, green, free, ski runs all around the area. The access roads would serve for the skinning up in the winter or riding up in the summer and the old growth areas could be gladed skiing as mother nature has already spaced the trees properly.
And we could hire locals to do the work, sell the wood as official Whistler ski run wood at a premium price and create a world class amenity to attract our much needed guests to fill our overbuilt town!
And who knows, maybe some competition will get the corporation to cut some new runs and lower lift tickets?
Do I need to start a petition?