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I lived overseas for a couple years and learned German in three months due to the knowledge I had to conjugate verbs and put sentences together in a way slightly different from English.
It is an opportunity not a hindrance and I'm truly surprised that it was not passed by the (School) Board. I am speaking French to my kids now in the hopes of them being in a French program when they go to school. Ideally earlier than grade 5 or 6. I hope this program is accepted. As I mentioned before, I think it's the best educational gift we can give our kids.
Leash your dogs
Whistler, like most every area in our country, has a leash law for dogs. Why I see so many people in this town walking their dogs off-leash baffles my mind.
It has nothing to do with how "good" your dog is. As I'm sure most everyone who partakes in this irresponsible behaviour believes his or her dog is God's gift from heaven.
We live in a town where large dogs, such as rottweilers, huskies, and wolf-crosses are very common.
That's not to say all these dogs are inherently dangerous, not by any means. However, all these dogs are large, and ANY dog when it feels threatened, or uncomfortable has a tendency to try and defend itself.
I have seen on far too many occasions an unleashed dog run up and, surely with every playful intention jump onto a leashed dog, only to be bit, and in some instances injured.
Why so many dog owners have not realized the danger not only from other dogs, but also from vehicles is something I can't quite wrap my head around.
I sincerely hope to see a change around this area as it's only a matter of time before a "friendly" and much loved, but never leashed dog runs up on the wrong leashed dog and suffers a serious, possibly life threatening injury in the process. Leash your dogs. Please.