It is with great sadness and regret that I'm writing to say I will not be able to make it to Whistler this weekend as previously planned. I have been so looking forward to hosting the Whistler Olympic Plaza opening celebration and being in beautiful Whistler at the end of the summer. I was also looking forward to seeing my friends in Sam Roberts Band and Kathleen Edwards plus all the fantastic people that I was hoping to see at the scheduled meet and greet.
There are few things that would prevent me from attending your event and performing my promised duties as host. But sometimes this world works in unfair ways, and it turns out I shall need to be in Toronto this weekend.
As you know, yesterday morning (Aug. 22) we lost the great Canadian political leader and passionate advocate, Jack Layton.
Well Jack was a dear friend of mine whom I have known for over 20 years. Starting from when I was a teen he was an inspiration and someone who supported me and gave me guidance. In much more than just political ways, Jack took me under his wing and I learned a great deal from him.
He was also a tremendous supporter of the arts (he was in our first Moxy Fruvous video, "King of Spain" in 1992!) and I will not forget jamming with him at his house into the wee hours on his 50th birthday party back in 2000. He was a very special individual that touched my life very personally.
I'm sure you understand that I will want and need to be at Jack's funeral on Saturday in Toronto along with Olivia and his family and many, many mourners and people coming together to remember him.
Once again, please forgive me for not being able to make it to Whistler at this late notice. I do hope the invitation will be open for me to come to Whistler and take part in Olympic Plaza activities in the near future.
Jian Ghomeshi, CBC " Q" host
New rules may not be the answer
Buried in the back of the council packages over the last several months have been a stream of angry letters regarding proposed changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP). The letters are from owners of Phase I (properties that can be rented out to visitors, but are not required to be put into the rental pool) units, and come from around the world.
The issues in question are proposed policies in the Visitor Accommodation section of the draft OCP that would see owners of Phase I properties forced to offer the same services as full service hotels, such as front desk service, as well as (from paragraph 5.1.1), "concierge, 24-hour room service, turn down service, and other related services."