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Still looking

Eight months, hundreds of calls, hours of scouring the classifieds... And still no luck. What has become of the accommodation in this town, when a young guy who always offers hundreds on top of an asking price STILL has nowhere to live?

I've been told "We're looking for professionals". Apparantly a professional driver (I drive taxis) doesn't count. Just today I went for a viewing and was told it was still available. However, once I arrived and the landlord realized my age, she told me she had already promised it to somebody else. I offered my references and she said "Oh... you really don't want to give me all that information.” This is after offering $1,500 on an $1,100/month unit, and a full month’s damage deposit.

I go to every viewing with a great attitude, offer a larger damage deposit for assurance, and have references ready. Only one landlord has ever even called my references, out of at least 30 places I have gone to see.

If anyone reading this is renting out a unit, please don't just SAY you don't discriminate based on age since it is against the law. Take it one step further and actually call everyone’s references, and base your decision not just on your visual impression of the person.

If you have a unit for rent, don't hesitate to call.

Adam Skelly

Whistler

School support heartwarming

In reference to Linda McGaw’s letter of Aug.30, “Parking lot politics rebuked”, Ms. McGaw’s support for our local schools is heartwarming.

Our children graduated from Whistler Secondary School, one in 2001 the other in 2004, after our family moved to Whistler in 1997. They have both gone on to finish post secondary school and are now back working in Whistler in their chosen fields.

During the ups and downs of high school life the staff at WSS was supportive and sensitive and the door was always open for any of us to voice our concerns. Both our children feel they had an advantage being in a small school because their teachers knew them well and they never felt like they were just one of many.

It is wonderful to run into one of their teachers on the chairlift, at the grocery store, at a fundraiser and they are still interested in their past students. In fact my son still gets a birthday e-mail from one of his favourite teachers.

The staff of our schools embrace the healthy Whistler lifestyle and we should be thankful that they work, live and volunteer in our community.

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