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Rather than mow down trees on Lot 1/9 why not design a building, or multiple buildings, around and even over the trees, in harmony with nature. This could be done easily and ingeniously and it would truly represent “design for a small planet”.

Wlodek Zara

Devine, B.C.

Eat ‘real’ fish

I would like to applaud our consumer and commercial community on its efforts to support local food producers. We need to take our food production back from the multinationals.

On Dec. 14 the prestigious journal Science published a study that shows that parasitic sea lice infestations caused by salmon farms are driving nearby populations of wild salmon toward extinction. The results show that the affected pink salmon populations have been rapidly declining for four years. The scientists expect a 99 per cent collapse in another four years, or two salmon generations, if the infestations continue.

As a “reformed” salmon farmer, this study once again shows me the damage that we are letting happen to our wild salmon stocks. Working currently as a fisheries tech on some of our local rivers, the cumulative damage is evident and quite depressing.

This brings me to my point. I am disturbed as of late to see feed-lot grown Atlantic salmon back on our retail shelves in Whistler. I know that there is a price point with this product; this draws the fish into some of our commercial kitchens. Should we save money at the cost of our wild stocks? Let’s save up and eat “real” fish.

Various types of aquaculture show various levels of sustainability. Open-net pen farming of a foreign salmon species shows none. We need to ask where our fish came from. We need to be responsible to our wild resource.

Greg Rebar

Whistler

HomeStay looking for beds

Following on the heels of the success of our Canadian women and men at recent World Cup races, I would like to present an opportunity for our community to support our athletes this February at the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships and the Telus Presents Whistler World Cup.

To make these races possible many event volunteers travel long distances (at their own expense) and these volunteers need accommodation. Please consider being a Whistler Volunteer HomeStay Host. If you can provide a bedroom and a few home comforts to an event volunteer, then you’ve got what it takes. We’re asking for a minimum four-night commitment between Jan. 30 and Feb. 26, with the majority of beds needed between Feb. 6 and 13 and Feb 18 to 24.

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