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Donna Savage

Coordinator, Whistler Volunteer HomeStay Host Program

Concerns creeping to forefront

Previously behind the scenes development projects in Pemberton are now creeping into the forefront (or at least hosting parties).

For the past few months I have watched truckloads of fill go down beautiful new "private" roads, past the resurrected barn and the nicely polished Riverlands sign on Pemberton Meadows Road. The Riverlands represents a huge parcel of land (1,240 acres) including river frontage, composed almost entirely of land considered Crown or Agricultural Land Reserve. Concurrently, the village is trying to extend its boundaries (thereby removing Crown or ALR limitations on development). If this fails then "Crown Land is the best for development".

First Nations issues aside, the Crown land neighbouring Lillooet River (or any river for that matter) represents an important riparian boundary that protects water quality, fish habitat, sediment loads etc. — this land should never be developed.

It is equally appalling that the associated ALR land is largely being promoted as "equestrian". From my experience this is some of the most fertile soil around (or maybe on the planet) and should be used for growing food, not horses. The last time I checked, most Canadians don't eat horses.

Converting our wild and agricultural lands into giant luxury developments held by international hedge funds (Kuvera Capital) is unacceptable. I am not sure whether the development is finalized, or how many deals have already been signed with representatives from New York, London and Dubai, but was wondering if anyone has similar concerns, or if they can ease mine.

Judi Krzyzanowski

Pemberton

A loving environment

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the gifts we have received and bring into our consciousness the kindness and generosity of others. The Alta Lake School has had a busy couple of months of events and we'd like to recognize those who have been so helpful.

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