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However, the accident has taken a toll on his body, and now he cannot snowboard, mountain bike, or BMX ever again. My heart goes out to the skier who lost his life last week, to his friend who lived, and to the families of both. I am very sorry for your losses.

I feel guilty that my brother has to suffer for my stupidity and inexperience, but I am happy he is alive. After reading about the story tonight, I am so grateful to still have my brother; he's the toughest kid I know. Please respect your limits, the terrain, and always wear a helmet, it saved his life. I believe we need to close this area in Whistler for good, perhaps a permanent fence, so that no more lives are lost.

Geoff Heather

Burnaby

Point of procedure

I have to take issue with Brian Bucholz on his recent letter to Pique. An official community plan (OCP) is a guideline and should be a fluid document that can change, given the proper process.

OCP amendments happen all the time and usually run with a zoning amendment. Both activities have to go to a public hearing. If council had to go to a full blown OCP review every time they wanted to do something, nothing would get done. However, it is a great excuse to use to slow things down. Sorry Brian.

Drew Meredith

Whistler

p class=Style1> Make some noise

Here we go again, folks! Forget what the bureaucrats tell us, higher assessments mean more taxes. And in the meantime, our mayor and councillors, in their infinite wisdom, have already announced taxes will rise by up to 15 per cent — partly to finance gold-plated "world-class" projects like the new library, some mind-boggling $11 million or so, almost 100 per cent over budget; and partly to cover a five year tax break to the "world-class" General Bullmoose of Whistler, Intrawest/Fortress. Anybody for a tax revolt?

Back to assessments — on checking, so far, about 20 per cent of 2007 sales records of 169 houses, I find 10 houses over-assessed and about an equal number under-assessed compared with the actual sales prices. Typically, lower-priced houses are assessed at 100 per cent or more while some higher-priced houses attract lower assessments, as much as up to $1.1 million lower than the actual sales price.

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