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For those who are interested in knowing more about the developers trying to build two golf courses, 25 ski lifts, 98 km of new road, a retail centre on Highway 99, and over 5,700 housing units for a projected population increase in Squamish of 22,000 — all on provincial Crown land around Cat and Brohm lakes and bordering Garibaldi Provincial Park just north of Squamish — take a look at www.savegaribaldi.org.

That's the website established by an independent, not-for-profit group of Squamish-based residents who are working to inform people about the development proposal Garibaldi at Squamish, and to ensure that the views and concerns of the people are heard by the developers and decision makers.

This past week, you had to make sure that you typed in the suffix .org though, because if you accidentally typed in the suffix .com or .ca (as I did), your web browser would have automatically redirected you to the proponents' Garibaldi at Squamish development website. This practice is commonly referred to as cybersquatting, which is defined as "the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names." It appears that after the owner of www.savegaribaldi.com and www.savegaribaldi.ca became aware that I submitted a letter to the editor revealing this cybersquatting, he immediately de-linked these website addresses. An Internet domain name search reveals that www.savegaribaldi.com and www.savegaribaldi.ca are websites registered to Squamish resident Gord Addison (this is a matter of public record), and were registered on Dec. 3, 2007, subsequently to www.savegaribaldi.org being posted on the Web. Mr. Addison is well known for doing consulting work for a variety of developers working on Squamish projects. At this point, Garibaldi at Squamish can do little more than ask to buy these website addresses from Mr. Addison.

Illegal action? Perhaps. Unethical practice? You decide.

Ron Enns


The wheels of the bus…..

Do the wheels of the bus go round and round? As a regular transit user for the past five years I have to say the system is broken. This year alone you can ride the bus for 30 days for a 10 ride pass. Or free most times due to the broken down equipment on every bus.

The last straw for me was when guests to Whistler had to put money into a bucket taped to the side of the cash box onboard a bus. While the regular riders got on for free because nothing works.

This is just the tip of the problem as the busses are filthy and over crowed and a lot have no heat or are too hot in the summer. As Whistler strives for all to ride transit the group responsible for the system has failed us. Lack of concern, safety, and overall good business standards are simply not met.