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Long weekend brings violence to Whistler

Two assaulted, dozens arrested; slight improvement over last year



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"I know some people really dislike us while other people are thanking us for being out there and doing that," he said.

There will continue to be an additional police presence through the summer, with officers from the Lower Mainland coming to Whistler from Friday to Monday night. In addition a set of cattle fences will be set up at the taxi loop to create a line during busy periods.

So far the municipality has approved an extra $25,000 for RCMP funding, to pay for additional officers on weekends. The hotels and nightclubs have also improved communication, alerting one another about potential problem customers.

The Village Safety Committee met during the winter to discuss ways to reduce the drunken behaviour and violence that hits Whistler in the shoulder season when prices are lower.

The time frame between the end of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival and early June is typically the worst, with grad classes and large groups from the Lower Mainland coming to Whistler.

Although things can improve, Haider doesn’t think that the RCMP and the committee can ever put an end to rowdy weekends in Whistler.

"I don’t think you’ll be able to reduce this kind of weekend because it’s a season that doesn’t cater to skiers or mountain bikers… as we get into the shoulder season the resort is more of a bargain, which makes more attractive to these groups," said Haider.

Anyone with any information on either weekend assault is asked to contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044.

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