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Let's be brutally honest.

The only reason I've been at the municipal workshops on changing Whistler's future for the past two Thursdays in a row is because I've had to write stories on them for Pique.

Sorry mayor, council - that's the truth.

I'm not proud of it. In fact, I'm even a little ashamed, especially when I think back to the first workshop where I actually had the nerve to say I was disappointed there were not more people there, like me, in the 20 to 30 age group.

After all, they are the so-called leaders of Whistler's tomorrow.

Who was I kidding?

If I didn't want to show up, how could I expect anyone else to show up?

But why, when it's something that's so important, are we blowing it off so casually?

And it's not just the twenty-something's that are disengaged from the process. It's everybody.

The municipality cannot be blamed for setting this up and presenting the challenge.

It was a great idea to get the community's input on how they see Whistler by the year 2020... in theory.

But like many public forums, which demand public involvement and the public's valuable time, the Whistler. It's Our Future workshops fell far short of actually achieving their goals.

The bulk of the Whistler community did not show up with their two cents to mull over the criteria of what makes Whistler successful and sustainable.

To be fair, it seems like some pretty heavy stuff for a summertime evening discussion. Throw in a dash of apathy and a splash of laziness and you only have about 100 people showing up - about one per cent of Whistler's population.

And it was the usual Whistler suspects at the workshops; the same handful of locals who show up to all these events - your AWARE members, a handful of long-time residents, some small business owners and a few others.

Instead of hitting the Westin Resort and Spa to get down to over three hours of meaningful discussion, the other 99 per cent of Whistler folks were on their bikes, feeding their families, going for a run, walking their dogs, getting on with the daily grind of life.

And while they were doing this, some of them may have been having discussions among their friends about how Whistler is heading down the tubes.

It's becoming more and more a playground for the rich, and less and less affordable for the regular guys. Development seems to be never-ending. It looks like we're heading for certain demise.