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Surviving the shoulder season

Seven steps to fighting the doldrums and courting chaos



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Whistler Blackcomb, of note, has initiated an online renewal process that seeks to streamline the process of rehiring, and one would expect, increase the number of experienced employees returning for another season.

If unemployment haunts your game — and the numbers show that, even if food bank numbers are currently down, the offseason will be a tough one for many of us in terms of job growth and, most importantly, income growth — then there’s always mass revolt, Québec-student-style. Whistler politics always rears its head during the shoulder season; we all put on the Nice Face when the world is watching, and then, like the return of the repressed, act out our convictions and beliefs in local dramas once the spotlight is shut off. Rubbing my crystal balls (I got two for sale from the New Age store in town), I predict that old growth logging, the continuing operation of the asphalt plant, and the outrageously disorganized bus system — what happened to the principle of a single north/south connecting bus, I ask?! — will define this summer's community activism. I'd like to add to this list in the name of low-paid labour, and suggest those living here on minimum wage make their voices heard to our new Council: Whistler needs a long-term strategy to overcome lowest-income poverty in this town.

More than you can shake the moneymaker,

in fact. Here's a few more ideas to keep us all occupied over the next month or two:

1. Write (bad) poetry (about the rain) and present at a Creative 5 Eclectic.

2. Train hard at Meadow Park. Blind yourself for every boomer wearing spandex.

3. Learn how to climb or perfect that pinky-pull-up at the Core's bouldering gym.

4. Learn how to grow (legal) herbs by visiting Function's garden centres. Buy a gnome.

5. Volunteer with Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), Whistler Food Bank, or keep an eye on electoral fraud with Amnesty International.

6. Come up with a better bus schedule, and present it to Council. (Seriously, they could use this.)

7. Go to the Whistler Museum, and realize that the spandex boomers were at one point totally ripped ski bums who squatted in shacks and had hippie orgies. Repent.

8. Don't be afraid to get noisy when the situation calls for it—Resort Municipality or not, it's our democratic right to make use of public space for political action. (Oh yah!)

9. Pretend it's 1996 and hacky-sack in Village Square.

10. Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (donation Mondays!) and realize that Whistler Village's few decades is but a blip in time compared to thousands of years of First Nations history.

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