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There’s been a convergence of temporary housing providers in Whistler, proving that there’s no magnet like that of the free market.

In recent weeks, commuters making their way along Highway 99 have probably noticed a banner draped across a structure at the old highway works yard, across from Alta Vista. The company is called Proteus On Demand, and they’ve positioned themselves as a possible solution to Whistler’s housing woes.

And yet, their sign may contravene Whistler’s bylaws, and the municipality has told Pique Newsmagazine that staff is looking into the situation.

Meanwhile, Proteus president John Keller said the company was simply unaware of the bylaw, and the sign will be coming down shortly.

Proteus joins Hyline Trailers Canada on this particular stage. The latter company has placed ads in The Question imploring would-be residents to find temporary housing solutions via its own brand of custom built and delivered trailer homes.

All this comes as the Whistler Chamber of Commerce moves to establish a temporary trailer park able to house nearly 200 workers. Further, the chamber, along with the Whistler Housing Authority, has posted a request for bids to develop a temporary housing village from the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2010. This project calls for 250 beds.

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