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“The direction that we’ve
taken to be a sustainable community means that the housing choices for entry
level and lower income groups are not available. And it is a battle that we’ve
been fighting for 25 year. How do you provide housing for someone who is making
$40,000 a year? Right now, the cost of building that housing would be
definitely exceed the affordable for someone making $40,000.”
Kelly added that in a city
like Vancouver, most people who earn a $30,000-per-year salary commute from
places like Richmond or Langley were land is cheaper. Alternatively, Whistler
has a mandate to house 75 per cent of its employees in municipal borders.
The silver lining to the
whole housing issue is that groups like the WHA, the Whistler 2020 community
tasks forces, and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce are working hard to find
innovative ways to provide cheaper housing to the workers of Whistler.
Hopefully their creativity can come up with more affordable shelter solutions
quick. The Reynolds, and many other locals, may very well be counting on it to
continue living in Whistler.
Getting around — the price of mobility
Gas prices have an impact on
commuters and transit
By Jesse Ferreras
is heading for a perfect storm when it comes to the cost of commuting, and the
Sea to Sky Corridor is no exception.
are two factors at play. One is the rising cost of gas, which according to
gasbuddy.com is a significant rise over the trends seen in 2006 and 2007 when
people were already complaining about fuel rates.
other is a controversial carbon tax that took effect in British Columbia
starting July 1. Introduced in February’s provincial budget, the tax is meant
to encourage people to make more “environmentally responsible” choices by
reducing their dependence on fossil fuels and the resulting emissions.
took a look at different-sized cars to see what kind
of an impact the rising gas prices will have on people’s finances.
door number one, take a 2004 Ford Focus SE Wagon. A popular four-door family
station wagon, it has plenty of room to store the bikes, or skis or snowboards,
depending on the time of year, and it was among the top-rated cars for fuel
efficiency when it was released. It’s a perfect vehicle for the active Whistler
family that needs to get around.