Well, it's that time of year. The votes have been tallied; the decision of the judge is final. Here are just some of the things worthy of a coveted Maxi, 2012 edition. So many came so close but these stood above the rest.
The Right Message, Wrong Audience Award: Our friends at Blue Highways for their very touching Father's Day ad. "Make Dad Feel Really Good This Father's Day, Get Mum a Brazilian Wax." What exactly do you tell your eight-year-old when he/she says, "Mummy, what's a Brazilian wax and why will Daddy like it?" Classy, really classy.
The Right Place, Right Time Award: Michael Audain and his wife decide Whistler's former impound yard would make a perfect place for a museum to house their incredible collection of art. No, seriously. The dance has been danced, the deal has been signed. In one bold move, the face of art in Whistler is changed forever. Wow!
They Said it Couldn't Be Done, Pt. I: No increase in property taxes for 2012? Impossible. Well, on second thought, possible... and done. New Way, 1; Old Way, 0.
They Said it Couldn't Be Done, Pt. II: Roll back pay parking? Impossible. Well, on second thought, possible... and mostly done. Lots 4 & 5 are free again, revenue is ahead of projections, costs are only 60 per cent of projections. Rates are reduced at the Conference Centre and Library. No one is bitching. New Way, 2; Old Way, 0.
They Said it Couldn't Be Done, Pt. III: Find a way to finally deal with illegal space in Whistler's housing stock? Impossible. Well... distasteful as it may be to reward the cheaters, the compromise is way better than continuing to kick the problem down the road. New Way, 3, Old Way, 0.
They Said it Couldn't Be Done, Pt. IV: Whistleratics feeling all warm and fuzzy about their local government? Impossible. Well, on second thought, possible... and downright lovey-dovey. Public trust in local government has never been as high as it is right now. Heck, it's practically a love-in. New Way, 4, Old Way, 0. Game and match.
The Spread Your Wings and Crash to the Ground Award: After laughable delays and gross mismanagement — Gee, you actually need a boiler to make that heat tracing thing work? — Whistler Health Care Centre's helipad finally gets Transport Canada's approval to reopen. Problem is, only for duel-engine choppers, which would be OK except the vast majority of helivacs are done with single-engine machines. Don't know how many bodies it'll take to light a fire under Vancouver Coastal Health but this is the "management" where your healthcare dollars are wasted, folks.
Fortunately, X Didn't Mark the Spot: ESPN got the MotherCorp drooling over the possibility of Whistler hosting an expansion of the X Games. The Muni went along to the tune of $250k. As luck — good — would have it, Whistler wasn't picked. Maybe that was because the enlightened programmers at ESPN decided to gut the skiing and snowboarding events and focus on the, ugh, snowmobile competitions (sic, or sick). We dodged the bullet and WSSF is all the better for it.