Name: Tim Wake
Age: Still Young (54)
Occupation: Housing consultant and Father.
Last book read: Passage to Juneau (Jonathan Raban)
What music are you listening too these days: Mostly what my daughters are playing. Jack Johnson, the Shins, the Beatles, the Stones, Guster and hot mixes, like from The O.C.
Favourite recreational pursuits: Skiing, hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking and BBQ.
1. Why are you running for council?
My wife, Leslee, asked me the same question. The short answer is: I know we can do better. I am determined to get in there and contribute to positive change. Its not easy being Whistler and we need to work hard at it. We need a strong leadership team to keep things moving forward. I have the experience and approach to help build a great team, a team that will get things done.
2. What are the biggest issues facing Whistler?
The economy, delivering the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, delivering affordable housing, delivering on Whistler 2020 , delivering more for our tax dollar spending, improving our relationship with Victoria.
3. What needs to be done to address those issues?
Economy The economy is our most immediate challenge. We worked hard to ramp it up in the 90s and we have been hit hard by a combination of things, some of our own doing and some beyond our control. The good news is we are still on our feet and in the game, but we have to focus on value, exceptional service and growing our business rather than our capacity.
2010 We have an excellent VANOC team co-ordinating things here in Whistler. The sliding centre and Nordic centre are on track. So are the highway upgrades. We have work to do on the sledge hockey arena and the athletes village, and there will be some heavy lifting coming soon on both of these. Having a functional team in municipal hall (mayor/council/administration/staff) will help, and that will be Job One for the new council.
Housing This is huge. If we cant deliver more affordable housing very soon, the community will erode. We have all the tools to provide a very workable range of housing solutions for our community. It is already working, but there is not nearly enough. We have identified good sites, the developers and builders are keen, we can do it affordably, the WHA can administer the waitlist and the restrictions, and 500 folks are ready to purchase. There are more than 2,000 beds in the pipeline. So what is holding us back? We need stronger and clearer direction from council to assist with the delivery of these solutions. As a councillor, I will be a champion for housing.