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Letters to the Editor for the week of April 5th, 2012

WFF is good for Whistler

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Both the Whistler Service Strategy and the Whistler Economic Enhancement Strategy are initiatives that, in our opinion, are essential to the long-term economic health of the resort. Given that a significant investment is required to bring them to market, we thank the RMOW for the Fee for Service that it has awarded since 2007, as well as Whistler Blackcomb for its support of the Spirit Pass Program.

In closing, as the premier business association in Whistler, we are committed to actively participating in the development of Whistler's next chapter. We have an obligation to our members to be visionary, to be creative and to plan proactively for the long-term thereby helping to secure their prosperity. We also have a long-standing commitment to our partners to work collaboratively with them to deliver projects like those described above that enhance our economic viability and standing as a world-class resort.

Fiona Famulak

President, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce

Lest we forget

April 9 marks the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. After failed attempts by both British and French forces, a corps of brave and determined Canadian soldiers captured this strategic ridge in France, which was of great importance to the German defence.

Despite the terrible price in casualties, this battle marked not only a significant Allied victory, but also the first time Canadians had fought as an independent force and not as part of the British Army.

Along with other achievements during the First World War, the Battle of Vimy Ridge helped establish Canada as a key player on the world stage, earning our country a separate signature on the Versailles Peace Treaty, which ended the war.

As a member of The War Amps Operation Legacy, a group of committed young people who are dedicated to preserving Canada's military heritage, I would like to highlight this significant anniversary of a battle considered by many to mark Canada's birth as a nation.

To commemorate the anniversary, members of Operation Legacy will be donating copies of the documentaries A Vimy Veteran Remembers and In Flanders Fields to their local libraries.

These productions are part of The War Amps internationally award-winning Military Heritage Series, which tells the lesser-known Canadian stories, and are available at a cost-recovery price by calling 1 800 250-3030 or visiting waramps.ca

Courtney McLaughlin, 17

Operation Legacy Member, Quesnel

Squamish Council looking at increasing pay

For Councillor Raiser to imply that there is a better councillor candidate whose quality we will only enjoy with arbitrarily conceived salary increases undermines the democratic process, smacks of elitism, reflects pure self-interest and in no way demonstrates any understanding of public service (Pique March 28).

To quote the mayor of the District of West Vancouver (Vancouver Sun, A6, 2012-03-31): "I haven't seen anything to prove that the more you pay, the better candidates you get."