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Whistler: A time for action, of some kind

Even without the input of the voters, this next election will bring a big shake up at municipal hall.

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She points to an experience her son had riding the chairlift at the bike park while older kids smoked a joint beside him.

"Is that normal? Is that how people behave in other towns? I don’t think so. I think that that’s something that’s a little bit different because we have a certain demographic," said Jewett. "We have a demographic that is closer to college campus than a normal community, whatever normal is."

In addition to social marketing to help people understand that this isn’t just a party town, it’s a real community, Jewett said there also needs to be an understanding at municipal hall that younger kids need successful, stimulating after-school programs.

She is looking for candidates that have a strong community connection, that understand how municipal hall works and who are concerned about the real livability issues facing residents of the town. And they need to be able to make the tough decisions.

"When it comes down to it it’s going to be tight timelines, it’s going to be nose to the grindstone, and it’s going to be, ‘OK the decision has to be made now’ and make it," she said.

In spite of the problems of the past and the sheer volume of work expected in the future, voters were optimistic about Whistler’s future.

The Bombardier conference last month brought hundreds of delegates to the resort, where they enjoyed some sunny fall weather. Koning, who talked to many of the delegates first hand as they shopped in his stores, said they were impressed and excited with what they saw here.

"We’ve had some incredible world challenges that no one could have possibly predicted," said local financial planner Wendell Moore. "Can we get up there again?" he asked. "I don’t see why not. I’m an eternal optimist. For every bad year we’re going to have a couple of good years and it’s just a question of taking the time when you have those bad years to reflect. Reflection is absolutely, absolutely necessary. If you’re going to do any planning, no matter what it is, you have to reflect. It’s the most important thing."