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First of four virtual RMOW townhalls to take place today

Residents invited to share thoughts on COVID-19
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Whistler Village was effectively closed for business by COVID-19 in March. Now the Resort Municipality of Whistler wants to hear from residents about the pandemic's impacts. File photo by Braden Dupuis.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is kicking off a series of community conversations about the impacts of COVID-19 starting this afternoon.

The first of four virtual town hall meetings is set to start at 4 p.m. over Zoom.

Details and registration information are available at whistler.ca/communityconversations.

Subsequent townhalls are scheduled for July 16, 20 and 23, each with a different theme.

The meetings, hosted by Mayor Jack Crompton, chief administrative officer Virginia Cullen and a rotating cast of guests, will start with a short overview before participants break off into separate “rooms” to talk about specific questions.

“I am really excited to connect with and listen to our community in a new way. We want to build a solid understanding about what is happening in Whistler as we manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and look towards recovery,” Crompton said in a release.

“The RMOW has been engaged with residents, business and community groups since the start of the pandemic but we want to hear from as many people as possible to really understand how COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of our community because we still may not know about some of those impacts.”

The themes, based off of Whistler’s updated guiding vision, are Sense of Place (July 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m., co-hosted by Heather Paul); Environment (July 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m., co-hosted by Mike Douglas); Tourism-based economy (July 20, 4 to 5:30 p.m., co-hosted by Danielle Kristmanson); and Community (July 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m., co-hosted by Chris Wrightson).

“Our goal is to collaborate with the community on potential solutions to the challenges we face,” Crompton said.

“Our challenges cannot be fixed unilaterally by the RMOW, or any level of government. This is an all-hands effort and it will take individuals, families, businesses, community groups and government to deliver a shared response that is up to the challenge.”

Pique reporters will be tuned into each of the four townhalls. Pick up the July 30 Pique (or head to www.piquenewsmagazine.com) to read the full story.




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