The Loblaws is a great addition, as the increased competition in groceries will hopefully help bring prices down to that more in the Sea to Sky corridor, not to mention will allow me to avoid the horrible parking lot in the Nester's plaza.
As for the village becoming a place for tourists, well it is, as a local, the parking fiasco has made pushed me to go in to the village less and less (I now park in lot 6,7 or 8 when I ride avoiding the village altogether). I have been observing the increase in commercial vacancies, as due to the ridiculous rent prices, we have pushed away the potential for Whistlerites to start up small shops and restaurants, which give the village it's charm and character in exchange for more franchises and chains which don't have the same feel. There is little sense of "community" in the village anymore and that is something that needs to be addressed.
Then there is the issue of WB charging more and more for their programs such as ski school has gone up making it harder on local families, the spirit pass really doesn't provide any benefit from the early bird full season pass, no discount now on a bike park pass if you had a season's pass, which also shows a lack of respect for the local community.
Thanks Leslie, I will now quote the "No person shall permit any animal to be running at large in the Resort Municipality" when I see a young child running at large in the community, as uncontrolled kids in public places piss me off.
Get a life.
And rode out fine, STFU RiverDude.
Doug Ryan, can you please let the asphalt plant issue die. Enough money and time has been wasted on this issue. People who live and rent in the Cheakamus already got subsidized housing, so please stop complaining about a guy trying to run a business that was there long before that area was built, not to mention FULLY DISCLOSED ON YOUR DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. IF you have a problem move or otherwise be quiet.
I think the sewage plant is worse, you guys are crazy.
Penny, this was an unfortunate tragedy I am sorry for you loss. However you seem to think your daughter did nothing wrong here, I feel extremely sorry for you as well as Jamie, as he just happened to be in that area at the time she was walking on the road in the rain, right beside a lit trail. I walk that trail all the time and I disagree with your comment that the trail is scary, a dark highway in the rain, scares me a lot more.
He may have been speeding slightly, nothing more than what is common here in Canada, I drove that stretch of highway today at the same speed he did and he has been honest about it the whole time. Your daughter has to accept responsibility for her actions, she paid the ultimate price, she got intoxicated in an unfamiliar area, and decided to walk down a HIGHWAY at 3am in the dark, with no lights on or anything. Unfortunately that mistake cost her her life. We have had several instances of this happen here over the past few years, I think your efforts would be better used in making sure something like this doesn't happen again as opposed to trying to put Jamie in jail, as it could have been anyone who was driving at that time who could be in his shoes now. Would you feel better for you having his life ruined in jail on top of having to deal with this whole tragedy?
This incident had two guilty parties; a driver and the person who was walking on the road. Please stop trying to put all the blame on only the one party.
Again all the best in the future to you Penny.
Should have posted my link to the Municipal Pension Plan's 2011 financial statements.
I am writing regarding Lennox's letter. It is nice to see someone interested in the muni's finances, however his letter is full of significant errors. First off, Ernest and Young is not the RMOW's auditor, BDO Canada LLP is, see their financial statements at :
Secondly, employee sick days are recorded on the balance sheet, these are valued through an actuary and at December 31, 2011 there was a liability recorded totaling $1,393,100. So he is a little misinformed there.
Lastly, municipal pensions are paid through the Municipal Pension Plan, the RMOW pays in to this however this is a provincial entity for which all municipal employees eligible for a pension pay in to. His point here is valid as at December 31, 2011 this was under funded by just over $2.1 million dollars. His concern here is valid, as the RMOW would be on the hook in some manner to top this up (or taxpayers) if the plan is unable to support current benefits promised. They also assume an investment return of 6.50%, which maybe high given the current economic situation, but high estimates in investments returns are rampant in all these kinds of valuations. However this is done as a higher return means a lower liability.
In the future please fact check a letter before publishing it, as it looks like you did regarding Dick's letter above.
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