Letters to the editor for the week of December 13th 

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Lennox McNeely

Whistler

Upper Lillooet power project

A 72-kilometre power line, (where none now exists) and a 69-metre, by 23-metre concrete powerhouse on the left bank of the Lillooet River, not to mention the miles of pipes, roads, clear cuts etc, will most certainly have significant impact both visually and ecologically.

Those who do not agree have either never been in our lovely Pemberton valley or they consider concrete and power lines to be things of beauty.

"Water flow" certainly is a "significant issue," and from the countless documented fish kills in other rivers with power projects, here and in Squamish, management and oversight is definitely "woefully lacking."

Can we afford to squander our creeks and rivers, not to mention our precious backcountry, leaving them in the hands of powerful companies and a weak government?

Jennie and Jeanette Helmer

Pemberton

Reflections of Peace in 2012

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the community members, sponsors and volunteers who have been involved in the peaceful adventures of growing the Whistler Week of Peace Celebrations in 2012.

Peace begins within each of us and in September 2010 we began the goals of shedding light, encouragement, sharing and freeing the spirit within all of us through the celebrations of peace.

Over the past three years we have grown together with the community by sharing in these experiences and the gifts of peace, the following activities are just a few of the treasures we have enjoyed: We began by listening to our grandmothers speak of reconciliation and sharing their indigenous ways, we have drummed to a unified heart beat and meditated our way to peace of mind. We continue to light the World Peace Flame in the Whistler Olympic Plaza each year and rejoice with our local Whistler Children's Chorus and Whistler Singers to spread the sounds of peace. Some won a day of peace and others had the chance to speak their peace. We have raised funds for local groups in need and for global areas in crisis. We invited guests in harmony to share how they Peace it Together so we may begin to learn the Art of Peace, through film, workshops, arts, culture and communications.

The work of peace is a global effort and every positive celebration in the area is a step forward, we are very happy that our energy of peace is spilling over into other communities in the Sea to Sky corridor.

This year, our Mayor, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden and Council graciously recognized the United Nations International Day of Peace September 21 and have proclaimed the week of peace in Whistler, September 21 to September 27. We are very excited and grateful for this beautiful opportunity to bring more awareness, hope and the opportunity for people to get involved in future celebrations to make a difference in their own lives, families, schools, workplaces, communities and the world.

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