Letters to the editor for the week of December 20th 

Slide for Hunger says thanks

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On December 10 the Whistler Sliding Centre welcomed almost 300 guests to the facility for "Fast Food: Skeleton Slide for Hunger." Through the overwhelming support of the community, we were able to come incredibly close to our goal of $15,000 for the Sea to Sky community food banks at a time of great need.

I would like to thank the community for its enthusiastic participation in the event; the incredible volunteer and sponsor contributions; and our dedicated staff. The Sliding Centre dedicated an entire day of operations to this event and each and every staff member went above and beyond to deliver a safe and fun experience for all the participants.

This event raised money for a great cause, and it also allowed the community to experience the facility firsthand, increasing awareness of sliding sports.

All of us at the Whistler Sliding Centre welcome the community to the venue for our public bobsleigh and skeleton programs, and we encourage you to follow sliding sport athletes training in our backyard...especially as we approach the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games!

Thank you again to everyone involved in the planning and execution of this event, and all those who participated. The event could not have been a success without you. Look forward to seeing you again next year!

Tracy Seitz

Director, Whistler Sliding Centre

Where's George?

If you rode a ski lift or walked through the village in the last 15 years, you probably met up with George Huxtable.

About to turn 94, George has been a frequent-flyer on the mountain and in the village forever. Maybe you shared a gondola ride and listened to a few of his Whistler stories? Perhaps you bumped into him wandering around town, sharing his photos of flying gliders in Pemberton? Always happy, always moving.

After 85 ski seasons, father hung up the boards a few years ago, but still rode the gondola daily to hold court in one of his favourite spots, the Roundhouse.

Still happy and quick with his version of local and world history, George is now residing at the Hilltop House in Squamish.

Many of you have asked about George and I encourage you to stop in and visit him. The Hilltop House is a wonderful facility just off the highway beside the Squamish Hospital.

Be prepared to be entertained. Season's Greetings from the Huxtable family.

Gordon HuxtableWhistler

Not Being Able to See the Forest for the Trees

Ernst&Young has agreed to settle for $117 million a class action lawsuit when faced with allegations of wrongdoing by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) regarding their audits of Sino-Forest, which resulted in $6 billion of investor loses in the largest Ponzi Scheme in Canadian history. Much of the OSC's case rested on the auditors' inadequate assessment of the forestry assets of Sino-Forest — a Canadian company harvesting forests in China.

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