The smell lingers
The municipality is flushing money down the drains but still a sewer line to the residents on Alta Lake road does not appear to be their priority. The grants obtained for waste water treatment upgrades seem to have been siphoned off for improving the existing sewer line in Alpine, and a new water transfer station is currently being built on Alta Lake Road.
Since 1990 we have repeatedly been promised connection to the sewer mains, but here we are 18 years later and still waiting; the standard excuse is that there are insufficient funds!
For a town hosting the 2010 Olympics, the media might enjoy highlighting the fact that despite the much touted “green and sustainable” policy some “smelly” issues have been ignored at the expense of the environment and the water quality of Alta Lake.
Accessible transportation for all
I watched a young lady getting stuck
at the gondola bus loop over the Labour Day long weekend trying to catch a bus;
none were available for her and she did not look too happy or impressed. I
knew about this for a long time but it really came home to me when I witnessed
this happen. I spoke to the RMOW person responsible for transit and she
said she passes on the complaints she gets all the time to B.C. Transit, who is
responsible for supplying us with buses.
Vancouver became fully accessible for
transportation this past summer. They have three separate revenue sources
that provided the funds for the buses through Translink.
B.C. Transit is supposed to replace
our buses on a 20-year cycle. I spoke to the media people for B.C. Transit and
they confirmed that Whistler will only start to see new buses in the fall of
2009 and perhaps we will have a fully accessible fleet by the 2010 Winter
The Paralympics and Olympic testing
events start this fall and winter and so should our public transportation for
moving people around, especially those with disabilities. There is
no "magic wand" in this it seems, as budgets for transportation
are set years in advance and it took Vancouver 17 years to become fully accessible.
Our transportation problems go beyond
the Whistler community though and include moving people to Whistler from
Vancouver and YVR. Currently the only accessible transportation via vuses
is through Greyhound, and that requires 48 hours notice to set up a bus that
can hold two mobility-restricted individuals.
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