Letters to the Editor 

Mount Currie elections deserve more attention

What's the biggest thing going on in the corridor (last) week? The Mount Currie Band/Lil'wat Nation Chief and Council elections.

How much coverage did either (newspaper) give to it (the week of Feb.28)? ZERO!

It is amazing to me that you did not even profile any of the candidates or consider the impact the election could have on the region.

The 13-person Council has significant (and growing) influence. This government has an annual budget of approximately $15-$20 million.

(It) employs over 100 people. (It) owns large private land holdings in the Pemberton Valley and RMOW. (It is) part-owner of the biggest new cultural tourism attraction in Whistler.

(It) provide(s) water for the Pemberton industrial park. (It's) an equal partner in the Winds of Change. (It's) creating new parks and protected areas in the region. (Its) support or non-support can be the deciding factor in a run-of-river project or WB tenure renewal. These are just a few examples.

If you purport to cover issues of importance to residents in the corridor then start covering the politics in Mount Currie as you would other local governments.

Sheldon Tetreault

Pemberton

 

Should locals runs transit?

There are more intersections with traffic lights within the District of Squamish than there are in the City of West Vancouver. They are both about the same size but West Vancouver has three times as many people.

There are many ways a municipality can deal with traffic congestion. Two of them are public transit and denial. Transit service between Squamish and Whistler ends on March 31.

West Vancouver's Blue Bus Transit system began in 1912 and is the oldest continuously-operated, municipal system in North America. Blue buses move people around West Vancouver and to North Vancouver. They travel across the Lions Gate Bridge more than 100 times in each direction every day.

The Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado has transit. The 120 km stretch of State Highway 82 is home to Aspen, Snowmass and several other busy small towns. They began offering transit within four counties, connecting eight small towns, in the early 1970s.

In 1980, the population of the Roaring Fork Valley was less than 20,000. The highway has been widened and improved over the years. By increasing transit, traffic volume has been maintained at 1993 levels. Construction has begun for a new bus rapid transit service.

The main operation of Kings Transit, in Nova Scotia, is hourly service along the 60 km corridor between Greenwood and Wolfville. The service on Highway 1 also offers transit service within the towns of Berwick, Kentville and Wolfville.

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