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Looking for Whistler legends

Do you know a Whistler legend? I think anyone who has lived here for a few years will have an idea of who or what they think is a "legend".

The Resort Municipality of Whistler is asking residents to help create a list of legendary events, places, features and characters of the resort community for a public art piece to be installed in Village Square this spring during its reconstruction. The concept of celebrating Whistler's legends was developed through consultation with the Public Art Committee. The Village Square glass features will be the first stage of the project.

The library will retain the list of legends and other legends will be interpreted through other art projects. I was invited to sit on the advisory group that has been formed to nominate candidates, as well as review and select the final list. So put on your thinking caps and pick up a nomination form from the library, museum, municipal hall and other community facilities. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 14.

Board of Trustees 2004

Mayor and Council appointed Alix Nicoll and Mary Scott and re-appointed trustees Jane Finlayson and Anne Hale (Treasurer) to the Library Board. Continuing to sit on the board for another year are the following trustees: Marlene Baldwin (Vice Chair), Sharon Broatch, Dallas Cristofoli, Anne Fenwick (Chair), Gordon McKeever (Municipal appointee), Betty McWhinnie, Marianna Orr. The trustees work hard at advocating for library services in Whistler and provide tremendous support to the library director and staff.

Be Web Aware

Helping Canadian parents protect their children from potential Internet risks is the focus of a new public awareness campaign called Be Web Aware , launched by a coalition of leading corporate and non-profit organizations led by Media Awareness Network (MNet) and national partners Microsoft Canada and Bell Canada (a founding sponsor of MNet).

Research by Media Awareness Network - Canada's leading Internet education organization - shows that Canadian youth are among the world's most active Internet users, with 80 per cent having regular access at home. More than half use the Internet with little or no supervision. Yet 25 per cent of young Canadian Internet users have been asked by someone they've only met on the Internet to meet face-to-face. Fifteen per cent have gone to meet an Internet acquaintance face-to-face; and almost two in 10 of this group went to these meetings alone.

The Be Web Aware initiative directs parents to a comprehensive Web site ( www.bewebaware.ca ). The site, developed by Media Awareness Network, is full of information and tools to help parents teach their children to handle the potential risks associated with going online.

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