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Hear! Hear! To Andrew Mitchell’s brief on shooting the messenger, regarding the paltry coverage Canadian athletes receive between the "all important" Olympic quadrennials.

Hear! Hear! To Andrew Mitchell’s brief on shooting the messenger, regarding the paltry coverage Canadian athletes receive between the "all important" Olympic quadrennials. As I lay in bed this morning this morning listening to CBC radio I was really hoping to hear the World Cup results from yesterdays aerial skiing competition in Mount Buller, Australia. I knew the results, as I work for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, as their strength coach. Our guys were second, third and fourth respectively, and one of our gals was fourth. A good day at the office for Canadian athletes.

To my dismay, I heard nothing of our athletes this morning on CBC Radio; instead I heard about how Venus Williams beat her sister yet again at the US Open, along with multiple golf tidbits (Poor Tiger at 3 under par. His yearly salary would suffice to develop Canadian Freestyle athletes for the next 10 years.)

I also work for the Canadian Snowboard Federation, our riders are currently competing in Chile, I have neither heard nor read not one result from these events either. We had men and women on the podium for the Continental Cup last week, and the World Cup wraps up tomorrow.

I appreciate the demand and the press that commercial sport commands, but as Mr. Mitchell so aptly points, out can’t the media show a little more support for our own athletes that work, live and train in our communities? You can bet that come the Games in Salt Lake if our aerialists or riders do not perform, as the media would demand, the headlines would be the same as Sydney and Edmonton. And after the Games who really cares, as the media will continue to report on American sport superstars with the odd filler about a young Canadian athlete who is the world champion or rookie of the year on the World Cup tour. We have some great athletes; they just need a little support because they don’t have multi-million dollar sponsorships.

Will Pique be reporting on these accomplishments? The majority of these athletes live, train and work in the valley.

Cindy Thomson


It’s always nice to read articles in your newspaper about the real estate market here in Whistler and Pemberton. But I take exception to your quotes in the article "How Big is too Big." Your writer quoted a Whistler council member as saying that "It’s an American attitude, that you should be allowed to build what you want on your own property, etc, etc, etc."

This is too broad a generalization and is an irresponsible statement directed toward a nation of people that are here in Canada because they believe we are above that kind of attitude towards others. The trouble with printing a statement like that is that it offends our neighbours, good friends and excellent customers in this very successful marketplace. Let’s not kill the goose that laid the golden egg, we are very fortunate to have Americans as our neighbours in our country and in our community.

Instead of worrying about house envy, certain council members and your paper should be aware of an environmental disaster that occurred at the Lookout development in the Taluswood subdivision above the Timing Flats, right next to the Dave Murray Downhill. I have seen no coverage of this textbook mistake that took a beautiful steep, forested slope… clear cut it, then undercut it with excavators and attempted to erect 13 homes under the cliff they had created. Where’s environmental responsibility when you need it?

I urge you to go and look at the land slide that could have killed many people and has now created an avalanche path right through the development which will put people in danger whenever it snows a sizeable amount.

We all benefit from the prosperity of Whistler and it is changing rapidly, but as a guy named Bob said a long time ago "Get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand," ’cause Whistler’s times they are a changin’. Let’s keep an eye on the environment and not get paranoid about our success.

Bruce Watt


A big thank-you to everyone who came out to our CD release party at the Dubh Linn Gate and to everyone who bought a CD that weekend. Also to all the businesses who donated prizes and contributed to such a fun evening – the party went off!

We are so happy to be part of such a supportive community. Thanks everyone for helping to make our debut such a success.

We love you all.

Leanne and Kyla


Has anyone seen my CDs?

On Friday Aug. 24, I managed to lose my entire collection in the village bus shelter in front of Hy’s Steakhouse and I’m offering a reward for anyone who returns them.

They are in a black case, and there is roughly 175 CDs with "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion" and "Stereolab" in the beginning pages.

These are extremely important to me, not only personally but they are very vital to my job as a DJ. As you can tell I’m really screwed.

So please, I’m begging for someone to be honest and to have a conscience. I know this town is better than this. If you have any info, and an urge to do the right thing, please contact Adam at 1-604-815-7012 or the Amsterdam Café at 604-932-8334.

Adam Rennick


I just wanted to clarify some remarks made by Ms. McKibbin in last week's edition of Pique .

The School Board has not decided where the boundary between the two elementary schools will be in Whistler. In fact, this has not, as of yet, been discussed by the board. When the time comes you can be assured that the Board will make the best decision possible for all students in Whistler.

Amy Shoup

Chairperson, Board of School Trustees, School District No. 48