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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Editorial

Re: “Are we benefitting from a 'Trump Bump?'

Nope, sorry. You simply suffer from a bad case of TDS.

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Posted by WhistlerProudBoy on 08/09/2018 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

I volunteered once for this event when I first moved out 4 years ago - never again - the Ironman organizers make you feel like they are doing you a favour not the other way around - there is little appreciation if any given. There are lots of other events and community initiatives in Whistler that are better deserving of your time.

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Posted by Jeremy on 07/31/2018 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

My apologies for double-posting this (originally in the lede story); it more properly belongs here:

As visitors to the area this past weekend, my group of 40+ outdoor enthusiasts was informed only at the last minute of the road closures, and even then, the information we got was conflicting and ever-changing. The closures completely disrupted our plans and led to more than half our participants curtailing their stay and departing for Vancouver at 6:15 Sunday morning. Our visit is an annual event, and we will certainly be checking for road closures and the like in the future and NOT visiting Whistler if/when they are likely to occur.

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Posted by soovalley on 07/30/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

I volunteered last year. Never again. Never seen so much abuse heaped onto well meaning volunteers at an event. LOL, it's only TRIATHLON, get over yourselves.

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Posted by CatGuy on 07/29/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

Let's make sure the event is not renewed in 2020. The idea of Whistler tax dollars being spent to sponsor a highly profitable event is frankly embarrassing, and so is the mentality that many of these self-obsessed athletes bring to town. For the third time in the last few days I just saw a cyclist warming up for this weekend throw a plastic bottle off onto the side of the road, as if we're here running clean-up crews for his training. The Ironman has nothing like the positive energy that Gran Fondo and other events bring to Whistler - just egotists ticking a box, at our expense. No thanks.

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Posted by DJR on 07/27/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Embracing Ironman

Brilliant. Of note, the methodology for the economic impact is voodoo economics. In measuring the economic impact of IRONMAN Canada, an on-line follow up survey was emailed to event participants asking details as to their satisfaction, length of stay, party size, training and spending in Whistler.

A total of 908 participants completed the survey representing the 2,196 IRONMAN Canada participants.

Now pundits will point that The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance's (CSTA's) Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model, Professional version (STEAM PRO) was used to generate the economic impact estimates detailed in this report. STEAM PRO, which was developed in 2006, Is a model that has been designed to incorporate the results of primary data collected from event visitors and the budget/ capital expenditures of event organizers and others to prepare economic impact assessments. The model is based on the Canadian Tourism Research lnstltute's (CTRI - a branch of The Conference Board of Canada) TEAM model, which is the most widely used tourism economic impact model in Canada. The results of STEAM PRO are fully consistent with the CSTA's STEAM model.

This model is inherently skewed in favor of the tourism sector and doesn't reflect non participants economic impact, or any environmental one.

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 07/26/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Running on empty

Two things spring to mind about Greyhound.
Firstly-how hard did they attempt to get gov't funding and subsidies similar to via rail agreements in quebec and ontario?.
Secondly-company was taken over by pirates who just simply wanted to loot the assets and move on to the next prize.Think Sears Canada.
Either way.The greyhound bus experience for western canada has left the terminal.

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Posted by Dave White on 07/13/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Celebrating the WCCS

If you don't use it give it to re use it.

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Posted by thatsent on 07/06/2018 at 1:22 PM

Re: “A vision for all

10 stories of studios are what is needed for the Whistler workers. Triple the number of units planned.

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Posted by thatsent on 07/01/2018 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Bear aware

Hello and thank you for the bare love. I honestly am wondering if you would pm upon a bear case that happened in the 1990s by red deer. My email, I have home videos and want to share them but not publicly until they are edited as it is a bear pouched incident by a land fill. My mom Shirley Hay managed to pinch the dump off from polluting Pine Lake, the bear did not have such a lucky ending and I would like to bare some love on this situation.

If you can lend me yours u editing vision

I couldnt Thank you enough

Fallon Schalin

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Posted by Fallon Hay on 06/15/2018 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Bear aware

Lowering immigration numbers and being less aggressive with tourism, in conjunction with heavy taxation of Airbnbs will save all the bears and cause less pollution to our formerly pristine Canadian environment. It will also create affordable housing. Did I just provide a solution to all our problems without being "alt-right"? YEP!!!

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Posted by tylerpsychicmedium on 06/14/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Looking for answers

Left Whistler in our first year of marriage when reality set in due to lack of affordability of real estate given the difficulty of getting full time year round work that a bank would qualify a mortgage on. Whistler has always been expensive. Now our family's second generation has been trying to live there for 6 years. Housing is so expensive you can't rent and save realistic money for a place of your own. Jobs are not paying living wages. Moving up is very difficult beyond the first level of seasonal employment where international visiting employees subsidize the companies with money they save and bring with them from countries with higher wages. Now the prices are such that you can't afford to enjoy the reason you moved there in the first place. The mountains. Add to that the fact that Canadians who live nearby have to pay american prices to ski in their own country, and it's becoming very difficult to see how a company can just choose to shut out a whole lot of customers. These are customers that mountain ownership might need given the first international downturn, financial or social shift overseas that results in visitors from other countries deciding to holiday closer to home. No matter how large you are in a corporate sense, you cannot afford to turn your back on a single potential customer. One day just when you need that customer most because others have taken their dollars elsewhere, you might just find they are no longer interested in what you offer. They have moved on. In an industry as cyclical as the ski industry and the vacation real estate market it's not a prudent strategy to be too cavalier about coming into a market and ruling a large portion of support unnecessary to one's business. Monica B Whistler Skier 1968- 1984. Resident 1979 - 1984

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Posted by Monica B on 04/26/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

An effective strategy would have been to come in with observation and research; to gain an understanding of what is working and what isn't, and target changes towards necessary improvements.

What WAS done was much more typically American. 'We don't care how things were done before, we're doing it OUR way now.' So many changes were implemented that made things worse than they were (a software that took us almost a decade backwards, malfunctioning systems, loss of several pass options that enabled locals to ride, etc)

I'm happy to see that Vail is giving back to the community in several ways (with money) but there are some things money can't buy. Give this town it's soul back; show the locals that you know how important they are. Gear your business model towards the people that make up the sea to sky; the people who man the lifts and make the coffees, and not just the deep pockets of the foreign elite.

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Posted by Shannon Heather on 04/26/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “The power of protest

No tar sands tankers for Vancouver harbour. Google and read, "Vancouver Oil Sands Tanker Spill Could Cause Evacuation Nightmare". Dump KM, to save beautiful Vancouver.

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Posted by Earl Richards on 04/26/2018 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Looking for answers

This was my first year not skiing Whistler since 1980. I will not be back until Vail is gone. I will enjoy my local mountain pass and my Mountain Collective pass for the foreseeable future. I used to sing the praises of Whistler despite is limitations in the weather department. No more. Alienating local skiers who can pick their days in notoriously fickle weather (weather that has always made the destination business a crapshoot) is a poor business strategy ... Vail Resorts will see.

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Posted by D Lawson on 04/24/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

I just dont think Sonntag and Vail get it. You wonder if the message really got to the top how much they screwed up their first year. It isnt rocket science. You expect a basic ski resort to be able to issue ski passes, you expect that the passes work, that the linked credit card is linked, that the scanners work at the gates...that the call centre answers the phone to take lesson booking and the queues to customer service dont snake around the building. Fix the basics, the mountain will look after the rest. Oh, and listen and find out whats really going on...

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Posted by GFBO on 04/23/2018 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

The analogies Sonntag chose and stating that his company was 'the enemy' from the beginning is curious. As an ex-longtime local and frequent visitor it pains me to see how aggressive Vail has been to push their Epic pass and complicate or altogether eliminate traditional pass options while unreasonably increasing costs to access the mountains. This is a sure fire strategy to start a relationship with a fiercely passionate community, off on the wrong foot, if this was Vail's goal the strategy has succeeded.

Rob Reed - Toronto.
Whistler Resident (1991-2004).

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Posted by Robert Reed on 04/19/2018 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Big data is dumb and dangerous

Great article Braden.

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Posted by Nikki Best on 04/09/2018 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Looking forward to the new Creekside

There is a real problem with traffic flow in & out of Creekside Plaza. Years ago the only grocery store was located there and it was a dangerous free-for-all. It was a major improvement to relocate to Franz's trail area.
Perhaps a pedestrian bridge might help?

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Posted by Greg Harrington on 03/24/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Doobie doobie do...

When weed was legalized south of the border, I had half expected to see more overt public use, even though it is prohibited, like before. We are now a couple of years in, and the visions of people walking down the sidewalk toking on a joint have never materialized.

I think that people who are pre-disposed to partake in cannabis have already been doing so for years. It's not as though everyone said "Yay, now I can take up marijuana!. Maybe there are a few, but it's not evident. I admit, that my view is based solely on my own observations, and maybe studies have shown otherwise, but from what I've seen, there has been no cannabis apocalypse.

No "stoners" staggering down the street. No "skunky smell" coming from the alleys (unless it's from a real skunk, which we do have) Basically, it's been "nothing to see here. Move along."

With that being said, dispensaries have been popping up like mushrooms. I'm sure, in the case of RMOW, the number and location of dispensaries will be tightly controlled.

Also, a friendly reminder; even though cannabis is legal in Washington State, it is still illegal federally, and the US Customs and Border Patrol work for the federal government, not the state. To them, it is still highly illegal. Just wait to buy until after you cross the border. You won't have to go far.

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 03/10/2018 at 9:11 AM

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