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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Maxed Out

Re: “High time for a discussion on pot retail

Dude, way to much
over thinking!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Spicoli on 04/07/2018 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Change course on this water decision

G.D.M. showing his well rehearsed bleeding edge "politico-chic". So much easier to blame politicians than the perpetrators. Some will recall that the W2020 Water Task Force recommended the phase out of flow-through coolers. Local business went ballistic. Banning new installations is the first logical step. Replacing appliances prematurely is not considered a sustainability best practice. Mandating efficiency testing and accelerating phase out of existing units shouldn't be too difficult.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ken Melamed on 03/29/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Change course on this water decision

Easy enough for households to do too

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Posted by surfingshreddie on 03/29/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “We are Burger King all the way...

The armies of Vail Resorts blanket the globe in colour-coded (Canadian spelling, Rob) uniforms black for ops, red for patrol, yellow for safety, blue for twinkie, gray for office drone. And green for the colour of money.

Max, what's twinkie? ... food service? Thanks.

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Posted by William Field on 02/10/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Are some employees 'more equal' than others?

Nailed it. Again. Thanks.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Whistler dude on 02/02/2018 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Cooking the golden goose: Part III

I couldn't agree more. And then some. There are loop holes for developers in our Comunity Plan, that need to be plugged. The local and provincial governments make too much money from this town without putting back. And that specifically includes all of our infrastructure, not just employee housing. We need to take a break from for profit development, and catch up on infrastructure. There was a plan for housing at Cheakamus Crossing and the RMOW needs to implement that plan. There was a plan for the expansion of the Heath care centre, (where the trees were in celebration plaza), for over night care, and the province needs to implement expanded health care facilities in Whistler. Diddo re police and ambulance services, and of course sewer and water. Whistler is living on the edge of a lie, and fake news. Let's take a break from greed and development, and talk about the strength of Comunity and true sustainability .
Thanks again Max for speaking the truth.
Bonnie Munster

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Posted by Bonster on 01/19/2018 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Cooking the Golden Goose: Part II

Wow, rezoning proposal is opening a can of worms for all future developments in Whistler. Or for that matter the future of Whistler's character.

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Posted by Joze Sparovec on 01/11/2018 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Cooking the golden goose: Part I

Many problems with this proposal. I don't think we have yet had a private developer build an affordable rental building. Private developer and affordable don't go hand in hand. If this was a project that was built and then given to WHA to manage that would be one thing. Although the scale and type of housing needs to be rethought. I don't see how a private developer is going to be policed to keep it affordable, keep it from becoming housing for one large corporation, ie VAIL and ensure it is locals. Nevermind that the current OCP says affordable housing cannot be tied to employment. Would this not go against that? Its not difficult to connect the dots to this project being sold to the community as an "extraordinary need" then turning into Vail staff housing just in time to tear down staff at Base 2 to build Renaissance.

Posted by Marnie Gibson on 01/08/2018 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Cooking the golden goose: Part I

I live a half block up from this proposed site and it's in plain view of our quiet residential neighborhood of duplexes and triplexes. Putting a high-density 222-bed unit complex next to our quiet low-density residential neighborhood would be like dropping a shopping mall in the lost lake parking lot. It's insanity. 100% of residents in our neighborhood oppose this rezoning application in its current form.

The other major issue is traffic. This proposal does not address the already congested access to Nordic from the highway. Wait times are often 10 minutes or more to exit Nordic from either highway access point. Adding hundreds of new residents in Nordic would have to be accompanied by an extensive traffic management redevelopment plan. The added cost of the necessary traffic changes makes this rezoning application even less financially viable. To make matter worse, the cost of traffic changes would fall on all taxpayers, not the developer, Triple-One, so the true economics of the proposed project become even more murky.

Rewriting RZ1144 to permit more units of similar character and density to existing structures in the surrounding neighborhood would likely gain the support of most members of our community. Everyone wants more WHA housing if done responsibly and thoughtfully. Creekside residents are painfully aware of the impact of labor shortages with many businesses closing temporarily during the fall due to a lack of available employees. These businesses include some of my favorite spots like the Southside Diner and Samurai Sushi.

For high-density projects like the one proposed in the current version of RZ1144, other development sites provide the city with more bang for their buck with fewer negative impacts on existing neighborhoods and taxpayers.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Peter Blitz on 01/05/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Cooking the golden goose: Part I

In addition, why is this 2 acre lot assessed at only $722,000? Find me an undeveloped 2 acre lot in Whistler I can buy for anywhere close to this price. Triple-One is not paying their share of property tax and I assume this has gone on for years.

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Posted by Ron Gosney on 01/05/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Am I a ski bum?

Hey Cliff, I've added your name to the photo credit online. Thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by Brandon Barrett on 12/18/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Am I a ski bum?

Original photo taken by Cliff Jennings with Pentax Spotmatic 35 mm. Slide scanned this year, but low resolution done by Kodak photo CDin 1996.…

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Posted by Cliff Jennings on 12/17/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Going cold turkey on social media

Right on Max.

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Posted by SGow on 12/02/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Going cold turkey on social media

Dear Max:
As a fellow professional writer (myself being the 2-time winner of the poet's pause competition in Whister) I just want to point out that your writing voice is that of an entitiled 20-year-old girl who has just been told on social media that not everyone cares what their mediocre opinions are!

10 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by God Waxsmells on 11/30/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Going cold turkey on social media

You crying like a little baby girl again, Max? Did the bad man Trump call you a "nasty" name?

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Posted by God Waxsmells on 11/30/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “The price of doing nothing is too high

Very well written and it expresses the thoughts crossing every local's mind.

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Posted by Anton Taylor on 09/27/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “A challenging balancing act

Yes. Every word. And those who have been here to witness, consult, employ, pay rent, advocate, build a life, raise a family, weather the storm could not agree more. BTW - my favourite quote... "Nobody owes you a place to live. Stop yer bitching."

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tanya Ewasiuk Goertzen on 09/20/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Hope springs eternal

Come on, Cavenish isn't nearly as bad as Whistler!

Posted by Anchovies29 on 09/18/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Labour Day in Tiny Town

Hit the nail right on the head GD.

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Posted by The Spangler on 08/31/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Whistler: Not for everyone?

I think we need to stop looking for simple solutions to complex problems. I still love it here. Raised our family, contributed heavily to the community and will continue to do so.
We need to start looking outside of the box and accepting ideas and solutions that are proposed from those who are not the usual suspects.

Don't know what Max is whining about he seems to have worked the system quite well.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Grant Lamont on 07/15/2017 at 8:00 AM

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