Wood 
Member since Jun 18, 2009


City: Whistler Province: British Columbia

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Re: “Municipal support and growing tourism seen as wins in federal budget say Whistler officials

Not sure that the promotion of more tourism in Whistler where we can not handle the visitation we have already is a good idea. Just propping up and expanding infrastructure to facilitate more tourism will not improve the experience of living or visiting here.

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Posted by Wood on 03/27/2019 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Action on climate change is urgent, say our youth

Dear Clare, another wonderful article about the youth climate change demonstration. I think it is good that you support them and that you call out Ralph for his short shortsightedness. I think it is also interesting that the opposite page is a full page ad for No Limits heli adventures. "More helicopters, more tours, More value is the slogan. Later in this issue (p 17) is the article about Destination BC and how "tourism presents and enormous growth opportunity". International travel set to double says Heather Boyd. True there is a stated desire to be "sustainable" but is it realistic to think that this goal can be achieved with the impact of ever more jet travel, heli tours, "disperse" tourism and just building to meet demand. No mention of any capacity limitations. It is hard for me not to believe that the youth who protest have a very uncertain future as there is no sign that anything is going to change that will make the difference they need.

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Posted by Wood on 03/22/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Official Community Plan bylaw headed to public hearing

Admitting that capacity is not defined or quantified and that they are dealing with lots of capacity issues at RMOW I still wonder how any capacity issue is solvable when the fundamental overall resort capacity remains undefined and therefore unmanageable. So many great visions in the OCP are IMO unachievable if this draft is adopted as is. Even after my discussion in the Q&A the second reading of the OCP was passed unanimously without discussion. I don't get it.

Unless someone in the community, on council or at this newspaper can explain how this OCP will have any power at all to manage our future then I wonder why they too are not asking for an explanation why this OCP draft is being adopted.

Posted by Wood on 03/20/2019 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Official Community Plan bylaw headed to public hearing

Admitting that capacity is not defined or quantified and that they are dealing with lots of capacity issues at RMOW I still wonder how any capacity issue is solvable when the fundamental overall resort capacity remains undefined and therefore unmanageable. So many great visions in the OCP are IMO unachievable if this draft is adopted as is. Even after my discussion in the Q&A the second reading of the OCP was passed unanimously without discussion. I don't get it.

Posted by Wood on 03/20/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Thanks for the memories

Great comments Clare. Indeed our capacities are stressed and I am hopeful that this is finally getting the attention it deserves on council. They now speak of "comfortable capacity of visitation" The missing component is the definition of that capacity, how it is objectively measured and how it is managed. I would suggest we are at that capacity already and the danger is that adjustments take time to happen. Just like driving a car one should be anticipating rather than reacting to speed and road conditions. But at least the topic is on the table. As you suggest we should now be "stepping away from the continual push" slowing things down to get under control for a successful and sustainable future. Thanks for your article.

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Posted by Wood on 02/23/2019 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The collision of long weekends

It is disappointing that the tourist industry and the ski industry continue to whine about the change to conform our family day to the date of other provinces for the benefit of families to be able to get together. The ski industry particularly here in whistler is enjoying very good business every weekend and it just seems selfish for them to propose that the province should leave the weekend separate from the other provinces so that they might benefit from an additional even more busy weekend. Hotel occupancy in whistler is higher than it has ever been with room rates more than double before. Families that ski do so on many weekends and there are many that look forward to using a common holiday weekend to visit others in their family. Having the weekends separate meant that many families had no long weekend at all as they had to work on both. It is by popular demand that the weekend was moved and I am sure not by any ill will towards the tourism industry. The tourism industry benefits from many government programs. It should be grateful and not try to force everyone to structure everything for its own self interest.

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Posted by Wood on 02/23/2019 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The cost of climate change

Changing climate is a symptom of our continued and expanding use of fossil fuels and the release of carbon and other green house gases into the atmosphere. Sure we need to modify and improve protections from these changes but the SOLUTION is to begin a transition to non fossil products. Until this is done we continue towards consequences that no amount of money will protect us from. It is in our "national interest" to start this transition as soon as possible. Our federal and provincial leadership is leading us in the opposite direction. We are the lucky ones who have insurance and have the ability to protect our local areas. Most of the world has only one option when their homes are polluted or flooded and that is to move. Billions will have to do so and billions more if our fossil fuel usage does not change. So what are we doing in Canada and in BC but EXPANDING our oil and gas exports. Lets please not do this.

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Posted by Wood on 01/16/2019 at 9:12 AM

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