Amar Varma 

Name: Amar Varma

Campaign slogan: Affordability

Age: 46

Occupation: Accountant

Volunteerism: Whistler-Blackcomb Mountain Safety Volunteer 2001-02


Other hobbies: Hiking, Canoeing, Sailing

Web site:

Last book read: Time is An Illusion by Chris Griscom

Why are you running for council?

I want to live here hopefully for the rest of my life and I want the community to grow in a good way so it’s affordable. It should be a place where people who work here can live here because that’s what I want to do.

A lot of people have left Whistler because of the lack of affordability. They have to move to Pemberton. If they cash out on their houses, they can’t buy back here.

If we keep going on this cycle basically most of the people that built the community, that are the heart and soul of the community, are going to be gone. All you’re going to have is that transient workforce that comes here for two or three years, if that, and leaves and the soul will be gone.

To me, the soul encompasses the people that made Whistler from the early ’80s, late ’70s and ’60s, all of those people are the soul. In the ’90s a lot of people came up and they too are the soul. People in the service industry and the transient population also make up the colour and the soul. They are all part of the whole process. But if we keep going, those people will have to leave and only the people with lots of money can live here.

I’m running because I want to create an atmosphere and find strategies to keep the soul of this community here.

What are the major accomplishments of council since the last election?

I personally think the council did a good job in getting all the Olympic legacies that they did get and I support them for doing that. I applaud them. It’ll put Whistler on the world stage even better than it is now.

This is also the same council that basically started the WHA (Whistler Housing Authority) and that’s a good start. I support that concept. They have created additional living spaces, which should bring down or hold down some prices.

Still, there is more to be done. We’re not done yet.

What are the major failures of council since the last election?

I have very little negative to say about anybody.

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