Bruce Kay 
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Re: “The Liberal Party is falling well short of its promises to First Nations

Eoin Finn - have you ever looked at a map of Canada?

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 09/11/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Beware of the 'instant' fix

In response to Nicholas John Field, I tend to agree in a context of the short term. If you don't like the trends, you have only yourself to blame for ignoring decades of what was always written on the wall, which is that there is no holding back the relentless tide of wealth and humanity that Whistler was always intended to attract. Get out while the getting is still good. If that isn't possible, brace yourself and look to Europe for guidance in how to best manage growth. Particularly take guidance from those darned socialists that tax the hell out of wealth to ensure that all that deplorable but necessary underclass has a place to live while they cater your "never ending party" as Max hilariously puts it.

Thats the short term. In context of the long term I would point out that NJF's assertion of:

"Growth and progress are the goal. If you are not growing you are dying."

is the corporate motto of any tumour.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 09/10/2018 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Whistler's GHG emissions continue to rise

The best thing the Resort Municipality of Whistler can do to further the lowering of Greenhouse gases would be to lever whatever influence they have in terms of public energy policy by doing the following:

1) loudly and consistently advocate for a national carbon tax, the best proven (empirically, worldwide over a decade of demonstration) bang for your buck with the least socio economic risk.

2) loudly and consistently advocate for increased investments in public transit systems such as utilizing the existing railway line, the railway that not long ago was foolishly given away to private enterprise with no guarantee of a public transportation component.

3) loudly and consistently tell their corporate partner Vail Holdings / Whistler Blackcomb to do the same ( advocate for the Carbon Tax) along with what every single Whistler resident should say directly to Rob Katz whenever you cross paths with him in Nestors - to come out and publicly apologize for funding the Republican party in the last American election and pledge to never again fund the republican party or any other consistently climate action obstructionist political party from this point forward.

4) to carry this climate change activism to the next Municipal convention and any other public policy forum - such as this weeks Conservative Party of Canada convention where you can bet your last dollar they will obfuscate, deceive and obstruct as they always have on climate action and for that very reason should unambiguously be told loudly and publicly that they as a party will be opposed by all and any means possible.

This little job requires a stable and steady transition off of fossil fuels. That requires federal level public policy on everything from energy to transportation.

Not to belabor the obvious but that first and foremost means allowing no further Conservative governments, No matter how much you hate Trudope, anything Conservative is by any measure of historical record far worse if you honestly give two hoots about your kids future climate.

Yes the good representatives of Whistler could do all these things and as any glance backward over the past two decades reveals, they should have done all this long ago but lets not kid ourselves.... they didn't do it two decades ago, they didn't do it one decade ago and they won't do it now. Mostly because the good people of whistler really don't care enough to tell them to do it.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 08/23/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

Truly one the most innane arguments against this tax is that "Boomers" who (like me) fortuitously bought in back when the good times flowed like honey should be somehow insulated and protected from an environment that has long evolved to something entirely different, not just for them but everyone. Perhaps in their myopia, they can't see that the less opportune are hardly insulated either and no matter how awful it is out there, any property owner is comparatively dancing on a gold mine, while the rest are increasingly far from it. As well, the notion of "Tax exhaustion" is flat out ridiculous considering the fact that for decades tax burden has been in steady decline under a dominance of neo liberal public policy - directly resulting in the under funding and over stressed public assets that depend on it, such as public schooling!

In other words, whatever costs are proposed now amount only to a minuscule recovery of what we have all been stupidly avoiding for decades, apparently to the benefit of our personal hordes of wealth instead

There is one broadly applicable psychological explanation for such attitudes (universal to all but measurably more entrenched as a righteous entitlement as personal wealth increases) called "loss Aversion" along with the related "Endowment effect". Ultimately, it is an irrationality of risk. Al Capone called it " no body moves.... no body gets hurt" and from a communitarian stand point (but not an Ayn Rand stand point) it was bullshit then as it is now.…

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 07/01/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “'We acknowledge that we made some mistakes'

It is a little hard, kinda funny and just a bit tragic to take Mr Sonntag seriously about any commitment to "making things right." when Vail has yet to communicate (communication is key he says) clearly and unambiguously that they will no longer fund the Republican Party climate change denial machine.

He did mention many things, but he certainly failed to mention that....…

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 04/19/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of April 5

in answer to Andrea Nacey's thoughtful and nearly suicidal question: when it comes to the weighting of economic opportunity, the following immutable law is always invoked with force: "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." ~ Animal Farm, George Orwell

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 04/06/2018 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Government says no to Sunshine Coast to Squamish trail

Pretty hilarious when you think about it. Those drainages have been logged into oblivion for decades. Not sure if they ever bothered asking the Grizzlies about that little bit of trail work!

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 01/01/2018 at 2:47 PM

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