Bruce Kay 
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Re: “Whistler preps e-bike policy

can anyone describe exactly what this alleged 'conflict" is between class 1 electric assist and traditional bikes?

I mean legitimate points of conflict, not just weird perceptions of elitism

Posted by Bruce Kay on 03/16/2019 at 8:01 PM

Re: “SLRD shies away from 'climate accountability' campaign

Just an idea but why not the SLRD, along with Squamish council, RMOW and maybe Pemby mayor and council just write a very simple letter to Vail Resorts requesting that they immediately pledge to no longer fund the Trump Republicans?

Better yet, rather than pop it in the mail just walk it over and hand deliver it.

It might generate a bit more respect than the last letter

Posted by Bruce Kay on 03/02/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Close-your-doors campaign pounds the pavement

If you put a high price on "symbolism" Arthur....


Imagine the symbolism of confronting Vail Resorts on their continued financial support of the Trump Republicans!

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 02/28/2019 at 11:51 AM

Re: “American Friends of Whistler to hand out $90K in grants this year

Just a thought, one that certainly would not negatively impact the honourable material contributions to community from AFOW :

Vail Resorts, perhaps the most powerful political entity that exists in the entire sea to Sky corridor is actively funding the Trump Republican party, an act I'm sure anyone will agree is not consistent and perhaps is anathema to the health of Whistler or anywhere.

Would AFOW consider a simple public lobbying campaign, a leadership absent so far in our community, to pressure Vail Resorts to publicly disavow and pledge to desist in funding of the Trump Republicans?

Just an idea. Like I said, it really wouldn't cost much, certainly compared to the headlines it would generate. Think about it

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 02/14/2019 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of February 7

Just remember that Garibaldi at Squamish will be nothing more than another cypress bowl in terms of snow quality and available terrain in just a couple of decades. Good backcountry touring beyond but not a good future for the actual ski area.

Vail bought into Whistler to milk the higher elevations and cooler temperatures as the climate warms up. They will eventually be the only viable game in town. They know whats going on and to that extent, funding the Trump Republicans will at least for a few decades position them well.

Perhaps that explains it!

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 02/07/2019 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The DFO program aiming to return salmon numbers to historical levels

genetically weak or strong will not really be the issue, perhaps already but certainly a few decades ahead, as the ocean and river water warms up. Then even the most robust natural genetics will meet the threshold of tolerance and the once abundant southern BC salmon stocks will be gone far worse than the present.

Unless of course those gene's can be genetically modified, maybe with something out of tropical fruit, which miraculously gives our salmon an ability to withstand warmer temperatures. Which will no doubt require our fish hatcheries.

Don't laugh - this is whats coming down the pipe because for twenty years, we have done nothing about the bigger problem, even though salmon recovery strategies have measurably worked for decades now (look at any statistical record SKP... they have worked well). The threshold of success has hit the ceiling and now its all downhill, even if we do get our act together. Get used to it!

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 02/01/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of January 24

As usual, the stoney silence from the Sea to Sky community on this subject is deafening. Thats OK, I will kick the can further down the road, if you won't.

Here is a very good summation of the problem and solution for moving forward on how Canada ought to be leading the civilized world on this existential threat to human civilization. Canada can do it, not so much because we are as the right wingers correctly point out "only 1.5% of the problem", rather we can do it because we are - allegedly at least - a well informed, well resourced and morally aware society. True, by the standard of leadership offered by Vail Resorts, Tourism Whistler and RMOW city council this is very debatable but that is the mythology we do subscribe to nevertheless.

Anyway, as the following author describes, if we are as serious and noble as we pretend, compromises must be made to navigate such a complex problem. For instance, one of the most important things that elite latte sucking West coast eco kooks need to do is not just wag a scolding finger but consistently and repeatedly show a little empathy towards a culture and industry that we have long relied on for cheap gas to fuel our SUV's every time we zoom up to the ski hill.

This is possible and attainable. For instance, rather than predictably oppose, we can actively and loudly support the development of Site C dam, not just because of the low risk to fisheries or the obvious potential of low GHG producing hydro power displacing coal fired energy, but because it can provide good paying dirt digging work for dirt diggers who face uncertainty and perhaps economic ruin in the oil patch. Yes, risks are involved but that is what leadership entails - taking risks for someone else. That is also how trust is formed, which is essential to leadership. The same potential exists with the Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning. Yes I repeat, risks are involved but in a context of the greater risk - catastrophic climate change - these are smaller risks that perhaps must be taken to gain the required trust to move forward against the greatest risk.

True, the Albertans need to belly up to the bar as well. They do need to reject climate change denialism and navel gazing self interest (as much as a per capita wealthiest province that also has 17 billion $ squirrelled away in a so called "rainy day fund" can, at any rate) but in day to day mortgage paying terms, we need to recognize that no matter what mistakes they made getting to where they are, an economically stable transition is required to correct it. That will involve a continued resource extractive economy in the short term at least.


At any rate, no need to repeat essentially what this guy says, which in a nutshell is that if we are serious about either leadership or action on mitigating climate change risk, compromises need to be soberly recognized and accepted.

https://thewalrus.ca/the-best-way-to-comba…
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Posted by Bruce Kay on 01/27/2019 at 12:49 PM

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