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Recreation assistance program continued Whistler has decided to continue its commitment to a program which makes sure that local recreation facilities are open to everyone in the community, despite their economic standing. Council has supported the continuation of the four-year-old recreation credit program, now called the recreation assistance program. The program allows easier access to local recreation programs for people temporarily experiencing financial hardship or those who simply can't afford to participate in fee programs. According to Bob Kusch, manager of program services for the municipality, about 80 people utilized the assistance program last year, and changes have been made to open the program to people who are out of work. Subsidy funding is available, up to $95 per person, based on a variety of economic qualifications. Mountain World asks for TV display A request by the community's massive underground adventure complex to better advertise its business has council concerned about a village full of video monitors and speakers. Mountain World has made a request to the municipality to have speakers at its front and back entrances to play music, as well as a new video monitor outside its front door to help entice customers. Councillor Ken Melamed said he's worried the many other basement-level businesses throughout the village may make a request for similar amplified advertisements, leading to even more noise pollution in the community. "I don't want to see them fail, but I think there are other ways to enhance your business," Melamed said. "I don't love the blaring music in the village, especially when different sounds are competing with each other. The request has been referred back to staff.

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