Letters to the Editor for the week of Feb 2nd, 2012 

Liquor survey needs input

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Whistler Community Services Society is being contracted by the B.C. government to gather information about alcohol consumption in municipal facilities and to create a MAP (municipal alcohol policy), which will be presented to council at the end of March.

Addressing the context of alcohol use is key to addressing alcohol-related harms in a community. Context refers to the condition in which alcohol is consumed (i.e. conditions of sale of alcohol in specified facilities; service practices; training of servers; and so on). Municipal governments have a role to play in setting or improving some of these conditions. One of the tools available to local governments to address harms related to alcohol is the development of MAPs, a well-defined process to assist local governments to effectively manage the use of alcohol in municipal facilities in order to reduce hazardous alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harms, and liability.

WCSS is in the "information gathering" stage. This information includes your opinions on whether you would think there should be alcohol service at some municipal facilities, if so, under what conditions and/or should Whistler eliminate the ability to have alcohol served at facilities. As well as the survey, WCSS is meeting with stakeholder groups from the community including business and property owners, RCMP, by-law, healthcare providers, schools, sporting teams, licensed establishments, restaurants and caterers. We hope to provide every resident with a voice; this is your opportunity to speak to the issue. The survey link is available on the front page of www.mywcss.org under Municipal Alcohol Policy or MAP survey.

As well, we would greatly appreciate it if you would consider disseminating the information on the survey link to your friends and family, or on your Facebook page! This is the opportunity for Whistler residents to have a voice in the potential development of alcohol policy in the community.

Lorna Van Straaten, executive director, Whistler Community Services Society


Highway dividers a must

I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. (Shafiqur) Rahman. In a few short seconds we lost a Whistler Ambassador doing his job due to an unnecessary head-on collision.

I ask again for our planners to revisit and lobby for dividers on any section of road that can accommodate such protection.

Jim Horner


Busting Whistler's Traffic Gridlock

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 was the worst gridlock I have yet experienced here in Whistler. It took me a full hour to move a customer a distance that would normally take five minutes or less.

Eventually he decided to jump out of the taxi and walk the rest of the distance through heavy snowfall to reach his destination at the Westin Hotel. It also took my brother three hours to drive from Whistler Village to home at the base of Mount Seymour in North Vancouver that afternoon.

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