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Whiski Jack Strata Complex, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Dog Grooming, Nester?s, Garlick Mountain Ceramics, Whistler Blackcomb?s Club WAG, Teddy Treats, Raine Playfair, the Fire Department, Mountain FM, Mountain Crests, Whistler Cable 6, Pique Newsmagazine and the Whistler Question.

I would also like to thank the many hard working volunteers who helped set-up, sign-in, soap-up and BBQ. Your energy, enthusiasm and love for the animals is the heart and soul of WAG.

The day?s record-breaking turnout and overwhelming support for WAG is a good example of Whistler?s thriving community spirit.

Lauren Fraser

WAG Shelter Manager

On Aug. 22, 2001 the Honourable Graham Bruce, Minister of Skills Development and Labour, directed the WCB Panel of Administrators to consider delaying the implementation of the second hand smoke regulations. On the same day, during Question Period he implied that there was little or no consultation and that the regulations were being imposed without consultation.

The Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, and the B.C. Lung Association, which make up the Clean Air Coalition of B.C., would like to ensure the Minister of Skills Development and Labour and the public is aware that each of our organizations participated fully in four public hearings throughout B.C. During the consultation process, over 500 oral and written submissions were received by WCB and an economic analysis was undertaken. This information can be seen on the WCB Web site.

Minister Bruce, along with 85 per cent of all other workers in the province, have been guaranteed a smoke-free workplace since April 1998. However, women and men who work in the hospitality sector, long-term care and correctional facilities have had to wait for the same protection and as a result must suffer the health risks from exposure to second hand smoke.

Contrary to industry claims, in jurisdictions with similar regulations, there have been virtually no negative impacts on business or tourism in the long-term. Additional consultation is not necessary ? it is time for action. Second hand smoke is a known health hazard and exposure to second-hand smoke can be easily prevented. We strongly encourage the Panel of Administrators to not delay the implementation of the regulation and for the Minister of Skills Development and Labour to reconsider his direction to the Panel. The health of women and men depend upon it.

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