Letters to the editor 

Re: Linda McGaw’s letter to the editor of Jan. 4

I obviously need to clear up a quote taken from me in the Dec. 28 th issue of Pique Newsmagazine. I made no reference to one product being better than another; my point only exists to the extent that the public should have a choice of whom they can purchase products from.

I also need to add, that you may have missed my quote saying: "(Whistler-Blackcomb) has done a great job." Our issue is in no way an attack on Whistler-Blackcomb products or its instructors. Our issue remains that the consumer should have a choice of whom they receive instruction from; just the same way you have the choice to express your opinion in the newspaper.

Joe Hallo

Alpina Ski School Ltd.

Careful where you tread

Thank you for your coverage of the Leadership Through Sustainable Innovations speaker series. I realize these are the first stages of the Natural Step Framework. I'd like to add one suggestion to be included in Whistler’s road to sustainability: Food. Whistler won't be very sustainable without it.

Whistlers Ecological Footprint not only affects Whistler itself, but the edge of this footprint runs right down the Pemberton Valley.

Estate homes are appearing and large farm fields are becoming off limits to agriculture. Farmland prices have risen far beyond the reach of people who wish to actually farm. The latest noticeable change is a massive pile of pre-load gravel, the base for a super-home, within the village of Pemberton. Last year this was some of the most productive agricultural land on the planet.

I hope the Early Adopters of the Natural Step Framework will adopt a few local farmers. Please consider local food production important enough to be included in this vision.

Bruce Miller


In the Dec. 28, 2001 edition of Pique Newsmagazine, Maurice Young Millennium Place (MY Place) was mentioned in the "Best of Whistler 2001" as both the Best and Worst Use of Public Funds. Although it is gratifying to be singled out for the Best Use category, this designation suggests a significant misperception as to how MY Place was funded.

Less than 6 per cent of the total project cost to build and furnish MY Place was contributed by the RMOW. The dollars contributed were not tax based dollars but were made up of (1) funds that were donated by developers to the municipality, to be redirected by the municipality to projects that provided community amenities; and (2) waived development fees. In many other B.C. municipalities, the construction of such a community facility would have been paid for entirely by the municipality. In Whistler the members of our community have generously provided almost all of the finances needed for this project with their donations of cash and services in kind. MY Place is a tribute to the over 125 volunteers and over 350 donors who have stepped forward and made significant contributions to ensure the success of this community gathering place.

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