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Re: The streamlining of the patrol phone or better yet call it what it is: the mainstreaming.

Gone is the straight-to-the-facts weather observations – wind, visibility, temperature, snow – and a forecast that rivals the weather channel. Stuff you could use.

It seems it was so popular that the patrollers that needed to use it always got a busy signal.

It would be nice to see the reports come back in some other form. Perhaps Whistler-Blackcomb/Olympic sponsor TELUS, could set up a proper phone line (without all the sugar coating as is the case with the current propaganda line) and have patrol continue the program with avalanche/backcountry information.

Guillermo Bright


Members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation have voted overwhelmingly to reject Christy Clark’s college of political appointees, and instead will pay into the BCTF Democratic Teachers’ Fund. Across the province, 89 per cent voted for this option, while locally, a staggering 96 per cent of Howe Sound Teachers’ Association members supported this plan.

These results show that teachers are outraged at the creation of an undemocratic, unrepresentative College of Teachers that will make our profession the only one in British Columbia that is not self-regulating or democratic. Every other professional group in B.C., including doctors, lawyers, accountants, nurses, dentists, and engineers, to name a few, controls its professional body.

Diminishing the status of teachers will only serve to undermine public education. The BCTF is the strongest voice for students and public education in our province. Regrettably, members of the B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals Association have, perhaps unwittingly, become pawns of the provincial government and have provided no educational leadership with respect to adequate education funding and support for teachers as they try to restore a democratic, self-regulating College of Teachers.

We are, however, grateful for the support of parents and other members of the public across the province who have written to their School Board, MLA and Christy Clark. This is especially important since Minister Clark refuses to discuss these and other matters with the BCTF. Members of the Howe Sound Teachers’ Association, the teachers of your children, would encourage all local parents to express publicly their concerns over these unwarranted changes. Your support can make a difference.

Carl E. Walker


Howe Sound Teachers’ Associationa

Spirit Pass lacks real spirit

Let’s take a look at the reality of the so called Spirit Pass.

The locals, many of whom don’t work for Intrawest, play a big role in making this resort community great. Many of us have been pass holders (of one form or another) for years. And how are we rewarded? The Grinches at Intrawest provide the Spirit Pass for $1,169, plus a $40 training/administration fee, plus GST, for a total of $1,293.63.


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