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A great deal of credit must go to the 21-member citizen advisory group who helped develop the five futures and the public consultation program, and who were on hand at the open house to help answer questions.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to members of the local media for helping to create awareness of the consultation program and providing thoughtful and articulate editorial on the issue.

The final steps of Phase 2 include compiling the results of the questionnaire for analysis, and posting everyone's comments on the whistlerfuture.com Web site. Phase 3 begins in early January as staff and council prepares a blended or preferred future, based on the analysis of the feedback, which will once again be presented to public in February. Updates will be provided at council meetings and posted to the municipal Web site ( www.whistler.ca ) regularly.

For those who did not have an opportunity to provide their input, please feel free to contact me 604-935-8118 or call the Whistler Future information line at 604-935-8333

Mike Vance

General Manager, Community Initiatives

Resort Municipality of Whistler

This letter was addressed to MLAs Ted Nebbeling, Kevin Falcon and Premier Gordon Campbell.

The Liberal Government of B.C., in its effort to replace the N.D.P., bought its way into the minds of voters by generously handing out millions of dollars in tax deductions. We have been paying for this lavishness ever since, and we are now the province carrying the greatest debt load. At the same time, the government has failed to respond to the basic needs of the citizens of B.C. (who, incidentally, pay your ample salaries) as you trample on the poor, the handicapped, many elderly, and the children, few of whom have a voice or a vote to concern you.

We, as knowledgeable taxpayers in our own communities, strive to do what is best for all citizens. We live, work and engage in the life of our various areas. We share our ideas and arrive at solutions in a democratic and open milieu. Sometimes we win, sometimes not, but we are free to share our ideas and be listened to.

The government is telling us that Bill 75 will benefit B.C. at large. We are more than aware that, if this bill is enacted, it will put the blocks to the voice of the NIMBYS, your name for people like Senator Kennedy, Robert Bateman, among a host of others, who speak for the rights of all citizens. Their message is that all might enjoy clean water, fresh air, protected parks (with services you dramatically cut ), where animals, birds, fish and trees are valued, not only for us but for generations to come.

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