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In May of this year the SLRD held a public meeting at the Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish. Although the overwhelming majority of attendees denounced the Ashlu plan the SLRD could not issue a decision because there were outstanding documents required before a decision could be made. The SLRD will hold another, and most likely the final, public meeting on the Ashlu application in late September.

A hydro project in the Ashlu canyon has no long term benefit to the local community and would rob the Sea to Sky corridor of an environmental and truly fabulous tourist asset.

Tom Rankin

Upper Squamish Valley

 

I’m sitting here watching the Olympics and noticing a strange dichotomy between the ads that are appearing during event coverage and the spirit of the Olympics.

One ad that runs continuously on CBC is a Coke ad that has a room service waiter drinking the heel of a hotel guest’s Coke before delivering it. When the guest opens the door it is unclear whether he was caught but an unhappy guest greets him with "It’s about time". And the waiter covers his actions and comes up with a puerile comment about the room.

While watching NBC I saw an ad from AT&T where a son comes to the breakfast table after staying out later than agreed and when challenged by his parents he blames his cell phone coverage. Whereupon his dad rewards him for his lack of resourcefulness at finding a phone by giving him a new phone which he promptly uses to taunt his unhappy jealous younger brother.

Both these ads portray poor attitudes and if meant to be amusing, certainly miss the mark for me.

The Olympics are supposed to promote ethical behaviour, a spirit of goodwill and a sense of camaraderie among teammates and friends. To watch events split by ads which promote getting away with something or treating people not as you would like to be treated is jarring. Am I alone?

Jinny Ladner

Whistler

 

Well after six years here in Whistler, the cost of living, and the prospect of never owning a piece of land has driven us away. Affordable housing is an oxymoron. We are two working professionals and we would love the sprinkling restrictions to apply to us.

Both of us have received awesome career opportunities in Prince George, eight hours north of this "golden" town.

We can eat cheaper, live cheaper and we’ve purchased a five-bedroom house with a pool for $140,000.

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