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Go figure

Whistler, under the VANOC banner is bending over backwards to supply a first class venue for the super athletes of the world in 2010.

Yet, when it comes to the Paralympics Whistler is contemplating giving away key elements, like the arena, to Squamish or Pemberton – go figure.

Richard Edgar


We are all culpable

As we bemoan the acts of terrorism and tragic events in London, I believe we need to ask ourselves what is each one of us doing to reduce or eliminate the terrorism that occurs on the Sea to Sky highway and the lax penalties, if any, that are meted out to those guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, their vehicle. It appears that a person found guilty of dangerous driving or causing bodily harm or even killing a person with their vehicle gets a mere slap on the wrist, compared to the punishment meted out to a person found guilty of inflicting wounds to the same effect but with a gun. The police are soon informed and respond with alacrity if a person is seen brandishing a firearm, a knife or a sword. Why are they not similarly notified when a person is seen driving in a manner that is likely to endanger the lives, health or wellbeing of others? Please report them: the life you save may be your own or that of someone you love or would wish to love.

On July 2nd, at about 4 p.m. a few people were witness to one of the stupidest acts of driving that I have observed in over 30 years driving the Sea to Sky Highway. Just north of Brandywine, where the northbound traffic has the option of two lanes and the southbound traffic is reduced to one lane, a northbound vehicle was driven in the southbound lane to pass at least 4 vehicles that were moving northbound at or above the speed limit. The driver of this errant vehicle did not have a view of southbound traffic and a lot of people were lucky that a southbound vehicle was a short distance away and was not hit.

Let us take a moment and imagine the likely carnage from a head-on collision at that time. The errant vehicle traveling at approximately 120 km/h and one or two vehicles southbound at say 80 km/h. Speed at impact, 200 km/h. At least two other, possibly four or more, northbound vehicles would also be involved. Several lives would have been lost, even more consigned to a life of pain, discomfort, lack of mobility, lost pleasures, jobs, time at Whistler, and an avoidable drain on our beleaguered health system.

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