Letters to the Editor 

A sinking feeling

This letter is in support of the position put forward by Mike Roger (Pique letters July 14) regarding our situation at Eva Lake Village. Put simply, a number of these properties are sinking because they were built on improper fill and the best idea the Muni can come up with is to hide behind a two-month "statute of limitations" clause which, they claim, protects them from any liability. Meanwhile, the owners are faced with shelling out over $1.2 million to fix three of the buildings and must sue the Muni and other parties to recover their money, because none of the culpable parties is willing to come to the table with a meaningful offer, even though we all agreed to mediation. This kind of adversarial conflict resolution is a useless and avoidable drain on the resources of all concerned and will result in significant dollars being lost in legal fees, money that could be spent on better housing.

Eva Lake is filled with Whistler working people, both lease-holders and renters, who need proper, affordable housing in this overheated market. The Muni's attempt to avoid responsibility in this matter is shortsighted and irresponsible, leaving the future of this under-developed property in the hands of people who are least able to deal with it. If the Muni is seriously committed to providing affordable housing for Whistler residents, they would do well to take control of the remedial work on their land, ensuring a secure future for existing residents and maximum utilization of the resource in the future.

Fred Michael



Torino on $1,571 a day

If some of us were not already a little suspicious of some of the wheelings and dealings of VANOC and the IOC, then surely the Adrienne Clarkson-size travel bill of $11,000 for a trip to Torino (senza airfare) for each of our three members of council should make us sit up and seriously ask just what the hell is going on here.

According to an article in last week’s Pique, this extortionate fee would cover seven days at the Games, including ground transportation (presumably in a stretch Maserati Quattroporte), a clothing package (the new spring collection from Versace maybe), tickets for the events (20 for each person so they can scalp the spare ones for some pocket money to purchase the overpriced souvenirs), food (three meals a day at a three-star Michelin restaurant), and accommodation (a Medieval Castle in Bardonecchia).

I don’t know about you, and you can call me a cheap bastard, but personally I’m not too comfortable with the Olympic Committee fleecing $33,000 of our taxpayer’s doll for a trip that’s the equivalent of an eight-week Serengeti Safari.

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