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Wish I could help

There's at least one potential employee available this winter that apparently no one will be able to hire. I'm a foreigner (from the U.S.) who'd like to work in Whistler this winter — but I'm well past the upper age limit for a working holiday permit. I'd like to apply for temporary work visa but I need a job offer in hand in order to do that, and thus far no employer is yet desperate enough to hazard that red-tape nightmare. What small business could afford it?

To make it more difficult, I'm a skilled worker — but in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, for which there is zero demand in Western Canada.

Do I mind washing dishes or making beds for $14 an hour? Not at all. Will I work under the table? No. Make no mistake, I think Canada's willingness to defend its jobs for its own people is admirable. If one can judge, however, from the desperate clamor for employees all over Westerm Canada, there are not enough Canadians to go around.

Sorry. Wish I could help. Just visiting, now.

Rain Amrais

Birken

 

A new perspective

Considering the time of year, it was great to see the village really busy this past weekend, no doubt due in part to the free concert for the 2010 Paralympic Games Emblem. Whilst we couldn't make the concert, we heard great feedback from those that did.

This Paralympic event was actually great timing as we had some friends visiting from Vancouver and they wanted to do the typical thing — dinner, drinks, clubbing.

We’ve lived in Whistler for many years, so doing the tour guide thing is usually easy. But this time we couldn’t go to our favourite place as there was no access for our friend who is a paraplegic. So we went to The Keg for dinner (they have access via a round-about-way thru the hotel, back doors, off the pool etc.). However, he couldn’t access the washroom, which is on a middle level accessible by stairs only.

Then it was time for a few drinks after dinner, so we went to Citta’s, which was easy to enter and the washroom was accessible. We wanted to sit inside as the girls were cold, but that wasn’t an option because the seating downstairs and inside is limited to high bar tables and chairs, not conducive for someone in a wheelchair. So we went up to The Longhorn. Again access was good, but it’d be impossible to wheel around the floor area to get a table if they were busy and the washroom wasn’t an option.

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