March 16, 2007 Features & Images » Feature Story

Letters to the Editor 

Beating the London Drugs horse, may I have a tax break X 2, fatal ironies,
one lucky bear, poo-pooing Whistler, and give peace a chance

Case in point

Sunday, March 11 th , and it’s raining to the top of the mountain, depending on whose weather report you listen to. And the village is near full with many visitors from south of the boarder.

Simple question: what would be driving more revenue in the village right now if it existed, cheap toilet paper and DVD players or a place for our guests to recreate indoors with their children?

Council did not vote against London Drugs, they voted against changing the village design (5,000 sq. ft.) for retail outlets. Thereby, not setting bad precedents. They voted in-line with the $75,000 Sustainable Retail Strategy they commissioned. Which clearly stated, to keep the underground as recreation and not to bring large “box” retailers into the village.

That underground space gives us an opportunity to have more amenities for the people who really pay the bills around here, our guests. Good call don’t you think, given we are the only Resort Municipality in Canada. A place designed for tourism.

If your concern regarding driving to Squamish for stuff is ecological, read The Downhill Slide by Hal Clifford. The ski industry is rife with hypocrisy. To be plain, none of us should be living in the valley bottom. We move here because we love nature, yet our love destroys the object of our adoration.

How ironic that the Pique edition with council’s retail decision had an article on Bob McIntosh’s wife’s speaking tour with her husband’s killer. Being a shining light of forgiveness. Yet, since that time letters to the editor have had calls for retribution to our present council.

We have the most over qualified, under paid work force in Canada. Some really amazing outside-the-box thinkers, yet we still hold on to old adages like “what the market will bare”. Enough consultants, let’s do things. Hire the “Retail Liaison Co-ordinator” suggested in the strategy document. Create diversity in our offerings.

If you are still concerned about finding London Drugs a home, convince them a home in Function Junction will work and/or talk to the landlords in the village; convince them that lease rates can not go up every year forever.

Or put some energy into getting our village back at night. Saturday night’s shooting was almost inevitable. The quality of some of our weekend guests has been deteriorating for years (10) and has driven locals away from evening entertainment. We can control it all, if we choose to. We can dream big dreams and be a demonstration of what’s possible. We’ve invited the World’s biggest Winter Circus to come play with us, let’s maximize that opportunity.

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