Letters to the editor 

Video tape may be intimidating

Re: RCMP video tape protest

Your reporter kind of flew past the RCMP presence and offered no question why video taping the Lot 1/9 forest protesters was deemed necessary. You need to follow up here. Reported threats of violence? Threats of damage to property? Reported threats to persons? Training Ops?

With the disturbing and overzealous crack down on protesters “world wide” this past couple of weeks Canadians need to question when our national police force decides to option this policing tool. It's not what the video taping captures as much as what it implies; that somehow the citizenry can not be trusted to peacefully, maybe forcefully, shout out its frustrations in protest.

It is a sacred and honouable democratic tradition to protest government and hold them responsible. It takes a lot of guts for most people to get up off the couch and go do it. Seeing our Whistler detachment video taping would give some pause to join future protests and it should never be so — it's too important.

Brian Buchholz

Bali, Indonesia

With many thanks

On Wednesday, March 19 th my partner Chris, friend Gavin and myself set out for a day of snowboarding. After making one crucial error we discovered that we were lost out the back of Blackcomb Mountain. After two and half days hiking, sometimes in waist deep snow, two nights snuggled together under shelters in below-zero temperatures, with no food and minimal water, we were discovered by Whistler Helisking. They alerted the Whistler Search and Rescue and all three of us were taken to the medical clinic by helicopter.

We would like to thank everyone involved in our discover/rescue: Constable MacQueen and all the doctors/nurses/volunteers at the medical clinic for taking wonderful care of us. A special thank you to Randy Harder, all the members of the Fireside lodge, Tracy Young, the Re-Use it Centre and Maintenance at Whistler-Blackcomb for noticing us missing and alerting the authorities.

Chris and I are recovering and Gavin made his flight back to England on Saturday and now is awaiting the birth of his first child in a month.

Thank you again and we will never forget what you have done for us.

Danielle Clarke, Chris Mullins and Gavin Young

Whistler

Iconic or ironic?

I would like ask that all locals and long term visitors to Whistler share their thoughts with the media and specifically town council in regards to the developments at Lot 1/9 and the day lots becoming pay parking. I fail to see how removing the last forested section of the village at an astronomically absurd cost estimated anywhere from $34 million to $60 million while we consider housing the very employees that run the resort in portable trailers can be construed as anything remotely iconic.

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