Letters to the editor 

Whistler’s spirit shows

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Just a thought...

Chris Field

Whistler

Can't see the forest for the tree

Re: Ryan River public comment period closes (Pique Dec. 18).

I guess what annoyed me most during the Q and A Dec. 4th was the smoke and mirrors that are used to keep the general populous from seeing the big picture. It's not just the Ryan — the focus of that evening — it's the fact that this is but one of 11 potential IPPs in the area. Now that's environmental impact.

Looking at the whole of the province, there are about 660-plus potential licenses that are in the cards. Now that's environmental impact.

And looking at the map of the potential IPPs, a good half of them appear to be within 175 km as the crow flies from Pemberton. Now that's more than environmental impact. That's just wacked.

The EAO rep tried to assuage the crowd with the statement that a lot of these potential sites would not be deemed adequate for IPPs. What is a lot? 50? 100? 200? At 200, that still leaves 400-plus sites that could be developed.

Pemberton is not Sechelt, and it’s not Niagara Falls (why he even brought that up...?). I am sure Regional Power has a good product, but who's going to keep it that way as it changes hands, which appears to be happening with other IPPs already built.

I don't think there was a person there who isn't for business potential in the community. It would be great to see 150 people employed for three years and all that it would bring in for local business/contractors, but I can’t get that big picture, all those potential IPPs and transmission lines webbing their way across this beautiful countryside, out of my mind.

Natalie Mackay

Pemberton

Problems continue to storm Fortress

Well finally some good news for our beleaguered Fortress — Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money TV show took Wes Edens, CEO of Fortress, off his Wall of Shame of America's worst Executives. Cramer's previous comments on Fortress and Edens have included: "I think Fortress is one of the worst things I know," calling "Edens an enemy of stockholders" and he is the "death of capital"; he adds rumours indicate Fortress may be nothing but "a giant castle of cards — a sand castle."

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