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Next steps to China

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Another challenge facing Bratz Biz organizers is satisfying sponsors so that they continue to support the event. If sponsors want to see their logos displayed bolder and brighter, then Bratz Biz will have to purchase larger ads and launch a website in the near future.

Volunteers are also vital to the event's success. This starts with the jury and ends with the clean up. What goes on behind the scenes involves a great number of hours and people who do not have children involved in Bratz Biz. These are volunteers who believe in what Bratz Biz is doing for our youth.

Thank you to each and every volunteer for contributing to the success of the event including performers from: Soul Funktion Dance Troupe, Whistler Chorus and Whistler Singers.

A sampling of Bratz Biz artisans' products was displayed at Whistler Arts Council's Bizarre Bazaar the previous weekend. It was a great opportunity to invite more of the public to the event and show professional artisans what some of our youth are producing.

Thank you to Bratz Biz major sponsors for 2009: Nesters, O'Mara Construction, Thornhill Real Estate, Whistler's Creekside Market, The Whistler Grocery Store, Coastal Mountain Excavations, Avant Contractors, Corona Excavations, Southerncross Construction, Stonebridge Marketing, Walsh Restorations, Whistler Construction, Whistler Dental, Whistler Excavations, Windsor Plywood Whistler & Whistler Blackcomb. Please also look for our thank you ad next week to see the extensive list of businesses who contributed with cash and in-kind donations.

Susan Shrimpton

Bratz Biz Co-Founder


Protect our food-lands

Pemberton is blessed with some of the best farmland in Canada and we are losing it. Only 0.5 per cent of all of Canada's land is considered class 1 farmland (according to the Canada Land Inventory), which means it has no significant limitations for farming and has the highest productivity for a variety of crops. If Canadian agricultural soil in good climatic regions were a species, undoubtedly Pemberton's farmland would be labeled endangered.

Non-farmers are buying Pemberton's farmland and building their homes in the middle of food-producing fields. This is destroying what is undeniably some of the finest and most rare food-lands in Canada.

Vegetable and animal crops require all the currently available farmland in Pemberton in order to thrive and survive. Every square foot of land given over to non-farm activities puts our food-security at risk and directly decreases our ability to feed our population. It is critical that we take action now to protect our remaining productive soils.

The SLRD board recently gave first reading to the Farm Home Plate Bylaw for Area C in Pemberton. The intent of the bylaw is to ensure that future homes, tennis courts and pools are not built in the middle of our fertile farmlands. Let your local politicians know that you agree with the need to secure food-producing lands.

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