Letters to the editor 

More yup, less yap

Re: Whistler U

From time to time, I read comments attributed to Mayor Melamed that have me shaking my head in something between amusement and astonishment. Clearly, some new visionary leadership on council is required.

The latest is his apparent ranting against the development of the Alpha Creek lands for a university site. I suppose if it were a proposal for an asphalt plant, it would be better received. The fact that the mayor feels compelled to indicate that he is not a person to be "threatened" (apparently by logic) only makes his position more pathetic.

We have an appropriate site, we don't need any more single-family housing (anyone looked at house prices in Whistler lately, which are shrinking faster than the glaciers?), we have the private leadership to make it happen, and we have a proposal which can accommodate sensitive environmental concerns.

Unfortunately, we also have more airbags at city hall than a Volvo, who apparently feel everything's just going to be fine in the corridor, and question who needs higher education facilities in one of the most beautiful areas in the world anyway.

The mayor can wax all he wants about the right land and the right proposal and the right zoning all needing to be found and then amalgamated into the best darn proposal the free world has ever seen, but so far his yapping in this regard greatly outweighs his ability to actually create anything.

Hopefully there are others on council who have more "yup" than "yap".

Bruce E. Thom



Vision and value for community

I was astounded to read the Mayor's remarks in last week's Pique . For the record, I have taken no prior proposals to council. Second, I have received no formal land swap offer from council or staff. Finally, for the mayor to accuse me of threatening council and undertaking a vindictive development is preposterous.

The development currently underway on the Alpha Lands was approved by this mayor and council. I have always been and will continue to be forthright about my advocacy for a learning campus on the Alpha Lands as a means to diversify our economy and to improve the resort's economic sustainability. No fewer than three environmental studies and now the Dearden report have confirmed that the development poses no threat to the wetland, which would be protected and preserved.

Dr. Dearden is considered to be one of Canada's foremost experts on protected areas and his report is very clear in its endorsement of a university being placed on the Alpha Lands. I would be pleased to provide this report to any citizen who wishes to see it. I would also be pleased to take any individual or group for a tour of the Alpha Lands so they can view the land for themselves. I can be contacted at dplayer@shaw.ca.

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