Letters to the Editor 

Reduce; don't grow

Page 7 of 12

These events have been frankly traumatic, especially for those like ourselves who were totally abandoned by our airlines during the disruption.  Many others have shared probable, negative effects. One of the chief results may well be that people will in future avoid travelling during the build up to the Christmas period because of the risk of disruption caused by bad weather and the U.K. airports and airlines inability to deal with it. Many people will be unable to extend holidays either due to work commitments or because their children have to return to school in early January.

In addition, due to B.A.'s website and telephone lines being completely overwhelmed during the disruption, many have been just unable to re-book their flights. Of course we Brits will travel if we can but frankly the sheer volume of people involved this time means that a number will not now be flying out for a holiday in Whistler this Christmas.

One final point: I am still waiting for one piece of luggage containing my skis to appear, so one positive result for the ski-rental companies here.

Davina Baynes

Rochford, U.K.


Whistler Film Festival clarifies

On behalf of the Whistler Film Festival Society, I am writing to clarify some comments in Stephen Smysnuik's article last week (WFF risks losing momentum if theatre upgrade posted).

First, the RMOW, not WFFS, applied for $1.1 million in eligible and reimbursable expenses to Canadian Heritage's Cultural Space Fund to support the Rainbow Theatre upgrade project. If this application is not successful, WFFS will have to address the $1.5 million gap (not $1.7 million as stated).

Second, we maintain that our vision for the Whistler Film Festival is to be "one of the top and most important film festivals in the world" and not "one of the biggest," which is impossible as we are not located in a major urban centre like Toronto.

Third, WFFS is grateful for Tourism Whistler's support of the Rainbow Theatre upgrade project and we have never expected to receive any funding support for the project from the organization. Our programming plan has the new theatre operating up to 264 days per year (versus the 20 days per year it currently operates now) and being self-sufficient based on its own revenue.

Shauna Hardy Mishaw

Executive Director

Whistler Film Festival Society


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