Letters to the Editor for the week of July 5th, 2012 

Whistler wasting energy?

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I have been in town for over a year-and–a-half now and something that gets drummed into people rather heavily throughout one's stay in THIS town is how bloody environmentally friendly everyone likes to be.

Well I say bollocks!

Partly due to my own laziness and lack of real drive to complain, but also to observe as to how much longer the issue continued I have not reported this until now. But finally I have had enough and want to claim my prize of pointing the finger!

The heated steps outside Fuji Market (and who knows where else) have been left on 24/7 since the end of the winter!

Not the most drastic news but when you look at the cost to heat something like that around the clock for as long as it has been on unnecessarily it is outrageous. And no one has noticed!

Who does the budgeting for this stuff? Surely they should know that heated-step allowance should go down in the summer... what good could the money be used for instead?

I am from the U.K. and approach this from a perspective other than that of a true local, but given the image that Whistler so bashfully radiates to its visitors, I think it's a bit rich.... anyway.... I hope it gets fixed.

Toby Smith


Is Squamish really ready for the gondola?

For the past month I have been taking pictures of the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls. They form the iconic view that I call Squamish. They are both visible from most locations between Murrin Park and the Tantalus Lookout.

Together, the Chief and the falls mean Squamish. I want to remember them the way they are now, not after a swath the width of a hockey rink is cut between them for the Emperor's New Clothesline.

Is there only one viable location for this carnival ride? Does the success of this project depend on tearing a strip out of the forest between the Chief and the falls? Isn't destroying the view to attract tourists a bit like killing the goose that lays golden eggs?

The developers claim that this project is modelled after a similar ride in Banff. Banff was created in 1885 for the sole purpose of attracting tourists. They see over six times as many tourists each year as Squamish. On the other hand, Squamish sees about six times more rain each year than Banff. Perhaps our lack of tourists will be made up by our abundance of rain.

The developers claim a projected total of 300,000 people per year. Based on a season of 100 days per year, that is an average of 3,000 people per day. Weekends will probably be busier than weekdays and even in our glorious summer there might be a few rainy, foggy, windy or cloudy days, which won't be busy.

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