Maxed Out 

The guilty and the greedy

At the risk of jumping the gun, I’d just like to take a moment to thank Mayor Kenny and all the councillors for the hard work they’ve been doing and the tough choices they’ve been making. Now there’s something you don’t read every week on this page, eh? If you feel as though you need to read that sentence again, go right ahead; I’ll wait.

Seriously though, I want to thank mayor and council. I’d like to do it more often if only they’d let me. I mean, they are the people I would have, for the most part, voted for if I could have voted last time around. I want them to succeed. I want them to do good work. I want them to make my Wednesday mornings more difficult by being so right and innocuous I have nothing to fall back on but cute dog and cat stories.

What they’ve done to deserve such praise is to drive hard bargains and make good decisions on the athletes’ village and Lot 1/9. The details are still being hammered out in dark, secret meetings – meetings that are dark and secret at the insistence of the other parties it should be noted – so you’ll just have to wait for the official announcements to decide whether you agree with me or not. But I agree with me and that’s all I need to move forward with uncharacteristic praise.

That and a little resolve and backbone on your part, gentlemen, when it comes to dealing with the shameful, greedy whiners trying to convince you to let them weasel out of their commitments to the future of affordable housing, regardless of how tortured the meaning of that word has become.

Last week’s "information" meeting hosted by the Whistler Housing Authority was, by all reports, hijacked by a cabal of homeowners from Barnfield Estates. Their histrionic and very personal attacks simply gave credence to those who wish to characterize them as boorish, greedy opportunists.

They weren’t alone, of course. They were joined by homeowners from 19 Mile Creek who are concerned their unexpected and unplanned housing wealth is going to be threatened by WHA’s efforts to secure affordable housing for future owners of that project and others.

Lest the innocent be offended, now is probably a good time to point out that not all Barnfield owners are trying to overturn their conditions of ownership and not all 19 Mile owners are bitching about the proposed change to the appreciation cap rate formula. Unfortunately, those who aren’t are, as is usually the case, going about their lives and honouring their commitments in relative silence. There is no reasoning with a mob, after all.

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