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Who makes Whistler’s housing policy?

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Under that criteria, the WHA’s mandate magically changes into providing retirement opportunities for anyone who owns a home in Whistler, can sell it for a jillion dollars, buy a much less expensive home, pocket the difference, and live happily ever after.

That would be a noble social undertaking. Someday in the future. Like when the waitlist has been whittled down to, oh, say 200 names.

So how did this alternate criteria sneak into Rainbow. The developers and their lawyers presented it to the Planning Department. Eleven months ago. No one in Planning thought to tell council about it. Didn’t tell the WHA board either.

So what we currently have before us is a Whistler Pioneer Retirement Plan housing proposal. It should be killed before it goes any farther. Council — our elected representatives — and the WHA board make housing policy. Not developers, not their lawyers and most definitely not the Planning Department.

This is not the time, as Councillor McKeever suggested, to “Hold our nose and move forward.” This is the time to kill this nonsense before it goes any further and respect the mandate of the WHA. We’ve fought too long and hard to be leaders in affordable housing to piss it away on a scurrilous proposal like this. Yes, we need an affordable housing project at Rainbow. No, we don’t need this one.

Just to be clear, council’s trying to do the right thing with this proposal. But they need your support. It isn’t easy to see a long-awaited dream go “poof” and disappear. E-mail them, call them — they’re contact info is at whistler.ca — and let them know you support an affordable housing project at Rainbow, not this unconscionable scam.

And you — the ones responsible for this fiasco — should all be ashamed of yourselves.

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