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Olympic bid youth ambassadors meet in Whistler

The 2010 Youth Bid Ambassadors are participating in an all-day meeting today (Friday, Jan. 3) to discuss and plan for a youth participation strategy for the bid.

The 20 ambassadors are the official youth representatives supporting the 2010 Olympic bid and were chosen from around the province. They are between the ages of 14 and 17.

Throughout the day they will be discussing ways for youth to be involved in planning and hosting the Games and how the 2010 Games can improve the lives of youth in the communities throughout the province. Eventually they will be helping put together a document for the International Olympic Committee, which will outline the Youth Participation Strategy. This document will be used to assist the Olympic Organizing Committee in creating and carrying out a comprehensive youth strategy over the next seven years and beyond.

Partnership may mean more Whistler weddings

Inspired Group and are joining forces to ring more wedding bells in Whistler. The new partnership means that couples looking to tie the knot in Whistler will be directed from to Inspired Group, a company that designs and executes high-end corporate events and weddings.

"This is an exciting connection with as we expect the Web site to generate a sizeable number of wedding leads," said Leah Williams, chief innovator, business development at Inspired Group.

"Estimates are that this collaboration could result in $1 million in potential revenue to the resort as 90 per cent of the leads stem from U.S. brides who are considering a number of destinations for their wedding. This has very exciting implications for the resort."

New Year’s resolutions for a healthy planet

The Humane Society of Canada has asked people to consider 10 simple resolutions for 2003 that will help our planet.

They may seem insignificant but when added up they can make a huge positive impact.

The 10 ways to protect the planet according to the HSC are:

1. Use safe, non-toxic products whenever possible.

2. Practice the 3 R’s.

3. Use items that have the least impact on the environment.

4. Reduce energy consumption.

5. Consider using alternative, ‘greener’ energy sources like solar and wind power.

6. Support companies that are environmentally friendly.

7. Eliminate use of herbicides, pesticides and other unnecessary toxic substances.

8. Support organizations to help the environment.

9. Plant native trees, shrubs and flowers.

10. Educate others as to how they can do little thing that make a big difference.

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