Phillip Marke 
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Re: “Man killed in Whistler during May long weekend

Whistler residents this time need to hold the Mayor and Council's feet to the fire to solve this once and for all. If I was Mayor I would be walking around the village, not in the afternoon or at GoFest but after midnight with the police, to set an example and also because she seems to need to see what is really going on in the village during those hours as it just seems that the politicians are not completely in touch. These people are terrorizing tourists and locals for years and consistently it is being taken too lightly. This was a serious incident but I have seen these guys be obnoxious with being over the top loud at all times, make intimidating gestures, verbally assault women consistently throughout the day. Why should residents have to avoid the Village during this weekend? It is a ridiculous practice by residents but completely understandable because it is a threatening atmosphere. I am no longer a resident of Whistler but it still is concerning to me because this time there has been an innocent death. I read the Mayor's comments in the Vancouver Sun regarding this and they seemed lackadaisical, disjointed. She mentioned we have to do better next time. I know that residents, workers etc. have always been hearing we have to do better "next year" and that is ironic to say this time since there has been a death, well that is not better than last year, so enough of that tepid response, which is now become insulting to the family that lost their son. She stated the "vibe" was great. Well the vibe was not great shortly after midnight in the middle of the village in that a young, innocent man was killed surrounded by 15 guys without any prevention from security, cops etc. That tells me there was NOT enough police presence or security, not even close. Yes next time, do much better. It feels like the politicians are talking about a totally different reality and have too much of a lighthearted approach to it. I know that the residents know better so I hope you make your voices heard. One day it will affect the bottom line and business and then they will be more proactive but in the meantime still make the politicians care.

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Phillip Marke on 05/19/2015 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Man killed in Whistler during May long weekend

Never a surprise to Whistler residents. My observance of this situation for two years is that they always state they have a heavy police presence but it is actually not heavy enough, and also the presence is always more on the Friday night when yet most incidents happen on the Saturday. That seems to be a clear mistake. My point is proven in that how did this manage to happen in such a high traffic area? Why were there no cops there? According to a witness yelling went on from Maxx Fish until the IGA. Is that a heavy police presence? The IGA parking lot last year was filled with groups of 20 guys at a time, fairly often throughout the night, so obviously there should be police in the lot all night. This murder did not happen in some back alley. I saw several times that fights always begin with yelling, almost like a death call, so there is a clear cut signal to know when things will become violent. Plus any group in the village at anytime needs to be broken up. It is not complicated to fix and I think residents seem to be more angry about this than politicians. There should be cops really everywhere and also undercover. They say there are, but there are not. One year vandalism was done to cars in the main parking lot and the Grocery Store in the village was smashed. These are not random areas and cops, security should have been all these areas. We had security presence in our complex last year on the Friday hired by the Strata, on the Saturday night nothing. I was shaking my head at what kind of stupidity that was, and sure enough a fight broke out on the Saturday night. In the daytime they walk through the village acting stupid and trying to look intimidating. These are observations as a resident, not a security expert but I don't have to be which is why I cannot understand how when the board or whatever get together they do not know this. Fine Go Fest is a good idea but still just one solution. The problems happen at night and again Saturday is the worst so for one night have cops everywhere, the clubs should consider being closed that night for the sake of their overall tourism.

58 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Phillip Marke on 05/17/2015 at 2:02 PM

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