This week's letters 

Let's make Sea to Sky the best place to live

After an election that has been both historic and notably fuelled by political ideals at opposite ends of the spectrum, I would like to congratulate The Honourable Mr. (John) Weston (Conservative).

At the same time, I would like to urge our Member of Parliament to listen to each of his constituents, and to not only toe the party line, but also act in the best interest of his financially and socially diverse populous.

We are a benevolent people who are kind, caring, generous, diverse, socially liberal, as well as fiscally responsible.

We make our living in many different ways, yet embrace a mutual love of life. Regardless of our political ideology, I beg of everyone to be vocal, and share your opinions with our newly re-elected representative.

The responsibility is on each and every one of us. Let's make our riding and country a better place to live, regardless of your political beliefs. We've shown the world before. Let's do it again.

Phil Chambers

Whistler

Funding is specific

Over the past several years the Government of Canada - specifically the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) - has been a generous funder of arts, culture, and heritage initiatives in Whistler including, among several other grants, the funds that accompanied Whistler's designation as a 2009 Cultural Capital of Canada.

Therefore, it was with interest that I read the letter to the editor from David Buzzard ("It's All Community Money"; April 21) in which Mr. Buzzard expresses concern that Municipal Hall espouses that money from government grants is somehow not community money and, more specifically, in which Mr. Buzzard suggests that the funds used to pay for A Tapestry of Place - Whistler's Cultural Tourism Development Strategy "could have been used to triple the recent grants to Dance Whistler, the Whistler Children's Chorus, the Whistler Forum for Dialogue, Whistler Secondary School Drama Club, Whistler Singers, Whistler Writers Group and still have money left over."

Mr. Buzzard raises an important point. When an application for a grant is successful - whether from a federal, provincial, corporate or private funder - funds are provided to the successful applicant and, in effect, those funds become, in our case, our money. Sort of.

Allow me to expand. There are five key considerations that control every situation in which a community (or an organization) is the recipient of money from a funding body:

1.Funding criteria are established by the funding body; not by applicants.

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