Wood 
Member since Jun 18, 2009


City: Whistler Province: British Columbia

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Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of April 25

Ken Mason, what an excellent article and thank you for writing it. I had no idea how out of control the lake has become. This is yet another failure by our council to grasp the impacts of overtourism on our community. Our OCP simply does not have even a definition of visitation let alone a way to measure it or manage it. No wonder things like this are getting out of hand. It does surprise me that things that you mention that should be picked up by RMOW either have and are being irresponsibly ignored or they are just incompetent. Our mayor lives in Alta Vista and claims he visits the lake. How can he not notice these things you have. It is unfair to those residents who live on the lake, to residents who used to enjoy the use of the lake and to the wildlife that depend on the lake and the wetlands. What have we done? Please keep after authorities and encourage other residents in our community to get involve while we still have one.

Posted by Wood on 05/14/2019 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Where is the local's voice in decision making?

Residents of Whistler need to be more aware and look to the future and decide if their priorities are being represented on this council. If not they need to speak up or risk loosing our wonderful community.

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Posted by Wood on 05/14/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Municipal support and growing tourism seen as wins in federal budget say Whistler officials

Not sure that the promotion of more tourism in Whistler where we can not handle the visitation we have already is a good idea. Just propping up and expanding infrastructure to facilitate more tourism will not improve the experience of living or visiting here.

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Posted by Wood on 03/27/2019 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Action on climate change is urgent, say our youth

Dear Clare, another wonderful article about the youth climate change demonstration. I think it is good that you support them and that you call out Ralph for his short shortsightedness. I think it is also interesting that the opposite page is a full page ad for No Limits heli adventures. "More helicopters, more tours, More value is the slogan. Later in this issue (p 17) is the article about Destination BC and how "tourism presents and enormous growth opportunity". International travel set to double says Heather Boyd. True there is a stated desire to be "sustainable" but is it realistic to think that this goal can be achieved with the impact of ever more jet travel, heli tours, "disperse" tourism and just building to meet demand. No mention of any capacity limitations. It is hard for me not to believe that the youth who protest have a very uncertain future as there is no sign that anything is going to change that will make the difference they need.

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Posted by Wood on 03/22/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Official Community Plan bylaw headed to public hearing

Admitting that capacity is not defined or quantified and that they are dealing with lots of capacity issues at RMOW I still wonder how any capacity issue is solvable when the fundamental overall resort capacity remains undefined and therefore unmanageable. So many great visions in the OCP are IMO unachievable if this draft is adopted as is. Even after my discussion in the Q&A the second reading of the OCP was passed unanimously without discussion. I don't get it.

Unless someone in the community, on council or at this newspaper can explain how this OCP will have any power at all to manage our future then I wonder why they too are not asking for an explanation why this OCP draft is being adopted.

Posted by Wood on 03/20/2019 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Official Community Plan bylaw headed to public hearing

Admitting that capacity is not defined or quantified and that they are dealing with lots of capacity issues at RMOW I still wonder how any capacity issue is solvable when the fundamental overall resort capacity remains undefined and therefore unmanageable. So many great visions in the OCP are IMO unachievable if this draft is adopted as is. Even after my discussion in the Q&A the second reading of the OCP was passed unanimously without discussion. I don't get it.

Posted by Wood on 03/20/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Thanks for the memories

Great comments Clare. Indeed our capacities are stressed and I am hopeful that this is finally getting the attention it deserves on council. They now speak of "comfortable capacity of visitation" The missing component is the definition of that capacity, how it is objectively measured and how it is managed. I would suggest we are at that capacity already and the danger is that adjustments take time to happen. Just like driving a car one should be anticipating rather than reacting to speed and road conditions. But at least the topic is on the table. As you suggest we should now be "stepping away from the continual push" slowing things down to get under control for a successful and sustainable future. Thanks for your article.

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Posted by Wood on 02/23/2019 at 10:16 AM

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