Wood 
Member since Jun 18, 2009


City: Whistler Province: British Columbia

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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

Re: “The collision of long weekends

It is disappointing that the tourist industry and the ski industry continue to whine about the change to conform our family day to the date of other provinces for the benefit of families to be able to get together. The ski industry particularly here in whistler is enjoying very good business every weekend and it just seems selfish for them to propose that the province should leave the weekend separate from the other provinces so that they might benefit from an additional even more busy weekend. Hotel occupancy in whistler is higher than it has ever been with room rates more than double before. Families that ski do so on many weekends and there are many that look forward to using a common holiday weekend to visit others in their family. Having the weekends separate meant that many families had no long weekend at all as they had to work on both. It is by popular demand that the weekend was moved and I am sure not by any ill will towards the tourism industry. The tourism industry benefits from many government programs. It should be grateful and not try to force everyone to structure everything for its own self interest.

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Posted by Wood on 02/23/2019 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The cost of climate change

Changing climate is a symptom of our continued and expanding use of fossil fuels and the release of carbon and other green house gases into the atmosphere. Sure we need to modify and improve protections from these changes but the SOLUTION is to begin a transition to non fossil products. Until this is done we continue towards consequences that no amount of money will protect us from. It is in our "national interest" to start this transition as soon as possible. Our federal and provincial leadership is leading us in the opposite direction. We are the lucky ones who have insurance and have the ability to protect our local areas. Most of the world has only one option when their homes are polluted or flooded and that is to move. Billions will have to do so and billions more if our fossil fuel usage does not change. So what are we doing in Canada and in BC but EXPANDING our oil and gas exports. Lets please not do this.

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Posted by Wood on 01/16/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “CCF reveals 2019 operating plan

Love to know when the annual cut figures were decided, Was it before this valley started sending a million plus dollars A DAY to Victoria? Nice to see Arthur involved as I hope he will make sure the file is handled as best we can. In the mean time how can we change this annual cut figure and save what is left of the old growth habitat that our wild life need. With all the fire suppression work that needs to be done perhaps this is where the trees can be taken. What about the hills of the CRA that are choked with second growth trees. Why not start there?

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Posted by Wood on 12/26/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Taking care of business

It does not surprise and it is telling the comments of Melissa Pace "having a focus on global economics, because they do play a huge part in the way our economy grows or doesn't grow,"
Unsurprisingly, Pace highlighted housing, staffing and transportation as the top issues on the minds of local business owners, and she reiterated the need for public officials to attack these challenges in a holistic way that takes into account the wider external factors at play." She continues to hope that it will be the " public officials" that will solve the housing and transportation challenges of her member's employees. She is still promoting growth in a community that is having obvious stress trying to manage past growth. Are we (residents of Whistler) being played for suckers by continuing to carry the ball to solve these issues. Why doesn't the business community become more involved? Perhaps because it is cheaper for them to step aside and let WHA and the RMOW do all the heavy lifting for them.

Posted by Wood on 10/11/2018 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Beware of the 'instant' fix

One of the best things Max has ever written. I agree it is essential that the root problem, the size and the continued growth of the resort, is the problem that must be fixed. All other issues are symptoms that of course must be treated but treating symptoms alone as Max says "will kill you". I hope this spurs lots of good questions for candidates running to lead this community through what may be a pivotal next 4 years.

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Posted by Wood on 09/08/2018 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Whistler's newest alpine offering opens for business

Yes been there done that very nice but this sort of attraction is not what makes whistler special to me. Many folks will come once and take a selfie and oh and aah at the view, which is more or less the view that was always there. Why one would want to go over the bridge in winter is beyond me but I guess some will and we will have more room on the ski runs. Our resort is based on active sports and sure we have our "diverse activities" I guess this qualifies. I think we need to prioritize the core active sports now and resolve the serious capacity, housing and traffic issues that more of this kind of attraction will only compound. Sadly I hear more of these "theme park, wow" type attractions seem to be in the plans of the tourist corporations. The really unfortunate thing about this bridge in winter is that is hangs over a ski run and certain weather conditions will load it up with rime and snow such that the run will be closed for safety concerns and that all the rime ice and snow will eventually fall onto the run below and become even more of a hazard. By the way I liked the view of and from the peak without it. Whistler needs to get control of the tourist corporations and figure out who is in charge here and set our priorities. Sightseeing or active sports. One way or the other our future needs to be clear and i will either like it or not but at least we will all know.

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Posted by Wood on 08/10/2018 at 3:59 PM

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