Wood 
Member since Jun 18, 2009


City: Whistler Province: British Columbia

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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

Re: “Whistlerites struggling to find consistent healthcare

Our council just sets back and approves millions to be spent on new and expanded tourist attractions either oblivious or in denial of the consequences to the community. The clinic is another capacity issue. Staff are overworked and frustrated. Service is often slow unless you have life threatening injury. Again our lack of growth management is haunting us. Perhaps when this becomes an official crisis they will attempt to do something about it.

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Posted by Wood on 07/12/2018 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Whistler bar and restaurant sectors come out against bowling alley

Something has got to give somewhere. This and what else is left of vacant commercial space needs to be assumed operational by RMOW planners. The consequences of these spaces needs to be accounted for in visitation numbers required to make them viable, in staffing numbers required to operate, in parking and traffic that will add to the already challenged infrastructure of the valley. Add to that the expansion of other businesses that will take advantage of the additional visitation traffic and the subsequent staffing requirements. As resident staff populations expand so do the compounding challenges to house them, the need to provide social services for them all of which again add staffing of these services be they school teachers, police, bus drivers, doctors, store clerks and on and on. Despite a very nice community vision presented in the new OCP there is additional land development of more market housing neighborhoods, more ski lodges and stores and tourist accommodation. I simply do not understand how all of this is going to work. Some tough decisions will have to be made in the near future.

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Posted by Wood on 06/29/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Residents weigh in on Whistler's 'guiding vision'

Brandon, did you ask Nancy when the negotiations will be completed and made public? How can the rest of the community factor in such a huge influence on our future without knowing this? Why is this all so secret. Negotiations apparently started in October, what is taking so long? Is this all going to be a huge waste of staff time, resources and everyones time if a suitable deal can not be made with FN? THen what?? I hope to read some answers next week.

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Posted by Wood on 03/10/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “On the right path

I was disappointed that first nations did not present at the OCP vision meeting. I would think they would want to start putting their ideas forward. that is what these meetings are supposed to be about. I am concerned that the community direction and the first nations direction will again collide. First nations may again not approve the OCP and then what??

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Posted by Wood on 03/08/2018 at 10:47 PM

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