Interim General Manager of Resort Experience
Mayor J. Crompton welcomed Interim General Manager of Resort Experience Toni Metcalf to her first Council Meeting in her new position.
Mayor J. Crompton noted that he and Councillor Ford met some of their provincial counterparts last week in Victoria for UBCM meetings. He noted that they met with the Premier, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Tourism and the CEO of BC Transit among others.
2010 Olympics 10th Anniversary Celebration
Mayor J. Crompton attended the 2010 Olympics 10th Anniversary Celebration in Vancouver. He added that he has enjoyed remembering the Olympics over the last two weeks.
Mayor J. Crompton noted that, as part of the two-month long celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the twenty ten Games, he recently attended a surprise pop-up event at the GLC. The event featured two Canadian icons: the Honourable Nancy Greene Raine and Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit. He noted that both guests spoke about their experiences at the Games: Nancy as an Olympic Ambassador and Ashleigh on winning gold in Women’s Ski Cross. Mayor J. Crompton noted that Whistler will be celebrating the anniversary of the Paralympic Games starting on March 12, 2020. More information can be found online at whistler.ca/2010anniversary.
Meadow Park Sports Centre Expansion
Mayor J. Crompton announced that the Meadow Park Sports Centre expansion project is now finished. He and Council cut the ribbon at the official opening on February 25, 2020 and handed out cake to the public. He noted that the expansion adds 138 sq. m. of space to the facility, expanding the cardio room and adding a new space dedicated to stretching. He thanked the Emerald Foundation, through the Community Foundation of Whistler, for their donation that ultimately made the work possible at this time.
Whistler Transportation Survey
Mayor J. Crompton reminded the community to complete the Whistler Transportation Survey. He noted that the survey is an opportunity to share feedback about the proposed 2020 Transportation Action Plan, including free summer transit days, parking revenue and regional transit. The survey follows the Transportation Advisory Group’s information session on February 18, 2020 about recent transportation successes and recommended changes for transit, parking and Highway 99. He advised that the survey is open until March 12, 2020 and can be found at whistler.ca/movingwhistler.
Mayor J. Crompton noted that the the latest episode of The Whistler Podcast is now online. He added that this week will feature the five-time Paralympic medalist and RMOW staff member Lindsay Debou as well as Whistler’s Britt Janyk.
Council’s Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Tour
Mayor J. Crompton noted that he and Council recently checked out the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Lost Lake Nordic Trails. He noted that the trails are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, and are scheduled to stay operating until the end of March.
Whistler Youth Centre
Mayor J. Crompton advised that Whistler’s Youth Centre has new operating hours for the rest of the school year, and is now open Wednesday evenings. To view the centre’s activity schedule, as well as their programs in partnership with other local organizations, visit whistleryouthcentre.com or visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.
Poet’s Pause competition
Mayor J. Crompton noted that the deadline for the Poet’s Pause competition is March 9, 2020. He added that the winning poems will be read at the Council meeting on April 7, 2020 as part of National Poetry Month and displayed at the Poet’s Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park. He noted that the winning poets will also receive $200 each. More information can be found on line at whistler.ca/poetrycompetition.
International Women's Day
Mayor J. Crompton noted that Sunday, March 8, 2020 is International Women's Day. He noted that it is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual. He added that Whistler is proud of its diverse community, and he encourages everyone to think and be inclusive every day.
On behalf of Council and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Mayor J. Crompton shared condolences with the Lil’wat Nation and the Anderson family following the passing of the son of former Lil’wat Nation Councillor Josh Anderson.
Councillor C. Jewett
Councillor C. Jewett noted that Arts whistler has a new exhibition called ‘Bear Everything’ at MYAC, and added that the next show will be the Anonymous Art Show. Councillor C. Jewett noted that the Extended Moment Exhibition is continuing at the Audain Museum, and she noted that she attended their AGM where a new Chair was appointed. Councillor C. Jewett noted that there are events at MYAC for International Women’s Day from 2 p.m. on March 8 with proceeds going to the Howe Sound Women’s Centre. Councillor C. Jewett attended Building the Spirit, the opening of the Olympic Volunteer exhibit. Councillor C. Jewett encouraged the community to support the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation fundraising events this weekend.
Councillor A. De Jong
Councillor A. De Jong noted that Whistler Blackcomb’s POWDER women's leadership group hosted Dragon’s Den Michele Romanow, and some of the members of WILD (the RMOW's women's leadership group) were in attendance.