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Whistler’s Answers: May 12, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: In May 1983, Whistler Council passed a resolution to lower trail crew wages from $8.50/hour to $6.50/hour for all staff hired after May 15, 1983, in order to keep municipal wages in line with the wages paid for similar work by other businesses in the valley. This was met with mixed reactions. Whistler Mountain said that it had been having trouble hiring lift operators at $5.50/hour when they were earning more from the municipality in the winter, some thought it was unfair to expect taxpayers to subsidize the municipality’s higher rate of pay, and others thought that the job security and preferential hiring for future seasons were benefits that made up for the lower wage. However, Blackcomb Mountain said they had not been having trouble finding seasonal employees, and other pointed out that parks and recreation workers in West Vancouver (who were unionized) were making $11.15/hour for the same work.

Question: Do you think the municipality should pay lower wages to its seasonal employees to stay in line with what the mountains pay?

Dave Manual – Garbologist – Alta Vista

Two factors are involved that make me disagree with that idea. First the trail crew does a lot of hard physical work and second the lifties are underpaid anyway. They’re expecting people to live below the poverty line. Everyone’s into cutting back these days but such a drastic cut is unnecessary.

Andy Williamson – Dishwasher – Gondola Area

That’s nuts! You can’t justify lowering the wages of one group of people just because another group is underpaid in the first place. The lifties get certain privileges with their jobs to help compensate for low wages, what can they offer the trail crew?

Kevin Morgan – Employment Bridging Assistance Program Employee – White Gold

I think the municipal trail crew should be earning even more than they are. They are out there doing very physical labour and several of them have experience. They deserve all the money they get – no way should their wages by any less than they are.

Whistler’s Answers: May 5, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: Because summers were a slow season in Whistler in the 1980s, some businesses closed and others, like Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, operated with a smaller staff than during the busy winters. This left winter employees looking for work in between ski seasons.

Question: How have you found the job market in Whistler this summer?

Craig Reid – Golf Course Employee – Alpine Meadows

I just arrived here a week ago and heard they were hiring people with experience on the golf course. I applied last week and heard this morning that I had the job. Right now I’m checking out a few restaurants as well in case I can grab a little extra work.

Nicole Chetwynd – Ex-Blackcomb Employee – Alpine Meadows

Well, I’m going back to Vancouver because I can’t really find anything here. I have some waitressing experience and asked around at a couple of restaurants and some stores but they all say it’s going to be too slow to hire. Nothing came up so I’m going.

Roger Moxley – Ex-Restaurateur – Chaplainville Estates

I found a really good job this summer as a house-husband so I plan to putter around the house, sit on my dock and enjoy a few cocktails. I’m always checking out the market for part-time work but I think there’ll be lots of jobs around this summer.

Whistler’s Answers: April 28, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: A provincial election took place in BC on May 5, 1983. The Social Credit Party (or SoCreds) was re-elected with a majority government, defeating the New Democratic Party. Social Credit candidate John Reynolds was elected in West Vancouver – Howe Sound with just over 60% of the vote.

Question: Do you feel prepared to vote in the provincial election May 5?

Rob (Robbo) Hancox – Maintenance Man – Alpine Meadows

All I can see from what I’ve read and heard so far is that no matter who gets in they’ll probably muck things up. It’s undoubtedly a contest between Bennett and Barrett and as far as I can see one isn’t any better than the other. I know who I’m going to vote for, I just don’t know that things will be that different.

Dave Shaw – Student – Emerald Estates

I think the media coverage of any election usually is decided by public interest. We as individuals must decide the importance of the election and how its results will affect the quality of our lives. I’ll be voting in this election and I realize if I don’t ask for information then I won’t get it.

Dave Roberts – Bar Assistant – MDC

I don’t really. I don’t think there has been as much hype for this election as for the last one. Maybe it’s just that it doesn’t reach Whistler. From what I’ve heard though, the NDP would probably hinder our growth up here, yet is has now become a choice between two evils.

Whistler’s Answers: April 21, 1983

In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer).  Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983.  Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.

Some context for this week’s question: On April 15, 1983, a four hour meeting was held between members of the WRA (Whistler Resort Association, today known as Tourism Whistler) and a panel of marketing experts. Discussions focused on what were termed two “emergency situations” (that year’s summer marketing program was described as “a shambles” and the winter campaign was behind schedule, no doubt due to the uncertainty caused by the economy and the takeover of the Whistler Village Land Co.) and debated the role of the WRA going forward, as well as the responsibilities of its members.

Question: After the WRA marketing meeting held Friday, April 15, what do you think is the Association’s role?

Sjaan DiLalla – Manager, Crystal Lodge – Alpine Meadows

We need more exposure. People in Montreal and the US know nothing about Whistler. It’s the WRA’s job to do advertising in those markets. Our big project now should be promoting the summer as I think the winter will take care of itself. Summer promotion farther afield is where they should be putting their money.

Rich Miller – Owner, Granny’s Food Emporium – Alpine Meadows

First of all, I think the WRA has done a really good job with the budget it was given. They scraped the bottom of the barrel and used all the freebies they could. As a merchant I appreciated being asked for my input as well. Right now what we have to do is pick a course and concentrate on sticking to it.

Inge Nielsen – Owner, Inge’s Gifts and Crafts – Whistler Cay

I don’t feel I got much information from that meeting. Bringing people in from outside won’t help us because they have no idea about Whistler. I think the WRA is there to provide leadership to village merchants. One suggestion I have is that they oversee a major clean-up and landscape project in the village this summer.