When Inis Leblanc asked Pete Auld if he could help with a new Squamish ReBuild sign she was planning to install on the Highway, she thought he was going to answer a few questions.
Oceanfront developer Michael Hutchison has put $38 million at stake without any guarantee of reimbursement. Other developers cry foul, saying the district is shiftting the risk to the community with this DCC agreement.
Four community members have joined the Squamish Community Foundation as board of directors. Ron Sanders, Darren Roberts, Deidre Plaatjes, and Larry McLennan joined the Board at a critical time in its development, said foundation’s chair, Doug Hackett.
The International Women’s Day Art Show will be open to the public from March 3 to April 6 at the Foyer Gallery, Squamish Public Library.
Will we finally make peace with the fact that we are a suburb of Vancouver or will our entrepreneurial self-image shine through? Will tourism be our only destination? Will we be richer but shorn of our green cover? What kind of future can we imagine for ourselves in 20 years ?
Sitting on top of the Chief in 2035 with eyes wondering over Howe Sound and the Squamish River valley below, not much appears to have changed in the last 20 years at first glance.
Municipalities, unlike provinces, do not have a wide array of taxation powers to rely on to fund their needs. Unless this is changed, and especially if Squamish does not find a way to replace its depleted industrial tax base, we will all feel the squeeze.
What about Woodfibre? If an LNG export terminal is built there, by the year 2035 there easily exist complimentary industries on or related to the site. By this time – who knows? – perhaps there may be plans for biofuels production and shipping there. After all, present business plans are only based on a 25 year horizon.