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Posted: June 19, 2018

Jumbo is going back to court

Jumbo Glacier Resort is heading back in court on June 25,.

Glacier Resorts, the company behind the ski resort proposal for the upper Jumbo Valley, will be arguing before the BC Supreme Court that the decision made by former Environment Minister Mary Pollack ‘was not fair.’

In 2015, after Pollack determined that Glacier Resorts had failed to “substantially start” its 5,500-bed ski resort within the 10-year timeline given to them in the Environmental Assessment process, they were told to immediately stop all construction.

“Glacier Resorts claims that more substantial construction was impossible based on a series of obstacles placed in their way, including bad judgment on the part of the Minister. The facts are simple: over ten years, all they managed to build were a couple of concrete pads, poured at the last minute as winter was closing in. That’s clearly not a substantial start to a huge ski resort,” Wildsight recently stated.

Wildsight and the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society have been granted intervenor status.

Meanwhile, it is business as usual for the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality (JGMRM) council, which is holding its annual general meeting today (June 19).

Appointed JGMRM mayor Greg Deck, centre, flanked by his two councillors.

JGMRM remains B.C.’s only municipality with no people and an appointed mayor and council, pointed out Jumbo Wild.

“The Union of BC Municipalities has twice passed motions to condemn the creation of the JGMRM, first opposing the principle of a town with no people and an appointed council and second, opposing the taxpayer funding of the municipality,” the organization dedicated to opposing the establishment of a year-round ski resort in the Jumbo Valley, 55 km west of Invermere.

“On June 19, the JGMRM council will present their 2017 annual report to the public. With no residents, a resort development unable to proceed (given the cancellation of their Environmental Certificate), and no revenue stream, the activities of the past year are few, but include the passage of a few new bylaws, like the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw and the Tax Rates Bylaw,” Jumbo Wild outlined.

The JGMRM Annual Report meeting is at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 at the Village of Radium Hot Springs council chambers.


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