West Kootenay EcoSociety

Rally planned for Saturday

West Kootenay EcoSociety is organizing a rally at the Jumbo Wild monitoring camp on Saturday.

  • Oct. 2, 2014 2:00 p.m.

West Kootenay EcoSociety, along with Wildsight and Jumbo Creek Conservation Society, are planning a rally at the Jumbo Wild monitoring camp on Saturday at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.

The ecosociety is also demanding that the Minister of Environment intervene in the controversial Jumbo Resort Project. The group claims that the resort developer is out of compliance with several parts of its 2004 environmental approval. Meanwhile, construction may begin in earnest on Saturday as rumours swirl about concrete trucks headed for the Jumbo Valley.

Volunteers at the Jumbo Wild Monitoring Camp have observed road work this week, which may be preparation for  concrete trucks.

“This is a critical time for this 24-year campaign,” said David Reid, executive director of the society. “The environmental certificate expires in 11 days, and it is clear that the developer has not met the conditions of the environmental certificate. That’s why we’re asking the minister to exercise her powers to halt work until the Glacier Resorts lives up to its commitments to the people of BC.”

At issue are the 195 commitments that make up the environmental certificate awarded in 2004. Certain provisions are required to be completed before construction, which must “substantially commence” before October 12 of this year. If construction doesn’t begin, according to Reid, Glacier Resorts Limited would have to complete a costly new environmental assessment.

The society has sent a letter to Mary Polak, Minister of Environment pointing out areas where they feel Glacier Resorts Limited has not complied with its commitments. According to the group, the environmental assessment office has approved the developer’s plan to use data from the 1990s to meet requirements for pre-construction monitoring of streams and grizzly bears.

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Celebrated singer and composer to visit Nelson

Moira Smiley will present The Voice is a Traveller in Nelson on March 3.

Selkirk College opens up debate on sports team name, logo

Asking for public comment on ‘Saints’ name until March 1

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

But most analysts see a limited market for foldable-screen phones

Alcohol policies fizzle for Canadian governments as harms overflow: reports

About 80 per cent of Canadians drink, and most enjoy a drink or two

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Most Read