Jumbo will stay wild!

Commander Glacier seen from near the landing where the Farnham Glacier blockade was in 2008. Photo courtesy of Pat Morrow. Breathe a collective sigh of relief! This was a long time coming. The Ktunaxa Nation Council had a special celebratory day on Saturday when they announced that Qat’muk, the Jumbo Valley, will stay pristine for generations to come! This is big news--so many people worked…

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Breaking News: Court keeps Jumbo wild… for now

The Jumbo Valley still remains wild thanks to a BC Court of Appeal ruling. In 2015, the Environment Minister at the time, BC Liberal Mary Polak, noted the developer, Glacier Resorts, had not made enough progress to maintain their permits. The developer received its environmental approval 10 years prior and had not substantially started the project. Glacier Resorts didn’t like that ruling and…

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Member Spotlight: Diana van Eyk is a committed member and volunteer

by Diana van Eyk I love being a member of the EcoSociety for a whole raft of reasons. On the practical side, it's an extremely effective organization. Here are some of the things the small staff and volunteers do that make me feel excited: run campaigns that educate us on important environmental issues, run outdoor markets that sell locally grown food and handmade goods, fight to keep Jumbo wild…

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Bill Introduced to Close Jumbo Loophole

MLA Andrew Weaver introduced a bill to close the loophole that allowed the creation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, which since 2012 has had a mayor, two councillors and a budget supplied by the province, but no residents. The "Town of Nothing" has been the subject of a legal challenge as well as a satirical children's book. The text of the bill, and Weaver's introductio on the…

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Jumbo Wild Film

For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. After 24 years of opposition, what more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good?   Come and see this amazing film on Wednesday February 17 at the Civic Theatre at 7:30 pm.    Tickets will…

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Judge Rejects Petition to Overturn Jumbo City

A BC Supreme Court judge ruled today that the province did not err in creating a city with no residents to facilitate the Jumbo Glacier ski resort development. West Kootenay EcoSociety launched the court challenge in February 2013 with the support of local residents and West Coast Environmental Law. The court challenge argued that the municipality violates provincial laws requiring municipalities…

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