By Nicole Trigg
The decision to delay making the call on a substantially started Jumbo Glacier Resort came just days before the provincial government gave Site C dam the green light. Luckily, here in the valley, we dont have to worry about losing over ten thousand acres of agricultural and archeological land to massive flooding and the displacement of farmers, ranchers and First Nations. A high alpine ski resort planned to have minimal impact on the environment thanks to todays technology (taken directly from http://jumboglacierresort.com/ in the About section) is instead front and centre of our regional concerns.
Week after week, in our Letters to the Editor section, opposing sides have their say. One week pro, the next week against, and on and on it goes. If youve lost track, take a look at our newest editorial cartoon on page 30 for a quick refresher on the arguments presented by both sides. Too bad a referendum was never held to ascertain a definitive local majority and minority like what happened with the deer cull in Invermere, when a loud and resilient majority of 74 per cent said to do away with the animal rights lingo and get the job done with a cull.
But if you were following the pre-election Q&A in The Valley Echo, you will know that, of the recently elected local government officials, a majority either support or are neutral about a ski resort in Jumbo Valley. Suffice to say, opponents to the project are angry with the politics de jour surrounding the development, supporters are angry with the opponents for getting in the way, and those who are neutral are just waiting to see what happens. This debate isnt about right and wrong. Its about competing values; and the competition is akin to watching a Wimbledon tennis match… deuce, advantage, deuce, advantage. One point I will disagree with, however, is the one raised in the Nairns letter on page 7. Invermere is hardly a dying town. According to our local Chamber, many local businesses had their best year in a long time this year. And even if it was, dying, that is, a resort with a forecasted twenty-year buildout is not going to be what saves it.