Heartsick over Jumbo

Letters to the editor November 9th edition

Dear Editor:

Is there a word that combines anger and despair? Maybe heartsick, eh?

Today, the 2nd of November 2017, the highest court in the land ruled against a First Nations request to keep a small, sacred piece of Mother Earth undeveloped. What kind of reasoning can condone such a regressive, colonial mindset?

And how can a relatively unknown, small developer win a ruling over a First Nations request to not have a resort in their ‘cathedral’, as the developer likes to call the Jumbo Valley and environs? It’s not that he’s even in the same league as Kinder Morgan and B.C. Hydro. If anyone had doubts that corporations rule, they should have no doubts now.

As well, one would think those bewigged big wigs had not heard there’s a global climate change happening and planet Earth needs intact forests to sequester CO2. Not to mention the four glaciers that freshen the Columbia River’s waters. And that all the large carnivores call it home which means the food chain is working well. And, let’s not forget that the Jumbo Pass is one among few options for east-west traverse in the Central Purcell Range.

I’m sorry for all of us settlers’ offspring who have endeavoured so earnestly, some for nearly 30 years, to keep Jumbo wild. But my heart goes out to the Ktunaxa people who have been royally screwed at this time of, so called, reconciliation.

O Canada, you have failed to walk your reconciliation talk!

However, let us remember that the resort proponents, Oberto and Tommaso Oberti, are still involved in the Judicial Review of the Minister of Environment in the previous Liberal Government, Mary Polak’s October 2014 assessments of the resort’s progress as insignificant, thus she did not grant the needed extension on the developer’s Environmental Assessment Certificate.

And … let us remember we have a new and greener B.C. Government.

Time to tell John Horgan and Andrew Weaver – KEEP JUMBO WILD!

Rowena Eloise, for the West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild

Nelson

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