I am writing in response to a letter regarding Jumbo that appeared in your January 13th issue.
The writer of the letter claimed that the proposed Jumbo resort/real estate development enjoys strong support despite the campaign of intimidation and misinformation.
The Jumbo project is actually only supported by a small minority. As for intimidation and misinformation, it has really been the resort promoters who have tried to use such tactics.
The proposal to build the resort is entering its 21st year. If it is such a good idea it would have been approved long ago. The provincial government has been dragging its feet on rendering its final decision. Why? Because they have come to the conclusion that it is not a good idea.
In March 1999, the Iris/Sno Engineering Economic Feasibility Report commissioned by the provincial government was quite negative toward the proposal.
In May 2011, the Schaffer Economic Report commissioned by the Ktunaxa First Nation appeared on the scene. This report was prepared by Dr. Marvin Schaffer of Schaffer and Associates, with research assistance provided by Meyers Norris Penny LLP. This report was also very negative about the proposed resort.
Within the Schaffer report is a four-page executive summary. It is interesting and informative. If you would like to get a copy of this summary, please contact me at 250-346-3370. I will get one to you as quickly as possible.