A BIG win for Jumbo Valley

In our last update on Jumbo we told you we were going back to court. Now we are thrilled to share with you a big win for Jumbo Valley! In short: After years of court cases and appeals, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that Glacier Resort’s environmental certificate has expired and they cannot proceed with construction. Read more on the decision in our joint press release with the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and the Court of Appeal decision. While Glacier Resort does still have options, they are extremely unlikely to be successful. They could seek to appeal ...

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Press Release: Jumbo Valley to stay wild

KIMBERLEY, August 6, 2019 After a court decision, Jumbo Glacier Resort no longer has a valid environmental certificate and the resort cannot be built until re-assessed. Wildsight and the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society are celebrating a win for the Jumbo Valley, part of B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, the sacred area of Qat’muk to the Ktunaxa Nation and an important habitat for grizzly bears. Today, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the 2015 decision of the Provincial Minister of Environment—that the project’s environmental assessment certificate was expired ...

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Here we go again…(to court, that is)

Today, we're in court again, represented by Ecojustice. We have been granted intervenor status in the latest appeal in the ongoing court saga of the cancelled Jumbo Environmental Certificate. Are you having deja vu? We don’t blame you. In the summer, we intervened in the Glacier Resorts vs. Minister of Environment case. This time around, it’s the Minister appealing the court decision made in the summer—a decision that sided with the developers. And on and on it goes. For a re-cap of the Environmental Certificate ruling and hearings and appeal, check this ...

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It’s up to us to write this story

We need your help today to fight for the Jumbo Valley. You may have seen the news reports coming out lately about how our world’s wilderness is disappearing at a colossal rate. It’s upsetting, to say the least. Will we protect the wilderness of the Jumbo Valley, for the grizzly bears and for future generations, or will we let a huge ski resort take over this special place in the middle of the Purcell Mountains? Will we keep Jumbo Wild? Something has to change if we want wilderness to continue being part of our world. We need to stand together like we never have ...

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Things are stalled, but they are still moving

Recently, I went to the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society (JCCS) annual meeting in Invermere. Together, we celebrated that the Jumbo Valley has stayed wild for another year. The JCCS has been Wildsight’s main partner in the decades-long campaign to keep Jumbo Wild—and their dedication is unwavering. Over the years, working relationships have changed to friendship and last night as I looked around, I was filled with gratitude for community and for the commitment and passion of people who give so much of their time and energy to stand up for what they believe in. We...

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Grizzly Bears: Running Out of Room with Clayton Lamb + JCCS AGM

Join the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and Wildsight for a presentation from Clayton Lamb on grizzly bears in British Columbia, an update on Jumbo and a short JCCS AGM. Wild and mountainous British Columbia is home to one of the largest grizzly bear populations in North America, with about 14,000 bears. But these bears face many threats, especially in the southern part of the province. Clayton Lamb’s research team investigates the complex relationships between bears and human land use, human-caused mortality and habitat factors like food supply. Their work, ...

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Bad news for Jumbo

Last week, the BC Supreme Court ruled in the Jumbo Glacier Resort vs. the Ministry of the Environment court case that went before the judge at the end of June. The case was about Jumbo Glacier Resort's expired environmental certificate. In BC, developers must substantially start their project within five years (renewable one time only) or else they lose the certificate. In 2015, then Environment Minister, Mary Polak, determined that after 10 years Glacier Resorts had not substantially started the Jumbo Glacier Resort, effectively rendering the environmental certificate ...

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I Love Jumbo Wild: Douglas Noblet

Douglas Noblet is the photographer behind Wild Air Photography. His images combine three of his major passions: mountains, flying and photography. Often flying solo, Douglas captures his images while piloting his Cessna 172. He lives in Nelson, BC in a tiny house and spends much of his time in the wild Purcells ski touring, mountaineering, rafting and climbing. Douglas’ images have been used for many years to help support the #JumboWild campaign. I recently sat down to chat with Douglas about what motivates him. Robyn Duncan: You grew up in Nelson. When did you ...

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On June 25th, Jumbo will be back in court. And we’re going too.

In 2015, then Environment Minister Mary Polak canceled the Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Environmental Certificate. In BC, developers must substantially start their project within five years (renewable one time only) or else they lose the certificate. Minister Polak determined that after 10 years Glacier Resorts had not substantially started the Jumbo Glacier Resort, effectively rendering the environmental certificate expired. Glacier Resorts Ltd challenged this decision and this week (June 25-28), they'll be before the court in Glacier Resorts Ltd. vs. the BC Minister of ...

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JGMRM holding annual meeting for municipality with no residents

The Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality (JGMRM) is BC’s only town with no people and an appointed mayor and council. On June 19, the JGMRM will present its 2018 annual report at a public meeting. Controversy has surrounded the JGMRM since its inception when the then BC government took the shocking steps to push forward the Jumbo Glacier Resort, amending the Local Government Act to allow the creation of a town with no people, appointed a mayor and council to govern over the new town, and funded it through taxpayer dollars. Protests have accompanied multiple ...

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