Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Resort Appeals B.C. Decision, Cites Friendship between Minister, Project Critic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Resort Appeals B.C. Decision, Cites Friendship between Minister, Project Critic

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Ski resort leery of minister, critic's friendship

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VANCOUVER - Backers of a proposed ski resort say the decision by British Columbia's environment minister to stymie the project was inappropriately affected by her friendship with one of the project's most prominent critics.

Jumbo Glacier Resort has filed documents in B.C. Supreme Court highlighting Environment Minister Mary Polak's personal relationship with Ktunaxa Nation chair Katherine Tenesse, a long-time opponent of the project.

They allege this impacted her decision not to renew a lapsed environmental assessment certificate for the controversial proponent.

The billion-dollar resort proposed for southeastern B.C. has been decades in the making and sparked fierce opposition from locals, First Nations and environmental groups. …

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