I am writing in response to a letter (“Let Jumbo Fly”) that appeared in your January 11 issue. The writer of the letter claimed that the proposed Jumbo resort/real estate development “enjoys strong support despite a 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 of 2011 the Shaffer Economic Report commissioned by the Ktunaxa First Nation appeared on the scene. This report was prepared by Dr. Marvin Shaffer of Shaffer and Associates with research assistance provided by Myers Norris Penny LLP. The reports was also very negative about the proposed resort.
Within the Shaffer 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.