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. . . ‘Glacier Resorts Ltd. ready to begin summer op-erations on Farnham Glacier’ continued from Page 5
“WinSport announced this year it would cease op-erations due to requently poor snow conditions and thelack o economic viability o the site or athlete training,” Wildsight’s press release reads. Robyn Duncan, Wild-sight’s Purcell Mountains program manager was unableto say where this inormation came rom.Brendon Arnold, media relations manager or Win-Sport Canada, conrmed that WinSport has decided todiscontinue operations, but that the reasoning behindthe decision was not to do with the snow.“Snow conditions were not the issue,” he said. “It was a cooperative decision made between us and the na-tional sport organizations because Camp Green wasn’tbeing used in its ull capacity.”One o Wildsight’s main concerns, Ms. Duncansaid, is the environmental conditions on Farnham Gla-cier, citing past complaints o improperly stored uel, waste management, and soil contamination.“o have Glacier start talking about commercial op-erations when there have already been such damages is aconcern to us,” she said.Following a government visit ater the Olympics, alist o required remediation was made, some o which was to be completed by WinSport. Mr. Costello ac-knowledged Glacier Resorts’ responsibility or the nec-essary remediation, and said that as o press time, ev-erything that was required o them has been completed,including the items required o WinSport that weren’tpreviously remedied. Te nal steps were reviewed by se-nior proessional engineer o Interior Reorestation Co.,Ltd., Shawn Vokey.“We took responsibility because we are the masterlicence, and because we told the government we woulddo it. It’s our responsibility and we aren’t trying to shunit. We committed that we would have it done beore we started operations, so that’s what we’re doing,” Mr.Costello said.Ms. Duncan also spoke o Wildsight’s concern ordevelopment on the glacier by Glacier Resorts. She couldnot elaborate with specic examples. She said she wasconcerned Glacier Resorts would erect another camp inthe place o Camp Green.Te removal o the camp’s buildings and structuresis currently in negotiation between WinSport and Gal-cier Resorts, and there are no plans to replace them, Mr.Costello said.“Tere will be no development, no buildings, noconstruction, no uel stored on site, nothing. Tere willbe portable toilets, and that’s it,” he said. “We don’t evenneed a shelter because people will be transerred straightto awaiting cats. We are not in the camp business.”Dave McGrath, ather o three local children in-volved in ski racing and a member o the Kootenay Snowsport Society, recently wrote to the provincial gov-ernment to emphasize the need or an aordable, year-round training acility. Mr. McGrath said he thinks it’scritical to separate the training on Farnham Glacier romthe ongoing issue o Jumbo Glacier Resort, or whichGlacier Resorts Ltd. is the proponent.“Our main goal is to make sure there is a training a-cility or our kids up there. I think i we’re looking at thisas the larger controversial issue, it’s easy to rope it intothe big mess. What we’re ocusing on, and what is goingto be lost i we let ourselves get into that mess, is the op-portunity to get our kids up there and do great things.”In contrast, Ms. Duncan rom Wildsight said, “Wedon’t ofcially have a stance on athlete training. In thiscase we have had extensive conversations with people who are involved in Camp Green, and everyone is tellingus that this [training acility] isn’t necessary.”Ms. Duncan said she was not at liberty to reveal hersources. Wildsight is taking action towards this issue becauseas citizens, they have the public responsibility to overseepublic lands, Ms. Duncan said.“We are engaging in the democratic process,”she added.“I think Glacier should not be permitted to runcommercial activities on one o the glaciers they are pro-posing to build the larger Jumbo Glacier Resort on un-til a decision about the Jumbo Glacier Resort has beenmade.”She also added that a more thorough consultationprocess should have happened with First Nations andthe public when the current Licence o Occupation wastranserred.However, that responsibility does not belong to GlacierResorts; it belongs to the government, Mr. Costello said.“With a Licence o Occupation, the proponents arenot required to consult. Tat is the province’s responsi-bility. Te question could be ‘did the province consult when they granted the licence [to CODA]?’ but it hasnothing to do with us. We just took over an existing Li-cence o Occupation.”Regarding the claims in Wildsight’s press release thatGlacier Resorts built an unlicensed road into the area in2008, Mr. Costello said they were “absolute, bald-acedlies.” An email conversation between the province andGlacier Resorts conrms Glacier Resorts was given thego-ahead to build the road.Glacier Resorts plans to begin summer operations onFarnham Glacier sometime during the next ew weeks.
“We are engaging in the democratic process.”
Robyn Duncan,Purcell Mountains Program Manager and SouthernRockies Program Coordinator, Wildsight