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Member Spotlight: Diana van Eyk is a committed member and volunteer

by Diana van Eyk I love being a member of the EcoSociety for a whole raft of reasons. On the practical side, it's an extremely effective organization. Here are some of the things the small staff and volunteers do that make me feel excited: run campaigns that educate us on important environmental issues, run outdoor markets that sell locally grown food and handmade goods, fight to keep Jumbo wild…

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Member Spotlight: Sue Skidmore is a proud mom and gramma

by Sue Skidmore We all join the West Kootenay EcoSociety for different reasons…my push was alcohol. There, I hope I got your attention. I joined the EcoSociety as a member and have started taking on a few “baby-steps” volunteer jobs, like writing this blog, but it took me a while to get to this point.  Contrary to how this sounds, drinking does not play a big part in my life but making new…

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Bill Introduced to Close Jumbo Loophole

MLA Andrew Weaver introduced a bill to close the loophole that allowed the creation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, which since 2012 has had a mayor, two councillors and a budget supplied by the province, but no residents. The "Town of Nothing" has been the subject of a legal challenge as well as a satirical children's book. The text of the bill, and Weaver's introductio on the…

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Jumbo Mountain Resort Initial Meeting

The provincially-appointed "City Council" of the Jumbo Resort Municipality will hold its first meeting on Feb 19 2013 in Radium. Several folks from the West Kootenays will be headed over to join a rally in protest of the meeting. If you're interested in joining a caravan or perhaps riding a bus, please email info@ecosociety.ca.

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EcoSociety slags provincial appointment of Jumbo municipal council

Provincial government appoints Jumbo municipal council Bad day for democracy says EcoSociety Nov. 20, 2012 A three-person municipal council for the Jumbo development was announced November 20th by BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett. The West Kootenay EcoSociety blasted the BC Liberals for the latest move in a 23-year fight over the Jumbo Valley. The creation…

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Great Letter on Jumbo Resort

MLA Norm MacDonald calls the Jumbo Resort a "give-away of public lands" in a recent letter in the East Kootenay News Online. Read the letter! The letter is in response to the UBCM's resolution opposing the changes to the Local Government Act that would allow the provincial government to create a "Mountain Resort Municipality" with no residents. Bill Bennett was recently made Minister of…

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