Here comes another display of astonishing political short-sightedness. In the face of overwhelming local opposition — including everyone from residents to regional businesses to the Ktunaxa First Nation — a government, this time the benighted, anti-science, anti-environment, anti-people (hmmm... who’s left, I wonder?) government of British Columbia, has decided to allow yet another chunk of paradise to be paved.
This time it’s an area of unsurpassed alpine beauty nestled high in the Purcell Mountains, near and on the Jumbo Glacier, scheduled to be turned into a Euro-style destination alpine resort, with all the bells & whistles. Just like those swishy places in the Alps — you know, the rugged, mountainous core of central Europe, where the only remaining wildlife is the odd gaggle of drunken Brits on a cheap skiing holiday.
In its infinite wisdom, British Columbia’s government has given the go-ahead for the construction of a resort that will create precious few long term, high-paying jobs for British Columbians. Bored 18-year-old Aussies & Kiwis eager to get out and see the world on the cheap, keep your eyes peeled — those less-than-minimum-wage housekeeping, bartending, and lift operating jobs will be yours for the taking.
This development is so monumentally stupid, so astonishingly, breathtakingly ignorant, I scarcely know where to begin. Once I’ve calmed down a bit, I’ll craft another, more helpful post, with tips on how you can do something about this travesty, assuming you give a rat’s rear-end about namby-pamby things like, oh, say, the fate of the planet and the future of all living things on it.