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Jumbo Glacier Resort municipality 'undemocratic'

The Jumbo Glacier ski resort project in southeastern B.C. would sit on an old sawmill site, and visitors would be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four nearby glaciers. (CBC)
The provincial government has announced Jumbo Glacier Resort as B.C.'s latest resort municipality.

The development was approved in march and will be North America's first year-round ski destination; It will sit on a now-abandoned sawmill site and visitors will be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four pristine glaciers, just west of Invermere in the Purcell mountains.

The resort municipality will be run by an appointed mayor and council, consisting of former Radium Hot Springs mayor Greg Deck, as well as Nancy Hugunin and Steve Ostrander.

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett also announced Phil Taylor as interim corporate officer, which the province says will help ensure the municipality is fully functional by Feb. 19, 2013 -- its date of incorporation.

Invermere mayor Gerry Taft says creating a municipality where there is no population, and giving all the decision-making power to a group of people who have not been elected is undemocratic, and a slap in the face to locals.

He explains his perspective to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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The Jumbo Glacier resort has been in the works for more than two decades. Here's a timeline of its progress.

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