BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sun Peaks Resort Expansion Challenge Lost

05/21/2013 06:06 EDT | Updated 07/21/2013 05:12 EDT
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VANCOUVER - The Adams Lake Indian Band has lost a court challenge against an expansion of Sun Peaks Resort in B.C.'s Interior.

The band asked for a judicial review after the provincial government issued a licence to the resort to add a chair lift and additional ski runs.

The Adams Lake band objected to the expansion and claimed the government didn't properly consult with members before it gave approval for the changes.

However, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon noted that most of the statements filed by band members were a lament for the loss of the way of life in the area because of mining, housing development and recreational uses.

While the witness statements speak to the band's frustration over the impact of the resort, the judge ruled the trouble can't be addressed in the context of one small expansion of the resort.

Fenlon ruled the province conducted its obligations as necessary, while dismissing the band's claim and ordering it to pay the resort's legal fees.

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