BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C. judge sides with environment minister over issuance of park permit

06/25/2013 06:40 EDT | Updated 08/25/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - A high-end eco-resort on Vancouver Island can continue to upgrade trails and take guided-horse tours into the oldest provincial park in British Columbia following a judge's ruling.

The Society of the Friends of Strathcona Park had asked the court to set aside a permit given to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort by the Ministry of the Environment.

The society argued the minister who made the decision exceeded his jurisdiction and erred in law when he granted the permit.

But the minister defended his decision, arguing it was reasonable and made only after careful consideration of the relevant factors.

Justice Jon Sigurdson says the minister considered competing concerns and the public interest and concluded it was in the park's best interest to issue the permit.

He dismissed the society's request, adding the minister's decision was reasonable and should not be set aside.