It took more than 6 months (and many hundreds of hours) compiling your comments about Bear Mountain Resort, the interchange, Langford's council, and all the controversy surrounding them. Now - finally! - we are pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive report on public opinion and Bear Mountain.
The document (linked below) is a fascinating read, with 16 full pages of commentary from people on all sides of the issue — local environmentalists, tradespeople, schoolchildren, seniors, and government officials. A narrative of events, eight pages of political analysis, and a news index provide a thoroughly-researched picture of the sprawling resort and its impact on the community.
Click here to read or download "The Langford Rebellion: Public Opinion, Development, and Bear Mountain."
See also: Victoria Times Colonist article on Langford's response, July 11, 2008.
"The Langford Rebellion" chronicles a groundswell of public outrage Langford's mishandling of development at Bear Mountain Resort. The sharp and emotional commentary may cause more controversy and threats of legal action, but the authors assert that the document constitutes "fair comment" on matters that are very much in the public interest. The project is intended to promote public dialogue on development issues across Vancouver Island and beyond.
Two hundred copies were distributed free of charge to environmentalists, libraries, journalists, city councils, MLAs, MPs, First Nations, the general public, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, which sponsored the research project.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas and comments!
Boycott Bear Mountain
Would you support a corporation that destroys the environment and tramples on people's rights — in your own backyard?
Below, toxic sludge from Bear Mountain pools below the 19th hole of the golf course.
Developers for Bear Mountain Resort and the Bear Mountain Interchange have destroyed two First Nations caves near Victoria, BC. They demolished irreplaceable karst formations hundreds of thousands of years old for the sake of profit and convenient highway access. Earlier this year, the City of Langford promised residents that the Langford Lake Cave would be protected. Instead, it has been closed off permanently with a rebar grate and tons of broken rock.
Construction is killing vulnerable species and rare ecosystems. Bulldozers and excavators have trashed the watercourses. Mud and silt are suffocating red-legged frogs and pacific tree frogs in Spencer's Pond and Florence Lake. Garry oak and arbutus ecosystems are reduced to rubble. Orange sludge is polluting watercourses downstream from Bear Mountain.
News archive on the struggle to protect SPAET Mountain from Bear Mountain Resort