Ender Ilkay calls the latest tactic by enviro-activitists harassment.

Ender Ilkay calls the latest tactic by enviro-activitists harassment.

Environmentalists try new tactic in JDF

Free Miners strike again, this time on Ilkay development

Each side continues to defend their right to legally do what they are entitled to do.

On one side you have a developer who wants to build a resort community on lands in the Juan de Fuca, and on the other, a vocal contingent of environmentalists who decry every move made by developer Ender Ilkay.

On April 4, a group calling themselves Free Miners staked a mineral claim on 400 hectares of Ilkay’s property. Free Miners last showed their teeth when they used the same tactic at Bear Mountain Resort in Langford.

It’s all part of the fight to retain forest lands close to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail which some think will be ruined if Ilkay’s development gets approved.

This latest tactic is to ensure Ilkay does not decide to extract gravel and aggregate on his property if the resort plan gets turned down.

“If anyone decides to start hauling gravel, we have the right to stop and inspect each load,” says Zoe Blunt (aka Tracie Park) from the Forest Action Network in a press release. “We own all the minerals in the ground. The law also provides that free miner’s agents can enter the property for prospecting purposes.”

Ilkay said he is not in the gravel hauling business anyway.

“I’m trying to create a eco-friendly resort and an economic opportunity,” he said.

“I’m running a business and I’ve poured tens of millions directly into Vancouver Island yet groups make it difficult to do business. It gets to a point of ‘why would I ever do business here?’ I can spend my investment where it’s welcome. That’s their goal,” said Ilkay referring to the latest enviro-tactic. “It‘s a tough thing for the future of the local economy.

On April 6 Ilkay added the following statement, “My businesses have created ten of millions of dollars of investment in Vancouver Island in the past five years. I just added it up out of curiosity, and the various projects add up to a total investment value of $78 million. This includes all of the direct money that is spent in each project putting in roads and infrastructure and building of the homes. This does not include any spin off economic activity that is created in the communities where we developed projects. This also does not include any of the proposed Marine Trail Resort numbers, which will add another tens of millions if approved.”

He feels the mineral claim is just harassment and the free miners are “in the harassment business.”

“I have to trust in the integrity of the system,” said Ilkay.

He said the mineral claim does not give them any claim on gravel or above ground minerals. It is to be used for mining underground minerals, like gold or copper.

“If they find gold, they own it,” said Ilkay.

Blunt suggested mineral tenures could provide community members with forest-friendly employment.

The fear of clear-cutting the forest was slapped down by Blunt, who stated, “this is second-growth timber. It would cost more to cut and haul than it’s worth. And 70 per cent of the land is either too steep or too wet to log.”

Juan de Fuca Regional Director Mike Hicks said, “I think Ms. Blunt underestimates the toughness of loggers. Rain doesn’t stop them.”

Whatever happens in the area will be decided in a matter of months. The local  Land Use Committee made up of community members in the Juan de Fuca will make a recommendation to the Capital Regional District Board and then voting block A will decide whether the application goes to a Public Hearing, providing the voting structure remains as is. There are a number of CRD directors who are looking to change the vote to include all the members of the CRD board rather than just voting block A.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A rockfall closes Finlayson Arm Road and West Shore Parkway on Friday (March 5) afternoon. (Twitter/BC Transportation)
Malahat closed due to rockfall

Section of Trans-Canada Highway was scheduled for intermittent closures today for rock scaling work

The Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tsartlip First Nation ‘outraged’ after Green MLA revealed COVID-19 outbreak

Chief shares concerns about racist backlash, MLA Adam Olsen apologizes

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of deceased Hells Angels prospect from Sooke to be divided between wife and secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

Sooke resident Nathan Hanson popped both his driver’s side tires on a pothole near a construction site on Sooke Road. Hanson said he was following a line of traffic and was just before the 17 Mile Pub when he drove over the pothole. (Photo contributed/Nathan Hanson)
Driver blows two tires on pothole near construction site on Sooke Road

Ministry of Transportation says keeping highways in good condition a priority

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. top doctor has power to restrict access to a place during health hazard: lawyer

Under B.C.’s Public Health Act, Jacqueline Hughes says, Henry can restrict or prevent entry to a place

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
B.C. dentists and bus drivers want newly-approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

BC Dental Association says dentists and their teams cannot treat patients remotely

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is calling for teachers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Why it’s ‘urgent’ B.C. teachers get vaccinated from COVID-19 before summer

President Teri Mooring says not enough is being done to prevent virus transmission in schools

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Study reinforces importance of Chinook to Pacific Northwest orcas

Data confirms how central the big salmon are to the orca’s diet year-round

Most Read