…but I doubt it.
Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites – reports CBC News, which claims to have details of 16 Canadian lakes that are to be “officially but quietly” – love that bit – “reclassified as toxic dump sites for the mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from British Columbia to Newfoundland.”
I was going to keep this factual and unemotive. It’s not my country, mining isn’t my area of expertise and I’m by no means oblivious to the world’s need to harvest its natural resources.
Imperial Metals exploration manager Steve Robertson lights my blue touchpaper, however, when he includes this line in the vanguard of his company’s defence:
“[the planned Red Chris mine] is a project that can bring a lot of good jobs, long-term jobs, well-paying jobs to a community that desperately needs it”
If there’s one thing that exposes the shallowness of Man more than notches on the bedpost, it’s the old prosperity-beats-all argument: the view that profit and an enhanced economy are invariably the knockout blow to fears for the environment.
That this should be one of the first arguments an industry reaches for when a story of this magnitude hits the fan makes your toes curl, especially when articulated by an executive whose own long-term environmental aim is probably the kind of gated retirement paradise where not so much as a stray toffee-wrapper hits the lawns without armed security hustling the culprit to the floor.
Try fighting your corner again, Steve Robertson. And know that it needs to be much, much better than your first attempt.