BC mine gets green light despite red tape
This mornings news uncovered a story by CBC Canada North that along with the seal hunter stranded on the Arctic ice flow spurred the birth of the following article...
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Thursday that a British Columbia mining development can go ahead, even though the court said the project didn't go through all the required environmental assessments.
A land portrayed as vast hectares of untouched, plentiful forests, moose drinking from still mountain lakes and bears catching wild salmon in the rivers, British Columbia was once just like it is promoted to be. In some areas, one can still find parts of B.C. where this theme still holds true. Sadly, if one were to venture into the wilds of B.C. and Canada’s north one might also come across some ugly surprises.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when explorers, fur traders and homesteaders looking to get away from the overpopulation and crowding of many overseas countries came to British Columbia to join the native inhabitants, they found a province rich with resources. Although money and success was a main factor for many of those who flocked to British Columbia at the turn of the century, people were generally in search of a better life.
In 2010, many activities and industries that once fed, sustained and employed large groups of Canadians and were maybe even considered part of the framework of Canada are now looked upon and proven as environmentally harmful or even hazardous. The thought raises many questions for society as a whole. Where do we draw the line? Save our environment or sustain our economy, there has to be a middle ground...
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