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Today, on the bridge across Capilano River just before it enters the  ocean, I watched First Nations People catch fish.  They had arranged the rocks in the river to direct the fish to shallows.   The fish were trapped.  They could not swim past the rock barriers.  The Indians, clad in cheap clothes and rubber waders, plodded into the rock-traps and with nets captured the fish that thrashed in death-agony.  The fish were thrown onto rocks, bludgeoned, and cut open to be laid out in rows to dry. (more…)

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The draft report by the EPA on potential mining impacts on Bristol Bay by the Pebble Mine or any of the other seven potential mines in that part of Alaska is published.  Here is a link to one report thereon—there are hundreds of news items, so maybe look for others as well if the topic interests you. (more…)

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For two very different views of mining in British Columbia, see these links:

The first tells of the proposed Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake.  The open-pit, copper-gold operation would generate $5 billion in “economic activity”  over a projected 20-year life.   The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation opposes the mine because getting water for the mine would involve destruction of Fish Lake described as “a pristine fishing hole under the shadow of Anvil Mountain, the lake is home to a unique subspecies of rainbow trout.” 

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Alaska remains a mining state.  And the salmon will have to rely on perpetual water treatment to keep ‘em healthy. 

Currently the news is that Ballot Measure 4 is failing.  That is the ballot in Alaska that was designed to stop the Pebble Mine without naming the mine.  That is the ballot so full of spelling mistakes and bad strategy, that everybody from the State Governor to the majority of Alaskans rejected it (thirty-eight thousand to thirty thousand votes?) 

We will never know if they rejected the ballot because of confusion—people tend to vote no when they are confused.   We will never know if they rejected the ballot because they believe their laws are good enough–who likes to admit your current laws are inadequate when you have used them for so long to your benefit.  And we will never know if they rejected it because they actually do choose mining over salmon fishing. 

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