By Roy L Hales
The mining sector may be struggling, but it is still big business in British Columbia. According to the Northern Miner,mining is “one of the hottest sectors of the Canadian stock market.” At the beginning of this year, there were 702 British Columbia based mineral exploration and mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV exchanges. Some of the A BC Liberal party’s biggest campaign contributors are mining companies. Though KGHM Ajax Mines is not one of them, having forked out a mere $55,450,[1. KGHM AJAX MINING INC’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2013/03/01 – $2,000.00; 2013/12/31 – $10,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $1,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $2,000.00; 2014/04/14 – $400.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/10/10 – $10,000.00 ; 2015/03/06 – $2,000.00 ; 2015/04/10 – $5,000.00 ; 2015/06/19 – $2,000.00; 2015/11/20 – $20,000.00 ; KGHM INTERNATIONAL’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2015/02/13 – $550.00] a new mining start would definitely bolster Premier Christy Clark’s image within the industry. Only there is more at stake than money when it comes to a proposed 2,500-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine on the outskirts of the city of Kamloops. This is an area that local first nations consider sacred and after careful deliberation, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says no to Ajax Mines.
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Environmental Impacts & The Need For Social License
By Roy L Hales
Twenty-four million cubic meters of silt, metals and water spilled into the adjacent waterways, when the Mount Polley tailings pond dam breached. It has been called one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters. The province’s independent review panel made six recommendations, one of which was that tailings and water should not be mixed anymore in BC. This did not please the mining companies who say dry stacking of tailings would cost too much. The Clark Government appears to concur. An application to restart Mount Polley, with tailings in water, is under consideration. The Secwepemc Peoples regard this as “a violation of sovereignty” which “opens the territory up to further damage.” Is BC setting the stage for another Mount Polley Disaster?
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By Roy L Hales
Though Ministry of Environment staff report that water samples are very close to historical levels, business is not back to normal at Mount Polley.
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Taken from His Website
By Andrew Weaver, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Looking at the pictures in the news this week of the environmental disaster that took place in central BC takes your breath away. I felt it was important to write a detailed review of what we know now and what questions need to be asked going forward. I will provide as much information I can as things develop.
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