Everything has a breaking point. The trout population of the upper Fording River, who have long suffered toxic water pollution from Teck’s Elk Valley coal mines, not to mention destruction of their habitat, have finally reached their breaking point. Of the adult westslope cutthroat trout in this 60km stretch of river, 90% are gone in … Continued
Author: Lars Sander-Green
Conditions for life are tough high on the alpine ridges and in the subalpine valleys of the Rocky Mountains, with bitter winter cold, dry summers, and strong winds all year. A few hardy species, adapted to the difficult conditions, are connected together in a delicate mountain ecosystem. One slow-growing tree, the whitebark pine, is a … Continued
Here in BC, it’s obvious that we care about our environment—and we like to think that our laws reflect how we feel. But when it comes to mining, the sad truth is that our laws to protect the environment and our communities are outdated, weak or sometimes just not enforced. There’s a saying that BC … Continued
Teck Coal had a plan to deal with Elk Valley water pollution problems, but the plan hasn’t worked. Is BC going to let Teck delay for years or will they finally stand up and enforce permits that limit water pollution? Without real changes to mining practices, the future is bleak for fish and rivers.
Yesterday night, forty hardy Kimberlites gathered outside in Kimberley’s Platzl to the honour our mountain caribou, after the recent news that the last females caribou have been moved from the South Purcell and Selkirk herds to Revelstoke. They heard from conservationists who worked to save the caribou, representatives of the Ktunaxa Nation and those who’ve … Continued
Send your message to the Forests Minister! It’s hard to miss the huge new clear-cut on a steep slope just to the north of Fernie. Why are we allowing this kind of logging, right beside a town with as much tourism as Fernie, in 2019? It turns out that the clear-cut north of Fernie is … Continued
There are no viable solutions to stop the tide of selenium leaching into Canadian and U.S. water from a 100-kilometre stretch of coal mines owned and operated by mining giant Teck. Deformed fish, a potential fish population collapse and contaminated drinking water signal more trouble to come.
Will your vote arrive in Victoria by December 7th? You only have a few more days to drop your proportional referendum ballot into the mail and have it arrive on time! Polls are showing that BC voters are split right down the middle—your vote will make a difference! Please vote today! Encourage your friends and … Continued
Who pays to clean up old mines? Our mine reclamation security system is supposed to make sure mine owners pay to clean up their mine sites and downstream pollution, but there are so many exceptions, secrets, weak policies and backroom deals, that mine owners across the province are profiting while BC taxpayers cover the long-term … Continued
British Columbians have a choice this November: vote to change our electoral system so that our legislature better represents our interests or stick with our first-past-the-post system. Here at Wildsight, we know that British Columbians value their environment, wildlife and wild places, but our governments have rarely made protecting our environment a priority. Governments that … Continued