Well, less than a year after the tailings pond dam gave way and flooded the natural environment with tailings and wastewater, the mining company – Imperial Metals – is applying to the BC government to re-open the mine.
I remember in 2010, before I knew my future lay in Canada, I was in Scotland enjoying my Canadian friend’s pride over hosting the Winter Olympics. One detail that twigged my attention at the time was the fact that snow was being trucked to the slopes surrounding Vancouver, because it was unusually warm that winter and they desperately needed it for the alpine events. When I asked whether or not trucking in snow was commonplace in Canada, I got a clear and uncompromising response: no this was freakish, an uncommon practice born out of bad natural luck.
The importance of bees to our natural world cannot be overstated. One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators. Bees pollinate almost 75 per cent of the vegetables, nuts and fruit grown in North America including apples, flaxseed, peaches, strawberries, carrots, pepper, avocado and almonds.
Life as we know it simply would not exist without bees, which is why their decline is so worrying!