A lament for B.C.

 

Seldom have I read an article in HCN that brought a tear to my eye, but the Dec. 24 issue on the new British Columbia mines did just that ("The New Wild West"). Our family has vacationed in British Columbia and southeast Alaska many times over the past 50 years. It is perhaps the most beautiful area on the planet. It is heartbreaking to see this incredible region being despoiled. Mining is no longer just a hole in the ground, but an enterprise that destroys whole rivers, mountains and ecosystems, as well as the livelihoods of the people who depend on them. I guess I always knew that human overpopulation and greed would end up destroying all the world's wild places, but I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. Sadly, it is. B.C. should be ashamed of its advertising slogan: "Supernatural." Although the thousands of dollars we have spent vacationing there pale in comparison to the billions that the mines will generate, we have vowed never again to spend our money in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Canada.

Leigh Mintz
Lincoln, California