We need everything we’ve got to make it through this unprecedented crisis.
We’re all doing what we can to protect our most vulnerable neighbours. But the extraordinary medical response needed is going to cost serious money — and so will safeguarding Canadians’ basic needs as our economy reels from mass closures.
Wild salmon are the backbone of Indigenous cultures across B.C. and a key part of the food chain. Diluted bitumen is a toxic heavy crude oil blend that sinks in water. One spill could wipe out salmon runs already hit hard by climate change and habitat loss.
The Mount Polley tailings dam failure unleashed billions of litres of contaminated sludge — destroying a salmon stream, dumping mine waste into Quesnel Lake and sending a plume of toxic chemicals down the Fraser River. To this day, the company responsible has faced no charges, fines or penalties. Instead, taxpayers spent $40 million to clean up the company’s mess.
The Tsilhqot’in were the first Indigenous nation in Canada to prove title to their territory in the Supreme Court. But five years later, they still have to fight for companies to respect them on their own land.
Remember the Mount Polley mine disaster? It’s worse than you thought. The company responsible is now pumping untreated mine waste straight into Quesnel Lake. Not only has Imperial Metals never faced fines or charges, they’re still polluting this prime sockeye salmon lake.
More and more youth are becoming engaged and participating in politics, around the world and here in British Columbia. They are well-educated, compassionate, mature and ready to make a difference in our province. It’s time to lower the voting age to 16 in B.C. and give youth a voice!