Fifteen years into this new century, the promise of turning a new leaf on the way industry and governments operate in the World is wilted at the edges. But there is still hope and there are still people and organizations working every day to try curb the worst practices of those that would destroy the environment for the profit of their own.
One such organization is MiningWatch Canada. Created in in 1999, MiningWatch says their mission is to provide quote: “[P]ush back against the mining industry’s ability to rewrite laws, mislead the public, and bulldoze communities, workers, and ecosystems – literally – in its quest for profit.”
Both in Canada and abroad, MiningWatch has laboured to empower communities affected by the extractive industries and their not always honourable allies in high places.
Jamie Kneen is Communications Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada and rejoins us in the first half.
And; the BC government is in the middle of a campaign to wipe out wolf packs in the South Selkirk. It says wolves are the culprits in the disappearance of the area’s caribou herd, but local, long-time environmental watchdog group, the Valhalla Wilderness Society begs to differ. Meanwhile, the helicopter assisted hunt goes on.
Craig Pettitt is a former Forest Service employee, and now serves as a VWS Director, and coordinator with the separate Valhalla Forest Watch program. His invaluable experience in the field has enabled him to document numerous violations of the Forest Practices Code, increasingly meaning field investigations of logging practices and landslides. Craig also runs workshops to teach resident groups how to monitor their wilderness neighbourhoods.
Craig Pettitt and fingering the real perps in the South Selkirk caribou disappearance in the second half.
And; Victoria Street News publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of coming good things to do in our town and beyond this week. But first, Jamie Kneen and MiningWatch keeping watch on the extractive industries fifteen years and more.