[Mining conflict] A majestic Yukon where humans are still outsiders – by Paul Watson (Toronto Star – August 20, 2011)
The Toronto Star, has the largest circulation in Canada. The paper has an enormous impact on federal and Ontario politics as well as shaping public opinion.
BONNET PLUME LAKE, YUKON—Sketching peaks shrouded in morning mist, Joyce Majiski squints up at bands of red blue and green all around her, searching for signs of our planet’s ancient enduring heartbeat.
In one of Canada’s last wilderness watersheds, a vast expanse where humans are still outsiders, the artist biologist and former river guide can hear the murmur of water spilling down a steep creek bed on the far side of this placid lake.
It’s fed by patches of melting snow that wind through scree deposited by a glacier that disappeared when the planet warmed at the end of the last Ice Age, leaving a bowl (“cirque”) carved out of the mountainside.
We are sitting on the edge of Bonnet Plume Lake, 1,153 metres above sea level, where the loudest sound is a late summer breeze.
The peace belies an epic conflict playing out across Canada’s North, where aboriginal people and environmental activists are pushing back against building pressures from a warming climate and the global demand for more resources. Read the rest of this entry »