The conservative canadian government gets a bad rap for a lot of things - transparency, accountability, global-warming ignorance. And rightfully so. They aren't exactly a team of David Suzukis.
But...I am going to give them a tip of the hat today. The Tories rejected a proposed plan for an open-pit gold and copper mine near William's Lake, in British Columbia. Environment Minister Jim Prentice said the Taseko Mines Ltd project would do a significant amount of damage to the lake and the areas rivers, grizzly bears, salmon, trout, the list goes on and on. Prentice said the report was the worst he'd ever seen.
The province and the lake community argued the project was crucial to the survival of the local economy, but the Tsilhqot'in nation said the project posed a threat to their existence.
So, kudos conservative party. It takes a big man to turn down an 800-million-dollar operation that would have meant hundreds of jobs, to protect the region's environment. If the lake was destroyed, jobs couldn't exist anyway. It's the right decision, in my opinion.