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NEWS: Council of Canadians to protest destruction of Fish Lake at Taseko AGM

Taseko AGM rally

Taseko AGM rally

The Williams Lake Tribune reports that, “The Council of Canadians are organizing a rally at Taseko Mines Ltd.’s annual general meeting in Vancouver tomorrow in support of the fight to defend Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).”

A Tsilhqot’in National Government media release issued yesterday says, “On Wednesday, June 16th, there will be a protest at 12:30 pm in downtown Vancouver at the Taseko Mines Annual General Meeting. The rally at 837 W. Hastings Street has been organized by Council of Canadians.”

The Tribune adds, “Taseko is awaiting federal approval to build an open-pit gold-copper mine — Prosperity Mine — about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake at Fish Lake. If the mine is approved, Fish Lake would be drained.”

“Brian Battison, vice president of corporate affairs for Taseko, in response to the plans for the rally in Vancouver (says), “It is not for me to judge the conduct of the Council of Canadians. I’ll leave that for the public to do.”

Voices from across the country are welcome to tell Mr. Battison and the Letters page editor at the Tribune that “the public” supports the Council’s protest and disagrees with Taseko’s plan to destroy Teztan Biny.

Send an email to Mr. Battison at BrianBattison@tasekomines.com and the Letters page at http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/williamslaketribune/news/96357324.html [click on ‘LETTER’ link above title] today.

Please also sign the petition that calls for Teztan Biny to be protected, http://www.protectfishlake.ca/petition.php.

And send our e-postcard to federal Environment Jim Prentice opposing the destruction of lakes through Schedule 2 at, http://canadians.org/action/2010/schedule2.html.

This is urgent. The federal environment assessment panel will make its recommendation on Teztan Biny to the Harper cabinet by July 2.

The Council of Canadians gathered with 60 people outside the Taseko annual shareholders meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday June 15 to protest their destruction of Fish Lake.

Here’s a ten minute video of last week’s protest outside the Taseko annual shareholders meeting in Vancouver. Starts with a little slideshow and then goes to video. Produced by the Wilderness Committee.