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NEWS: Sports fishermen urged to oppose Schedule 2

In a letter to the editor in the Vancouver Sun today, A.J. Monk writes, “Some 225,000 sports fishermen in B.C. have a stake in the outcome of the federal government decision regarding Taseko Mines’ proposed development that would turn Fish Lake into a mine tailing and waste dump.”

“If this precedent occurs, sports fishermen must hope and pray that an ore body (as yet undiscovered) does not exist near their own favourite lake, because it may be the next to go.”

“The B.C. government, apparently disregarding environmental concerns, agreed with this destruction of a lake, which is an excellent family fishing lake, with its estimated 80,000 rainbow trout, its camp site and its pristine natural beauty.”

“The final word is with the federal cabinet and members of Parliament, who have been advised by the Canadian Environmental Agency Review Board that this development does not meet its environmental standards.”

“Sports fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts should advise their MP of their concerns. The final decision from Parliament is expected very soon.”

Getting a significant number of the 225,000 sports fishermen in British Columbia to write the prime minister and their MP could help protect Fish Lake and other lakes threatened under Schedule 2 across Canada.

If you have contacts within these communities or with their organizations, please contact them and urge them to protect the lakes that they love by opposing Schedule 2.

To read more about our campaign against Schedule 2, please go to http://canadians.org/TIA.

The letter to the editor is at http://www.vancouversun.com/mobile/story.html?id=3295054.