It is with great humour that I read today’s Daily News (Sept. 20). The humour derives from so many contradictions in the nature of the stories.
On Page A1, reporters write that municipalities want more say on how mining
exploration and development proceed as an attempt to stop work in their areas.
This is followed by Page A5 where the City of Kamloops is proposing to expand to include the Afton Mine within the City limits.
The story continues to state that Kamloops’ mayor and council are concerned that there is a declining number of industry operators in the area to provide the necessary taxes for the City to function.
So, on the one hand there is a general initiative to stop mining near cities while this city is trying to expand to include a mine for an improved tax base. Funny stuff.
Another laugh comes from the Page C1 letter by Pierre Fillisetti that thoroughly belittles TRU students for making their voices heard at a Sept. 12 rally against mining; students hoping to work locally at well paid jobs for which they were trained. Then on Page A4 there is an article stating how taxpayers are supporting millions of dollars of investment to help fine arts graduates obtain work in our region.
On the one hand, a group of students is chastised for asking no more than to be
allowed to work in the field they have chosen, while another group is viewed as some sort of success story for accepting public funding to support their choice of career. How funny is that?
The world is often a contradictory and humorous place to live. On the one hand, we all enjoy, respect and are concerned for the environment, while on the other, we purchase and use items made from products that can only be derived by affecting the environment.
As a community, we view proposed industrial proposals as only negative, while accepting the economic benefit those industries provide.
And, we want students to be able to go to university to obtain work and then rally to stop a project that could provide them with jobs.
This edition of The Daily News indicates how difficult it is to rationalize “saving the environment” with the reality of living, and how funny can be the obvious contradictory positions taken by individuals and groups. I do enjoy a good laugh now and then. Thanks, Daily News.