Have been following this for a few years, it is really sad news. I figured it was going to go through when the conservatives announced the "extended" protected area except for the tiny patch where the mine is... makes for good press that they are for the environment, general public sees only the good news.
In Canada we are in the dark ages of river and environmental protection and the big enviro groups where quiet during the election, sad, the dollar is god with no vision for the future.
What this tells me as a paddler and a concerned individual that none of our rivers and wild areas are safe.
Hopefully the enviro groups will get their act together and come out fighting.
We need some leadership here.
Pretty sad news in the season of hope.
Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss. — (David Bolling, How to Save a River: Handbook for Citizen Action)