First Nations health officials to start salmon testing after B.C. mine spill

First Nations health officials are preparing to test salmon near the site of a mine tailings spill in British Columbia’s Interior to determine whether the fish are safe to eat.

LIKELY, B.C. — First Nations health officials are preparing to test salmon near the site of a mine tailings spill in British Columbia’s Interior to determine whether the fish are safe to eat.

The tailings dam at the Mount Polley Mine failed last Monday, releasing millions of cubic metres of water and silt into surrounding lakes, creeks and rivers.

The First Nations Health Authority says it is developing a sampling program to address concerns over whether the fish are safe to eat.

Testing results have so far found the water is within health guidelines and that the spill isn’t likely to affect aquatic life.

But leaders in two nearby First Nations say their members don’t think the salmon is safe to eat and aren’t fishing.

Chief Bev Sellars of the Soda Creek Indian Band says she doesn’t believe the company and the government know what the full impact will be on the environment and salmon.

Just Posted

Celebrating 4-20 in Red Deer

For years, 4-20 was a time to protest for the legalization of… Continue reading

Optimism remains for Red Deer hospital expansion

Red Deer’s incoming UCP MLAs both have been strong supporters of expansion

Sport of axe throwing growing in Red Deer

True North Axe Throwing wants sport to be ‘Canadian version of darts’

RDC cancels championship-winning golf program due to tight finances

Short season, small number of student golfers were also considerations

WATCH: An ‘Eggstemely Fun Easter’ at Bower Place in Red Deer

Bower Place mall made sure Red Deer families were able to have… Continue reading

Dozens hurt in collapse of deck during wedding celebration in Langley, B.C.

LANGLEY, B.C. — Police say dozens of people were injured, some critically,… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $25 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $25.5 million jackpot… Continue reading

Uber driver charged in two sexual assault investigations: Toronto police

Toronto police say an Uber driver is facing sexual assault charges in… Continue reading

PEI Green party candidate Josh Underhay and son killed in canoeing accident

CHARLOTTETOWN — With only a few days before voters were to go… Continue reading

Egyptians vote on changes that would extend el-Sissi’s rule

CAIRO — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three… Continue reading

Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid

WASHINGTON — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s… Continue reading

New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen’s southern Dhale… Continue reading

Most Read