I watched The Hole Story a few nights ago on Netflix. I think it is something every Canadian or anyone concerned about the impact of mining anywhere should watch.
It is a documentary about the history of mining in Ontario and Quebec to present day. It looks into workers rights, unions, and what the mines get away with. How little we get out of it and the mess we are left with.
It makes me wonder why the Canadian Government keeps selling off our vast resources. If we owned all our resources, we would never be in debt. We could afford to give every resident free education, low-income housing for anyone who needed it.
Instead, we foot the bill for roads for the mining industry, usually the clean up (if we don’t ignore it out right) and pay the environmental and health cost left in its wake.
I remember someone telling us we would be stunned by the amount of water and electricity being used to run these operations.
I could see the look of defeat and depression in the eyes of a mayor that was interviewed. Calling himself nothing but a beggar when he asks for some kind of hand out from the mining company. It was sad. He should not have to be in that position.
Every government leader that refuses to question this is allowing this to happen. Not only the party in office.
A screening can be found at Cinema Politica.
The official interactive site can be found here.