Re In The Yukon, Miners Stand Above The Rest Of The Community and Yukon Government Deaf To Dawson:
I appreciate the chance to clear up a few mistakes in the above-noted stories.
I never said I was “convinced” territorial legislation doesn’t support the idea of mining within communities. Whether or not the placer act supports mining in municipalities is one of many questions Dawson’s struggling with, and I and others are still waiting for a definitive answer.
My comment about not hearing “a reasonable response yet as to why this should be allowed” was used inappropriately. In fact, I’ve heard many reasonable reasons why this activity should be allowed. What I haven’t heard, however, are reasons why this activity should be given a development permit as a legally nonconforming use. The town’s role isn’t to decide the fate of this activity. Our role is to either issue a permit for this development or not. And that’s it. There are many overlapping jurisdictions and pieces of legislation that speak to this issue, which I encourage you and your staff to investigate.
I did not “bristle” at the mention of the Slinky Mine on the Dome Road. I’m not sure how my behaviour would have expressed irritation. (I was leaning against my vehicle, carving lines in the gravel road with my two-year-old’s hockey stick.) In fact, I was composed and respectful, which is how my community expects me to be when discussing town business.
I never said it was “bad enough the government has ignored residents’ e-mails and phone calls.” That appears to be a comment received from another person that was grafted onto my own.
I never said “communication has been seriously limited” between Dawson’s CAO and Yukon government officials. Dawson’s CAO can speak for himself on these matters.
It’s not fair to either the mining community or Dawson City to characterize this issue as the Miner vs. the Yukon, as the title, “In the Yukon, miners stand above the rest of the community,” does. Mining is a cornerstone industry in our town and deserves more credit than that.
Dawson City is asking difficult questions of this complicated situation but keeping respectful of the rights and livelihoods of those involved. It’s important the free press does the same while informing readers about this significant issue.