Mining isn’t ‘bestial’

In the May 2 edition of the Yukon News, Marc Leduc wrote, "I can only imagine the disgust a young, urban professional visiting from Toronto or New York...

In the May 2 edition of the Yukon News, Marc Leduc wrote, “I can only imagine the disgust a young, urban professional visiting from Toronto or New York would have viewing this pollution left from days when North Americans engaged in bestial activities such as mining, transportation, engineering and such.”

Excuse me?

A city the size of Toronto or New York produces far more pollution in a single day than a mere 32,000 Yukoners do in a single year, therefore a resident of Toronto or New York is much more accustomed to living with the “bestial activities” of mining, transportation and such than we Yukoners are.

And how would a young urban professional from Toronto or New York ever get to be a visitor to the Yukon in order that he or she could be disgusted at the “absolutely horrifying mess” at

the Old Utah rail yard?

Why, by having to stoop so low as to use the “bestial activities” of the transportation industry. That’s the same way you arrived in the Yukon, Mr. Leduc.

And what process occurs to allow so many people being transported around? Why the “bestial activities” of engineering and mining, of course.

Engineers design machines that enable young urban professionals from Toronto and New York to visit the Yukon.

And the “bestial activities” of the mining industry provide the materials that are necessary for these machines to be manufactured.

Mr. Leduc, the “bestial activities such as mining, transportation, engineering and such,” are as vital to you as the air you breathe.

Ever since the day of your birth, your entire life has been made possible by the “bestial activities of mining, transportation, engineering and such.”

You cannot flush a toilet, turn on a light switch, open a refrigerator, start the engine on your fossil-fuel-burning, carbon-producing automobile without being a part of “bestial activities such as mining, transportation, engineering and such.”

The Yukon News has devoted much print space towards criticizing the Yukon mining industry, criticism made possible thanks to clearcut logging and dioxin-producing pulp mills, and of course the “bestial activities” of the transportation industry.

Have you ever driven (or been driven in) a car? Ever flown on a plane? Or been in a boat? Or a train perhaps?

Do you have a heated home? A computer? A job? A family?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then in my opinion your daily activities are no less “bestial” than miners, engineers, mechanics or truck drivers, airline pilots, railway conductors or boat captains.

Mr. Leduc, I am a proud Yukoner.

I was born here, I was raised here, I have always lived here and in all probability I will most likely die here and will most certainly be buried (or cremated) here.

I travel the world but the Yukon will always be my home.

And I also have been fed and clothed and employed by the Yukon mining industry since the day of my birth.

I am also an avid offroad enthusiast, which in your mind also makes me a “troglodyte.”

And this proud Yukon-born stripminer will not have you use the Yukon News to label me and thousands of other hardworking Yukon miners, transporters and engineers as “bestial” and “troglodytes” without you hearing from me.

Until such time as you are willing to prove your environmental purity by living in a cave and dressing in animal hides, then you have absolutely no business in calling me “bestial” and a “troglodyte.”

Jon Wilkie

Dawson City

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read