By Michael Toay
"Just to know that something like that is going on in my backyard, I was absolutely disgusted. They didn't listen to warnings and now we have to deal with their mistakes." That's how 17 year-old Williams Lake resident Orden Mack described his feelings upon learning of the Mount Polly incident, the shocking spill from the tailings pond that is leaking into local lakes and potentially threatening the Fraser River.
At that time, Mack was in the midst of a twenty-five day journey, a community canoe trip down the Fraser River as part of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), under the leadership of Fin Donnelly, the SLLP's founder. The youth travelled 1,400 kms along the mighty Fraser River, by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and on foot.