Friday, April 11, 2014

News release: With the election of a new government in Quebec, the Coalition Quebec meilleure mine (Better Mining Coalition) invites Premier Phillippe Couillard and all the elected members of the National Assembly to pursue an agenda of reforms that will ensure that mining developments respect citizens, communities and the environment while ensuring a more equitable distribution of the collective wealth extracted from our non-renewable resources. The Coalition has identified five major themes for these reforms.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

News release: More than 300 civil society organizations with millions of members are supporting El Salvador in its legal battle with Canadian mining company Pacific Rim at the World Bank. Labor, environmental and grassroots groups from Canada, the U.S. and El Salvador submitted a letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on April 10th demanding a review of the lawsuit against El Salvador.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Press Release: Colombia’s Ministry of Environment announced the delimitation of the Santurbán Páramo, a high-altitude wetland ecosystem that supplies water to millions of people in the country. While the ministry disclosed some aspects of the measure to the media, it has not released full details. These include the full extension of the demarcation, exact coordinates and which mining operations are inside or outside of the defined area.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MiningWatch Canada prepared this brief for an expert meeting on practical solutions to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' “effectiveness criteria.”  The data for this brief is derived from the work of MiningWatch Canada and our local and international partners on a project-level non-judicial grievance mechanism at Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, as well as our initial engagement on a similar mechanism at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Open Letter: Sixteen Canadian and US organizations have sent a letter of solidarity to Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico who are taking back their lands after their land use contract with a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Goldcorp ended late March 31, 2014. They are demanding more just terms from the company and have been speaking out about health and environmental harms.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Communiqué: The permanent assembly of Carrizalillo decides to bring a suit for the restoration of their lands and for Goldcorp to begin implementing its closure program at the Los Filos mine in Guerrero, Mexico, stating that the company has refused to negotiate a contract that would provide dignified terms for the community.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Communiqué: Local Landowners who are members of the Ejido Carrizalillo in the municipality of Eduardo Neri, Guerrero, Mexico have issued this communiqué stating that they will shut down Goldcorp's Los Filos mine following a breakdown in negotiations over their land rental contract. They call on the company's VP of Operations in Mexico to replace local directors in the negotiations and call on the national and international community to be on alert for any acts of intimidation, eviction or repression that might occur as a result.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canada has a rising debt to mining-affected communities around the world. Meanwhile, aggressive government promotion of NGO-mining company partnerships is likely to be of greatest benefit to corporate public relations, and to restrain participating NGOs from joining the fight against corporate impunity in solidarity with affected communities and workers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Together with RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development), the London Mining Network, and CORE (the Corporate Responsibility coalition of the UK) have put together a briefing note for investors in UK mining company African Barrick Gold and its majority shareholder Barrick Gold Corporation regarding human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining/OceanaGold in El SalvadorNews release: The President-elect of El Salvador has publicly committed to prohibit new mining during his administration, just as his predecessors have done since 2008. OceanaGold should respect the democratic process in El Salvador, abandon its acquisition of Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining, and drop its lawsuit against the government of El Salvador for not having permitted a mine, according to international civil society organizations. A new study debunks eight falsehoods the company has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Media advisory: A Guatemalan delegation will be in Canada from March 18th to 29th to provide first hand accounts about the current conflict between Toronto-listed Tahoe Resources and communities in southeastern Guatemala, where repression and violence have been the outcome of efforts to install the project without social support. The speaking tour will make the connection with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability's 'Open for Justice' campaign.

Monday, March 10, 2014

News release: Four years ago, nine Canadian organizations filed a complaint requesting that the RCMP investigate Blackfire Exploration and its Mexican subsidiary for bribery of a foreign public official under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (‘the Act’). Today, nine groups have reiterated their demand that charges be laid against Blackfire and its senior officials.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver project in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, southeastern Guatemala, is the subject of local opposition and ongoing legal processes. Community leaders have faced repression, criminalization and violence for their efforts to promote community consultation processes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brief: The Canadian government has created yet another poorly conceived tool to further the interests of Canadian mining companies operating abroad – the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID). In a presentation to the Mining Association of Canada in June 2013, former International Development Minister Julian Fantino promised industry representatives that the Institute “will be your biggest and best ambassador.”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

News release: Despite public reassurances of independence during its recent launch, the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) is a poorly conceived instrument of the Canadian government to support the mining sector abroad.

Monday, March 3, 2014

In September 2013, MiningWatch's Canada Program Coordinator, Ramsey Hart travelled to the Yukon. The trip north gave him the opportunity to hear Yukoners’ stories - their concerns and their vision of a sustainable future. During his Yukon trip Ramsey met with representatives from three First Nations, activists, and affected community members. Ramsey conducted five video interviews that cover a wide range of issues including the Peel Watershed, abandoned mines being re-developed at Keno City, Kluane National Park, the free entry system and more.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

News release: MiningWatch Canada welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the federal government will not approve Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity gold-copper project. The project, located in south-central British Columbia, was a modification of a previously rejected application.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Yesterday’s federal decision to reject the New Prosperity Gold-Copper mine proposal was welcomed by Tŝilhqot’in Chiefs, AFN National Chief A-in-chut Shawn Atleo, Union of BC Indian Chiefs President, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and First Nations everywhere. They now call on this to be the end of a costly, pointless battle that has dragged on since at least 1995, when Taseko Mines Ltd. was first told by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans not to waste any further time or money pursuing this unacceptable project.

Friday, February 21, 2014

MiningWatch and Rights and Accountability in Development wrote this letter to the President and CEO of Barrick Gold, Jamie Sokalsky, to ask the company to come clean about the “remedy programs” that African Barrick Gold (a UK-registered company controlled by Barrick Gold) has established for alleged victims of harm and women who have been the victims of alleged sexual assault by police and site security personnel at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Alert: Carlos Amador, an environmentalist and communicator from the Siria Valley in Honduras, is denouncing that over the last few months he has been watched and followed by unknown individuals using vehicles with tinted windows and without licence plates. He attributes this situation to the work he does in the area in defence of the environment and through exercising his freedom of expression through local radio and television programs.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

News release: Canadian organizations are disappointed that Calgary-based Infinito Gold has lodged a long-threatened investor-state lawsuit against the Costa Rican government in the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). They insist that Infinito management should drop the unwarranted legal action, accept the will of the Costa Rican people who rejected the mine, recognize the country’s 2010 ban on open-pit mining, and leave the country.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

News release: Tsilhqot’in Chiefs, along with non-First Nations representatives from the Cariboo-Chilcotin region, are in Ottawa this week to remind the Harper government the New Prosperity mine must be rejected after receiving a second negative Federal Panel Report which predicts that all the fish in Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) will die.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Distribution Multi-Monde, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, and organizations supporting the Algonquin community are thrilled to announce the Canadian premiere of the film Honour Your Word. The premiere will be part of the Cinema Politica film series at Concordia University on Monday February 10, 7pm at the D.B.Clarke Theatre 1455 de Maisoneuve West.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

This paper is a reflection on the Framework for Responsible Mining and examines key areas of concern and notes where the industry norms and expectations of civil society have evolved. The paper focuses on developments in social issues related to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, new initiatives associated with financial transparency, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The environmental components of the Framework that are revisited are waste management, biodiversity, energy and climate change, environmental assessment, mine closure, mercury and seabed mining.