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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

News release: (Ottawa/Oxford, 5 August 2014) A human rights assessment conducted between late June and mid-July 2014 at UK-listed African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in Tanzania by MiningWatch Canada and the British NGO, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), confirms reports of ongoing excessive use of force by police guarding the mine, resulting in deaths and serious injuries of villagers from the surrounding area.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On July 17 MiningWatch received a response from mining company HudBay to our July 10, 2014 news release and brief: Canadian Mining Watchdog Warns Arizonans of HudBay Minerals’ Poor Track Record on Pollution and Human Rights. In its letter HudBay provides additional contextual information regarding the concerns we raise about its Manitoba operations and disputes the facts we presented about the violence at the company's former operation in Guatemala.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In response to Russell Hallbauers’ Revenue sharing would assist communities in need, the Tsilhqot’in National Government stands in support for our Tribal Chairman Chief Joe Alphonse.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In June, Canadian-based transnational mining company HudBay Minerals reached an agreement to take over Augusta Resources and its controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine project near Tucson. The newcomer to Arizona is no stranger to controversy. MiningWatch Canada - an Ottawa-based watchdog group – reports that HudBay has a troubling track record of contamination and human rights abuses in the Canadian province of Manitoba and the Central American country of Guatemala.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Urgent Action: Call on Canadian representatives to respond as Guatemalan government moves to expel witnesses to police violence at US-Canadian mine site.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

News release: MiningWatch Canada has received copies of sharply worded letters from Percy Kabloona, Chair of the Nunavut Planning Commission, addressed to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt. The letters chastise the Minister and AANDC for failing to support the final public consultation for the Nunavut Land Use Plan.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The New Prosperity project was long dead before the Supreme Court's decision in Tsilhqot'in vs. BC was released. A majority Conservative government has rejected this project – twice – after two failed environmental assessments, describing significant and immitigable impacts on the environment and on Tsilhqot’in cultural practices and cultural heritage.

Friday, June 27, 2014

News release: Eleven months after submitting a complaint to the Canadian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Entreprises in Ottawa, FIDH, its member organisation in Ecuador CEDHU and MiningWatch Canada, representing a group of peasants and indigenous people affected by the first large-scale mining contract in Ecuador, urge the Canadian National Contact Point (NCP) to immediately proceed with the case.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Press Release: A civil lawsuit filed today in Vancouver against Tahoe Resources for negligence and battery in connection with a shooting at the company’s silver project in Guatemala sends a strong message to investors and all Canadians.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

News release: An in-depth study of Glencore’s Congolese mines published today finds that the company’s performance falls far short of international standards in a number of critical areas. Glencore’s CEO, Ivan Glasenberg, has told shareholders that the only concern of mine managers should be ‘to get products to the gate as cheaply as possible’. But poor communities living next to Glencore’s mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pay a heavy price for the company’s strategy for success.

Wednesday, June 18, 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 against the validity of the exploitation licence. Community leaders have faced repression, criminalization and violence for their efforts to promote community consultation processes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Repeat of 2009’s Gross Human Rights Violations Follow Failed Resettlement Negotiations

(Ottawa) In a pre-dawn raid on Friday, June 6, Papua New Guinea (PNG) police Mobile Units evicted residents from Wingima village near Barrick’s Porgera gold mine and burnt down some 200 houses, according to reports from eye witnesses in Porgera as well as from local Member of Parliament Nixon Mangape. Victims said they had no warning and were not given eviction notices in advance of the attack.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

News release: (North Bay and Sudbury) The Wolf Lake Coalition is pleased with the responses to its outreach to candidates in the upcoming provincial election. The Coalition of 30 businesses and organizations asked candidates in Nickel Belt, Sudbury and Timiskaming-Cochrane whether they and their party would support full protection for the Wolf Lake Forest – the largest remaining stand of old growth pine left anywhere in the world. Three in-person meetings with four prominent candidates (3 NDP, 1 Liberal) provided opportunities to further explore their awareness of Wolf Lake and commitment to protect it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Report: A commission of Ecuadorian human rights and environmental organizations report on a visit to the Intag valley in northwestern Ecuador where the formerly Canadian-listed Copper Mesa Mining (formerly Ascendant Copper) operated until 2008. They observe that the state mining company, ENAMI, has instituted a "de facto state of emergency" in order to carry out mining exploration activities by force, generating a sense of fear and intimidation among the local population where there is historic, ongoing opposition to mining.

Monday, June 2, 2014

RWB LogoOnlyNewBoomerangNews release: On April 28, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) notified investors on its Refilings and Errors List that Chieftain Metals Corp. was non-compliant in its mineral project disclosure. On the same day, Chieftain Metals issued a corrected Annual Information Form noting that the report had been revised “in connection with a continuous disclosure review by the Ontario Securities Commission.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

News release: Aroland First Nation is rejecting Premier Gold’s Hardrock Mine plans for an open pit mine near Geraldton, Ontario. The proposed mine will cause significant adverse environmental effects, including the destruction of a lake and major alterations to the TransCanada Highway for open pit mines.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

News release: As the provincial election nears its climax, a coalition of 30 businesses and organizations says the time is now for candidates and party leaders to commit to protecting the world’s largest remaining stand of old-growth red pine.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Media Advisory: MiningWatch Canada’s Canada Program Coordinator, Ramsey Hart, will attend and speak at a consultation session with Quebec’s environmental review agency – the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). The BAPE is undertaking a province-wide review of uranium exploration and extraction – a response to ongoing opposition to mining the radioactive mineral in the province.

Friday, May 16, 2014

(Ottawa) On the day of Barrick Gold’s Annual General Meeting, April 30, 2014, Montreal-based law firm Trudel and Johnston filed a law suit on behalf of shareholders against Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) and four of its Directors and Senior Officers.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

News release: Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows’ legal case for treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and mining licences on a vast tract of Treaty 3 lands north of the English River (the Keewatin Lands).

Thursday, May 8, 2014

News release: On the heels of another incident of violence in connection with Tahoe Resources' Escobal project in Guatemala, MiningWatch is sending a letter today to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board calling on the fund to divest from the company. MiningWatch argues that the investment is a dangerous and unacceptable gamble.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Communiqué: The Ejido of Carrizalillo, Guerrero, Mexico issues a communiqué to announce the agreement reached with Goldcorp after a 33-day community strike on Carrizalillo's lands against the Los Filos mine.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Open Letter: Thirty six international human rights, environmental justice and solidarity organizations have sent a letter to Guatemala's Attorney General demanding justice for the deadly attack against Alex and Topacio Reynoso two weeks ago. The father and daughter are community leaders from Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, actively opposed to Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala. Topacio, just 16 years old, was killed, and her father was seriously injured.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Press Release: On the eve of Goldcorp’s Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, Mexican landowners are challenging company assertions that it is “expeditiously” seeking to renew a land use agreement in order to restart operations at its Los Filos mine in Guerrero, Mexico.