Friday, February 14, 2003

Handout prepared for the Environmental Mining Council of British Columbia.

Monday, February 3, 2003

Mr. Kent Lupberger
Manager, Mining Investments
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20483
3rd February, 2003

Re: Request for information on IFC financing of Somboon Potash mine in Udon Thani province, Thailand

Dear Mr. Lupberger,

Friday, January 17, 2003

Jim Wilson Ministerial Letterhead

Ms. Joan Kuyek
National Co-ordinator
MiningWatch Canada
City Centre
508-880 Wellington St.
Ottawa ON K1R 6K7

Dear Ms Kuyek:

Thank you for your letter regarding the report prepared by MiningWatch Canada and the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development and the copies of the summary report.

Friday, January 10, 2003

A report by the NGO Working Group on the EDC (of which MiningWatch is a member) reveals that a Crown Corporation, Export Development Canada, may be helping to finance a number of projects under development by Canadian companies without the necessary environmental and social due diligence. EDC continues to hide the environmental and social risks of its investments from the public, despite a report from the Auditor-General calling for disclosure and transparency.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

An article by Catherine Coumans in Seven Deadly Secrets: what EDC does not want you to know (published by the Halifax Initiative) provides an overview of the environmental and social issues associated with the Goro project.

Friday, January 3, 2003

Tundu Antiphas Lissu, a Tanzanian human rights lawyer and outspoken advocate for an independent international inquiry into the evictions at Bulyanulu in August 1996, was detained by police on December 23 in Dar Es Salaam. He was held for over 24 hours in an underground jail known as "The Hole."

Monday, December 23, 2002

Thai villagers held a traditional rice-harvest ceremony yesterday as part of their protest against a potash mine proposed by Canadian mining company Asia Pacific Resources Ltd. (APR).

The protest comes after village leaders submitted 5,000 signatures calling on the Thai government to reject the Vancouver-based company's mining application.

The company plans to mine underneath people's houses and farms for potash, or potassium-containing ore, which is used to make fertilizer.

Friday, December 20, 2002

(Ierissos, Greece) The regional administration of central Macedonia is expected to declare a state of emergency in the bay of Ierissos, in northern Greece, due to the continuing discharge of toxic mine waste by Toronto-based TVX Gold into the bay. The Municipality of Stagira-Akanthos, where the spill has occurred, has required this measure to be taken and is calling for immediate action from all responsible authorities to stop the ongoing pollution of the bay.

Friday, December 13, 2002

(Atlin) In a surprise move today, the BC Liberal government defied the BC Supreme and Appeal Courts, the Federal government, and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation by giving their approval to the Tulsequah Chief mine and road proposal. The mine was first granted a project certificate in 1997, but the Taku River Tlingit First Nation launched a legal challenge and had the certificate struck down in BC Supreme Court in 2000. The Province of BC appealed that decision, but lost that challenge as well in a BC Appeal Court decision earlier this year.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Stratoni spill(Ierissos, Greece) Mine wastes from a lead and zinc mining facility owned by a subsidiary of the Canadian-based TVX Gold, Inc. are pouring into the Bay of Ierissos in northeastern Greece, a region famous for its scenic beaches and fishing villages.

Saturday, December 7, 2002
[reprinted from the Ottawa Citizen, December 7, 2002] BY GORDON PEELING Canadian mining is an important contributor to our country's social and economic prosperity. It is one of the few sectors in the economy where Canadian companies dominate internationally, a position established ...
Thursday, December 5, 2002

Raymond Bonin, M.P.
Chair, Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs,
Northern Development and Natural Resources
House of Commons
Ottawa K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Bonin,

Re: Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act (Bill C-2)

Monday, December 2, 2002

In a response to the report released on October 29th, 2002, by the World Bank's Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman on the Bulyanhulu mine, the Tanzanian Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT) states that it is deeply saddened by the report as it contains material inaccuracies, factual errors, unsupported claims, and unsubstantiated conclusions.

Saturday, November 30, 2002
On October 4-6, sixty-eight leaders from across Canada gathered at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg for "Strengthening our Voices: a leadership conference about mining in Canada". The workshops included: A slide show on the environmental and social impacts of mining in Canada's boreal forest; Mining's privileged access to land (sometimes known as "free ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002

MiningWatch Canada is finalizing a workplan and proposal for the development of a multidisciplinary educational resource about mining issues. Recognizing the importance of developing critical-thinking skills in young minds, we want to create a module about the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts of mining activity and metals extraction. The resource, which will be in the form of a series of posters accompanied with a teacher's activities guide, will meet the Ministry of Education's Ontario Curriculum standards for Grades 4-7.

Saturday, November 30, 2002
On October 22, 2002, Sheila Fraser, the Auditor-General of Canada, released her report on Abandoned Mines in the North. The report lends enormous credibility to everything we have been saying about these toxic time-bombs. The report is available on the Auditor-General's website. Undertaken ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002
On May 24, 2002, MiningWatch Canada and the Pembina Institute wrote to Minister Anderson asking that mining be included in the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI (under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act). The NPRI is one of Environment Canada's most important programs. The Inventory provides ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002
The official World Bank ombudsman has found that the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) agreed to provide $72 million US in political risk insurance to Barrick Gold in August 2000 for their Bulyanhulu Gold mine ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002

On October 17, Maria Kadoglou of Hellenic Mining Watch sent this exciting news:

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Vancouver-based Asia Pacific Resources Ltd. (APR) is facing both constitutional challenges and vigorous community opposition to its plans to exploit the Udon Thani potash concession in northeastern Thailand. APR holds 90% of the concession and wants to exploit the resource through underground mining.

Saturday, November 30, 2002
In July of this year, Inco was suddenly granted a six-year exploration permit (PRA) for a massive concession called Prony, which is adjacent to its Goro development in the southern part of the South Pacific island of New Caledonia. Since then, Inco has been plagued by protests over the granting of the Prony concession, and a major walkout ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002
On October 10, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private lending arm, announced that it would not financially support the controversial Rosia Montana gold mine project in Romania's Apuseni mountains. The project had come under fire from an international coalition of NGOs based on fundamental problems in the ...
Saturday, November 30, 2002
From October 22-27, Mel Quevillon visited one of MiningWatch Canada's founding members, the Innu Nation, in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Despite an attempt to visit the Voisey's Bay site in its construction phase, Voisey's Bay Nickel Company (VBNC) was unwilling to have her ...