Tuesday, March 13, 2012

News release from the Canadian Environmental Network's Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus: Conservative MPs on the Committee reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have set out recommendations that follow the party line to further gut the federal environmental assessment process while failing to consider expert testimony to improve it, according to environmental groups from across Canada.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Opinion: Rick Arnold, former coordinator of Common Frontiers Canada, argues that the CIDA-funded CSR project with World Vision and Barrick Gold is aimed at the pacification of local dissent over a new Barrick project in La Libertad, Perú, rather than local economic development.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

News release: This week, Canadian taxpayers will cover the costs of eleven journalists from eight Latin American countries – and Mongolia – to attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2012 conference. This appears to be another attempt on the part of Canadian authorities to manage the message instead of seriously addressing the roots of mine conflicts in countries such as Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

News release: (Ottawa) MiningWatch Canada regrets that Taseko Mines Ltd. has initiated a lawsuit against the Western Canada Wilderness Committee for allegedly making defamatory and inaccurate comments on Taseko’s  proposed “New Prosperity” project.

Monday, March 5, 2012

News release: (Tŝilhqot’in Territory) The Tŝilhqot’in National Government is shocked that Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) has launched a defamation suit against an environmental group for questioning the company’s claims that its ‘new’ Prosperity Mine proposal addresses all concerns and will save Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Presentation: Dr. Anthony Bebbington, Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, testified to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Develompent as part of its study on the "Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Canada's International Development Interests." He highlighted how conflict, weak or weakened institutions, and the legitimacy of corporate actors can often compromise local development, instead of improving conditions.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

News release: (VANCOUVER, BC and OTTAWA, ON) – Forty groups, from internationally-known organizations like Council of Canadians and Greenpeace, to local citizens’ groups like Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, have endorsed a statement confirming their support for strong federal environmental laws that protect our national values.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

News release: (Tŝilhqot’in Territory) After a series of recent community meetings, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has reinforced its determination to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and the surrounding area from the threat of Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed “new” Prosperity Mine. The Tŝilhqot’in communities strongly opposed Taseko’s 2011 exploration program and obtained an injunction from the BC Supreme Court preventing the company from conducting that work, pending a challenge to the approvals.

Monday, February 27, 2012

News release: (Montréal) "The survey by Léger Marketing on the mining industry confirms the relevance and importance of our work over the last four years,” said Ugo Lapointe of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine (Better Mining Coalition). According to the survey, a majority of residents of Québec including the Abitibi region (the most active mining area of Québec) agree that there is a need for further reforms to improve royalties, environmental protection and respect of citizens’ rights.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A report released today by Rivers Without Borders demonstrates that Chieftain Metals’ Tulsequah Chief mine proposal is fraught with financial risks and uncertainties. The report documents the involvement of some of Chieftain’s executives in bankruptcies and questions the reliability of mineral and cost estimates. The analysis also discusses potential permitting and construction delays, undeclared environmental risks, and economic returns to the local community.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In February 2012 during the CERD's 80th session the Committee reviewed Canada's 19th and 20th reports. Prior to the review interested parties submitted comments to CERD on Canada's progress, or lack there of, in implementing the Convention and responding to the Committee's earlier recommendations. A total of 28 submissions were made including one from MiningWatch Canada on mining and Indigenous rights in Canada, and a joint statement by 22 organizations, including MiningWatch, on the issue of corporate accountability of Canadian mining companies operating outside of Canada.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Letter: Two hundred and thirty three civil society groups from thirty countries, all organizations working for the protection of human rights and the environment in the Americas and Europe, jointly wrote the Inter-American Commission on Human Right (IACHR) to raise concern over recent decisions that reduce the effectiveness of its human rights protection mechanisms.

Monday, February 20, 2012

News release: Leading public health physicians, environmental lawyers and academics warned today against haphazard federal attempts to undermine environmental reviews, cautioning that any government effort to cut corners will put public health and safety at risk.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

News release: For over a decade, MiningWatch has been saying that Ontarians should be getting a better share of the resource wealth that is extracted in the province. MiningWatch welcomed the recommendation to eliminate a key tax break for mining companies and to review the mining tax system in the recently released report from the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, chaired by Donald Drummond.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 6, 2012 – Today, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation filed a notice of application for judicial review in Federal Court to challenge the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board’s decision to allow a mining exploration program in Drybones Bay. Drybones Bay is an area of unparalleled cultural significance for the Yellowknives Dene.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

News release: NGOs across the Pacific are criticising the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SOPAC) proposal for a legislative and regulatory framework for deep sea mineral exploration and mining.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Much has been made of federal pronouncements about limiting public participation in environmental reviews, limiting their duration, and ‘streamlining’ them, just as the public hearings on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline began. Little notice has been paid to the statutory review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Reprinted with permission from The Hill Times, Canada's Politics and Government Newsweekly, Feb. 13, 2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Open Letter: The General Coordinator of the Andean Coordinating Committee of Indigenous Organizations has written to Minister Bev Oda, Barrick Gold and World Vision asking them not to pursue a joint Corporate Social Responsibility project in La Libertad, Peru and instead to promote respect for indigenous rights.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

News Alert: Two indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé men were killed and dozens more injured in connection with a police crackdown on dissent over mining and hydroelectric developments in Panama, where Canadian mining companies have a significant presence.

Monday, February 6, 2012

News release: (Quebec) The Coalition Québec meilleure mine (Better Mining Coalition) is appalled that federal Environment Minister Peter Kent has approved the Matoush uranium exploration project despite opposition from the Mistissini Cree and the findings of a controversial review panel report from July of last year.

Friday, February 3, 2012

In late 2011 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development started to study the “Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Canada’s International Development Interests.” This is our submission to the Standing Committee.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Communiqué: Twenty-one Honduran environmental, indigenous and human rights organizations have issued a joint statement demanding that the Honduran government create space for real and effective debate over a proposed new mining law. They also report that the congressional commission that wrote the law has been under pressure to get it passed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

News Alert: Protests against Osisko Mining suggest company lacks the social licence to operate at its Famatina gold project in La Rioja, Argentina.

Monday, January 9, 2012

News Release: The Panamanian Environmental Advocacy Centre (CIAM) observes that the Investment Agreement between Canadian company Inmet Mining Corporation, owner of the subsidiary Minera Panamá, and South Korean companies Kores and LS-Nikko Cobre Inc. violates Panama's constitution. The proposed open-pit Copper Panama project also poses tremendous threat to a protected area, which the non-profit group will continue to defend. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

News item: While Toronto-based Inmet is widely distributing news of the approval of its ESIA by Panamanian environmental authorities in order to pave the way for further investment in the project, the company is ignoring a decision made one day earlier by the country's Supreme Court of Justice to maintain the protected status of the area.