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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act has been under attack for many years by industry and provincial and federal governments who claim that rigorous environmental assessment and meaningful public involvement hamper economic growth and drive away investment by causing delay and uncertainty around major projects, and wasting time, money, and energy assessing small projects. Yet the purpose of the Act is to promote sustainable development.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Harper Government wants to gut the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Tell the Conservatives that Canada’s environment matters – and environmental laws matter. Tell them we won’t accept shoddy “streamlined” public reviews and destructive megaprojects – even if they change the law to allow them to proceed.