Monday, February 28, 2005

The Ontario Mining Action Network (OMAN) was launched in Sudbury, Ontario on December 5, 2004, at the conclusion of a two-day workshop on mining in Ontario. Representatives from First Nation communities, labour organizations, environmental groups and mining-affected communities from Southern and Northern Ontario identified a number of obstacles to more responsible and better regulated mining in the province and agreed to use the strength of a network to address these issues in their communities and at the government/policy level.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

October 28, 2004

Lise-Aurore Lapalme
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4

Paul Schafer
Senior Program Officer, Ontario Region
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
907-55 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4T 1M2

Re: Comprehensive Study Report, Victor Project, FEAI number 40568

I am writing to provide the comments of MiningWatch Canada on the Environmental Assessment of the Victor Diamond Project at Attawapiskat.

Saturday, August 7, 2004

The presentation builds on the idea that the mining industry is propped up by seven myths:
- Mining is about the extraction of minerals
- Mining has a small footprint
- Communities are eager to have mining
- Government will protect us, and there are laws and regulations in place to do this
- The economic benefits from mining justify the disruption
- We need more raw materials
- Mining is okay somewhere else but not here

Available here as a PDF.

Saturday, July 17, 2004
By Joan Kuyek, National Co-ordinator, MiningWatch Canada Published in the Bedford Mining Alert Newsletter, July 2004 Water is more precious than the metals that pollute it. Mining affects water in many ways: • Acid Mine Drainage is the number one problem facing the mining industry in Canada. There is no dispute ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Musselwhite underground gold mine, located in Northwestern Ontario, started commercial production on April 1, 1997. The Musselwhite mine is owned by Goldcorp. By 2001, Placer Dome had produced one million ounces of gold. With current mineral reserves, Musselwhite has an expected mine life through to 2012.

The mine is a fly-in operation with pickup points in Thunder Bay and five other Northern communities. The mine employs 293 full time employees and has 105 contract personnel providing support services.

Sunday, March 7, 2004
Members and representatives from seventeen First Nations met with nine conservation groups and others on January 28-29, 2004 in Thunder Bay to talk about how they could work together and care for the northern boreal forest in Ontario and Manitoba. Ontario and Manitoba's northern boreal forest is globally significant because it is the largest intact forest in North ...
Sunday, March 7, 2004
Recent months have seen mining companies trying to get out of their obligations at the closed-out uranium mines in Cluff Lake, Saskatchewan and Elliot Lake, Ontario. In January, Denison Mines Limited (now known as Denison Energy) brought an application to the Canadian ...
Sunday, March 7, 2004

MiningWatch Canada, along with Nishinawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Northwatch and Mushkegowuk Tribal Council have filed highly critical comments on the plan for an environmental assessment of De Beers' Victor Project at Attawapiskat on James Bay.

Friday, January 23, 2004

RE: Victor Diamond Project, De Beers Canada Exploration Inc., FEAI Reference Number 40658 - Draft Guidelines for the Conduct of a Comprehensive Study and the preparation of a Draft Comprehensive Study Report dated December 12, 2003

Friday, January 23, 2004

Mushkegowuk Council is the regional organization that represents the interests of seven Cree First Nations in the James Bay Basin of North-Eastern Ontario. Besides Attawapiskat First Nation, it includes three other remote communities on the shores of James Bay: Moose Cree, Fort Albany and Kashechewan First Nations. It also includes three road accessible communities: Taykwa Tagamou (New Post), Chapleau Cree and Missanabie Cree First Nations.