Friday, November 28, 2008

The Boreal BelowJoint news release with Northwatch: A major new report highlights serious impacts on the Canadian boreal forest from all phases of mining activity, from exploration to closure. Two respected mining industry watchdogs – Northwatch and MiningWatch Canada – say they published The Boreal Below (an all-new and expanded version of a widely circulated 2001 report) in response to growing demand from communities across Canada for information and analysis to help understand the impacts of mining on their lives and livelihoods. It provides a carefully-documented analysis of the social, environmental, and cultural impacts of mining from prospecting to mine closure, as well as an overview of the current situation by province and territory.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Yukon Supreme Court has made a very significant decision (January 3, 2007) that grants the Canadian government leave to pursue the “oppression remedy” to “pierce the corporate veil” in order to hold perpetrators of bad mining practices responsible for their actions, even if they are operating under different corporate names. BYG Resources owned ...
Sunday, August 14, 2005
In the Yukon, there are 120 mines that have been abandoned by their owners, of which 45 have serious toxic and physical stability problems. (At present, placer mining is the only mining activity in the Yukon.) The costs of cleaning up these sites is estimated at over $400 million. Despite this overwhelming evidence, the Yukon government is still considering a reclamation policy that ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2005

On March 18-19, MiningWatch Canada facilitated a meeting in Whitehorse to assess resources and capacity in the Yukon to work on mining, prioritize issues, expand working relationships and work on strategies. Invitees included a number of individuals and representatives of local organizations.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005
There are seven really significant "Type II" abandoned mine sites in the Yukon. Some of them are mired in ownership questions which have to be resolved before the final decommissioning can take place. The seven are: United Keno Hill, Clinton Creek, Mt. Nansen, Faro, Ketza, Sa Dena Hess and Brewery Creek. With the exception of Brewery Creek, these sites had inadequate reclamation bonds ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003
The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Robert Thibault, has announced that the Yukon Placer Authorization will be phased out over the next four years. There have been serious, long-standing concerns about the impacts of placer mining on freshwater fish and salmon in the Yukon. The Yukon Placer Authorization is a blanket authorization under Section 35 of the Fisheries Act which ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003

On December 5, 2002, MiningWatch Canada made a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources regarding Bill C-2, the long awaited Development Assessment Process for the Yukon, now known as YESA, the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.

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)

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 ...
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

In a national report released today, MiningWatch Canada and the Pembina Institute show that BC and Yukon governments continue to give big subsidies to the metal mining sector, even while the industry is delivering fewer jobs and reduced economic activity in return. The report was delivered to BC and Yukon politicians today.

"Looking Beneath the Surface" quantifies both the public costs to support the metal mining industry and the benefits generated by the industry in fiscal years 1994-95 and 2000-01.