Yukon

Friday, March 15, 2002
The Auditor-General of Canada's office is looking into abandoned mines in Canada's north, as a follow-up on their contaminated sites recommendations in 1996. The team of auditors, under the direction of the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, will be looking at the federal liabilities for remediation, and management ...
Friday, March 15, 2002
The Mine Monitoring Manual: a Resource for Community Members has recently been published by the Yukon Conservation Society and Project Underground. Written by Sue Moodie, MiningWatch Canada board member, the manual is designed to monitor the water quality impacts from mining. It is used ...
Sunday, July 1, 2001

[Report by MiningWatch Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada] Unlike most developed countries, Canada has no national program to deal with contaminated sites. Abandoned mines and tailings ponds create toxic nightmares, contaminating rivers, lakes and surrounding lands.  Local communities are left to deal with the toxic legacy, or, frequently, to cope and live with the contamination and its impacts on their health and the health of their children. Recent increases in imports of hazardous waste from our trading partners, paired with Canada's inability to deal with existing waste properly increase the urgency for developing an effective national program to deal with the problem.

Friday, November 3, 2000

The MiningWatch Canada small grants fund paid for sampling expenses for the Yukon Conservation Society and Carmacks community members to conduct field investigations and analyse samples at the closed Mt. Nansen mine in the Yukon. The company is now bankrupt and the federal government is responsible for the clean-up. "We were worried about the health of the fish and wildlife in the area, so we sampled the water ourselves," said MiningWatch board member, Sarah Johnnie.

Friday, November 3, 2000

Gaining Ground: Women, Mining and the Environment was a two-day gathering held at Lake LaBerge, Yukon, September 15-17, 2000. It brought together women from Yukon communities affected by mining and women from elsewhere with experience in the health, science, and social science sectors. The gathering broke new ground in recognizing and understanding the impacts of mining on communities and families, as well as the interrelationship between women, mining, and the environment, and it set clear directions for moving forward.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

MiningWatch Canada Backgrounder

1. Sanctions do not include investment. Investment is not included in the sanctions imposed by Canada on Burma in 1997. The sanctions were restricted to imports and exports. According both the First Dynasty and Ivanhoe Mines Annual Information Returns 2000, "the sanctions in their current form do not affect the company's investments in Myanmar". US sanctions include investment.

Monday, May 1, 2000

The applications of Canadian United Minerals for permits under the Quartz Mining Act to explore the "Horn claims" are of national significance. They attack the very basis of aboriginal title and interest. They fly in the face of commitments made by the Honourable Robert Nault to protect parks from mining. Granting these permits would represent a foolish step in terms of sustainable development and planning.

Wednesday, February 23, 2000

MiningWatch Canada has initiated a small regional grants program. The goal of the program is to strengthen the capacity of people in communities affected by mining activities to assert their needs and rights. We will fund travel and exchange between community leaders and education and advocacy activities. Maximum grants are $1500. Grant applications are due January 31 and September 30 annually.

Wednesday, February 23, 2000

This month, after years of public consultations and negotiations, the Tr'ondek Hwech'in, with the support of environmental groups like CPAWS-Yukon, succeeded in getting 216,000 acres in the Yukon set aside as a park. Tombstone Territorial Park is an area of extraordinary beauty, that contains may sacred sites and places of archaeological significance.