Sunday, February 23, 2003

Peter Hartmann, a Chilean environmentalist and opponent of a planned new aluminum smelter in Patagonia, will be visiting Canada in late February.

Friday, January 10, 2003

A report by the NGO Working Group on the EDC (of which MiningWatch is a member) reveals that a Crown Corporation, Export Development Canada, may be helping to finance a number of projects under development by Canadian companies without the necessary environmental and social due diligence. EDC continues to hide the environmental and social risks of its investments from the public, despite a report from the Auditor-General calling for disclosure and transparency.

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

Scabs and management are keeping the nickel mines and smelter operating at Falconbridge Nickel Mines in Sudbury, Ontario. The Union (MineMill Local 598 of the Canadian Auto Workers) has been out on strike since August 1, protesting contracting out, wage rollbacks and other measures that will "gut the collective agreement" if implemented.

Tuesday, November 16, 1999

The Export Development Corporation has been brought forcefully to our attention by communities and non-governmental organizations that have to deal with the impact of Canadian mining development abroad. They want to know what role Canadian institutions play in perpetuating the problems they face, and what — if anything — Canadian citizens are doing to support them.