Newsletter 09: Summer 2002

Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002

On October 4-6 of this year, MiningWatch will hold an Activist Workshop on Canadian Mining in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This will be a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the network of activists around mining issues in Canada. The workshop will focus on the full costs of mining, perverse subsidies given to mining companies, unlimited access to land ("free entry"), exploration, and diamond mining.

Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002

On May 9-11, Latin American and Canadian social and environmental activists, economists, and academics came together at York University in Toronto to set out a series of challenges for the mining industry and governments alike on the eve of a major industry conference.

Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002
MiningWatch Canada staff also attended a regional workshop for 74 members of mining-affected communities and NGOs from the Asia-pacific region. The workshop was held in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia on May 24-26. It preceded "Prep Com IV," the last preparatory conference for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) conference in Johannesburg (August-September 2002).This mining workshop ...
Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002

Planet in Focus will be holding its third annual international environmental film and video festival in Toronto, September 25-30, 2002. Planet in Focus's mission is to promote the use of film and video as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and appropriate action on the ecological and social health of the planet.

This year Planet in Focus will be screening three films that focus on the impacts of mining on communities and the environment:

Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002

The new Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMERs) finally became law on June 19, 2002 with their publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette.

On July 28, 2001 the new (MMERs) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I and a public consultation period was open until September 26, 2001. During this time Environment Canada received 23 submissions.

Miércoles, Agosto 14, 2002
Mel Quevillon began working with MiningWatch as a Regional Organizer at the beginning of June. Her job, to work with Canadian communities affected by mining, was created in response to the growing list of needs expressed to MiningWatch. She hopes to visit a number of different communities across Canada in the next few months and listen to people's stories in order to see where MiningWatch can provide ...