Newsletter 11: Winter 2002-2003

Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003
The Taku watershed, shared between British Columbia and Southeast Alaska and home to the Taku River Tlingit, is again threatened after BC's December reapproval of Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief project. The project is opposed by BC and Alaska First Nations, environmentalists, many local residents, and the Southeast Alaska ...
Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003

There is strong public interest in "Looking Beneath the Surface", the in-depth report on mining subsidies prepared by the Pembina Institute and MiningWatch Canada, and released on October 28, 2002.

Over 8000 copies of the report and the executive summaries were downloaded from the website or distributed in hard copy within two months of the report's release. Environmental groups, communities facing the impacts of mining and unions are telling us that the report is very valuable to them in their work.

Mining industry lobbyists are angry.

Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003

On December 30, 2002, the Fraser Institute, a Canadian right-wing think tank, released a report rating the attractiveness of different mining jurisdictions to mining companies. The objectives of the report are clear: the Institute says: "We hope that this survey and companion index will encourage policy makers to create fair, stable, and consistent regulatory frameworks in which mining companies, as a proxy for other industries, can operate without experiencing what appears to be institutionalized bias."

Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003
For almost two years now, federal, provincial governments, the mining industry, Canadian Environmental Network representatives and Aboriginal reps have been working to form the National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI), based on recommendations made in a report commissioned by MiningWatch ...
Domingo, Febrero 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 ...
Domingo, Febrero 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.

Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003

Since 1999, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been attempting to develop sustainable development indicators (SDIs) for the Canadian minerals and metals sector. In brief, each of the indicators chosen is to represent a measurable and significant component of the minerals sector from a sustainability point of view. All indicators together, when measured regularly, should over time provide information on whether the Canadian minerals and metals sector is progressing towards greater sustainability, or not. Phase one of this effort ran from 1999-2000.

Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003
A technical workshop on arsenic was organized by the Mining Association of Canada and CANMET, in association with the Arsenic Workshop Organization Committee. It was held in Winnipeg on November 7 & 8, 2002. There were about 74 participants from federal and provincial Government, industry, academia, consulting firms, aboriginal societies. Catherine Coumans was one of two CEN representatives. Minutes ...
Domingo, Febrero 23, 2003

On 26 December, 2002, a vehicle belonging to TVI Pacific Mining Co. of Calgary, Alberta was ambushed on its way to the TVI camp at their proposed mine site in Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. As a result 13 people including TVI security guards and their friends and relatives were killed and a further 11 wounded. The company and government have identified Muslim rebels as the likely perpetrators. Military units have poured into the area. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (the main Muslim rebel group) has however denied any responsibility for the incident.