Tundu Antiphas Lissu, a Tanzanian human rights lawyer and outspoken advocate for an independent international inquiry into the evictions at Bulyanulu in August 1996, was detained by police on December 23 in Dar Es Salaam. He was held for over 24 hours in an underground jail known as "The Hole."
(Ierissos, Greece) The regional administration of central Macedonia is expected to declare a state of emergency in the bay of Ierissos, in northern Greece, due to the continuing discharge of toxic mine waste by Toronto-based TVX Gold into the bay. The Municipality of Stagira-Akanthos, where the spill has occurred, has required this measure to be taken and is calling for immediate action from all responsible authorities to stop the ongoing pollution of the bay.
(Atlin) In a surprise move today, the BC Liberal government defied the BC Supreme and Appeal Courts, the Federal government, and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation by giving their approval to the Tulsequah Chief mine and road proposal. The mine was first granted a project certificate in 1997, but the Taku River Tlingit First Nation launched a legal challenge and had the certificate struck down in BC Supreme Court in 2000. The Province of BC appealed that decision, but lost that challenge as well in a BC Appeal Court decision earlier this year.
(Ierissos, Greece) Mine wastes from a lead and zinc mining facility owned by a subsidiary of the Canadian-based TVX Gold, Inc. are pouring into the Bay of Ierissos in northeastern Greece, a region famous for its scenic beaches and fishing villages.
[reprinted from the Ottawa Citizen, December 7, 2002]
BY GORDON PEELING
Canadian mining is an important contributor to our country's
social and economic prosperity. It is one of the few sectors in
the economy where Canadian companies dominate internationally,
a position established ...
In a response to the report released on October 29th, 2002, by the World Bank's Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman on the Bulyanhulu mine, the Tanzanian Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT) states that it is deeply saddened by the report as it contains material inaccuracies, factual errors, unsupported claims, and unsubstantiated conclusions.
On October 4-6, sixty-eight leaders from across Canada gathered at the Viscount
Gort Hotel in Winnipeg for "Strengthening our Voices: a leadership conference
about mining in Canada".
The workshops included:
A slide show on the environmental and social impacts of mining
in Canada's boreal forest;
Mining's privileged access to land (sometimes known as "free