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Friday, January 3, 2003

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."

Monday, December 23, 2002

Thai villagers held a traditional rice-harvest ceremony yesterday as part of their protest against a potash mine proposed by Canadian mining company Asia Pacific Resources Ltd. (APR).

The protest comes after village leaders submitted 5,000 signatures calling on the Thai government to reject the Vancouver-based company's mining application.

The company plans to mine underneath people's houses and farms for potash, or potassium-containing ore, which is used to make fertilizer.

Friday, December 20, 2002

(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.

Friday, December 13, 2002

(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.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Stratoni spill(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.

Saturday, December 7, 2002
[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 ...
Thursday, December 5, 2002

Raymond Bonin, M.P.
Chair, Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs,
Northern Development and Natural Resources
House of Commons
Ottawa K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Bonin,

Re: Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act (Bill C-2)

Monday, December 2, 2002

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.

Saturday, November 30, 2002
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 ...