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The Trudeau government has finally presented draft legislation to reform the federal environmental review process. Since the new process is being presented as innovative and radical, but also aimed at promoting investment and “certainty” for corporations, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if it fails to deliver on promises of evidence-based decisions, promoting sustainability and combatting climate change, and respect for Indigenous rights. It’s hard to respond definitively to a legislative package that’s 412 pages long, including the Impact Assessment Act, the Navigable Waters Act, and...
While visiting with community members at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea in December 2017, MiningWatch was alerted to the death of Boi Nelson Nai, a 15 year old indigenous Ipili boy of the Mamai Kensa Clan from Panadaka village in the Special Mine Lease Area of the mine. Boi Nelson Nai was killed when he was run over by a PJV loader truck on the Anawe waste dump on October 3, 2017. The family is still seeking compensation for his death. MiningWatch requested information from Barrick Gold in a letter of February 5, 2018 regarding this incident, in particular...
Mariano Abarca embassy
More than eight years since the unsolved murder of Mariano Abarca in Chiapas, Mexico, his son and a group of Mexican human rights defenders have presented a submission to the Public Sector Integrity Commission (PSIC) regarding the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and its support for Canadian mining company Blackfire Exploration’s operations in Chiapas. The Commissioner has 90 calendar days from the date of filing the complaint to decide whether or not to investigate. We need your support to urge the Commissioner to investigate given the importance of this case to the family in their ongoing fight...
The Borneo Case
Yes, it's not sepcifically mining-related, but MiningWatch is deeply concerned about corruption and illegal activity in the mining sector, and that means we are deeply concerned about Canada's role in facilitating corruption, including its apparent inability – or unwillingness – to investigate and prosecute such activity. Next week a group of indigenous activists from Malaysia, accompanied by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), will travel to Canada to call attention to the decades of clear-cut logging that has razed the rainforests of Borneo and allegedly enriched a Malaysian family...
More than eight years since the murder of Mariano Abarca, an outspoken community leader in Chiapas, Mexico, his son and a group of Mexican human rights defenders will visit Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto from February 5 to 9. Mariano led his community's struggle against the social and environmental impacts of Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine. The delegation will file a complaint ask for an investigation into whether the Canadian embassy acted recklessly and without authority in pressuing the government of the state of Chiapas in Mexico to end protests. They will also participate in public...
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On Wednesday, January 17, the Chilean Environmental Superintendence (SMA) ordered the permanent closure of Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama open pit gold mine project and imposed a fine of approximately $12 million on the company. The agency’s decision follows five years of investigation and a series of community complaints about environmental infractions at the project site. The authority imposed penalties and laid more than 30 charges for a series of offences, six of which were classified as very serious, including two that concern irreparable damage to the environment. Barrick emphasizes that...
Peace Tower
Join MiningWatch and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) to sign and share this online action to alert Members of Parliament to problems with the Liberal government’s National Security Act 2017 , Bill C-59. Far beyond a threat to the privacy of Canadians, it puts land and environment protectors in danger of continuing to be targeted as security threats. Bill C-59 is the government’s response to the much-maligned Bill C-51 that the Conservative government released to nationwide protest in 2015. While we would still be in favour of a full repeal of Bill C-51,...
In the chaos following national elections in Honduras on November 26, Canadian authorities must take a strong public stand and forcibly denounce evidence of electoral fraud and violent repression of public protests. Across Honduras, tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating their discontent over evidence of electoral fraud by the government-controlled electoral tribunal. As widely reported , while early trends in the vote count indicated that opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla was on track to win, delays, irregularities and evidence of vote-rigging since then favour...
Protect Pipsell from KGHM Ajax Mine
The Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) in British Columbia is ramping up its #Me7ePipsellTa7aAjax (Yes Pípsell, No Ajax) campaign and is calling on the public, friends and allies to press the federal and provincial governments to respect SSN’s decision not to give its free, prior, informed consent for the proposed KHGM Ajax open-pit copper/gold mine in its territory. With the support of MiningWatch Canada, SSN has launched a new web site and online action, Protect Pípsell , where the public can learn more about the cultural and ecological significance of this area, and why it...
As a member of OECD Watch, MiningWatch and other member organisations have launched a campaign calling for the improved effectiveness of OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) so that NCPs can provide access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses. NCPs were established as a means to ensure business compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and offer a state-based non-judicial grievance mechanism for victims of corporate abuse to seek remedial justice. Governments that adhere to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have an obligation to...