Is the Federal Government Backing Away from Environmental Assessment Reform Promises?

August 11, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Environmental Assessment.

Unless the Trudeau government takes a sharp turn from its current course, it’s starting to look as if fixing Canada’s environmental assessment law is going to be added to the growing list of bold commitments that it won’t deliver on. At the end of June, the federal government released a discussion paper outlining its plans. • Read More »

Are Catastrophic Failures & Mining Spills Preventable?

August 11, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Environment.

Here’s a set of key recommendations from various experts and references that believe catostrophic failures of mining waste facilities can be avoided if governments take the following actions (DRAFT – NOT EXHAUSTIVE – comments welcome): Governance: Safety is the priority, not costs. Vet out financially risky mining projects likely to cut corners and unable to afford the safest measures. • Read More »

Smear Campaign Launched Against Opponents to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Project, After Mine Licences Suspended

July 19, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Tahoe ResourcesGuatemalaMilitarisation/Criminalisation.

Following the suspension of two of Tahoe Resources’ mine licences in Guatemala on July 5, Tahoe Resources’ suppliers, workers and the Guatemalan Industrial Association have engaged in a smear campaign in the Guatemalan press against the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) and its members for having brought the claim against the Ministry • Read More »

Each New Lung Cancer Case Costs Governments $790,000 A Year – Not To Mention Lives

July 12, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: HealthLabour.

Diesel fumes, silica dust and radon gas—to name three examples of well-known air pollutants in mines— continue to affect thousands of miners across Canada and the world. Too little attention is paid to the health costs and impacts of this reality.   Thanks to the work of organizations such as the Occupational Cancer Research Centre • Read More »

Clean Energy and Extractivism – Does getting to sustainability require greater sacrifices?

June 28, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Economic DevelopmentEnvironment.

Yesterday, Clean Energy Canada released a study supporting more metal mining in Canada to support clean energy development. While pointing out that the Canadian mining industry falls well short of social and ecological “responsibility”, the report’s promotion of raw materials extraction is oddly anachronistic. And while some new metal mines may be needed to meet the • Read More »

BC First Nations Stand United And Declare Pípsell A “Cultural Heritage Site” To Be Protected From Mining

June 20, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: KGHM AjaxBritish ColumbiaEnvironmentHuman RightsIndigenous RightsWater and fisheries.

Share widely! BC First Nations say ‘NO’ to KHGM’s Ajax open pit mine near Kamloops and propose instead the creation of a Cultural Heritage Site to foster reconciliation for the benefits of all Canadians. See great video launched today or “Pípsell is a cultural keystone area which must be preserved in a state consistent with • Read More »

In Mining-Affected Communities, Water Is Becoming More Precious Than Gold

April 24, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: OceanaGoldPacific RimEl Salvador.

Latin America is slowly winning the fight against the corporate assault of transnational Canadian mining companies El Salvador made history last month when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright. In what’s become a decade-long annual rite of spring, activists descend on Barrick Gold’s annual general meeting in Toronto April 25 to shine a • Read More »

Indigenous Women Speak Out About Mining’s Impacts on Women – Ottawa Event

April 23, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Human RightsIndigenous RightsWomen.

Public event When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 Where: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building DMS 1110, 55 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario SPEAKERS:  Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail, Ininew Eeyou Eskwayow from Attawapiskat First Nation, an Holistic Violence Survivor, MMIW advocate and advocate against DeBeers mining in her community’s traditional land Two indigenous women from Papua New • Read More »