In anticipation of the annual Mining Day on the Hill lobbying frenzy, MiningWatch Canada would like to provide you with an alternative perspective on several important issues. The mining industry is one of the most policy-privileged industries in Canada. This is despite the fact that at home and around the world, the industry has generated massive environmental impacts, created social conflicts, and infringed on Aboriginal rights and title. This brief outlines our concerns regarding: the need to hold Canadian companies to account for their international operations; the industry's privileged tax regime; the importance of environmental assessment; and the need to reverse the trend of dumping toxic mine wastes into our precious aquatic ecosystems.
23 November 2009, 9.03pm EST