You may have noticed that it’s been over a year since our last “quarterly” newsletter. I suppose it’s a sign of becoming a victim of our own success. Between some very high-profile campaigns such as bringing the Red Chris mine environmental assessment case all the way to the Supreme Court or the struggle to rein in the excesses of Canadian transnational mining companies through Bill C-300, and some more behind-the-scenes work such as transferring our web site to a new content management system or completing a groundbreaking study of the human rights impacts of Canadian mining investment in Colombia, commissioned by Inter Pares, the pace of work here for your loyal MiningWatch team has been intense. Newsletter production has suffered, and for that we apologise. You may have kept up with our activity through the news or on our web site, but this newsletter is our way of talking directly to you, and you deserve to be informed of our activities. At the beginning of a new year and a new decade this is as important as ever to us, and, we hope, to you.
- Jamie Kneen