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

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...


Are Catastrophic Failures & Mining Spills Preventable?

Here's a set of key recommendations from various industry experts, practioners and analysts that believe catostrophic failures of mining waste facilities can be avoided if regulators take the following actions (NOT EXHAUSTIVE - additional comments welcome):


Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights.
Banner at peaceful protest near Escobal mine. Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights. Photo: Sandra Cuffe

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

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...

Lung cancer in mining
Lung cancer in mining

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

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...

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Promotional graphic for "Mining for Clean Energy"

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

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...

BC First Nation Stand United

BC First Nations Stand United and Declare Pípsell a “Cultural Heritage Site” To Be Protected from Mining

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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...

Mining pollutes and mining kills
"Mining pollutes and mining kills." Credit: Genia Yatzenko

El Salvador – When the Seeds of Resistance Bloom

On 30th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so. The historic vote came just six months after a World Bank tribunal ruled in favour of the country’s government in an international...

Ontario’s Ring of Fire Development Plan Has Major Flaws

"Just as we can’t plan a neighbourhood one road — or house — at a time, we cannot plan for sustainable economies, healthy ecosystems, and First Nations interests one project at a time." Cheryl Chetkiewicz and Justina Ray, ...

Eldorado Gold’s Unspoken Legal Problems in Greece

In the numerous press releases and reports that it published over the past year, Eldorado Gold Corp claims that its Skouries and Olympias projects in northern Greece are progressing smoothly. However, having failed to overcome the opposition of the local community, the company is now...

Mine your electric car?

Our new blog about the positive and less positive impacts associated with the expansion of the electric car (in French only for now).


Dozens of Labrador Mineworkers Show Signs of Lung Disease: Report

This is shocking and sad news for those workers. What will the authorities do about this? We are trying to get our hands on this report.


Background: Indigenous Ipili Women Speak Out at Barrick AGM 2017

Barrick’s directors and shareholders heard first-hand about excess use of force by private and public mine security guarding the Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea when indigenous Ipili men travelled to Canada to speak out at Barrick’s AGM. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 Ipili men stood...

Statements and Questions from Everlyn Guape and Joycelyn Mandi at Barrick Gold’s 2017 Annual Meeting

Statement and Questions by Everlyn Guape, Porgera, Papua New Guinea

My name is Everlyn Gaupe. I am speaking on a proxy from Rachel Small.

Directors and shareholders, I live in the shadow of Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea....

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

Latin America is slowly winning the fight against the corporate assault of transnational Canadian mining companies

El Salvador made history in March, 2017, when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright.

E.19 - #WeBelieveSurvivors of Barrick Gold ft. Porgera Women's Rights Watch & CDN Mining Watch by #WeAreUofT

#WeAreUofT E.19 - #WeBelieveSurvivors of Barrick Gold ft. Porgera Women's Rights Watch & MiningWatch Canada

After years of denying cases of sexual assault, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold compensated 119 women and girls who were victims of sexual violence by mine security to the tune of ~$10,000 each for these abuses, but had them sign an agreement that they could never sue the company. Eleven...

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Papua New Guinea women protest Barrick Gold "remedy" process

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

Public event

When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017

Where: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building DMS 1110, 55 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario


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