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What happened in 1996 when a Canadian-owned mining company took possession of the largest gold find in East Africa (by Stephen Kerr and Kelly Holloway, published in the Varsity and the Atkinsonian).
Part of a series of case studies on Placer Dome mines.
Negotiating for the planet "At the moment, one large negotiation process is underway about how the world can achieve sustainable development. Rio+10, also known as the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, will discuss this issue and take into account the results that come out of regional, national and international consultations and multi-stakeholder dialogues. Powerful interest groups such as the mining industry are intervening in this global arena and trying hard to block any meaningful development of sustainability as they promote...
The industrial project of GORO-NICKEL, involving the construction of a commercial plant, has already been the subject of a pre-inquiry that took place from February 4, 2002 to February 19, 2002, inclusively. The present MEMORANDUM of the Customary Senate of New Caledonia is part of the actual public enquiry itself which takes place from February 20, 2002 to March 6, 2002 and of the review, by the Office of Classified Installations for the Southern Province, of the application, by GORO-NICKEL, for authorization to operate a mineral processing plant for nickel and cobalt. This enquiry is taking place by virtue of by-law No. 48-2002-PS of the Presidency of the Southern Province.
by Catherine Coumans New Caledonia is a French "Overseas Community" in the southwestern Pacific (21 degrees 30' S, 165 degrees 30' E). The archipelago is surrounded by a 2,000-km long reef system (44,000 square kilometres) that is the world's second largest coral massif after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. New Caledonia also boasts the world's largest lagoon, which contains all of the associated coral habitats. New Caledonia enjoys a global reputation for its rich bio-diversity and for the high percentage of species that are unique to these islands. On January 31, 2002, efforts by New...
(Presentation by Joan Kuyek, National Coordinator) Thank you for this opportunity to appear before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian coalition of environmental, Aboriginal, social justice, development and labour organizations that advocates for responsible mining practices and policies in Canada and by Canadian companies operating internationally. We have a number of concerns with the amendments to CEAA which I will address here with reference to some specific mining projects. 1. Public Involvement must not be discretionary...
I am writing to you on behalf of MiningWatch Canada regarding the tragic attack on 26 December 2002 upon community members from Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Madam President we wish to express through you our sympathy for the victims of this act of violence. It is of great personal regret to me that this violence was related to the operations of a Canadian mining company, TVI Pacific. When I met you in Ottawa with Congressman Reyes from Marinduque, almost exactly a year ago, we discussed the ravages left behind by the Canadian mining company, Placer Dome Inc. Now I must write to you to urge your Government to act to address the sources of violence in the Canatuan area. It is clear to us that the presence of TVI has been a source of tragedy, tension and conflict since their first arrival in the area in 1994.
On December 29, 2001, the National Post carried a story written by Brian Hutchinson entitled "Barrick's African Tribulations", about the removal of tens of thousands of artisanal miners by the Tanzanian government and a Canadian-owned Sutton Resources' subsidiary — Kahama Mining Corporation or KMCL — in August 1996. NGOs have been demanding a full independent international investigation of the events, since without a proper application of the rules of evidence and protection for witnesses, it will be impossible to get to the truth. Recently the Tanzanian police have carried out arrests and...
Cottagers and residents of Bedford County, Ontario have found out what it means to lose the mineral rights to your property. If someone wants to prospect or develop a mine in your front yard, you are only entitled to compensation, not to stop it. Bedford is in the Rideau Lakes area of the province about a half hour north of Kingston, near Westport. It is a mixture of local people and cottagers. Many of the cottagers have had their property for years and intend to retire there. Tourism is a major economic generator in the region. The community, including the Mayor, is upset because a company...