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Do you know where the gold in your ring is coming from, or Canada’s role in the global market of gold? And did you know that more than 1 in 4 metal mines in Canada and the world is a gold mine? If not, you must see The Shadow of Gold , a new international production by award-winning filmmakers that pulls back the curtain on one of the world’s most precious metals. Watch the trailer on Youtube . It's also on facebook here . From raw material to market, the film exposes the impact of gold on human lives, the economy and the planet. It includes featured stories from Canada, USA, London...
Do you know where the gold in your ring comes from, or Canada’s role in the global market of gold? Here are some Gold Facts and solutions we pulled together to help you make informed decisions about how to reduce the impacts of the gold industry in Canada and the world (also on Facebook here or here ) WHAT YOU CAN DO to reduce the impacts of gold mining in Canada and the world? Don't buy gold – or buy less gold – for your investments or for jewelry (show your love in other ways!) See the new documentary film The Shadow of Gold , an international production by award-winning...
Following the tragic breach of the upstream tailings dam, “Dam 1” at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, MiningWatch Canada is concerned about the state of Canadian-operated tailings dams in Brazil. According to the GRID-Arendal Report and an independent panel report following the 2014 Mount Polley tailings disaster in Canada, “upstream” or “cascading” dams are the most dangerous. This design builds dams inwards, with upper levels added partly on top of accumulated tailings, not a solid engineered base. Indeed, recent examples of catastrophic mine spills have come from...
MiningWatch Canada joins international organizations to stand in solidarity with the communities of the Peaceful Resistance "la Puya" following Kappes Cassiday & Associates filing of their lawsuit against the Guatemalan government under the ISDS mechanism of the CAFTA-DR. The following letter was signed on by 11 organizations to send a message of solidarity for the communities of San Pedro Ayampuc and San José del Golfo, who MiningWatch visited in December 2018, as part of an internationally organized panel about ISDS arbitration. The undersigned organizations stand in solidarity with...
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing an appeal by Nevsun Resources Limited (TSX: NSU/NYSE MKT: NSU) of lower court rulings that accusations against it regarding the use of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea should be heard in British Columbia, not Eritrea. MiningWatch Canada is not directly involved in the lawsuit itself, but we are intervening in the Supreme Court appeal because we are deeply concerned that the victims of abuse in connection with Canadian mining operations internationally should be able to seek justice in Canada. The Court of Appeal for British Columbia...
Three researchers from the Andean University Simon Bolivar (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar) in Quito, Ecuador have published the results of a 6-month monitoring study of the El Zarza community near Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte mine project, currently under construction. The study, “Fruta del Norte: La manzana de la Discordia” (Northern Fruit: The apple of discord) was published by María Fernanda Solíz Torres, Milena Alía Yépez Fuentes, William Sacher Freslon in Spanish in July 2018, but an English summary is now available, called “The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from...
Communities harmed by the overseas operations of Canadian extractive-sector companies are waiting for justice. One year ago, on January 17, 2018, then-Minister of International Trade Champagne announced that the federal government would create a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise ("CORE"). It hasn't. This is not the time for a letter or an email. This is the time when you need to call your MP and get them to call the Prime Minister’s office – now!
Today, as Taseko Mines Ltd. tries to revive its case against the federal environmental assessment of its proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia to the Federal Court of Appeal, we thought it would be useful to revisit the issues that brought MiningWatch to intervene in support of the environmental assessment – and in support of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government which has been protecting its territory through the many years this project has been on the books. As we noted a little over a year ago, when the Federal Court dismissed Taseko's...
On November 29, 2018, Canadian mining company INV Metals (TSX: INV) released the results of the feasibility study for its Loma Larga gold-copper-silver project in Kimsacocha, Ecuador. The company’s press release and corporate presentation on the study communicate an unwavering sense of local support for the project and a commitment to water and environmental protection. Candace MacGibbon, the company’s CEO and 5% shareholder, stated in the company’s press release that: Loma Larga is one of five strategic mining projects identified by the Government of Ecuador and will be the next large-...
Originally published by Mongabay at https://news.mongabay.com/2018/12/copper-mine-destroying-forests-in-panamas-mesoamerican-biological-corridor/ ; republished with permission and thanks to Mongabay. BY JOSÉ ARCIA ON 24 DECEMBER 2018 | TRANSLATED BY ROMINA CASTAGNINO Mongabay Series: Global Forest Reporting Network A copper mine owned by Minera Panama is being developed in part of Panama’s portion of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, which connects wildlife habitat in seven countries of Central America and southern Mexico. Conservationists say forest has been severely...