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NorthMara
Yesterday news outlets in several countries simultaneously released the results of investigations by a consortium of journalists into human rights and environmental abuses at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. This exposé by, among others, Canada’s Toronto Star , UK’s Guardian , and Switzerland’s Tagesanzeiger confirm findings of six years of investigations – reported on regularly by MiningWatch Canada – into assaults on men, women and children by the mine’s private security and by police contracted by the mine.
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There is an urgent imperative to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep global warming from getting worse than what is already “locked in.” But many current projections for a ‘decarbonised’ energy economy require massive amounts of metals to be able to generate, store, and transmit electricity. Improved efficiency, recycling, and new technologies will help meet that demand, but in many cases this also means massive increases in mining for increasingly scarce metals and minerals, pushing mining into more remote and fragile places – even including the ocean floor – and into greater conflict with communities and greater destruction of fresh water and biodiversity. The challenge, therefore, is how to respond to the climate crisis without destroying more of the planet we are trying to save – to reduce the need for more mining, limit and manage its impacts, and to the extent possible, repair the damage it has already done to communities and ecosystems.
On June 10th, the Trade Justice Network, on behalf of several Canadian organizations, including MiningWatch Canada, submitted a letter to Primer Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of International Trade Jim Carr, expressing their concerns for the Canadian government's commitment to negotiating MERCOSUR with Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro. The letter highlights the Brazilian government's dangerous extremist policies and agenda which target organized labour, Indigenous and Quilambola communities, activists, and marginalized...
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Mining companies are suing Latin American governments and making millions and even billions of dollars at the expense of people and the environment. Find out how this came to be, what affected communities from Colombia think about it, and what people are doing to stop it. Join us on June 17th at 6:30pm at 338 Somerset St. W. (Canadian Federation of Students), when we present the findings of Extraction Casino: Mining companies gambling with Latin American lives and sovereignty through international arbitration . The event will include presentations from the following experts from the...

Mi'kmaq Matters - Episode 99: Mining Mi'kmaq Land

By Mi'kmaq Matters – A weekly podcast about the Mi'kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation, with host Glenn Wheeler. Without having consulted the Mi'kmaq people who have used the lands over centuries, a mammoth gold mine is being developed in the Valentine Lake area of central Newfoundland. Jamie Kneen, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, discusses the potential environmental risks the development could have on the surrounding ecosystems. Of particular concern is the potential impact to the watershed of central and northeastern Newfoundland due to the...

Talking Points - Episode 4 - Digging for Dividends by Policy Alternatives

Learn about the secret weapon Canadian mining companies are using to extract money from developing countries when environmental measures, Indigenous rights and community resistance create democratic roadblocks to their extracting oil, gas and minerals. Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is an increasingly controversial but still overlooked part of Canada's free trade agenda. The Trudeau government has pulled NAFTA's ISDS system out of the new deal with Trump, the USMCA, because of its negative impact on democracy. But Canada continues to maintain the corporate-biased arbitration system...
The Government of Canada has fundamentally broken its electoral promise of 2015 and its commitment of January 17, 2018 to create an Ombudsperson with: independence from both government and industry; strong investigatory powers to compel documents and witnesses, when necessary, in the course of investigating complaints brought against Canadian mining companies for human rights abuses perpetrated overseas; and the ability to make determinations of fact about whether a Canadian company had caused or contributed to human rights harm. Fifteen months after the commitment to create a strong ombudsperson was made in 2018, the government has created an advisory position to the Minister with a deeply flawed and inadequate mandate.
MiningWatch Canada is saddened by tragic news coming out of Guatemala today. It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden and tragic deaths of four tireless activists who have dedicated much time and energy to defending human rights. Ana Paula Hernández from the Fund for Global Human Rights and her colleague Sally O'Neill, who worked for many years from Honduras for Trocaire and most recently for the Fund, along with driver Daniel Tuc, well-known to human rights organizations in Guatemala, and Ana Velásquez, a part of the Consejo Wuxhtaj in Huehuetenango, died horribly in a car...
MiningWatch 20th
Murky Business: How Communities are Fighting to Protect Water & Prevent Mine Waste Disasters in Canada & Internationally When: April 26th, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where: Public Service Alliance of Canada Boardroom, 233 Gilmour St., Ottawa Program: 1:15 p.m. MiningWatch Canada: celebrating 20 years of working for peoples and the planet 1:30 p.m. Our Gold is Water: Protecting Colombia’s Páramos from Metal Mining Members of the Colombian “Committee for the Defence of Water and the Páramo” will speak about their ongoing struggle to protect the highland wetland “Páramo de Santurbán”,...
On March 24th, the peoples of the southern Ecuador canton of Girón voted overwhelmingly in favour of water and life, and against metal mining in their territories. Canadian company INV Metals (majority shareholder IAMGOLD) and the Ecuadorian government are being sent a strong message, “No to mining, Yes to life”. MiningWatch Canada has been reporting on the threats the company has been making against water defenders campaiging to have their voices heard. Now, the votes are in and the “No” vote to the question “Are you in favour that metal mining occur in the paramos hydrological system in...