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Quebec Commission of Inquiry Releases Landmark Report on Asbestos

Quebec’s independent Office of Public Hearings on the Environment (Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement) today made public its report on the state and management of asbestos and asbestos mining wastes in Quebec. The three-member Commission was mandated by Quebec’s Minister of the...

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Indigenous Shuar Arutam Government in Ecuador Calls Out Canadian Mining Company’s Sham Consultation Process.

On July 14th, as havoc, panic, and fear caused by COVID-19 continues to sweep through the Ecuadorian Amazon, Canadian company Solaris Resources celebrated its new listing on the Toronto Stock...

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Safety First: Guidelines for Responsible Mine Tailings Management

Safety First – The Peoples’ Tailings Standard To End Mine Waste Disasters

The safest tailings facility is the one that is not built. To avoid the long-term liability of mine waste sites and their social and environmental impacts, we must reduce the volume of tailings produced, as well as the overall demand for primary raw minerals. Over the past 40 years, ore grades...

Image de microscope électronique à transmission couleur d'une section d'un groupe de virus corona. © Science Photo Library/Dr. Gopal Murti

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Investor Lawsuits & COVID-19

We wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of an international effort by 630 groups from around the world to draw world leaders' attention to the threat of investor lawsuits under the grossly unjust investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions of most international trade and...

Campaign Launch in Paso de Indios (Source: NoALaMinaEsquel)

Canadian Mining Companies Beware: Communities in Chubut, Argentina Launch Second Campaign for Law to Protect Water Against Mining

On June 22, the Union of the Assemblies of the Communities of Chubut, Argentina (UACCH) officially launched its second “Popular Initiative” campaign, #NosDebenUnaLey (“they owe us a law”) to collect signatures from residents of the province to...

Basamuk Bay
Basamuk Bay in August 2019, red with mining waste. Photo credit Nigel Uyam.

Papua New Guinea Landowners' Fears Confirmed: Bismarck Sea At Risk; Canadian Conic Metals Unresponsive

As early as 2010, landowners living along the coast of the Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea (PNG) sought and won an injunction to stop mine tailings from the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine from entering Basamuk Bay via a pipe system coming from the processing plant. This type of mine waste disposal...

No Wombat Mining
Protest against mining in Wombat State Forest. Photo credit: Sandy Scheltma.

Canadian Company Threatens Biodiverse Forest in Victoria, Australia with Plans for New Gold Mine

Guest blog by Rebekah Hayden, Rainforest Action Group

Resources company Currawong Resources has been granted a licence in the Wombat State...

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Papua New Guinea Seeks to Amend 1992 Mining Act – Implications for Renewal of Porgera Mine Lease

This month the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) proposed amendments to the Mining Act of 1992 to give the state a legal basis to “apply for a tenement and develop a mine,” stating that the 1992 Mining Act is “not very clear on State participation.” In particular, the amendment...

Civil Society of Tonga Speaks Out Against Plans to Mine the Deep Sea

On June 8, International World Oceans Day, the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, a south Pacific island nation, published a strong statement in protection of their marine environment and calling for a moratorium on deep sea mining.

The statement emphasizes the “critical role” of the...

Ontario Northern Boreal. Credit: CPQMM/Y.A. Bertrand.

Legal Experts Call for Immediate Halt to Mineral Staking and Permitting in Ontario Under Pandemic Conditions

A group of legal experts has written to Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Greg Rickford, calling for an immediate halt to mineral staking and permitting processes in the province on account of difficulties remote Indigenous communities face in responding to...

Protest in Putaendo, Chile. Source: Putaendo Resiste

Support Chile’s “First Territory Free of Mining” – Send a Message to the Canadian Ambassador to Chile

On April 20, in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and a terrible drought, the Environmental Evaluation Commission of Valparaíso, Chile, approved Vizcachitas Holding's new drill program in the regional municipality of Putaendo, without citizen participation. Since 2007, Vizcachitas has been...

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Death of Zombie “New Prosperity” Mine Project

In a victory for the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, but also for the integrity of environmental assessment processes, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application for leave...

CEO Mark Bristow responds to questions about Porgera mine at Barrick Gold AGM 2020

Barrick Gold AGM 2020 – CEO Mark Bristow Responds to Questions about Porgera Mine

On May 5, 2020, Barrick Gold held its annual general meeting (AGM) online. I attended (as a proxy shareholder) along with McDiyan Robert Yapari of Akali Tange Association in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, and raised questions regarding human rights abuses at the company’s Porgera mine in Papua New...

CEO Mark Bristow responds to questions about North Mara mine at Barrick AGM 2020

Barrick Gold AGM 2020 – CEO Mark Bristow Responds to Questions about North Mara Mine in Tanzania

On May 5, 2020, Barrick Gold held its annual general meeting (AGM) online. I attended via a proxy and raised questions regarding human rights abuses at the company's North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Barrick is again facing legal action in the UK over accusations of excess use of force by...

May Day COVID-19 Report - Highlights

May Day COVID-19 Report

In honour of May Day this year, MiningWatch Canada has assembled the following summary of reported COVID-19 outbreaks affecting mine workers at Canadian owned/operated mines across the world.

The list is not exhaustive, and relies heavily on media-reported outbreaks (as of April 30...

Colour transmission electron microscope image of a section through a cluster of corona viruses. © Science Photo Library/Dr. Gopal Murti

COVID-19: Mining Companies Putting Workers and Communities at Greater Risk

Mining executives are washing their hands, alright — they’re washing their hands of responsibility for their workers’ and communities’ well-being.

In not acting quickly to curtail or halt operations in light of COVID-19, mining companies are...