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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...

Catherine Coumans talks to Coop Radio's "Redeye" about the Ombuds by MiningWatch Canada

Catherine Coumans talks to Coop Radio's " Redeye " about the need for an ombudsperson to monitor the practices of Canadian mining companies abroad, and the Canadian government's announced (but not yet appointed) CORE - Canada's Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise.
On October 31, 2018, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and MiningWatch Canada released a study on the impact of OceanaGold's Didipio gold and copper mine in the Philippines on the surrounding communities. The study, OceanaGold in the Philippines: Ten Violations that Should Prompt Its Removal , concludes that the company has repeatedly violated President Duterte’s calls for responsible mining. The study found: a number of instances where OceanaGold has not adhered to its commitments under its mining permit and various Philippine laws and regulations; ample...
The peoples that form part of M4 who resist the capitalist and extractive model and are working towards social transformation DECLARE In Guatemala City’s historic centre, on November 15, 16 and 17, we met to discuss and analyze current efforts to regulate prior consultation of our peoples in order to build collective strategies based on shared principles in defence of nature, our shared commons, and to denounce once more the manipulativeness of big business and the role played by states. We reaffirm our resistance to the corrupt and extractivist capitalist model,...
MiningWatch Canada has carried out and reported on yearly human rights assessments at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania since 2014. We have interviewed well over a hundred victims of violence at the hands of private and public mine security at the mine, including killings, maiming, rape, and gang rape. In December 2016, Barrick Gold’s majority-owned subsidiary (64%) Acacia started to implement a new company-led, non-judicial, Operation-level Grievance Mechanism for victims of human rights abuses caused, or contributed to, by the operations of the North Mara Gold Mine...
(From the Red Mountain Residents Association) The Willa Mine, located south of Silverton, in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, which has been touted as a profitable investment by a series of different owners over the past 35 years, has been abandoned by its present owners, MX Gold Corporation. For two years the mine has been in a dangerous state of neglect. Huge rocks above the lower portal entrance are very unstable, and the security screening is down. The bridge over Aylwin Creek to the upper portal is disintegrating and the slope is severely eroded. Warning signs have...
Guest Blog: Ryan MacRae, Economics Graduate from Mount Allison University working with the Latin American Mission's Program (LAMP) in Dominican Republic​ (Dominican Republic) Driving along the highway, roughly 10 minutes after passing through the community of Maimón, you begin to hear it: the faint sound of merengue music blasting from large speakers off in the distance. As you approach closer, the sound intensifies, until the scene finally unveils itself from atop a hill on the side of the highway. A small hut with tarps stretching out above groups of people sitting in circles...
Credit Krauze-Tax-Huhne
Let the Trudeau Government know you want Canada to act now to fix the loopholes that still allow large mining corporations to avoid paying taxes on the profit they make from Canadian non-renewable mining resources: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, Minister.Ministre@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca, Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MiningWatch/photos/a.159044878025/10156175080248026/?type=3&theater Below are 3 important articles and reactions from different experts relating the recent Court ruling on the Cameco mining case vs Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA...