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Episode 105: Preparing for the Valentine Lake Environmental Assessment by Mi'kmaq Matters

By Mi'kmaq Matters – a weekly podcast about the Mi'kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation. Participant funding for the Valentine Lake environmental assessment will be announced soon, and Jamie Kneen from MiningWatch Canada says groups planning to intervene on the gold mine development on traditional Mi'kmaq land need to start lining up experts and to back them.
Protest against renewal of OceanaGold's FTAA
From Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment OceanaGold's 25-year Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) for the Didipio mine expired on June 20, 2019, but the company has defied restraining orders by the Provincial Government. OceanaGold claims it can continue operating as it has successfully railroaded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) endorsements of its FTAA renewal application to the Office of the President. President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature is now the only thing left for OceanaGold to...
In July, 2019, a representative of the organization Putaendo Resiste met with MiningWatch Canada's staff to present them with an "Open Letter to the People of Canada: Canadian Los Andes Copper Ltd. Destroys, Kills, Exterminates, Lies and Bribes in Putaendo, Chile." The project, Los Vizcachitas, is owned by Los Andes Copper (TSX: LA), a Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver. The concessiones are within the Comuna Putaendo and has been controversial since community members became aware of the company's ongoing activities. According to Carmen Perez, a member of the Putaendo Resiste...
The Observatorio Minero Ambiental & Social del Norte de Ecuador (OMASNE) denounced today that the Canadian company, Cornerstone Resources (TSX: CGP), continues to sign agreements with landowners to continue their exploration efforts in the area of influence of the Los Cedros Protected Forest, despite the Provincial Court of Imbabura ruled the project to be in violation of the right of Environmental Consultation, and revoked their environmental permits. OMASNE notes that the company is now working illegally in this region, and insists that Cornerstone withdraw their activities from the...
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...
Extraction Casino Ottawa event poster
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...