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[This article was originally published in The Hill Times .] It does not seem to be a controversial proposition that when a government department publicizes a policy, government officials should carry out those policies. In fact, that is exactly what the federal Code of Values and Ethics [2] requires civil servants to do when it stipulates that they carry out their duties “in accordance with legislation, policies and directives.” However, lawyers of the Attorney General of Canada will argue before the Federal Court on March 25 that policies for Canadian embassies meant to...
Statement by ASONOG (Associación de Organismos no Gubernamentales) and MADJ (Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia) On Monday, March 4, 2019, criminal charges were presented against 19 members of the Azacualpa community in La Unión, Copán. The community members are accused of causing damage against the mining company MINOSA (Minerales de Occidente S.A.), subsidiary of the Canadian/U.S. Aura Minerals. Digging up the dead for gold These charges have been filed in the context of a long conflict caused by Aura/MINOSA ever since it started its mining operation in the area in 1997. Since...
Toronto-based INV Metals is fighting tooth and nail to dispel investor worries over a local vote concerning its Loma Larga project in south-central Ecuador. INV Metals is over 35% owned by IAMGOLD, the former owner of the Loma Larga project. Despite recent statements claiming strong community support for the project, the company is noticably distressed over an upcoming referendum. In late November, about the same time as the company released a feasibility study for the project, the Ecuadorian National Electoral Council (CNE) approved a long-awaited vote in Girón County over whether local...
Brumadinho
By the International Articulation of Men and Women Affected by Vale (AV) On January 25, 2019, three years after the biggest environmental crime in the country, we are once again living a major tragedy caused by mining. By February 22, the collapse of Dam Number 1 in the Corrego do Feijao complex owned by Vale S.A. had resulted in 177 deaths and 133 missing. One month after the rupture of the dam, it is safe to conclude that at least 310 people died as a result of one more crime by Vale S.A. What occurred in Brumadinho is already considered the worst human disaster related to dams in the world...
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...