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Yesterday, Clean Energy Canada released a study supporting more metal mining in Canada to support clean energy development. While pointing out that the Canadian mining industry falls well short of social and ecological “responsibility”, the report’s promotion of raw materials extraction is oddly anachronistic. And while some new metal mines may be needed to meet the demand for new clean energy technology, the real need is probably quite limited – and really requires more careful consideration. The report, Mining for Clean Energy , does acknowledge that metal mining can harm the...
Share widely! BC First Nations say ‘NO’ to KHGM’s Ajax open pit mine near Kamloops and propose instead the creation of a Cultural Heritage Site to foster reconciliation for the benefits of all Canadians. See great video launched today https://vimeo.com/222291883 or www.facebook.com/MiningWatch/posts/10154978495333026 “ Pípsell is a cultural keystone area which must be preserved in a state consistent with the traditional importance of the site to the Secwépemc people. Pípsell must only be used in ways which preserve and sustain the area, and which allow for the culture of the...
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On 30th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so. The historic vote came just six months after a World Bank tribunal ruled in favour of the country’s government in an international investment arbitration case brought by a Canadian mining corporation. by Thomas Mc Donagh and Aldo Orellana López If ever there was an example of how the seeds of a local battle flowered into a formidable global campaign, it was this one. At a time when organised dissent is both under attack and more urgent...
"Just as we can’t plan a neighbourhood one road — or house — at a time, we cannot plan for sustainable economies, healthy ecosystems, and First Nations interests one project at a time." Cheryl Chetkiewicz and Justina Ray, https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/05/29/ontarios-ring-of-fire-development-plan-has-major-flaws.html
In the numerous press releases and reports that it published over the past year, Eldorado Gold Corp claims that its Skouries and Olympias projects in northern Greece are progressing smoothly. However, having failed to overcome the opposition of the local community, the company is now also facing a series of legal challenges and obstacles that are kept away from the shareholders’ eyes. In a decision published on 11 April 2017, the Greek government announced its intention to take Eldorado Gold to arbitration over a possible breach of contract [1] . The issue at stake is to determine whether...
Our new blog about the positive and less positive impacts associated with the expansion of the electric car (in French only for now).
This is shocking and sad news for those workers. What will the authorities do about this? We are trying to get our hands on this report. http://www.news1130.com/2017/05/24/dozens-of-labrador-mining-staffers-show-signs-of-lung-disease-report-finds/ by THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted May 24, 2017 9:05 am PDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A new medical report has found that 35 people who worked at mining properties in Labrador have signs of silicosis, a lung disease that can develop from breathing in silica dust. The report by Horizon Occupational Health Solutions monitored the effects of exposure to silica dust...
Barrick’s directors and shareholders heard first-hand about excess use of force by private and public mine security guarding the Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea when indigenous Ipili men travelled to Canada to speak out at Barrick’s AGM. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 Ipili men stood up in the shareholder’s meeting and told company directors and shareholders about killings and rapes of local men, women and children by mine security. These allegations were repeatedly met with denial by Barrick. Finally, in 2012, Barrick started to implement a remedy program at the mine with a narrow...
Statement and Questions by Everlyn Guape, Porgera, Papua New Guinea My name is Everlyn Gaupe. I am speaking on a proxy from Rachel Small. Directors and shareholders, I live in the shadow of Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea. This mine dumps all of its tailings and waste rock directly into the river valleys all around the pit. Our villages are surrounded by mine waste. We have to cross this waste just to get from one village to another, or to go to our vegetable gardens or schools. I am sure many of you here have children. How would you feel if your children had to walk...
Latin America is slowly winning the fight against the corporate assault of transnational Canadian mining companies El Salvador made history last month when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright.