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Dominic LeBlanc
No less than six Cabinet ministers stood in the foyer of the House of Commons yesterday to announce sweeping reviews of key environmental laws. The details are not clear yet – in fact, the government has (perhaps wisely) asked for public input before it finalizes the review processes – but it is clear that there is an opportunity to not only undo the damage that the Harper government had done to environmental assessment and the protection of fish and fish habitat, but to go much further and fundamentally change our approach to environmental planning and industrial development. The federal...
Join the call for #Justice4Berta / #JusticiaParaBerta , sign and share our petition here . Yesterday, dozens of people gathered in front of the Honduran Embassy in Ottawa to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, a world-renowned Indigenous Lenca leader who was brutally murdered while she slept on March 2. Mexican activist Gustavo Castro also faced an attempt on his life at the same time. The June 15 demonstration took place as part of a Global Day of Action convened by the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras ( COPINH ), which Berta co-founded. Since Berta's...
Canadian tax havens
“The scandal is what’s legal.” – Edward Snowden The massive leak of secret banking information tagged “The Panama Papers” has made a lot of waves in the weeks since its contents started being made public, and they were renewed this week with the release of a searchable database of leaked material. Those waves may yet prove strong enough to overcome the sandbag redoubts created by banks and wealth individuals and corporations (who are also legally people, right?) to protect their wealth from marauding tax collectors. If they do, it will be because the public decides that it has...
police guarding waste dump
RAID and MiningWatch Canada have engaged in extensive exchanges with Acacia Mining over the past two years about security and human rights concerns at the North Mara Gold Mine. Our organisations have been critical of the continuing high level of violence at the mine site and the lack of a transparent and effective remedy programme. In March 2016, RAID and MiningWatch Canada and their legal advisors had a preliminary discussion with Acacia at the company's offices in London. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the process and procedures of North Mara’s Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanism...
San Andrés mine, Copán, Honduras
Today, the 'Canada Honduras Delegation for Justice, Land and Life', including First Nations women leaders, lawyers, human rights and solidarity activists, had planned to visit Aura Minerals ' San Andrés project in Copán, Honduras. They want to observe and document information that we have been hearing about for months from local community groups regarding the expansion of the company's San Andrés project and potential destruction of the local cemetery in the community of Azacualpa, as well as lack of fulfillment of other prior agreements. On their way to visit the area this morning, however,...
Jacko Lake, Kamloops BC
MiningWatch Canada joins with local, provincial, and national groups in urging the public to voice their concerns to both provincial and federal governments about the proposed AJAX open pit mine located on the edge of the city of Kamloops, British-Columbia. If this gigantic open pit mine is approved, it would set a bad precedent not only for Kamloops, but for communities across BC and Canada in terms of health, public safety, and environmental standards related to mining (see below Six Reasons To Be Concerned About the Ajax Mine ). You can send your concerns through ONE or ALL of the...
Aura Minerals' San Andrés mine, Copán, Honduras; Photo: Brian Atkinson
Today, Tuesday March 29, the Azacualpa Environmental Committee in Copán, Honduras issued the following alert regarding the continuing criminalization of dissent in their communities and the ongoing threat they face from the expansion of Aura Minerals’ San Andrés mine into their 200-year old cemetery. On Monday March 28, nineteen community members traveled to the city of Copán for a hearing over charges that the state laid against them for illicit association following a peaceful protest at the San Andrés mine in 2014. For some community members, getting to Copán requires hours of walking and...
The Nahua Indigenous community of Zacualpan in the state of Colima, Mexico set out to learn about the implications of potential mining activities in 2013. Residents of the small town of Zacualpan in the State of Colima formed the Indigenous Council for the Territorial Defence of Zacualpan to gather information about social and environmental impacts related to large-scale mining and to engage with people in the nearby city of Colima. They called on local environmental organization, Bios Iguana, for assistance. Shortly later, they visited the state of Guerrero where Canadian company...
Justice for Berta Cáceres and Security for Gustavo Castro Now!
(Montreal/Toronto/Ottawa) Today, fifty Canadian organizations and networks sent a letter calling on the Canadian Government to pressure Honduran authorities and review Canadian foreign policy after another member of Berta Cáceres’ organization was murdered this week. On Tuesday, Nelson Noé García Laínez from the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was murdered in the community of Río Chiquito. The Indigenous leader was on his way home from helping a group of families that government security forces had just violently evicted when he was shot dead in the...
Canadian Malartic Mine, Quebec
(Letter presented to Kamloops City Concil's Public Presentation Session on 15 March 2016) Mr. Mayor, Councilors, First, I would like to thank you for allowing me to speak here today, in the beautiful city of Kamloops. I would also like to thank MiningWatch Canada for this opportunity, and the people of Kamloops for their warm welcome and generosity since my arrival on Sunday. My name is Diane Gagnon, born and raised in the Abitibi mining region, Quebec, and now a resident of Malartic –home to the largest gold mine and the largest open pit mine on the edge of a city in Canada. I am a...