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On April 14-16, 2000, MiningWatch Canada hosted thirty participants from eleven different countries at a participatory workshop to look at the research needs of communities affected by mining. We had local community representatives and on-the-ground NGOs from Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Ghana, the United States and Canada.
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Indonesian mining activists Arianto (Anto) Sangaji of the Free Earth Foundation and Andi Baso Am of KWAS, the indigenous peoples' organisation of Soroako on the island of Sulawesi, spent the last two weeks of April visiting communities in Canada that also have to deal with Inco. The tour enabled them to speak at the Inco annual meeting in Toronto, meet with ethical investment advisors, develop relationships and share stories and strategies with other communities coping with Inco, and to see first-hand the impacts of Inco's mining on the environment, workers, and communities in Canada...
A submission by Entraide Missionaire, a Montréal-based human rights group, to the annual Foreign Affairs human rights consultation, got a lot more attention than such presentations usually receive when it was written up in the Globe and Mail. The report documents the way that the privatisation of mining assets in Africa has led to increased involvement of private security companies and mercenaries. It also mentions forced relocation of people who happen to live where the mining companies want to prospect or develop mines. MiningWatch and Development & Peace also endorsed the report. (You...
On May 18, 2000, International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew responded to the recommendations of a Parliamentary review of the Export Development Act, which is the Act governing the Export Development Corporation (EDC). According to Pettigrew, "The way the Corporation addresses these issues will be made more transparent to ensure ongoing public confidence in its operations." The Minister's response states that: The need for an EDC ombudsman will be studied. EDC will conduct public consultations beginning later this month on its Information Disclosure Framework. The Auditor General will...
This project should not go ahead. It has not had proper public consultation and review. It represents too great a potential cost to the environment on the area.
The applications of Canadian United Minerals for permits under the Quartz Mining Act to explore the "Horn claims" are of national significance. They attack the very basis of aboriginal title and interest. They fly in the face of commitments made by the Honourable Robert Nault to protect parks from mining. Granting these permits would represent a foolish step in terms of sustainable development and planning.
On January 11th, MiningWatch Canada presented a plan for dealing with Canada's abandoned mines crisis to the eight members of cabinet most responsible for finding solutions to this issue. The plan calls for: A national inventory of sites for which the federal government carries responsibility, and incentives for the provinces to create compatible databases on sites under their jurisdiction Physical and chemical assessments of all abandoned mines to verify hazards Provision for resources to clean up the worst sites first with a plan to establish the priorities and more research dollars to...
When foreign investment is encouraged in the absence of adequate controls, the results can be very disturbing. This was one of the themes coming out of the "Mining, development, and social conflicts in Africa" conference held by the Third World Network (TWN) in Accra, Ghana on November 14-18, 1999. Participants got to see first hand the impacts of gold mining and exploration on poor farming communities in the Western Region of Ghana. Several Canadian companies operating in the region, including Repadre and St. Jude Resources, are benefiting from favourable treatment by the government at the...
April 14-16, 2000: MiningWatch Canada, together with the Canadian Consortium for International Co-operation (CCISD), is hosting a workshop in Ottawa of 25-30 community leaders from rural and indigenous communities affected by mining around the world. Participants will share their experience in dealing with mining activities and figure out the kinds of research they need in order to respond effectively to the impacts of large-scale mining on their communities. The workshop will enable leaders from these communities to develop a relationship with one another and learn from each other's...