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by Catherine Coumans New Caledonia is a French "Overseas Community" in the southwestern Pacific (21 degrees 30' S, 165 degrees 30' E). The archipelago is surrounded by a 2,000-km long reef system (44,000 square kilometres) that is the world's second largest coral massif after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. New Caledonia also boasts the world's largest lagoon, which contains all of the associated coral habitats. New Caledonia enjoys a global reputation for its rich bio-diversity and for the high percentage of species that are unique to these islands. On January 31, 2002, efforts by New...
(Presentation by Joan Kuyek, National Coordinator) Thank you for this opportunity to appear before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian coalition of environmental, Aboriginal, social justice, development and labour organizations that advocates for responsible mining practices and policies in Canada and by Canadian companies operating internationally. We have a number of concerns with the amendments to CEAA which I will address here with reference to some specific mining projects. 1. Public Involvement must not be discretionary...
I am writing to you on behalf of MiningWatch Canada regarding the tragic attack on 26 December 2002 upon community members from Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Madam President we wish to express through you our sympathy for the victims of this act of violence. It is of great personal regret to me that this violence was related to the operations of a Canadian mining company, TVI Pacific. When I met you in Ottawa with Congressman Reyes from Marinduque, almost exactly a year ago, we discussed the ravages left behind by the Canadian mining company, Placer Dome Inc. Now I must write to you to urge your Government to act to address the sources of violence in the Canatuan area. It is clear to us that the presence of TVI has been a source of tragedy, tension and conflict since their first arrival in the area in 1994.
On December 29, 2001, the National Post carried a story written by Brian Hutchinson entitled "Barrick's African Tribulations", about the removal of tens of thousands of artisanal miners by the Tanzanian government and a Canadian-owned Sutton Resources' subsidiary — Kahama Mining Corporation or KMCL — in August 1996. NGOs have been demanding a full independent international investigation of the events, since without a proper application of the rules of evidence and protection for witnesses, it will be impossible to get to the truth. Recently the Tanzanian police have carried out arrests and...
Cottagers and residents of Bedford County, Ontario have found out what it means to lose the mineral rights to your property. If someone wants to prospect or develop a mine in your front yard, you are only entitled to compensation, not to stop it. Bedford is in the Rideau Lakes area of the province about a half hour north of Kingston, near Westport. It is a mixture of local people and cottagers. Many of the cottagers have had their property for years and intend to retire there. Tourism is a major economic generator in the region. The community, including the Mayor, is upset because a company...
There is growing public concern about the condition of fresh water in Canada. Mining affects fresh water through heavy use of water in processing ore, and through water pollution from discharged mine effluent and seepage from tailings and waste rock impoundments. There are various regulatory and voluntary efforts underway to deal with the problem of water pollution from mining. Metal Mining Effluent Regulations: On July 28, 2001, the proposed Metal Mining Effluent Regulation (MMER) was posted on Canada Gazette Part I, for a 60-day comment period, ending September 26, 2001. The MMERs are an...
In early October, Catherine Coumans visited the Philippines to work with three partner communities. We report on two issues — Placer Dome 's responsibility for the perilous situation in Marinduque, and Crew Development Corporation 's efforts to establish a nickel mine in Mindoro despite determined local opposition. Placer Dome Subject of Congressional Inquiry: Ordered to Fix Dams at Former Operations On October 3, Catherine went with a delegation of elected officials from mining-affected municipalities in Marinduque to visit Ian Lewis, President of Placer Dome's subsidiary (PDTS) in Manila...
Ownership - Sutton Resources Ltd. 1 Sutton Resources was incorporated under the laws of British Columbia on December 4, 1979. In 1996, the company had a number of subsidiaries. One of these was Kahama Mining Corporation which was incorporated in Tanzania, but was owned 100% by Romanex International Limited, which was - in turn - owned 100% by Sutton Resources. Sutton also owned 100% of Tanzania-incorporated Kabanga Nickel and Kagera Mining Company. In March 1999, all the assets of Sutton Resources, including Kahama Mining Corporation, were acquired by Barrick Gold. Sutton was a mineral...
On September 27, 2001, MiningWatch Canada, the NGO Working Group on the Export Development Corporation and the Council of Canadians held a press conference to publicly release a video about the removal of small scale miners in Bulyanhulu in August 1996. At that time we called for an independent international inquiry into the nature of the removals. To the press conference, we invited Tundu Lissu, a human rights lawyer with the Lawyer's Environmental Action Team in Tanzania. Lissu had spent considerable time in the past year investigating rumours that in August 1996 anywhere from 30,000 to 400...
As a preamble to our comments on the proposed amendments to the Metal Mining Liquid Effluent Regulation under the Fisheries Act, I would like to convey our appreciation for the many years of work that you and your colleagues in Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have invested in the review and modernization of this regulation. It has been a demanding exercise for the many parties involved, but I expect for none more than for you and your department. You are to be commended for having kept the process in forward motion, and for having now reached this important...