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Australia's Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) is coordinating the writing of a book "The Silver Bullet: Communities Confronting Mining and Globalisation." Pluto Press have said they will publish the book if we can guarantee 700 pre-sales. The book is targeted to activists, but will also be of interest to academic readers. "The Silver Bullet" is an important contribution to the on-going strategising to force accountability of transnational mining companies and contest the form of globalisation. Written from the perspective of grassroots community and non-government organisation campaigns, the...
Undoubtedly, you own at least a small piece of Honduras, or some other gold-producing country. Many people do, though frequently they don't know it. About 84 percent of all gold extracted from the earth this year will go toward producing rings, necklaces and earrings for consumers in North America, Europe, India and the Arab countries.
On December 16, 2000, conflict over the development of a bauxite mine and alumina plant in the Kashipur region of Orissa in India turned violent with the killing of three innocent tribal people (Adivasis). During a meeting of villagers opposed to the mine, armed police entered Maikanch village and opened fire. Abhilas Jhodia (25 years of age), Raghu Jodhis (18) and Jamudhar Jhodia (43) died, and 8 others sustained serious injury. The tribal people of the area have been worried about displacement and loss of livelihood ever since the entry of multinational companies exploring for bauxite and...
On November 4th to 14th, 2000, representatives of the Subanen — indigenous people of the Philippine island of Mindanao — will be touring in Canada. They are seeking support in their efforts to assert their ancestral land rights in the face of aggressive mining exploration activities by Calgary-based TVI Pacific Ltd. Onsino Mato of the Siocon Subanen Association Inc., Father Albert Anthony Bael of the Committee on Mining Issues of the Diocese of Dipolog, Ipil, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Iligan and Marawi (DCMI), and Geoff Nettleton of Philippines Indigenous Peoples Links will arrive on November 4 for a...
The MiningWatch Canada small grants fund paid for sampling expenses for the Yukon Conservation Society and Carmacks community members to conduct field investigations and analyse samples at the closed Mt. Nansen mine in the Yukon. The company is now bankrupt and the federal government is responsible for the clean-up. "We were worried about the health of the fish and wildlife in the area, so we sampled the water ourselves," said MiningWatch board member, Sarah Johnnie.
In mid-October two Kenyan human rights lawyers, Willy Matunga and Haron Ndubi, toured Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa to raise awareness about plans for a disastrous mine in southern Kenya. They visited NGOs and community groups, as well as representatives of the proponent, Tiomin Resources Inc. , the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) , the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) , and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) . Tiomin Resources Inc., a Toronto-based mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is expecting to strip-mine for titanium in the...
The revisions to the Metal Mining Liquid Effluent Regulations (MMLER) will be published this fall, probably in November. There will be a 60 day comment period before they become law. The regulations provide exemptions for the mining industry from Section 36 of the Fisheries Act. That section of the Act says it is illegal to put "deleterious substances in water frequented by fish." The MMLER sets allowable limits for toxics like arsenic, and for total suspended solids. At present, the regulations do not include mercury, cyanide or cadmium. Although this should mean that they cannot be dumped...
We successfully launched the video and report from this April's "On the Ground Research" workshop at a public event on September 14. Over seventy people attended the event, which was held at the International Development Research Centre . Roger Moody, in town to present his research report on mining in Burma, spoke about organising to protect the rights of communities affected by large-scale mining. The report is available in PDF format (in Spanish or English) or from MiningWatch Canada; copies of the video (in English) are available on request.
Scabs and management are keeping the nickel mines and smelter operating at Falconbridge Nickel Mines in Sudbury, Ontario. The Union ( MineMill Local 598 of the Canadian Auto Workers) has been out on strike since August 1, protesting contracting out, wage rollbacks and other measures that will "gut the collective agreement" if implemented. The strikers suspect the company's intransigence is a result of the recent purchase of 49.9% of Falconbridge by Noranda Inc., and the desire of Noranda to bring the Sudbury operation closer to the level of costs in their operations in Peru, Chile and other...
With First Nations, angry residents of north Eastern Ontario, and environmentally conscious people around the world, Brennain Lloyd of Northwatch (our co-chair) is claiming victory in the struggle to stop the plans to ship Toronto's garbage 600 kilometres north by rail and dump it in an abandoned Kirkland Lake mine. Toronto cancelled the contract at the last minute, after having pushed it through city council. Carol McBride, chief of the Temiskaming First Nation, had said that with Toronto's council approval of the plan, she expected a wave of civil disobedience by northern Ontarians. "When...