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The urgency of abandoned mines clean-up is becoming increasingly obvious to federal decision-makers. This summer, MiningWatch Canada has been working with the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and officials at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to come up with a plan that will: Create a database and inventory of all mines (operating and closed) in the country, including physical and chemical site assessments; Develop a transparent and effective system for ranking hazards and the need for remediation at mines; Develop mechanisms for emergency response at sites; Develop a funding mechanism to...
In 1995, the federal government issued a "Guide to Green Government" and the Auditor General Act was amended to made sustainable development an integral part of federal policy. All 28 federal departments were asked to develop and table sustainable development strategies in accordance with the Act. The first three-year departmental sustainable development strategies were tabled in Parliament in 1997. The 1995 amendments also established the office of the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development, whose rôle is to help Parliament and the Canadian public monitor...
Gaining Ground: Women, Mining and the Environment was a two-day gathering held at Lake LaBerge, Yukon, September 15-17, 2000. It brought together women from Yukon communities affected by mining and women from elsewhere with experience in the health, science, and social science sectors. The gathering broke new ground in recognizing and understanding the impacts of mining on communities and families, as well as the interrelationship between women, mining, and the environment, and it set clear directions for moving forward. The idea for the gathering grew out of the recognized absence...
MiningWatch Canada Backgrounder 1. Sanctions do not include investment. Investment is not included in the sanctions imposed by Canada on Burma in 1997. The sanctions were restricted to imports and exports. According both the First Dynasty and Ivanhoe Mines Annual Information Returns 2000, "the sanctions in their current form do not affect the company's investments in Myanmar". US sanctions include investment. 2. No Residency requirement. A Corporation is a resident of Canada for tax purposes if its central management and control are located in Canada or if it is incorporated in Canada. A...
Tiomin Resources has responded to some of the information presented by Action Aid and the Kenyatta University researchers. Matthew Edler, Vice President of Tiomin Resources, faxed us a letter on August 8, 2000, which you can view here.
Francisco Ramírez (l.) and Martin Misiejan
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.
Inconesia - smelter stacks
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.