Guest Publication

Reckless Lending: How Canada's Export Development Corporation Puts People and the Environment at Risk

A report published by the NGO Working Group on the EDC, part of the Halifax Initiative Coalition. Includes case studies on Placer Dome's Marcopper Mine in the Philippines and the Ok Tedi Copper Mine in Papua New Guinea, partly owned by Inmet.

Publication

Abandoned Mines in Canada

A study done by W. O. Mackasey of Sudbury, Ontario. WOM Geological Associates Inc. was retained by MiningWatch Canada to undertake a survey of abandoned mine inventories in Canada. Questionnaires were sent to provincial and federal agencies, requesting information on inventories, number of abandoned mines, testing and remediation completed, and current management policy.

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Mining's Toxic Orphans: A Plan for Action on Federal Contaminated and Unsafe Mine Sites

The “toxic orphans” of the mining industry have indeed come of age. They are a serious and immediate danger to human health and the environment. They are already costing taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up, cancers, lost fishery, forestry and farm income, and they stand to cost billions more. They are a public relations nightmare for the mining industry. In 1995, the Auditor-General made it clear that the enormous liability they –and other contaminated sites– represent should be shown on the public accounts.

Presentation

Review of the Export Development Act - Presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

This presentation outlines a number of examples that demonstrate a number of problems with Export Development Canada's involvement with the mining sector, expecially in light of ​the growth and influence of the Canadian mining industry:

  • the need for accountability and transparency;
  • the need for environmental assessment of projects;
  • the need for social and cultural assessment of projects;
  • the need for human rights assessment of projects; and
  • the need to evaluate and monitor performance.
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Guest Publication

Lasting Benefits from Beneath the Earth: Mining Nickel from Voisey's Bay in a Manner Compatible with the Requirements of Sustainable Development

This report by ecological economist Tom Green for the Innu Nation and was submitted to the Voisey's Bay Nickel Mine environmental assessment review in 1998. It is a thoughtful consideration of the limitations of mining projects potential contributions to sustainable development and continues to be highly relevant.

Executive Summary

This report was prepared at the request of Innu Nation to examine the economic implications of the proposed Voisey’s Bay Mine and Mill in preparation for the environmental assessment hearings into the undertaking.