Canada Mining

The Negative Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining on Women

Lina Holguin | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Lina Holguin

The expropriation of land for mining projects can have the greatest impact on women. Women need land to grow food to feed their families or for subsistence farming which can be an important source of income. Lost access to land via land grabs means that women's livelihoods become more precarious, thus causing greater economic dependence on men.

A Clearing in Canada: Ottawa's New Standards for Sustainability

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Kirschke

For Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Ltd., the timing could hardly have been worse: Just as Canada issued its latest corporate social responsibility (...

Alaskans Ring Alarm Over Potential For More Mount Polley Disasters

DeSmog Canada | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

"We take all the risks and the costs and get none of the benefits."

We Must Start Digging Our Way Out of Canada's Mining Dilemma

David Suzuki | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Mining is important to human well-being, but the current economic system means it's often aimed at maximizing profit with little regard for people or the environment. It's one area where Canadians can make a difference. Canadian mining companies haven't always had a great record for environmental and social responsibility in communities where they operate -- but public scrutiny and pressure may be helping to change that.

Beijing Sets a New Sustainability Bar

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada
Joseph Kirschke

In central Burma, where minerals, community upheaval and foreign investment have collided since political reforms four years ago, the Letpadaung coppe...

Canada's Mining Sector Braces For Challenging 2015

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Canada's mining sector is bracing for another challenging year in 2015 as slower growth in China is expected to continue to dampen selling ...

What Really Needs to Happen to Make the Ring of Fire a Reality

Chief Cornelius Wabasse | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Chief Cornelius Wabasse

If Ring of Fire development is to be successful, the question should not be whether the development is happening fast enough. It should be whether the process is taking place based on a foundation of recognition and respect for Webequie First Nation and the other Indigenous nations who call this land home. No longer can our Treaty be ignored and violated. New agreements cannot be reached while existing ones are treated as if they don't exist.

How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Holguin

Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.

Are We Repeating Old Mistakes With the Oil Sands?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

The approved EA measures are very complex, and will include freezing in place the huge underground dumps of arsenic trioxide which pose the greatest health risk. It is likely to take 25 years to freeze it all. The freezing system will have to be actively operated, forever. The arsenic will stay poisonous -- it does not improve with time.

Who I'm Remembering Today

Karyn Pickles | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Two years ago, a great man died at the very impressive age of 97 (and a half). He is remembered and missed for the love, strength and support that he gave his family and friends, for the many great contributions to the Canadian mining industry during his long life, and also for his service in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.

Don't Let Oceana Gold Jeopardize El Salvador's Democracy and Drinking Water

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In El Salvador, people have died or lost their drinking water sources because of gold mining, contributing to a rising tide against mining. In 2008, the El Salvador government introduced a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining maintained by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

David Suzuki | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 "dangerous or unusual occurrences" that B.C's chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites.

Beware Hasty, Unwise Policy Decisions After Mount Polley

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kenneth P. Green

It's one thing to seek to learn from a disaster and it's another thing to incite emotional responses to promote hasty, unwise public policy actions. Despite the fact that virtually nothing was known about the cause of the Mount Polley leak, only two days after the spill, the David Suzuki Foundation had set up an automatic petition portal on their website calling on the province to institute a moratorium on new mine approvals, a suggestion that would imperil a substantial part of B.C.'s economy.

Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way For Tahltan's Own Land Case

Annita McPhee | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Annita McPhee

Without Tahltan consent, and against the clear wishes that our people have expressed, Fortune Minerals continues to press ahead with its plans to build the Arctos Anthracite open-pit coal mine on Mount Klappan in Tahltan territory. We will continue to work hard for our people and hope both the province and Fortune see that their current approach is not working, and the current path they are on is the wrong one.

Mining Trumps Merengue For Vancouver Cultural Group

Pablo Munoz | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Pablo Munoz

Latincouver is, in reality, a business interest put forward under the guise of cultural exchange. While portraying itself as a centre for strengthening cultural ties, many local Latin Americans have criticized the group over their latest business conference, Expoplaza Latina. The event is focused more on mining and resource extraction than merengue and multiculturalism.

Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

David Fogarty | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

Depending on where you are, it's been getting hotter, colder, drier, wetter, stormier. Indeed, the changes, particularly the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, have been occurring faster than many scientists predicted. And that's made it a bit easier to feel there is something real about climate change.

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

Sunny Freeman

Will Global Turmoil Affect Ontario Mining Megaproject?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business

Ontario’s mining minister says Ring of Fire negotiations are “productive and encouraging,” despite a series of setbacks including the exit of th...

We're One Step Closer to Mining Transparency in Canada

Claire Woodside | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business
Claire Woodside

It's hard to have a conversation about Canada's economy these days without it touching on our natural resource wealth, and the global reach of our mining companies. But there's one part of this conversation that Canadian provinces may be missing: how they can become global leaders in a burgeoning international effort to improve governance and transparency in the extractive sector.

More Grief for the Reef as Australia Backs Huge Coal Port

David Fogarty | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

An Australian government authority approved on Friday the dumping of three-million cubic metres of dredging spoil within the Great Barrier Reef marine...

Enviro Reviews Too Cumbersome: Premier

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has ordered a review of the province's environmental assessment process, saying the current system ...

Sunny Freeman

Here's How The Mining Industry Plans To Stop Foreign Bribes

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s mining industry has put its weight behind a push for companies to publicly disclose the government payments they make at home and abroad. T...

How Are Canadian Exporters Feeling? You Might Be Surprised

Peter Hall | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

For all the pre-crisis talk about resource scarcity, the rarest commodity since crisis hit is confidence. But now, it's the comeback kid of the global economy: the long hibernation is over, and across a number of heavy-hitting economies, confidence is normalizing.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

Mining Company Retreats From Sacred Headwaters

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Canadian mining company is moving to diffuse a growing dispute with First Nations over a proposed open pit coal mine in northern B.C., b...