Canada Mining

We Need To Move From Climate Commitment To Climate Action

BC Council for International Cooperation | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
BC Council for International Cooperation

We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.

Canadian 'Aid' Helps Mining Firms Exploit Foreign Markets

Yves Engler | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Significant sums in Canadian "aid" are spent promoting international mining initiatives. These aid projects are often about mollifying local opposition to mining projects. In the most significant boon to international mining firms, Canadian aid has helped liberalize mining legislation.

The Global Mining Industry Begins To Embrace Renewables

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Business
Joseph Kirschke

Mining and clean energy don't share obvious common ground. Take centuries of environmental devastation -- add coal -- and mineral extraction has a dirty reputation. Indeed, profit-driven boardrooms seldom prioritize climate change considerations. But things are changing.

The 'Ugly Canadian', Kinross In Mauritania

Yves Engler | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

In many parts of the world, the face of Canada has become the ruthless multinational that bullies workers, ignores environmental standards and 'buys' politicians.

Embrace The Comparative Impact Advantage Of A Focus On Mining

Julian Dierkes | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Julian Dierkes

In seeking out concentrations of expertise in Canada, it is difficult to ignore the extractive sector. Given the (good and bad) history and size of this sector, and the lack of global rivals in the density of expertise (other than Australia), should international assistance not leverage this expertise to achieve a lasting impact in developing countries?

The Hypocrisy Of Canadian Ownership In Africa

Yves Engler | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Everyone truly concerned about African impoverishment should point their fingers at the Canadian firms controlling the continent's resources and offer solidarity to those sisters and brothers fighting for African resources to be controlled by and for Africans.

B.C.'s Thriving Jade Industry Is A Family Affair In 'Jade Fever'

Claudia Bunce | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada TV
Claudia Bunce

Mining jade is hard work, and it's no easy task to find the good stuff. We are four generations, happy to be making our livings in the jade mining industry -- and we have the fever alright! We didn't realize it would be so contagious, though.

It's Time For Ontario To Protect The North French River

Anna Baggio | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Anna Baggio

Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.

The Privatization Of Space Offers A New Hope For Humanity

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Business
Amy-Rose Lane

Considering we have made no significant progress in space travel since the 60s, we could be about to enter a new era of space exploration. Not only will the new space race change the world forever, but the privatization of space technologies could save mankind.

Hold Canadian Mining Companies Accountable For Abuses Abroad

Yves Engler | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Is Justin Trudeau prepared to defy Canada's powerful mining industry and adopt legislation to constrain their abuses abroad or will he continue to place the full power of Canadian foreign-policy behind this controversial industry?

Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact

If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.

What Miners Can Expect From a Liberal Government in Canada

John Cumming | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
John Cumming

Perhaps the biggest change that mine developers will see with the new government is the Liberals' determination to reverse the Conservatives' streamlining of environmental approvals by skipping the federal approval process, if the project had already met environmental approvals at the provincial level.

What the Liberals, Greens and NDP Have to Say on Mining in Canada

John Cumming | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Business
John Cumming

With Canadians looking ahead to a federal election on October 19, The Northern Miner submitted mining-related questions to the leaders of the four major political parties running across Canada.

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

Dianne Saxe | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?

Site C Dam 'Doesn't Make Sense' Says Former BC Hydro CEO

DeSmog Canada | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a "devastating" increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built

B.C. Must Heed Mount Polley Disaster's Lessons

David Suzuki | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry's reputation. One year later, the Mount Polley mine is operating again, this time with a conditional permit and no long-term plan to deal with excess tailings.

New Photos Reveal Damage Done by Ring of Fire Mineral Exploration

Anna Baggio | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Anna Baggio

Exploration is a necessary part of the mining cycle but it is not benign. Lots of people talk about the potential for mining the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario but how many people have an idea of the environmental footprint of ongoing exploration today?

Mount Polley Mine Owner Prospecting In Clayoquot Sound

Dan Lewis | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dan Lewis

Twenty years ago when someone said "Clayoquot," protests against clearcutting of old growth forests came to mind. At that time nobody thought anybody was crazy enough to propose an open-pit copper mine in the heart of Clayoquot Sound.

Canadian Miners Grapple With Security Risks In Mexico

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Business

OAXACA, Mexico - The recent theft of $10.7 million worth of gold from a mine in Mexico has cast a spotlight on the risks of operating in the country.T...

The Negative Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining on Women

Lina Holguin | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 ...