Canada Mining

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 10.21.2015 | 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 10.04.2015 | 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 08.25.2015 | 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 08.14.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 ...

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.