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The Globe => Canada => Topic started by: swallow on November 24, 2009, 11:27:14 PM

Title: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: swallow on November 24, 2009, 11:27:14 PM
Seeing no thread on mining or C-300 (please move if there is one!) --

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The word "Canada" is so reviled in some places that travelling Canadians mask their citizenship by wearing American flags on their caps and backpacks.

In Ottawa this week, at a House of Commons committee, MPs will continue debating a Liberal private member's bill designed to put controls on mining companies overseas.

Tor Star (http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/729147--one-man-s-defence-of-a-national-reputation)

Some good maps and so on at the link as well.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: skdadl on November 25, 2009, 05:47:53 AM
Good report, and lots of great background. It's frustrating that McKay can't say much in detail outside of the committee, although surely we could have good reporting on what is said in committee? Chilling ending to that report:

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McKay recognizes his bill is flawed in its inability to create an ombudsman. He's also not convinced his bill will ever make it through the House.

The Conservatives have vowed to kill it and McKay says some Liberals are weary of attaching themselves to a bill opposed by some of the richest companies in the country. "The mining industry in Canada is too powerful a lobby," McKay says.

But he won't say much else.

"I have to be extremely careful because the mining companies have made it very plain to me that, `We will sue your ass off if, in fact, you make any allegation of our companies and cause reputational damage.'

"But I will say, if they think they can treat a Canadian MP this way, you can imagine what they say about Third World countries where they can walk in and say, `How much to buy you?'"
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Croghan27 on November 25, 2009, 05:57:29 AM
Two good quotes in that -

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While MPs in Canada consider controls, foreign pension funds have signalled they will not invest in Canadian mining companies unless they adopt firm corporate responsibility rules abroad.

and
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International Trade Minister Stockwell Day says there will be no legislative action because it would not work, and the companies do not need it.

The highlighted one is just precious.   :lol:

The more insidious quote - the 'blame the victim' and its' not me, its' the system lines are:
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Company spokesmen at some firms say they are the target of false allegations that stem from poorly run or corrupt governments where mines are located.

"The biggest challenge out there is a lack of governance capacity in developing countries," says Gordon Peeling, CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, which represents the interests of Canada's largest mining companies.

"If (countries) had the capacity to protect civil rights and live up (to) their international obligations with appropriate justice systems, etc. we wouldn't have much to talk about."

The governments they have bought off (as in Honduras) are at fault. This is like a fighter saying that he did not hit anyone, it was his fist that did it. This is the difference between sin and a crime, principles and laws - not sinning, good works or acting humanely is what you are supposed to do, it show principles; not breaking the law or not being convicted of breaking the law, is what you have to do, as in have a good legal dept.

Thank for this swallow, I spent a good deal of my working life toiling away from mining companies, in fact I was just offered a job by one. These are the boys that have to be kept in line by effective unions in Canada, who knows what dirty deeds they will get up to when allowed to run free.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: skdadl on November 25, 2009, 06:05:16 AM
Yes, it must be such a trial for fellows like Mr Peeling to have to deal with all those barbarian peoples who aren't him.

It's absurd that guys like that are able to get away with threatening people here, including MPs.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: swallow on November 27, 2009, 02:18:14 PM
Ain't that the truth.

More of the same arrogance:

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In a joint statement on Thursday, Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote), Kinross Gold (K.TO: Quote), and Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) called the bill "unnecessary and damaging to Canadian business".

"The hearings have amply demonstrated how Bill C-300 has become a magnet for false and unsubstantiated allegations from individuals anywhere in the world and do nothing but unduly harm the Canadian mining industry," Vince Borg, a spokesman for top gold miner Barrick, said in the statement.

Reuters (http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCATRE5AP3ZL20091126)

Or: to criticize us is wrong by definition. This bill has attracted criticism of us. Therefore this bill is wrong. The fact that the bill is bad proves that our critics are wrong.

Continue circle until dizzy.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on November 30, 2009, 02:27:25 PM
HOly cow, just read thru this thread with links. Today's Article/HillTimes (http://www.thehilltimes.ca/page/view/lobbying-11-30-2009) list the powerful lobbies, their many lawyers present in every meeting (waiting for a mis-step). I would not have thought Mennonite Central Committee Canada  would have a lobbyist present. It's passed 2nd reading, fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Croghan27 on November 30, 2009, 05:49:24 PM
While I cannot but support the bill in theory, I must point out that we cannot even control the mining companies inside Canada and stop them from despoiling the lands and life on reserves. More to the contrary, we actively support them. (http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/1754)

Methinks we would do well to clean up our own house before we venture out to correct other people's.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: swallow on November 30, 2009, 09:14:58 PM
I'd agree, but I think C-300 isn't so much trying to clean up anyone else's house, as it is trying to force our companies from going into other people's houses and making a bloody mess.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Croghan27 on November 30, 2009, 10:52:42 PM
Quote from: swallow
I'd agree, but I think C-300 isn't so much trying to clean up anyone else's house, as it is trying to force our companies from going into other people's houses and making a bloody mess.

Could be so .... I certainly agree with the objective of the Bill - but we [s:1bcog6rt]cannot[/s:1bcog6rt] do not even stop their depredations here - and we are looking off shore to teach these guys how to act. I gotta believe there is something wrong with this picture.

The arguments against the Bill seem rather silly and self defeating to me .... to say the strictures are "not really needed" can be answered by agreeing, then saying if they are doing all these good things anyway - a little rule instructing them to act that way will not bother them at all.

Yet again, I maintain that we would do better stopping them from, as you say, making a bloody mess right here in our own, our native land. We are [s:1bcog6rt]unable[/s:1bcog6rt] unwilling to do that in our own front yard.

The Lawyer's Weekly (http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=887) has an interesting story about another method to keep these terrorists in line ....
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Last month, Murray Klippenstein of Toronto’s Klippensteins filed a $1-billion-plus statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court against Vancouver-based Copper Mesa Mining Corp. (formerly known as Ascendant Copper Corp.) in connection with alleged violent attacks by the company’s security forces on villagers protesting a proposed massive copper mine in the Andes of northwestern Ecuador.
C-300 is mentioned in the article.

The Harper government, of course, has its' own plan to halt dirty dealings by our resource corporation off shore ... voluntary guidelines: always a big winner. They also maintain that capitalism is what is keeping our corps from acting in any kind of civilized way:
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“Canadian businesses, particularly those in the commodities sectors, are in the midst of the most punishing economic and financial conditions in memory,” Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty, a Mulroney-era Conservative cabinet minister, reiterated in a letter. “Now is not the time to add further layers of complex regulations where the need to do so is not clear.”
Capitalism is hell, just hell!

This McKay, who sponsored the bill, is something of an odd duck (http://www.catholicregister.org/content/view/2959/849/). An evangelical Christian (and died-in-the-wool opponent of abortion) has amazingly had a couple of his private member bill passed into law. As per the Lawyer's Weekly: ".... McKay has previously hit two legislative home runs (private member’s bills on fireproof cigarettes and international poverty alleviation are now law) — a remarkable track record." Even if both seem to me like affirmations of motherhood and soft squeaky toys.

All I can say is go for it ..... it certainly can do no harm.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: swallow on December 03, 2009, 11:14:39 PM
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The night of November 27th, Mariano Abarca Roblero, an activist against mining in Chicomuselo, Chiapas, was murdered. Mr. Abarca was an important member of the community who had suffered threats, prison and violence due to his opposition to the mining activities of Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration.

At 10 am EST on Thursday December 3, four busloads of community members from Chiapas will arrive at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City to protest the murder of the local activist. The 130 people will travel more than 1000 km overnight from Chiapas to protest the Canadian government's failure to regulate the international operations Canadian-based mining companies. The protest is being endorsed by the Council of Canadians and MiningWatch.

Mining Watch news release (http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/mexican-activist-murdered-opposing-canadian-mining-company-killing-sparks-protest-canadian-embassy-m)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on December 09, 2009, 12:20:29 AM
Mexico shuts down Blackfire mine (http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=AP&date=20091208&id=10803017) And it has nothing to do with the Nov. 27 killing of anti-mine activist Mariano Abarca Robledo, a slaying that fellow activists blame on mine officials. In this story no one could be reached at Alberta headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126032696256583047.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_world) however got a statement from Blackfire. Amusing (not ha-ha) that Chiapas Attorney General's Office said Monday it had "cleared up" the case of the Nov. 27 killing of Mariano Abarca.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on December 09, 2009, 07:26:40 AM
Meanwhile, here in Canada:

Sept ÃŽles doctors get severe reprimand
 
20 had threatened to resign en masse over radioactive contamination

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sept+%c3 ... story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sept+%c3%8eles+doctors+severe+reprimand/2313814/story.html)

excerpt:

MONTREAL - Doctors threatening a mass resignation in protest over a plan to open a uranium mine near their North Shore community got a severe reprimand on Monday.

ETA: this story appeared in the CBC as well:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story ... ation.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/12/07/sept-iles-doctors-investigation.html)

excerpt:

But the executive director of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, Jean-Pierre Thomassin, warns the province is in no position to implement a moratorium on uranium exploration.

He said the companies involved have spent $250 million on exploration in the past five years.

"These companies will ask to be reimbursed their money if you do such a moratorium."

Question: who gave the companies permission to carry out this exploration - and was there any consultation from the public???

ETA:

Protesters seek debate on uranium mining
Health and safety concerns prompt push for referendum in Quebec, where exploration has spiked since 2004

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on- ... ice=mobile (http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/protesters-seek-debate-on-uranium-mining/article1393708/?service=mobile)

ETA: Facebook Group:  Sept-ÃŽles Sans URANIUM  4,600 members already!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8 ... 6403754654 (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=86403754654&ref=search&sid=714017440.899830928..1&v=info#/group.php?gid=86403754654)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on December 09, 2009, 11:44:19 AM
G&M about the Blackfire mine shutdown and Bill C-300 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/mexican-authorities-shut-down-blackfire-mine/article1393538/)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on December 12, 2009, 10:26:43 PM
Thanks for that news BB, rock on Quebec physicians and people!

Holly Stick, thought you might want to see/listen to this youtube/Mariano Abarca Roblero, REMA, Chicomuselo, Chiapas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UUvYfZPKxQ) which was shot in September '09. Gives life and flesh and blood to this good, good man who was so callously murdered. I think even the Mexican 'economists' are shame-faced. Blackfire expects to re-open next week (http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/12/10/blackfire-mexican-mine-closed.html)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on December 13, 2009, 07:11:48 AM
I'm almost skeert to post this, HS is going to go nuts. But it's true, Canada is doing Great Harm to Mexico with Mining. Tensions are building in the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, where a Canadian-owned gold and silver mine has been forced to close due to a Supreme Court decision that cancelled its environmental permit. (http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/2242)

I so despair that Can. Mining is pitting workers in Mexico against their own self-interests and their own people who are decently trying to save their small town environments, in fact I hate it! I hate it so much that I am going to take up the e-mail addresses offered and bend their minds.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Croghan27 on December 13, 2009, 09:59:47 AM
Quote from: Boom Boom
Meanwhile, here in Canada:

Sept ÃŽles doctors get severe reprimand
 
20 had threatened to resign en masse over radioactive contamination

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sept+%c3 ... story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sept+%c3%8eles+doctors+severe+reprimand/2313814/story.html)


Great catch, BB - I see this is dated 9 December and now it is the 13th. I must have been lost in some time warp when you posted it.

Every time I see some argument like Quebec’s College of Physicians is using, as in blame your opposition for any sins you may be guilty of before they can say it of you, I get echoes of Karl Rove. A rule of thumb I use is that if I see him attacking someone I look to Rove to be guilty of that very thing itself.

I am not familiar with the mandate of Quebec’s College of Physicians, if it is charged with the health of the populous or just the welfare of its' members - but it seems to me the 23 doctors are doing 'the right thing', and the College is condemning them for it.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on December 14, 2009, 08:36:21 AM
Yesterday's protest: Sept-ÃŽles residents protest uranium exploration

Protesters back doctors who threaten to quit region

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story ... um-cp.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/12/14/quebec-uranium-cp.html)

excerpt: (what those opposed to mining are up against)

The government has maintained that mining the radioactive heavy metal posed no public health hazard and Jean-Pierre Thomassin, director general of Quebec's mining exploration association, agrees.

"This is strictly a fear campaign," he said. "The doctors probably have cottages near the site and don't want to be bothered."

He also believes a ban is unlikely due to potentially pricey compensations the province would have to pay to companies who have already invested in exploration.

"There would be consequences," he said. "If the government doesn't compensate the companies, it's over. No one will come to Quebec for exploration."
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Croghan27 on December 14, 2009, 04:56:33 PM
I took a couple of things out of the CBC story ....
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It suggests modern mining practices significantly minimized the risks of exposure to radon gas among mine workers.

Other than a small quibble about they most definitely have not minimized the risks of exposure, they may have minimized the possibility of exposure, but the risks lie more with God than capitalists.

but

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The uranium debate has been raging in the region for more than a year, since mining company Terra Ventures Inc. began exploration for low-grade uranium near Lac Kachiwiss, some 20 kilometres north of Sept-ÃŽles.

So, knowing there was (and there still is) strong abjections to exploration for unranium they went ahead an allowed (I bet encouraged) exploration, they are now saying the protesters are going to cost the government money???? What is wrong with this picture?

It is not the protesters that may cost some money - it is their own miscalculation and callous disregard for the health and wishes of the citizens that is costing money.

As for "No one will come to Quebec for exploration." --- if no one comes for uranium, great  :D  - if someone discovers a gold field or a body of copper/nickel/iron .... don't stand in the way, you will be trampled ....
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on March 26, 2010, 01:37:10 PM
Anti-uranium doctors renew threat to resign

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/03/22/mtl-uranium-sept-iles-doctors.html


excerpt:

Nearly two-dozen doctors in Sept-ÃŽles, Que., are renewing their threats to resign and leave the province after the government rejected calls for a moratorium on uranium mining and exploration in the region.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on October 01, 2010, 04:39:34 PM
More on Blackfire.  Son of murdered activist to tour Canada:
 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20100925/montejo-c-300-100925/ (http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20100925/montejo-c-300-100925/)
 
 
Miningwatch on Blackfire:
 
http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/categories/main-categories/company/blackfire (http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/categories/main-categories/company/blackfire)
 
Someone should ask Ezra if he would support ethical mining.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Antonia on October 01, 2010, 05:51:07 PM
 :))
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on April 04, 2012, 04:22:58 PM
I forget if there is a more recent thread about mining, but this news suggests it is something to watch - the Fraser Institute has started a new website about mining:

http://miningfacts.org/ (http://miningfacts.org/)

The website contributors, and a claim that their stuff is "peer-reviewed" by "two internal expert reviewers" which sure doesn't look to me like the regular academic description of what "peer-reviewed" means:

http://miningfacts.org/Site_Contributors/ (http://miningfacts.org/Site_Contributors/)


https://twitter.com/#!/FraserInstitute/status/187294705644609536 (https://twitter.com/#!/FraserInstitute/status/187294705644609536)

https://twitter.com/#!/MiningFacts (https://twitter.com/#!/MiningFacts)

And Alana Wilson of the Fraser Institute has been tweeting about mining:

https://twitter.com/#!/AlanaKWilson (https://twitter.com/#!/AlanaKWilson)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: pogge on April 04, 2012, 06:29:20 PM
... a claim that their stuff is "peer-reviewed" by "two internal expert reviewers" which sure doesn't look to me like the regular academic description of what "peer-reviewed" means:

http://miningfacts.org/Site_Contributors/ (http://miningfacts.org/Site_Contributors/)
The first thing thing to do would be to check that they're both still alive. The Fraser Institute has a history of including dead bodies in their list of editorial consultants.

But even if they're both still breathing, it wouldn't be peer review. People who work in the same organization as those who produce the original material aren't peers, they're colleagues. They all get their cheques from the same source so they can hardly claim to be providing an independent review of each other's work.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on April 04, 2012, 06:48:01 PM
Yes. On re-reading, I see they are supposed to arrange for peer review not just do it themselves, but it still relies on the integrity of the Fraser Institute and still seems to be internal.

But I see it as the Harper government, now not just ripping off all the oil, but everything else worth stealing, too!


ETA: Deep Climate talks about their "peer review" in another situation:


http://deepclimate.org/2012/03/03/open-thread-for-march-2012/#comment-12681 (http://deepclimate.org/2012/03/03/open-thread-for-march-2012/#comment-12681)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: sparqui on April 04, 2012, 10:06:16 PM
This is depressing. I don't think enough people get how bad this government's direction on the environment, and emphasis on a resource extraction economy, is going to be in terms of detrimental impacts. I work with people conducting environmental assessments and they just seem to shrug and say the government is just reducing costs. Even people whose livelihood is dependent on Canada's track record on serious environmental impact assessment of projects don't seem to see the big picture or care.  :mad2 :crying
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on April 04, 2012, 10:18:14 PM
Indeed, so the cynic I am says something is afoot that is worse that they're not telling us. I'm no longer on top of the 'news' but I keep remembering the NASA warning to their employees only. Oh shutup!! But your right about the 'people', not only do they not know, they don't care. There is only so much people can take in.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on April 05, 2012, 02:51:45 AM
Miningwatch points out that they don't include NGOs on their long list of mining resources:


https://twitter.com/#!/MiningWatch/status/187791955407806464 (https://twitter.com/#!/MiningWatch/status/187791955407806464)


Kent, I think, said they could get some of their environment information from the internet now, or something stupid like that; I wonder if this will be the federal government's source of information for mining now?
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Holly Stick on June 07, 2012, 04:35:13 PM
On mining abuses:


http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/06/06/Mining-Justice/ (http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/06/06/Mining-Justice/)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on June 15, 2012, 11:34:26 PM
 Coming soon on CBC. Check your local listings.
 
Panama: The New Conquistadors (http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/panama-canada-gold-copper-mining-protests-environmental-destruction)
 

excerpt:
 

One of these properties is in the Colon province of Panama, where a number of indigenous peoples and peasant farmers, backed by a national consortium of environmental groups are trying to stop two Canadian mining companies from developing a gold mine and one of the last known major copper reserves in the world. They are concerned these mines would strip thousands of hectares of rain forest, deplete and contaminate water supplies, and displace the communities that have made the area their home for centuries, including the Ngobe people, Panama's largest indigenous group.


 
excerpt:
 

Canadians, in the meantime, are largely oblivious to this new role, still considering themselves peacemakers on the international stage, despite the fact that the Conservative government recently rejected a bill in Parliament that would have made Canadian mining companies more accountable for their activities abroad.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: greenvie on June 16, 2012, 02:56:24 AM
Thanks for bringing this up, Boom Boom. It's going to make me cry though.

Oh boy, Stevie's going to love it though. I saw the trailer during The National last night (also at the Pulitzer Center site) and I nearly jumped out of my seat. Well, ya know,  it was such a contrast to TN.

The 2 CBC grantees who worked on it are Mellisa Fung and Lynne Burgess, both excellent international investigative reporters. There are a few informative background articles by Melissa there.

It will air next Tuesday, the 19th, after The National. A shortened version is on Monday, the 18th during The National.

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   The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.
   The Center's educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.
   The Pulitzer Center is a bold initiative, in keeping with its deep ties to the family whose name for more than a century has been a watchword for journalistic independence, integrity, and courage.
   When Joseph Pulitzer III became editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a half century ago, he paid tribute to that legacy. "Not only will we report the day's news," he said, "but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times." The Pulitzer Center is driven by that same mission and deep sense of responsibility, in times just as troubled.
   Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center’s founding director, is a former Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has reported from five dozen countries around the world and is a three-time winner of the National Press Club prize for best foreign correspondence.

 :applause
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Antonia on June 16, 2012, 04:35:26 PM
Thanks for the tip Boom-Boom. Gonna set my PVR.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on April 11, 2013, 11:56:20 PM
From KAIROS: 
 
The work on mining continues here in Canada, with the United Church of Canada issuing a parliamentary petition calling for the regulation of mining companies operating overseas (http://www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/takeaction/130314), and the Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada preparing to discuss questions of resource extraction at their joint gathering this summer.
 
 
(unlike the usual online petitions, this one must be download (.pdf) and actually signed - and we are encouraged to get community members to sign it as well)
 
 
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on April 12, 2013, 12:08:42 AM
A Chilean court ordered the work stoppage (Barrick) (after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/10/chile-court-barrick-gold-mine.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/10/chile-court-barrick-gold-mine.html)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Alison on April 12, 2013, 07:25:15 AM
Hey remember how we didn't need Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries,
because Steve was setting up a voluntary corporate responsibility panel instead?

Sometime back I heard all the advocacy voices on the panel had quit because the funding for the panel was halved.

Can't find the link for that anywhere now.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Toedancer on April 12, 2013, 12:24:03 PM

Sometime back I heard all the advocacy voices on the panel had quit because the funding for the panel was halved.

Can't find the link for that anywhere now.


This is all I could find on that topic Alison.




In March of 2012, the federal government terminated funding to the Centre and failed to renew its memorandum of understanding with the Centre’s secretariat. No explanation has been forthcoming from the federal ministers who oversee the CSR strategy. But the silence is telling. If the government thinks it can hand off the Centre to the industry, this is misguided. The Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, which houses the Centre, determined early on — to its credit — that a broad, multi-stakeholder approach would be needed for the Centre to establish credibility and create space for diverse voices to be heard and cutting edge issues to be discussed.
Failure to fund the Centre for Excellence in CSR stands in stark contrast to the government’s announcement of $25 million over five years to create the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development.
So, why has the Centre fallen out of favour? [/size]http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Room+dialogue+mining+ethics/8076484/story.html#ixzz2QGbxRfqF (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Room+dialogue+mining+ethics/8076484/story.html#ixzz2QGbxRfqF)
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Alison on April 12, 2013, 06:09:32 PM
Thanks very much for finding that, Toe.


So ... funding not halved but terminated.
Title: Re: Canadian mining companies: doing harm round the world
Post by: Boom Boom on May 24, 2013, 02:15:03 PM
Chile blocks Pascua-Lama mine,  fines Barrick $16million over serious environmental violations (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/chile-blocks-pascua-lama-mine-fines-barrick-16-million-serious-environmental-violations)