Tuesday, 16 July 2013

the person that pays the most


Barrick Under Global Pressure to Withdraw Conditions on Remedy for Papua New Guinea Rape Victims

Since January, 2013, MiningWatch Canada has raised concern about the fact that Barrick Gold is seeking legal immunity from victims of rape by mine security guards at the company’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). If these rape victims accept an individual remedy package they must sign a waiver that assures Barrick that they will never sue the company in PNG or anywhere else in the world. We have raised this concern in a number of public letters to the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNHCHR). On May 14, 77 global organizations sent a letter to the UNHCHR  expressing their deep concern over this. 
News release from Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM): The Innu First Nation of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam wishes to remind potential purchasers of Rio Tinto's share of Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) that the Canadian Aboriginal group continues to fiercely oppose IOC's mining, railway and port operations within their traditional territory.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
News release: (Ottawa) On June 19, 2013, the Constitutional Chamber (Sala IV) of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected Infinito Gold’s appeal of the November, 2011 decision of the Court’s Civil and Administrative Law Chamber (Sala I) annulling the concession for the company’s proposed Crucitas open-pit gold mine.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
News release: The complaints office of the World Bank's International Financial Corporation (IFC) will undertake an audit of the IFC’s decision to purchase US$18.2 million worth of shares in Eco Oro Minerals (previously Greystar Resources). The decision supports complainants’ arguments that the International Financial Corporation did not adequately evaluate the environmental and social impacts of company’s project in Colombia. 

Above stories from MiningWatch Canada website

Last spring, various sources:

First Nation threatens to shut down B.C. copper mine           BY PETER O'NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN MAY 2, 2013

Blasting in the open pit at the Huckleberry copper

/molybdenum mine in northern B.C.

Photograph by: David Clark , PROVINCE

Bland thought the group that made strong action “feasible” was “the Warrior Cohort” of uneducated untrained young men. However, this action was taken by Chief Ogden, a woman with a Master’s Degree. 

Making Canada work for all

 | MAY 3, 2013

Among the many examples of this flawed logic at work is the section on "social fractionalization."  To reduce this indicator of feasibility, Bland argues for a resettlement program of First Nation citizens from reserves, which he claims would increase integration and reduce the likelihood of conflict.  Yet steps in exactly that direction already undertaken by the federal government -- the policy of assimilation -- are among the major sources of anger and alienation.   
Following Bland’s prescription here would actually exacerbate the likelihood of conflict.  His views are not only logically flawed; they are dangerous.  

Chiefs stand together to demand development on their own terms By Ian Graham, Thompson Citizen,  May 3, 2013

“What is the price of these mining licences that are being illegally operated or being illegally awarded to companies?” said Dumas. “Well, the person that pays the most is the environment, the degradation of the environment. It’s also our treaty and aboriginal rights that also pay the ultimate cost for this.”

Yellowknife's Giant Mine cleanup costs to double

New documents show arsenic-contaminated site will take close to $1B to remediate

Posted: Mar 27, 2013 

Definition from federal government of cleanup is murky

Posted: Apr 16, 2013 


Cleanup plan can proceed to permitting as long as 27 measures implemented, including shortening time-frame for care and maintenance from perpetuity to 100 years

Posted: Jun 20, 2013

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