TML wants FN prayers, spirituality out of Fish Lake hearings: POST MEDIA

A Vancouver company pushing the Harper government to reconsider a controversial gold-copper mining project in the B.C. Interior has privately urged Ottawa to ignore aboriginal requests to consider native “spirituality” as a factor in their determination, according to a letter the...
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Chief Baptise on proposed EA reforms: GLOBE AND MAIL

Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, has seen up close the difference between federal and provincial environmental assessments. In 2010, the province approved Taseko Corp.’s Prosperity mine, saying serious damage to nearby Fish Lake could be...
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AFN National Chief Atleo slams Federal EA reform plans: APTN

The head of Canada’s largest and most influential First Nations organization is demanding Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver meet with chiefs before implementing the Conservative government’s “unlawful and unconstitutional” planned changes to the environmental reviews of...
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Mine weould go for 33 year and kill Fish Lake: WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Brian Battison insists the New Prosperity application is for a 20-year mine. The TNG (Tsilhqot’in National Government) says it will almost certainly become a 33-year mine. Let’s look at some facts. In 2009 Taseko announced a 70 per cent increase in mineral reserves; 487 million...
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TNG positive meeting with Minister Duncan: WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Tl’etinqox (Anaham) chief and Tsilhqot’in National Government chair Joe Alphonse was in Ottawa earlier this month to let the federal government know that he opposes the proposed New Prosperity mine. He, along with other leaders and TNG staff, met with the Canadian...
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Plan would open BC Interior protected areas to logging: GLOBE AND MAIL

Old-growth forests, wildlife corridors and other long-protected timber zones in the British Columbia Interior could be opened up to logging in order to keep mills operating, according to a cabinet document detailing a proposal under consideration by the provincial government. The...
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Open letter to Joe Oliver re ERA reforms: BC First Nations Leadership Council

We are writing with respect to your government’s shocking announcement to completely gut the environmental assessment process. We are gravely concerned with this announcement to eviscerate the process for environmental review on resource development projects after the changes lay...
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EA changes divide west and east – Fish Lake example: GLOBE & MAIL

Ottawa’s plan to streamline the environmental review system is being welcomed in western provinces, where economic growth hinges on natural resources, while eastern provinces had more measured reactions to the idea. The federal government announced Tuesday it wants to overhaul...
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EA reform – Fish Lake cautionary tale: SIERRA CLUB of BC

In an omnibus bill tabled April 26, the Government of Canada has included major changes to Canada’s environmental assessment process, further weakening our important environmental safeguards. The proposed changes would facilitate approval for the controversial Enbridge and...
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Suzuki and Oliver – the Fish Lake example – story and video links: CBC

The federal government is reducing the number of departments and agencies that can do environmental reviews from 40 to just three to speed up approvals for projects that will bolster Canada’s economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said today. Expanding on plans...
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EA streamlining – Fish Lake a cautionary tale: TORONTO STAR

Critics cried foul Tuesday over the federal government’s decision to overhaul its environmental assessment process, calling it a bid to fast-track big oil and gas projects at the expense of the environment. And environmentalists say there’s no better cautionary tale than the...
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Tsilhqot’in – TML campaign won’t save Fish Lake: STOCKHOUSE

The Tsilhqot’in Nation has rejected claims by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX: T.TKO, Stock Forum) that TML’s New Prosperity Project will “save” Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). The project is located near Williams Lake in central British Columbia. The Tsilhqot’in...
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