First Nation fires back at report criticism: PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

The Tsilhqot’in National Government defended a federal environmental assessment critical of the proposed New Prosperity mine Thursday, calling claims the report was flawed “demonstrably false.” Last month, a three-member Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency...
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Canada’s natural-resources companies – Reputation management. THE ECONOMIST

The government promises to keep promoting miners’ and energy firms’ interests abroad if they behave themselves FEW governments have aligned their interests so closely to those of their country’s energy and mining firms as Canada’s Conservative administration. The prime minister,...
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Canada losing friends over climate change. TORONTO STAR

Prime Minister Stephen Harper returns from two weeks in Asia looking increasingly isolated on climate change. Stephen Harper is running out of places to hide on the environment. The prime minister tucked himself behind the United States for seven years, promising to move in...
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Cobb prepares for city’s top job. WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Williams Lake has a new mayor. Preliminary results from Saturday’s municipal election gave Walt Cobb the victory, garnering 1,334 votes and beating out his challengers, including incumbent Kerry Cook. Longtime city councillor Surinderpal Rathor fought to a good second-place...
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Agnico Eagle proposes to empty Nunavut Lake, expand open pit mine: NUNATSIAQ NEWS

NIRB seeking public input on potential project certificate amendments Meadowbank’s Goose and Portage Pits are located in close proximity to the mine’s mill, office and lodging infrastructure, while Vault Pit and the proposed expansion into Phaser Lake are located 8 km northeast...
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Mount Polley whistleblowers need protection, coalition says: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

B.C. should adopt whistleblower legislation to ensure that workers inside government and at the Mount Polley mine can speak freely about a tailings-pond breach without fear of losing their jobs, says a letter signed by union, environmental and First Nations groups. “Much of the...
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Red Chris mine failure would eclipse Mount Polley damage: report. Porous soil at site of proposed tailings pond dam called a ‘major design issue:’ CBC

Porous soil at site of proposed tailings pond dam called a ‘major design issue’ The results of a third-party review into the design of a northwestern B.C. gold and copper mine says it has the potential to cause significantly more environmental damage than the recent...
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Report questions need for coal export terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks: GLOBE AND MAIL

There is more than enough capacity in Pacific Northwest coal ports to meet demand, making expansion plans – including a proposed new export terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks – ill-conceived, says a report by a U.S. energy research group. “The global [coal] markets are currently...
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Yukoners should have a say on YESAA: Grand Chief: YUKON NEWS

Yukoners were surprised to learn at a forum last week the details of the federal government’s plan to change environmental assessment laws, said Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Ruth Massie. Thursday’s forum was hosted by a coalition of Yukon First Nations that oppose...
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Red Chris tailings review pinpoints concerns: TERRACE STANDARD

A 50-PAGE report done on the tailings pond design of the not-yet opened Red Chris gold and copper mine owned by Imperial Metals and located on Tahltan traditional territory outlines 22 recommendations that should be followed prior to the mine going into operation. The report is...
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Business sense dominates new council. WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Williams Lake city council will have a new look after the 2014 election. All three incumbents who ran from last term’s council were re-elected, however, it was the newcomers who won the most votes. Businessman and former mayor Scott Nelson took home the most votes with 1,...
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Mining sector doesn’t enjoy same support among First Nations as among non-aboriginals: Survey: BiV

Half of Canadian First Nations surveyed have dim view of mining Despite being the largest private sector employer for First Nations in Canada, the mining sector does not enjoy the same level of support among First Nations as it does among non-aboriginal Canadians, a new survey...
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