Goodmans LLP – Canada: Is The Greening Of Financiers Leading To A Credit Squeeze In The Extractive Sector?

By Catherine Lyons. The New York Times recently reported that PNC Financial had joined a growing list of financiers in the United States that have “distanced themselves from coal companies involved in mountain top removal.” The list already includes: Bank of America,...
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Vancouver Sun – B.C.’s Brucejack gold mine approved; first since Mount Polley tailings dam failure. Mine will not use a dam to store waste.

By Gordon Hoeskra. The B.C. government has approved Pretium’s $450-million Brucejack gold mine, the first mine approved since the collapse of the Mount Polley mine tailings dam last year. Construction of the mine, about 275 km northwest of Smithers, is expected to begin this...
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CBC – Former Yukon land claims negotiator ’embarrassed’ by Bill S-6.

Town hall held Thursday night in Whitehorse, parliamentary hearings on Monday A former chief land claims negotiator for the Yukon government said Thursday night that he’s “really embarrassed” at proposed amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic...
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Globe and Mail – B.C premier’s shift undermines treaty process

By Justine Hunter. In the space of a week, the B.C. government has managed to undermine the most comprehensive route for settling the land question in the province – a process that took 120 years to launch. One could not choose a more perilous time to surprise the two other key...
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Globe and Mail editorial – Aboriginal title in B.C.: sovereignty, but with limits

It’s been all of nine months since the Supreme Court of Canada for the first time recognized a native community as having “aboriginal title” – to be specific, the Tsilhqot’in Nation, with a population of about 3,000 and an area of about 1,700 square kilometres, in southern...
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Williams Lake Tribune – Mount Polley Mine restart promising.

By Monica Lamb-Yorski. Energy and Mines minister Bill Bennett said he’s hopeful to have good news Friday regarding the temporary reopening of Mount Polley Mine. “We are in a position now whether to accept the company’s application to restart for formal review,” Bennett told the...
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CKNW AM) AM980 – BC non-profits no longer at risk of SLAPP suits.

 By Laura Baziuk Non-profit groups are relieved they will no longer be so open to lawsuits designed to intimidate and silence them. The B-C Societies Act originally would have allowed the public to go after non-profit organizations they believed were harming the public interest....
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Williams Lake Tribune – Dike failure contained at Mount Polley, company says

During the week of March 11 to 17, a satellite dike within the breach repair area of the Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility experienced a failure. “At the satellite dike we built inside the breach repair, water flowed from there down into the breach repair area,” confirmed...
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MiningWatch – A Mount Polley in Waiting – The Harper Creek Mine Should Not Open

(Ottawa) The planned Harper Creek Mine near Vavenby, British Columbia, could be another Mount Polley disaster and should be stopped, says MiningWatch Canada in its March 21 submission to the federal environmental assessment of the mine proposed project. On Secwepemc territory,...
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CP – Rights group presses watchdog on CSIS records about Northern Gateway pipeline.

Fear of surveillance ‘literally keeping people away from completely lawful activities.’ By Jim Bronskill. A civil liberties group says newly disclosed Canadian Security Intelligence Service records on protest surveillance bolster its formal complaint that spies went...
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BC Black Press – Bennett congratulates East Kootenay mines on safety awards.

By Sarah Kucharski Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett congratulated two East Kootenay mines in Victoria on Monday, March 23 for their accomplishments at the 53rd Annual Mine Safety Awards. “I tour saw mills, pulp mills, construction areas, highway projects, all kinds of...
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Globe and Mail – B.C. treaty process in limbo after province pulls chief commissioner.

By Justine Hunter. The B.C. government’s abrupt decision to rescind its approval of a new B.C. treaty commissioner has opened a significant rift with the federal government and aboriginal groups it says it wants to do business with. But the politics and the personalities involved...
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