Globe and Mail – Study confirms link between fracking, earthquakes in Western Canada.

By Mark Hume New research has confirmed the link between fracking in the oil and gas fields of Western Canada and flurries of earthquakes that have been shaking the region. The research looked at 12,289 fracking wells and 1,236 waste-water wells in an area along the B.C.-Alberta...
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Vancouver Sun – Kamloops should weigh impact of gold mine on environment… Salt Lake City should serve as an object lesson.

By Brian Moench and Cherise Udell We live in Salt Lake City, home of the world’s deepest open pit mine. Nowhere else in the world is there the juxtaposition of a mine as large as the Utah Rio Tinto copper mine right next door to a large city — 1.5 million people. Facing a...
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Campbell River Mirror – Tailings monitoring continues while mine operations suspended.

 By Kristen Douglas A shuttered Nyrstar Myra Falls mine does not pose a threat to the city’s drinking water, according to the province’s minister of energy and mines. Bill Bennett, B.C. minister of energy and mines, assured city council in a letter that water quality is still...
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Calgary Herald – Billionaire Murray Edwards changes residency from Calgary to United Kingdom.

By Dan Healing. Murray Edwards, one of Canada’s wealthiest people, appears to be changing his residency from Calgary to London, according to a regulatory filing. On Wednesday, Magellan Aerospace Corp., a Mississauga, Ont., aircraft manufacturer in which Edwards holds 74 per cent...
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E-Now – There will be no impact on the wetlands – minister.

By Bill Bennett As Minister responsible for both mining and BC Hydro, I have been working very closely with Hi Test Sand, the company looking at developing a high grade silica deposit between Golden and Radium Hot Springs. My ministry is responsible for permitting the mine, along...
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Victoria Times Colonist – Comment: Indigenous people ‘sing’ for the earth 

By K’yuuhlgáansii Frederick Olsen, Jr., Haida, chairman of the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group (a consortium of 14 Southeast Alaska Tribes). Nuskmata Jacinda Mack, Secwepemc and Nuxalk, co-ordinator of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining. Have you...
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Globe and Mail editorial – B.C. and other provinces should pursue idea of more First Nations courts.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government, in British Columbia, is the first instance of a recognition of aboriginal title to a territory. But aboriginal title is not simply sovereignty or independence from Canada. In particular, the Tsilhqot’in government, together with another group,...
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Vancouver Sun, Post Media papers – Fish habitat damage goes unprosecuted since Conservative changes to Fisheries Act.

By Larry Pynn Fisheries and Oceans Canada has not laid a single charge of damaging fish habitat, despite almost 1,900 complaints nation-wide, since controversial changes to the Fisheries Act came into effect two a half years ago. Fisheries data provided at The Vancouver Sun’s...
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Globe and Mail – Liberals urged to repeal former Tory government’s changes to Fisheries Act.

By Mark Hume. Controversial changes to the Fisheries Act under the former Conservative government should be immediately repealed, and in the longer term, the legislation should undergo major revisions, the federal Liberals have been told. Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo is urged...
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DeSmog – B.C. Ignores Best Practices, Allows Mount Polley-style Tailings Dams on Alaska Border, New Report Finds.

 By Judith Lavoie. New mines proposed for north-west B.C., close to the Alaska border, will have tailings dams similar to the one that collapsed at Mount Polley, despite recommendations of an expert panel that companies use other methods of storing waste, says an analysis written...
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Infotel – Kamloops council supports consultants in quest for more information on Ajax Mine application.

By Brendan Kergin KAMLOOPS – After several hours of discussion, council has agreed to support the consultants it hired in their quest for more information on the proposed Ajax Mine application. During a special meeting this morning, March 23, council discussed their...
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Whitehorse Star – Slivertip Mine access road blockade planned.

By Chuck Tobin The owner of a Watson Lake trucking company says he’ll be among a convoy of trucks headed toward Rancheria this afternoon to blockade the access road into the Silvertip Mine under development. A number of Watson Lake residents are upset that JDS Silver Inc. of...
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