CBC Radio – Ottawa Morning: Environmental management in the hands of indigenous people

Interview with Val Courtois – Director of the Indigenous Leadership Council – on efforts to establish a national First Nations-led Guardians programme for Indigenous communities across Canada:  Listen: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2688182906
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Auditor General finds huge flaws in BC mining – First Nations offer solutions

Williams Lake BC: Wednesday May 5, 2016: BC’s First Nation’s Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) today called on BC Mines Minister Bill Bennett to work with First Nations to address the damning failings of the province’s mine monitoring, and massively underfunded...
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Vancouver Sun – B.C. auditor general slams mining sector in report.

By Gord Hoekstra B.C.’s auditor general delivered a damning report Tuesday that concluded the province’s compliance and enforcement actions in the mining sector are not adequate to protect the environment. The report’s chief recommendation is the creation of an independent and...
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Vancouver Sun – Victoria dodges liability issue in Mount Polley tailings collapse

 By Vaughn Palmer Victoria — At first glance Tuesday, it looked as if the B.C. Liberals were accepting the auditor general’s findings of guilt in connection with the catastrophic failure of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine. “Government accepts auditor general’s...
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Government and NDP NRs repsonding to AG mines report

BC Government NR – Government accepts Auditor General’s recommendations VICTORIA – The B.C. government is accepting all recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) audit report “An Audit of Compliance & Enforcement of the Mining Sector” with...
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Black Press papers – Williams Lake Tribune – B.C. resists call for outside mine oversight.

By Tom Fletcher The B.C. government’s oversight of mining has too few resources and inspections and a lack of enforcement, increasing risk of another Mount Polley-type failure that damages the environment, B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer says in a new report....
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BiV – Government failing to protect environment from mines: auditor general.

By Nelson Bennett Taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $1 billion in unfunded liabilities for mine remediation and neither the Ministry of Energy and Mines nor Ministry of Environment are up to the task of protecting British Columbians from the environmental risks from...
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BC AUDITOR GENERAL – AN AUDIT OF COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE MINING SECTOR. May 4 2016

To read PDF of the full report: http://www.bcauditor.com/sites/default/files/publications/reports/FINAL_CE_Mining.pdf BC Government NR – Government accepts Auditor General’s recommendations VICTORIA – The B.C. government is accepting all recommendations from the Office of...
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CP – B.C. auditor general says province doing poor job monitoring mines

British Columbia’s auditor general has delivered a scathing report that concludes the government is not properly prepared to protect the environment from potential disasters in the mining industry. Carol Bellringer said Tuesday that her office’s mines audit was already underway...
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Vancouver Sun – Time for Taseko to do the right thing. Tsilhqot’in open letter to shareholders

By Chief Joe Alphonse and Chief Bernie Mack The Information Circular released by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) on March 31st states, “Taseko has a very successful relationship with First Nations at Gibraltar”. We respectfully and strongly disagree with this statement and we need to set...
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BiV – Morrison Lake: copper mine or political football? Rejection raises serious miner concerns about Victoria’s resource development system.

 By Nelson Bennett The chief of the Lake Babine Nation is warning the B.C. government that its support for a natural gas pipeline for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project could be in jeopardy if the province does not stick to its guns in rejecting a proposed open-pit copper-gold...
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Williams Lake Tribune – Mount Polley Mine releases untreated effluent, increases production.

 By Monica Lamb-Yorski While Imperial Metals waits for a decision on its application to return to full operations at Mount Polley Mining Corp., the company has been granted permit amendments to increase production by one million tonnes of ore and discharge untreated effluent into...
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