Williams Lake Tribune – Taseko says letter did not fast track environmental assessment amendment.

 By Monica Lamb-Yorski Taseko Mines Ltd. said a letter from its CEO Russell Hallbauer to Premier Christy Clark did not fast-track the environmental assessment certificate amendment for its New Prosperity Mine Project. “There has been no amendment granted to our EAC,”...
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Williams Lake Tribune – Aboriginal minister speaks to Williams Lake chamber. By Monica Lamb-Yorski

Currently 485 short-term agreements are in place between the B.C. government and First Nations designed to addresses rights and title. “We have this large land base and very few treaties,” Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation John Rustad told members of...
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Water Canada – Mount Polley Mine Disaster & Quesnel Lake: MoE Comments

After the breach of a tailing pond at Mount Polley mine, effluent from the mine was diverted to Quesnel Lake, a glacial lake from which flows the Quesnel River into the Fraser. Quesnel Lake has continued in its capacity as the outflow point for wastewater from the mine. At...
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CBC – Diavik diamond mine lays off 51 employees ‘from across the business. ‘Unfortunately, with the current market challenges, we have had to reduce the number of employees’

Fifty-one workers at the N.W.T.’s Diavik diamond mine have lost their jobs, CBC News has learned. “Unfortunately, with the current market challenges, we have had to reduce the number of employees in our business,” said Marc Cameron, president of Diavik Diamond...
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Daily Commercial News – Giant Mine leaves giant environmental footprint.

By !an Harvey When it comes to giant mines, there aren’t many bigger than the Giant Mine near Yellowknife in the North West Territories. The gold mine operated from 1948 through 2004 with some 220,000 kilograms of gold extracted over its lifetime and was a major employer in the...
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Whitehorse Star – Mines chamber president retains his optimism.

 By Chuck Tobin Mike Burke, the president of the Yukon Chamber of Mines, is confident interest in the territory’s potential is alive and well. The past summer’s purchase of Kaminak’s Coffee gold project by Goldcorp, one of the world’s major gold producers, didn’t hurt, he said...
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CBC – Decision delayed on controversial Dome Road mining proposal in Dawson. Yukon assessors recommend project be rejected, government wants more time to consult.

By Vic Istchenko The Yukon government says it needs more time to consult with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation before ruling on a controversial mining proposal in Dawson City. At stake is the fate of Darrell Carey’s 34 placer claims on the east side of the...
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Whitehorse Star – Only the unexpected would foil a mine: Goldcorp.

By Chuck Tobin. Goldcorp’s Buddy Crill isn’t shy about saying the likelihood of the company making money from the Coffee gold project it purchased last summer isn’t high. After all, it’s what the company has been saying, the mine manager pointed out in a candid interview during...
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Yukon News – A cheque for $69: Yukon First Nations seek better resource royalty deal.

The chief of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation says the Yukon needs to update its current resource revenue sharing arrangement with First Nations, which saw TH receive just $69 in royalties this year. Roberta Joseph’s comments came in response to a keynote address from Ken...
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Globe and Mail – No guarantee Taseko mine in British Columbia will be approved.

By Mark Hume. B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office has already approved the controversial Prosperity mine once, but a review of proposed design changes won’t necessarily result in another positive ruling, says a top government official. “This is not a foregone...
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Globe and Mail – B.C. gives Taseko mine a second chance after letter to Christy Clark.

By Mark Hume. A proposed $1.5-billion gold and copper mine twice rejected by the federal government was given a new lease on life by B.C. after the company sent a bluntly worded letter to Premier Christy Clark threatening legal action. Russell Hallbauer, president and chief...
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CBC – Northern Quebec mining project looks at airships as alternative to road – Quest Rare Minerals latest company to consider blimps for Arctic transportation.

The company selling Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airships has its first potential customer in Canada. Quest Rare Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding to have Straightline Aviation operate a fleet of seven helium-filled airships at its proposed Strange Lake mine,...
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