InfoTel – First Nations group has date set for decision on proposed Ajax Mine.

By Brendan Kergin. KAMLOOPS – A decision is coming from one of the groups involved in the proposed Ajax Mine assessment process. The Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation has reached a decision, which will be announced March 4 at a community event according to a release,...
Read More →

WCEL NR – West Coast reacts to Standing Committee report on Fisheries Act review

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association issued the following statement in response to today’s release of a report from the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, regarding its review of changes made in 2012 to the Fisheries Act:...
Read More →

WWF NR – By restoring provisions removed in 2012, habitats and species will be protected, WWF-Canada says TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Recommendations for changes to the Fisheries Act made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans have the potential to create a robust framework of environmental legislation, WWF-Canada said today. In the fall, WWF-Canada testified that the Act should be modernized, and that key protections removed in 2012 should be restored in order to protect habitats and species in freshwater and oceanic habitats. The three most important recommendations made by the Standing Committee are: Restoration of habitat protection provisions that were lost in 2012 (known as the “HADD” provisions, the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat). Prior to 2012, this was Canada’s strongest environmental law, and reinstating the provisions in the Act restores legal protection to ocean and freshwater habitats. Adopting the ecosystem approach for the protection of fish habitats. This approach protects marine biodiversity as a whole, not just commercially valuable species – an important shift in fisheries management which brings Canada in line with best international practices. Ecosystem-based fisheries management helps safeguard marine species like whales and seabirds by taking into account their need for healthy populations of forage fish even if there is no commercial fishery. Protecting fish habitat from key activities that can damage habitat, such as destructive fishing practices and cumulative effects of multiple activities. World Wildlife Fund’s 2016 Living Planet Report showed that freshwater populations have declined 81 per cent over the past four decades. Habitat loss is the number one reason for the decline. Protecting fish is impossible without protecting habitat. However, some of the recommendations in WWF-Canada’s testimony were not included. In particular, WWF-Canada recommended the restoration of Section 32, removed in 2012, Killing Fish By Means Other Than Fishing. Since the 2012 removal, fish haven’t been protected from harm due to industrial activities. WWF-Canada also recommended adding protections against harm that injures or reduces the fitness of fish populations but does not kill them. …Full article: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/standing-committee-recommendations-will-renew-gutted-fisheries-act-614757794.html

WWF NR – By restoring provisions removed in 2012,  habitats and species will be protected,  WWF-Canada says TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Recommendations for changes to the Fisheries Act made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans have the...
Read More →

i-Politics – Reverse Harper government’s changes to Fisheries Act, says committee.

Committee report: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/421/FOPO/Reports/RP8783708/421_FOPO_Rpt06_PDF/421_FOPO_Rpt06-e.pdf -Politics – Reverse Harper government’s changes to Fisheries Act, says committee. By James Munson. A Parliamentary committee took the first...
Read More →

Discourse Media, in depth feature – Why the only First Nation in Canada to win the right to their land is still struggling to protect it. The Tsilhqot’in Nation is breaking new ground on Indigenous self-governance and land rights but claims a mining giant says those rights have gone too far.

By Trever Jang. Chief Russell Myers-Ross says his favourite memory of Teztan Biny, or Fish Lake, is picking Labrador tea with his late mother. He says the lake, located 125 kilometres west of Williams Lake in British Columbia’s central interior Cariboo region, is of significant...
Read More →

CBC – RCMP civilian watchdog report an indictment of northern policing, say critics. ‘It’s very alarming, it’s very disconcerting,’ says Indigenous social worker

Critics say a recent report from the RCMP’s civilian watchdog group highlighting shoddy reporting by police in northern British Columbia is an indictment of police practices there. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP released a report on Wednesday...
Read More →

Williams Lake Tribune – Fanny Stump hopes to be Tl’etinqox’s first female chief

Fanny Stump is hoping to become the first elected female chief of Tl’etinqox (Anaham) when voters go to the polls on Monday, Feb. 20. Stump, who is in her 60s and is fluent in the Tsilhqot’in language, said she is also running for councillor. One of her main concerns is that many...
Read More →

Canadian Mining Journal – FACTS & FIGURES: Return to optimism put Canadian mining at crossroads

OTTAWA – The Mining Association of Canada has just released its annual report on the health of the Canadian mining industry, Facts & Figures 2016. Although cautious optimism is returning to the global mining industry, there is evidence of declining Canadian competitiveness....
Read More →

Northern Ontario Business – Mining Association not feeling bubbly about rebound. Industry fears federal regs, policy could shift investment offshore

Canada isn’t the welcoming mining jurisdiction that it used to be, according to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Optimism abounds that the global mining industry is heading in the right direction for 2017, but a new MAC report indicates Canada’s competitiveness is in...
Read More →

E&E News – After Trump bump, hedge fund calls Pebble mine a ‘zero’

By Dylan Brown. After President Trump’s election thrilled developers of what could become one the world’s biggest copper and gold mines, a Wall Street hedge fund bet big yesterday that the Pebble project in Alaska is a “zero.” A New York law firm responded...
Read More →