Globe and Mail – Ottawa proposes new rules for resource companies.

By Shawn McCarthy. The Liberal government is proposing new rules that would require resource companies to consult with Ottawa and Indigenous communities on major projects well before the firms finalize their plans and apply for regulatory approval. The companies would also be...
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Globe and Mail editorial – Natives, oil and gas, and a search for common ground

There is at least a glimmer of hope that the Canadian oil and gas industry and the First Nations will not always be in inexorable conflict. On Monday and Tuesday, an event called the Pipeline Gridlock Conference, “a Nation to Nation Gathering on Strategy and Solutions,” was held...
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Natural Resources Canada – Discussion Paper Released on Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes

Our government has committed to reviewing and modernizing environmental assessment and regulatory processes. Our goal is to protect the environment and introduce modern safeguards, support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ensure good projects go ahead and resources get...
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CBC – Self-governing First Nations can keep all revenues, Ottawa says. Indigenous governments pushed for changes to ‘own-source revenue’ policy, says Minister Bennett

Ottawa is suspending a policy that saw transfer funding clawed back from self-governing First Nations that generate their own revenue. The moratorium will last “up to three years”, while a new self-government fiscal policy is developed. Indigenous and Northern Affairs...
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Northern Miner – Copper: Desert Star eyes BC copper through Capstone deal.

  By Matthew Keevil. Desert Star Resources believes it can offer investors unique exposure to copper production via near-term development of the Kutcho volcanogenic massive sulfide project, 100 km due east of Dease Lake, British Columbia. On June 15, the company outlined a deal...
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Flathead Beacon – Failure of Water Treatment Plant at B.C. Coal Mine Raises Downstream Concerns.

Contaminants continue to flow south into Northwest Montana’s world-class watersheds at alarming rates, scientists say. By Tristan Scott. As British Columbia’s downstream neighbor, Montana has long been concerned about mining pollution spilling across the international border and...
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CBC – How can rural B.C. thrive? Australian expert offers lessons from his country. ‘Is a town too small? No. Is a town likely to die? Yes, if they aren’t prepared to adapt’

CBC – How can rural B.C. thrive? Australian expert offers lessons from his country. ‘Is a town too small? No. Is a town likely to die? Yes, if they aren’t prepared to adapt’ What can rural B.C. learn from rural Australia? Quite a lot, says an economic development...
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Smithers Interior News – Aboriginal title the key to certainty. Stikine NDP MLA and energy,mines critic Doug Donaldson on the need for certainty with Aboriginal title.

There’s no better time than National Aboriginal Day to reflect on provincial government approaches to aboriginal title and what can be done better. We all know that the land in Stikine was occupied and used by First Nations for generations before non-aboriginals arrived. It was...
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Fox News – Rio Tinto, Canada aluminum’s good guys in Commerce Department probe

The world’s biggest aluminum players want to set the record straight: they say they shouldn’t be lumped in with China, Russia and other alleged “bad actors” whose imports may be a threat to the security of the United States.   Among those Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO), the largest...
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 Resource Clips – Closeology helps Zimtu Capital close in on NWT diamonds.

By Greg Klein. A surprisingly neglected property in an especially prospective location gets some overdue attention as a crew mobilizes for the Northwest Territories’ Munn Lake diamond project. Held 50% each by Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC and a staking partner, the property has ground...
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CBC – N.W.T. diamond fiasco ends with fraud charges for Deepak Kumar. RCMP allege Kumar misrepresented assets to obtain more than $1M in financing

A man once touted as the saviour of Yellowknife’s diamond cutting and polishing industry is now facing fraud charges. Police allege Deepak Kumar misrepresented assets to obtain more than a million dollars in financing to purchase two abandoned diamond cutting and polishing...
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