BiV – Taseko loses court battle over New Prosperity mine. Tsilhqot’in First Nation chief says it’s time for Taseko to abandon its open-pit mine proposal near Williams Lake

Vancouver – Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) has lost tandem judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Canada over the federal government’s rejection of the company’s New Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake. The proposed $1.5 billion open-pit copper-gold mine...
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Globe and Mail – Court upholds decision to block Taseko mine near Williams Lake.

By Ana Rose Walkey. A Federal Court judge has ruled against a contentious mine proposal in central British Columbia, upholding Ottawa’s decision to reject the project over concerns it would adversely affect the environment. A pair of decisions, released this week, mark the...
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Williams Lake Tribune – Federal court dismisses Taseko’s judicial reviews. Two judicial reviews filed against the Minister of Environment, the Attorney General of Canada and the TNG have been dismissed.

. By Monica  Lamb-Yorski. Taseko Mines Ltd.’s two judicial reviews regarding the rejection of its New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project, 120 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, have been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada. In his written decision dated Dec. 5,...
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TNG NR –  Tsilhqot’in Celebrating Federal Court Rulings. Court dismisses Taseko Mines Ltd.’s challenges to New Prosperity Panel Report and 2014 Federal Rejection

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is celebrating the Federal Court’s dismissal of two judicial reviews brought by Taseko Mines Limited (TML). First, TML challenged the 2013 New Prosperity Mine Panel Report. Secondly, TML challenged the 2014 Federal rejection of the proposed...
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CBC/AP – Alaska natives sue over B.C. company’s exploration plans near eagle preserve. Tlingit village of Klukwan wants permits revoked from Constantine Metal Resources, for area near Haines

An Alaska Native tribe and three environmental groups sued the U.S. government, claiming an agency granted mineral exploration permits without considering how a mine could affect a major salmon river and bald eagle preserve. The lawsuit filed Monday by the Chilkat Indian village...
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Toronto NOW –  Toronto mining giant Hudbay goes on trial for alleged gang rapes in Guatemala. The first of three precedent-setting civil suits is being closely watched by a Canadian mining industry that has operated with relative impunity for its human rights abuses abroad.

By Christian Pena. Members of the Indigenous Maya Qâ’eqchiâ comQâ’eqchiâmunity of El Estor, Guatemala, were in Toronto recently pursuing three separate civil suits against Hudbay Minerals and its subsidiary, CGN, over alleged gang rapes and other human rights abuses...
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CB C- Yukon prospector, contractor each fined $1,200 for cutting illegal trail. Nicolai Goeppel’s company bulldozed a 17-kilometre trail north of Carmacks without permits

A Yukon prospector, and a local contractor, will each pay $1,200 for building a 17-kilometre trail without permits. The fines were delivered in Yukon Territorial Court on Wednesday. Prospector Nicolai Goeppel pleaded guilty to three charges under Yukon land use regulations. The...
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Whitehorse Star –Excitement is hard to share, mines chamber says.

By Chuck Tobin. Yukoners should pay close attention as land use planning goes forward in the future, says the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. With Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision, the amount of land unavailable to pursue mineral exploration in...
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CBC- We made mistakes, Yukon Party says after Supreme Court’s Peel decision

Yukon Party MLA Scott Kent says his party understands it made mistakes during the Peel watershed land use planning process, and that it respects Friday’s Supreme Court decision. The country’s highest court issued a ruling that brought an end to a years-long legal...
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NewsNetLedger – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada guaranteeing protection for the Peel Watershed in the Yukon.

OTTAWA – “This landmark decision sets a precedent that all agreements achieved through modern Treaties will be defended and protected by the higher courts in this country,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “These lands are sacred, and First Nations...
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CBC- N.W.T. Indigenous leaders say Peel decision shows Canada ust honour treaties. Dene national chief calls on PM to make statement at AFN meeting

When she heard the news, Gwich’in Tribal Council President Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan was still at home with her family, getting ready for the day. “Our family just cheered and were happy because it just means so much to the Gwich’in,” she said of...
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Halifax Chronicle Herald – Mining association spins tales of gold.

 By Joan Baxter. The Mining Association of Nova Scotia has been busy lately, filling newspaper pages with golden tales of the riches that mining could bring to Nova Scotia if only we would open up protected wilderness areas, even land sacred to the Mi’kmaq, and stop missing...
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