CBC – Province halts private prosecution against Mount Polley tailings spill.

 Bev Sellars had filed court documents alleging that Mount Polley Mining Corp. polluted the environment The B.C. Prosecution Service announced Tuesday it will not pursue private charges in the 2014 collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine. The charges were filed by...
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CBC – Reconciliation in mining: It’s all about relationships, says Chief Robert Joseph.

If mining companies in Canada want to do their part in reconciling with Indigenous people, they need to focus on relationships, said Chief Dr. Robert Joseph in a sold-out address to some of the country’s leading influencers. Joseph, the co-founder of Reconciliation Canada...
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CBC – Explosions and accidents have workers at B.C. mine demanding action

The union that represents miners at Teck’s Elkview Mine says it warned the company and province about a series of accidents and explosions. Now the United Steelworkers Union is demanding action before there is a fatality after several incidents recently at Teck’s...
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DeSmog – Decision on Private Prosecution Against Mount Polley Expected Any Day.

By Carol Linnitt. Premier John Horgan said this week he’s anxiously awaiting a court decision on charges against Mount Polley mining corporation brought in a private prosecution by former Xat’sull chief Bev Sellars for violations of B.C.’s environmental laws — but...
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Globe and Mail – Trade Minister plans to confront CEOs over human-rights rules.

By Bill Curry. Companies could be forced to hand over documents under a new federal human-rights regime, and the Trade Minister says he will personally challenge the CEOs of firms found to be hurting Canada’s international reputation. Surrounded by human-rights advocates...
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CBC – Avoid risk of ‘catastrophic’ tailings pond failure and install new Yellowknife River pipeline, report says.

Yellowknife council receives consultancy report recommending new pipeline over drawing water from the bay The city must decide what to do about Yellowknife’s drinking water supply. The 49-year-old underwater pipe stretching to the Yellowknife River is leaking and has...
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CBC – Goldcorp re-submits rejected application to build Yukon mine. Project manager believes company has done everything it can to ensure application makes it through process.

Mining giant Goldcorp has re-submitted its massive application for environmental permitting to build a gold mine 130 kilometres south of Dawson City, Yukon. The original proposal was filed last March and rejected by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board...
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BiV – CEO paints green picture of mining industry’s future. Profile: Bryan Cox, CEO, Mining Association of BC.

By Patrick Blennerhassett  Bryan Cox seems to have a knack for arriving on the job just in time for a crisis. On his first day at work in public affairs with Molson Brewery in Edmonton, he was dealing with the fallout of the company’s decision, following a strike, to shut down...
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Toronto Star – B.C. company Tahoe Resources cuts 250 jobs at Guatemala mine.

The company has been unable to resume operations after the mine was shut down last July after a Guatemalan court ruled that the country’s ministry of mines did not properly consult with local Indigenous people. VANCOUVER—Tahoe Resources Inc. says it has cut 250 jobs at its...
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Vancouver Sun – Time running out to lay charges for Mt. Polley.

By Gordon Hoekstra. The clock is counting down on the time remaining to lay environmental charges in Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine dam failure, which took place nearly three-and-a-half years ago in the B.C. Interior. One of the largest mining-dam failures in the world...
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Flathead Beacon – State Department Pledges Action on Montana’s Polluted Transboundary Watersheds

 Secretary Tillerson says he is initiating a bilateral review process to address upstream contaminants leaching from Canadian coal mines. By Tristan Scott. The U.S. Department of State is spearheading a plan to tackle the decade-long problem brewing in the transboundary Kootenai...
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KAPA Submission to Professional Reliance Review 

Modernizing BCs Mining Laws and Mineral Tenure Act *In 2013, the Union of BC Municipalities passed resolution B-80, calling on the government to modernize BC Mining laws. This resolution was initiated by Tofino Mayor, Josie Osborne. Unfortunately the government ignored the...
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