CNN – This is the most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world. Under the Trump administration, it could become a mine.

This year, 56 million sockeye salmon swam hundreds of miles from the ocean toward the rivers and streams of the Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska. Many that escaped fishermen and bears leapt over waterfalls and used a mysterious combination of the Earth’s magnetic...
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Vancouver Province – Urgent action needed to deal with unauthorized dams.

Stewart Phillip and Ben Parfitt: Few environmental messes inherited by the new B.C. government rival the unregulated free-for-all that has unfolded in the province’s northeast where companies that frack for natural gas have built nearly 60 unlicensed dams. Not only do some...
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CBC – Canadian Indigenous leaders travel to see Ecuador environmental disaster

The group hopes to ally with 60 Indigenous tribes in Ecuador to help them fight Chevron in Canadian court. Canadian Indigenous leaders witnessed first hand this week the devastation and pollution left behind by oil companies in Indigenous lands in Ecuador. “What we’ve...
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Mining.com – .PEA shows 22-year life for B.C. copper-gold-moly mine

By Andrew Topf A preliminary economic assessment for a mine on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is showing promising economics – despite being in a jurisdiction challenging to build mines. Releasing the PEA last Thursday, NorthIsle Copper and Gold (TSXV:NCX) said its proposed...
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CKNW – Court to hear Vancouver-based mining company human rights appeal

Should a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses  against foreign workers at a Canadian mining company be heard in Canada? A four-day BC Court of Appeals hearing begins on Monday to hear an appeal of a decision made last year. In October of 2016, the BC Supreme Court found employees...
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Vancouver Sun –  Collaborative consent is path to govern according to UNDRIP.

Vancouver Sun –  Collaborative consent is path to govern according to UNDRIP.  Merrell-Ann Phare, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources; Rosie Simms and Oliver Brandes POLIS Project ; Michael Miltenberger spent 20 years as an MLA in the Northwest Territories. In an...
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Vancouver Sun –  Collaborative consent is path to govern according to UNDRIP.

CBC –  Silver sale: Mine near Yukon-B.C. border sold for $250 million. American company acquires Silvertip mine from Canadian owners Coeur Mining is the biggest silver-mining company in the United States. The company has announced it’s finalizing the purchase o...
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Canadian Mining Journal – Banks look to apply Free prior and Informed consent in North America.

By Michael Torrance On May 22, 2017, an open letter was sent from 10 global banks requesting the Equator Principles Secretariat to reconsider how financial due diligence should be done in developed countries like Canada, the United States and Australia. The Equator Principles...
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Long-awaited N.W.T. mining road through national park gets thumbs up from review board. All-season road for Prairie Creek heads to minister for final approval

The much-anticipated all-season road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine passed its environmental assessment this week, more than five years after the Prairie Creek mine was approved in the heart of Nahanni National Park Reserve. The Mackenzie Valley Review Board...
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CBC – Local governments say proposed quarry next to regional park could hurt environment, recreation

The road to the Fraser Valley’s Sumas Mountain Inter-Regional Park is mostly used by families and mountain bikers, but Metro Vancouver staff are worried about a new kind of user: dump trucks. That’s because a gravel and decorative rock quarry proposal, with a lease...
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Whitehorse Star – Plan may spur ‘environmental fragmentation’: conservationist.

By Emily Blake. Some environmental groups are expressing concerns about the Yukon Resource Gateway Project following a commitment of more than $360 million in federal and territorial funding. The project will see improved road access in the Dawson Range, located between Carmacks...
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Vancouver Sun – Coastal First Nations on front line of guarding the environment.

By Marilyn Slett. For almost two decades the First Nations on B.C.’s central and north coast and Haida Gwaii have been working toward rebuilding a healthy coastal economy. Coastal First Nations — Great Bear Initiative (CFN) was established to help create a turning point in the...
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