Kamloops This Week – KGHM reportedly considering ‘freezing’ Ajax mine project in wake of rejection

By Andrea Klassen. The project manager for the proposed and recently rejected Ajax mine said the company has not decided what steps it will take in regards to its open-pit proposal despite reports that proponent KGHM is considering “permanently freezing” the project. The B.C....
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Mining.com – Canada world’s overall top mining destination, despite Saskatchewan fall.

But in terms of jurisdictions, Finland is now the most attractive one this year. Canada is the world’s most attractive region for mining investment, based on the combined rankings of all its provinces and territories, the latest annual global survey of mining executives released...
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NR – Environmental groups call for full restoration of lost protections for navigable waters

Environmental groups are calling on the Canadian government to fully restore legal protections for navigable waters. Bill C-69, which includes the newly proposed Canadian Navigable Waters Act,introduced in the House of Commons on February 8, broadens some protections for...
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DeSmog – New Legislation Shows Cracks in Trudeau’s First Nations Promises.

By James Wilt. When it comes to the rights of Indigenous peoples, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks a really good talk. A close look at new laws that will dictate how major resource projects are reviewed, however, suggest he wants to leave himself a lot of wiggle room when it...
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Kamloops This Week – Kamloops councillor wants B.C. to place mining buffer around established communities

A Kamloops city councillor is hoping to prevent a repeat of Kamloops’ years-long debate over the proposed Ajax mine by asking the province to place a buffer around established communities. Coun. Dieter Dudy submitted a notice of motion on Tuesday to send a resolution to the Union...
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CBC – Mining company working with environmentalists to clean up old mining sites.

   ‘What we are trying to do is remove any possible pollutants,’ says Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers coordinator Calgary-based mining company Margaux Resources has announced a plan to clean up old tailings sites by using new mining technologies to extract the...
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CP – No charges in Mount Polley disaster, but review coming

Disaster like Mount Polley ‘must never be allowed to happen again’ The day before the B.C. government is set to table its 2018 budget, the Minister of Environment said he will soon be announcing a review of the province’s environmental assessment process to help...
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The Tyee – Mount Polley disaster escapes B.C. law because of government policy on private prosecutions. By Erica Stahl. On January 30th, 2018, the B.C. government decided to drop the private prosecution launched by Bev Sellars into the Mount Polley disaster. Through her private prosecution, Bev, a grandmother and former chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, gave the provincial government a second chance to show that B.C. can enforce its own environmental laws. It let that chance slide away, and let us all down—while demonstrating fundamental problems with how the province deals with charges laid by members of the public against environmental offenders….On January 30th, the B.C. Prosecution Service announced that it was going to take over Bev’s charges against MPMC and drop the case. Why? Because it determined that the charges did not meet the charge assessment standard….Bev has said it best: “If prosecuting this case isn’t in the public interest, I don’t know what is.” It is surprising that the Crown prosecutors did not think they could have succeeded in prosecuting Bev’s charges. …Full article: https://www.straight.com/news/1034551/erica-stahl-mount-polley-disaster-escapes-bc-law-because-government-policy-private

By Erica Stahl. On January 30th, 2018, the B.C. government decided to drop the private prosecution launched by Bev Sellars into the Mount Polley disaster. Through her private prosecution, Bev, a grandmother and former chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, gave the provincial...
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WCEL Blog – Mount Polley disaster escapes BC law because of government policy on private prosecutions

On January 30th, 2018, the BC government decided to drop the private prosecution launched by Bev Sellars into the Mount Polley disaster. Through her private prosecution, Bev, a grandmother and former chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, gave the provincial government a second...
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Duluth  News Tribune – Both sides agree: protect environment — Mount Polley drove home need for protections

 By Tara Scurr, Amnesty International We were with a delegation to northern Minnesota this week from the international human rights organization Amnesty International and the community of Likely, British Columbia. We are thankful to northern Minnesota for welcoming us. It was an...
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CBC – Billions at stake as banks, energy regulator head to Supreme Court. Case will decide who’s on the hook for environmental cleanup when companies go bust The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case this week that could determine whether toxic industrial sites across...
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Vancouver Co-op Radio – Democracy North: The Dam Problem in BC.

Vancouver Co-op Radio –  Democracy North: The Dam Problem in BC. There are two dam reasons to be very concerned about what’s going on in BC. The company responsible for the Mount Polley mine spill—one of the largest environmental disasters in Canadian history—has found out it’s...
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