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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Focus Victoria – New government will review “professional reliance.” The practice may have played a leading role in creating some of BC’s most high-profile environmental blunders.

By Briony Penn. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, as a reporter for CHUM TV (aka The New VI), I got a call from a professional wildlife biologist in Port Alberni called Mike Stini. He’s an Island guy to the core—understated, drives a pickup, knows the bush like the back of his hand and, more...
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The Straight – Jens Wieting: The future is here for the new B.C. government—with hurricane force. By Jens Weiling.

Unprecedented climate change-fuelled wildfires and hurricanes are a stark global warning that we have little time to contribute to global solutions to save nature, phase out fossil fuels, and leap to a low-carbon economy. In British Columbia alone, over one million hectares of...
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Vice – water report special – “The Monster underground.”  More than half of First Nations communities in Canada are affected by industrial pollution.

By Hillary Beaumont Johanne Black wants to start a legend to tell future generations about the deadly arsenic in the soil and water in N’dilo, a Dene community of 200 people in the Northwest Territories. She calls it: “The Monster Underground.” When the Giant Gold Mine opened...
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Vancouver Sun – Recognizing land as a legal person could help solve native land claims.

By David Boyd. Could extraordinary developments occurring in New Zealand offer a way to break the impasse over treaty negotiations in Canada? Over the past decade, negotiations between the indigenous Maori and the New Zealand government over unresolved land ownership disputes...
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