National Observer – wrap up of reactions: On Budget 2018’s allocation of $1.3-billion to meet international commitment to protect 17 per cent of Canadian land and 10 percent of water by 2020: Valerie Courtois statement:

“Canada has made a bold investment in protecting the lands and waters we all depend on. We are encouraged by the recognition that Indigenous Peoples will play a central role in reaching Canada’s goals, and we look forward to learning more about how they will support and...
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CP – Numerous papers and other outlets –  Whales, wings and wetlands, oh my: Feds boost conservation funding in budget.

 By Geordon Omand OTTAWA — The call of the wild is echoing through Tuesday’s federal budget, which some environmental groups are calling a “game changer” for nature conservation across Canada. The Liberals have earmarked $1.3 billion over five years to expand protected areas and...
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Pebble Mine Investment Risk Warning: New Report Examines Hunter Dickinson Track Record.

By Joan Kuyek, (Ottawa, February 28, 2018) A report released today by MiningWatch Canada examines the track record of Vancouver-based international mining corporation Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) and exposes its affiliate Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd., the company promoting the...
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CBC – WorkSafe investigating death at B.C. gold mine in far northwest.

Smithers man in his 50s died after incident Sunday in the Brucejack mine area WorkSafeBC and the B.C. Coroner’s Service are investigating the death of a man in his 50s in the area of Brucejack gold mine in northwestern B.C. WorkSafeBC was notified of the incident just after...
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CBC – Kamloops councillor proposes a no-mining buffer around B.C. communities. He’s promoting a 10-kilometre setback for mining projects.

By Jenifer Norwell,  Kamloops city councillor Dieter Dudy wants to see mines in B.C. restricted to at least 10 kilometres from any city. He will present a motion to city council Tuesday proposing to take the plan to the Southern Interior Local Government Association and the Union...
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CBC – Demand for copper in electric car batteries could boost B.C.’s mining industry, minister says.

Newly named provincial task force will look for ways to create stable mining jobs, ride out price swings B.C.’s government is taking a closer look at creating stable jobs in mining as the industry tries to capitalize on rising demand for copper in batteries fo...
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CP – B.C. appoints 12-member task force to review, strengthen mining industry

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has appointed a 12-member task force of industry, Indigenous and labour leaders to measure the current state the provincial mining industry and to ensure its security. Mines Minister Michelle Mungall says the group will provide an...
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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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