DeSmog (detailed report) – It’s Official: No Provincial Charges for Mount Polley Mine Spill, One of Largest Environmental Disasters in Canadian History.

By Carol Linnitt. When it seemed clear the newly minted B.C. NDP government would not pursue charges against Imperial Metals, owner and operator of the Mount Polley mine, for a 2014 tailings pond collapse, one woman decided to take matters into her own hands. Bev Sellars, former...
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Toronto Star – Ottawa lent $1 billion to a mining company that allegedly avoided nearly $700 million in Canadian taxes. Investigative report:

The Canadian government provided more than $1 billion in loans to a mining company that used a complex offshore business structure to allegedly avoid nearly $700 million in Canadian tax. Turquoise Hill Resources, a Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver and listed on the...
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ThinkPol – BC Crown’s decision to quash Mount Polley private prosecution met with anger

The BC Prosecution Service’s decision to dismiss the private prosecution of Mount Polley Mining Corporation over the province’s worst environmental disaster in history is being met with anger and disbelief. The Crown announced the decision to take over and quash the charges laid...
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Crown decision to quash Mount Polley private prosecution makes no sense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1 2018 Crown decision to quash Mount Polley private prosecution makes no sense How can the worst tailings pond disaster in Canadian history not have legal consequences? The BC Prosecution Service announced Tuesday that they were taking over and...
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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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