Williams Lake Tribune – Federal court dismisses Taseko’s judicial reviews. Two judicial reviews filed against the Minister of Environment, the Attorney General of Canada and the TNG have been dismissed.
. By Monica Lamb-Yorski.
Taseko Mines Ltd.’s two judicial reviews regarding the rejection of its New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project, 120 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, have been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada.
In his written decision dated Dec. 5, Supreme Court Judge Michael L. Phelan dismissed the judicial reviews, noting “the Court concludes that the panel did not breach any procedural fairness and the panel’s factual findings were open for it to make and were reasonable.”
Taseko filed its first judicial review on November 29, 2013, challenging certain findings of the Canadian Environmental Assessment panel and alleging the panel failed to comply with principles of procedural fairness.
…TNG Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse said the Tsilhqot’in people are relieved and happy with the Supreme Court decision. “Politicians may not recognize our title case, but judges do,”
Alphonse said referring to the Tsilhqot’in rights and title win of June 2014 that declared Aboriginal title to 1,700 square kilometres in the Cariboo Chilcotin region. “Again the Courts have stepped up and done the honourable thing.”
Alphonse said the ruling sends a â€œstrongâ€ message to industry about the importance of working with First Nations.