February 13, 2018 - SumOfUs & Canadian Mining Watch
The Canadian government is just days away from deciding the fate of the massive Ajax copper-gold mine. If built, the mine would destroy an ecologically-sensitive area that is home to over 250 different animal, plant and bird species, and sits on the sacred lands of the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN), where 7,000 year-old cultural artifacts have been uncovered.
The BC government just did the right thing and said no to this project that would sit mere kilometers from homes, schools and a hospital -- putting residents at risk of water contamination and health problems from toxic pollution. This is an incredibly positive first step -- but both levels of government need to reject the project to stop it.
Now, we need to up the pressure on the Federal government to follow BC’s lead and put the final nail in the Ajax mine’s coffin. ......Read More
Six Reasons To Be Concerned About the Ajax Open Pit Mine in Kamloops, B.C.
Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those.
Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children.
In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks.
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February 3, 2018
Allowing methane to go into the air is one of the worst things we can do if we want to stop climate change.
Methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is responsible for 25 per cent of the already observed changes to Earth's climate.
Yesterday, we released Fugitives in our midst: Investigating fugitive emissions from abandoned, suspended and active oil and gas wells in the Montney Basin in northeastern British Columbia.
The report shows of 178 oil and gas sites investigated:
Trudeau Government Must Act after Striking Workers Murdered at Canadian-Owned Mine in Mexico
TORONTO – The murders of two strikers at a Canadian-owned mine underscores the widespread repression of basic labour rights in Mexico – even when the employer is Canadian, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
“On Saturday, November 18 – four days after the Canadian government was warned of the potential for such violence – an armed group murdered two striking workers from the Canadian-owned Media Luna gold mine in the state of Guerrero,” said Ken Neumann, the USW’s National Director for Canada.
“The root of these brutal murders is the widespread repression of labour rights in Mexico – including by Canadian companies,” Neumann said.
“We are once again urging the Canadian government to intervene with Mexican authorities and the company to recognize the basic rights of Mexican workers and prevent further violence. The Mexican government and this Canadian company must ensure this conflict is resolved without further bloodshed.” READ MORE....
Is Justice Possible in Canada or Guatemala for Hudbay Minerals/CGN Mining Repression?
November 1, 2017 - The Upside Down World
Angelica Choc and 9 of the 11 women from Lote 8. Source: Rights Action
Thirteen Q’eqchi’ plaintiffs, suing Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Guatemalan subsidiary company, formerly owned by Hudbay) for mining related repression, will travel to Toronto (11 of them in November 2017; 2 more in early 2018) to be deposed by Hudbay lawyers as part of the precedent-setting Hudbay/CGN lawsuits.
Two of these mining repression victims are also pursuing a parallel but separate criminal trial in Guatemala against Mynor Padilla, former head of security of Hudbay/CGN.
Given the history of impunity and immunity from accountability that Canadian-based mining companies have enjoyed in Canada, forever, and given Guatemala’s endemic impunity, corruption and repression (that global companies know about and benefit from), the question remains whether justice will be possible in Canada and/or Guatemala for Hudbay/CGN mining repression?
READ MORE..... Read their horrific story yet their courage to continue to fight for justice and the future of their children and grandchildren. The Canadian justice system continues to be indifferent.
Canada has the second-worse mining record in the world: UN
October 27, 2017 - DESMOG-CANADA
Canada has more mine tailings spills than most other countries in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges governments and the mining industry to improve safety, accountability and oversight.
During the last decade there have been seven known mine tailings spills in Canada, only one less than reported in China, which tops the list, says the report.
The UNEP assessment “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident” looks at 40 tailings accidents, including the 2014 Mount Polley disaster that saw 24 million cubic metres of sludge and mine waste flooding into nearby waterways. READ MORE
Let's unbottle water
Anger Boils Over at North Mara Mine - Abuses Unaddressed
This again reinforces the need for the Canadian Government to appoint an Ombudsperson with the powers to address the wrongdoings of Canadian mining companies. See an earlier posting below to see how your fraternity can help to bring justice to the people affected. Read more.....
Or go to CNCA.
June 12, 2017, David Suzuki Foundation
Cascades: Canada's first recycled paper products company
What makes recycled paper products eco-friendly?
Not so long ago, you couldn't buy anything made of recycled paper. Now companies turn waste into products people use every day.
Paper and cardboard come from processing trees, using chemicals, energy and water. Recycling one product to make another reduces the pressure on natural resources. Our "forest" is urban — it's in the recycling bin. Cascades recycles and works to improve methods and processes. We now use 2.7 times less energy and 6.5 times less water to manufacture our products than the average in the Canadian paper industry. Read Full Article
The 'Canada Brand': Violence and Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America
The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project has documented troubling incidents of violence associated with Canadian mining companies in Latin America. In general, neither the Canadian government nor industry are monitoring or reporting on these incidents. Read the executive summary below.
Canada needs an ombudsperson now!
Government officials have told us that they plan to create an ombudsperson for the extractive sector – yet they have not announced it officially and it was not in the federal budget. We need to hold them to their word! Join members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) for a Month of Action for Mining Justice in May. Join us in creating a groundswell of support that decision-makers won’t be able to ignore.
To learn more about mining justice and the demand for an ombudsperson, visit: cnca-rcrce.ca/ombudsperson. Do what you can to help bring justice to the people affected.
Demand access to justice in Canada for Ecuadorian Amazon communities struggling with an environmental disaster caused by Chevron-Texaco. 24 years of struggles without getting real access to justice! For more information: http://chevrontoxico.com/about/
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Submitted by Andrew Conradi, ofs, National JPIC Animator, May 12, 2017
Mining Disaster in BC, Letter to B.C. Government, Call for Action
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The NB Provincial Government's determination to solve its fiscal deficits through "hydro fracking" has become a major controversy in New Brunswick. The Ban Fracking Facebook site gives some insight into the extent of the protests and the potential effect of corporate greed to extract the natural resources at any cost. Science warns that there are too many unknowns for government to rush down this path. Is a moratorium warranted? For more information see the sites listed below: