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Recall Bill C300 which would have enabled the Canadian Federal government to judge Canadian mining companies accused of sins & trespasses abroad?  It failed by a small margin.  Now a new attempt is being promoted to achieve similar aims, namely enable folk in foreign lands who believe they have been harmed by a Canadian company operating in that foreign land to sue said Canadian company in Canadian Federal Courts.  The new bill’s number is C323.  Keep that number in mind, as I suspect this will be a long an bitter battle.  (more…)

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I do not watch the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC).  Seems nobody else around the office does either.  Personally I find the idea of a government-run radio and/or TV network repulsive—smacks of big brother.  And a waste of money, apparently a billion dollars a year.  (more…)

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The Canadian political scene is abuzz with attacks on a minister of the Federal Government.  She apparently uttered “mistruths” about inserting the word “not” into a recommendation that a so-called religious group by the name of KAIROS be granted government money to continue their work.  (more…)

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   Just when you thought that Bill C-300 had gone away, a new bill pops up.  This one is numbered C-354.  At least I think it is.  (more…)

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We will have to await the course of fighting lawyers to learn how this story plays out; but even now there is plenty to tell and plenty to cogitate.  It all relates to helping the democratically elected government of the DCR kill seventy of its own.  In short the story, as I pick it up from a number of sources, goes thus:  In 2004, rebels capture the town that controls the supply route to Anvil’s Congo mine.  Anvil provides transport for government troops (thugs) brought in to flush the rebels out.  The thugs move fast: they shoot upwards of seventy people and re-open supply lines.   Anvil says the government requisitioned such transport, and they had to obey.  Not so, say the NGOs, who claim Anvil sought government aid in flushing out the rebels.  (more…)

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   The news is that the private member Bill C-300 failed to pass in the Canadian parliament yesterday.   This bill would have allowed any agitator anywhere to accuse a Canadian mining company of anything that irritated the accuser; the bureaucrats in Ottawa would have judged; the mining company would have had no way to defend themselves; and a new era of non-legal proceedings would have come into place.  In my opinion, the law the bill would have established was fatally flawed and would have taken us back to the days of the old English Star Chamber–accusation and conviction without the right of self defence.  As for the idea that the accuser had to have what is called in law “standing,” why that ancient, yet simple legal principle too would have been tossed out the window. 

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Watching National Public Radio this evening induces weekend reflections on a week in mining.  The good news story is the final rescue of the Chilean miners–now back with family, wives, mistresses, and the press.   The bad-news story is rape of villagers in the Congo.  The endless story is the death toll in Chinese mines.  We skip the senatorial race in Florida, debates in Nevada (although they could affect mining), and the general silliness of USA politics which dominates the news. (more…)

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