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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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   If you are in the Canadian mining industry and have not yet read Bill C-300, I recommend you go to this link and read the draft bill.  And having read it, I recommend you call your “friendly politician” and tell him/her what you think.  (more…)

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   Hence from Perth on a gruelling flight to LAX.  A flight designed to tire you out if you need more than four hours a night sleep, even though you theoretically get four from Perth to Sydney and twelve from Sydney to Los Angeles.  At least you have plenty of time to contemplate the state of the world as long hours pass by in a small seat to the symphony of plane engines and iPad music.  Still you must ask: why does anybody in their right mind willingly go to Australia from North America when they have not yet explored the Rockies or the four-corners of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. (more…)

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   A brief note to note that Bill C-300 marches on.  At this link is another new exhortation to pass the bill and the news that: (more…)

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