Top Ten ‘Resource Rulers’ National News Connotations

In keeping with my Resource Rulers approach, here are 10 (evolving) events that I profiled over a year ago as having the potential to decide resource sector outcomes: 10. Premiers Dunderdale and Redford both walked-the-plank having run Tory governments that were (are) mired in resources controversy and native litigation. Might it have been different had they paid more attention to that key...

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New Prosperity Mine – Native Legal Win # 191

The Order in Council that gave this ill-executed project the ‘thumbs-down’ comes from the highest authority in government – the federal cabinet. Thus the ministerial order, following a quasi-judicial regulatory outcome, is akin to a major court ruling. It’s a huge win for the native side. This outcome followed a concerted lobbing effort by industry, politicians, and local interests...

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Ring of Fire – Winter Recap

Over the winter I wrote two articles on the ill-fated Ring of Fire for Wawatay. The first article had to do with matching the Cliffs project to Voisey’s Bay; and for skeptics in the mining industry who don’t believe ‘history repeats’. Read the article on Republic of Mining – Ring of Fire: Voisey’s Bay replay. Both the Voisey’s Bay and Ring of Fire projects were discovered by...

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Quebec vs Newfoundland: The Hydropower Race to Market

There are no coincidences on the road to resources! Premier Dunderdale resigned on the same day Grand Chief Coon Come assumed an expanded (Cree) jurisdictional role. As a result, Quebec continues to leapfrog ahead of its faltering competitor. Read the full article on First Perspective –  Quebec v. Labrador: natives and the hydropower sweepstakes. Here was realpolitik at play: Quebec was...

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Native Legal Win #190

There’s little doubt that the native legal winning-streak will attain # 200 in 2014. Here’s legal win # 190, notable as it’s in Treaty 8, the treaty that hosts the oilsands: Implications for Alberta’s Oilsands (external link). The oilsands implication is this: the court spends pages reviewing and summarizing Treaty 8 legal precepts (duty to consult, honour of the crown, and key...

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Royal Proclamation of 1763: a Resource Rulers perspective

October 07 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation.   When it was decreed in 1763: a) England had conquered France in the Seven Years War; b) the Treaty of Paris had just concluded ceding Quebec to the victors; c) and a British military governor was already ensconced in Quebec with an occupying army. The trouble was that the French population of New France outstripped the...

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