Corporate & Native Resource Update: November 2012 Mid Report

Mid November 2012, reviewed from the perspective of my book – Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources – so that Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) conference attendees can be right up to date.   Nov 01: The Alberta Government introduced Bill 2 – the “Responsible Energy Development Act” – in the Legislative Assembly.  It...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: October 2012

October, 2012  was an important month for corporate / native resource developments and the rise of native empowerment. I have recapped the month of October from the perspective of my book – Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources. (This synopsis doesn’t highlight the Enbridge Northern Gateway protest in front of the BC Legislature, nor the Shell Jackpine native...

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CBC News Interview with Bill Gallagher – The Ring of Fire

CBC News Interview with Bill Gallagher – The Ring of Fire

I was contacted by CBC News to comment on the deteriorating situation in the Ring of Fire – Matawa / Ontario / Cliffs – the parallels to Voisey’s Bay are clear for all to see. Here’s the news article and the audio interview (10 minutes long).  Events in Ontario are unfolding primarily as a result of the native legal winning streak in other parts of the country and the...

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Wahgoshig First Nation v. Ontario & Solid Gold Resources Corporation

There’s now an important trilogy of mining exploration rulings in Ontario  – Platinex / Frontenac Ventures / Solid Gold – and it’s the latter that rings-in 2012 as native legal win # 158. The Ontario Supreme Court ruling takes Solid Gold to task over it’s lack of consultation saying that: “the evidence indicates that it made a concerted, willful effort not to...

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Attawapiskat’s Secondary Economy

The Victor diamond mine, 90 kilometers west of Attawapiskat, saw its royalties effectively double just as it approached production. The increase occurred without prior discussion, buried deep in the Liberal Government’s budget of Spring 2007. According to De Beers: “As of May 22, 2007, diamonds were taxed at 10%, and the Victor Mine was recognized as a remote project and eligible for...

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