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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Ontario’s Mining Albatross: Ring of Fire on life-support for years to come

The opening sentence of the latest legal ruling emanating from the James Bay lowlands says it all: “The north is not a quiet place”. That’s because throughout this 43-page ruling it’s the lawyers who are profiled in full court press in what is a tour de force of no-holds-barred resource sector litigating. They’re the sole reason the north is not a quiet place; because when the dust...

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Open letter to the National Chief

Canadians want to know where you stand, Mr. Atleo, given all the recent turmoil served up by hunger strikes, Idle No More protests, opposition to major resource export projects. Please inform us as to why this vortex of controversy remains totally unaddressed: Q: Why is it appropriate not to meet with the Prime Minister and not work on solutions that would benefit First Nations and the rest of...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: December 2012

December 2012 reviewed from the perspective of Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources picking up after the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA Conference) in Toronto.   Nov 19: NRCan Minister Joe Oliver gave the opening address at CAMA saying: “new projects represent a total investment of more than $650 billion and offer the potential for significant...

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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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