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Ontario announces critical minerals strategy aiming to attract investment

THUNDER BAY, Ont.- Ontario is releasing a critical minerals strategy seeking to attract more investment and mining to the resource-rich province. The minerals are used in smartphones, batteries for electric vehicles and solar panels. Ontario already produces $3.5 billion a year in critical minerals, but Greg Rickford, minister of northern ...

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Rio Tinto CEO loses $3.5M over destroyed Australian indigenous sites 

By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANBERRA, Australia- Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will lose around $3.5 million in bonuses due to the destruction of Australian indigenous sacred sites to access iron ore, the mining company said on Monday. The Anglo-Australia mining giant announced that three executives would lose ...

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Dominion Diamond granted creditor protection, plans restructuring 

CALGARY- Dominion Diamond Mines ULC has been granted creditor protection under the  Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The company says the CCAA filing was brought on by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed the diamond markets. Dominion operates the Ekati diamond mine, in which it owns a controlling interest, ...

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B.C. and Alberta Indigenous leaders demonstrate against major oilsands project

By Amy Smart Canadian Press VANCOUVER- Indigenous leaders from British Columbia and Alberta who oppose Teck’s Frontier mine say its impact will be felt by First Nations well beyond the site of the massive oilsands project. Members of Indigenous Climate Action, the Tiny House Warriors and the Union of B.C. ...

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Navajo company shuts coal mine in dispute over sovereignty 

By Matthew Brown THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BILLINGS, Mont.- One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. was indefinitely shuttered Thursday in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company ...

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New corporate ethics ombud named but powers remain unclear 

  OTTAWA- The federal government’s long-awaited announcement Monday of a watchdog to enforce responsible conduct by Canadian companies operating abroad was greeted with disappointment by human-rights advocates.   That’s because International Trade Minister Jim Carr says it will take almost two more months to finalize the powers of the new ...

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NewsAlert: Barrick and Newmont sign Nevada joint venture agreement

TORONTO- Barrick Gold Corp. is dropping its hostile takeover offer for Newmont Mining Corp. in favour of creating a joint-venture that will combine the two companies’ mining operations in Nevada. Under the deal, Barrick will hold a 61.5 per cent stake in the joint venture, while Newmont will own 38.5 ...

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Native Americans rally in bid to save Arizona coal plant 

By Anita Snow THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX -More than 300 people who say their livelihoods depend on a coal-fired plant on a sprawling Native American reservation rallied in Phoenix Wednesday to request a 90-day delay in steps being taken to shutter it by 2019. Demonstrators, including miners who extract the ...

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