- CIDA's Partnership with Mining Companies Fails to Acknowledge and Address the Role of Mining in the Creation of Development Deficits
In late 2011 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development started to study the "Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Canada's International Development Interests." Among others, the Committee heard from the Executive Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, as well as from a senior vice president of Teck Resources. Mining companies argue that they can deliver on Canada's international development interests in partnership with development NGOs. The Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA, is now funding three "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) projects at Canadian mine sites overseas. MiningWatch does not believe that this constitutes a responsible use of public funds and that these CSR projects do not address the development deficits created by mining at the national and local levels in developing countries. This is our submission to the Standing Committee....
Citation: Coumans, Catherine. 2012. CIDA's Partnership with Mining Companies Fails to Acknowledge and Address the Role of Mining in the Creation of Development Deficits. MiningWatch Canada.
Areas of Interest: Corporate Social Responsibility, Resource Extraction
- Looking Beneath the Surface: An Assessment of the Value of Public Support for the Metal Mining Industry in Canada
Mining has been portrayed as a sector that "built" Canada. The industry commonly refers to this history while asserting its continuing importance to the Canadian economy. But the industry must now also face questions about its environmental, social and economic sustainability....
Citation: Winfield, Mark, Catherine Coumans, Joan Newman Kuyek, Francois Meloche, and Amy Taylor. 2002. Looking Beneath the Surface: An Assessment of the Value of Public Support for the Metal Mining Industry in Canada. Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development and MiningWatch Canada.
Areas of Interest: Accountability - Certification, Development, Economic - Environmental, Economic - Social, Public Policy, Resource Extraction, SRI/Responsible Investment, Sustainability
- Mining & Health: A Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit
The Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit provides 15 tools Tools provide guidance in a wide range of areas -- from establishing a core working group, to thinking about health, to creating a vision statement, to various methods for gathering information from the community (mapping exercises, using focus groups), to using indicators, developing surveys, and additional sources for gathering data....
Citation: Coumans,Catherine, Sue Moodie and Lisa Sumi. 2009. Mining & Health: A Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit. MiningWatch Canada and the Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment, and Health.
Areas of Interest: Health, Indigenous People, Resource Extraction
- No Rock Unturned. Revitalizing the Economies of Mining Dependent Communities
This document, which includes a literature review and bibliography, provides an overview of current research and information on problems faced by mining-dependent communities and the ways and means by which Canadian communities that are dependent on mining have been able to revitalize their economies in the face of industry down-sizing and closure....
Citation: Kuyek, Joan and Catherine Coumans. 2003. No Rock Unturned. Revitalizing the Economies of Mining Dependent Communities. MiningWatch Canada.
Areas of Interest: Economic - Social, Indigenous People, Resource Extraction