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Is the new BlackBerry 10 conflict free?

The Blackberry 10. (Photo: Martin uit Utrecht / flickr)

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Much of Canada is abuzz with news of Research in Motion's launch of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Canadians are understandably both proud of the Waterloo-based RIM, and anxious about its future. Many Canadians are hopeful this new phone succeeds as the company plays an important role in the Canadian economy, including in jobs and high-tech research. 

But in all the hype there is one important question that has not been asked: can RIM assure customers that its products are free of conflict minerals? If so, it would be another way to set itself apart from the competition. 


February 1, 2013 |
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea.

'They know they are not alone': Anti-mining activists connect-the-dots in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Between January 17th and 20th, nearly 500 activists from across Mexico, Central America and beyond, gathered in the Mexican mountain town of Capulálpam de Méndez, Oaxaca, to support a growing tide of resistance to the human and environmental impacts of the extractive industries in the region.

'Yes to life! No to mining!,' organized by the Oaxacan Collective for the Defence of Territories, was one of the largest anti-mining gatherings the region has seen, as local opposition to some of the many thousands of individual extractive projects in Mesoamerica has grown dramatically in recent years.

Canada in the hot seat


January 23, 2013 |
Instead of trying to restrict public debate, HD Mining should come clean with Canadians about its plans which weaken our world-leading safety standards and drive down prevailing wages and benefits.
December 14, 2012 |
MiningWatch Canada is urging the Yukon Government to heed a call for land use planning in the sensitive Alsek Valley on the boundary of Kluane National Park in the south-western Yukon.

New acts of repression target land defenders in Guatemala

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On December 7 and 8, 2012, there was yet another act of mining-related aggression against community members of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, 45 minutes outside of Guatemala City, who are defending their environment and community well-being.

Community members have been legally and peacefully engaging in a nine-month encampment at a place known as “La Puya” by the entrance to the proposed “El Tambor” mine site. El Tambor is


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December 3, 2012 |
As a responsible government, and as land owners, the TRTFN must ensure its time and resources are directed to financially viable and environmentally responsible projects.
| November 29, 2012

Book: Imperial Canada Inc.

November 28, 2012
| A new book says that Canada is the legal haven of choice for mining industries. Alain Deneault argues that Canada's tax policies have attracted three-quarters of the world's mining corporations.
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