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Ring of Fire News – May 8, 2014

  • Ring of Fire mention in Ontario election campaign Kathleen Wynne is in the nation’s capital to engage in the national pastime of Ottawa-bashing …. Wynne complained the federal government is cutting transfers to Ontario and not supporting the massive Ring of Fire chromite mining project in the north the way the Tories have for Alberta’s oilsands. She suggested Hudak is too closely aligned with Harper — politically and ideologically — to fight for Ontario against Ottawa. Only a Liberal premier would “go toe-to-toe with Stephen Harper” to get more federal funding for Canada’s most populous province, Wynne claimed ….”
  • Bold Ventures Inc. and KWG Resources Inc. are pleased to jointly announce the following drilling results from the second diamond drill program on their Koper Lake Joint Venture in the Ring of Fire Northeastern Ontario, which is under option by Bold from Fancamp Exploration Ltd. …. If KWG fulfills all of the optional commitments to earn the 100% working interest in the Koper Lake Property under the agreement with Fancamp, then, in the case of chromite resources, KWG would hold an 80% working interest and Bold would hold a 20% working interest in the development of the chromite resources in accordance with the Chromite Interest feasibility study required to be produced to earn the interest in the property ….”
  • Noront Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce that Colin Webster, P. Eng., has joined our Management team as Vice President, Sustainability. Previously, Colin Webster was with Goldcorp Inc. as the Director of Aboriginal, Government and Community Relations, for the Canada & USA Region from October of 2009 until April 2014. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Mr. Webster was a founding partner at Blue Heron Solutions for Environmental Management, an environmental consultancy in northern Ontario, providing technical and professional services to the resource development industry. He has a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, a diploma in Environmental Technology from Fanshawe College and over 20 years of experience within industry and consulting. Over his career Mr. Webster has gained wide ranging experience and insights into environmental management, government relations and corporate social responsibility ….”
  • One law professor’s take on the duty to consult First Nations “…. The current situation on the education legislation is an example of some of the very problems in suggesting a formal duty to consult each community individually before passing laws. Attempts to obtain complete consensus led to protection for on-reserve matrimonial property being stymied for decades. Government attempts to engage with every community individually on educational reform would most likely leave another generation of First Nations children mired in a dysfunctional system. There needs to be an orderly means of consulting with national representative organizations that can represent the interests of grassroots First Nations ….”
  • More on this in a think tank report by said law professor  “…. governments, Aboriginals and businesses should use the doctrine as a “lever” that causes them “to come to an agreement over resource projects that benefit all parties”. This means interpreting the duty to consult in less technical ways. History has shown that narrow interpretations of the doctrine aren’t particularly beneficial, he says. “Those who attempt to draw upon the spirit of the duty to consult may well attain better outcomes than those who attempt to follow the letter of the law”, (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International law Dwight) Newman writes. The courts also have a responsibility for ensuring that the doctrine functions smoothly, Newman argues. He believes that judges need to be very cautious in expanding the duty to consult because that will limit governments’ flexibility in implementing policies, such as approving energy pipelines, that affect Aboriginal communities. He also cautions that extending the duty to consult to drafting legislation, especially at the federal level with more than 600 First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities potentially impacted, would seriously complicate law making and have unintended consequences that may actually work counter to its purpose of improving life for Aboriginal Canadians ….” – “The Rule and the Role of Law: The duty to consult, Aboriginal communities, and the Canadian natural resource sector (32 page PDF)

 

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