The Canadian Press reports, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper departed Sunday for South Korea, where he is widely expected to complete another long round of free-trade negotiations that his critics were denouncing as secretive and potentially bad for Canadian workers. It wasn't known whether Harper planned to sign the final text of a free-trade deal with South Korea — a laborious, decade-long, on-again, off-again process — or was simply going to announce an agreement-in-principle in a staged photo-op."
In a two-page feature article this weekend, the Globe and Mail reports on Toronto-based Belo Sun Ming Corp.'s plans to build Brazil's largest gold mine, the Volta Grande open-pit gold project.
It is expected the mine could produce 167,000 ounces of gold per year for an annual revenue stream of about $200 million over the projected 21 year life of the mine. But artisanal miners, known as garimpeiros, have been working the land for more than half a century, and seventy per cent of the land Belo Sun has bought for the mine had small farmers on it.
Photo by Jorge Barrera.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says, "On this International Women's Day, I stand in solidarity with the CN blockade in memory of murdered and missing aboriginal women."
The Canadian Press reports, "Police say three people will be charged after Mohawk protesters occupied CN Rail tracks in eastern Ontario in a demand for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Provincial police say demonstrators moved onto the tracks Saturday morning in Napanee, east of Belleville, leading to CN issuing a stop order for all trains."
"The government is about to ram through a new law that will provide immunity to telecom companies that hand over our sensitive information to authorities even when they don't have a warrant," writes OpenMedia.ca in an important action alert on Bill C-13.
The bill, introduced late last year by the Conservatives, reintroduces "lawful access" (e.g. warrantless online snooping) under the guise of protecting against cyberbullying. The OpenMedia community explains the issue very clearly in this video, which has gone viral in a big way, attracting 160,000 on Facebook already.
This Monday March 10, Council of Canadians Board member and chapter activist Rick Sawa will ask Prince Albert city council to make Prince Albert, the third largest city in the province, a blue community.
The Prince Albert Herald reports, "A Blue Community presentation will made to city council by local Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa."