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June 26, 2009 - No. 64

Please submit comments on Ontario Mining Act revisions and Far North legislation

Bill 173, Proposed legislative amendments to the Mining Act, and Bill 191, An Act with respect to land use planning and protection in the Far North, have both been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government, the former having passed second reading on May 27 and the latter discharged prior to second reading on June 3. Members are encouraged to submit their comments on these two pieces of legislation through Ontario’s Environmental Registry. The deadline for comments on Bill 173 (EBR registry number 010-6559) is July 4. Comments on Bill 191 (EBR registry number 010-6624) should be submitted by August 4. Members may also send their views to the Standing Committee on General Government which will be convening hearings on both bills in August. For more information, please contact us.

PDAC president talks to Economic Club of Canada about CSR and the exploration industry

Jon Baird spoke to the Economic Club of Canada audience on Tuesday, June 23 on the topic, Corporate social responsibility and Canada’s mineral exploration sector: Doing the right thing wherever we work. The speech outlined the CSR advances that the exploration industry is making and included a discussion about the association’s e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration. It was well received and elicited several questions, including a number about the impact of Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries. As we reported in our last e-news, this Private Member’s Bill, proposed by John MacKay, has passed second reading and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Copies of Baird’s speech are being widely distributed, and plans are underway to have the speech given in business centres across the country. If you know of a business group in your area that you think would consider hosting this presentation, please contact us. A copy of the speech is here.

Safety in and around helicopters

A note from our health and safety committee reminding people to be aware of the dangers of helicopters – either traveling in them or working around them. Transportation related accidents, particularly those involving helicopters, are the main source of fatalities and major injuries in the mineral exploration sector. This Transport Canada handout, Safety Around Helicopters is well worth reading.

Yukon explorationists call for help in opposing the draft Peel Land Use Plan

Carl Schulze, president of the Yukon Chamber of Mines, is asking PDAC members to help oppose the draft Peel Land Use Plan currently being discussed in the Yukon (click here for a map). The plan calls for 63.3% of the Peel watershed to be protected (including the expiration of existing grandfathered claims), 59% to take effect immediately and significant restrictions on exploration on most of the remaining 36.7%. The Chamber points out that there has been continuous and considerable mineral exploration in the watershed for the last 50 years. Exploration spending between 2000 and March 2008 reached $48.3 million. Even so, the area is regarded as a pristine wilderness, proof that exploration and environmental integrity can coexist. How can you help? Adapt one of these sample letters and mail it in or sign this declaration and fax it to the Yukon Chamber of Mines, fax 867 668 7127. Other points that you might wish to incorporate into your letter are here. The deadline for submissions is close. Please make sure that your submission is dated no later than June 30. Thanks for your help.

Canadian Mining Hall of Fame seeks a mining history researcher

The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) is looking for a mining history researcher. The successful candidate will have: a keen interest in research; solid Powerpoint and photo editing skills; the diplomacy to elicit visual resources and related anecdotes from inductees and their families;   and the ability to create memorable visual tributes to CMHF inductees. This is not a full time commitment but requires dedicated effort from September to January, probably in the order of 100 hours depending on the volume of available information on the various candidates who generally number 4-5 each year. Click here for full details.

Finance Minister Canadian Securities Regulator Transition Office

On June 22, federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty announced the launch of the Transition Office, which will lead Canada’s effort to establish a Canadian securities regulator. The minister also announced that Doug Hyndman will head the new office and Bryan Davies will be its vice-chair. The office will lead all aspects of the transition, including the development of the federal Securities Act, collaborating with the provinces and territories, and developing and implementing a plan to manage organizational and administrative matters. Minister Flaherty said that the Transition Office is expected to deliver a plan for the transition to a Canadian securities regulator within one year. Full announcement.

EdGEO is looking for volunteer fundraisers

EdGEO is one of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network’s national core programs. It organizes workshops for teachers across Canada, providing them with the knowledge, confidence and tools to teach earth sciences in their classrooms. More information on the program is available here. EdGEO is conducting a fundraising campaign to raise $12,000 in 2009. If you’d like to make a donation – large or small - please contact Jane Wynne at [email protected] or telephone 1 250 363 6471.

Fairmont Royal York is offering our members a special summer rate

The Fairmont Royal York is offering PDAC members a special summer rate of $109 for accommodation at the hotel. The offer is valid until September 7, 2009. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please follow the instructions here. You should also mention that you are a member of the PDAC.