The Albany River has more than 22 grave sites on it and is home to an abundance of fish and wildlife such as caribou. It will be impacted by Ring of Fire mining.
Photo by Ted Simonett.
Public hearings needed in Ring of Fire mining project. CPAWS demands greater scrutiny through regional environmental assessment.
In Ontario’s far north, proposals for mega-mines are creating a massive new threat for carbon rich wetlands, clean, free flowing rivers such as the Albany and Attawapiskat, and habitat for threatened wildlife like caribou that local people still rely on for their livelihoods.
Mining companies in Ontario’s ‘Ring of Fire’, located approximately 500 km northeast of Thunder Bay, have initiated several environmental assessment processes for major mines and infrastructure projects including all-weather roads, transmission lines, slurry pipelines and winter roads. All of this is at a scale and intensity that has not yet been seen in Ontario. It will cause massive, permanent changes to the Ontario's Far North sensitive ecosystems and to local communities. Scientists predict irreversible changes to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
One of the first of the proposed mega-mines is called the Cliffs Chromite Project.
Read our request for mediation here.
Read our letter to the government of Ontario with respect to the Cliffs project.
Read Environment Canada’s opinion on the need for a regional environmental assessment.
Please let the government know what you think.
CPAWS believes that Ontario should establish a regional environmental planning process that fully involves northern First Nations, to assess the merits of this and other proposed projects. Until then, it should give no further approvals to this project. Given that the Cliffs Chromite Project is at a scale and intensity that has not yet been seen in Ontario and will involve massive, permanent changes to the Ontario's Far North sensitive ecosystems and to local communities, it’s time for public hearings and a strategic regional environmental assessment.
We urge the government to: