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Title: Balancing Needs Minimizing Conflicts – A Proposal for a Mining Modernization Act, 2008

Authors: Maureen Carter-Whitney (CIELAP) and Justin Duncan (EcoJustice)

Date: October 2008

Description: This report is a response to Ontario's move to reform the Ontario Mining Act. It proposes eight groups of legislative amendments that should be included in a Mining Modernization Act. These amendments relate to three imperatives: (1) Requiring consent of land owners and Aboriginal peoples before any prospecting, exploration or mining activities can occur on their lands; (2) Implementing regional land-use planning prior to allowing exploration or mining operations to proceed to ensure environmental, social and development needs are balanced; and (3) Ensuring all exploration and mining projects face the scrutiny of environmental assessment to ensure that environmental and socio-economic impacts are minimized.

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