Mining & Health: A Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit. This Toolkit was developed to help members of mining-affected communities conduct their own assessment of the health of their community and guide them in taking steps towards supporting and improving the conditions for health in their communities. The Toolkit is designed to be used by aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities where there is mining exploration or development or closed or abandoned mines. It can also be used by individuals, support groups, or institutions (academic, health) from outside the community that may be invited to help guide community members through parts, or all, of the health assessment and project planning process. Available as a PDF file (1.7 MB) (116 pages). September 2009.
The Mining Controversy: An Awareness and Education Kit for Ontario Grade 7 – investigating mining as it relates to aspects of the economy, the environment, and communities. A cross-curricular programme relating Reading, Geography, and Science. It contains everything needed to deliver an effective, skill-based unit. Prepared by Beth Nicol and Marilyn Crawford. Available as a PDF file (2.3 MB) (58 pages). March, 2006 (revised November 2006).
Understanding Mining Rights in Ontario by Lara McGuire and Jonquille Pak. Provides information for land owners on legislation and regulations related to prospecting, staking a mining claim, and undertaking assessment work on private property as set out in the Ontario Mining Act and enabling regulations. Also outlines the process for disputing a mining claim, following provisions in the Mining Act. Available as a PDF file (208 KB) (18 pages). August, 2005.
Mining Closure Plans: Your Right to Know! Information on how to review and comment on a Mine Closure Plan – based on Part VII of the Ontario Mining Act and enabling Regulations. Available as a PDF file (116 KB) (5 pages). August 2005.
Protecting Your Water Rights: A Guide to Environmental Legislation and Limits on Mining Activities in Ontario by Lara McGuire and Jonquille Pak. Provides a detailed summary of mining and water issues in Ontario in terms of what laws and regulations citizens can use to protect their water rights. Available as a PDF file (1.1 MB) (60 pages). October, 2004.
Scrap Mining: An Overview of Metal Recycling in Canada by Jay Fothergill. “In Canada, as elsewhere, mining exacts a severe and irreversible toll on... public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and community interests. If we hope to decrease our reliance on this activity while meeting our current and future metal needs, we must look at getting more of our raw materials from secondary sources — the only other terrestrial supply currently available. ...[T]his report aims at assessing the current state of metals recycling in Canada to see what barriers exist to increasing this practice and in what areas gains are being made.” Available as a PDF file (338 kB) (11 pages). October 2004.
(Background: a canary cage for gas testing complete with oxygen cylinder for recovery of the bird – from an old coal mine in Yorkshire, England)
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