Morning reading on July 19, 2018

I’m trying to keep up with the evolving situation of extractive industry in New Brunswick and Colombia. Here’s what I’ve found interesting this morning.

New Brunswick

White, Alan, "Sisson mine impact on Maliseet First Nations 'significant' " (CBC News, April 19, 2016).

There isn’t enough being done to mitigate the impact of the proposed Sisson Brook mine on MaliseetFirst Nations people, states a new report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

White, Alan, "5 Maliseet chiefs want Sisson mine rejected " (CBC News, April 21, 2016).

The chiefs of five Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick are calling for the proposed Sisson mine project to be rejected because of its impact on Maliseet people.

White, Alan, "6 Maliseet First Nations agree to Sisson mine deal - New Brunswick" (CBC News, February 10, 2017).

The six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick have reached a multimillion-dollar financial deal with the provincial government that clears the way for the Sisson mine project north of Fredericton to proceed.

Bonspiel, Steve, "The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years " (CBC News, July 11, 2017).

“When the Oka Crisis happened, it was supposed to be a wake-up call, and although certain things changed (Kanesatake got some of its land back, the golf course expansion was halted and the situation put Indigenous rights to the forefront), there is still much to work on, together.”

Fowler, Shane, "Protest camp built on proposed site of Sisson mine project " (CBC News, July 18, 2017).

Members of Maliseet First Nations have started to build a protest camp at the proposed site of the Sisson mine near Napadogan.

White, Alan, "Dominic Cardy calls for 'clarity' on Aboriginal veto " (CBC News, April 22, 2018).

New Democratic Party Leader Dominic Cardy is urging the federal Liberal government to make a decision quickly about the proposed Sisson mine project in New Brunswick.


McDermott, Jeremy, "Record Cocaine Production in Colombia Fuels New Criminal Generation" (Insight Crime, July 17, 2017).

Colombia is now producing more cocaine than ever before, just as a new chapter in the country's criminal history begins and the government tries to implement a peace agreement with Marxist rebels.

Sonneland, Holly K., "Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections" (Americas Soceity / Council of the Americas, June 28, 2017).

On June 23, former Presidents of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana announced that their parties, the Democratic Center and the Conservative Party, were joining forces to form a “great coalition,” just as campaigning for 2018 elections revs up. The announcement came almost a full year before the elections, but the union now allows the two politicians—both critics of President Juan Manuel Santos’ peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)—to begin to corral mostly right-wing voter support behind a single presidential candidate and start to give some definition to a crowded field with several dozen declared and likely candidates from across the political spectrum.

UNODC, "Colombia: Monitoreo de territorios afectados por cultivos ilícitos 2016" (UNODC, July 1, 2017).

El informe de monitoreo de cultivos de coca para 2016, aparece en un momento histórico trascendental para Colombia. La rma de acuerdos de Paz con la guerrilla de las Farc - Ep y la expectativa por la concreción de un proceso exitoso con el ELN, constituyen elementos clave para entender las estadísticas y tendencias que ofrece el reporte.

Casey, Nicholas, "After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace" (New York Times, July 19, 2017).

The Colombian government also sees peace as its biggest chance in decades to uproot the rebel-controlled drug trade and replace it with crops that are legal, though admittedly less lucrative.