Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Public Hearings on the Uranium Industry

First Nations Ask for Moratorium on Rare Earth Mining and Exploration

Toyota ends partnership with Matamec Explorations Inc for the Kipawa Deposit

A Thinking Person's Nightmare McKibben’s Divestment Tour – Brought to You by Wall Street article by Cory Morningstar

"In Canada, the Algonquin people are fighting threats to land and water from an open-pit mining project for hybrid car batteries. Toyotsu Rare Earth Canada (TRECan), a Canadian subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Tsusho Corporation, plans to build an open-pit Heavy Rare Earth Elements (HREE) mine directly next to Kipawa Lake, the geographical, ecological, and cultural centre of the Kipawa First Nation. Rare earths are a group of 17 elements found in the Earth’s crust. They are used to produce electronics for cell phones, wind turbines, and car batteries. Rare earths are notorious for their environmentally costly extraction process, with over 90 per cent of the mined raw materials classified as waste. [Source: Toyota Prius Not So Green After All]
Welcome to the “green economy”: classist, racist and utterly disgusting."

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APTN National News Visits Kipawa

APTN National News Visits Kipawa
Re: Rare Earth Mining

On June 6th Tom Fennario of APTN National News made the trip to Kipawa to discuss Rare Earth Mining and the Matamec project. He interviewed several members of the community as well as the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society. The 5 minute segment aired on September 2nd and can be viewed online

The Kipawa Lake Preservation Society is working hard to raise awareness and protect the Kipawa Watershed from mining but we need your help. Its important for those opposed to voice their concerns now while there is the opportunity to do so. Please take a moment and send this form letter the to the mayors of the MRC of Temiscaming urging them to reconsider their support for this project. The form letter is available from please be sure to include in the cc field so we have record of how many letters have been sent.

Funds are needed to cover administrative costs, awareness activities (recently the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society hosted a workshop at the Peoples Social Forum in Ottawa to raise awareness and gather support) and we hope to carryout some water quality testing in the watershed in the near future. You can support the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society financially by purchasing a T-Shirt online via We need to reach our goal of 50 t-shirts by Tuesday September 9th, 2014. Our website also has a pay pal donate button where donations can be made. For local residents we also have lawn signs available for $10, these signs can be purchased in person from a member of the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society. Please contact us for more info.

Thank you to all who have signed the petitions, sent letters, bought t-shirts and provided encouragement and support,

Christina Moreau
Chair, Kipawa Lake Preservation Society

Friday, June 13, 2014

Urgent Action Required!

The MRC Temiscaming is in favor of the Kipawa Rare Earths proposal by Matamec provided Matamec abides by government imposed rules and regulations. Norman Young (Mayor of Kipawa) and André Paquet (Mayor Fugèreville) and Claudine Laforge Clouâtre (Mayor of St-Édouard-de-Fabre) voted against the project and expressed their concerns relating to a lack of information on the health and environmental risks. All other 17 members voted for the project. The 17 votes for the project were the Mayors of Angliers, Bearn, Duhamel-Ouest, Guerin, Laforce, Latulipe-et-Gaboury, Laverlochere, Lorrainville, Moffet, Nedelec, Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Remigny, St-Bruno-de-Guigues, St-Eugene-de-Guigues, Belleterre, Temiscamingue and Ville-Marie. The vote and decision was made without information on the environmental impacts and social acceptability of the project.

To express your concerns over this decision and the Kipawa Rare Earths project please copy and paste the following email and send to the current mayors of the MRC. Please be sure to cc and your letters will be used to help show that this project is not socially accepted. Please provide your contact details as indicated in the letter. If you are a tax payer in the region, even seasonal, please be sure to use your local address so that the mayors are aware that you pay taxes to the MRC.

Subject: Kipawa Rare Earth Open Pit Mine proposal by Matamec Explorations Inc.


Attention Mayors of the MRC of Temiscaming
Norman Young, Mayor, Kipawa
Arnaud Warolin, Préfet, MRCT
Lyna Pine, Mairesse Angliers
Luc Lalonde, Maire, Béarn
Jean-Yves Parent, Maire, Duhamel-Ouest
André Pâquet, Maire, Fugèreville
Maurice Laverdière, Maire, Guérin
Isabelle Morin, Mairesse, Laforce
Michel Duval, Maire, Latulipe-et-Gaboury
Daniel Barrette, Maire, Laverlochère
Simon Gélinas, Maire, Lorrainvile
Éric Dubuque, Maire, Moffet
Carmen Rivard, Mairesse, Nédélec
Alain Flageol, Maire, Notre-Dame-du-Nord
Jocelyn Aylwin, Mairesse, Rémigny
Donald Alarie, Maire, St-Bruno-de-Guigues
Mario Drouin, Maire, Fabre
Édith Lafond, Mairesse, St-Eugène-de-Guigues
Yvon Gagnon, Président, Laniel
Bruno Boyer, Maire, Belleterre
Nicole Rochon, Mairesse, Témiscamingue
Bernard Flébus, Maire, Ville-Marie 

Re Kipawa Rare Earth Open Pit Mine proposal by Matamec Explorations Inc.

I am deeply concerned about the proposed Kipawa Rare Earths Project by Matamec Explorations Inc. a junior mining company. I have been informed that as of March 4th, 2013 the MRC and the majority of the mayors voted in favor of supporting this project given that the company follow all government rules and regulations particularly those that involve the protection of the environment.

I am concerned that this resolution was adopted without having the complete information and environmental studies outlining all the potential risks and without consideration of the social acceptance of the project.

I am sending this letter today to urge all mayors of the MRC Temiscaming to reconsider their position on this project.

Rare earth mining has never been carried out in a safe manner anywhere in the world. Our current laws do not protect against the dangers of rare earth mining as they were written prior to its existence. The Metal Mining and Effluent Regulations (MMER) limit only a few of the contaminants of concern.  This project would see the creation of an open pit mine on the shores of the upper Kipawa River. Located near important fish spawning grounds and upstream of the drinking water source for several communities. The project would require 190-210 meters cubed of freshwater per hour and would release effluent back into the Kipawa River. Processing of the ore would be carried out onsite using large volumes of strong acids and bases, mine tailings and waste rock would be left on site. Blasting would have negative effects on air quality and wildlife in the region. Rare earth ores are often found associated with radioactive substances such as Uranium and Thorium. The release of radioactive substances into the environment leads to an elevated risk of chronic health problems and cancer.

Matamec has not completed their studies but the preliminary impacts as outlined in their feasibility study include:
-          Effects on surface water quality and hydrology
-          Groundwater draw-down
-          Effects on soil quality
-          Effects on air quality
-          Noise and vibration from drilling, blasting, heavy machinery, etc.
-          Loss of vegetation and wetlands
-          Habitat loss and alteration (including fish spawning grounds)
-          Relocation of seasonal camps and cottages
-          Effects on recreational use of area (fishing, hunting, trapping, canoeing, etc.)
-          Disturbance of archaeological sites
-          Visual modifications of the landscape
-          Potential risks spillage of chemical products (hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and lime) during transport and use
-          Modifications to the biophysical and social environment
I do not support this project and it is not socially accepted. Those opposed to the project include season and permanent residents, tourists and business owners. We are concerned about the effects on water, air, soil, wildlife and human health. 

Tourism is a vital part of the local economy, tourism and mining do not mix. Kipawa Lake and surrounding areas is a beautiful, pristine and unique ecosystem. It should be protected for its intrinsic worth and not exploited for its resources. The economic benefits of this project if allowed to proceed will be many for the companies involved but few to the local residents and taxpayers who will be faced with the risk and the burden of managing the waste after the company has moved on. The promised jobs and tax revenues are not worth the risk. Please consider the voice of the opposed public and do not support the Kipawa Rare Earths Project or mining within this beautiful watershed.
Thank you,

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

T-shirt campaign

T-shirt campaign just launched! You can now show your support by ordering one of our custom Ts! Worldwide shipping available!