Provincial Mining Legislation
Queen’s University expert Vic Pakalnis supports proposed changes to Ontario’s Mining Act. New legislation addresses conflicts between prospectors and private landowners by excluding more lands from staking, claiming and exploration.
Professor Vic Pakalnis states that the proposed changes to the Mining Act are a great step forward. The changes are a result of open consultations with First Nations, the mining industry and many citizens that felt the present Mining Act was archaic. The mining industry is important to Canada and it’s particularly important to First Nations communities that should be benefitting by the mineral resources that occur on their lands. The changes to the Mining Act will also be good for the environment; map staking will be permitted and rehabilitation of exploration activity will be required. Also, prospectors will need training and we’ll have to ensure it’s enforced properly. This is a win-win for all—now the job will be in implementing this legislation.
Professor Pakalnis’ research areas include Aboriginal mining issues, mining communities and public policy.
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