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Mining watchdog expected to have a few choice words to say about ferrochrome smelters

Joan Kuyek heads to the Sault to talk mining legacy issues and the Ring of Fire
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MiningWatch co-founder Joan Kuyek will be delivering a primer to Sault Ste. Marie residents on the “true social and economic costs” of the mining industry in Northern Ontario.

The Ring of Fire is a particular focus of the author, lecturer and activist during her upcoming Jan. 30 appearance at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn entitled: Will the Ring of Fire Bring Prosperity to the North?

It’s also expected she’ll have a thing or two to say about Noront Resources' proposed $1-billion ferrochrome smelter, slated for the city’s west end within the next decade.

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The event is co-hosted by Algoma University’s NORDIK Institute, Clean North, the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, and Algoma’s Water Tower Inn.

According to a NORDIK news release, in her latest book, "Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry," Kuyek takes issue with the industry’s corporate social responsibility image of sustainability, responsibility, environmental protection, and community engagement.

She contends the industry’s legacy is one of an “enormous and long-term physical and social footprint,” paid for by individual Canadians, communities and tax dollars.

“Joan Kuyek has over 30 years’ experience in analyzing the social, environmental and economic costs of mining, and working with communities to develop environmental assessments, cost-benefit Agreements and stop unethical mining practices” said NORDIK director Sean Meades in the release.

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to hear from one of Canada’s leading authorities on the economics of mining.”

The event starts at 7 p.m. Her book will be available for sale for $20.