Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada urges the Ontario government not to pass Bill 191, the proposed Far North Act, 2009

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The Prospectors and Developers Association of
Canada (PDAC) announced today that it has filed a detailed submission on the
Ontario Environmental Registry that calls upon the provincial government not
to enact Bill 191, the proposed Far North Act, 2009, into law. The full
submission is at

    In its submission, the PDAC contends that Bill 191, in its present form,

    -   deprive all citizens of Ontario, particularly the First Nations
        communities that make up most of the population of the Far North, of
        the economic benefits that responsible mineral resource development
        can provide;
    -   fail to provide First Nations with an appropriate and clearly defined
        role in the land use planning process;
    -   seriously compromise the ability of the minerals sector to operate in
        the Far North by reducing the land base available for exploration by
        50 per cent or more, relegating the minerals sector to a peripheral
        role in land use planning and damaging investor confidence in mineral
        exploration activities in the region; and
    -   fail to achieve an appropriate balance between responsible economic
        development and protection of the unique cultural, social and
        environmental values that the Far North embodies.

    Said PDAC President Jon Baird, "We hope that the Ontario government will
give careful consideration to all of the submissions received in response to
Bill 191 and come back to the citizens of the province with a better proposal.
More consultation with all stakeholders is required, as is the implementation
of a scientific approach to land use planning.
    We continue to believe that Ontario can implement a regime that will
protect the ecological and cultural integrity of the Far North while enabling
its residents, particularly those of First Nations communities, to improve
their standard of living through the employment, training and business
opportunities that responsible development can provide. The PDAC remains
firmly committed to contributing to the development of a regulatory process
that meets these goals."

    About the PDAC

    Established in 1932, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
is a national organization that exists to protect and promote the interests of
the Canadian mineral exploration sector and to ensure a robust mining industry
in Canada. Its members include more than 7,000 companies and individuals
actively involved in the exploration for or development of mineral resources
or the provision of related goods and services.
    The PDAC is committed to encouraging greater participation by Aboriginal
peoples in the mineral sector in Canada and to promoting greater understanding
between Aboriginal communities and mineral exploration and mining companies.
This commitment was affirmed in the historic Memorandum of Understanding that
the association signed with the Assembly of First Nations in March 2008.
    While striving to maintain a national perspective, the PDAC collaborates
closely with the organizations that serve the interests of the mineral
industry in each of this country's provinces and territories. The association
assigns a high priority to making a positive contribution to public policy and
regulatory developments that affect the activities of its members both in
Canada and elsewhere.

For further information:

For further information: Jon Baird, PDAC President, Tel (905) 513-0046,
ext. 302; Philip Bousquet, Senior Program Director, PDAC, Tel (416) 362-1969,
ext. 230; Saley Lawton, Director, Communications, PDAC, Tel (416) 362-1969,
ext. 225;

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