How a Canadian MIWO with 1 million members and a $40 million annual budget can be formed
WHAT IS THE MINING
INDUSTRY WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION (MIWO)?
According to a
64% of Canadians support the creation of the MIWO
using the pamphlet method, while only 27% oppose it.
In addition, a
made up of 31 citizen groups with a total membership
of 3.5 million Canadians supports the creation of the
HOW WILL THE MIWO BE SET
UP AND HOW WILL IT WORK?
Alternatively, these companies could volunteer to hand out the pamphlet, and as long as enough companies volunteered enough people would receive the pamphlet to make the MIWO viable.
The pamphlet will describe
the MIWO and invite individuals to join at an annual
membership fee of about $40 (with a lower fee for
people with low incomes). The government can
either lend or grant to the MIWO the funds needed to
print the first pamphlet. After the first
pamphlet, however, the MIWO will pay all the costs of
the pamphlet. As a result, the MIWO can be set
up at little or no cost to government or the companies
that sell forestry products.
The federal and provincial
governments could (and should) also increase their
royalty rate from mining companies, and give the extra
amount of money collected to the MIWO.
WHAT WILL THE MIWO
The MIWO will also educate
consumers about mining issues, especially
sustainability and waste reduction.
WHY IS THE MIWO NEEDED
Canada's mining industry
exploits valuable Canadian public resources, and also
operates in many other countries and so affects
Canada's international reputation -- but many times
the public has not had a strong voice in government
and mining industry decisions about the use and
conservation of areas that are mined, and the use of
The MIWO will act as a
broad-based, well-resourced umbrella group, giving
mining products consumers an organized voice for their
interests and concerns.