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Call to reform outdated Ontario mining act

May 10 , 2008
Daina Lawrence- Financial Times

In 2001, Marilyn Crawford and her husband retired to their cottage in the Ontario town of Westport to enjoy a quiet life. Two weeks after the move they discovered they were not the only ones interested in the site.

“We found out that someone had staked a mining claim on our property,” says Mrs Crawford.

Her story is not unique: Canada’s free-entry mining system allows prospectors and mining companies permission to enter both public and private property to explore so-called mineral claims.

Trees can be cut down and holes and trenches dug to seek rock samples without the landowner’s permission.

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