After more than 40 years of scraping away swathes of trees, muskeg, and soil in northeastern Alberta to get at the tarry black gold underneath, Alberta's first oil sands reclamation certificate was finally issued in March to great applause. Roughly 1 km2 of land (104 ha), Syncrude's Gateway Hill, was declared "reclaimed" by the Government of Alberta.
On Nov. 2, 2007, gold hit $807.70 an ounce, a 28-year high. Millions of Latin Americans, Africans and Asians, exposed to the environmental and social damages of Canadian mines operating in their community, had no reason to rejoice. Neither did the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA) whose members participated in the Government of Canada's National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries from June to November 2006. The roundtables affirmed the need for major policy and law reform to ensure that Canadian companies comply with international human rights and environmental standards.