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Blackfire adding threats to injury in Mexico: Canadian mining firm looks to pocket $800 million via NAFTA Ch. 11

A coalition of Canadian organizations is condemning the threatened use of NAFTA by Blackfire Exploration to extract 800 million dollars from the impoverished Mexican state of Chiapas. The Calgary-based mining company is embroiled in accusations of corruption of Mexican public officials and the murder of a prominent environmental activist in the Mexican State of Chiapas. [...]

Olympic Resistance: Indigenous Groups, Anti-Poverty Activists, and Civil Liberties Advocates Protest 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver

Democracy Now: Our Olympic coverage begins today in the streets of Vancouver, where some say a historic convergence is taking place. Indigenous groups, anti-poverty activists and civil liberties advocates are some of the voices being heard in protests against the Olympic presence. Franklin Lopez of the Vancouver’s Media Co-op has been following the Olympic protests.

CBC: Deal ends First Nation protest over hydro dams

The New Brunswick government and Tobique First Nation signed a five-year, $2.5-million deal on Monday, ending years of frustration and protest over the impact two hydro dams have had on the western community. For Daniel Thau-Elaff’s coverage of the summer protest.

Mexico activists targeted for their criticisms of a Canadian-owned mine

URGENT! CERRO DE SAN PEDRO, MEXICO: MEMBERS OF ANTI-MINING GROUP ASSAULTED BY NEW GOLD INC./MINERA SAN XAVIER WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS Community members receive death threats as conflict deepens around Canadian-owned Mexican mine Tensions are building in the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, where a Canadian-owned gold and silver mine has been forced to [...]

Opposition to Canada-Colombia free trade continues

On Friday, December 4th, over 80 people rallied in front of the Wolfville, NS, office of Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants. Brison, the Liberal International Trade Critic, was targeted because of his support of Bill C-23 – an Act to implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). The rally also came only days after the [...]

Colombian paramilitaries assassinate indigenous leader in the name of Canadian multinationals

Dave Bleakney of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reporting from Copenhagen. He interviews Jose Goyas, an indigenous leader, about the harmful effects of Canadian mining companies and the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Canadian mining firm at centre of Mexican murder probe

Arrests of current, former staff of Canadian-owned mining company Blackfire in activist’s death come as Governor-General visits Mexico.

Chiapas Anti-Mining Organizer Murdered

Mariano Abarca Led a Growing Movement to Kick Canadian Mining Companies Out of Mexican Communities Mariano Abarca Roblero, one of Mexico’s most prominent anti-mining organizers, was shot to death on the evening of November 27, 2009, in front of his house in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. He left behind a wife and four children. Another man was [...]

Indigenous leader assassinated in Mexico

An attacker riding a motorcycle has shot and killed indigenous leader and anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca outside his home in southeastern Mexico. Abarca “was assassinated in a cowardly fashion outside his home” late on Friday, said Gustavo Castro, a spokesman for the Mexican Network of Communities Affected by Mining (REMA), adding that another member of [...]

N.B. has let children suffer: youth advocate

New Brunswick has let many of its young people, particularly in First Nations communities, suffer in “shocking” conditions, the province’s child and youth advocate says. Bernard Richard made the comments Friday during the release of his annual report on living conditions for children in the province. The former Liberal cabinet minister criticized the current Liberal [...]