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Attacks continue on Colombian coal mine that sources NB Power with its coal

An alleged unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) blew up heavy equipment at the Cerrejon coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia on Sept. 4, 2012. NB Power sources its coal from Colombia. No one was injured. This is the fifth such attack on the world’s largest open-pit coal operation this year. Most [...]

Congolese victims file class action against Canadian mining company

An association representing Congolese citizens filed a class action today in a Montreal court against Canadian company Anvil Mining Limited. It is alleged that the company, by providing logistical assistance, played a role in human rights abuses, including the massacre by the Congolese military of more than 70 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo [...]

If the US is the world’s policeman, Canada is the world’s miner

“Earlier this week, now-resigned Federal Environmental Minister Jim Prentice announced the rejection of Taseko’s proposed $1 billion open-pit gold and copper Prosperity mine in the interior of BC. The project called for the use of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) as a tailings pond to dump over 700 hundred million tons of waste. This would have [...]

Stop Canadian companies’ rights abuses

“Then on Nov. 27, 2009, 52-year-old Mariano Abarco was shot to death in front of his home, leaving me and my three siblings without a father. Just days before his murder, my father sought legal protection against two Blackfire employees for threatening to shoot him if he didn’t stop organizing local farmers protesting the loss [...]

Son of dead anti-mining activist in Canada lobbying for tougher laws

While Canadian lawmakers prepare to vote on the controversial C-300 Bill later this month, the son of a murdered Mexican mining activist has ended a week-long trip to Toronto and Ottawa seeking to bolster support for the bill.

“You are just a woman”

Carmen Mejía walks two hours to work everyday. She works for an organization currently under attack for its support of indigenous communities affected by the Canadian-owned Goldcorp Marlin gold and silver open-pit mine located in the Western Guatemalan highlands. The 25 year old daughter of campesinos and mother of a five year old learned about [...]

Broad protests against Canadian mining company in El Salvador

CISPES – the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador May 27, 2010 CANADIAN MINING COMPANY PACIFIC RIM COMES UNDER FIRE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS Simultaneous demonstrations held in advance of World Bank hearing; Lawsuit against El Salvador under U.S. trade agreement draws sharp criticism In advance of a hotly-contested case [...]

Ecuadorans in court over Canadian mine

Three Ecuadoran villagers were in a Toronto court Thursday, trying to preserve their lawsuit against a Vancouver-based copper mining company. Villagers filed a $1 billion human rights lawsuit last year against Copper Mesa Mining Corp., two of its directors and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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. [...]

Murders in mining country

Activist and community leader Mariano Abarca Roblero had just been released after eight days in jail for alleged anti-mining activity. In the town of Chicomuselo, near the Guatemalan border, people gathered for a weekend conference organized by the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA) to discuss the effects of mining and how best [...]