Latin America and the Caribbean

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
(Ottawa) An Ecuadorian environmental group today called on the Canadian government to insist that its companies abide by the highest standards of conduct when operating overseas in order to prevent Canadian mining companies from continuing to threaten fragile eco-systems and local communities, while tarnishing Canada’s image both at home and internationally. Carlos Zorrilla, ...
Monday, April 9, 2007

News and update by David Modersbach, Rosario, Argentina

Famatina Cannot Be Touched

In the Argentine province of La Rioja, an astonishing series of events have lead to the ouster of an allegedly corrupt pro-mining provincial governor and the apparent withdrawal of gold mining giant Barrick Gold from operations on the Famatina range. Who was responsible for these events? A small group of dedicated neighbors who are fighting tooth and nail to save their mountain range from open-pit mining exploitation.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Oruro, Bolivia, March 9-11, 2007

This past March 9-11, representatives from civil society organizations and churches throughout Latin America met to share and discuss the situation of environmental injustice which communities and organizations are confronting as a result of the activities of transnational mining corporations.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Front page of El Norte, March 28, 2007It took three months of protest by local communities and an intervention by the provincial Governor and two government ministries, but Ascendant Copper Corporation has agreed to curtail its activities in the Intag region of Imbabura Province in Ecuador.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Canadian mining map was produced by the Halifax Initiative during the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries. The Roundtables, which took place between June and November of 2006, fulfilled one of the recommendations made in the groundbreaking report, Mining in Developing Countries and Corporate Social Responsibility, tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) in June 2005.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Local environmental group Pro San Luis Ecológico has filed a complaint against the Mexican government under the North American Free Trade Agreement's Commission for Environmental Cooperation for violating a Mexican court ruling by authorizing —for a second time— the Cerro de San Pedro gold/silver mining project of Metallica Resources' Mexican subsidiary Minera San Xavier.

The Commission's web site states:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

by Albert Koehl

What do poor farmers (campesinos) in Guatemala’s western highlands have in common with the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar Canadian gold mining company? Quite a bit, actually, when the former CEO is Rob McEwen and the issue is a battle against cavalier corporate decision-making. And then again, not much at all when it comes to the doting attention the Canadian media gave McEwen while ignoring the farmers, even though their battle involves their livelihoods -- and lives -- and the same gold.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mike Boylan visited the community of Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosí, Mexico on November 7 and 8, 2006, where the unlicensed activities of Minera San Xavier, a subsidiary of Metallica Resources, threaten to destroy the community. He witnessed and documented rapid activity of heavy machinery in preparation to begin large scale blasting and both heard and felt explosions coming from the mine site. The mine is clearly progressing with its activities while lacking legal clearance, access rights to land and environmental permits.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Ian Austin, President and CEO
Skye Resources
Suite 1203-700 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6C 1G8

Dear Mr. Austin,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my letter of 28 September 2006 regarding the activities of Skye Resources/CGN in El Estor, Guatemala. I appreciate your attempt to address my concerns and trust that you share my belief that Q'eqchi Maya peoples in El Estor deserve a reasonable and just resolution to the issues at hand.