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22 Nov 2009

Brett Popplewell, The Star [Canada]

Canadian mining firms face abuse allegations

Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations…In Ottawa…a House of Commons committee…will continue debating a Liberal private member's bill designed to put controls on mining companies overseas…From Ecuador comes a lawsuit…alleging that in 2006 a Canadian company's armed security forces attacked unarmed locals …In El Salvador, allegations of violent attacks against anti-mining activists. In Mexico, allegations of human rights and environmental abuse that led a Mexican court to close a Canadian-owned mine…."The biggest challenge out there is a lack of governance capacity in developing countries," says Gordon Peeling, CEO of the Mining Association of Canada…Mining companies are big business in Canada and, with about 200 active lobbyists, a powerful voice. [includes comments by Copper Mesa Mining, Anvil Mining, TSX - also refers to TVI Pacific, Barrick Gold]

Part of the following timelines

Spotlight on unions and women [Mauritania]: Mahjouba Mint Saleek

Copper Mesa Mining lawsuit (re Ecuador)

Anvil Mining lawsuit (re complicity in Dem. Rep. of Congo, filed in Canada)