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TIMELINE: Canada's Mining Controveries

From Papua New Guinea to Guatemala, mining ventures directly or indirectly financed and owned by companies registered in Canada have been associated with controversy in the communities in which they operate. Business-friendly laws have made Canada the preferred legal residence for three-quarters of the world's mining companies. But many of those companies actually operate in developing countries whose legal systems inspire little confidence, even among their own citizens. Violent attacks ranging from assault to murder have been reported from scores of communities near Canadian-operated mines in Latin America, Africa, Europe and elsewhere. Company spokesmen typically blame such events on murky 'pre-existing' conflicts…Here, a short history of some of the industry's best documented controversies of recent years…[Refers to Anvil Mining (part of China Minmetals), Barrick Gold, Blackfire Exploration, China Minmetals, Excellon Resources, Gran Colombia Gold, Hudbay Minerals, Nevsun Resources, Pacific Rim, Tahoe Resources]

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