‘Water is More Precious than Gold’ Speaking Tour Sunday March 17th

March 7th, 2013

‘Water is More Precious than Gold’ Sunday March 17th at 12:15pm  (light lunch also)
A speaking tour to challenge Canada’s international mining practices to be held in the Hallman Room at Dublin St. United Church (corner of Dublin and Suffolk Sts.)

This is a free event hosted by the Justice and Outreach Committee of Dublin St. United Church and Guelph Chapter – Council of Canadians.

WHO: The tour will feature Vidalina Morales and Sandra Carolina Ascencio, representatives from the El Salvadoran National Roundtable against Metallic Mining (the Mesa).  Since 2006, the Mesa has brought together hundreds of communities and thousands of people from across El Salvador, including environmental, community-based, research, legal and religious organizations, to successfully halt mining operations in the country and to call for a ban on metal mining.

The speaking tour aims to build greater awareness about the issues facing El Salvador and other Latin American countries, challenge the unjust practices of Canadian mining companies, including Pacific Rim and Goldcorp, and build relationships with groups in North America, including those confronting their own local mining/water issues.

The Mesa is also worried about possible contamination from upstream mining projects just over the border in Guatemala and Honduras. Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco mine, for example, is located only 18 km from El Salvador in the headwaters of the Lempa River, the main source of water for over 60% of the population of El Salvador.

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