Wicked Canadian Mining Crime Against Guatemala

...ending environmental assessments, and burning down family homes, yada conservativs

Look out, if CTV’s W5 is taking out the present Conservative Federal Government at the knees, where can they hope to turn for friendly coverage? Paula Todd’s startling piece on Canada’s commercial mining activities in Guatemala is one of the more shocking bits of quality journalism recent times.

If I might start this topic again from the beginning, Canada’s reputation, meaning in the world, role in the world, has rapidly this decade caught fire and is going down in screams. Considered the most backward of developed nations with regards to environmental issues, become hostile and pejoratively rejectionist with regards to immigration and refugee policy, mired in the brutal mess of faraway war, and exorbitantly secretive about what ‘we’ do there as well as just about anything else at the Federal level, and contemptuously linked with the fast money making deals that brough down the U.S. right wingers, the last push of the giant stone on our miserable dark hole in the mountain of dread and doom, a lack lustre and callous level of oversight to the mining industry. “We” are now on the wrong side of most issues. I tend to think of myself on these things as the layman’s layman, a clever skeptic roping together what is put before me… an educated but easily shocked tv watcher… my role in democracy. And this is what I see here:

The law says that resource taking where it effects Indigenous Peoples requires working something out with the Indigenous Peoples fairly and justly and having their approval. Is that so far afield of preferable? Or might I just say that our foreign policy has become execrable? Here’s your layman’s layman synopsis as gathered from the W5 presentation: The nickel and gold miner companies wanted to fascilitate compliance and so asked the Guatemalan Government to send in its military and simply chop the people there out of the way. Violence, murder, rape, and the burning down of people’s homes. What kind of people do that kind of thing for money? How do we not find ourselves associated with such criminal activity? Boycott gold and silver? Back to the bronze age!

Thank you CTV, and especially the underrated W5

Being in the wrong is often a way to lose fights. Bullies seem to take every generation to learn this.

Might “we” help straightening out Government policy in this regard? As well as mining industry practise: When marrying up your mining operation with the local populations, indigenous or otherwise, don’t treat them with violent contempt. It makes you “Globally Hated” when you take people’s land and homes and end or wreck their lives. As well as criminally liable. Laws can change fast in countries like Guatemala. In all my life I have never met a single Guatemalan who wasn’t intensely proud, deeply intelligent, and of total courage. The lethal right wing dictatorships the united states kept forcibly imposing on Guatemala are destined for infamy in all posterity, and it cuts further to the quick for all Guatemalans when water issues are added to the immediate outrage of this illegal cruelty to people. The end of water in Guatemala, thanks to the Canadian Mining Industry, harmful to all Guatemalans.

The new face of Canada?



  1. “conservativs” – deliberate- none of these people are ‘conservative’
    they are extreme

    Comment by oversion — April 18, 2010 @ 3:19 am

  2. Why we as a country are allowing any part of this horror is beyond my comprehension. What can we as upstanding, hard working, non-violent Canadian citizens do to put an end to this??


    Comment by joanne mousseau — April 18, 2010 @ 4:46 am

  3. This is too important an issue to take your information only from W5, who is seeking ad revenue, not truth. If you think this is important, start by reading the IFC Compliance Adviser / Obudsman’s report from 2005 on the Marlin Mine situation.
    There is more depth and balance to this than W5 looked for or portrayed.

    Comment by David — May 5, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  4. Thanks for your comment, and the pdf, which loaded fine,
    and indeed, advanced the subject.

    My own efforts in these regards are in part a mere attempt to show
    that things broadcast and published don’t just drop into a void,
    and to turn the topics forth with some urgency, colloquial paraphrasing
    gallopping forth with what I have so far, is what it amounts to.
    One may feel powerless and far away from many problems,
    but it doesn’t mean being silent. If an incomplete impression is received,
    let the sparks from it signal the need for more on the topic.

    The findings do seem to acknowledge disrespect and aggravated tension,
    and demand, however enforceably, addressing of the concerns of the
    complainants. Reading it and thinking back on the images it is
    hard not to imagine a likelihood of a less than negotiative response
    from those in favour of the project however. And here as elsewhere,
    gambling the fundamental of water for the glitter of conspicuous wealth
    is the ongoing flaw in the mining industry, specially where those
    benefitting from the riches are not the same people facing the risk
    of loss of water.

    Thanks for adding this,


    Comment by oversion — May 5, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

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