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99 days since Copper Mesa lost their concessions in Intag, AND,—-
Community Leaders in Canada to Sue the Toronto Stock Exchange and a Canadian Mining Company
Marcia Ramirez and Carlos Zorrilla, community activists from the Intag area of Ecuador, will be visiting Canada from the 25th of February until the 7th of March as part of a tour to announce lawsuits against a Canadian mining company and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Besides informing the public about the landmark lawsuits, the community members will be participating in York University’s “Rethinking Extractive Industry: Regulation, Dispossession, and Emerging Claims”, scheduled for March 5–7, 2009 at York University. They will also participate in the March 1st Toronto screening of Malcolm Rogge’s documentary film “Under Rich Earth”, which documents part of the struggle of the Intag people against mining development. Talks at several universities are also planned, including the University of Western Ontario, Huron, and York University.
They will be in Ottawa February 26 and 27th to meet with MiningWatch Canada and other human rights and environmental organizations working in the field of extractive industry and human rights. They also hope to meet with members of Parliament to sensitize them on the urgent need for the Canada to push through legislation to reign in Canadian mining companies overseas.
Marcia and Carlos, along with their lawyers from Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors of Toronto, will be announcing the lawsuit against the Canadian mining company and the Toronto Stock Exchange for their alleged involvement in human rights abuses at a mining concession site in Ecuador. A press conference will be held in Toronto the week of March 2 by members of the affected Ecuadorian community.”