This week: Canadian mining companies are making a killing in Latin America; at least that is the concern of indigenous activists in Mexico, El Salvador, and seemingly everywhere else the Maple leaf flagged mining corporations show up. I recently spoke here with Canadian freelance journalist Dawn Paley about her friend, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, a Zapotec community activist in San José Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico, gunned down with his cousin, Rosalinda Dionicio Sánchez, and brother Andres Vásquez Sánchez.
Bernardo was fighting the Canadian concern, Fortuna Silver over its plans in San José. As it happens, Victoria-based activist Terry Wolfwood was scheduled to meet with Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, but arrived too late.
Wolfwood is Director, and a founding member, of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation. The BBCF.ca site says it, quote; “[O]rganizes, works for and supports action, education and creativity for peace, social justice, human rights, and women’s rights.”
Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; Last week I spoke with Tom Woodley of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. CJPME sponsored a Canada-wide tour by renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappé that ended here in Victoria Saturday. Dr. Pappé, is a history and political science professor at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (UK), and is too currently Director of Europe’s first Centre for Palestine Studies, housed within the Institute. He is author of, among many others, the book, ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinians.’ The theme of his tour was, “The False Paradigm of Peace: Revisiting the Palestine Question.”
Ilan Pappé in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streetz and beyond. But first, Terry Wolfwood and mining justice for communities effected by the Canadian mining industry.
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