The practices of Canadian mining companies abroad are increasingly in the global spotlight, if less frequently featured at home. From Africa and Asia, to Central America, Mexico and right here in Canada, mining outfits, many flying Canadian flags of convenience, are wreaking havoc on the natural world, and ruining societies with the misfortune of existing above the objects of the industry’s desire.
Worse than this is the complicity, in many cases, of the Canadian government. Jennifer Moore is the Latin America Program Coordinator for Mining Watch Canada. Jen spent years in Latin America as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, specializing in communities affected by Canadian-financed mining companies.
Jennifer Moore in the first half.
And; in 2009, the mildly left of centre president of Honduras, Manuel “Mel” Zelayas proposed a change to the country’s constitution. Mel wanted to begin modest land reforms, reforms that would, among other things, recognize the rights of indigent share-croppers. Within weeks, the oligarchs running Honduras answered Zelayas’ modest proposal with one of their own: The military kidnapped the president, spiriting him into exile, and cracked down hard on human rights activists, journalists, and indigent farmers. Canada and the United States, the two great democracies of the hemisphere, at first tacitly, then actively supported the coup, and continue to do so, even as the country experiences oppression and injustice not seen in Central America since the terrible reign of the death squads in the 1980’s.
Jesse Freeston is a Montreal-based freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker who has spent the better part of the last three years documenting the struggle of the dispossessed farmers of the Aguán Valley and working to bring their story to the world. Freeston’s film, Resistencia documents the farmer’s struggle: Burned out of their homes, murdered, deprived of access to traditional lands, schools, clinics, and vital infrastructure destroyed, the families of the Aguán still refuse to be moved; “occupying, defending, and working more than 5,000 hectares of palm oil plantations.”
Jesse Freeston and the Honduran Occupy Movement in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with on-going events going on on our streets and beyond.
But first, Jennifer Moore and revisiting a victory for Ecuador.
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