The Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala (PAQG) and the Council of Canadians are launching an initiative calling on the public to divest from Canadian mining companies that are engaged in controversial projects in Guatemala.
Vancouver-based Bear Creek Mining has been pushing for its controversial Santa Ana silver mine despite massive protests in 2011 against it and concerns that the mine could pollute the sacred Lake Titicaca.
Source: Blue Planet Project - Common Frontiers - Council of Canadians - MiningWatch Canada
Vancouver-based Teck operates one of the biggest lead and zinc smelters in the world in Trail, British Columbia, near the Canada-US border and about 200 kilometres north of Spokane, Washington.
In late October, Toronto-based Barrick Gold announced it was temporarily suspending all construction activity on the open-pit Pascua Lama gold, silver and copper mine that straddles the border of Chile and Argentina. Production from the mine has now been delayed to mid-2016.