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NEWS: Salvadoran activist to speak in Kamloops about water and mining

The Kamloops Daily News reports, “El Salvadoran activist Vidalina Morales de Gamez will speak on Monday about the impact of Canadian mining operations in her country. She is currently on tour, raising awareness of a call to ban metallic mining over environmental and water concerns. Two local speakers will briefly address issues with the Ajax and Ruddock mine proposals. The free talk, hosted by the Council of Canadians, takes place at noon at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 Seventh Ave.”

The ‘Water Is More Precious Than Gold’ tour will feature Morales and Sandra Carolina Ascencio, activists with La Mesa, the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador. Vidalina will speak at the tour stops in British Columbia and Ontario, while Sandra will speak in the Atlantic provinces.

At least 12 Council of Canadians chapters – Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, Guelph, London, Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, Halifax, South Shore, North Shore, and Fredericton – are helping to organize public events for this tour. The Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project are working on the tour in collaboration with KAIROS, MiningWatch Canada, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, the United Church of Canada, SalvAide, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Those who oppose the actions taken by Vancouver-based Pacific Rim against El Salvador are also asked to send us a photo of your message of support by email, or Tweet your pictures and messages using the #HeyPacificRim hashtag. To learn more about this social media campaign, as well as to see a complete listing of all the tour events (including forums in the United States), please go to http://www.blueplanetproject.net/index.php/water-is-more-precious-than-gold-speaking-tour-coming-to-a-community-near-you/.

For more, please read:
“Water is more precious than Gold” speaking tour coming to a community near you!
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