#DisruptPDAC & Canadian Mining Events by MISN (24 Feb + 5 March)

Harvest Noon has endorsed the following events:
Belly of the Beast: A Biopsy of TO’s Mining & Financial Sectors

DATE: Friday February 24th
TIME: 7-9pm
LOCATION: Friends House (60 Lowther Ave)
COST: FREE!
FB EVENT: https://is.gd/YtjljO

Toxic Toronto: a bus tour through the belly of the beast

DATE: Sunday March 4th
TIME: 12-3pm
LOCATION: starting at OISE (252 Bloor St W) & ending at the Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd)
COST: suggested donation $10-20 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
FB EVENT: https://is.gd/ArsHmt

Belly of the Beast: A Biopsy of TO’s Mining & Financial Sectors

Have you ever wondered about the connections that exist between Canada, the mining industry, and Toronto’s financial sector? Curious about how the Canadian government supports corporate interests both domestically and internationally?

Now’s your chance to learn more! Join the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) for a panel discussion that dissects the “Belly of the Beast”: Toronto’s financial district and the reach of its tentacles throughout the global mining industry.

Panelists will flesh out the various tentacles of “the beast” and the web of its influence, including: corporate interests, the Toronto Stock Exchange, narratives of development and social responsibility, government (both local and international), the media, and the academy. They will demonstrate how these sectors work together to feed wealth into the beast’s belly, which is both controlled by and sustains big money and corporate power. This event will focus especially on the upcoming Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention and how all of these different players convene, make deals, and get energized at this annual gathering.

We will also be joined by special guests who will ensure that those who are displaced and negatively affected by this beast, who prioritizes profit over people, are ever-present in our minds and hearts throughout the evening. Panelists will include:

  • Camila Escalante and Kimbra Yohannes, from Decolonize NOW!
  • Sigrid Kneve, from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • Paula Butler, author of Colonial Extractions: Race and Canadian Mining in Contemporary Africa
  • Ulises Garcia, human rights activist and community leader from Tambogrande, Perú
  • William Sacher (via Skype), from Minka Urbana in Ecuador, and author of Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries
  • Sakura Saunders, from Protest Barrick and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
  • With a special performance from Yes Alfonso!! 

     

    * This event is free to the public: please invite your friends, family and colleagues!
    * Friends House has an accessible entrance at the side of the building, and one wheelchair accessible washroom.
    * ASL interpretation will be provided
    * We ask participants attend this event scent-free so that everyone can enjoy the space.
    * Transit tokens will be available to anybody who needs them.
    * This is a family-friendly event! We will have a designated person to organize kid-friendly games and books, etc.
    * Light refreshments and snacks will be provided

    Thank you to our sponsors Rights Action and Interpares!

    This event is endorsed by:

    • Rights Action
    • Interpares
    • Decolonize NOW!
    • Rising Tide Toronto
    • Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
    • Harvest Noon Co-op

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Toxic Toronto: a bus tour through the belly of the beast

NOTE: If you are planning on coming you need to reserve your spot on the bus here: www.tinyurl.com/ToxicToronto

Jump on the bus on March 5th!

PDAC*, the largest gathering in the world for the global mineral industry, begins on March 5. Every year, over 25,000 people descend on the city of Toronto for this 85-year-old trade show and convention. Some have called PDAC the “Superbowl” or the “Oscars” of the extraction industry. But why does it happen here? What is it about Toronto that makes this city PDAC’s perfect home? It’s certainly no accident.

Join us on a bus tour through the “belly of the beast” to untangle the secret webs of power and money that connect our city to some of the most harmful and toxic mining and extractive projects around the world.

WE’LL EXPLORE:

  • What exactly is going on in those shiny skyscrapers on Bay Street
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange – happens there and why it is the best place on earth to raise capital for extractive projects
  • The headquarters of some of the world’s biggest corporate villains
  • The sites of inspiring direct actions and other forms of resistance – where and how Torontonians are fighting back!
  • The connections that exist between big money and investment here in Toronto and controversial industrial projects all over the world (like Canada’s Chemical Valley on Aamjiwnaang First Nations’ land, or the Dakota Access Pipeline being resisted across the border at Standing Rock, or Canadian mining operations on territories beyond Turtle Island).
  • The tour will end with a rally outside the PDAC convention. Participants can also choose to go inside and check out the convention for themselves at the end of the tour!

Wanna learn more? Hop on the bus!

ACCESS INFORMATION

– Wheelchair accessible van available
– ASL interpretation will be provided
– Light snacks provided
– TTC tokens available
– Kid-friendly activities
– Transportation to the nearest subway station available at the end of the action
– Register in advance to let us know about any other access needs you might have! www.tinyurl.com/toxictoronto

INSPIRATION
We take major inspiration for this tour from our friends and allies at ASAP who have been running Toxic Tours of Canada’s Chemical Valley in Aamjiwnaang for years, as well as from the Mining Justice Alliance in Vancouver.

Thank you to Inter Pares, MiningWatch Canada, Rights Action, & CUPE 3903 Flying Squad for sponsoring this tour!

*PDAC stands for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Reserve your seat on the bus here: www.tinyurl.com/ToxicToronto