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Canadian mining and ill health in Latin America: a call to action

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ted Schrecker


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This commentary argues that Canada’s public and global health communities have a special ethical and political responsibility to act to reverse the harms associated with Canadian mining activities in Latin America and beyond through advocacy, research, and using their public voice.We begin with an overview of the direct and indirect health effects of mining, drawing especially on Latin America where 50-70% of mining activity involves Canadian companies. Then we examine the judicial, legislative, financial, and diplomatic contexts that make Canada such a welcome host and champion of the mining sector. Finally, we turn to the responsibility of the public and global health communities, offering concrete recommendations for using research, practical expertise public health solidarity networks, and political clout to speak out and advocate for policies that redress the harms caused by mining.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Birn A-E, Shipton L, Schrecker T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Canadian Journal of Public Health

Year: 2018

Volume: 109

Issue: 5-6

Pages: 786-790

Print publication date: 01/12/2018

Online publication date: 06/09/2018

Acceptance date: 25/06/2018

ISSN (print): 0008-4263

ISSN (electronic): 1920-7476

Publisher: Canadian Public Health Association


DOI: 10.17269/s41997-018-0113-y


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