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May 22, 2019 – 11:28amCouncil of Canadians Honorary Chairperson, Blue Planet Project founder and internationally-renowned water activist Maude Barlow issued the following statement yesterday, May 21, 2019.
Media ReleaseDecember 10, 2018
November 23, 2017
Joint Media Release
Ottawa/Toronto – Three Canadian organizations, MiningWatch Canada, Council of Canadians, and Common Frontiers have written to Canada’s Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, calling on the Canadian government to respond to any forthcoming requests from Costa Rica’s new Attorney General, Emilia Navas, in a complete and timely manner.
The Canadian government is believed to have information relevant to a recently re-opened investigation concerning possible malfeasance on the part of ex-President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, with regard to an alleged transfer of $200,000 from Infinito Gold’s largest shareholder to the Arias Foundation in 2008. The transfer of funds took place just prior to then-President Arias issuing an Executive Decree to allow the Canadian mining company to proceed with an open-pit gold mine, despite Costa Rica’s prohibition against open-pit gold mining.
Through Freedom of Information requests, the three Canadian organizations that wrote to the Minsters this week ascertained that Canada has previously been asked for information on this possible transfer of funds in 2013 and that the RCMP had contacted Interpol about this case. But whatever information that the Department of Justice may have was never turned over to the Costa Rican authorities. Citing Canada’s lack of collaboration, then Costa Rican Attorney General was successful in having the case against Arias closed in 2015 for lack of evidence. However, while Arias avoided trial at the time, his Minister of the Environment, who co-signed the Executive Decree in support of Infinito’s project, was found guilty of malfeasance and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In order for the new Costa Rican Attorney General to proceed with this investigation and adequately judge the merits of this case, Canadian organizations urge the Canadian government to fully cooperate with the Costa Rican authorities this time.
Jen Moore, MiningWatch Canada, 1(613) 563-3439, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2, 2017
This week, two yoga teachers, Chicago-based Amber Cook and San Francisco-based Diana Oppenheim, have embarked on a 900 mile month-long Bike for Clean Water trip from Seattle to San Francisco, raising funds and awareness for the global water justice project, the Blue Planet Project.
Along the way they will be teaching donation based yoga classes in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Oppenheim and Cook are also encouraging people to donate to through the online fundraising campaign.
“We believe water is a basic, beautiful right and we are willing to take radical actions to enjoy it and protect it,” says Oppenheim, who holds a Master’s degree in urban planning. “We hope to rally the yoga, cycling and environmentalist communities together and fundraise $10,000 to help promote healthy water systems for all! All donations will go to the Blue Planet Project.”
The Bike for Clean Water yoga classes will take place in the following locations:
In addition, several yoga teachers and studios in these and other cities throughout the U.S. are joining the cause by holding their own fundraisers.
“We saw the film Blue Gold, which featured Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow and we were so inspired that we felt we had to take action,” says Cook. As a Flint-native, Cook is passionate about supporting campaigns against profit-driven policies that harm people and the environment.
The Blue Planet Project works internationally for water justice, supporting local grassroots campaigns as well as global policy initiatives that defend the human rights to water and sanitation for all and challenge the corporate takeover of the freshwater commons for private profit.
The Blue Planet Project is supported by foundations and individuals not corporations or the government. The funds raised by the Bike for Clean Water tour will contribute to efforts to defend and expand the right to water around the world.
Amber Cook, 810-869-6546, email@example.com
Diana Oppenheim, 248-840-5684, firstname.lastname@example.org