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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Brown-bag lunch to meet Kenyan mining activists October 25

On Wednesday, October 25, at 12 noon, there will be a brown-bag lunch 
at CCIC (One Nicholas Street) to meet Dr. Willy Mutunga and Haron 
Ndubi, who are in Canada to raise awareness about a titanium mine in 
southern Kenya, that is being planned by Tiomin Resources of Toronto. 
They are the guests of MiningWatch Canada and Rights and Democracy 

I am writing you because I thought you might like the opportunity to 
meet them, and to learn more about this awful project.

The Kenyan coast is a stunning tropical paradise, with 250 miles of 
palm-fringed beaches and a coral reef. Toruism depends on its 
pristine beauty. Many endangered species live there.  There are many 
threats to the Kenya coast ecology, but the most dramatic, is a plan 
by Tiomin Resources to mine 64 km2 of sand dunes about 10 km back 
from the coast. The mine will displace over 5000 people and 
permanently alter the environment. They also plan to build a deep-sea 
port at Shimoni. the mine has created enormous controversy in Kenya. 
An Environmental Impact Study done by Tiomin was supported by CIDA, 
and has been severely criticized by Kenyatta University and the World 
Conservation Union. At this point, the mine is being held up by the 
strength of opposition to it.

The Coast Mining Rights Forum has been leading the Kenyan opposition 
to the mine. Mr. Ndubi represents the forum and Dr. Mutunga is the 
executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

Please RSVP to Joan Kuyek at MiningWatch Canada 
<joan@miningwatch.ca>. Also, feel free to pass this information on to 
your colleagues and others you feel would be interested.
Jamie Kneen
Communications Coordinator			     tel. (613) 569-3439
MiningWatch Canada	   			     fax: (613) 569-5138
Suite 508, 880 Wellington St.	            e-mail: jamie@miningwatch.ca
Ottawa, Ontario  K1R 6K7  Canada	  URL: http://www.miningwatch.ca
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