This investigation was undertaken by Guatemalan investigative journalist Luis Solano, and commissioned by the International Platform Against Impunity in Central America and MiningWatch Canada. The research was carried out with assistance from the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and local residents in the departments of Santa Rosa and Jalapa, Guatemala whose names will remain confidential.

by Pablo Heidrich and Matt Blundell

A popular perception of mining is that of an enclave industry with few lasting effects on local economies, in part due to its negligible employment impact. Another is that most mining jobs go to foreigners or non-locals because they require highly specialized skills. Analysis of a database of 66 mines in operation under Canadian ownership partially corroborates those views. Overall, these are responsible for approximately 63,000 jobs across the region in an industry that over all employs less than 1 per cent of the labour force in the host countries. Almost all labour in those mines, however, is done by nationals or locals earning high wages and the skills required for most positions are similar to those used in construction, mechanical manufacturing, and metal manufacturing.

By Pablo Heidrich and Catalina Prada
This policy brief examines the different types of taxes applied to large scale mining in Latin America, the region where Canadian firms are most active around the world, and elaborates on their positive and negative effects on host- countries, their governments and foreign investors. 
by Pablo Heidrich, Catalina Prada and Laura Macdonald
The Pacific Alliance is an economic union between Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile - all of which have coastlines on the Pacific Ocean- launched on June 6, 2012. Canada currently has observer status in the Alliance, but the Stephen Harper administration is considering joining it as a full member in the short term. This new initiative is meant to enable the member countries to act as a bloc on issues of trade and investment, especially with Asia, and to pursue other goals such as further liberalizing the movement of capital and labour, beyond the more usual one of freer trade in goods and services.