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Controversial Mining Companies Sponsor Canadian Embassy Party

July 1 is around the corner and for Canadians in Costa Rica and around the world, it is Canada Day and day to party. As such the Canadian embassy in Costa Rica is holding a "traditional Canadian breakfast" which is sponsorship by private companies that includes Infinito Gold and B2Gold.

The twomining companies, both generating controversy in Costa Rica, have their logos next to companies like Scotiabank, La República (a Canadian owned newspaper in Costa Rica) and Air Canada on the entry ticket to the July 1 celebrations next Friday at the embassy, in Oficentro Ejecutivo La Sabana, Building 5, in La Sabana.

Both Canadian mine operators are being questioned, one in the courts, the other by environmentalists, for their actions in Costa Rica.

Infinito Gold intends to operate an open pit mine in Crucitas de San Carlos, three miles from the border with Nicaragua, while B2Gold wants to re-open the Bellavista mine, located in Miramar de Puntarenas.

In the case of Infinito, the Canadian mining company made an appeal to the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo (TCA), that annulled a concession it was granted and the decree "Interés Público y Conveniencia Nacional" (Public Interest and National Convenience) signed by former president, Oscar Arias.

As to B2Gold, environmentalists have asked the Secretaría Técnica Nacional (SETENA) full compliance of its function, recalling that in October 2007, the Bellavista mine had a serious collapse of ecological dimensions, which accounted for and represents an imminent threat to public health.



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