Moving Towns, Murdered Priests, and the Most Expensive Pies in the World

This post was written by Esteban Izquierdo a 4th year student at the University of British Columbia.

Vancouver British Columbia, home of over 800 mining and resource company headquarters, is the new capital of the global mining industry. This week the city celebrates mining with a series of galas and luncheons, and with the throwing of ‘the most expensive cream pies in the world’ at local celebrities and industry heavies.

Vancouver anti-mining activists say there is nothing to celebrate.

Instead of focusing on pie-throwing, they draw attention to recent plans to move an entire town in Colombia; and to the murder of Jose Reinel Restrepo, a priest who has attempted to help the townspeople resist this move.

It remains to be seen what the outcome of their plans to disrupt the upcoming week of celebrations will be.

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