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Panama's War with Canada: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV957
Producer:  CTV
Producers:  Mitchell, Brett
Directors:  Hughes, David
Producing Agencies:  CTV Television
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Global Issues, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2024
Running Time:  43:15

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W5 visited Panama as mass protests raged against a Canadian-owned mine that has now been ordered closed. Known as Cobre Panama, the massive copper mine has been the target of widespread demonstrations since October, 2023 when Panama's government signed a contract allowing it to operate for at least 20 more years.

Owned by a subsidiary of Canada's First Quantum Minerals, the sprawling 13,000-hectare, open-pit mine is bordered by jungle about 120 kilometres west of the capital, Panama City, on the country's Atlantic coast.

Pointing to its alleged impact on the environment and water supplies, a broad coalition of Panamanians – including students, environmentalists, labour groups and indigenous communities – have protested for weeks to have the mine closed.

This video contains scenes which may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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