WINNERS & LOSERS IN GOLDCORP’S EMPIRE: $5 million donated to health programs in Canada; Denial of deadly health harms by mine site in Honduras


$5 million donated to health programs in Canada;

Denial of deadly health harms by mine site in Honduras


Goldcorp donates $5 million to two health programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, even as Goldcorp categorically denies any responsibility or even remedy for deadly and devastating health harms in the Siria Valley, Honduras, suffered by former Goldcorp workers and by villagers living near Goldcorp’s “San Martin” open-pit, mountain-top removal, cyanide bonding gold mine.  Today, four years after Goldcorp suspended its mining operation, people continue to suffer devastating health harms.



  • Article, “Goldcorp donating $5 million to fund two programs helping Downtown Eastside”, by Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun
  • Photo report, “Serious health crisis in the Siria Valley, Honduras caused by Goldcorp”, by Carlos Amador, with Grahame Russell






By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun, September 21, 2012,




Goldcorp Inc. announced a major donation of $5 million dollars to fund two unique addiction and mental health programs serving the Downtown Eastside. [Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG]


VANCOUVER — St. Paul’s Hospital will provide specialized training to doctors in addiction medicine, thanks to an infusion of $3 million from Goldcorp Inc.  The new addiction medicine fellowship at the downtown hospital is the first in Western Canada. Dr. Evan Wood, an attending physician and professor of medicine at the University of B.C. will develop and lead the program, training 20 doctors in the specialty over the next five years.


Wood said the program will help establish and accredit a “critical mass of physicians” with the tools for early intervention and the treatment of severe addiction. “This is something that was needed decades ago,” Wood said. “We know that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease and that there are effective treatments that can help people recover and go on to lead productive lives.”


Goldcorp, a Vancouver-based gold-mining company, also announced a gift of $2 million to Vancouver Coastal Health’s Assertive Community Treatment program (ACT). It provides community assistance to those living with drug addiction and mental illness on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Chuck Jeaness, president and CEO of Goldcorp said this donation adds to $15 million Goldcorp has already poured into initiatives on the Downtown Eastside.


“Four or five years ago, we developed a strategy to focus a lot of our giving on the DTES as an area where we felt we could make a real difference,” Jeaness said. “We’ve always known you have to get to the core of mental health and addiction issues to help people and make a difference.”


[Rights Action note: in 2011, Chuck Jeannes received over $10,000,000 in personal compensation for his work with Goldcorp.]


Friday’s donations are a combination of long- and short-term funding. “The ACT program has been very successful, and was in danger of shutting down due to funding shortfalls, and for the longer term, we’ve created this fellowship that will get accredited training in addiction treatment,” Jeaness said.


The St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Fellowship in Addiction Medicine will begin next July, and doctors will train both in hospital and in the community. “We can’t change the problem of addiction in B.C. if we don’t have a skilled workforce to do that,” Wood said. He said he had to travel to the United States to get specialized training in addiction medicine. He hopes St. Paul’s will become the destination for other physicians inspired to work in the field.







Chronicle of a Death Foretold

By Carlos Amador,, July 2, 2012

(with Grahame Russell,


Below, we present a series of photographs documenting the reality of life in the Siria Valley, Honduras, where a serious endemic health crisis continues to unfold. The health problems were caused by open-pit mining exploitation carried out by Entremares, a subsidiary of Goldcorp Inc. of Canada, at its “San Martin” mining operation.



(1666) Maria Cabrera, El Pedernal

“I am really concerned about my heath problems caused by contamination left by the mine. Before the mine came here, we were poor but healthy.”




Since 2003, we have been documenting and denouncing the harms to our health and our environment, as well as other violations of our rights. As you will see in these photos, the problems are chronic. We are very alarmed, as we see the health of our community members getting worse every day … and it has been four years since Goldcorp suspended its mining operation here.


I, Carlos Amador, took these photos on May 10, 2012, when the Medical Brigade came to the community of El Pedernal (Siria Valley). People came to be examined by the Brigade from: El Pedernal, Palos Ralos, Barrosas, El Escanito, Guayabillas and Pueblo Nuevo. Former employees of Entremares (Goldcorp), with health problems caused by work in the mine, also came to be examined.


The Medical Brigade was coordinated and directed by Dr. Juan Almendrares Bonilla.



(1658) Gladis Hernandez, El Pedernal

“Look at the state I am in. It keeps me awake at night. My health is poor, very poor. I have a lot of pain at night. I can’t sleep at all. All I do is feel pain.”




This is the part one of our photo-report. In the days to come, we will bring out part two, dealing with the impacts on the health of our community members whose lives are seriously threatened – they find themselves in a chronicle of a death foretold.



As well, on July 14 and 15, we will be participating in the International Health Tribunal taking place in the community of San Miguel Ixtaguacan, Guatemala. (;


This photo-essay is a message from the Siria Valley Environmental Committee to inform people of the terrible health crisis we are experiencing as a result of mining exploitation activities carried out by Entremares (Goldcorp Inc).


We urgently need more funds to support those who are suffering from health harms. As well, we need political support to continue our struggle for truth, justice and full reparations for all victims.


Please contact us directly with questions and comments.


In Canada and the United States, please contact Rights Action, an NGO that we have worked with in our struggle since 2004.  Rights Action also supports us with funds received from Canada and the United States.


Thank-you. Please re-distribute this photo-report widely.


Carlos Amador

Siria Valley Environmental Committee

[504] 9962-9481


Dr. Juan Almendares



Grahame Russell

Rights Action





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