Media Advisory - Ecuadorean villagers come to Canada to fight for day in
court

ON MARCH 25, CANADIAN MINING COMPANY AND TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE WILL ASK ONTARIO COURT TO DISMISS INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THEM

TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Four villagers from the Ecuadorean Andes are travelling to Toronto for the first major court hearing in a billion dollar international human rights lawsuit.

In 2007, Marcia Ramirez, Polivio Pérez and Israel Pérez sued Canada's Copper Mesa Mining Corporation, Copper Mesa's directors, and the Toronto Stock Exchange after they suffered violence and death threats related to a proposed large open pit copper mine in their community.

Now, the mining company and the TSX are asking an Ontario court to dismiss the lawsuit before any evidence is heard.

On Thursday March 25, 2010, in a Toronto courtroom, a judge will consider whether it is possible for Canadian law to provide a remedy for Marcia, Israel and Polivio for abuse they suffered at the hands of Canada's mining industry.

The Plaintiffs consider this lawsuit to be part of a larger struggle to bring accountability to the Canadian mining industry.

The Plaintiffs will make a brief statement outside the courtroom building at 330 University Avenue, Toronto at 9:00 am on March 25, 2010.

For more information: www.ramirezversuscoppermesa.com

SOURCE KLIPPENSTEINS

For further information: For further information: Murray Klippenstein, Senior legal counsel for the Plaintiffs, (416) 598-0288 (office), (416) 937-8634 (mobile); Cory Wanless, Legal counsel for the Plaintiffs, (416) 598-0288 (office), (647) 886-1914 (mobile)

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