Romanian Canadians Protest Against Rosia Montana Mining Project (+Photos)
Romanian Canadians Protest Against Rosia Montana Mining Project (+Photos)
Artistic display and environmental message draws sympathy of Torontonians

TORONTO—A public art protest against the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation mining project in Romania was held Saturday night at one of the busiest intersections of downtown Toronto. Among the protests against the proposed project that began more than a month ago in the city, this one seemed to have the largest impact on passersby. 

Protesters built a “mountain” of cardboard boxes bearing the campaign message, “Save Rosia Montana,” to symbolize the four mountains in Romania that would have to be levelled to make way for the gold mining project, which is led by Canadian-owned Gabriel Corporation. 

That night, the protesters gathered in a traditional dance, surrounding the “mountain” and chanting, “United we save Rosia Montana.” 

“Since Gabriel Corporation is a company registered in Canada, it is our duty and responsibility as Romanians and Canadians to let the Canadian public know what is happening abroad at Rosia Montana and in [Romania],” said Juliana Dutkay, one of the event organizers.

If it goes ahead, the mine will use thousands of tons of cyanide to extract the gold, leading to fears of a repeat of the Baia Mare cyanide spill in 2000, when cyanide from a gold mine near Baia Mare, Romania, polluted waters as far away as the Danube.

The leak, which killed large numbers of fish in Hungary and Yugoslavia, has been called the worst environmental disaster in Europe since Chernobyl.

The Toronto protest sparked interest and support among passersby who stopped by to find out more information and sign the petition against the project that would cause severe environmental damage to the Rosia Montana region of Romania. 

A young couple, originally from Mexico, wished the protesters success and encouraged them to not to give up, saying, “United, we will succeed.” 

They proudly shared the case that occurred in 2011 in Baja California, Mexico, where another Canadian company tried to implement a similar project near the Sierra de la Laguna, the only source of drinking water in the region. 

Foreign mining operations ended up being rejected, as residents united to deliver the message: “Water is more precious than gold. United we will succeed!”

  • homorealis

    I do not agree with the project for 4 reasons. 1.Underground deals, no auction held. 2. Cyanide/Gabriel resources no gold mining experience, let alone cyanide processes and handling. 3. Timis is a dubious character, born in Romania, nicknamed “the corrupter”, dubious scams in Australia, listing of Gabriel Resources in Canada was also a scam with borrowed pennies, betting on the greed of speculators. It worked. Browse the internet. 4. The project was never geared to improve the lives of Romanians or benefit Romania.
    What I would do? I would cancel the project. I would fight them in courts. They will lose! Open a new company with the participation of the Romanian population, pension funds, local and foreign companies, list the company LME. I would call upon the biggest gold miners in the world Rio Tinto, Anglo American and so on to run proper studies. If feasible, I would auction and offer 25-30% management fees to a highly experienced gold miner. For 6% Romanian shares signed with Timis, call for a referendum / reintroduce the death penalty for corruption only. I would investigate the politicians Timis’ old and new loyals in Romania and Timis himself and severely punish them. To prevent a repeat, a 2nd referendum should try to abolish political and parliamentarian immunity once and for all. The curse named “Romanian political class” cannot hide forever behind their own laws. If democracy we want, let it be real and for all.

  • OskarTzara

    The mining industry, and in particular the gold mining industry, has been using cyanide in its production processes for many decades. While cyanide is commonly perceived as being a
    deadly substance, it is in fact a widely used chemical that is essential to the modern world. The key to its safe use is the implementation of sound management

    While public concern about cyanide is valid and indeed understandable, much of the recent media attention and public reaction regarding the use of cyanide in mining operations has
    arisen due to a lack of understanding of the nature of cyanide and its effects on health and the environment. see more at

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