News release: In defence of beleaguered Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament that the Canadian International Development Agency should give money only to “the poorest and the most vulnerable.” This is NOT what CIDA is doing.
Presentation: When examined in practice, Canada's foreign policy for the mining sector has a lot more to do with protecting our economic interests rather than human rights or the environment — some reflections based on Canadian mining interests in Latin America. Written for the Trent University Community Movements Conference 2011.
Forty-nine international civil society organizations express concern over a series of detentions and robberies against members of an El Salvadoran environmental organization (CEICOM) that have taken place during the last six months. They also note a disturbing tendency of increasing violence against environmental defenders in Mexico and Central America, too often in association with Canadian mining projects.
Presentation to Queen's University, International Development Week: Weak governance, investment protection agreements and strong political supports for Canadian companies operating in regions like Latin America make voluntary guidelines to ensure human rights protection a step in the wrong direction.
A new report, commissioned by MiningWatch Canada and written by Joan Kuyek, cuts through the hype and raises important questions about the viability and potential benefits of developing the Ring of Fire’s chromite deposits.
News release: MiningWatch Canada is deeply dismayed by legal actions taken by a Quebec oil and gas exploration company against Ugo Lapointe, a spokesperson for the Coalition Québec meilleure mine. MiningWatch is a founding member of the coalition and wishes to express its solidarity and support for Mr. Lapointe. It is MiningWatch’s belief that the case is a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) and an attempt to intimidate Mr. Lapointe and stifle critical dialogue about necessary reforms to Quebec’s mineral regime.
News release: A crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. The Bill has been working its way through Parliament for a number of years now, and is a only few amendments away from completion and a third reading vote.
News release: A report released today by Human Rights Watch confirms allegations of gang rapes and other human rights abuses by security guards of Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea.