Event: Regulating Canadian Mining Companies Overseas - May 30, 2007

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When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Wednesday, May 30th , 2007 .
Christ Church Cathedral Hall, 420 Sparks Street, Ottawa.
Dirty Waters - Regulating Canadian Mining Companies overseas
What should our government do to prevent Canadian companies from committing environmental and human rights abuses overseas?
Maria Alvarado of Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico, Joan Carling of the Phillipines and Thabo Madihlabai of South Africa

Karyn Keenan of the Halifax Initiative will moderate on behalf of the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability & KAIROS

Event: 2006 National Roundtables - June 14 - November 16, 2006

Background | Roundtable Process | When and Where | How to Participate | Monthly Updates

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) tabled, in June 2005, a landmark report on Mining in Developing Countries and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The report recommended that the Canadian government move away from its current voluntary approach to CSR. It called for policies that condition public assistance for Canadian companies on compliance with international human rights and environmental standards, including core labour rights. The report also identified the need for legislation to hold companies accountable for their actions overseas.

The Government failed to adopt the majority of SCFAIT’s recommendations, but it did commit to hosting a series of national roundtables. These Roundtables were to identify ways for Canadian extractive companies to meet or exceed international CSR standards and best practices.

Event: Conference on Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights - May 3-4, 2004

Risk, Responsibility and Human Rights: Assessing the Human Rights Impacts of Trade and Project Finance

Panel discussion and expert meeting


In an effort to address the lack of dialogue around the issue of human rights and trade and project financing, and acknowledging the increasing pressure for corporations, ECAs and other public international financial institutions (PIFIs) to take human rights into account, the NGO Working Group on Export Development Canada (WG), in collaboration with Rights & Democracy (formerly ICHRDD), organized a meeting in Ottawa on May 3rd and 4th, 2004 to discuss how the human rights impacts of trade and project finance can be assessed.


This conference builds on previous discussions amongst civil society on this issue. The May 2004 workshop will build on those initial meetings, bringing together experts from government (including EDC), academia and civil society to explore the challenges and opportunities for developing a Human Rights Impact Assessment.

When: May 3-4, 2004
Where: Volunteer Canada, McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario





Event: Talk on Colombian struggle against privatization - December 2, 2003



This meeting will be in English and Spanish


SPEAKER:  Jorge Lerma, President, Union Sindical de Trabajadores de las Communicaciones (USTC) 

WHEN:  7 pm, Tuesday, December 2, 2003 

WHERE:  PSAC Meeting Rm, Ground Floor, 233 Gilmour Street 

SPONSORED BY:  CUPE, CUPW, PSAC, ODLC, Sisters in Solidarity, CLC, CEP, CAW, NGO Working Group on EDC

Event: Cross-Canada talks on forced disappearances - December 1 - 9, 2003


Meet indigenous human rights activist, Angélica Mendoza de Ascarza and, Marta Cecilia Domicó, daughter of disappeared indigenous leader, Kimy Pernía Domicó, during their Canadian tour of the 2003 John Humphrey Freedom Award

Visit Rights & Democracy for further details on the award, and see the schedule below to see if the speakers are coming to your town.

Event: Cross Canada tour on privatization, October 2003

For Sale?? Privatization of Essential Services Tour The “Private Interests vs. Public Goods” tour aims to bring Southern activists working on privatization issues at the local or national level to share their stories and strategies with Canadians facing the privatization of health care, education, energy, water and other public services.

Get a copy of "Empty Promises - The IMF, the World Bank, and the Planned Failures of Global Capitalism", which includes over 30 brief articles detailing everything you wanted to know about these two institutions.

 For press articles resulting from the tour go to the Media button on the navigation bar, to Press Responses to Structural Adjustment.

Event: G8 Counter Conference, the G6B People's Summit (July 2002)

PDF file formatFinal Report on the G6B (Group of 6 billion) People’s Summit
The Halifax Initiative participated in the G6B People’s Summit. We assisted in bringing to the Summit two Southern activists, with whom we work - Tundu Lissu, a Tanzanian activist with the Lawyers Environmental Action Team, to discuss the impacts of foreign direct investment in mining, and Virginia Setshedi, a South African activist with the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee. As well, Pam Foster, Coordinator, participated on three panels, presenting on financial liberalization, the environment and the G8.

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Click here for the Speech on Financial Liberalization


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