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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

Press Responses: May 29, 2007

Churches push for industry ethics rules
Canadians often 'the bad guys' in overseas mining operations

Kelly Patterson
The Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Some of Canada's most powerful church leaders are demanding the government take action to ensure Canadian mining and oil firms behave ethically in their overseas operations.

"This is a fundamental ethical issue," says Roger Ebacher, archbishop of Gatineau.

Press Responses: April 4, 2007

Adopt New Mining Guidelines:Report

Canada should adopt guidelines to improve transparency as well as the environmental and human rights practices of Canadian companies involved in extractive industries in the developing world, says a government-appointed advisory group. It says if these measures are adopted, Canada could become a world leader in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Editorial (The Ottawa Citizen): April 2, 2007

Mining Responsibility

Canadians like to think that our international image is of a flag on a backpack or a blue beret. The real image we've created in some parts of the world is of toxic waste and thugs with guns.

The behaviour of some of our mining companies abroad has been to Canada's shame. It has made this country a party to environmental destruction, corruption, displacement of poor people, child labour, oppression and war. At last, the industry has smartened up and is working with its critics to create rules for social responsibility.

Monthly Issue Update - March 31, 2007

Civil society/Industry make unprecedented joint recommendations on mining, oil and gas
Canada could become a world leader on Corporate Social Responsibility if the federal government and other stakeholders accept and act on the recommendations of a groundbreaking report released on Parliament Hill on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian extractive industry in developing countries. The Report outlines a set of consensus-based recommendations for the Government of Canada, core among which is the implementation of a Canadian CSR Framework (see “Just the Facts” below). If implemented, these recommendations would establish Canada as a global leader in CSR. The Report also calls for important reforms at Export Development Canada and the World Bank.


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