When: 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Wednesday, May 30th , 2007 .
Where: Christ Church Cathedral Hall, 420 Sparks Street, Ottawa.
What: Dirty Waters - Regulating Canadian Mining Companies overseas
Theme: What should our government do to prevent Canadian companies from committing environmental and human rights abuses overseas?
Speakers: Maria Alvarado of Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico, Joan Carling of the Phillipines and Thabo Madihlabai of South Africa
Churches push for industry ethics rules
Canadians often 'the bad guys' in overseas mining operations
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.
Canada's Mining Companies: It's the Government's Turn
Embassy Magazine Editorial -
An investment newsletter offers the advice that there are still vast profits to be made from extraction investment in the Toronto Stock Exchange "because more and more mining companies are heading to Canada."
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) commends the G8 for addressing the issue of corporate social
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.
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) commends the Government of Canada for its ground-breaking consultation on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian extractive industry in developing countries. The process, which was led by a federal government Steering Committee, is an important step forward.
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.