Canadian mining interests in countries around the world are valued at tens of billions of dollars.
Article concerning lack of accountability in Canada regarding our overseas extractive sector.
L’Honorable James Flaherty
Ministre des Finances
Ministère des Finances Canada
140, O’Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G5
Monsieur le Ministre,
Re : consultation 2010-2011 au sujet de la Loi sur la responsabilité en matière d’aide au développement officielle
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Ruggie guidelines stir debate
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Interview with Karyn Keenan, Halifax Initiative Program Officer and Gordon Peeling, President of the Mining Associati
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Bill C-300: Narrow Defeat despite Widespread Support for Mining Accountability and Human Rights
Ottawa, October 28th, 2010 - The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) deeply regrets the defeat of Private Member’s Bill C-300, The Responsible Mining Bill, at third and final reading in the House of Commons. The Bill lost by a narrow margin of 140 to 134.
The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) recently devoted an edition of its magazine Report on the Americas to Canadian foreign policy in Latin America. The Canadian edition features an article by HI's Program Officer on Canadian mining investment in the region. The article describes recent efforts to reform domestic policy and law regarding the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. It focuses on current initiatives that seek to create accountability mechanisms for several government agencies that facilitate Canadian mining, oil and gas investments in the global South.
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To access the article in Spanish click here.